Visit Russia’s two greatest assets, Moscow and St Petersburg. Discover the vibrant and lively capital Moscow with its intriguing history and spectacular architecture, and its younger sibling, the graceful St Petersburg with its sparkling waterways and unrivalled elegance. To allow you to experience their sheer opulence, incredible history and endless examples of world class art, architecture and fashion, we have combined these two accessible cities in our most popular tour to Russia, packed with exciting excursions.
Two Capitals Moscow and St Petersburg
DAY 1, FLY TO MOSCOW
On arrival in Russia’s capital you will be met by our driver and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Relax or begin your adventure with independent exploration. (no meals)
DAY 2, MOSCOW
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at reception for out –of-city excursion to Gorki Leninskie (lunch is included). In Lenin’s later years, he and his family spent time at the 1830s Murozov manor house, set on lovely wooded grounds, 32km southeast of the capital. Designed by Fyodor Shekhtel, it now houses a Lenin museum, where you can see a re-creation of Lenin’s Kremlin office, as well as his vintage Rolls-Royce – one of only 15 such automobiles in the world. In the afternoon enjoy your three-hour city sightseeing tour with photo stops (no entrances), viewing the famous landmarks and places to which you may return at your leisure. The tour sights include Red Square, the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Bolshoi Theatre, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Victory Park, Novodevichy Convent, and the famous Moscow streets. (B, L)
DAY 3, MOSCOW
Today you tour the mighty Moscow Kremlin grounds, a true political landmark. Included is a visit to the Armoury where you can find the largest collection of Fabergé eggs in the world and 9 halls of unique treasures and thousands of exhibits. In the afternoon visit the colourful Arbat district where you can enjoy performers, market stalls and various eateries. And proceed to Moscow’s famous Metro System, where stations were built to display the beauty of Russia and to evoke pride in native Muscovites. (B)
DAY 4, MOSCOW - ST PETERSBURG
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and be ready with your luggage. Your guide will take you to the world-famous Tretyakov Art Gallery - the magnificent collection of paintings of Russian and foreign artists. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the railway station, where you will appreciate the convenience of the Sapsan high-speed train to St Petersburg. In less than 5 hours and you will find yourself in the heart of the Northern Venice, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our guide. (B)
DAY 5, ST PETERSBURG
Get your bearings on a morning city tour and explore the best of Russia’s former capital. Explore onward to the Peter and Paul Fortress and uncover its intriguing history. *Between October and April the order of excursion may change to The Hermitage visit on Day 5 and Peter and Paul Fortress on Day 6. (B)
DAY 6, ST PETERSBURG
Today is the day of great experiences: you will visit the Treasury of the world culture - the Hermitage. Stand back and surround yourself with one of the world’s largest art collections and view masterpieces from all time greats including Da Vinci, Monet and Michelangelo. (B)
DAY 7, ST PETERSBURG
Let’s leave St Petersburg for a while and take an out of town excursion to the picturesque village of Pushkin* to admire the golden domes and the Amber Room of Catherine’s Palace. The order of excursions may change according to seasons: from May to September, the excursion may be changed to the Peterhof Palace. (B)
DAY 8, ST PETERSBURG
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight home as you wave goodbye to Russia, until next time! (B) B - Breakfast / L - lunch
Included in price:
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Lesnya (Moscow) & Radisson Sonya Hotel (St Petersburg) and St Petersburg hotel on selected departures between May and July, Gutenberg Hotel for 18 July departure, or similar on bed and breakfast basis
• High speed train tickets in 2-class compartments from Moscow to St Petersburg
• Sightseeing with English-speaking guides as specified
• Entrance fees on excursions (as per tour itinerary)
• Meals as specified in the itinerary
• Full Russian visa support
• Flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Any additional tickets to Moscow Metro
• Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
• Travel insurance
• Regional add-ons
Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
This tour can be adapted for disabled travellers, to include assistance at airports, transfer to and from airports, assistance at train stations, hotel rooms with adaptations, suitable car with English speaking guide and the hire of an electric wheelchair, if required.
Contact us for more details.