War & Peace Tour - the Two Capitals

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War & Peace Tour - the Two Capitals

from £1,680
Duration: from 10 days
Countries: Russia
Inspired by the recent BBC Drama? Explore the true story behind the legendary War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy at this fascinating tour.
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War & Peace Tour - the Two Capitals

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.

Package Includes:

  • Economy class return flights from London, including airport departure taxes and fuel surcharges
  • 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
  • Official Visa Support Invitations

Package Does Not Include:

  • Russia visa consulate fee
  • Regional flight connections
  • Theatre tickets (optional)
  • Ambrotypic photography session (optional)

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 evoked 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

Travel to the ancient city of Tula by a retro steam train in the middle of the 21th century. Enjoy the Tula's sightseeing tour and its essential collection of firearms and cold weapons mostly used in the Napoleonic Wars. 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). Start your day exploring the ancient city of Tula 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.

Moscow and St Petersburg City Break Accommodation

MOSCOW

Hotel “Budapest” ****
Centrally located and within walking distance of the Bolshoi Theatre the 4* Budapest hotel provides an ideal stay for sightseeing enthusiasts. This beautiful hotel has a classic 19th century facade with a welcoming traditional interior. It is just a short distance from the historic Kremlin and Red Square and with its own bar, beauty salon and conference room.
Nearest metro station: Kuznetsky most or Teatralnaya


ST PETERSBURG

Hotel “Ambassador” ****
This building dates back to the 19th century, but internally has a distinctly more modern and luxurious feel. Many of the rooms offer a view of St Petersburg's historical centre, and the hotel has an array of 4* facilities, including a fitness centre and swimming pool.
Nearest metro station: Sadovaya


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War and Peace by BBC

War and Peace by BBC

Steam train journey to Leo Tolstoy real estate

Steam train journey to Leo Tolstoy real estate

The Yasnaya Polyana - Leo Tolstoy's real estate

The Yasnaya Polyana - Leo Tolstoy's real estate

The famous Chamber Room

The famous Chamber Room

The Catherine Palace

The Catherine Palace

An Ambrotype photoshoot

An Ambrotype photoshoot

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