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zFrom Istanbul to St. Petersburg

16 days

16 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers…

  • Savor the exotic flavors of Istanbul on our special Tasting Tour of the colorful Spice Market - including the shop where Turkish Delight was first created!
  • Delight in the summer palaces, ancient fortresses and peaceful fishing villages that dot the European and Asian shores on your Bosphorus cruise.
  • Enjoy a performance at the Odessa Opera & House.
  • Delve into Ukrainian folktales when you visit Bald Mountain, a legendary gathering place for witches.
  • Behold the priceless collections of the Kremlin Armory Museum and the storied Hermitage.
  • Explore the historic Russian towns of Vladimir and Suzdal and then venture deeper into the Golden Ring to Yuryev Polsky and Alexandrov, the ancient capital of Ivan the Terrible.

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Welcome to Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and check in to your hotel. Tonight, savor Turkish kebobs at Suada, a charming restaurant on an island in the Bosphorus. Meals D


The exotic sites and flavors of Istanbul c

Your tour includes the Topkapi Palace and lavish Beylerbeyi Palace. Tour the Hagia Sophia, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century, and explore the Spice Market with special tastings and a visit to the shop where Turkish
Delight was created. An afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus takes you all the way to a peaceful fishing village close to the Black Sea. Meals B,L


Welcome to Odessa

[The flight from Istanbul to Odessa is included for guests on our 16-day tour.] Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Potemkin Stairs, Cathedral and Vorontsov’s Palace. This evening, attend a stellar performance at the renwoned Odessa Opera & Ballet Theater. Meals B


History and art in Odessa

Gain insight into the city’s long-ago and World War II history as you descend into the Catacombs for a guided visit. Then tour the extensive collection of the Fine Arts Gallery, set in a handsome 19th-century noble residence. Meals B


Fly to Kiev

Upon arrival, your tour includes St. Sophia c. Inspired by the Hagia Sophia you visited in Istanbul, this magnificent cathedral contributed to the spread of Christianity throughout Russia. You’ll also see the imposing Golden Gate and
Kievo-Pecharska Lavra, a monastic complex of gold-domed churches. Meals B


Traditions and legend in the Ukraine

Learn about traditional life as you discover authentic wooden churches and homes gathered from villages across the country. Then visit Bald Mountain, the inspiration for the eponymous orchestral work by Mussorgsky. Meals B,L


Onward to Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your deluxe hotel. Meals B,D


Discover the Russian capital

Expertly guided sightseeing shows you Red Square c, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent c and the Bolshoi Theater. Then enter within the walls of the Kremlin c for a tour and discover the glittering Imperial treasures of the Armory Museum. Meals B


Into the countryside of the Golden Ring

Visit Alexandrov, the Russian capital under Ivan the Terrible and Yuryev Polsky, a classic country town with one of Russia’s oldest cathedrals. Continue to Suzdal and check in to your charming and comfortable inn. Meals B,L,D


Excursion to ancient Suzdal c and Vladimir c

Visit the 11th-century town of Suzdal and St. Demetrius Cathedral in Vladimir. Nearby, the Church of the Intercession is set in a riverside meadow. Delight in this rarely-visited gem, one of Russia’s most romantic visions. Meals B,L


Back to Moscow

Return to Moscow for a free afternoon. Meals B


By high-speed rail to St. Petersburg c

Tour the extensive art collection of the Hermitage, set in the opulent erstwhile palace of the Czars. Enjoy a leisurely stay at our deluxe hotel in the heart of town. Meals B


The Catherine Palace & City Tour

Visit the dazzling Catherine Palace for a tantalizing look into the opulent life of Peter the Great’s wife. Return to the city where you’ll tour St. Isaac’s Cathedral and see the Church of the Spilled Blood, set along a lovely city canal. Meals B


Excursion to The Peterhof

From mid May through mid September, the exuberant fountains of The Peterhof are on full display and you’ll enjoy an unforgettable visit to this spectacular summer estate of Peter the Great. Meals B,D


At leisure in St. Petersburg

This day is free to enjoy and explore as you wish. Meals B


Farewell St. Petersburg

Your tour with us finishes this morning. Meals B


Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows. Additional surcharges and blackout dates may apply.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.