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.
Experience a Russian welcome ceremony with bread and salt - a tradition associated with warm hospitality
Tour the vibrant metropolis of Moscow, seeing the iconic Kremlin, Red Square, and Sparrow Hills
Explore the spectacular stations of Moscow Metro, one of the most beautiful underground systems in the world
Taste 3 unique vodkas at St Petersburg vodka museum
Take afternoon tea at the literature café in St Petersburg
Explore Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage in St Petersburg
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
All rail and coach transfers
Food & Drinks
10 meals including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Moscow and from St Petersburg to London Heathrow, via Helsinki
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Day 7 - London
Leaving St Petersburg behind, today we transfer to the airport
for our flight back to London, via Helsinki.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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Excellent organisation and management. Loses a star due to the Visa issues.
Mrs F Carmichael
great tour, guide spot on and others in group easy to get on with.
Very well organised trip. The guide, Jilly, was under pressure at times due to other issues but coped well and remained professional
Mrs D Conway
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.
The hotels were good and the staff helpful The guides were knowelegeable
Mr A Hartup
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.