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Moscow & Saint Petersburg

 Russia

10 Days days from £1699 pp  from LHR

Classic tour of “the two capitals” of Russia. Moscow and Saint Petersburg – two gorgeous cities with incredible history. Our tour gives a great overview of two of the most famous cities of Russia, which eventually became rivals throughout historical ups and downs. The two completely different cities – the two completely different stories. We will explore them both!
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Classic tour of “the two capitals” of Russia. Moscow and Saint Petersburg – two gorgeous cities with incredible history. Our tour gives a great overview of two of the most famous cities of Russia, which eventually became rivals throughout historical ups and downs. The two completely different cities – the two completely different stories. We will explore them both!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Kremlin: It’s home to an ancient ensemble of architecture comprising of temples and cathedrals, palaces, and picturesque squares. The territory of the Moscow Kremlin is a town inside a city, growing and developing through centuries, it carefully preserves the memorable objects of traditional Russian architecture of XIV—XX centuries. Since 1991, the Kremlin has been the residence of Russia’s president.

Moscow metro: is rightfully considered to be a unique system of urban infrastructure being the most beautiful, the deepest, and the largest of all the similar existent networks of transportation.

VDNH park: This is a large exposition complex including more than 500 permanent structures. 49 of them are recognized as objects of cultural heritage. The park opening was one of the major cultural events of pre-war Soviet history. It displayed the highest achievements in agriculture, industry, and culture of the earlier Soviet. This place was aimed to represent the lifestyles and culture of Soviet Republics – local traditions, sources of pride, and inputs into the overall prosperity of the country.

Space Museum: a special place with no equivalents in the world. The museum tour is based on the history of Russian astronautics: the historical launch of the Artificial Earth Satellite, the first manned space flight, the first spacewalk, etc. Multiple artifacts such as space gear, space food, private possessions, toolkits, and domestic items will tell you about the working and living environment of astronauts.

State Hermitage Museum: Russia’s most famous palace and museum, it is located within a complex of several buildings along the riverbanks right in the city center. The general exhibition contains millions of artworks: paintings, sculptures, archaeological pieces, numismatics objects, and other artifacts.

Short Itinerary

Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow

Day 02 : Arrival Moscow

Day 03 : Moscow City Tour

Day 04 : Moscow Kremlin Tour

Day 05 : Moscow VDNKH Tour – Departure to St. Petersburg

Day 06 : Arrival Saint Petersburg: City Tour

Day 07 : Saint Petersburg: Hermitage Tour

Day 08 : Saint Petersburg Suburbs: Peterhof Tour

Day 09 : Saint Petersburg Suburbs: Pavlovsk Tour

Day 10 : Departure Saint Petersburg

Tour Ends

 Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow

Today you will board the flight to Russia.

Overnight is in the plane.
 Day 02 : Arrival Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Our driver holding the sign with your name will meet you upon your arrival at one of the Moscow airports and drive you to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day in Moscow at your own choice - we would suggest that you start exploring the city that never sleeps.

If time allows you can get the tickets to the Observation deck “Panorama 360”. This is the highest observation deck in Europe located on the 89th floor of the Federation Tower of Moscow City. PANORAMA360 is a full member of the World Federation of Great Towers. There are many entertainment zones on the observation deck that are unique. For example, the highest ice-cream and chocolate factories in the world, an interactive tablet served as a guide with augmented reality features (available in Russian, English, and Chinese), 3D-quest, and amazing 360-degree panoramic view of Moscow. There you will also find a restaurant, a mini-cinema, and a gift shop.

Overnight in Moscow.
 Day 03 : Moscow City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, the guide will pick you up at the lobby to take you on a wonderful journey exploring the main highlights of the city.

It’s time to explore the city center. Our bus tour will take you through Red Square, Alexander Garden, The Bolshoi theatre, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills observation deck, Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Hill + Victory Park, Stalin skyscrapers, main streets, and squares. Return to the hotel in the afternoon or enjoy your free time in the city center for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Moscow.
 Day 04 : Moscow Kremlin Tour

Just like the day before your guide will pick you up after breakfast at the lobby of your hotel.

You will have the walking tour to the heart of Russia - Moscow Kremlin to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Next on the list is the metro tour: a wonderful cascade of underground palaces, decorated with mosaics and sculptures, made by the greatest artists of all time. Semiprecious stones generously scattered on the surfaces of walls, paleontological curiosities, and other unusual pieces turn the Moscow metro stations into the living objects of art. Make sure you have a lot of free space for photos on your devices!

Return to the hotel in the afternoon or enjoy your free time in the city center for the rest of the day.

Optionally we would like to invite you for a 2,5-hour Radisson Royal boat cruise. This is a great opportunity to combine the joy of watching the wonderful city views with gastronomical pleasure during dinner.

Overnight in Moscow.
 Day 05 : Moscow VDNKH Tour – Departure to St. Petersburg

After breakfast, you will need to check out of the hotel and leave your luggage in the hotel luggage room. The guide will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and you will continue exploring one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

During this tour, we will explore the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, which is dedicated to space exploration. The museum contains a wide variety of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits and models which show the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. On top of that, you will discover the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy - the largest exposition, museum, and recreational complex in the world and one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia.

Return to the hotel in the afternoon or enjoy your free time in the city center for the rest of the day.

In the evening the guide will pick you up at the reception at the appointed time and will take you to the railway station. The guide will also help you with boarding on the train.

