A day tour to Moscow from St Petersburg is a great way of getting to see Moscow and its main sights in one day and combining both Russian capitals in one trip. Earlier such a day trip was only possible by plane and even then you had to take into account the time spent getting to the airport and waiting around there. But now, with the high-speed trains which connect Moscow and St Petersburg in just three hours and 40 minutes, you can easily go on a day trip from the Northern Capital to the Ancient Capital.
If you have one free day in St Petersburg, it is worth considering a trip to the Russian capital to see the world-famous sights such as the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. In total the tour takes around 16 hours including the time spent travelling to Moscow and back. Therefore you should be prepared for a long day! However the trains are comfortable so you should be able to have a nap and you can also have breakfast there.
St Petersburg → Moscow → St Petersburg
Total distance of the tour – 1,300km
• 06:20 •
Transfer from the hotel to St Petersburg’s Moskovsky Railway Station. A driver with a sign saying will wait for you at the lobby of your hotel or place where you stayed.
• 07:00 •
Departure on the Sapsan high-speed train to Moscow
• 11:00 •
Arrival in Moscow. The guide will meet you outside your carriage with a sign saying .
- Red Square – the most famous square in the country. It has been the scene of some of the most significant events in Russian history.
- St Basil’s Cathedral (exterior) - one of the most recognisable cathedrals in the world. Its main tower structure is surrounded by nine churches each topped with a beautiful dome.
- Bolshoi Theatre – one of the symbols of Russian culture and known across the world for its school of ballet.
- Lenin’s Mausoleum – the resting place for the founder of the Soviet Union. It consists of five steps decreasing in size and is made out of marble, granite, labradorite and porphyry. Since it was opened it is estimated that more than 120 million people have visited.
- Aleksandrovsky Gardens – a beautiful park where you will find the tomb of the unknown soldier, an eternal flame and a guard of honour which changes on the hour.
- Christ the Saviour Cathedral – the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built on the site of the original version of the cathedral which was destroyed in Soviet times and replaced by a giant open-air swimming pool.
- GUM – a famous department store with Soviet architecture, considered to be a masterpiece. It was here during the Soviet era that the Communist party big-wigs could get hold of elite goods found nowhere else in the country. In 1937 the first row of the store was occupied by the NKVD and Beria even had an office here.
- Ulitsa Varvarka – one of the three main streets which make up the district of Moscow known as Kitai-Gorod. The Russian hero Dmitry Donskoy marched down this street upon his return to the capital after victory against the Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovskoe Field. Here you will find a unique ensemble of cathedrals, chambers and churches from the 16th to the 18th century.
- Ulitsa Arbat – the oldest pedestrian street and a symbol of Russia. Previously the street was home to tradesmen and merchants but by the end of the 18th century they had been replaced with noblemen, as it became fashionable and prestigious to live here. Representative of Moscow’s intelligentsia also lived here. Many famous people including Pushkin, Rakhmaninov, Skyabin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Saltykov-Schedrin, Chekhov and Blok lived on or around this street at some point of time.
Guided tour of the Moscow Metro – the Moscow Metro is widely recognised as the most beautiful metro in the world. It is the result of the labour of genial inventors and talented architectures, as well as advanced engineering techniques. Many stations can be described without any exaggeration as underground palaces. On this tour you will see the most stunning and unique stations of this underground world.
Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin – the kremlin is the heart of the capital and its main sight. It is the oldest part of the city and today is the official residence of the Russian president. You will see the Ivanovskaya and Sobornaya squares and the magnificent cathedrals which stand there, plus the tombs of the Russian grand princes, tsars and metropolitans which are located inside, as well as the celebrated Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell which are unique monuments of metalwork.
• 19:30 •
Departure for St Petersburg on the Sapsan high-speed train from Leningradsky Railway Station of Moscow.
• 23:30 •
Arrival in St Petersburg's Moscovsky Railway Station.
Transfer to the hotel. The driver will wait for you next to your wagon with a sign says .
- The tour is available the whole year round.
- During state holidays and celebrations, Red Square may be closed (either partially blocked off or completely closed).
- The tour is available in - other languages upon request.
• CANCELLATION POLICY •
DATE OF CANCELLATION
|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%|
• COST OF THE TOUR •
|PRICE PER GROUP||1-2 PAX||3-4 PAX||5-6 PAX||7-8 PAX|
- Train tickets for the Sapsan high-speed trains (2nd class return).
- Transfers in St Petersburg to/from the railway station.
- Private guide service according to the programme
- Entrance tickets to museums.
- 24h emergency support during the tour
- Gratuities (optional)