Come experience Russia with Wander Woman!
There’s going to be White Nights, Royal Palaces, Art Treasures & Caviar!You will visit Moscow, Medieval Towns of Russia’s Golden Ring, and St. Peterburg all in this wonderful 10 day tour with Wander Woman.
Trip Organizer: http://wanderwoman.com
Dates: July 6-16th, 2018
Price:$4798.00 (Single supplement: $895)
The tour price is per person based on double occupancy for reservations.
Tour Russia in grand style with Wander Woman! Explore Russia’s rich art, history, and culture. Discover the epic role of women in creating the grandeur of the Russian Empire. We begin in our journey in Moscow the capital of Russia. Tour the Kremlin, Red Square, and St Basils Cathedral.
Then you’re off to the Golden Ring of Russia to explore beautiful countryside villages and towns. This place dates back to medieval times, with onion domed monasteries and charming wooden churches. Next, you travel by train to St Petersburg. The group will see the summer palaces of Russian royalty. Enjoy a special, privately guided, pre-opening hours tour of the amazing Hermitage Museum, which was founded by Catherine the Great.
This is an upscale tour with lovely 4-and 5-star Russian-style properties located in walking distance to sights. We will tour on foot and use the metro systems in Moscow and St Petersburg to get around.
This Wander Woman tour is limited to 8-12 women. Although, some of our touring will be done by coach or minibus, this itinerary involves walking for a more intimate look at Russia. Most of the walking is easy, ranging from 1 to 4 hours. The terrain can be uneven due to cobblestone streets and some climbing of stairs is required. This trip is NOT suitable for those with limited mobility. A certain degree of physical fitness is required. All group meals and group activities are smoke-free.
Roommates arranged for solo travelers
Fully Escorted, Small Group Tour- Limited to 8-12 women
Moscow, the modern capital of Russia: 3 nights
Our grand tour of Russia begins in Moscow. After an opportunity to rest and freshen up, we will walk to a nearby restaurant for a welcome dinner Russian-style and an oppertunity to get acquainted with fellow travelers. (D)
We begin our exploration of Russian history and the lives of the women influential in the shaping of Russia with a privately guided walking tour of the Kremlin. Visit the Kremlin Cathedrals, which date to the 15th century and served as the coronation, wedding, and burial places of early Russia royalty. Tour the Kremlin Armory, treasury of the tsars. View priceless artifacts and royal regalia including ceremonial robes, the wedding dresses of Catherine I, Catherine the Great, royal jewelry, icons, a collection of carriages, and Faberge eggs.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next stroll across the famous Red Square and visit St Basil Cathedral – a landmark of the capital with bright onion-shaped cupolas. Return to our hotel via Moscow’s Metro with stations adorned with marble, mosaics, sculptures, and chandeliers. (B, L)
Enjoy a full-day panoramic city tour including Christ Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent. Novodevichy Convent was originally founded in 1524 to serve as a monastery and as a fortress. The convent also provided a convenient depository for unwanted royalty, including Feodor I’s wife, Irina Godunova, Peter the Great’s half-sister, Sophia Aleksevevna, and his first wife, Eudoxia Lopukhina.
After lunch, tour the Tretyakov Gallery, home of the world’s largest collection of Russian masterpieces from ancient Russian icons and pre-revolutionary art to the works of modern Russian artists including Lyubov Popova. Followed by shopping at Old Arbat Street or an optional visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art where the famed “Treasure of Priam” of the Trojan War, unearthed by Heinrich Schliemann, is on display. Evening at leisure. (B)
The Golden Ring: Suzdal 2 nights-Sergiev Posad-Alexandrov-Vladimir
Travel to Suzdal visiting small picturesque towns of medieval Russia. Visit the center of Russian Orthodoxy – St Trinity Sergius Monastery in Sergiev Posad (Zagorskan). This beautiful monastery has been an important Russian pilgrimage site for over 500 years. Crowned by iconic gold and blue onion domes, the monastery’s Cathedral of the Assumption is one of the most photographed cathedrals in all of Russia. Stop for a traditional lunch.
Next, tour the medieval town of Alexandrov, the former seat of Ivan the Terrible. Here at Trinity Cathedral Ivan the Terrible married his third wife, Anna Sobakina and his fifth wife, Anna Vasilchikova. Continue on to the town of Suzdal, known as the pearl of the Golden Ring, where we will stay at a traditional Russian-style 4-star hotel located within walking distance to attractions and restaurants. (B,L)
Enjoy a walking tour of picturesque Suzdal, a rustic Russian village clinging to traditions. Visit the 10th century Kremlin, which as impressive as the Kremlin in Moscow, and Epithimius Monastery. After a break for lunch, visit the open-air Wooden Architecture Museum or enjoy free time for exploring, shopping or an optional Russian Banya and treatments. (B)
Travel to Moscow via Vladimir. Discover Vladimir’s rich history through its impressive monuments, including its Golden Gates and magnificent cathedrals. The Cathedral of the Assumption, a World Heritage UNESCO site, is known for its beautiful frescoes and majolica tiles. The Dimitri Cathedral, with its reliefs carved on its façade, frescoes, and mosaics is one of the most extraordinary cathedrals in Russia. Travel to Moscow in time for the fast-train to St Petersburg. Dining aboard for 3.5 hours.
