Easy Pace Russia

Northern Europe & Russia

Easy Pace

Easy Pace Russia (Summer 2019)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Russia

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Experience the grandeur of Russia, exploring the baroque architecture of St Petersburg and the palaces of Moscow. Marvel at the famous art collection of the Hermitage Museum and travel by hydrofoil and high-speed train in perfect style.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to St. Petersburg.

    Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine.

  2. Day 2

    St. Petersburg Sightseeing.

    Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil.

    Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder?

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    The Hermitage Museum.

    Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow.

    Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you travel to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Moscow, a Russian Revelation.

    Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.' Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Moscow and The Kremlin.

    In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.

  8. Day 8

    Farewell Moscow.

    Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • St. Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. As you travel along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, see the Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to Peter the Great's Summer Palace, built to rival Versailles.
  • Petrodvorets: Explore the formal gardens, bursting with awe-inspiring cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Sapsan Train: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Explore this fascinating capital with your Local Expert. Visit Red Square to admire the landmark buildings of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum.
  • Moscow: Explore the opulent Metro stations, described as 'underground museums.'
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedrals when you venture inside the Kremlin.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Moscow: Your Celebration Dinner straddles the culinary East to West divide and includes drinks to toast your travels with your newfound friends.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • St. Petersburg: The Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky is situated in a fabulous location, close to many shops and historic buildings.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included.
  • Complimentary transfers from St Petersburg airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day. Complimentary transfers to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Russian Folklore Show

Come and hear the balalaikas ringing out! A spectacular evening of traditional music, song and dance! This fun-filled show will have you clapping along to the rollicking Cossack dancers and girls in brightly coloured costumes as they sing their sweet harmonies.

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: ST 0003

Neva River Cruise

Due to its many islands, canals and bridges, St. Petersburg is known as ‘the Venice of the North’ and the best place to view it is from the water. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a cruise along the River Neva. Sip champagne as the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress drifts by - it's a photographer’s dream and a wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital!

Adult Price: EUR 46.00

Code: ST 0004

Catherine Palace

The little town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, houses Russia's most beautiful palace. Even from the outside, its awesome grandeur overwhelms the senses. Walking through the 'Golden Enfilade' of state rooms is like stepping into another world. Feel the presence of Catherine the Great reflected in the sumptuous gilded stucco, mirrors, and amber. The restored Amber Room is a truly unique monument with your local expert providing the historical context.

Adult Price: EUR 60.00

Code: ST 0005

Peter & Paul Fortress

Join a local expert for a visit to the island stronghold where St. Petersburg's foundation stone was laid in 1703. Built as a defence against Swedish attack, the fortress served as a political prison for the Tsars' opponents, including Peter's own rebellious son, Alexei. A fascinating walk through Russian history takes you from the riverside walkway, still lined with cannon, inside the bastions to the ornate church, housing the imperial tombs of the Romanov rulers. A must-see during your visit to St. Petersburg!

Adult Price: EUR 29.00

Code: ST 0006

Russian Ballet Performance

With its flawless, graceful movements, heartfelt music and spectacle, Russian ballet can conjure up a range of powerful emotions. While in St. Petersburg, there may be the opportunity to attend a ballet performance. This optional experience is subject to the availability of tickets and performance. Pending on availability and the venue, the price may vary from €80-€110. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.

Adult Price: EUR 110.00

Code: ST 0007

Yusupov Palace

Don't miss this chance to visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and scene of Rasputin’s murder. Hear the fascinating story of the Siberian monk and his influence on the Imperial Family as you are led through the beautifully restored interiors to the room where his murder took place!

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: ST 0008

Imperial Splendour

Walk within the walls of the Kremlin to visit the treasure chest of the Imperial Russian family in the Armory. With your guide, you'll witness the staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, be it bedazzling crown jewels, jewel-studded thrones or the world-famous Fabergé Eggs!

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: MOS0001

Moscow By Night

As the sun goes down Moscow takes on a completely different complexion. A local expert shows you the major monuments of this bustling city by night. Admire the evening magic of the famous Red Square once the day time crowds have dispersed - the floodlit towers of the Kremlin, twinkling Gum Department Store and magical domes of St Basil's Cathedral bathed in romantic light.

