War & Peace Tour
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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.

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Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber
A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow has one of the best theatre production companies in the world – the famous Bolshoi Theatre. It is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honour due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. Get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, this gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world and is a must see for art lovers. The Tretyakov Gallery is made up entirely of Russian art and contains more than 130,000 displays spanning from the 11th century to the early 20th. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the most popular exhibits and will inform you about the artists and the pieces themselves.
Borodino Panoramic Museum
Borodino Panoramic Museum
Founded 150 years after one of the most famous battles in history the Borodino Museum is not to be missed. It presents a collection of weapons, ammunition and uniforms. The centre piece of the exposition is a breathtaking painting by an outstanding Russian battle artist Franz Roubaud - the round canvas painting, 115m x 15m. Standing in the middle of this panorama you experience the battle during the 1812 war between Russia and Napoleon’s Grand Army. The epic battle on 7 September 1812 was one of the war’s decisive developments which took lives of more than 67,000 men. After spine-breaking Borodino Napoleon entered Moscow which was earlier burned to the ground by Russians who retreated deeper in the country, exhausting Napoleon's army. The Russian army led by General Kutuzov then chased the French all the way to Paris. Interactive displays of the museum shed more light on the progress of the brutal battle and the Napoleonic wars.
Tula
Tula
Older than Moscow, Tula grew as a great iron guns producer - the trade it is well-known for even today. Along with the iron factory it's the birthplace of Russian samovars of the highest quality and traditional cookies, pryaniki.
Yasnaya Polyana
Yasnaya Polyana
200 kilometres south of Moscow lies a traditional Russian estate of the 19th century, Yasnaya Polyana, the ancestral home of Leo Tolstoy. The very place where the writer was born, lived most of his life, wrote Anna Karenina and the War and Peace, and where is buried. The estate has been preserved to the slightest detail with rooms kept unchanged since his death for more than a century - with books, furniture, paintings and even some of Tolstoy’s clothes.
St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Hermitage
Hermitage
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.
Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace
The stunning Yusupov Palace on the Moika River bears a dark mark of being the site of the fatal cabal against Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.
Peterhof
Peterhof
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.
Russian Museum
Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is a treasure chest of art located in one of the most beautiful squares in St Petersburg. It was the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country and is a major hub of culture and education. The museum contains countless masterpieces and unique collections of art, from traditional icon paintings to experimental Avant Garde and socialist realism. A must visit for any art lover!
Day 1
FLY UK TO MOSCOW

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)

Day 2
MOSCOW

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)

Day 3
MOSCOW

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)

Day 4
MOSCOW

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)

Day 5
MOSCOW

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)

Day 6
ST PETERSBURG

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)

Day 7
ST PETERSBURG

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)

Day 8
ST PETERSBURG

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)

Day 9
ST PETERSBURG

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)

Day 10
ST PETERSBURG

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)

Optionals****

  • 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.

2017 bookings are now 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

Package Includes:
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:
Russia visa
Economy class return flights from London, including airport departure taxes and fuel surcharges
Regional flight connections
Theatre tickets (optional)
Ambrotypic photography session (optional)

Neil Barnes
November 2016

Hi Alena,
I just wanted to to take the time to thank you for organising my amazing trip to Russia last month. I was really impressed with the way everything went from the flights to the hotel to the tours. Your staff in Moscow(Ekaterina)and Saint Petersburg(Natasha) were nothing short of excellent. They were so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the history and the information that they were passing on to me.
All the drivers deserve a thumbs for, they were always on time seemed genuinely happy to be driving me to all the destinations on my itinerary and the cars they were driving were all modern and immaculately clean considering it was winter!.
The hotels were good value, clean, modern and very safe, the majority of the staff speak English which is a massive help.
When I went out on my own at night I felt very safe, actually talked with the Police and had a laugh with them, they were very friendly and professional. This totally dispelled the myth about the Police being 'in you face and constantly asking for your passport and immigration documents.
So once agin I would like to thank you for a great time and I can guarantee that I will be booking another holiday to Russia with IntoRussia in the future.
My I wish you and all your colleagues all the best for the New Year.
Kind regards
Neil A Barnes

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