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Join 20 lucky travelers for our luxury tour of Russia. Delve into the depth of Russia's cultural treasures, iconic architecture and fascinating history. Combining the aristocratic beauty of St. Petersburg, the Venice of the North, with the modern capital city Moscow.

Our Founder has personally researched and selected the hotels and tours including the high speed luxury bullet train from St Petersburg to Moscow, an experience in itself. We’ll even visit Star City, once a top secret town but today welcoming visitors interested in space travel, we do hope you can join us.

 

Destinations: Europe, Russia

Commencing: St. Petersburg, Russia

Duration: 12 nights

Departure Date: 08 Aug 2020

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Highlights

 

  • Please click here to watch our tour video
  • Small group limited to 20 guests 
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host and expert local guides 
  • Welcome dinner at L’Europe, Russia’s oldest serving restaurant
  • Visit the Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City 
  • Spend time at the Summer Palace & Park Peterhoff 
  • Private tours and early entry including VIP entry to some of the palaces 
  • Enjoy an evening of ballet at the world famous Mariinsky Theatre 

 

​St. Petersburg | The Venice of the North

  • Spend 5 nights at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg in a Junior Suite 
  • A truly iconic building on Nevsky Prospekt among the city's greatest architectural treasures
  • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at L'Europe in the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
  • Explore this stunning city with private tours to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and the world famous Hermitage State Museum
  • Spend time at the Summer Palace & Park Peterhoff with VIP entrance included

 

Moscow | The Modern Capital 

  • Spend 5 nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow in a Club Room
  • Experience five-star luxury in every way imaginable, moments from Red Square and the Kremlin
  • Tour the imposing Kremlin and its surrounds including an exclusive opening of St Basil's Cathedral
  • Visit the Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City where you will get to meet a cosmonaut
  • Experience the magnificent art and architecture of the Moscow Metro system with an included Metro tour
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Saturday 08 Aug 2020

    Australia | Dubai

    Welcome to Dubai! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, Raffles delivers impeccable service and sophisticated style.

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    Day 02

    Sunday 09 Aug 2020

    Dubai

    Enjoy exclusive Raffles Club Lounge benefits including afternoon tea, evening canapés and cocktails at the Lounge. Spend the day at leisure. 

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    Day 03

    Monday 10 Aug 2020

    Dubai | St. Petersburg

    Spend the morning at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your flight to St. Petersburg. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. A truly iconic building, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city’s great architectural treasures. 

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 11 Aug 2020

    St. Petersburg

    After a leisurely morning, get to know St. Petersburg on a guided tour. Nicknamed the “Venice of the North” for its extensive network of canals, you’ll visit all the major sights including the Church of The Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Church of St. Isaac. Discover a city rich in culture and revolutionary spirit...Russia's imperial capital never ceases to amaze. 

    Tonight meet your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at L'Europe located in the Belmond.

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    Day 05

    Wednesday 12 Aug 2020

    St. Petersburg

    Today we take the hydrofoil ferry to reach one the most magnificent summer palaces, Petrodvorets, also known as the Peterhof. Founded by Emperor Peter the Great at the start of the 18th century, it's easy to see why these magnificent complex of palaces and gardens is called the Russian Versailles. Fronted by the opulent Grand Palace and displaying a rich variety of architectural styles, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most visited attractions.

    After exploring the palace and its sorrounds lunch is included at Peterhoff Park.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (B-L) 

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    Day 06

    Thursday 13 Aug 2020

    St. Petersburg

    Today is devoted to the world renowned State Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavish Winter Palace and former residence of the Russian Tsars. This stunning palace, an architectural masterpiece in itself is famously home to some three million treasures. The collection includes masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael and the French impressionists; its sculptures, icons, coins and even the Tsar’s jewellery make the Hermitage an unforgettable place to visit. 

