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Russia Sept 2022


IMPERIAL RUSSIA


 

TRIP SUMMARY

Start Date:
Thur., Sep. 1, 2022  
 Trip Coordinator (TC):
 Jill Nanney
End Date:
Fri., Sep. 9, 2022  TC email:
 russia@spacecity.org
Full Package Price: 
$4,127 per person
 
 
Land Package Price:  $TBD per person    
Single Supplement Price: Check w/TC  Final Payment Date:
 Fri., May 15, 2022
Deposit: 15% per person    
Total Participants:
24 **Optional Travel Protection  $329

All prices are based on payment by credit card.
A 2.99% discount will be deducted for each payment by check.


New Cancellation Policy: This tour operator has an additional cancellation fee for those that do not buy the Collette insurance. Cancellations after 3/1/22 will be charged a $600 minimum cancellation fee + the $30 SCSC fee.  Final payment is 5/15/22. Once final payment has been made the cancelling participant is subject to a complete forfeiture of monies if there is no one on the wait list.  They may negotiate the sale of their package. Whether the spot is replaced from the wait list, sold or not filled, the cancelling participant pays SCSC $30 and Collette at least $600.  It is $600 at 3/1/22 and increases as the date nears departure.

*You can purchase 
Travel Protection directly from Collette for $329 (due before March 1, 2022).  Or purchase from your preferred insurance carrier - be sure to verify coverage requirements.

The Land Package for this trip is not yet available. Notify the Trip Coordinator if you are interested in purchasing a land package.


TRIP DESCRIPTION


Highlights

Moscow Metro • The Kremlin and the Armoury Museum • Red Square • St. Basil’s Cathedral  Walking Food Tour • High-Speed Train • St. Petersburg • Traditional Georgian Dinner • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood • Peterhof • Hermitage Museum • Catherine Palace • Vintage Soviet Car Ride

9 Days • 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts • 1 Lunch • 3 Dinners

Includes: Door to Door Pick-up within 50 miles from IAH (1 pickup per reservation), Round Trip Air, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers and most tips


Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to one of the most magnificent countries in Europe.

Day 2: Moscow, Russia - Tour Begins

Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s glamourous capital city where beguiling architecture, complex history, and posh culture thrive. Let the energy of this intriguing city wrap around you and inspire your curiosity.

Day 3: Moscow

Your journey through Moscow begins with a short ride on the Metro, Russia’s incredibly elegant and efficient public transit system. With lavish mosaics, ornate stained glass and stunning architecture, each stop on the Metro is like a mini-museum with its own unique allure. Arrive at the Kremlin (UNESCO), the beating heart of Moscow and the seat of power in Russia. Home to a stunning collection of wealth from eras when tsars reigned supreme, this fortress complex is a can’t-miss glimpse into Russian history. Enjoy a guided visit of the Armoury Museum, home to a priceless collection of Imperial crown jewels, weaponry, and Faberge eggs. Continue on your exploration of the Kremlin with a visit to the Assumption Cathedral*, designed in the ornate Old Russian style. In the bustling Red Square of Moscow**, pause to admire the iconic domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Next, visit GUM, the lavish department store at the heart of the city. Later, a local expert reveals a bit about life “behind the Iron Curtain,” during an informative lecture about Soviet society. This evening, enjoy a traditional Russian dinner at a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Moscow

This morning, it’s your choice! Choose between a themed tour, “Back to the USSR,” where you’ll gain insight into the tensions between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and the great “Space Race” -OR- take a guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most significant art museums in Russia with over 100,000 artistic works. Next, an epicurean adventure awaits! Get a taste of local flavor as you stroll the streets with a local guide and savor authentic dishes found on the tables of many Russian families. See Moscow’s most iconic landmarks from a new point of view as you float along the picturesque waters of the Moscow River. The evening is yours to soak in the splendors of your final night in Moscow. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 5: Moscow - St. Petersburg

Enjoy a leisurely morning before hopping aboard a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, the “Venice of the North” and Russia’s Imperial capital.  Spend the remainder of the day independently exploring this thriving hub for art, history and culture as you wish. Tonight, delight in traditional Georgian cuisine at a favorite local restaurant. Savor the exotic comfort food and drink of a region that has been producing wine for over 8,000 years. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: St. Petersburg

