Our Moscow and St. Petersburg conference sees us returning to Russia for the first time in more than a decade. Much has changed in this time but it remains a country of contrasts. Covering one eight of the Earth’s inhabited land and with a population of almost 150 million people, Russia is a vast territory stretching from the highest mountains in Europe to some of the lowest spots in the world.
A visit to Russia is always an exhilarating and sometimes challenging experience. For the locals, everyday life goes on amid a jumble of trial-and-error capitalism, billboard politics, tsar mania, slick gangster-hangout restaurants and posh nightclubs.
Our itinerary begins in Moscow – the political and economic capital of the Russian Federation and home to iconic landmarks such as the Bolshoi Theatre, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the magnificent Cathedral of Our Saviour. We’ll visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Armoury Museum, home to a stunning collection of royal artefacts, carriages and dresses dating back hundreds of years. We’ll then travel on Moscow’s famous metro and learn about its history and lavishly decorated stations.
While in Moscow we will visit The Old Tretyakov Gallery, the perfect place to acquaint oneself with the best examples of Russian art including religious icons and pre-revolutionary paintings including works by Kandinsky and Malevich. A private viewing of the nearby Church of St.Nicholas the Miracle Worker will follow.
After 4 nights in Moscow we travel by high-speed Sapsan (meaning Peregrine Falcon in Russian) train to St. Petersburg. The journey of 635km is completed in just over 3.5hrs with a top speed of 250km per hour.
Having three names in less than 100 years, St. Petersburg mirrors the shifting political winds of Mother Russia. The names of its places and people are a roll call of Russian history of the 19th and 20th centuries: the Winter Palace, Dostoyevsky, the Catherine Palace, Tchaikovsky and Lenin.
St. Petersburg is the most westernized of Russia’s cities. Its grand architecture echoes the great cities of Europe and there are seemingly countless museums full with staggering quantities of treasure. Stretching along the banks of the Neva River, it is obvious to see why St. Petersburg was once known as the Venice of the North.
One of the first stops and a guaranteed highlight of our time in St. Petersburg will be the Faberge Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter eggs. Less famous but as impressive is the Church on Spilled Blood and its exquisite mosaics. Our itinerary also includes the Hermitage Museum, renowned for its immense collection of over 2.4 million items of art.
We also include a visit to the Vodka Museum as well the imposing Peter and Paul’s Fortress which was originally founded by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in St. Petersburg. Mixing things up a little, you’ll enjoy a relaxing Canal Boat Ride. We round out our time in St. Petersburg with a visit to Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room – an ornate chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors.
Adding to the already exceptional value is the inclusion of all tours and activities, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as almost every foreseeable expense. This includes the little items often overlooked including gratuities and porterage.
We hope you can join us as we conference in the Moscow and St. Petersburg from the 6 – 15 October 2017. For your comfort and touring pleasure the conference is limited to just 35 participants. Register today or you will miss out!