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War & Peace Tour ( WP9 )
We've all enjoyed the recent drama by BBC - and it has inspired us to create a new fascinating tour that will allow you to explore the true story behind the legendary War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
The War and Peace tour combines classical highlights of the two majestic Russian capitals with striking Russian art, world-famous theatres and a very personal visit to the Leo Tolstoy estate.
If you love history, literature, art, architecture and most of all - travelling - this tour invites you for a unique journey where history and literature come together to unfold a fascinating story that once has changed our world.
Your Russian adventure has begun! On arrival transfer from the airport to the Budapest 4* hotel – a stunning building erected in 1876 in the heart of Moscow right next to the Red Square and The Bolshoi Theater. Relax or begin your adventure with independent exploration. (D)
Start your day exploring the ancient city of Tula (enquire about the possibility to travel by a retro steam train in the middle of the 21th century.) and proceed for a very special visit to Leo Tolstoy's estate – the Yasnaya Polyana – where the writer was born, wrote War and Peace, Anna Karenina and found his final rest. With the help of knowledgeable guides and unique materials you will discover Tolsoy’s fascinating life story in which history and mystery came hand by hand. (B, D)
Find your feet with a panoramic city tour accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide. Apart from the unmissable highlights, see the places from the War and Peace pages – the English Сlub where the General Bagration was praised, the Rostov and Bolkonsky family houses as well as Tverskoy bulvar which hosted those splendid life-changing balls. In the afternoon visit the State Tretyakov Gallery where you can appreciate an array of priceless Russian art. (B, D)
Today you tour the mighty Moscow Kremlin grounds, a true political and historical landmark. Included is a visit to the Armoury where you can find the largest collection of Fabergé eggs in the world! (B, D)
Explore Moscow’s famous Metro System, where stations were built to display the beauty of Russia and to evoke pride in native Muscovites. After the underground tour find yourself right in the middle of the life-changing fight with Napoleon at the unique Borodino Panoramic Museum. In the early evening travel to St Petersburg on the day train, 1st class. Transfer to the central 4* Ambassador Hotel on arrival. (B, D)
Get your bearings on a morning city tour and uncover the best of Russia’s former capital. Explore onward to the Peter and Paul Fortress, uncover its intriguing history and visit the burial tombs of the last Russian tsars. (B, D)
Stand back and surround yourself with one of the world’s largest art collections – visit The State Hermitage Museum and view masterpieces from all time greats including Da Vinci, Monet and Michelangelo. Continue with a visit to the stunning Yusupov Palace, which bears a dark mark of being the site of the fatal cabal against Grigory Rasputin. (B, D)
Enjoy an out of town excursion to the picturesque town of Pushkin to admire the golden domes of Catherine’s Palace and uncover its sparkling history and unique architecture. Among its gems is the Amber Room - a world-famous chamber decorated in precious amber panels, which were stolen by the Nazi and recently restored to its former glory. (B, D)
Visit St Petersburg’s most prominent and elaborate Imperial estate – the Peterhof, featuring the world’s largest system of fountains at the gorgeous Grand Cascade, the royal palace and the beautiful Lower Park and Upper Gardens. (B, D)
After breakfast visit the stunning Russian Museum – home to the collection of Russian art ranging from the 12th century icons to canvasses by the 20th century artists Chagall and Malevitch. Transfer to the airport as your Russian adventure comes to an end. (B)
- Visit a striking folk show at the Nikolaevsky Place (available from May till mid October).
- Attend performances at the world-known Alexandrinsky and the Hermitage Theater – in the summer season; and at the Marrinsky and Mikhailovsky theaters – in the winter season.
- Take part in an ambrotype photoshoot and masterclass – a complex technique of early photography developed in the 19th Century and still practiced by very few places worldwide. Gain unique experience and take a rare 19th century souvenier home from Russia.
2018 bookings are open on enquiry basis. If you are a group, want to add on extra days or excursions, or are looking for a little more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package just for you
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Half Board accommodation in Moscow and Saint Petersburg based on 2 sharing a twin/double with private en suite facilities
Excursions as outlined in the tour itinerary
Entrance tickets to museums
Services of an English speaking guide
Package Does Not Include:
Economy class return flights from London, including airport departure taxes and fuel surcharges
Regional flight connections
Theatre tickets (optional)
Ambrotypic photography session (optional)