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Exeter Special WeekendBased on the Novel“A Gentleman in Moscow”

Itinerary at a Glance:DayDayDayDay1234Arrive in MoscowBackstage Tour of the BolshoiKremlin TourDepart Moscow

Why Exeter International?Our Knowledge & ExperienceAt Exeter International we have been creating memories and crafting custom-designed journeys for 27 years.We are a team of specialists committed to providing the best travel experiences in our destinations. Each ofour experts has either travelled extensively on reconnaissance trips, or has lived in their area of expertise, givingus unparalleled first-hand knowledge. Because we focus on specific parts of the globe, we return to the samedestinations many times, honing our experience over the years.Hand-Selected GuidesWe know that guides are one of the most important components of any travel experience. That is why we onlyuse local experts who have a history of working with our guests and whom we know personally. We areextremely particular in selecting our guides and are confident that they will be one of the most memorableaspects of any of our trips.Authentic & Extraordinary ExperiencesOur Extraordinary Experiences are different, unusual, and not something easily googled. We also know howimportant it is to remain authentic. Going beyond the obvious is becoming increasingly important to our guests,and we focus on developing experiences that enrich and enhance both head and heart. We also recognize thatthe obvious sights are still popular, and we make every effort to skip lines whenever possible, thereforemaximizing time in each destination.Original Custom Programs, Meticulously PlannedOur experts speak your language both literally and culturally. Our advice and recommendations are impartial,honest, and always have the individual in mind. We save valuable time in pre-trip research and offer smooth andeffortless touring in each destination. Our planning is detailed, and we think of everything, including restaurantreservations. You will also have complete peace of mind on the ground with 24-hour local support.Quality VehiclesWe use late-model luxury vehicles, often Mercedes, Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen, depending on the size of thevehicle you need. The only exception to this is in some Central Asian countries that use vehicles predominantlyfrom Japan.

Day 1Arrive in MoscowArrive in Moscow. Please note this flight is not included in program cost. On arrival your private driver will bewaiting for you outside of customs and baggage claim.You will be transferred to your centrally located hotel, just steps from Red Square and the Kremlin and acrossthe street from the Bolshoi Theater. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.If you feel like stretching your legs this afternoon you may want to walk over to the nearby Zaryadye park forsweeping views of the Red Square and St. Basil Cathedral. With 32 acres of recreation space right in the verycentre of the city, the park is located steps from Red Square. Designed by Diller, Scofido & Renfro, architectswho created the New York Highline, the concept is described as ‘wild urban’ – with the park merging historicalstreets with nature. For many years the area was the site of the largest hotel in the world (the Hotel Rossiya)however the area then remained vacant for many years since the hotel was demolished over a decade ago.At check-in you will be presented with a voucher to enjoy the one of the “Gentlemen in Moscow” themedcocktails. We suggest the Gentleman in Moscow, a citrus infused vodka drink with Chartreuse, cinnamon, andlemon.Exeter ServicesArrival transfer with Assistance; Welcome DrinkHotelMetropol

Day 2Bolshoi Backstage Tour & Metropol TourThis morning you will have a reservation at one of the tables overlooking the marble fountain in the MetropolHall (the breakfast room).Meet your guide this morning and walk over to the Bolshoi Theatre.Exeter International Extraordinary ExperienceToday you will be invited backstage for an exclusive and rare tour of the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre.This tour is by appointment only and cannot be moved to another time or day.You may also want to experience the fascinating interiors of the Moscow Metro stations, ornately decoratedwith beautiful paintings, carvings and chandeliers! The Moscow Metro was created as complex of monumentalstructures featuring designs of the very best Soviet architects. The stations, most built between 1930 and 1960are underground palaces, featuring exquisite frescoes, statues, mosaics and stained glass. Each station has itsown special theme; our favorite is Teatralnaya. Today this massive public transportation system is one of thelargest in the world, carrying over 9 million passengers per day (twice as many as London or Paris!). Your guidewill be delighted to show you as many stations as you like.Later today, enjoy a special tour of the Metropol Hotel. Your 30-45-minute tour will take you to the hotellocations described in the book “A Gentleman in Moscow”. Visit the Boyarsky Hall where Count Rostovworked, but don’t be disappointed that there are no attic rooms to visit.Following your tour, your evening is at leisure.Exeter ServicesGuide (4 Hours); Metropol Hotel TourHotelMetropol

Day 3Kremlin TourThis morning, meet your guide in your hotel lobby and begin your exploration of Moscow. You will begin at theKremlin where you will have an appointment to visit the famed Armory Museum, including its vast collection ofImperial Russian artwork. Here you’ll see the Kremlin’s world-famous collection of Imperial Faberge Easter Eggsas well as the most important Imperial thrones and crowns, including the most historic, the Cap of Monomachus.Also included in your Kremlin visit today is entry into the Diamond Vaults. Admission to these extraordinaryrooms is by special appointment with the Kremlin and your guide is not allowed to enter with you. Your entryto the Diamond Vaults is with a pre-set group of other visitors, and you will have approximately twenty minutesto browse these rooms on your own. You will see Catherine the Great’s scepter with its famous Orlov Diamondand one of the largest collections of diamonds and gemstones in the world!Before leaving the Kremlin, take some time to explore its expansive grounds. Here you will see the largest bellin the world—as well as the largest cannon. Neither were ever used due to their enormous size! Also on thegrounds of the Kremlin, are three very important churches and your guide will take you through all that are ofinterest. We suggest you don’t miss the Assumption Cathedral, where all Russian tsars were crowned.After a break for lunch, payable locally, you will explore some of the surrounding neighborhood with your guide.In Red Square, be sure not to miss the rebuilt church and Imperial Gates at the south end of the square; theywere both destroyed under Stalin and are now rebuilt in their original splendor. Your guide will also show youthe stunning St. Basil’s Cathedral, an iconic symbol of Moscow. This magnificent church-museum wascommissioned by Ivan the Terrible and was completed in 1561. Rumor has it that Ivan had the architect blindedso he would never be able to design anything as exquisite again!Special Note: All of today’s touring today is on foot and involves both walking and standing. Please wear comfortablefootwear.Exeter ServicesGuide (8 Hours)HotelMetropol

Day 4Depart MoscowToday you will be met in your hotel lobby to be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight. Pleasenote this flight is not included in program cost.Exeter ServicesDeparture Transfer with Assistance

What'sIncludedPrices:Per Person for Two (2) gueststraveling together Low Season:January – May 2020November – December 2020From 2,150High Season:June – October 2020From 2,300All pricing is per person and based on double occupancy. Airfare is not included.All rates assume arrival in Moscow on a Thursday. If you arrive other days of the week the prices may be higher.Holidays and dates during

“A Gentleman in Moscow” Itinerary at a Glance: Day 1 Arrive in Moscow Day 2 Backstage Tour of the Bolshoi Day 3 Kremlin Tour Day 4 Depart Moscow . Why Exeter International? Our Knowledge & Experience . At Exeter International we have been creating mem

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