Discover the two incredible and powerful cities that have both
driven and shaped Russia on this magniﬁcent journey. Starting in
Moscow, we visit iconic attractions including the Kremlin and Red
Square, before traveling to St Petersburg - a city so rich in
history its entire center is an 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
6 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 5-Star Hilton Leningradskaya in Moscow and 3 nights at the 4-star Novotel St Petersburg in St Petersburg
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
Selected Departures Guaranteed
Food & Drinks
10 meals including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Flights and Airport transfers
Days 1-2 - Moscow
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the vastly impressive 5-Star
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.
On Day 2 we 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.
Among the highlights today we see the Sparrow Hills, which marks
one of the highest points in Moscow and offers a wonderful panorama
over the bustling frenzy of the sprawling city below. Situated on
the bank of the Moskva River from which the city takes its name,
here you will also find the Temple of the Holy Trinity, a
whitewashed Russian Orthodox temple with aquamarine domes. We'll
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 Cathedral. Also on the square is Lenin's Mausoleum,
where it is possible to view the body of the Communist leader. Our
final stop is Moscow State University.
Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Kremlin
Today we 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.
On arrival we take a tour of the extensive grounds, seeing some of
the edifices that have shaped the country.
We also visit one of the stunning cathedrals, which are famed
for their intricate and detailed interiors. In the afternoon we
visit the lively Arbat Street, a pedestrianized shopping
thoroughfare that claims to be one of Russia's oldest streets.
Much-loved by locals, this prestigious road is lined with grand
townhouses built for the nobility. Here we have time to admire the
charming setting, where street vendors proudly display their
souvenirs and passing shoppers are entertained by energetic street
artists. Later we enjoy a tour of Moscow's amazing Metro
Dating back to the 1930s, the Metro is more than a simple
transport system; it is a true highlight of the city. 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.
Days 4-5 - By rail to St Petersburg
Today we leave Moscow and travel by rail to St Petersburg,
enjoying a journey on the modern Sapsan service. Before long we
arrive in St Petersburg, one of Russia's largest cities and a
former Imperial capital. On arrival we transfer to our hotel.
We embark on a guided tour of the city's main sights on
Day 5, including the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Occupying a commanding position on an island in the Neva River,
this mighty structure was the city's first stone building - and
played an important role in the shaping of St Petersburg.
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 here you are free to admire its exhibitions at your own pace.
Following the tour, your afternoon is at leisure.
Perhaps take a boat trip through the cities numerous canals? Due
to its location on a, now long gone quagmire, it boasts a myriad of
pretty waterways, the perfect way to get around the city.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 - Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage
Today's excursion takes us to a real highlight of St Petersburg,
the spellbinding Peterhof Palace. 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 with no expense spared, and as such they display some of the
finest and most lavish artworks and ornaments that the world has to
offer, whilst the impressive gardens stretch out almost all the way
to the sea shore. We explore the incredible grounds and the many
attractions on show.
We continue to the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in
1764 and set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace. This
mesmerizing museum is one of the most famous in the world, offering
an incredible collection of over 3 million artefacts from numerous
countries and eras. Of course, the setting of these artefacts are
equally as enthralling, with gilded marble columns, patterned
mosaic floors, and huge crystal chandeliers providing an exquisite
backdrop for the collection.
While here, be sure to look out for the clock stopped by Tsar
Nicholas at the moment the Palace was stormed in 1917, situated at
the head of a corridor in the palace. Tonight we commemorate the
end of our vacation with a farewell meal.
Day 7 - Return Home
After breakfast this morning, your tour concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
For this tour, we recommend arriving into Moscow Domodedovo
Airport (Code DME), which is approximately 30 miles from your first
hotel. Our recommended departure airport is St. Petersburg
Airport (Code LED), which is approximately 11 miles from your final
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visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
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Excellent organisation and management. Loses a star due to the Visa issues.
Mrs F Carmichael
Submitted Oct 11, 2019
great tour, guide spot on and others in group easy to get on with.
Submitted Aug 16, 2019
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
Submitted Aug 10, 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.
Submitted Jun 08, 2018
The hotels were good and the staff helpful The guides were knowelegeable
Mr A Hartup
Submitted Jun 08, 2018
A very enjoyable vacation. 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.