• Enter the Kremlin and its Armory Museum and Diamond Fund. Moscow.

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  • The Moscow subway stations are a study in modern Russian history. Come tour them, if you like.

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  • If the mosaics could only talk... Church of the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg.

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  • We visit the Hermitage after hours, once the crowds have gone home. © The State Hermitage Museum. Photo by Pavel Demidov, Alexander Koksharov.

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  • Catherine Palace in Pushkin.

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  • A Renaissance Easter egg jewelry box at the Fabergé Museum. St. Petersburg.

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  • Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery in Sergiev Posad.

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Russia: A First-Timer's Look at Moscow & St. Petersburg. A Hosted Journey.

Join Crusoe Managing Director Brett Cumberland and his wife, Anna, on an exciting journey to Russia. This Hosted Journey takes us to Russia during the White Nights and warm days of summer, when Russians are at their most joyous. With Brett and Anna, get to know the Russia behind the headlines on visits to her two most important cities. Insider activities along our route allow you to closely examine the history, cultural, people, and cuisine (vodka, too) of the world’s largest nation.

     The tour begins in Moscow, Russia’s intellectual hub with time in the Kremlin and beyond. Then we go deep inside the culturally jam-packed city of St. Petersburg, which Czar Peter the Great brought to life in the 18th century.

 


Russia

Dates:16 May 2019

Type:Hosted Journeys/Special Interest Group Tours/Set Departure

Mode:Land

Our Hosted Journey

Day 1: United States
Thursday,16 May 2019
• Overnight flight to Russia.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2: Moscow
Friday, 17 May 2019
• Arrive Moscow, transfer to hotel, welcome dinner.
Overnight at Four Seasons Moscow

Day 3: Moscow
Saturday, 18 May 2019
• Kremlin including Armory Museum and Diamond Fund.
• Asumption Cathedral, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral.
• Option to tour Bolshoi Theater.
• Evening at leisure, optional Bolshoi performance (pending theater schedule).

Overnight at Four Seasons Moscow

Day 4: Moscow
Sunday, 19 May 2019
• City tour including Tretyakov Gallery, Novodevichy Convent Cemetery.
• Leisure time or option to tour Cosmonautics Memorial Museum.
• Farewell-to-Moscow dinner.
Overnight at Four Seasons Moscow

Day 5: Moscow, St. Petersburg
Monday, 20 May 2019
• Option for morning Moscow subway tour.
Sapsan speedy train to St. Petersburg.
• Arrive St. Petersburg, hotel check-in, welcome dinner.
Overnight at Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Day 6: St. Petersburg
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
• City tour including Peter and Paul Fortress with private choir performance, Church of the Spilt Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral.
• Leisure time. 
Private after-hours entry to the Hermitage including Gold Room, State Rooms, Jordan Staircase, and Peacock Clock private demonstration.

Overnight at Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Day 7: Peterhof, Pushkin, St. Petersburg
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
• Hydrofoil to Peterhof, minor palace and gardens.
• Drive to Pushkin, Catherine Palace including private tour of the Amber workshop.
• Return to St. Petersburg, evening at leisure.

Overnight at Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Day 8: St. Petersburg
Thursday, 23 May 2019
• Fabergé Museum, Museum of Political History.
• Leisure time.
• Yusupov Palace.
• Farewell dinner.
Overnight at Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Day 9: St. Petersburg; U.S.
Friday, 24 May 2019
• Fly home.

OPTIONAL PRE TOUR: SERGIEV POSAD

Day A: U.S.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

• Depart on an overnight flight to Russia.
Overnight in flight

Day B: Moscow
Thursday, 16 May 2019
• Arrive Moscow, transfer to hotel, remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Four Seasons Moscow

Day C: Sergiev Posad, Moscow
Friday, 17 May 2019
• Drive to Sergiev Posad, tour UNESCO World Heritage site including Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery and surrounding town, private monks' choir performance, lunch with a resident monk.
• Return to Moscow, evening at leisure.
Overnight at Four Seasons Moscow

This itinerary is subject to change.

For more information or to book this journey, please contact Rachel Dorsey at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8004.

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Pricing

Main Tour per person sharing room from    $12,580
Single supplement                                     $3,140

Optional Pre Tour per person sharing room    $990
Single supplement                                       $290

For more information or to book, please call Rachel Dorsey at 888-490-8004 or email her at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.Alfred Hitchcock demonstrated that identifying with characters in a challenging situation was a more important element of suspense than knowing the ending.

     With this in mind, we urge you to read Robert K. Massie’s page-turner of a biography, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

     Although we all know how the story ends, Massie does a brilliant job of bringing into sharp focus this extraordinary 18th-century leader. His biography is a vivid, engrossing account of Russia at a pivotal moment in world history.

     As Catherine ascended to the throne, great change was afoot in the larger world. The Enlightenment influenced thinkers in Europe and the colonies, and governments were overthrown. Following Massie’s recounting of the empress’s trials and tribulations—and her strategies for dealing with a quite incredible royal family—kept us on the edge of our seats.

     The characters who surrounded Catherine were themselves the stuff of great fiction, though none of this is made up: Peter, Catherine’s ineffectual husband, who she quickly deposed (Peter was dethroned, said Prussia’s King Frederick the Great, “like a child being sent to bed);” childless Empress Elizabeth, who removes Catherine’s children to raise them herself; and Catherine’s various lovers, among them Gregory Potemkin, who Catherine described as “one of the greatest, most bizarre, and most entertaining eccentrics of the iron age.”

     The book also documents Catherine’s immense efforts to modernize Russia and to elevate the realm in the eyes of the rest of Europe. As Massie makes clear, she succeeded brilliantly.

     Massie is a keen storyteller, and his account of a young girl’s transformation into Russia’s longest-ruling female leader (she ruled for 34 years) is a stunner. Don’t miss it.

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