The best of Russian Capitals tour

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  This tour is an extended version of our most popular tour to the two capitals of Russia.  A tour incorporating Moscow and St Petersburg is one of the most popular tourist routes in Russia. In one trip you can see Russia’s two most famous cities which are completely different from each other.

  The classic seven-day tour only includes the most famous sights of Moscow and St Petersburg, but in such a short time it is only possible to get a general impression of the cities. Therefore we have also created a special 10-day version, so that you can find out more about Russian history and culture. You will see some of the most famous palaces in Russia: the Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace including the Amber Room and the Peterhof Grand Palace, the Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral, the Moscow Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Metro, St Basil's Cathedral and the Cosmonaut Museum. In addition you will have two free days, one in each city, so that you have an opportunity to see the cities at your own leisure, or alternatively book another tour for these days.  

 DAY1 | ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW

 Arrival in Moscow and transfer to the hotel.

A driver with a sign saying  will wait for you in the arrival area of the airport. Free time in the city.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • MOSCOW •

  Moscow by Night Tour.
  • An evening excursion around the main sights of Moscow including Victory Park, Red Square, the viewing platform at Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Convent, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Garden Ring and Moscow City.​

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 10400 10920 11700 12800


 DAY2 | CITY-TOUR OF MOSCOW

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  Walking city tour of central Moscow. The highlights of the tour are:

  • Aleksandrovsky Gardens – city gardens located next to the kremlin which have several interesting statues.
  • Red Square – Russia’s most famous and most beautiful square where you will find St Basil’s Cathedral.
  • GUM - the Russian equivalent of Paris’s Galeries Lafayette or London’s Harrods with a Soviet atmosphere and an interesting history.
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum – the resting place of the founder of USSR.
  • Bolshoi Theatre – one of the most famous theatres in the world.
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – the main cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • Lubyanka Building – once the headquarters of the KGB, now home to the FSB.

  ​Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin – the biggest fortress in Russia and Moscow’s main tourist sight. Today it also serves as the official residence of the Russian president. Located inside are the Tsar Bell and Tsar Canon and several cathedrals and churches which act as the resting place for 47 pre-Peter the Great Russian rulers (including Ivan the Terrible and Dmitry Donskoy).

  Guided tour of St Basil Cathedral (1561) - one of the most recognisable symbols of Russia and one of the most famous churches in the world. In its history it has survived attempts by both Napoleon and Stalin to have it destroyed. Inside it consists of several small chapels connected by staircases.

 Duration: 8h |  Transportation: By metro

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • MOSCOW •

  Guided Tour of the Romanov's Chambers
  • One of the oldest surviving stone buildings in Moscow. The chambers are separated into women and men sections which have been recreated to give visitors a feeling of the life of nobles in mediaeval Russia.

Tour availability: daily except Tuesdays

 Duration: 1 hour

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3120 4160 5720 7280

   

  Guided Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre
  • An excursion to one of the most famous theatres in the world. You will see not only the main stage but also behind the curtains.

Tour availability: daily except weekends and August

 Duration: 1h30 

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 13650 13650 15340 18720


 DAY3 | ART AND ARCHITECTURE

 Breakfast in the hotel.

  Guided tour of the Novodevichy Convent a masterpiece of Russian baroque architecture and the most beautiful convent in Moscow. In addition the neighbouring Novodevichy Cemetery is the burial place of many outstanding figures of science, culture, art, politics, military leaders, war heroes. Many of the tombstones are very elaborate and the work of famous sculptors. Just by walking around the graves you can learn a lot about Russian history.

  Guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery home to one of the world's largest collections of Russian art. Since its foundation in 1856, the gallery has collected has more than 170,000 exhibits including some of the most famous Russian artworks and ancient icons.

 Guided tour around the Zamoskvorechye District – this excursion will inform you about one of the oldest and best preserved parts of Moscow. Once it was a thriving district of merchants and is today characterised by many closed courtyards and several old churches.

 Duration: 8h |  Transportation: by metro


 DAY4 | FREE DAY IN MOSCOW

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in Moscow. You can spend this day either exploring Moscow by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of Moscow.

