Experience the opulence of the age of czars on this eight-night adventure through Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, stride across Red Square, wonder at St. Basil’s swirling domes and discover the city’s beautiful Metro stations. Inside the Kremlin walls, glimpse gilded crowns, carriages and Fabergé eggs. Take a guided walk in Novodevichy Cemetery, the resting place of notables including Chekov and Khrushchev. Then, travel by high-speed rail to St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultured “window to Europe,” where you’ll marvel at lavish cathedrals and cruise along its pretty canals. Visit Peterhof, the palace of Peter the Great, and Catherine Palace, the splendid summer home of the Romanovs. Watch dancers warm up at the Saint Petersburg Theater Classic Ballet School, and enter the celebrated State Hermitage Museum early to admire artistic masterpieces. Throughout your journey, local experts share insights about Russia’s culture and heritage. Enjoy a country lunch and vodka tasting, a generous meal plan featuring wine with dinner and first-class accommodations.