Moscow and St Petersburg
Six nights from only £1,299pp
Selected departures May to October 2014
Moscow and St Petersburg have always remained pivotal to Eastern Europe’s culture and unsurprisingly harbour some of the world’s most influential history, finest architecture, most stunning art and artefact collections, and thus almost always feature on today’s travellers’ wish lists of ‘must see’ destinations.
First to Moscow - for many stepped in mystery, but the grand 'Cold War' Soviet parades are long gone now, yet the city still retains a tantalising, almost remoteness from Europe's other great capitals.
Top of any visitor's list is the extraordinary Kremlin complex, three cathedral, great palaces, the Senate, the remarkable Treasury plus several grand squares and towers. Equally recognisable are St Basil's Cathedral with its amazing multi-coloured domes, plus the monumental Red Square - home to Lenin's tomb, whose worldwide influence like Stalin's, remains undeniable if somewhat tainted.
Next, one of the world's most beautiful cities, St Petersburg, Imperial capital of the Tsars, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and truly worthy of an emperor. The majestic boulevards and splendid baroque buildings, threaded by winding canals and set amongst great parks are so redolent of the classical Italy whcih so inspired Peter's great vision.
A magnificent monument of old Russia, the Tsar's winter palace, the Hermitage, houses one of the world's finest art collections; the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral is simply inspiring and the waterfront's grandeur has to be seen to be believed. The Peter and Paul Fortress with its ornate cathedral featuring marbled columns and glittering chandeliers is the Romonov's final resting place and so close to the cruiser Aurora, whose guns announced the Russian Revolution. St Petersbur though has another face too: lose yourself in the parks, take a stroll along the canals criss-crossing the city, or window shop in the city's department stores and markets.
The city was founded by an emperor and was home to Catherine the Great and the Romonovs. Subsequently, the Revolution radically changed the course of 20th century world history and then came a change in name to Leningrad; the arrival of Stalin; the Second World War's brutal three year siege followed by the 'Cold War'. Recently it has been time for two more St Petersburgers to take centre stage: Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Today St Petersburg has emerged wonderfully from this turbulent past, reclaiming its rightful place amongst the world's most beautiful and fascinating cities.
Fully escorted price includes:
- Return flights from London Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester
- Six nights, centrally located four-star accommodation with breakfast
- Sightseeing tour of Moscow
- Tour of Red Square and the Kremlin, one of the world’s most thought provoking building complexes
- Tour some of Moscow’s most iconic metro stations
- Travel by high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg
- Sightseeing tour of St Petersburg
- Tour of the Hermitage, Winter Palace of the Tsars with one of the world’s greatest fine art collections
- Visit the Peter and Paul fortress, home of the cruiser Aurora, which fired the first shots of the Revolution, changing world history
- Tour of Peterhof, Summer palace of the Tsars, with its outstanding gardens
- Escorted by an experienced tour manager