St Petersburg, Capital city of the Peter the Great & Catherine the Great: 5 nights
Late arrival in St Petersburg with transfer to our 4-star hotel located in the city center. (B, L)
After a leisurely morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral – the sepulcher of all Russian emperors. See the Grand Choral Synagogue and learn about history of the Russian Jews. Tour the Yusupov Palace including the room in which Rasputin was killed. Time to relax before group dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance to our hotel. Russian caviar & vodka tasting followed by dinner. (B, D)
Tour Catherine’s Palace with its famed Amber Room in Pushkin – a magnificent imperial palace, located just south of the city. This palace was Catherine the Great’s favorite summer residence. But it was Catherine the 1st, the wife of Peter the Great for whom the palace is named.
The original manor house, which would be transformed into an imperial summer palace, was a gift from Peter the Great to his empress. The estate became the country residence of Russian emperors who followed. This stunning palace is one of the finest examples of Russian baroque architecture and interior design of the18th century and is a “must see.”
After stopping for lunch, tour Pavlovsk, Paul’s Palace. Catherine the Great loved the nature in the Pavlovskoye area and visited it frequently for hunting outings. After the murder of Paul in 1801, Pavlovsk became the primary residence of his widow. Today, like other Russian imperial palaces, Pavlovsk is a museum. (B, L)
Travel by hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland to the Peterhof summer palace, one of the most beautiful palaces and palace grounds in the world. This world-famous palace, fountain, and park ensemble is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries.
Founded in the early part of the 18th century by Peter the Great, Peterhoff was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. The Great Cascade with its gold gilded statuary and fountains creates an atmosphere of majesty and celebration. Finally, stop for a quick lunch and return to our hotel with time to rest before dinner. (B, L)
Lastly, enjoy an evening performance at Mariinsky Theatre with premium seats.
Our last full day in Russia will begin with a pre-opening hours private tour of the Hermitage Museum with our local expert. The Hermitage housed Catherine of Great’s personal art collection, which she valued dearly. Motivated by the ideals of the Enlightenment, Catherine brought to Russia a new focus on arts, architecture, and sciences; and thereby transforming St Petersburg into a grand European city.
After our tour of the Hermitage, enjoy free time to further explore the museum’s vast collection of treasures or meander about this lovely city. After lunch on your own, enjoy a guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood, St Petersburg’s most photographed Church with colorful surreal-looking onion domes. With our guide we will visit the Kuznechny open-air market returning to our hotel by Metro. This evening gather for a special farewell dinner at one of St Petersburg’s premier restaurants. (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED). We will coordinate our transfer based on everyone’s flight times. End of your Wander Woman Russia Trip! (B)
- 10 nights accommodations in 4-and 5-star hotels, all rooms have private baths and/or shower
- Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, and caviar & vodka tasting
- Transfers to and from hotels, domestic ferries, sightseeing by coach or minibus, and train as per itinerary including taxes
- Tour highlights: Privately guided tours by our official Russian tourist board guides of the Moscow Kremlin and the Armory; Red Square; Christ Cathedral; Novodevichy Convent; Tretyakov Gallery; Russia’s Golden Ring including St Trinity Sergius Monastery in Sergiev Posad (Zagorskan); the medieval towns of Alexandrov, Suzdal & Vladimir. An authentic Banja experience.
- In St Petersburg guided tours include a panoramic city tour with visits to the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral; Grand Choral Synagogue; Neva River tour by boat; the Yusupov Palace; Pushkin Palace including the Amber Room; Pavlovsk Estate; Peterhof Palace; pre-opening hours private tour of the Hermitage Museum; Nevsky Prospect; Kazan Cathedral; the Church on Spilt Blood; visit to a local open-air market; and tour the metros of both St Petersburg and Moscow. Premier seats at a performance at the Mariinsky Theater. All admission fees to the above sites are included.
- International airfare to and from Russia
- Visa & passport fees
- Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages not specified above
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, email services, room service or bar.
- Optional activities
- Tips for chamber maids/ guides/drivers/tour escorts
- An additional admission fee applies to the Treasure Gallery at the Hermitage Museum and the State Diamond Fund in the Kremilin.
Eurynome Journeys has offered Wander Woman women-only tours since 1998. Our Wander Woman trips are designed as an alternative to “package group tours” for the more adventurous female traveler who would prefer not to travel alone.
Traveling solo can be stressful, not only because of safety concerns, but also because of the small things (i.e. not having anyone to keep an eye on your bags while visiting the ladies room). Our Wander Woman travel groups are designed to alleviate the stresses of traveling alone, and by keeping the group size at nine to thirteen we are able to stay at small quaint local hotels, enjoy local restaurants, and even be spontaneous!
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