 Recommended optional excursions:

  Excursion to Sergiev Posad    
  • Visit one of the holiest places in Russia, where thousands of pilgrims comes daily to pay homage to the shrine of St Sergius of Radonezh. Excursion with a local guide.

Tour availability: daily

 Duration: 6-7 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 14300 15600 19500 23400

  Yasnaya Polyana Excursion
  • Yasnaya Polyana excursion – an excursion to the favourite place of Russia’s greatest writer - Lev Tolstoy. It is where he created many of his masterpieces and where he is buried.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: about 12 hours |  Transportation: by train and by private car.

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 24960 35880 40170 50310

  Star-City Excursion

  • The international cosmonaut training centre. Every cosmonaut who goes to the International Space Station must undergo a training programme here. If you are lucky you will even see real cosmonauts going about their training. Due to the strategic importance of this object this excursion requires additional confirmation from the Russian Security Department and must be booked 45 working days in advance.

Tour availability: Daily except weekends

 Duration: 5-6 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 25350 27300 31200 35750

  Leninskie Gorki Excursion
  • The estate where the founder of the USSR - Vladimir Lenin - spent his last few years and where he died and was embalmed for the first time. During the excursion  you will learn how the Soviet leader came to power and about life in the USSR.

Tour availability: Daily except Mondays

 Duration: about 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car.

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 18720 20020 23270 26650

  Day tour to Vladimir and Suzdal   
  • If you don’t have time to make a trip to the cities of the Golden Ring - you can see two famous cities of the route in just one day by taking the Vladimir-Suzdal excursion.

Tour availability: Daily

 Duration: 11-12 hours

 Transportation: by high-speed train and by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 24310 35490 44590 57200

  Kolomenskoe Estate Excursion 
  •   A visit to the former country residence of the grand princes of Moscow and the early Russian tsars such as Ivan the Terrible. The highlight of the estate is the UNESCO-protected Ascension Church which is unique as it is the first Russian church to feature a tent-dome and represents a break with the traditional Byzantine architectural style and the beginning of a distinct Russian architectural style.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by metro

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 9880 11960 14040 15470


 DAY5 | SOVIET MOSCOW

 Breakfast in the hotel.

Excursion to sights in the capital which will give you an insight into the Soviet era. It includes visits to:

 VDNKh - the main exhibition centre of the Soviet Union. The complex has many pavilions resembling palaces, which once held exhibitions on every republic in the Soviet Union or on various industries. Today it is a real time capsule of the USSR.

 Cosmonautics Museum - the main space museum in Moscow which exhibits samples of rocket and space equipment, personal belongings of cosmonauts and engineers, archival documents and Belka and Strelka - the first space dogs to return from space alive - embalmed .

 Moscow metro - the most beautiful metro system in the World. You will see the best examples of the Soviet-era metro system and learn about its secrets.

 Duration: 6 hours Transportation: by metro


TRAIN TO ST PETERSBURG.

In the evening, transfer from the hotel to the railway station and then an overnight train to St Petersburg. The tour includes a trip on the historic Red Arrow overnight train, but you can choose another train here.

Options:

  • Take the evening Sapsan high-speed train, the last one leaves (Moscow and St Petersburg) at about 20:00, so you will arrive at around midnight. In this case you will need to book an extra night at a hotel in St Petersburg.
  • Spend another night in Moscow and take the early morning Sapsan high-speed train on the next day, however this is a more expensive option as you have to pay for an extra night in the hotel and for a more expensive train.
  • Take a flight to St Petersburg, but since there is an efficient high-speed train connection we do not recommend this option as unlike the train stations, the airports are located out of the city centre.

 DAY6 | ST PETERSBURG CITY TOUR

 Arrival in St Petersburg - transfer to your hotel to leave your luggage. A guide will meet you just next to your carriage with a sign saying .

