A Gentleman in Moscow

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One of the surprise blockbuster bestselling books of the last decade was Amor Towles’ novel, A Gentleman In Moscow. It was a New York Times hardcover bestseller for 59 weeks and on the National Indie Bestseller list virtually every week since it was published, through the end of 2018 and sold 1.5million copies! The book tells the story of a Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxury hotel in Moscow for more than thirty years.

If the story captured your imagination, visit Moscow and stay at the legendary Metropol Hotel where the novel is set. You will stay in one of the newly refurbished bedrooms. Part of the experience is a personal tour of the public areas with a hotel-insider that can tell you the secrets of this historic building that was created by a patron of the arts - Savva the Great. Savva wanted to build a palace of the arts directly opposite the famed Bolshoi Theater, where you will be taken backstage to see behind the scenes of the stage that has hosted some of the most famous Russian ballet and opera performers since 1776.

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$2,150 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Moscow Saint Basil's Cathedral - Moscow, Russia

Arrive in Moscow. Please note this flight is not included in program cost. On arrival your private driver will be waiting 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 across the 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 for sweeping views of the Red Square and St. Basil Cathedral. With 32 acres of recreation space right in the very centre of the city, the park is located steps from Red Square. Designed by Diller, Scofido & Renfro, architects who created the New York Highline, the concept is described as ‘wild urban’ – with the park merging historical streets 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” themed cocktails. We suggest the Gentleman in Moscow, a citrus infused vodka drink with Chartreuse, cinnamon, and lemon.

Exeter Services: Arrival transfer with Assistance; Welcome Drink

Hotel: Metropol

Day 2
Moscow | Moscow Bolshoi Theatre - Moscow, Russia

This morning you will have a reservation at one of the tables overlooking the marble fountain in the Metropol Hall (the breakfast room).

Meet your guide this morning and walk over to the Bolshoi Theatre.

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Today 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 decorated with beautiful paintings, carvings and chandeliers! The Moscow Metro was created as complex of monumental structures featuring designs of the very best Soviet architects. The stations, most built between 1930 and 1960 are underground palaces, featuring exquisite frescoes, statues, mosaics and stained glass. Each station has its own special theme; our favorite is Teatralnaya. Today this massive public transportation system is one of the largest in the world, carrying over 9 million passengers per day (twice as many as London or Paris!). Your guide will 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 hotel locations described in the book “A Gentleman in Moscow”. Visit the Boyarsky Hall where Count Rostov worked, but don’t be disappointed that there are no attic rooms to visit.

Following your tour, your evening is at leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours); Metropol Hotel Tour

Hotel: Metropol

Day 3
Moscow | Moscow Kremlin - Moscow, Russia

Kremlin Tour

This morning, meet your guide in your hotel lobby and begin your exploration of Moscow. You will begin at the Kremlin where you will have an appointment to visit the famed Armory Museum, including its vast collection of Imperial Russian artwork. Here you’ll see the Kremlin’s world-famous collection of Imperial Faberge Easter Eggs as 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 extraordinary rooms is by special appointment with the Kremlin and your guide is not allowed to enter with you. Your entry to the Diamond Vaults is with a pre-set group of other visitors, and you will have approximately twenty minutes to browse these rooms on your own. You will see Catherine the Great’s scepter with its famous Orlov Diamond and 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 bell in the world—as well as the largest cannon. Neither were ever used due to their enormous size! Also on the grounds of the Kremlin, are three very important churches and your guide will take you through all that are of interest. 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; they were both destroyed under Stalin and are now rebuilt in their original splendor. Your guide will also show you the stunning St. Basil’s Cathedral, an iconic symbol of Moscow. This magnificent church-museum was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and was completed in 1561. Rumor has it that Ivan had the architect blinded so 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 comfortable footwear.

Exeter Services: Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Metropol

Day 4
Departure | Moscow Moscow, Russia

Today you will be met in your hotel lobby to be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight. Please note this flight is not included in program cost.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer with Assistance

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