Overnight on board.
 Day 06 : Arrival Saint Petersburg: City Tour

Welcome to Saint Petersburg - the most beautiful city in Russia! The guide will meet you at the coach and bring you to a café for breakfast. You will admire panoramic views over the Neva and beautiful central squares as we drive down the central prospects and city-streets. You will see all the worldwide famous landmarks of the city: the Spit of Basil (Vasilievsky) Island, Saint Isaac's Cathedral (one of the most widely-known landmarks) the Bronze Horseman - an equestrian statue of Peter the Great on Senate Square, the Field of Mars, the cruiser Aurora and, of course, the picturesque Palace embankment and jaw-dropping Palace Square – the heart of the city that witnessed so many dramatic events, the Winter Palace, Mikhailovsky castle and many others. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

You may take some rest in the hotel and explore the city on your own.

Overnight in Saint Petersburg.
 Day 07 : Saint Petersburg: Hermitage Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, the guide will pick you up at the lobby to take you to the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world. “The Brilliant St. Petersburg” - a tour around the endless Hermitage, one of the world’s biggest treasuries of artworks and cultural legacy preserving more than 3 million items. You will see the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse, Picasso and others. This gorgeous collection is now presented in a gorgeous place that previously served as an emperor’s residence. Now you have an unequalled chance to visit this architectural masterpiece.

In the afternoon you can either return to the hotel or stay in the city centre to explore it on your own.

But the best way to explore the “Northern Venice” is getting a boat cruise via rivers and canals of Petersburg. This optional activity will show you the unique atmosphere of the city's water routes. You will have a ride under famous bridges of Petersburg and see shine and magnificence of historical city centre.

Overnight in Saint Petersburg.
 Day 08 : Saint Petersburg Suburbs: Peterhof Tour

Just like the day before your guide will pick you up after breakfast at the lobby of your hotel.

You will be picked up from the hotel and have a guided tour to one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg – Peterhof.

Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 34 kilometers from St. Petersburg, spectacular Peterhof attracts thousands of tourists with its parks, palaces, and, mainly, fountains. Among the suburban parks, Peterhof is probably the most famous for its fountains and is thus frequently compared to Versailles. ‘The Samson’ of the Grand Cascade is the most powerful and magnificent of the fountains of Peterhof and thus has been made a symbol of the park.

After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel or get an optional return back to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil (during the summer season, when navigation is open). You get the opportunity to enjoy the city panoramas from the water and to admire the expanses of the Gulf of Finland while spending a minimum amount of time traveling.

Overnight in Saint Petersburg.
 Day 09 : Saint Petersburg Suburbs: Pavlovsk Tour

This morning after breakfast the guide will pick you up as usual and travel a short distance out of the city – to Pavlovsk.

One of the Saint Petersburg suburbs can easily provide you with everything that you long for and even more. This place was meant as a private residence for the heir to the throne Paul I from his mother Empress Catherine II and bears today his name. Pavlovsky Park is one of the best landscape parks not only in Russia but also in Europe.

The rest of the day is free, so you either can enjoy your free time or join an optional half-day to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin). The Tsarskoye Selo palace - a splendid example of Russian Baroque. We will walk around its gorgeous park ensemble that represents the art of the garden-and-park design of the XVII-XX centuries. Following is the Catherine Palace and its world-famous “Amber room”.

Overnight in Saint Petersburg.
 Day 10 : Departure Saint Petersburg

Enjoy your free time after breakfast at your hotel. You can check out of the hotel and leave your luggage at the hotel luggage room and continue exploring one of the most fascinating cities in the world on your own. The driver will pick you up at the reception at the appointed time and will take you to the airport of your departure.

What's included

  • Economic return flight from London Heathrow
  • Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Locally guided: Operated with licenses English-speaking local guide during visits
  • 7 night’s accommodation
  • 1 night’s accommodation in night train (4-berth compartment)
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Arrival private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from any Moscow airport to the hotel
  • Shared transportation in an air-conditioning minibus/bus during departure transfer in Moscow and arrival transfer in Saint Petersburg
  • Overnight train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg
  • Shared transportation in an air-conditioning minibus/bus throughout the tour
  • Departure private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from the hotel to the airport
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: city tour in Moscow, entrance fees to Kremlin grounds, Moscow metro tickets round trip, Space museum, city tour in Saint Petersburg, the Hermitage, Peterhof Grand Palace and Park, Pavlovsk Palace and Par

What's not included

  • Any Domestic flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Guides do not accompany guests during the transfers to/from the airport
  • Anything not mentioned in What's Included

Accommodation

Moscow
Hotel IBIS or Holiday Inn Express or similar 3*

Saint Petersburg
Station hotel or similar 3*

Please note

  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems, or security reasons.
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed far in advance
  • Triple rooms in many hotels are actually double/twin rooms enhanced with an additional bed or sofa bed. Their comfort conditions are lower than common international triple room standards would normally require
  • No refund for unused services. No package services can be split between the guests
  • Please check the Russian visa requirements with your local embassy or authorities as well as the list of essential documents, required to pass the board (valid passport, tickets, and accommodation voucher)
  • Migration card forms are handed out free of charge by airline staff and/or border control officials. This card has to be completed using Latin letters for each person arriving, including children regardless of age. The migration card is a must-keep for any foreign visitor. Hotel administration is required to request migration cards from every foreign visitor upon checking in.
  • This tour does not require special physical training however it’s better to take into account that the tour program means long walk tours.

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