Empire of the Tsars - In the footsteps of the Romanovs

9 day luxury tour by Private Jet

Our private aircraft will whisk us past the historic Iron Curtain to explore Russia, probably one of the least understood countries of the World. Departing from private jet terminals*, you'll enjoy a hassle free journey through airport immigration and customs formalities. With our aircraft and the service of our on tour team, we'll ensure that you enjoy your holiday in comfort and style.

Staying in five star hotels and enjoying some of the best food and wine on offer, you'll experience privileged access to some of the world’s most incredible sights.

We will explore the 100-year-old history of the Russian Revolution and the downfall of one of Europe’s best-known dynasties in the ultimate way possible.

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DATES 06 May, 2017 - 14 May, 2017 Make an Enquiry
PRICE £22,495 Download PDF
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  • Church on Blood Yekaterinburg where the Romanovs died
  • Red Square and private visit to St Basil’s Cathedral
  • Private early entry to the Kremlin and The Armoury
  • Private early entry to the Hermitage Museum
  • Lunch with a former KGB officer
  • Visit to Peterhof and Pushkin Tsarskoe Selo, including the Amber Room
  • Ride on the Moscow’s most ornate Metro
  • 3 nights stay at the Grand Hotel Europe
  • All flights on board our private jet

Day 1 ( 06 May, 2017 ) - Welcome!

This afternoon, you're free to check in from 3 pm at the wonderful Down Hall Country House hotel, a wonderful Mansion House with luxury rooms and amenities.  A great way to start our tour! Our team will be awaiting your arrival and will assist with the check-in formalities. Feel free to make use of the hotel's extensive facilities.

Your car will be parked for you and can be left at the hotel, for no extra charge, for the duration of the tour and will be available upon your return.

Prior to dinner the Tour Management Team will be hosting a drinks reception where you'll meet your fellow guests and team who will be accompanying you on our forthcoming trip. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.

Accommodation: Down Hall Country House hotel and Spa

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Day 2 ( 07 May, 2017 ) - Yekaterinburg (Russia)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we transfer to the private jet terminal at Stansted airport, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the main terminal. We board our aircraft where our friendly crew is waiting to take us to the first destination on our tour – Yekaterinburg. 

Accept a glass of champagne, relax in your seat and enjoy the wonderful service on-board, which will include lunch accompanied by fine wines. Our flight takes us direct to our destination where we will arrive late afternoon. Once arrival formalities are complete, we'll transfer you to the five star Hyatt Regency for our two night stay.

This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at the hotel's acclaimed Cucina restaurant.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Yekaterinburg

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Day 3 ( 08 May, 2017 ) - Yekaterinburg - The Romanovs

The Romanov history is both fascinating and tragic, no more so than in Yekaterinburg where they met an untimely and brutal death during the Russian Revolution. Stories and conspiracies surround their death and today, our guide will offer you an insight into this remarkable part of Russian history.  We follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Britain's Prince Michael of Kent by entering the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, or the Church on Blood for short. This place of public worship rests on the foundations of engineer Nikolai Ipatiev's house, where a Bolshevik firing squad executed Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, their five children and all their servants, bringing the more than 300-year-old Romanov dynasty to a gruesome end in July 1918.

Although a remarkably modern city, Yekaterinburg also offers a variety of unique monuments and museums. After lunch, the afternoon is free for you to explore the city on your own. This evening we offer you ‘Your Choice – Dining’ a choice of restaurants to dine in.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Yekaterinburg

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Day 4 ( 09 May, 2017 ) - Moscow (Russia)

After breakfast, we return to our aircraft for the almost two hour, lunch time flight to Moscow. With a population of around 145 million people, Russian sights are often spread out, as our two hour flights shows today. From the airport, we travel to Sparrow Hills which offers an unrivalled view over the city of Moscow before we transfer to the Baltschug Kempinski hotel for our two night stay.

