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Trip Code: WMPR

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Join in local life and customs in the Golden Ring town of Suzdal as you share a traditional meal in a Russian home and take part in a pastry making demonstration., Step into the resplendently decorated Polovtsov Mansion for an Exclusive Experience including a tour of the historical building followed by an unforgettable private concert paired with champagne., Enjoy an elegant Feature Stay in a prestigious location – your hotel sits on the beautiful grounds of the Konstantin Palace, former home of the Romanov Tsars., Soak up the atmosphere of Moscow’s Red Square and Kremlin, and marvel at the opulence of Peter the Great’s grand palace, gardens and fountains in Peterof., Discover treasure-upon-treasure at the incredible art collection housed in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum – this Exclusive Experience is led by an expert art historian.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip is a comfortable way to see the highlights and learn the history of Russia’s most iconic sights, using private transport and high-speed day trains.

We pack a lot into this short itinerary, so be prepared for days full of activities. We highly recommend staying additional days in St Petersburg and Moscow to get the most out of these fascinating destinations.

We recommend packing light and compact for this trip, as you will need to be able to carry your luggage on and off trains.

Important information

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please provide the following details exactly as they appear in your passport at the time of booking so that we can book your train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket if an amendment occurs.
• Your full name (first, middle, last)
• Passport details (number, nationality, issue, expiry dates, date of birth)
4. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. We recommend you pack as lightly as possible, ensuring that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Help will be on hand in most locations, but there may be times you need to handle your own luggage, for example in airports and train stations.

A lockable suitcase with wheels is ideal for this trip. It is recommended that you keep your main luggage weight around 15kg and certainly no more than 20kg. A small or medium-sized backpack (45-50 litres) is another good option.

You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, jacket, etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below is a link to our ultimate packing list, a guide to get you started:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

Physical rating

 
2

Joining your group

Marco Polo Presnja Hotel Гостиница Марко Поло Пресня, 123104, Moscow, 9, bldg. 1, Spiridonjevskij Lane, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Phone: +7495 6600606

Marco Polo Presnja Hotel is situated in historical Moscow center, close to the Patriarshiye Ponds and the main city attractions, such as the Red square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoy theaters as well as several ancient churches and the synagogue, are located just few blocks away. It is also near Tverskaya street with numerous boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. The hotel offers comfortable rooms including en-suite bathroom, TV & AC. For more information, please go to http://www.presnja.ru/en/default.html

Joining instructions

"Moscow has 4 international airports (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky). Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo are the most commonly used by our travellers.

ARRIVAL TRANSFERS:
Arrival transfers are available - if you have pre-booked a transfer with us. You'll need to provide us your flight details at least 14 days prior to your travel. The driver will be waiting for you inside the arrival hall, after you get luggage and clear customs. As you exit to the arrivals – you’ll see plenty of drivers holding signs, just look for a sign Intrepid + Your Last Name
If you can't allocate the driver - call the following number of the local supplier: Ilya 007 916 156 49 69
In rare case if local supplier is not answering – call Russia Emergency Number listed below
Please note that driver will be waiting for you for 1 hour after your arrival time
If you experience flight delay or luggage lost, please don’t hesitate to call above numbers so we can coordinate your transfer more efficiently

By taxi:
The taxi ride from the airport to our starting point hotel takes at least one hour depending on traffic and should cost around 4000 RUB (approx. US$65, to be paid in local currency). Avoid taxi touts. From all airports we recommend you use the services of one of the official taxi desks (such as MosCab, Gett) located on the ground floor inside the arrival terminal.
Your leader will put a welcome note on the reception. Please look for it as it contains important information.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
All airports have public transport links that allow you to get to our starting point hotel cheaply and quickly. From Sheremetyevo you can take the airport express train (RUB500, 30-40 minutes) to metro station Belorusskaya (Белорусская) on the dark green & brown (circle) lines. The train runs every hour from 6am to midnight. You can find timetables and buy aeroexpress ticketы on-line at www.aeroexpress.ru.

From Domodedovo, the airport express train runs every hour to metro station Paveletskaya (Павелецкая, RUB 500, 40 to 50 minutes) on the brown (circle) & dark green lines. From Vnukovo airport, the airport express train goes to Kievskaya (Киевская) metro station on the dark blue & brown (circle) line and takes approx. 35 minutes (RUB 500).

From these stations, take the metro (RUB55) to the green line. Our starting point hotel is located 15 minutes walk from metro station Tverskaya (Тверская).

Exit the metro, cross by the underground walkway to the south west side of Tverskaya street. Head south west towards MacDonalds (the first one in Russia and once the biggest in the world). On the first intersection after MacDonalds turn right to the Sytinskiy lane (Сытинский переулок). Keep walking till the hotel.
The lane will turn left soon and become Bolshoy Palashevskiy lane and then Spiridonievskiy lane. Once the lane turned left, our hotel will be on the right hand side after the forth intersection.

Please note the address for Marco Polo Presnja Hotel below in Russian which may be useful to show to a taxi driver or to ask for directions:

Отель Марко Поло Пресня
Спиридоньевский пер., 9, стр. 1
Москва, 123001
м. Тверская"

Finishing your trip

Catherine Art Hotel, 32 Nevsky prospect, Tsentralny, St Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

The Hotel is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, a favourite among the guests and the citizens of the Cultural Capital of Russia. The Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, The State Russian Museum, the Field of Mars, the Summer Garden and the Hermitage – it’s possible to start this sightseeing route almost from the main entrance of the Hotel. ‘Gostiny Dvor’ and ‘Nevsky Prospect’ metro stations are just a few steps away. The Hotel is designed in the unique Petersburg style, featuring fully furnished rooms and European and Georgian restaurants on site.

If you have pre booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.
If you plan to make your own way to the airport, the hotel can help you book a taxi. It'll take about 30 minutes to an hour to the airport, depending on using tolled highway or not.
Otherwise, by public transport:
From Nevsky Prospekt (НЕВСКИЙ ПРОСПЕКТ) take 7 stops to “Moskovskaya” (МОСКОВСКАЯ) metro stop, it’s blue line. Follow the signs to the airport exit. From the bus stop take the bus #39 to the Pulkovo airport (40RUB, 20 minutes).

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 1

Dinners included: 2

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

RUSSIA
What is food in Russia really like? See our blog here for some must try foods:
https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/5-foods-really-need-try-russia/

Vegetarians in Russia certainly won't go hungry as there are usually plenty of meat-free options on menus including salads, certain soups, and cooked dishes such as mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, buckwheat, dumplings with vegetable fillings, savoury pancakes etc. Vegans will need to look for options without mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese which are common in Russian dishes. Moscow, St Petersburg and increasingly other towns have an ever growing number of excellent vegetarian and vegan eateries.

Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may wish to supplement inclusions with their own supplies from markets or supermarkets.

Climate & seasonal information

RUSSIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
New Year's Day: 1 Jan
New Year Holiday Week: 2-8 Jan
Orthodox Christmas Day: 7 Jan
Defenders of the Fatherland Day: 23 Feb
International Womens Day: 8 Mar
Spring & Labour Day: 1 May
Spring & Labour Day Holiday: 2 May
Victory Day: 9 May
Russia Day: 12 Jun
Russia Day holiday: 13 Jun
Unity Day: 4 Nov

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below:

Intrepid’s Local Operator: +7 918 6151572

Accommodations

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Transportation


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