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.
DAY 1 | 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.
DAY 2 | 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.
- Zaryadye Park - from here you can enjoy stunning views of the Kremlin from an artificial hill while also walking through a birch forest, swamp and tundra.
- 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
DAY 3 | ART AND ARCHITECTURE
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.
Duration: 8h | Transportation: by metro
DAY 4 | FREE DAY IN MOSCOW
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.
DAY 5 | 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:
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.
- 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.
DAY 6 | 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 .
- 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
DAY 7 | PETERHOF PALACE
Breakfast in the hotel.
DAY 8 | CATHERINE PALACE
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
DAY 9 | 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.
DAY 10 | DEPARTURE ST PETERSBURG
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
- 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.
- 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.
• 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%|