Headsets throughout the tour
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sergiyev Posad, Peterhof Palace & Gardens, and Hermitage Museum (entrance fees included). Professional Tour Director while touring
- Security train regulations require clients’ family and first name, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at time of booking.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Day 1Arrive in Moscow, Russia
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Russian capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Sightseeing with a Local Guide this morning will include a drive into Red Square, then a walk past St. Basil’s, a visit to the Kremlin and one of its cathedrals, and one of Moscow’s famed underground Metro stations. Free time to join other optional activities or do your own exploring of Russia’s fascinating capital. (B daily)
Day 4Moscow. Excursion to Sergiyev Posad–Overnight Train to St. Petersburg
Enjoy a day excursion that includes a visit to the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergiyev, founded by St. Sergiyev, one of Russia’s most revered holy men. To this day, thousands flock to the monastery not only as an act of religious belief but also to see one of Russia’s greatest and most splendid architectural treasures. It is also used by filmmakers because of its five-tiered bell tower, uniquely beautiful and equally photogenic. After dinner in Moscow, transfer to the station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 5St. Petersburg
See the highlights on the city tour with a Local Guide. Created in 1703 by Peter the Great, this city was made the capital of all the Russias. Although not one of Russia’s oldest, it is steeped in history, particularly from the early 20th century to the end of the World War II when it endured one of the longest and cruelest sieges in modern history. A whole afternoon to do some individual exploring and to get to know more about this fascinating city. (B,L)
Day 6St. Petersburg
After breakfast, join the included visit to the Peterhof Palace and its gardens. This historic building was almost totally destroyed during World War II and was most lovingly restored to its original splendor just a few years ago. (B)
Day 7St. Petersburg
There is no greater attraction in this city than a visit to the Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace built by the Swiss/Italian architect Rastrelli in 1754 during Empress Elizabeth’s reign. It remained the home of the imperial Russian Royal Family up to 1917. Its collection of paintings spans all eras and is particularly well known for its French Impressionist and modern art. The inside architecture is of outstanding beauty; note the magnificent Jordan staircase. A day to be remembered. (B)
Day 8St. Petersburg
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Moscow and St. Petersburg if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4-berth, second-class couchette.
Buffet breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 dinners