Russia and Belarus

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Highlights

• Visit an open-air Soviet Union military museum in Minsk
• Enjoy Nesvizh (UNESCO) and Brest Fortress (UNESCO)
• Overnight in Mir Castle
• St. Petersburg - Visit Peter & Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace, and Peterhof Palace
• Hermitage and Faberge Museums
• Moscow - Red Square, Kremlin, Armoury and Moskva River cruise, Stalin's bunker, Cold War bunker
• Russian Space Program, Bolshoi Ballet & Backstage Experience
• Enjoy medieval towns, monasteries, and cathedrals of the Gold Ring

Fact File

• 19 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Start in Minsk, Belarus and finish in Moscow, Russia
• Activity Level: 1-2

 

Explore one of Europe’s least visited countries, Belarus! Enjoy the wide boulevards lined with classic Stalinist architecture. Visit traditional villages, stopping at a babushka’s home. We visit the medieval castles of Nesvizh and Mir (overnight), as well as Brest Fortress (UNESCO), Khatyn Memorial, and Strochitsy Museum. We will enjoy the local flavors at the famous Azyartso Cuisine restaurant, and visit the Great War and Stalin Line Museums, where you can even enjoy a tank ride!

Flying to St. Petersburg, Russia, we explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities by foot, bus and canal. Enjoy Peter & Paul Fortress, the Faberge Museum, Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace with its superb gardens and fountains, and the world-renowned Hermitage Museum.

We take a fast train to Moscow, a city steeped in political mystery and intrigue! Visit Red Square, the Kremlin and Armoury, Stalin’s bunker, a nuclear bunker, as well as New Maiden Convent and Cemetery.

Enjoy Sparrow Hills with a view over Moscow, Leo Tolstoy's estate, Tretyakov Gallery (which houses the best collection of Russian art), and a Moskva River cruise. Visit the Russian Space Program, even chatting with cosmonauts. Enjoy the Bolshoi Ballet, including a backstage experience!

We depart for our Golden Ring excursion, stopping at Sergiev Posad, whose monastery is one of the most beautiful in Russia, and one of the principle spiritual centers of the Russian Church. We continue to Vladimir before our final stop in Suzdal, with its countless monasteries, cathedrals, well-preserved historic wooden homes and its undeniable charm. This is truly a beautiful, traditional part of old Russia!

We return to Moscow for our farewell dinner and overnight in the beautiful, fully-renovated, Ukraine hotel - one of Stalin’s architectural gems known as the "Seven Sisters". Enjoy the views over Moscow, one of the world's most colorful and vibrant cities!

FROM: $8695 USD

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels with private bathroom facilities.

Comfort notes

Some long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Minsk, Belarus
Day 2: Minsk City Tour, Stalin Line (Opportunity to Ride a WWII Tank)
Day 3: Khatyn Memorial, Azyartso Cuisine & Strochitsy Museum
Day 4: To Nesvizh Castle
Day 5: Brest Fortress (UNESCO), Traditional Village, to Mir Castle
Day 6: Mir Castle, Fly to St. Petersburg
Day 7: Peter & Paul Fortress, Faberge Museum
Day 8: Peterhof Palace
Day 9: Catherine Palace
Day 10: Hermitage Museum and Canal Tour
Day 11: Train to Moscow
Day 12: Moscow Sites - Kremlin, Red Square, Cathedral, Armoury, Cooking Lesson
Day 13: Moscow Sites Continued - Tolstoy Museum, Convent, Sparrow Hills, Tretyakov Gallery
Day 14: Cold War Nuclear Bunker & Moskva River Cruise
Day 15: Russian Space Program & Bolshoi Ballet With Backstage Experience
Day 16: The Golden Ring, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, to Suzdal
Day 17: Vladimir
Day 18: Return to Moscow, Farewell Dinner
Day 19: Depart Moscow
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