Past Tour Information:

The following tours were created by Astrid Travel in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Art Routes program.

These tours have conclude, however, if you are interested in having AstridTravel recreate the St. Petersburg or San Miguel tour for you, send us an email at astridtravel.com! Visit the AstridTravel Club tab to view current tour offerings!

Cultural excursion tours

1. St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Culture is full of depth, surprise, wonder and mystique. The splendor of the arts is just one reason to visit Russia. Exotic architecture, opulent palaces, magnificent ballet performances and heroic visual arts are just a few of the aspects which characterize St. Petersburg. If you have any desire to join a culturally-immersive excursion to this beautiful country, consider joining this Art Routes Tour.

The Art Routes Tour of St. Petersburg is luxury in design. Five star accommodations and transportation will be standard on all tours. VIP guides, expert lecturers and interaction with esteemed locals will give our tour participants a valuable and unique experience. This tour is suitable for couples, friends traveling together and solo travelers. For more information, download the brochure below!

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Alexei Leporc lecture on Russian Ballet

  • Dinner at Tsar Restaurant

Day 2

  • Visit Peter Paul Fortress

  • Tour of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

  • Tour Samoilov Theatrical Museum to see Russian Ballet exhibition

  • Lunch at Russia Vodka Room Restaurant

  • Private tour of Diamond collection at

  • Hermitage Museum

  • Night ballet performance at Mikhailovsky or Hermitage Theatre

Day 3

  • Day trip to Pushkin for a tour of the opulent

  • Catherine Palace

  • Lunch at the famed ethnic Podvorie Restaurant

  • Tour Pavlovsk Palace and Park, carriage ride optional

  • Dinner at L’Europa restaurant and night of intimate Tchaikovsky musical performance

Day 4

  • Visit Peterhof Palace and Monplesir Palace

  • Hydrofoil back to St. Petersburg

  • Lunch at Georgian restaurant, Aragvi

  • Private tour of Faberge Museum

  • Private meet and greet with a Mariinsky prima ballerina over dinner at Repa restaurant

  • Attend a ballet performance at Mariinsky Theatre

Day 5

  • Visit Museum of Political History housed in former prima ballerina Matilda Kseshinskaya’s Palace

  • Backstage tour of Mariinsky Theatre

  • Lunch at Koriushka Restaurant with view of

  • Neva delta

  • Visit Yusupov Palace, one of the most magnificent private palaces in St. Petersburg

  • Folk Dance Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

  • Dinner at rooftop restaurant La Terrassa with

  • view of Kazan Cathedral

Day 6

  • Visit the iconic Spilled Blood Cathedral

  • Visit the Russian Art Museum featuring Russian classical and avant-garde art

  • Lunch at the Azerbaijanian restaurant, Baku

  • Pleasure boat ride on the Fontanka River and

  • surrounding canals

  • Exclusive private tour of Stroganoff Palace with senior curator, ending with a vodka and caviar tasting in the palace cellar

  • Farewell dinner at Russian Empire restaurant housed in the Stroganoff Palace

Day 7

  • Free Day

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2. San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a historic hotbed of mystical and creative activity. Celebrity chefs, art galleries galore, stunning Spanish Colonial architecture, Mesoamerican pyramids, artisan markets and music everywhere makes San Miguel the perfect setting for a great solo adventure.

This luxury tour will include private tours led by expert guides, including Albert Coffee who was described by Travel + Leisure by “knowing [the Cañada de la Virgen, an Otomi archaeological site] more intimately than any other researcher.” Participants will stay in their choice of either a 5-star hotel or a luxury private home, dine in the finest restaurants, tour wineries, art galleries, cathedrals and more. This comprehensive tour will give insight into the culture and artistic expression of San Miguel in an incredibly insightful way. To learn more, download the brochure below!

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Leon

  • Driver will greet with wine and margaritas, and drive to San Miguel

  • Dinner at Parada Peruvian restaurant

Day 2

  • Breakfast at La Corazon

  • Historic walking tour of San Miguel

  • Free time to explore around Jardín

  • Taste of San Miguel tour

  • Wine and cocktails on rooftop of Rosewood Hotel

  • Dinner at Restaurante 1826

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel/private home

  • Tour of La Canada de Virgen pyramid site

  • Lunch at indigenous restaurant

  • Mask Museum

  • Free time to explore

Day 4

  • Tour of Atoltinilco

  • Brunch at Nirvana

  • Galleria Altoltinilco

  • Cuna De Tierra Winery tour

Day 5

  • Breakfast at Lavanda

  • Shopping at the Mercado

  • Lunch at café Fabrica Aurora with lecture by Richard Almada on Mesoamerican art

  • Wine reception at local home

Day 6

  • Breakfast at El Pagusa

  • Chapel of Jimmy Ray

  • Cooking class

  • Wine and Cheese with Angela Nostra- a local artist

  • Farewell dinner

To read about AstridTravel’s Art Routes tour to San Miguel de Allende, click here.

 

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Upcoming Tours

Cartagena | October 2019

Marrakesh | December 2019 (coming soon!)