Experience the Imperial Russia of your dreams, full of regal beauty and iconic sights. A panoramic tour of St. Petersburg brings this historic city to life. See St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress with the cathedral that is the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses and Tsars from Peter the Great to the Romanovs, and the famed Palace Square. Go inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg’s most elaborate church. After getting acquainted with this vibrant city, tour the meticulously landscaped grounds and soaring fountains of the Peterhof Grand Palace***, better known as the “Russian Versailles.” Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: St. Petersburg

Welcome to the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg’s most iconic building and the former home of Russian tsars. Built for Peter the Great, this Russian wonder is a true glimpse into the glory of Russian aristocracy.  Enter the breathtaking green and white complex and make your way to the incredible Hermitage Museum for a guided tour. Second in size only to the Louvre, the Hermitage is home to the largest collection of paintings in the world, with works from the great old masters to the likes of Monet and Matisse. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: St. Petersburg

Take a step back in time with a tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace. Built in 1717, the Rococo palace was once the opulent summer home of Russian tsars. It’s said the building was torn down and rebuilt six times to satisfy the grand visions of Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth. Enjoy exclusive early access here and marvel at the robin’s egg blue exterior and the lavish décor of the interior rooms.  The Amber Room is an astonishing recreation of the entire room that was stolen by the Nazis in WWII. Today its whereabouts are unknown.  Before this loss it was considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Next, we’ll see St. Petersburg from a different perspective - from the interior of a vintage Soviet car! Feel as if you’ve entered a different era as you ride through the city in luxury. Tonight, get one final taste of Russian culture and cuisine during a farewell dinner and traditional folk show. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: St. Petersburg - Tour Ends

Today, say do-svidaniya (goodbye for now) to Russia as your Imperial journey comes to a close. Today breakfast will be included.

 


Hotels

Day 1 Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow

Days 5 – 8 Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, St.

Petersburg




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Please Note:

This is a preliminary itinerary. Some trip details may change.

**You can purchase Travel Protection directly from Collette for $329 (due before March 1, 2022)

 


A Night at the Russian Ballet will be an optional excursion when you are in

St Petersburg, $140 pp

 

*When the Assumption Cathedral is not available, we will visit either the Cathedral of the Annunciation or the Cathedral of the Archangel.

**Red Square may be closed/blocked at any time.

***During the months that the Peterhof fountains are unavailable, a tour of the palace will be available with this option.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.


IDENTIFICATION

Passports require a minimum of 6 months validity from date of return home.

A visa is required for travel to Russia – at your responsibility and expense. Please allow a minimum of approximately 6 weeks for processing your Russian visa. Current cost is $160.

 

To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

 

Don’t miss your second chance to go with SCSC and experience The Tale of Two Cities in the largest country in the world. A pre or post trip extension is currently under development.



  For more information and updates and sign up, go to russia@spacecity.org

Photos are provided courtesy of our tour operator – Collette.


Jill Nanney
Trip Coordinator: Jill Nanney
Russia@Spacecity.org

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS TRIP!

CLICK ON THE DESCRIPTION THAT CORRESPONDS TO YOUR TYPE OF REGISTRATION.

When you register for this trip, all that you are required to do is pay your trip deposit of 15% per person. You have until Final Payment Date to pay your balance.

If you require a single supplement to go on this trip, make sure you contact the TC immediately after registering for the trip so that one is assigned to you.


If you are not familiar with the Space City cancellation policy, please read it HERE.

If all or any of the packages offered in this trip have sold out (i.e., they show as Filled on the Event Registration - Activities page), and you would still like to purchase them, then contact the TC to be put on a Wait List.  Jill at russia@spacecity.org 


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When:
Thursday, September 1, 2022 to Friday, September 9, 2022
Where:
Russia
Hotels -
Days 2 – 4 Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow
Days 5 – 8 Solo Sokos


Russia
Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Jill Nanney
Category:
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Full Package - Russia
Land Package - Russia