- A honeymoon in Russia's two great cities
- Stay in a hotel on the Moskova and another on the Neva, travelling first class by train between the two
- Expert local guides and Concierges, private visits, special attention and good accommodation: all reasons to travel with us
- Spa treatments for both of you are included
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Flight to Moscow
Transfer and accommodation for three nights in the heart of Moscow, on the banks of the Moskova, opposite the Kremlin. The Kempinski Baltschug is a perfect expression of stylish luxury. Built in the late 19th century it's an elegant and refined hotel with contemporary influences and From the premium grill, offering spicy T-bone steak, you can admire St Basil's Cathedral and the Kranzler cafe harks back to the brasserie style, which is one of the glories of central Europe. The swimming pool and sauna are great for relaxation, with friendly touches characteristic of Russia. The service is also impeccable throughout. The service is impeccable throughout the hotel.
Included in the itinerary - Moscow Highlights. Accompanied by a guide, visit Moscow's main districts and sites. Splendid monuments mark the route, including Pashkov House, a stunning neoclassical achievement by Vasili Bazhenov (1788); the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Constantine Tuna, 1883), the phoenix church where the band Pussy Riot became famous; the lovely church of St Nicholas des-Tisserands (1682), typical of the Naryshkin Baroque; the main building of Lomonosov University (Lev Vladimirovich Rudnev, 1953), from which you get a magnificent view of the city. In the afternoon, an hour's visit to GUM, the famous department store in Red Square. Founded in 1893, it is the Moscow equivalent of John Lewis, where more than 200 major brands share 1.5 miles of the shopping mall. On your way out, you can stroll around the square, where you'll also find Lenin's Mausoleum, the 16th century Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (or St Basil's Cathedral).
Today you can visit the Kremlin as guests and admire the stunning collection of decorative art in the Armoury Chamber. And then go on to the Tretyakov Gallery, where you can get your fill of Russian paintings. The icons in particular are amazing. Rublev's The Trinity (1427), the Holy Face and the cloud-shrouded Dormition of Novgorod (12th century) are universal masterpieces. Then there is the enigmatic Black Square on a white background by Kasimir Malevich (1915). The VDNH Park, a kind of open-air museum of Soviet era architecture, is surprising. And back to Vinzavod, where a dozen prestigious art galleries have moved into a former wine warehouse. Together, they are an important artistic hub. Since its inception, the centre has enjoyed steady success.
Moscow - St Petersburg
Transfer to the station, high-speed train and first class to St Petersburg. Accommodation for four nights in the W Hotel, within sight of the Admiralty tower and close to Nevsky Prospekt. The restaurant provides European cuisine with contemporary influences: lightness, flavour, precision. In terms of well-being, the indoor pool, spa and gym are all fantastic.
Included in the itinerary - The bourgeois highlights of St Petersburg. A tour of the city accompanied by a private guide. You'll begin by going to Hare Island where the Peter and Paul Fortress stands: the Romanovs have been buried there since Peter the Great. Then there is the Field of Mars, on which Paul I loved to exercise his troops, and the Marble Palace, with its imposing neoclassical facade, and the Summer Garden. There is an eclectic feel to St Petersburg. Elements could feel like London - St Isaac's is modelled on St Paul's Cathedral, while parts could also look like Brasilia.
Compared to conservative Moscow, St Petersburg is a young, bustling city behind the impeccable contours of its palaces. Designed as a theatre of power, it is also home to intellectuals and the arts. It is best discovered by foot; walking through its many palaces, along the lattice of canals, sumptuous museums, peaceful parks and a thousand corners where the spirit of the Russian Enlightenment is still hidden.
St Petersburg - Return flight
Transfer to the airport and return flight.
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The Kremlin - Moscow
Stop in Cathedral Square, where the famous churches are located, such as the Church of the Annunciation (15th century), whose icons contain paintings by Andrei Rublev, that of St Michael the Archangel (16th century) in the Venetian style and that of the Dormition (15th century) where Ivan IV, or Ivan the Terrible, was crowned. Its civil and religious buildings make it possible to read in architecture the political and cultural history of the country since the 15th century, from Ivan III, or Ivan the Great, to Vladimir Putin. Visit with a private guide.
Option - Half day
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour - Moscow
Built in the late 1800s on the banks of the Moskova River to commemorate the victory over Napoleon, it was destroyed by Stalin in 1931. It was then a question of building a Soviet palace instead. The project did not go any further than the foundations, which were re-purposed as a public swimming pool in 1958. After the fall of the USSR, the church was rebuilt as an identical replica, thanks to effective crowdfunding among the faithful. Today it is the seat of the Moscow Patriarchate. This triumphant Russian-Byzantine monument boasts a panoramic platform with spectacular views of the city's stunning architectural mosaic. Visit the site with a private guide.
Option - Half day
Pushkin and Pavlovsk - St Petersburg
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin, from 1937 onwards) is located about 15 miles south of St Petersburg. Accompanied by a private guide, visit the Palace of Catherine II and its gardens and the Pavlovsk Palace which the Empress gave to her son Paul. There is something less majestic here than in the large palace complexes of St Petersburg, but there is a lighter touch, and always a stunning grandeur.
Optionl - Full day
Hermitage Museum - St Petersburg
This is one of the most beautiful museums in the world. The vastness of the art collections presented here is literally dizzying and it is certainly helpful to have a guide to help you find your way around and go straight to the Benois Madonna (Leonardo da Vinci, 1482), The Stolen Kiss (Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1786), The Dance (Henri Matisse, 1910)... And the Egyptian, Greek, Roman antiquities, decorative arts, are no less fine.
Option - Half day
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