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A Russian Adventure, Moscow & St Petersburg

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8864

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

EU 2020

PRICE FROM ? £1549 per person
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Description

This fascinating tour combines the classical highlights of Russia’s glorious cities of Moscow and St Petersburg where we discover the stories behind the cities’ key landmarks and the architectural legacy of the Tsars. From the splendour of Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin to St Petersburg’s magnificent Imperial palaces, this is an amazing chance to experience some of Russia’s most iconic sights.

Air Itinerary

Day 1
We fly to Moscow and transfer to the Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya, our base for the next three nights.

Day 2 – Moscow
Our stay in Russia’s capital starts with a guided city tour. We see many of Moscow’s famous sights including Sparrow Hills, the Moscow State University and Red Square. Our guide also takes us to explore some of the famous Moscow Metro stations. Known as the ‘Palaces of the People’ when they were first built, they boast beautiful sculptures, bronzes, mosaics and crystal chandeliers.

Day 3 – The Kremlin, Armoury Museum & Alexander Garden
We enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin, the former residence of the Russian Tsars. This architectural ensemble of unique beauty took shape between the 15th and 20th centuries. There is also time to walk around the grounds and visit one or more of the cathedrals located on Cathedral Square.

In the afternoon, we visit the Armoury Museum. Located within the Kremlin itself, the Armoury Chamber is the treasury of the Russian Tsars and includes a unique collection of gold and silver items, state regalia, coronation dresses and famous Fabergé eggs. We also enjoy a visit to the Alexander Garden which runs along the west wall of the Kremlin, named in honour of Emperor Alexander I.

Day 4 – Train from Moscow to St Petersburg
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head to the railway station for the fast train to St Petersburg. On arrival, we transfer to the Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky where we stay for the next four nights.

Day 5– St Petersburg
A full day of sightseeing awaits us in St Petersburg. We start with a guided city tour to view some of the most celebrated sights of this historic city, including St Isaac’s Cathedral and the magnificent Winter Palace, home of the Romanov Emperors for two hundred years, which now houses the State Hermitage Museum.


In the afternoon, we visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built to guard the city of St Petersburg, its location on Hare Island still dominates the River Neva. The cathedral located in the fortress’ grounds is the oldest building in St Petersburg and now houses the remains of the last Russian Tsars.

Day 6 – Catherine Palace
We travel to Pushkin to visit the Catherine Palace. Originally commissioned by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine I in 1717, the palace was later redesigned on a scale to rival Versailles with elaborately decorated blue and white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters and some of the most extravagant interiors in Europe, including the world-famous Amber Room.

On our return to St Petersburg we enjoy a free afternoon to explore more of the city at our leisure.

Day 7– State Hermitage Museum & Traditional Russian Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace
We enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, housed in the magnificent Winter Palace. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the museum houses one of the finest art collections in the world with over 2.7 million items including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French Impressionists.

Later, we head to the Nikolaevsky Palace to enjoy an evening of traditional Russian folk music and dance.  

Day 8  
We check out of our hotel and transfer to St Petersburg Pulkovo International airport for our return flight home.

Air Bullets

  • Flight to Moscow and return from St Petersburg* ATOL protected
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Russia
  • 3 nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya with breakfast
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky, St Petersburg with breakfast
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Guided city tours of Moscow & St Petersburg
  • Guided tour of the Kremlin
  • Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum
  • Visits to Catherine Palace & Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Standard class fast train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Traditional Russian Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Russia

Search Bullets

  • 3 nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya with breakfast
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky, St Petersburg with breakfast
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Guided city tours of Moscow & St Petersburg
  • Guided tour of the Kremlin
  • Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum
  • Visits to Catherine Palace & Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Standard class fast train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Traditional Russian Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Russia

Flight Information

Please note: A visa is required for travel to Russia. Visas are required for visitors to Russia and must be obtained in advance of travel. All travellers must now attend the visa application centre in person, in either London, Edinburgh or Manchester in order to have their fingerprints taken. The current Consular fee is £101.40 per person (subject to change). There is also a fee to have passports returned by mail (currently £13.80 per person). (Consular and postage fees are subject to change). You may also collect your passport and visa from the centres in London or Edinburgh (but not Manchester; passports submitted in Manchester will be returned by courier).

If you’re a self-employed or unemployed applicant you must provide copies of your last three bank statements showing a minimum credit balance of £100.00 for every day of stay in Russia.

We can provide a consultancy service to assist with this process, at an approximate cost of £21 per application.

You will receive documentation detailing the necessary visa requirements, with your confirmation invoice.


*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

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Booking Flights

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)

  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £10.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Day time flights will be booked and time sent over by either post or email on the ATOL certificate. (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • Where applicable clients must be able to do their own online check in. If you wish us to do this on your behalf the charge is £25 per person and you must complete a form which we will send to you.
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