Travelers will enjoy intimate conversations with local people; experience insider perks like a ballet master class and dinner at a private dacha, sip premium vodka on a private tour, and visit an array of museums, monuments and theaters. The tour is slated for September 15-25, 2017. Prices start at $5,095 USD. For more info, visit http://www.mircorp.com/trip/insiders-russia-moscow-st-petersburg-rediscovered/.
Days 1-4: Moscow:
Take a ride through Moscow’s lavish metro stations, hopping off at the golden-domed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, demolished by the Soviets and rebuilt as soon as Orthodox Christianity was legal again. Get a feel for the importance of vodka, sampling the country’s finest, Cristall; and gain an understanding of the deep unhealed wounds of WWII at the WWII Memorial. Stroll the historic neighborhood of Kitay Gorod, and then witness the future in the new skyscrapers of Moscow-City. Tour the Kremlin – of course – but also walk the halls of Moscow State University, enclosed in one of the monumental “Seven Sisters” that Stalin commissioned. Spend an evening at a sophisticated theater, and share dinner with a family of Muscovites in their home.
Days 5-11: St. Petersburg:
Stroll the backbone of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt; climb to the top of St. Isaac’s Cathedral; sip a flute of champagne on a breezy canal cruise; and attend a lecture to learn how the city evolved from socialism through perestroika to capitalism. Next, witness a ballet master class and top-flight performance at a prominent theater. Begin to comprehend the importance of the quintessential Russian dacha at Peter the Great’s royal dacha, Peterhof, as well as at a civilian dacha, dining with your hosts on home-grown and home-cooked Russian fare.
MIR Corporation, whose name means "peace" and "world" in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR's Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country. http://www.mircorp.com