Excursion to St. Petersburg and Moscow May 14 - 21 2017
"GLORY OF THE ROMANOVS"
Escorted by Novelist and Historian Greer Firestone
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This tour is exclusively designed for lovers or Russian history and the Romanovs. You will visit the glory of palaces and museums. You will taste local specialties and perhaps see a spectacular folk dance exhibition. Spend 3 nights each in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Along the way you will be accompanied by not only Romanov expert Greer Firestone but also an experienced guide who has hosted many like tours in these cities over the years. We will bring you firsthand, in-depth knowledge of the country's history, culture and insights of the 300 year Romanov dynasty, emphasizing the reign of Nicholas II.
A tour highlight is St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the former residence of Tsar Nicholas II, his beloved wife Tsarina Alexandra and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Marie. Anastasia (OTMA) and the Tsarevich Alexei. The opulence of their residences is unparalleled. We will visit the Hermitage Museum with celebrated works of Rembrandt, da Vinci, etc.
GlobusJourneys.com, our excursion planner, has also included a special treat..a welcome dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, bliinis, pickled cucumber and vodka!
During the bus trips and the visits Romanov history will be discussed and shared by Romanov family expert Greer Firestone and others who are passionate about this historical period.
This tour originates from Philadelphia PA airport (PHL). For those flying from other cities the total flight cost may be more in the US and less from Europe. See contact information with agent Mark Rachko below.
The GLORY OF THE ROMANOVS is a once in a lifetime excursion!!
DAY 1 -Arrive in St. Petersburg
Meet Greer Firestone and your international traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel with traditional delicacies. Firestone created the fb group ALEXEI ROMANOV: THE LAST TSAREVICH.
DAY 2 - St. Petersburg
Founded by Peter The Great, construction of the city, Russia's "The Window to the West", began in 1703. It spread over 100 islands linked by 700 bridges. We start our guided tour with the Winter Palace complex. It is the home of The Hermitage. Next drive along the elegant Nevsky Prospect and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral with its gilded dome and marble columns.
Optional evening: Dinner and Folk Dance performance at Nikolaevsky Palace, escorted by Russian guide and historian Natalia Loginova.
DAY 3 - St. Petersburg
Travel to Pushkin, home of Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra and visit the magnificent CATHERINE PALACE. (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). Balance of the day we will detail with exciting cultural options.
DAY 4 - St. Petersburg to Moscow
Transfer to the railway station and board the high speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. This evening, enjoy an exciting visit to the MOSCOW UNDERGROUND and RED SQUARE.
DAY 5 - Moscow
Sightseeing with a local guide which includes a visit to the KREMLIN, the city within a city where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals and palaces. At the ARMORY MUSEUM, see treasures such as Ivan The Terrible's throne. We will see the Bolshoi Theatre as well.
DAY 6 - Moscow
Many options available. This evening is a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialities.
DAY 7 - Your cultural excursion ends with breakfast
TOUR PRICE: $4759.00 (per person based on double occupancy, singles and triples available on request. Includeds round trip airfare on brochure dates and transfers. (If you are flying from Europe it would be a lower price. Please connect with our local agent and my friend, Mark Rachko of Uniglobe Travel in Delaware for information)
TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended to protect your vacation investment. See Mark Rachko for details
DEPOSIT: $250.00 per person. Non-refundable.
FINAL PAYMENT: Due March 1 2017.
For more information and to book:
UNIGLOBE RED CARPET 1812 Marsh Rd, Suite 413 Wilmington Delaware 19810 302.475.1220
OR Greer Firestone Wilmington Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org 302.494.3133
Greer Firestone became fascinated with the Romanovs as a college undergrad when he read NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA by Massey. He graduated with dual majors in Creative Writing & History.
In 1999 he was playwright of a Rock Opera entitled RASPUTIN, starring Ted Neeley, the title character in the 1973 movie JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Neeley went on to make a career of portraying Jesus for decades. RASPUTIN premiered at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware in 1999.
Greer took the research from the stage play and wrote the historical novel, ALEXEI and RASPUTIN. The book was sold at the opening of the touring exhibition NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA at The Chase Riverfront in Wilmington.
Greer created the Face Book group ALEXEI ROMANOV: The Last Tsarevich several years ago and which now has over 2000 dedicated Russophiles.
NATALIA LOGINOVA - Expert Tour Guide
Graduated the University in St. Petersburg with a specialty in history. She is a candidate of Culturology PhD. She continues to write articles on the theory and history of art, as well as books on the history of culture.
She has prepared 55 exhibitions in museums for tourists, including those featuring Nicolas I, Faberge and even America’s Andrew Wyeth. She has curated dozens of historical programs.
GLORY OF THE ROMANOVS is honored to have Natalia Loginova as our guide and interpreter.
In addition to being a guide for decades, Natalia has her own separate tour company, EXCURSION IN ST. PETERSBURG http://ekskursia-spb.ru/individual-excursion-around-saint-petersburg/
Her postings have greatly enhanced the group ALEXEI ROMANOV: THE LAST TSAREVICH and she is admired globally for her archival pictures and her knowledge of all things Romanov. Natalia’s optional tours while we visit The GLORY OF THE ROMANOVS will bring added value and lustre to our excursion.