8 Day Russian Explorer – Moscow and St Petersburg Tour

First class Hotels, “Sapsan” Day Train from Moscow to St Petersburg 8 day English Language Guaranteed Departure Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

The perfect solution for individuals to book a low cost, no hassle, guaranteed Russian tour with no risk of cancelled tours. Join our well organized, guaranteed departure group tour, with arrival and departure transfers, plus comprehensive sightseeing package included, allowing free time to explore independently. Our tours start on Saturday (see dates below) and are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 passengers. Book your own flight/train to Moscow and departing from St Petersburg and we will do the rest. Moscow is the thriving heart of business with fabulous architecture reflecting Stalin’s influences, alongside historical churches. It offers designer shops, leafy parks, great restaurants and a wealth of art and culture. St Petersburg is a calm contrast. Peter’s ‘Window on the West’ displays classic Italian architecture and canals, which are reminiscent of some of Europe’s finest cities.

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St Basils Cathedral on Red Square
Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg
Catherine Palace in St Petersburg

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday)

Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be met at the airport by our driver and transferred to your hotel to check in for 3 nights.

4 star Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel* (or similar). Evening at leisure. Check in from 14.00 hrs. (You may leave your luggage if you arrive early)

Evening at leisure.

Day 2 (Saturday)

10.00 hrs*: After breakfast, our English-speaking tour guide will meet you at reception for an orientation tour of the city using private transportation. You will see some of the famous landmarks and places to which you may return at your leisure. The tour sights include Red Square, the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Bolshoi Theatre, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Victory Park, Novodevichy Convent, the White House and the famous Moscow streets.

Free time is included for a short lunch break (lunch not included). In the city centre, you may see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and queue to see Lenin’s Mausoleum*

You will also visit the Muzeon Park of Arts (formerly Fallen Monuments Park), filled with iconic monument relics from the Soviet era. Our tour concludes at around 15.00hrs at the hotel or you may stay in the city and make your own way back to the hotel.

Highlights today. Muzeon Park of Arts, Changing of the Guard, Lenin’s Mausoleum*

Evening at leisure.

n.b.* Lenin’s Mausoleun may be closed without notice.

Day 3 (Sunday)

Day at leisure

OR Optional tour (must be pre-booked and pre-paid): Moscow Kremlin, Armoury Chamber and Metro Station tour.

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in reception to take you to the most famous landmark of the city, the magnificent Kremlin. Within the territory is the fascinating Armoury Chamber – your guide will include a visit to this spectacular collection of costumes, silver and arms amongst a vast treasure trove of exhibits. Our tour continues to the Danilovsky food market, the oldest trading place in Moscow, where a vast range of food products are available. It is also a great spot for lunch, with a diverse range of regional dishes available (not included). The tour concludes with a visit to some of the spectacular underground metro stations of Moscow, known as the ‘Palaces of the People’ when they were first built. You will be amazed at the beautiful sculptures, bronzes, mosaics and crystal chandeliers. We return to the hotel (by metro) at around 16.00, or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.

Optional highlights today: Kremlin, Armoury museum, Moscow Metro, Danilovsky Market

Evening at leisure.

Day 4 Monday 

Check-out at your leisure by 12.00 hrs. There is free time until early afternoon departure transfer from the hotel to the railway station. Be ready in reception for transfer to Leningradsky rail station for your journey from Moscow to St Petersburg on the high speed Sapsan train.

OR Optional tour (must be pre-booked and pre-paid): Breakfast at the Metropol Hotel and Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre

08.30 hrs: Check-out, leave your luggage in the left-luggage room and depart with our guide for the famous historic Metropol Hotel where you will enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast, including champagne and caviar in the beautiful Metropol Restaurant. If you haven’t read it yet, you must read ‘A gentleman in Moscow’!
After breakfast, a short walk to the Bolshoi Theatre for a one-hour guided tour, including the recently restored 19th century interiors and a view of the main stage from the royal box. If you are lucky there may be scenery installation or even a rehearsal in progress. After some free time in the city centre, return to the hotel with your guide to collect the other members of your group before transferring to the railway station. (If all group members take the optional tour then you will leave the hotel with your luggage in the morning.)

Optional Highlights today: Champagne breakfast, Bolshoi theatre tour
Trains departs Moscow at 16:30hrs *. Arriving at approximately 20.45 hrs, our guide will meet you at your carriage, transfer to check in to your hotel for 4 nights 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel* (or similar).

Evening at leisure.

*Train times may vary.

