Moscow & St Petersburg
Discover the two incredible and powerful cities that have both driven and shaped Russia on this magnificent journey.
Starting in Moscow, we visit iconic attractions including the Kremlin and Red Square, before travelling to St Petersburg - a city so rich in history its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Highlights and Inclusions
- All rail and coach travel as described
- British Airways scheduled ﬂights from London to Moscow and St Petersburg to London
- 6 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 4-Star Marriott Tverskaya in Moscow and 3 nights at the 4-Star Helvetia hotel in St Petersburg*
- 10 meals including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Guided tour of Moscow, including Sparrow Hills, Lenin Mausoleum and Moscow State University
- Excursion and entrance to the Kremlin
- Visit to Arbat Street
- Tour of the incredible Moscow Metro System
- Sightseeing tour of St Petersburg
- Entrance to the Peter and Paul Fortress
- Visit and entrance to Peterhof Palace and Park
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Days 1 & 2 - Moscow
We fly from London to Moscow, transferring on arrival to the our hotel, housed in the city's historic central thoroughfare. We enjoy a traditional Russian Welcome Ceremony on arrival at our hotel, before dinner is served this evening.
On Day 2 we discover some of these attractions on a guided tour of the city. Moscow is in a constant state of flux; all of the resounding changes that sent seismic shock waves through the country originated here, yet there are reminders from every chapter of the city's long and fascinating past at every turn. From medieval cathedrals to towering Stalinist skyscrapers, with hints of the regal Tsarist influence, this incredible city has to be seen to be believed. Among the highlights today we see the Sparrow Hills, which marks one of the highest points in Moscow and offers a wonderful panorama over the bustling frenzy of the sprawling city below.
Situated on the bank of the Moskva River from which the city takes its name, here you will also find the Temple of the Holy Trinity, a whitewashed Russian Orthodox temple with aquamarine domes. We'll also spend time in Red Square, surrounded by many of the most iconic sights of the city, including the multi-colored domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral. Also on the square is Lenin's Mausoleum, where it is possible to view the body of the Communist leader. Our final stop is Moscow State University, with its enchanting botanical gardens. (Day 1 - D, Day 2 - B. D)
Day 3 - The Kremlin
Today we visit the Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site and arguably the most famous landmark in all of Russia. The imposing citadel is surrounded by twenty 18th century towers, and is home to cathedrals, palaces and museums. It is also the seat of government. On arrival we take a tour of the extensive grounds, seeing some of the edifices that have shaped the country.
We also visit one of the stunning cathedrals, which are famed for their intricate and detailed interiors. In the afternoon we visit the lively Arbat Street, a pedestrianized shopping thoroughfare that claims to be one of Russia's oldest streets. Much-loved by locals, this prestigious road is lined with grand townhouses built for the nobility. Here we have time to admire the charming setting, where street vendors proudly display their souvenirs and passing shoppers are entertained by energetic street artists. Later we enjoy a tour of Moscow's amazing Metro system. Dating back to the 1930s, the Metro is more than a simple transport system; it is a true highlight of the city. Marble, bronze, chandeliers and stained glass adorn the entrance halls, and the vaulted ceilings are supported by elegant columns. The magnificent stations feature art and sculpture spanning from Soviet philosophy to the Modernist, avant-garde movement. We return to the hotel at the end of an unforgettable day. (B)
Days 4 & 5 - By rail to St Petersburg
Today we leave Moscow and travel by rail to St Petersburg, enjoying a journey on the modern Sapsan service. Before long we arrive in St Petersburg, one of Russia's largest cities and a former Imperial capital. On arrival we transfer to our hotel.
We embark on a guided tour of the city's main sights on Day 5, including the Peter and Paul Fortress. Occupying a commanding position on an island in the Neva River, this mighty structure was the city's first stone building - and played an important role in the shaping of St Petersburg. Originally designed as a defensive fort, the complex was also used as a prison, holding distinguished activists including Dostoevsky and Gorky. Today the site is preserved as an enthralling museum, and here you are free to admire its exhibitions at your own pace. Following the tour, your afternoon is at leisure.
Perhaps take a boat trip through the cities numerous canals? Due to its location on a, now long gone quagmire, it boasts a myriad of pretty waterways, the perfect way to get around the city. (Day 4 - B, D, Day 5 - B)
Day 6 - Peterhof Palace & the Hermitage
Today's excursion takes us to a real highlight of St Petersburg, the spellbinding Peterhof Palace. Sometimes referred to as a 'Russian Versailles', the opulent complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its beautiful grounds filled with spectacular fountains and waterways. The string of glittering palaces were constructed by Peter the Great with no expense spared, and as such they display some of the finest and most lavish artworks and ornaments that the world has to offer, whilst the impressive gardens stretch out almost all the way to the sea shore. We explore the incredible grounds and the many attractions on show.
We continue to the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace. This mesmerizing museum is one of the most famous in the world, offering an incredible collection of over 3 million artefacts from numerous countries and eras. Of course, the setting of these artefacts are equally as enthralling, with gilded marble columns, patterned mosaic floors, and huge crystal chandeliers providing an exquisite backdrop for the collection. While here, be sure to look out for the clock stopped by Tsar Nicholas at the moment the Palace was stormed in 1917, situated at the head of a corridor in the palace. Tonight we commemorate the end of our tour with a farewell meal. (B, D)
Day 7 - Return Home
After breakfast this morning, your tour concludes. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Launched in 2009, the Sapsan Railway runs between Moscow and St Petersburg as a high speed service. Its name is derived from the Peregrine Falcon, thanks to its fast travel time, reaching up to 250 kilometres per hour, meaning that travelling between these two stunning cities only takes 4 hours over a distance of 650 kilometres.
On the outside, the train is sleek and modern, reminiscent of the Japanese 'Bullet Trains', and on the inside, the carriages are comfortable and clean. Each economy class seat comes with an adjustable back rest, a footrest, a folding table, an armrest, and individual lighting, and there is also the opportunity to order food from the bistro (payable locally).
Park Inn Sadu by Radisson, Moscow
Situated in a unique location in Moscow's historical centre, the 4* Park Inn Sadu by Radisson offers stylish furnishing and a convenient location just minutes away from the Polyanka Metro Station, with views of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
The guest rooms are cosy yet contemporary, and come well equipped with soundproofing, a television, desk, hairdryer, free high-speed Wi-Fi and complimentary bottled water. The hotel boasts a range of amenities including an elegant 24-hour restaurant, Café SADU, which serves up a variety of classic regional dishes, along with a bar and gift shop.
Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky, St Petersburg
Located in the lively heart of St Petersburg and close to the Moscow Railway Station, the 4* Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky provides easy access to the city's exciting attractions, including the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Guest rooms are air conditioned and come with a flat-screen television, safe, complimentary toiletries and free WiFi.
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: Departs 18th July 2019 (Sold Out) 29th August 2019 (Sold Out) 5th September 2019 (£1,425), 19th September 2019 (£1,695), 15th May 2020 (£1,795), 26th June 2020 (£1,795), 24th July 2020 (£1,795), 7th August 2020 (£1,795), 4th September 2020 (£1,795), 18th September 2020 (£1,695)
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