 City tour of St Petersburg - a private tour in a private car. During the city tour you will visit:
  • Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral – the oldest part of St Petersburg. The fortress’s cathedral is now a shrine holding the tombs of almost all emperors and empresses of Russia.
  • Nevsky Prospekt – St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare.
  • Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral – Russia’s equivalent of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, complete with a large colonnade.
  • The Field of Mars – a memorial established after the Russian Revolution.
  • Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral (exterior) – a beautiful cathedral somewhat reminiscent of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral, built on the site of the assassination of Emperor Alexander II.
  • St Michael’s Castle (exterior) – a residence built for Emperor Paul, where he was subsequently assassinated.
  • Anichkov Bridge – one of St Petersburg’s most beautiful bridges decorated with four statues of youths taming wild horses.
  • Bronze Horseman – an equestrian statue of Peter the Great which has become a symbol of the city.
  • St Isaac’s Cathedral – the largest cathedral in St Petersburg, the current version dates from 1818 and features a huge dome.

  Guided tour of the State Hermitage (Winter Palace) – a private tour around the world famous art gallery which is located in the Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian imperial family. Although the gallery houses an outstanding collection of European Art, often the interiors of the palace itself attract the most attention. Your guide will show you the highlights which may otherwise be missed if you are looking around the massive complex yourself.

 Duration: 8h |  Transportation: By private car and by metro

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • ST PETERSBURG •

  Guided Tour of St Isaac's Cathedral 
  • One of the largest cathedrals in the world with a capacity of 12,000. The excursion includes going up to the top of the cathedral to enjoy great views of the city.

 Duration: 1 - 1½ h.

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3900 5720 8060 10400

  Boat cruise around St Petersburg canals (from May till October)
  • St Petersburg is a city of canals and bridges which has earned it the name of the Venice of the North. A boat trip allows you to see the city’s main sights from a whole new angle.

 Duration: 1½ h.

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 6110 8060 10270 12740

 DAY7 | PETERHOF PALACE

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Day tour to Peterhof - the most visited imperial residence outside of St Petersburg is the Peterhof Estate which is often called the Russian Versailles. Peter the Great decided to decorate his new residence on the Gulf of Finland with many fountains ranging in size from the massive cascade outside the Grand Palace to small fountains in the form of trees to trick unsuspecting guest.
 Duration: 7h |  Transportation: By private car  or by  boat
 
 The fountains at Peterhof are on between May and October. From October to May, if you prefer, this trip can be replaced with an excursion to the Menshikov and Yusupov palaces in St Petersburg. 

 DAY8 | CATHERINE PALACE

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Guided tour of the Catherine Palace – one of the architectural masterpieces of the style known as Russian baroque which was popular in the mid-18th century. It is one of the most stunning imperial palaces located outside St Petersburg (over 100kg of gold were used to decorate it). It is widely known for its Amber Room which is decorated entirely with amber, although the current version is a replica, since the original was lost in the Second World War. 

 Guided tour of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral - the collection of mosaics of this cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. The mosaics cover the whole interior of the cathedral, and the production of these masterpieces delayed the completion of the cathedral by ten years! Famous Russian masters - Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Belyaev, Kharlamov, Zhuravlev, Ryabushkin - took part in the work. Even the iconostasis features mosaics.

 Duration: 8h |  Transportation: By private car

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • ST PETERSBURG •

  Guided Tour of the Pavlovsk Palace.
  • Guided tour of the Pavlovsk Palace - the Pavlovsk Palace is closely connected with Emperor Paul and his family and was one of the last imperial palaces to be built. Its interiors are decorated with white marble, French tapestries, valuable paintings, antique sculptures and a sea of gilding. The palace is surrounded by one of the most picturesque landscaped gardens in Russia.​

 Duration: 2h |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 8320 11180 15080 18850


 DAY9 | FREE DAY IN ST PETERSBURG 

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in St Petersburg. You can spend this day either exploring St Petersburg by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of St Petersburg.

