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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Wasa Ship Museum See the most richly ornamented war vessel built in Europe. The Wasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was raised in 1961.

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Ballet First brought to Russia under Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich in the 17th century, ballet in Russia evolved as an offshoot of French dance combined with Russian folk and peasant dance techniques. Enjoy a magnificent performance at a theater in the city considered to be the birthplace of Russian ballet. Note:This excursion is priced from 89.00 Euro. Subject to change depending on ticket availability. Please check with your Tour Director.

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Russian Dinner Your Tour Director will accompany you to a typical Russian restaurant to savor some of the most famous specialties of this region.

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Russian Folklore Show Do not miss this outstanding show of Russian culture at one of St. Petersburg's grand palaces. Cossack dancers, colorful local costumes from different regions, and beautiful song and music together with great acrobats will be some of the highlights of this unforgettable evening.

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St. Petersburg in Depth: The Rise and Fall of a Great Empire Visit the city`s birthplace, Peter & Paul Fortress, with the impressive burial site of the Romanovs, and see the Battleship Aurora, an important symbol of the 1917 revolution. Next, visit a functioning Orthodox church to witness part of a local service, a great contrast to your guided visit of the Grand Choral Synagogue, one of Europe`s most famous and beloved temples. Finally, take pictures of the city`s landmark Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, known for its colorful onion domes and exterior mosaic.

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St. Petersburg Romantic Canals A cruise of breathtaking beauty with local entertainment, champagne, vodka and Russian light snacks.

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Yusopov Palace This unique noble palace follows the different styles and trends in Russian architecture over the course of two centuries, representing a milestone in Russian art, culture, history, and politics. The Yusopov Palace boasts 180 sumptuously furnished rooms, and houses the private art collection of the Yusopov family. It was here that Grigori Rasputin was assassinated in 1916 - a waxwork tableau in the cellar recreates the scene of his murder.

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Enemies at the Gates At the 360-degree pavilion of the Panorama Museum, imagine yourself standing on the rooftop of a house in the village of Semyonnovskaya at the height of the Battle of Borodino, when General Kutuzov faced Napoleon's Grand Army in the War of 1812. Later, drive to Poklonnaya Hill to the impressive Victory Park, where the WWII Museum features dramatic dioramas depicting the moment when Nazi troops were poised to strike at Moscow, Leningrad, and Stalingrad. Moving Memorial Hall invites contemplation for the country's estimated 27 million who died during the war.

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Orthodox Moscow The Novodevichy Convent, founded by Vasily III in 1524 and recently proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an outstanding example of Moscow baroque architecture of the 17th century and the most important historical center of Orthodoxy. Its adjacent cemetery contains the graves of distinguished Russians, including Nikita Krushchev, Boris Yeltsin, and Raisa Gorbachev. Later, visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world.

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Subway Ride and Red Square No visit to Moscow is complete without a tour of its elegant graffiti-free subway stations! Marvel at ceiling mosaics, brightly colored stained glass, life-size bronze statues, and giant chandeliers. Later, stroll in Red Square, passing the tomb of Lenin and breathtaking St. Basil's Cathedral.

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The Famous Circus of Moscow Founded in 1880, the Nikulin Moscow Circus, with its tradition and reputation, continues to be the standard by which all other circuses are judged. The current show combines drama, history, folklore, and, most of all, excitement and entertainment. Laugh with the clowns and hold your breath with the aerial performers!

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North Zealand Castle and Countryside Enjoy a countryside tour to UNESCO`s Kronborg Castle in beautiful Elsinore village, north of Copenhagen. This impressive Renaissance style castle was first mentioned in the beginning of the 15th century and made immortal as Hamlet`s Castle by William Shakespeare. After restorations by the legendary Danish King Frederik II, it incorporates some of the best of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and craftsmanship. A scenic drive along the Danish Riviera will bring you back to Copenhagen.

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Tallin, Jewel of Estonia Visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic countries. After crossing the Baltic Sea, a local expert will show you around the city's medieval Old Town - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1997 - with its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate, Town Hall, and onion-dome Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

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Splendors of Ancient Russia The peaceful town of Novgorod, with its many colorful church domes, is truly a photographer's dream! Visit the 12th-century St. George Cathedral at the Yuriev Monastery on the picturesque shores of Lake Ilmen. Later, admire the work of Greek builders in the 11th-century St. Sophia's Cathedral within the red brick walls of the local Kremlin. Finally, visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and marvel at the work of famous and talented Novgorodian carpenters.

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Chopin Concert The piano music of Poland's national composer, Frederick Chopin, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this once war-torn land. Enjoy an exclusive private concert of evergreen mazurkas, waltzes, and polonaises, performed by a leading pianist. A treat for all music lovers! A glass of sparkling wine is served during the intermission.

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Royal Castle Together with your local guide, explore the beautiful Royal Castle. The history of this palace goes back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was erected. In the 16th and 17th century during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a 5-winged edifice with an inner country yard. In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however musicologists under the leadership of Prof. Stanislav Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of arts. In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army and in 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general publics.

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