Day 1- UK/Moscow
Depart on your flight to Moscow. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel in the Russian capital.
Day 2 - The Kremlin and Armoury Museum
Today you’ll discover the highlights of Moscow on a sightseeing tour. The city boasts some incredible architecture, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. Later we delve further into the city's history with a visit to The Kremlin. On arrival at this mighty fortress there’s time to admire its magnificent cathedrals and palaces prior to your tour of the Armoury Museum. The collection here fills nine halls and on display you'll see jewellery, armour, weaponry, imperial clothing and many other treasures.
Day 3 - Borodino Battle Museum Panorama and Tolstoy's Museum
The epic Battle of Borodino, one of the biggest clashes in military history, was immortalised in Tolstoy's classic book War and Peace. Today we'll view the Borodino Battle Museum Panorama – a painting which stands 15 metres high and stretches 115 feet, depicting the decisive moment of this battle. There are more than 800 other artefacts on display in the museum and you'll see many on an audio-visual tour.
Your explorations continue this afternoon as we head to Khamovniki to visit the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate, one of Russia's oldest literary museums. The writer lived in this house from 1882 to 1901 and penned many famous works here.
Day 4 - Moscow to St Petersburg
We're heading to St Petersburg today, which we reach via a 4-hour journey on the Sapsan fast train. We’ll stay in the city for the next four nights.
Day 5 - St Petersburg
St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, was the capital of Russia until the October Revolution in 1917. On today’s sightseeing tour we’ll see its palaces, broad avenues and a host of architectural treasures. There's time too to make your own discoveries and explore at your own pace.
You've the chance to attend a ballet at one of St Petersburg's renowned theatres on an optional excursion which promises to be an amazing experience.
Day 6 - Hermitage Museum and Vodka tasting
Today's highlight is the remarkable Hermitage State Museum, where we've arranged a fascinating guided tour. On display is a wonderful showcase of wealth, art and culture with more than three million items in its collection, and we'll see as much as possible.
You're heading to another museum this afternoon, the Russian Vodka Museum, where you will learn all about the country's national drink. After your tour we've arranged a tasting in authentic Russian style, with pancakes and red caviar.
Day 7 - Fabergé Museum
You'll gain further insight into the opulent lives of the Russian tsars this morning on an included visit to the Fabergé Museum. Inside you'll see nine of the Imperial Fabergé eggs given by the two last tsars of Russia to their wives and mothers as elaborate Easter gifts.
We've left the rest of the day free for you to spend as you wish.
Day 8 - Catherine Palace/UK
Your final discovery comes as we head to Pushkin to see the Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece named after Peter the Great's wife, Catherine I. As we explore the palace and gardens you'll get a glimpse of the Russian high life and an understanding of the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers.
Later in the day we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Please note: Venue and performance night may vary due to performance schedules of the Russian ballet evening optional excursion.