Adult Price: EUR 29.00

Code: MOS0002

Russian Mosaic

The complex history of Russia is fixed in the soul of the people and this experience focuses on historical events that have shaped the nation. Drive out to the Victory Park Complex - an emotional tribute to those who fell on the battlefronts of a war. Continue with a visit to the Borodino Panorama Exhibition which brings to life the Battle of Borodino, one of the most important events in Russia’s history and immortalized in Tolstoy’s epic, ‘War and Peace’. Finally at the Novodevichy cemetery, see memorials to such greats as Khrushchev, Chekhov, Mayakovsky, Prokofiev and Eisenstein(On occasions when Borodino is closed we will visit the Memorial Park complex instead).

Adult Price: EUR 42.00

Code: MOS0003

Excursion to Sergiyev Posad

A wonderful excursion takes you to Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era), renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city, admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Troitse Sergiyevo Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. Afterwards, enjoy time to browse for locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls at the local market.

Adult Price: EUR 53.00

Code: MOS0004

Accommodation

 

Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.

ST PETERSBURG (Traditional) - RUSSIA

The Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky is situated in a fabulous location, close to many shops and historic buildings.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow.

Moscow (Historic) - Russia

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow, is centrally located overlooking the Moskva River. With it's palace-like architecture is a striking landmark of the city and is known as one of the seven Stalinist-style skyscrapers, referred to as the Seven Sisters. The sense of grandeur continues inside with luxurious decor and elegant furnishings throughout the lobby and guest rooms.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 04 December, 2018

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    Trip: Good place, good tour Director, good hotels

    Service: Yes highly recommended as it's the best I've experienced travelling with.

  • 28 October, 2018

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    Trip: Well planned, covered the major attractions and left enough time for exploring on our own. The number of days in each place was good. Hotels chosen were perfect; and our guide, Joey, gave us helpful information in the 2 cities. Local guides were excellent

    Service: Well organized, with just the right number of outings and experiences. Liked the flexibility and all the Optional choices. Excellent staff, who were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Very good choice in hotels.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed this tour. Hotel inSt Petersburg was too far from city

    Service: Disappointed at the location of some of the hotels. Too far out of the city First meal in St Petersburg well below par

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: needed more time at different points to explore what was being viewed.still felt rushed

    Service: not sure who we are talking about regarding customer service

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Too many optional extras which I feel some should have been included

    Service: Good

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: Every event planned was enjoyable. Took care of us like a family.

    Service: The tour was excellent. The tour director and the local host who did the commentary knew the history very well. The accommodation was superb. The transportation was the top notch. Overall a trip well spent.

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very well organised itenerary from st Petersburg to Moscow

    Service: Excellent tour local guides provided best commentary from start to finish, tour director was very much a go to person excellent organisation of the tour

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: In St Petersburg we had a good mix of sightseeing and free time but in Moscow we seemed to have very little free time. Of course we had fewer days there but would have appreciated more.

    Service: Everything went well and we were kept informed prior to departure. Our guide Alex has the perfect personality for tour guiding.

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary. Amazing tour. Tour director, Alex, was excellent. The local expert in St Petersburg was extremely knowledgeable and was able to pass this knowledge on very effectively. Time in Moscow was very full.

    Service: The pre tour information sent about 10 days before start was helpful as a refresher to your up coming trip.

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: Catherine’s Palace and Kremlin should be included in the tour as they are synonymous with Russia. There could also be one or two dinners included.

    Service: First rate hotels. The only negative is that some excursions should be included with the tour as they are synonymous with Russia.

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: Extra time at Hermitage was too long - would have preferred earlier return to hotel.

    Service: Great Tour Director and local guides - this was our 11th insight and we found these to be exceptional - very articulate and my husband who has hearing loss could understand at all times.

  • 23 September, 2018

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    Trip: We are happy with the places we visit.

    Service: it was great.

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