Dating back to 1898, this luxury hotel overlooking the Moskva River, is a nine-minute walk from the Moscow Metro and a fifteen-minute walk from St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square.  The remainder of the afternoon is free. Prior to our ‘Bolshoi Dinner’ this evening we make a visit to Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, which will be opened especially for a private visit by our group.

Accommodation:Baltschug Kempinski

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Day 5 ( 10 May, 2017 ) - Moscow - The Kremlin

Today, we have arranged for a private early entrance to the Kremlin and it's grounds. We will explore this fascinating complex, which is the seat of the Russian Government. Our guided tour this morning will include a visit to the armoury as well as the Grand Kremlin Palace.

Walking around the extensive grounds, one cannot help but think back to some of the significant times in Russian history, significant parts of which were directed from these very buildings.

We have lunch at “Glavpivtorg”, where we'll meet a former KGB officer, who will share stories of this much feared institution of the old Soviet Union.

In our quest to learn more about the Romanovs, we make our way to the House of Romanov Boyars. This is a little known museum, with the building dating back to 1596 when the first Tsar of the Romanov dynasty, Mikhail, was believed to have been born in this house. Our guide will show us what life looked like in the 16th/17th century for the Russian Nobility.

No visit to Moscow would be complete without traveling on some of its Metro network. The Moscow metro is very different from subways in other European capitals. Each station has a unique and individual design. The halls are finished with marble and lit with chandeliers and the walls and ceilings glitter with mosaics and stained-glass windows. It's no surprise that it was often referred to as “marble palaces for the people.”

Tonight will be ‘Your Choice – Dinner’, you'll have the option to eat in one of the hotel restaurants or to take the room service option.

Accommodation:Baltschug Kempinski

Optional Excursion: Attend a ballet performance of the Bolshoi theatre, please enquire for details.

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Day 6 ( 11 May, 2017 ) - St Petersburg (Russia)

This morning, our private jet will take us on the relatively short from Moscow to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, we take a tour of the city to familiarise ourselves with the key sights of St Petersburg. St Petersburg is the city that is synonymous with the Romanov family and our stay here will no doubt be a highlight of our tour.

We stop for lunch at the Literary Café. Despite its informal sounding name, this is an up-scale restaurant serving a mixture of Russian and European dishes. Centrally located, Russia’s national poet, Pushkin, ate here in 1837 before heading off for the duel that would cost him his life.

After lunch, we check-in to our hotel for the next three nights, the imposing, luxurious Grand Hotel Europe. Set in an opulent 19th-century building just off Nevsky Prospekt Avenue, this iconic hotel is ten minutes' walk from the Church of the Savior on Blood and 1.5 km from the waterfront Winter Palace.

Dinner this evening is at the appropriately named Tsar Restaurant.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe

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Day 7 ( 12 May, 2017 ) - Legacy of the Romanovs

St Petersburg is the city of the Tsar’s, par excellence. The history and the grand, ornate buildings showcase the wealth and power of a family that defined Russia. Today, we focus on the palaces and museums in St Petersburg itself. A visit to the Hermitage Museum is a must and we have arranged for private early entry into the museum, allowing us some quiet time before the daily flocks of tourist arrive.

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, The Hermitage was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage is situated in the centre of St Petersburg and consists of the Winter Palace, once the former state residence of the Russian emperors, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. Our local guide will show you around some of the main sights, following which, you can spend as much time here as you like.

If you have time and would like to soak up more of the historic significance of St Petersburg, you might consider visiting The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This church was built between 1883 and 1907 to commemorate this location where, on March 1 1881, the Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. The church is richly decorated, and is the only one in the world completely covered with mosaics, both inside and out.

Dinner this evening will be ‘Your Choice – Dinner’. You can choose between the restaurants in the hotel, room service or dinner at Taleon, one of St Petersburg best restaurants. 