 Recommended optional excursions:

  Day tour to Veliky Novgorod 
  • Novgorod Veliky is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It is located in the north-west of the country on River Volkhov and Lake Ilmen. The city’s history is inseparably linked with major events over the course of the Russian nation-state. It was once centre of the important Novgorod Republic, whose prince was elected by local nobles. The Republic became a prize fought over by neighbouring principalities and was very unruly and independent at times. It was also an importance religious and trade centre, acting as a connection between Rus and the West via the Hanseatic League. Over the centuries the city has been protected by a large and sturdy kremlin, which in turn proved a stronghold in the defence of the country as a whole. The kremlin is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Duration: 12 hours |  Transportation: by train

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 16680 25430 30410 40460

  Oreshek Fotress (only from May to October)
  • This monument of mediaeval Russian defensive architecture is located on the source of the Neva. It was founded by Novgorodians in 1323 but from 1612 it was held by the Swedish until it was recaptured by Peter the Great in 1702. Having lost its strategic significance, it later became a prison for high profile prisoners. Imprisoned here were Yevdokia Lopukhina (Peter the Great's first wife), Emperor Ivan VI, several Decembrists, members of the People’s Will organisation (including Lenin’s brother who was executed here) and Polish nationals who fought for Polish liberation. Between 1941 and 1943 a small garrison at the fortress were able to hold out here and protect the Road of Life from the Nazis for over 500 days. Therefore many famous events in Russian history have a connection with this fascinating fortress.

 Duration: about 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car and by boat

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 18590 21450 27040 31590

  Red Tour
  • This tour is dedicated to the Russian revolution and the figures who played a part in it. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Political History where you will learn the details of one of the critical moments in Russian history.
  • You will also visit the Alliluev Memorial Apartment where Lenin sought refuge and where Stalin also lived at the beginning of his political career. The apartment also serves as an example of typical housing for a qualified Petrograd worker in the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In addition you will visit the Sergey Kirov Memorial Apartment, Kirov was a close associate of Stalin whose murder marked the beginning of the Red Terror – mass repression which resulted in the death of around 1 million people. This apartment gives you an impression of how the Soviet elite lived just after the revolution. 

Tour availability: from Friday to Sunday

 Duration: about 7 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 21060 26390 33540 38740

  Best Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

            

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 15340 19630 23660 28730

  Guided tour of Zoological museum and Kunskamera
  • This guided tour will show you the most interesting natural history museums in St Petersburg: the Zoological Museum and the Kunstkamera. The Zoological Museum is the oldest zoological museum in Russia and has over 30,000 exhibits on display ranging from the smallest mollusc up to an enormous blue whale. When not on loan to other museums, the museum is home to Dima and Masha the baby mammoths which were discovered relatively well preserved after millennia spent in the permafrost of Siberia.
  • The Kunstkamera was the first museum to be opened in Russia. It has a unique collection of artefacts which tell the history and everyday life of various peoples of the world. There is also a section on rare birth defects and anomalies, with the unfortunate babies and animals preserved in jars (it was hoped that people would become less superstitious if they became more aware of birth defects). In addition the early-18th century building in which the Kunstkamera is located is a monument in itself and has become the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 4 h |  Transportation: walking

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 12350 13000 20670 21320


 DAY10 | DEPARTURE ST PETERSBURG

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 185540 300685 416480 536760

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 4* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 236140 401885 568280 739160

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 5* HOTELS​ 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 306540 542685 779480 1020760

Included
  • Private transport service according to the programme
  • Private guide service according to the programme
  • Entrance tickets to museums.
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
Not included
  • Plane tickets to/from Russia
  • Tips for a guide or driver
  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Evening performances such as the ballet at the Bolshoi.

  • The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Optional excursions should be booked before the start of the tour to schedule the itinerary.
  • Transportation in Moscow, where travel by metro is designated, can be changed to a car upon request, but please note that the transport situation in Moscow is not very good, so you could get stuck in a traffic jam.
  • Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
  • During state holidays and celebrations, Red Square may be closed (either partially blocked off or completely closed).
  • The price of the tour may be increased during the period of the White Nights (11JUN-10JUL) and when the International Economic Forum (end of May or beggining of June) is being held in St Petersburg. Please check the price when booking.
  • The tour is available in     Other languages upon request.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to mid-October and from December to mid-March.

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DATE OF CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%