Lifestyle Tours presents…
Imperial Russia
August 20 – 28, 2020

9 Days ● 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

Book by February 21, 2020, & Save $400 Per Person: 

Double $4,499; Double $4,099*
Single $5,199; Single $4,799
Triple $4,469 Triple $4,069

For bookings made after Feb 21, 2020 call for rates.

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

**Alternate gateways are available upon request

Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on an air-inclusive package from EVV

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Collette’s Flagship: Collette’s tours open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures.
These itineraries offer an inspiring and easy way to experience the world, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.


Collette Experiences
  • Navigate Russia’s bustling capital like a local when you travel via the stunning Moscow Metro system.
  • Ride through the historic streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car.
  • Join a local expert for an in-depth conversation on life behind the Iron Curtain.
Culinary Inclusions
  • Get a true taste of local culture during an immersive walking food tour where you’ll learn about Russian culinary traditions.
  • Dine at a classic Georgian restaurant and sample dishes popularized during Imperial Russian times.
  • Get introduced to Russian cuisine and culture during dinner at a local restaurant.
Must-See Inclusions
  • Explore the heart of Moscow with a guide as you take in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
  • Discover the largest collection of paintings in the world on a guided tour of the renowned Hermitage Museum.
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise along the Moscow River.

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

Day 1: Thursday, August 20, 2020. Overnight Flight You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to one of the most magnificent countries in Europe.

Day 2: Friday, August 21, 2020. 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: Saturday, August 22, 2020. 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. (B, D)


Day 4: Sunday, August 23, 2020. Moscow See Moscow’s most iconic landmarks from a new point of view as you float along the picturesque waters of the Moscow River. This afternoon, 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.
Take some time to digest and enjoy some free time to explore this lively city. Later, 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. The evening is yours to soak in the splendors of your final night in Moscow. (B, L)

Day 5: Monday, August 24, 2020. 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. (B, D)
 

Day 6: Tuesday, August 25, 2020. 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, 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, you can opt to spend the remainder of your day at leisure or take an optional tour of the meticulously landscaped grounds and soaring fountains of the Peterhof Grand Palace, better known as the “Russian Versailles.” (B)

Day 7: Wednesday, August 26, 2020. 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 likes of Monet and Matisse. (B)

Day 8: Thursday, August 27, 2020. 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. 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. (B, D)

Day 9: Friday, August 28, 2020. St. Petersburg - Tour Ends Today, say do-svidaniya (goodbye for now) to Russia as your Imperial journey comes to a close. (B)

Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2 – 4 Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow
Days 5 – 8 Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, St. Petersburg
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

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