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Highlights of Moscow and St Petersburg

4.1 stars(15 reviews)

Two of Russia's most beautiful cities

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2021 Tour code: MPJ21

About the tour

Discover the 2 incredible and powerful cities that have both driven and shaped Russia on this enlightening holiday. Starting in Moscow, we visit iconic attractions including the Kremlin and Red Square, before travelling to St Petersburg - a city so rich in history its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


What’s included


Day 1 - Moscow

We fly from London Heathrow to Moscow, transferring on arrival to our hotel, the 4-Star Marriott Tverskaya. We experience the spirit of Russian hospitality on arrival, with a Russian welcome ceremony that includes being served bread and salt - a tradition associated with long friendship. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Moscow

Having played a pivotal role for centuries in both Russia's political history and on the world stage, Moscow's enormous array of cultural heritage is virtually unmatched.

Today we discover some of these attractions on a guided tour of the city. Moscow has existed in a constant state of flux; all of the resounding changes that sent seismic shock waves through the country originated here, and there are reminders from the city's long and fascinating past at every turn. From medieval cathedrals to towering Stalinist skyscrapers, with hints of regal Tsarist influence.

Later we see Sparrow Hills, which marks one of the highest points in Moscow and offers a wonderful panorama over the sprawling city below. Situated on the banks of the Moskva River, from which the city takes its name, here we also find the Temple of the Holy Trinity, a white-washed Russian Orthodox temple with aquamarine domes. We also spend time in Red Square, surrounded by many of the most iconic sights of the city, including the multi-coloured domes of Saint Basil's and Lenin's Mausoleum. Here, it is possible to view the body of the former Communist leader. Our final stop is Moscow State University, the very first Russian university and founded in 1755.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Kremlin

We visit the Kremlin today, a UNESCO World Heritage site and arguably the most famous landmark in all of Russia. The imposing citadel is surrounded by 20 18th-century towers, and is still the seat of modern-day government.

On arrival we take a tour of the extensive grounds, seeing some of the edifices within which decisions have been made that have shaped the country and also affected world politics. Later we enjoy a tour of Moscow's amazing Metro system, which dates back to the 1930s. Marble, bronze, chandeliers and stained glass adorn the entrance halls, and the vaulted ceilings are supported by elegant columns. The magnificent stations feature art and sculpture spanning from Soviet philosophy to the Modernist, avant-garde movement. We return to the hotel at the end of an unforgettable day.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - By rail to St Petersburg

Today we leave Moscow and travel by rail to St Petersburg, enjoying a journey on the modern Sapsan service. Named after the Russian for Peregrine Falcon, this sleek, high-speed train reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

Our journey takes us from the heart of Moscow, and through the industrial towns in its outer suburbs, then across pastoral landscapes as we continue to gather speed. Before long we arrive in St Petersburg, one of Russia's former Imperial capitals. On arrival we transfer to our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Sightseeing in St Petersburg

We enjoy a guided tour of the city's main sights today, including the Peter and Paul Fortress. Originally designed as a defensive fort, the complex was also used as a prison, holding distinguished activists including Dostoevsky and Gorky. Today the site is preserved as an enthralling museum, and we are free to admire its exhibitions. Later we transfer to the Vodka Museum where we sample 3 types of vodka - classic, juniper, and Żubrówka that contains bison grass blade - along with a light snack of mushroom and cabbage pies.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Peterhof Palace & Park Ensemble and the Hermitage

Today's excursion takes us to the spellbinding Peterhof Palace & Park Ensemble. Sometimes referred to as a Russian Versailles, the opulent complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its beautiful grounds filled with spectacular fountains and waterways. The string of glittering palaces were constructed by Peter the Great, who spared no expense, and as such, they display some of the finest and most lavish artworks and ornaments that the world has to offer. The impressive gardens stretch out almost all the way to the sea shore.

We continue to the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace. This mesmerising museum is one of the most famous in the world, offering an incredible collection of over 3 million artefacts from numerous countries and eras. This is followed by Russian afternoon tea at the Literature cafe, where we enjoy tea served in authentic samovars alongside a choice of tasty pastries. Tonight, we commemorate the end of our holiday with a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

Leaving St Petersburg behind, today we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London, via Helsinki.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

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Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Marriott Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow

Marriott Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow

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Garden Street Hotel, St Petersburg

Garden Street Hotel, St Petersburg

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4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 15 reviews

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Mrs F Carmichael

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2019

great tour, guide spot on and others in group easy to get on with.

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Mrs D Conway

4 stars

Submitted 10 Aug 2019

We felt the Moscow section of the tour was a bit rushed . We saw lots but did not have time for a reasonable lunch stop. The guide was helpful and told us many things. The St Petersburg section was much better. We still saw plenty but there was time to relax too. It really was a good introduction to Russia.

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Mr A Hartup

4 stars

Submitted 08 Jun 2018

A very enjoyable holiday. Things ran very smoothly with the guiding hand of an excellent tour manager - Cecile - and two very good local tour guides. I would given a five star rating but for the last dinner in a Russian restaurant which did not run smoothly (pre ordered menu not delivered in our case) Service was not very friendly.

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Mrs C Battams

4 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2017

Full itinerary excellent guides

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Mr T Stockley

4 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2017

I completed a survey form at the end of the holiday. I have nothing new to say.

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Mr M Fearnley

5 stars

Submitted 08 Oct 2017

Everything was 5 star, from the company to the tour. The tour manager was excellent and very well organised. All the entrance fees, where applicable were taken care of and the two guides in Moscow and St Petersburg were fantastic. The hotels in both cities were very good and in very good locations. All in all, just brilliant.

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