Moscow & St Petersburg
- Duration: 7 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW16058
- Travel Type: Air
6 nights. February 2019 - December 2019. From £895.00.
Explore two of the Northern Hemisphere's most intriguing cities
Combining three nights in Moscow, the beating heart of Mother Russia, and three night in elegant St Petersburg, with its great squares and opulent palaces, its parks and network of canals, this hugely enjoyable seven-day holiday includes fascinating guided tours and opportunities to join optional excursions in both cities. With a daytime train journey between the cities, this is a richly contrasting Russian adventure of irresistible attraction, and one from which you'll return immeasurably rewarded.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend three nights in the heart of Moscow
Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Russian capital
Take in the Kremlin, onion-domed St Basil's and the famous Bolshoi Theatre
Spend three nights in St Petersburg
Enjoy a fascinating introductory tour of the exquisite 'Venice of the North'
Visit the world-renowned Hermitage Museum
Daytime train journey from Moscow to St Petersburg
Six nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in good-quality hotels in Moscow (3 nights) and St Petersburg (3)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Moscow, returning from St Petersburg
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Moscow, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your hotel base for the next three nights. Rest and relax after the journey, and enjoy your first evening in the city.
Day TwoThis morning's three-hour included guided coach tour will introduce you to this extraordinary place, and serve to orientate you. The tour will include the fabled Kremlin and adjacent Red Square, where multi-coloured, onion-domed St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's eerie Mausoleum and the former GUM State Department Store, now a glittering shopping mall, look out over the vast space. Other highlights of the tour might include Revolution Square, the newly rebuilt Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (one of the city's most striking landmarks), the Bolshoi Theatre and the infamous Lubyanka, former KGB headquarters.
This afternoon, an optional guided walking tour will reveal some of the secrets of the Kremlin, as you pass through the turreted walls and enter a truly fascinating enclave of imposing buildings like the Senate House and the Presidium, the vast State Kremlin Palace concert hall, beautiful squares and breathtaking churches and palaces. Sobornaya Square is home to the trio of cathedrals and the magnificent Ivan the Great Belltower, the Kremlin's tallest structure.
This evening you can choose to round off a wonderful day by enjoying dinner in the city.
Day ThreeA further day to enjoy the city. Some will head off to explore under their own steam; many, however, will enjoy a full-day optional 'Highlights of Moscow' tour, taking in Victory Park, where the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commemorates the Soviet Union's incalculable sacrifices in World War Two. Enjoy a visit to one of Moscow's landmark Metro stations - vast repositories of priceless art and artefacts - and to the Kremlin's Armoury Palace. Enjoy free time for shopping, and the chance of dinner and a final evening in Moscow.
Day FourTransfer to Leningrad Station, bid "do svidanya" to your Moscow guide and board the train to St Petersburg, arriving later today. On arrival at St Petersburg's Station, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for three nights.
Day FiveAfter breakfast enjoy a fascinating orientation and introductory tour of the 'Venice of the North', which in fact, but for its canals and innumerable bridges, is more Paris or Madrid, given the grand sweep of its squares and the opulence of its great palaces and civic buildings. Founded by Peter the Great as a westward-looking bastion, and grown under the stewardship of his daughter Elizabeth and legendary empress Catherine the Great, St Petersburg is a match for the finest of all European cities.
Palace Square, towered over by the Alexander Column, is also home to the fabled Winter Palace of the Tsars, a Baroque masterpiece that houses part of the extraordinary Hermitage Museum. The exquisite Admiralty building is crowned by a gilded spire and topped in turn by a weather vane in the shape of a frigate, the city's most enduring symbol. Close by, majestic St Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline, while elsewhere, other highlights might include the Mariinsky Palace - home of the Kirov Ballet, the onion-domed Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, and wondrous Smolny Cathedral. Across the Neva River lies the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city began, and Peter and Paul Cathedral, burial place of the Romanov Tsars.
This afternoon, however, you'll step inside the gilded portals of the fabled Hermitage museum, to enjoy a guided tour of some of its phenomenal collection. Please note: The entrance fees to the buildings are not included in the morning. Entrance to the Hermitage museum is included.
Day SixJoin today's optional excursion to the Imperial Palace at Pushkin and stunning gardens at Peterhof, both lovingly reconstructed since World War Two, and reflecting the grandeur of Imperial Court life, under Catherine the Great and the Romanovs. Entrance is included to the palace, and a visit is made to Peterhof's garden.
This evening join the optional evening excursion to the famous folklore show at the historic Nikolaevskiy Palace, to immerse yourself in the traditions of Cossack dancing and folk songs.
Day SevenA last optional excursion includes entrances to, and a guided tour of, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and a visit to the sumptuous, intimate Yusupov Palace, perhaps the city's finest Imperial residence, scene of the murder of legendary 'monk' Rasputin.
This afternoon, transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationMoscow and St Petersburg Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg.Back to top
Passports and visasPlease note that visas are required for travel on this tour. The visa application process requires you to appear in person at the Russian embassy in either Edinburgh or London. We will send you full application details, including your invitation letter, approximately eight weeks prior to your holiday. Please note that you can not obtain your visa until you have received your invitation letter from us. The cost of the visa is approximately GBP110 per person if obtained directly. The cost is approximately GBP187 per person if using the services of our preferred visa agency - CIBT. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the visa expiration date.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Booking optional excursionsIf you'd like to join any of the optional excursions on this tour, please be aware that they are only available in advance and that it will not be possible to book them once you arrive on holiday.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. This includes reversing the itinerary. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information. Back to top