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Discover two incredible and powerful cities that have both driven and shaped Russia

7 days From $1,375 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QSM22

About the tour

Discover two incredible and powerful cities that have both driven and shaped Russia on this magnificent journey. Starting in Moscow, soak up many iconic attractions including the Kremlin and Red Square, before travelling to St Petersburg - a city so rich in history its entire centre is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Day 1 - To Moscow

Fly from London to Moscow, transferring on arrival to your hotel, home for the next three nights.

Day 2 - Exploring Moscow

Having played a pivotal role both in Russia's political history and on the world stage for centuries, Moscow's enormous array of cultural heritage is virtually unmatched. Today discover some of these attractions on a guided tour of the city. Moscow is in a constant state of flux; all of the resounding changes that sent seismic shock waves through the country originated here, yet there are reminders from every chapter of the city's long and fascinating past at every turn. From medieval cathedrals to towering Stalinist skyscrapers, with hints of the regal Tsarist influence, this incredible city has to be seen to be believed.

Day 3 - The Kremlin

Today you may like to visit the Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site and arguably the most famous landmark in all of Russia. The imposing citadel is surrounded by twenty 18th century towers, and is home to cathedrals, palaces and museums. It is also the seat of government.

Day 4 - Journey on the Sapsan Railway

Leave Moscow today and travel by rail to St Petersburg, enjoying a journey on the modern Sapsan service. Named after the Russian for Peregrine Falcon, the sleek high-speed train reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour along the route. On arrival you will be collected and transferred to your hotel in central St Petersburg where you will stay for three nights.

Day 5 - St Petersburg

Located at the head of the Gulf of Finland, St Petersburg is a vibrant, outward facing city. It was developed just 300 years ago to reduce the threat of a Swedish attack, and today you can enjoy a guided tour of its main sights such as the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Day 6 - At leisure in St Petersburg

With a day at leisure today, perhaps continue your sightseeing with visits to Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage. Sometimes referred to as a 'Russian Versailles', the opulent Peterhof Palace 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 with no expense spared and contain an array of lavish artworks and ornaments. The Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace, is one of the most famous museums in the world, displaying an incredible collection featuring over 3 million artefacts from numerous countries and eras.

Day 7 - Journey home

Leaving St Petersburg behind, today transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.

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

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