Still considered a mystery wrapped in an enigma, a trip
to Russia is for many a once in a lifetime experience. Almost 1,000
years old and very wise, Moscow is often misrepresented and shunned
in favour of her Imperial rival St Petersburg. In fact a vibrant,
dynamic and fascinating city, to neglect Moscow and her charms
would be a shame, particularly as they are so
Moscow, of course, is home to the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet, take
in a performance and a backstage tour. Glimpse into the Soviet era,
with a tour of the stunning Metro system, Lenin's tomb or Stalin's
bunker. Visit the magnificent churches of the Kremlin or the
buildings that influenced Le Corbusier. Admire the greatest
collection of purely Russian Art at the Tretyakov and the
impressionist masterpieces in the State Pushkin Museum.
Allow yourself to be seduced by the opulent splendour of the
Armoury Museum within the Kremlin, which houses a huge collection
of Imperial Russian artwork, plus a glittering array of Fabergé
eggs with their jewel-encrusted mechanised interiors.
When Peter the Great built St Petersburg, he envisaged a city as
unlike Moscow as possible, a modern city designed to a plan. The
first stone was laid in 1703, and Peter invited architects, masons,
artists and craftsmen from every corner of Europe to help create
his new capital. After Peter's death, a succession of empresses and
emperors added to the beauty of St Petersburg, each one lending it
a new style: Baroque, Rococo, Classical and Russian Revival.
St Petersburg changes dramatically with the seasons. In summer
it benefits from long days and white nights, the sun glinting off
grand pastel-coloured buildings and golden spires. Winter - when
the rivers are frozen and the city lies under a crisp blanket of
snow - is stunning, and arguably the most romantic time of
Explore the surrounding countryside, visiting the glorious
summer palaces built by the Tsars. Among the treats that we can
arrange, you should not miss a VIP tour to the Amber Room Workshops
at the Catherine Palace.