    This evening enjoy a night at the ballet in style at the world famous Marrinsky Theatre.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (B) 

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    Day 07

    Friday 14 Aug 2020

    St. Petersburg

    Enjoy a guided visit to the town of Pushkin, home to one Russia’s grandest royal estates - the Catherine Palace, built in the 1700s. Absorb the blue and white facade, marvel at the rococo state rooms and halls embellished with stucco, frescoes and marble, and visit the showpiece - the extraordinary Amber Room. Continue to the Pavlovsk Palace, the elegant residence of Tsar Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. 

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (B-L) 

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    Day 08

    Saturday 15 Aug 2020

    St. Petersburg | Moscow

    Early morning we take the Sapsan high speed train from St Petersburg's Moskovsky Train Station, arriving at Moscow's Leningrad Train Station within 3.45 hours. Your base is The Ritz-Carlton, moments from Red Square and the Kremlin.

    This evening take a guided tour of Red Square including an exclusive opening of St Basil's Cathedral.

    The Ritz-Carlton (B) 

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    Day 09

    Sunday 16 Aug 2020

    Moscow

    Today, join your guide for a tour of Moscow's highlights to get your bearings. See landmarks such as Lenin’s Mausoleum, ancient cathedrals and convents including Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow State University, the Bolshoi Theater and more. Take in magnificent views of the city from Sparrow Hills, the highest point in Moscow overlooking the city and Moscow river. 

    The Ritz-Carlton (B-L)

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    Day 10

    Monday 17 Aug 2020

    Moscow

    Delve deeper into the depths of Moscow’s fascinating history, beginning with a guided walking tour of the Kremlin's grounds and cathedrals. The Kremlin was once the home of the Tsars and is now the residence of the Russian president. This morning we will visit the Armoury Museum with an exclusive early entry. The museum is crammed full of weaponry, armour and even some of Faberge's famous eggs.

    After lunch, head underground to explore some of Moscow's beautiful metro stations. Decorated with marble, mosaic, stained glass and bronze sculptures, you'll agree they're more like museums than part of a transit system.

    The Ritz-Carlton (B-L)

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    Day 11

    Tuesday 18 Aug 2020

    Moscow

    Visit Star City, once a top secret town but today welcoming visitors interested in space travel. Since 1960s Star City has been a training centre for the Russian Cosmonauts, it was here where Yury Gagarin, German Titov and Valentina Tereshkova prepared for their historic flights. During the tour you will see a gigantic centrifuge designed to simulate G-force and the Hydro Lab, a huge pool that simulates weightlessness practicing spacewalks as well as have the chance to meet a Russian Cosmonaut! Please note Star City is a working training centre, so your visit must be approved by the Russian authorities. 

    The Ritz-Carlton (B-L)

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    Day 12

    Wednesday 19 Aug 2020

    Moscow

    Spend the day at leisure. 

    The Ritz-Carlton (B)

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    Day 13

    Thursday 20 Aug 2020

    Moscow | Australia

    Upon hotel check out, transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International airfares from Australia 
  • One-way high-speed Sapsan train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in First Class
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

 

  • Raffles, Dubai | Club Room | 2 nights
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg | Junior Suite | 5 nights
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow | Club Room | 5 nights 
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03 | RAFFLES DUBAI

Raffles Club Lounge Privileges:

  • Personalised check-in and check-out 
  • Daily continental breakfast at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.30am-10.30am)
  • Afternoon Tea at the Raffles Club Lounge (3.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Evening canapés and cocktails at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.00pm-8.00pm)
  • Pressing up to two clothing items per stay
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04 | BELMOND ST. PETERSBURG

Nestled among the most celebrated landmarks on Nevsky Prospekt, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe serves as a time capsule of Russia’s illustrious past and a gateway into St Petersburg’s exciting present, drawing guests from across the world for more than 140 years.

 

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05 | THE RITZ-CARLTON MOSCOW

From Kremlin views to caviar tastings, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow celebrates the mystery and decadence of Russia’s most recognizable city. Experience five-star luxury in every way imaginable, whether you toast your stay with a sabrage demonstration, browse the collections in the hotel’s jewelry and fur galleries or simply savor the convenience of the hotel’s enviable address near Red Square.

 
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