Day 5 (Tuesday)

10.00 hrs: After breakfast, your panoramic orientation tour of the city will commence. You will see all the major sights of the beautiful city of St Petersburg. You will see the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and pass along the famous Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also on our route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood. Included today is a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, which guards the city of St Petersburg, located on the island facing the Hermitage and dominating the Neva River. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. There, Prince Alexei, a son of Peter the Great and a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were all held as prisoners. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.

You will also visit the Church on the Spilled Blood. With five domes, it is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior and with an interior containing 7000 sq m of mosaics. Its colloquial name refers to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II at the same location in 1881.
During the tour there will be a break for coffee and doughnuts in the oldest doughnut shop in St Petersburg, still a favourite with locals. We end the tour with a visit to the Vodka Museum, where we have arranged a tasting of a selection of traditional Russian vodkas with snacks.

Return to the hotel at around 16.00 or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.

Highlights today: Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood, Vodka Museum & tasting, Doughnut shop
Evening at leisure.

Day 6 (Wednesday)

Day at leisure

OR Optional tour (must be pre-booked and pre-paid): Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building (Impressionists collection)

10.00 hrs*: After breakfast, your guide will take you to the world-famous Hermitage Museum – the magnificent collection of art in the winter palace Of Catherine the Great. Enjoy a guided tour in the largest museum in the World, founded in 1764; with a collection of more than 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. We also include a visit to the new General Staff building, home to the French impressionist collection – a feast for art lovers.

Free time will be allowed for a short lunch break at the Hermitage cafe (lunch not included). Return to the hotel at around 15.00 hrs* or you may stay on at the Hermitage and return to the hotel on your own at your leisure.

*Timings may vary and will be confirmed locally by your guide.

Highlights today: Hermitage museum, General Staff Building

Day 7 (Thursday)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized palaces. In the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Not far from the Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. Return to your hotel early/mid-afternoon.

Highlights today: Catherine’s Palace.

Evening at leisure.

Day 8 (Friday)

After breakfast at your hotel, check out by 12.00 hrs and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport/station as required. Further services/programme extensions can be provided upon request.

Departure Dates 2020

LOW SEASON 2020
14 February 2020
13 March 2020

13 November 2020
11 December 2020
20 December 2020 (NB Sunday departure)

MID SEASON 2020
27 March 2020
10 April 2020
23 October 2020

HIGH SEASON 2020
24 April 2020
24 July 2020
31 July 2020
14 August 2020
18 September 2020
25 September 2020
9 October 2020

PEAK SEASON 2020
15 May 2020
05 June 2020 *

19 June 2020 *
26 June 2020 *
03 July 2020

Departure Dates 2021

LOW SEASON 2021
22 January 2021
12 February 2021
12 March 2021
12 November 2021
10 and 19 December 2021 (Sunday)

MID SEASON 2021
26 March 2021
09 April 2021
22 October 2021

HIGH SEASON 2021
23 April 2021
30 July 2021
13 August 2021
17 and 24 September 2021
08 October 2021

PEAK SEASON 2021
14 May 2021
04 , 18 and 25 June 2021
02 and 16 July 2021

Prices in Euros

Contact us for specially negotiated Tour Operator rates and travel agency rates.
All prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin room.

Tour Price Includes

  • Accommodation* based on two persons sharing a twin room:
    3 nts Moscow – 4 star Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel (or similar), standard room
    4 nts St Petersburg – 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel (or similar), standard room
    * For June 2020 dates accommodation in Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transfers: arrival/departure in Moscow and arrival/departure in St Petersburg: Applies to international city airports and main rail stations – supplement for riverports and for transfers between 22.00 – 07.00 and on public holidays
  • Sightseeing programme with English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation for tours
  • Panoramic City tour Moscow
  • Panoramic City tour St Petersburg
  • Entrances:
    Moscow – Muzeon Park of Arts, Lenin’s Mausoleum*
    St Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, Vodka museum & tasting, Catherine’s Palace
  • Standard class day train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Visa support letter for duration of tour
  • 24-hour emergency contact
  • Hotel registration fee in St Petersburg

Not Included in Price

  • International Flights
  • Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
  • Optional Tours
  • Gratuities for guide and driver (at discretion)
  • Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
  • Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
  • Extended visa support

Notes

  • Check in after 14.00 hours (Moscow) 15.00 hrs (St Petersburg). Check out by 12.00 hours
  • Accommodation may be substituted with similar grade hotels
  • Tours and timings may vary according to local conditions and substitutions may be made if necessary
  • Visa support – is supplied for duration of tour only. Extension of visa support costs EUR 20 per person.
  • Russian Visa – you will need to obtain a tourist visa BEFORE you arrive in Russia
  • Important – remember to apply for your visa at least 1 month prior to travel
  • Please ask us if you wish to extend your stay in Russia