Originally from Russia, I moved to beautiful Kansas City in 1999. I always say that I have two homes. My second home is Kansas City. I feel lucky to be a Russian living in the heart of America and experience two great cultures.
From 2012 to 2018, I had a privilege to study poetry in the Gorky Literature Institute in the heart of Russia – Moscow. During these years, I traveled to Russia every spring and fall. This made me to relearn and appreciate more rich culture and history of my homeland. It inspired me in the way that I decided to start the Russian Cultural Association, a non-profit organization, and promote cultures of the Russian-speaking people of Missouri and Kansas.
My own story of coming to the heart of America from another country and making it my home, inspires me to connect people of different ethnic groups and promote the businesses and cultures of our diverse Midwestern community. It was my long-awaited dream to invite people from the US to travel to Russia and experience the amazing beauty and uniqueness of Moscow and St. Petersburg, two of the most distinguished cities in the world.
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the hotel. Check in to Hotel Godunov. In the late afternoon, join Lana for a welcome briefing followed by a special welcome dinner.
June 27. Depart the hotel for a morning tour of Moscow. Enjoy a panoramic view of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills, stop at Christ the Savior Cathedral. Finish with a tour of Red Square surrounded on four sides by the Kremlin, St Basil's Cathedral, GUM Department Store, and the State History Museum.
June 28. Visit the famous Kremlin with its many treasures including the sumptuous interior of the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great. Finish the visit to the Armory Chamber with the largest collection of gold and silver made my Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial arms and armor, carriages and horses ceremonial harness.
June 29. You will have the day to enjoy Russia on your own.
May 30. Arrive at Saint Petersburg and transfer to Hotel Meininger. The evening is at your leisure to discover Saint Petersburg.
May 31. Enjoy a morning introduction to this magnificent city with a guided tour, including a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, where all the Russian Emperors and Empresses are buried. Afterwards, visit the Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 01, 1881..Enjoy a walking guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum housed in the Winter Palace, the former principal residence of the Romanov Emperors.
June 1. Exploring Pushkin. Visit the most picturesque suburbs of Saint Petersburg, the town of Pushkin name after a famous Russian poet, also known as Tsarskoe Selo. Discover Catherine Palace with its amazing 300-year history with the Amber Room, an 18th century wonder of the world, lost in WWII, and re-created at the Catherine Palace.
June 2. Exploring Peterhof. Enjoy a guided tour of Peterhof and its Palace. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France.
June 03. A day to explore St. Petersburg on your own with an option to spend it with Lana or a local guide
What is included:
Hotels 3 stars in Moscow and St Petersburg
Tickets to Bolshoi Theater
Entrance to museums
Invitation letters for visa to Russia Federation
Transfer to/from airport
Transfer to/from train station
Bus transport to/from Moscow city
Bus transport to/from St Petersburg
Bus transport to/from Pushkin
3 lunches and 3 dinners
English speaking guide in Moscow, St Petersburg, Pushkin, and Peterhof
What is not included:
Flights from/to U.S.
Meals not mentioned on the itinerary
Non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due during your booking.
You have until April 20, 2020 to cancel the reservation.
After that date, the reservation will be charged in full.