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe

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Day 8 ( 13 May, 2017 ) - Peterhof and Pushkin Tsarskoe Selo

Just outside St Petersburg itself are some of the best known and enduring remnants of the Romanov era. The palace and park at Peterhof are often referred to as "the Russian Versailles". Like almost all St. Petersburg's suburban estates, Peterhof was ravaged by German troops during the Second World War. It was, however, one of the first to be resurrected and, thanks to the work of military engineers and over 1,000 volunteers, most of the estate's major structures had been fully restored by 1947.

If any proof is needed to show the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers, then it can be found in the fact that, in less than two centuries, the Romanov Tsars established not one but two suburban estates - at Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof - that, in terms of grandeur and excess, outstrip even Versailles. At Tsarskoe Selo, the 18th century saw the construction of two vast and truly exceptional palaces, both surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens with diverse and fascinating decorative architecture.

Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is undoubtedly Tsarskoe Selo's top attraction, particularly renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room. Less well known, and currently much more dilapidated, the Alexander Palace is nonetheless a neoclassical masterpiece, and has a particularly poignant connection with the family of the last Tsar, Nicholas II. The legendary truly unique Amber Room was destroyed during World War II and completely recreated in 2003, a process that took over 20 years and cost more than $12 million.

Our visit today will be a highlight of the tour.

Tonight will be the last night on our tour, a time to reflect and recall our experiences and the places we have visited. We have arranged for a special farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe

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Day 9 ( 14 May, 2017 ) - Return to the UK

After breakfast, take a relaxed early morning stroll on Nevsky Prospect, or enjoy the surroundings of the hotel, before we check out for the last time and make our way to the airport. Our crew will be waiting to take us back to the Stansted Private Jet Terminal.

Enjoy lunch and mingle with new found friends before we land back in the UK. We say our goodbyes and look back on an amazing trip into Russian History.

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Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg

Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg is a luxury hotel in Ekaterinburg. Located on the bank of Iset River, the luxury hotel is just a short distance from City Hall, Cathedral-on-the-Blood and the Opera and Ballet House, whilst it is ideally situated to explore Ekaterinburg city centre. The hotel's setting ensures it is one of the most conveniently located Ekaterinburg hotels from which to explore the city’s attractions and landmarks.

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Baltschug Kempinski

The newly renovated five-star Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow offers spectacular views of the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. The property is located across from the Moskva River, and is nearby Moscow’s fascinating sights and premier attractions.

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Grand Hotel Europe

From Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg is yours to explore. A cultural and culinary landmark, the hotel has played a central role in the life of the city for 140 years.

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Down Hall Country House Hotel and Spa

Down Hall Hotel is one of England’s most established country house hotels. Located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Down Hall is 45 minutes from central London and also ideally located near Stansted Airport.

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With over 15 years of experience in private jet touring, we have access to private jets of all shapes and sizes. We source the most suitable aircraft for each individual tour, ensuring that our group will be comfortable and relaxed, no matter how long the flight. 

Dedicated flight crewmembers stay with us throughout the tour, serving fine food and wines and looking after our every need. Seats fully recline and allow for a restful experience whilst on-board.  

Our travelling porter will ensure that your luggage is loaded and unloaded and taken on ahead to your hotel, allowing us to continue our travels uninterrupted.

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Depart Arrive Duration
London, Stansted Ykaterinburg 5hrs 30
Ykaterinburg Moscow 2hrs 20
Moscow St Petersburg 1hrs 15
St Petersburg London, Stansted 3hrs
     
     

 

 

Your Tour Price Includes:

  • Private Jet Travel 
  • 5 star accommodation throughout
  • All meals, including 'Your Choice' dining concept where stated
  • Drinks with lunch and dinner
  • All taxes
  • All gratuities
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All sightseeing options
  • Services of a tour management team and travelling porter
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Airport parking at Down Hall Country Hotel, where required
Tour Cost: Empire of the Tsars - In the footsteps of the Romanovs
Prices are fully inclusive per person, twin share, departing from and returning to Stansted airport private jet terminal.
 

Tour Price 
Twin share £22,495
Single (add to main) £ 3,375

 

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