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Discover the two imperial jewels of Russia! In Moscow, the spectacular Red Square and the immense Kremlin, the two incredible remnants of the former Soviet Empire, await you. In St. Petersburg, discover the artistic heritage of the Hermitage and the impressive fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul, the ancient pantheon of the Tsars.
* For departures on the 18/09/19, 01/10/19 & 20/10/19 the hotels will be Hotel Alfa Izmailovo in Moscow & Hotel Russ in St. Petersburg
** If the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative options:
Moscow: Radisson Blu Belorusskaya, Holiday Inn Lesnaya, Radisson SAS Slavianskaya, Alfa Izmailovo Hotel, Vega Hotel
Saint Petersburg: Azimut Hotel, Russ Hotel, Admiralteiskaya, Grand Katerina, Park Inn Nevsky
*** As an individual, you can have your visa processed at any consulate of the Russian Embassy in the United States (which can be found in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle) as well as at the Russian Visa Center in the USA (http://www.ils-usa.com).
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOUR PASSPORT DETAILS ARE CORRECT FOR THE LETTER OF INVITATION. The letter is necessary for making your visa application: IT IS NOT A VISA. If you have any questions please contact our Customer Service Team on +1 888-488-0592.
The visa application process requires an application form, a valid passport, one passport-sized photo, your trip confirmation from Exoticca, a Visa Support Letter (VSL) also provided by Exoticca, and a processing fee. If a revision is required after the VSL has been issued, there is a $50 per person Russia Visa Support Letter change fee that will be applied.
Visas services for the Embassy of the Russian Federation are managed by Invisa Logistics Services at their Visa Center, 1680 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.Tel. (202) 827-0895; Fax (202) 827-0896. All applicants must first complete an online Visa Application Form at http://visa.kdmid.ru and then either appear in person at the Visa Center ($33 fee in addition to the Consular visa fees) or submit their application via a visa service. Details at https://washington.mid.ru/en/. (Note - although the Russian embassy recommends multiple-entry visas for US citizens, it is not necessary).
A single-entry visa is sufficient for itineraries with one entrance into the Russian Federation. Visa processing can take as long as 4-6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.
It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have made your reservation.
Visa, drinks, entrances, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Arrival at U.S. departure airport ready to check-in for flight to Moscow. Overnight flight.
Arrive in Moscow, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Arrival at the hotel. Feel free to get out and about and discover Moscow at your own pace! Overnight in Moscow.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, head off to Gorki Leninskie, once a retreat for Muscovite noblemen, before later being nationalized under the Soviet government and then used by Lenin in his later years. Discover its history and its beautiful architecture before enjoying an included lunch. In the afternoon enjoy an included tour, which allows you to discover the best and most interesting parts of Moscow. Explore the historical center, including the Red Square and the Sofiiskaya Malecon. Then, visit the modern part of Moscow. Panoramic view of the hills of Vorobyevy, taking in the famous "7 Sisters" - the Soviet skyscrapers built by Stalin. Overnight in Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover the Kremlin and its cathedrals, one of the most impressive artistic ensembles in the world. Inside you will see the majestic Arsenal, the Senate, Congress Palace, the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Czar's Canyon and the cathedrals of the Archangel Michael of the Twelve Apostles and the Assumption. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Moscow Metro stations and enjoy a walking tour of lively Arbat Street. Overnight in Moscow.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, visit the Tretyakov Gallery, which is home to the largest and most impressive collection of Russian fine art. Be amazed by the splendor of your surroundings and the beautiful works of art. Transfer to the station to take the Sapsan Bullet Train, a high-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Transfer from the station to the hotel for check-in and overnight in St. Petersburg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided city tour of St. Petersburg, the second most important city in Russia known as the "Venice of the North". The historical center contains a great number of monuments and buildings of baroque and neo-classical architecture. Visit the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul and the pantheon of Russian Tsars, which dates back to the time of Peter the Great. In the afternoon, visit Peter & Paul Fortress and then continue discovering this beautiful city at your own leisure. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Tsars. In its interior find the most famous museum in the world, the Hermitage, whose collection has more than three million works of art by artists as famous as Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, among others. Later, enjoy a free afternoon in which we suggest visiting the gardens of Petrodvorets to stroll among its beautiful ponds and fountains with waterfalls decorated with dozens of golden sculptures. Overnight in St Petersburg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on an exciting excursion to Pushkin to visit this fantastic city located 17 miles from Saint Petersburg. Visit the luxurious Catalina Palace with its unforgettable Amber Room. With Rococo style and impressive dimensions, this was the official residence of the Tsars in summer.In the afternoon, enjoy some free time. We recommend a boat trip along the canals of the Neva River. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the flight back to the U.S. Arrival in the U.S. and end of your trip.
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Flights are non-refundable and non-amendable. Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same category or a higher. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
* If the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative options:
Moscow: Peter 1 hotel.
Saint Petersburg: Taleon or Author Boutique.
** As an individual, you can have your visa processed at any consulate of the Russian Embassy in the United States (which can be found in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle) as well as at the Russian Visa Center in the USA (http://www.ils-usa.com).