"The Road of Napoleon" Paris - Moscow

Duration: 11 days
2011 tour dates: every Tuesday and Thursday. Sunday departures available only during summer time.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paris



Well informed, eloquent, and oh-so-romantic, the ‘City of Light’ is a philosopher, a poet, a crooner. As it always has been, Paris is a million different things to a million different people. Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower – at sunrise, at sunset, at night –  have been described countless times.

Your driver will meet you at the airport exit and take you to your hotel. After check in and lunch, you will depart on the "Open Tour" to discover the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees area.

Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Day 2: Paris

Today you will explore the world famous Louvre. Located in Paris, the Louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, one of the most illustrious. It exemplifies traditional French architecture since the Renaissance and houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art.

Optional : Cheese and wine tasting (2 hours, $135 per person)

Day 3: Paris

Today you will have a city tour around the Ile de la Cité et Ile Saint-Louis: Notre-Dame de Paris, Conciergerie, Sainte-Chapelle, and finally a cruise on the river Seine. (D)

Notre Dame is the most popular monument in Paris, beating even the Eiffel Tower with 13 million visitors each year. But the famous cathedral is also an active Catholic church, a place of pilgrimage, and the focal point for Catholicism in France - religious events of national significance still take place here.

Optional: Dinner show at the Lido + Moulin Rouge (4 hours, $225 per person)

Day 4: Paris

We made your last full day in Paris open with your choice of the available programs. You will have a walking tour of Saint Germain des Pres and the Latin Quarter. After that you will go to the shoping area of Grands Magasins (Galeries Lafayette and Printemps).

Optional excursions for the day are:
Visit of the Château de Versailles and its garden (2 hours guided tour, $80 per person)
Old car tour (2CV) by day or by night (1.5 hours guided tour, $140 per person)

Day 5: Paris and Hannover

Bid farewell to the City of Lights as you travel to Hannover.



Hannover is an important tourist draw with many interesting sites. The city is one of Germany’s hubs of industry, transportation, and commerce, and its annual industrial trade fair (CeBIT) is the largest in the world, attracting producers from around the globe.

Day 6: Berlin and Warsaw



Twenty years after its post-Wall rebirth, Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, teeming with top museums and galleries, grand opera and guerrilla clubs, gourmet temples and ethnic snack shacks. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in Berlin.


The medieval capital of Poland was the southern city of Krakow, but Warsaw has been the capital of the country since 1596, and has grown to become Poland's largest city and the nation's urban and commercial center. Completely destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, the city managed to lift itself from the ashes.

Day 7: Brest, Minsk, Smolensk, Moscow



Founded in the early 11th century, Brest became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1319, and in 1569 it became the capital of the Commonwealth state of Poland and Lithuania - Rzhech Pospolita. It has become part of Russian Empire in 1795. During both world wars Brest took an important part, encouraging many memorials to commemorate its fallen citizens.


In 1499 Minsk received the so called Magdebourg Right - the right of an independent city. This spirit of freedom and independence can still be felt ricocheting through Soviet-era architecture. Downtown Minsk had to be completely rebuilt after World War II, resulting in beautiful displays of the style of that time.



The Principality of Smolensk was founded in 1054. Due to its central position amid Russian lands, the city developed rapidly. By the end of the 12th century the princedom was one of the strongest in Eastern Europe, so much so that the Smolensk Dynasty frequently controlled the Kievan throne. Numerous churches were built in the city during its time of power, including the grand church of St. Peter and Paul.

Welcome to Moscow! Russia’s largest city, political capital, and economic center, Moscow is a bustling hub of world affairs as well as cultural treasures. When you arrive, your driver will be waiting for you at the train station’s exit gate. After hotel check in you may relax in your room, grab a bite to eat in the hotel's restaurant, or visit nearby cafes.

Optional tour: Moscow by night

Day 8: Moscow City Tour




Today, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will go on one of the most interesting tours in the world as we explore Moscow's most amazing sites. We will visit the famous Red Square and go inside St. Basil’s Cathedral, which was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 15th century. We will take you on a thorough tour of Russian history as we visit the Kremlin and the World War II Memorial in the Vorobyevi Hills Park. You will also have the opportunity to see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which was destroyed by the communists and restored only a few years ago. This tour will last about eight hours.

The Kremlin of Moscow is perhaps the most recognizable symbol of Russia and one of the world's most interesting castles. This ancient citadel was constructed in 1147 to defend the city from the Mongols and the Lithuanians. Moscow has grown beyond the original walls in that time, but the Kremlin has always remained a symbol of political power in Russia.

St. Basil's Cathedral is one of the most famous works of architecture in Moscow and its silhouette is one of the most recognizable symbols of Moscow and Russia. This colorful cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Basil the Blessed, was built between 1555 and 1561.

The duration of the tour program for this day is 8 hours.

 

Optional evening activity: ballet or opera at the Bolshoi Theater. Please ask your tour specialist about the playbill and tickets.

Day 9: Moscow Subway and Arbat Street



Today your tour includes the surprisingly ornate Moscow Subway System and Arbat street. The tour will only take few hours and you will have the rest of the day free to explore Moscow on your own.

There are optional tours for the day and show tickets for the night at additional costs. Please visit the Moscow city tours page to see our great offers. We recommend visiting the Tretyakov Picture Gallery and taking in a performance of the world-renowned Russian ballet at the famous Bolshoi Theater.

Day 10: MThe Red Square

Today is devoted to visiting the merchant neighborhood next to the Red Square. You will have a chance to shop in the GUM, Moscow's largest department store inside a gorgeous glass-roofed palace, as well as browse the narrow merchant streets of Moscow's Kitai Gorod (China town). You will also see the Moskva Reka (Moscow River), an ancient trade route that connected the Vikings and Greeks.

Day 11: End of the Tour

Today is the last day of your tour. After one final hearty Russian breakfast, your personal driver will take you to the airport.


Duration: 11 days
2011 tour dates: every Tuesday and Thursday. Sunday departures available only during summer time.

Price per person:
1st Class: $3574
2nd Class: $3179

Included in the price:
- Train tickets
- Accommodation at quality hotels in Moscow
- 1 full day tour and 2 half day tours in Moscow
- Airport transport and all other transportation
- Professional guides
- Museum entry fees
- Russian and Belorussian visas for US citizens
- Russian and Belorussian visa invitations for non US citizens


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