The Best of Russia: Moscow - St Petersburg
23 Feb 2019
The Best of Russia: Moscow - St Petersburg
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This tour features the best of two legendary Russian cities – the mighty walls of the Kremlin, the golden domes of Russia’s ancient churches, the priceless art of the Hermitage and the lavish palaces of St Petersburg. You will visit a small ancient city, the heart of Russian orthodox religion and the home of Russia’s Patriarch. You will learn about intriguing Russian history and impressive Russian culture.
- See where the president of Russia works - The Moscow Kremlin
- Visit one of the most famous squares in the world – Red Square
- Find out why St Basil's cathedral was the favourite cathedral of Ivan the Terrible, and why he had its architect’s eyes removed
- Take a guided walk around St Petersburg
- Visit a former residence of the Russian Tsars, the Winter Palace – and be amazed by the incredible art collection of the Hermitage
- See the glorious Catherine Palace and Alexander Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
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Day 1 - Moscow
Arrival in the Russian capital. Our driver will take you to your hotel where you can relax and grab a bite to eat after your journey.
Day 2 - Moscow city tour and Underground guided tour
Your first full day in Moscow you will have a guided tour of the major cultural and historical sites of the city. We visit Red Square and the Moscow State University on Lenin Hill, where there are outstanding views over Moscow. On the way down, we pass through the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, where the impressive Triumphal Arch is sited. Then it's back to the city streets, taking in Kutuzov Avenue, New Arbat, Boulevard Ring and Pushkin Square, before ending up at Tverskaya Street
Guided tour of Moscow’s Underground – explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. The Moscow Metro, with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained-glass panels and bronze sculptures, looks more like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it still beats many other European underground systems with its ultra-reliable service.
Day 3 - Red Square, Kremlin Grounds and Cathedrals Guided Tour
This morning you will visit Red Square, arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". You will see the brightly-domed St Basil's Cathedral, the world-renowned Lenin Mausoleum, the expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and the Kremlin towers. You will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian President. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov and the early Romanovs loom large.
Next, you will explore the breathtaking collection of the Armoury Museum. It contains such notable exhibits as the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the helm and armour of Boris Godunov, a collection of over fifty Faberge eggs, golden and silver works of applied art by Russian, European and Oriental masters, invaluable weapons and other works made of precious metals and stones.
Later, you will be taken to the railway station, where you will take a train to St Petersburg.
Day 4 - St. Petersburg City Tour
Today will take you around the stunning "Venice of the North", as St Petersburg is also known. You will see the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Then there’s the famous Aurora warship, the legendary ship whose canon-fire gave the signal, on the order of Lenin, for the beginning of the Great Socialist Revolution more than 90 years ago.
Day 5 - The State Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)
After breakfast, we head off to one of the greatest and most beautiful art museums in the world - the Hermitage State Museum. The collection of the Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of world culture, including Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and Michelangelo. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
Day 6 - Friday Tsarskoye Selo, the Catherine Palace and Amber Room
This morning you will be taken to Tsarskoye Selo to see the magnificent Catherine Palace and its legendary Amber Room. A gift by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoe Selo as her chief summer residence. The Palace is an astonishing example of Baroque architecture with its striking interiors that are incredibly spectacular. The Catherine Palace is known for its legendary, unique Amber Room that was looted during World War II, and completely and painstakingly recreated as recently as 2003 – a process that took over 20 years and cost more than $12 million.
Day 7 - St. Petersburg
Our representative will meet you in the lobby of you hotel to take you to the airport.
- Accommodation: 4 * Vega Hotel Izmailovo in Moscow / 4 * Demetra Art Hotel or Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky in St Petersburg
- 7 Breakfasts
- Transport: for transfers and sightseeing tours we use a comfortable coach or minibus; on our sightseeing trips we may also go on foot or use public transport (mainly the Underground, which is very efficient and helps to avoid traffic congestion)
- Tour staff and support: English-speaking guide, transfer driver
- Guided sightseeing city tour Moscow/St Petersburg
- Underground guided tour
- Kremlin Grounds Tour
- Guided tour to Hermitage
- Guided tour to Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin), entry fee to the Catherine Palace
- Train: comfortable 4 berth sleepers on the luxurious Grand Express overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (please note in the unlikely event of Grand Express train unavailability we will offer the best alternative). Optional: 1st class 2 berths compartment upgrade - £75 per person.
- Please request fast train ( 4 hours) Sapsan option.
Solo supplement : £250
If travelling during these dates 01.01 - 15.05.19; 10.10 - 15.04.20, and require an extra night, there will be an additional charge of £130 per night per room in St Petersburg; £70 per night per room in Moscow.
If travelling during these dates 16.05 - 30.05.19; 03.06 - 10.07.19, and require an extra night, there will be an additional charge of £250 per night per room in St Petersburg; £70 per night per room in Moscow.
If you are travelling during these dates 01.06 - 03.06.19, and require an extra night, there will be an additional charge of £360 per night per room in St Petersburg; £70 per night per room in Moscow.
If you are travelling during these dates 11.07 - 10.10.19 and require an extra night, there will be an additional charge of £170 per night per room in St Petersburg; £70 per night per room in Moscow
Please note we have designed our tours for you that you have a guided tours first half of the day and you have some free time after. We believe this is the best way to explore the cities.
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Moscow: Vega Hotel Izmailovo ****
This four star hotel is situated just 12 minutes away from the centre of Moscow by metro, with the Partizanskaya station just a three minute walk away from the hotel.
Originally built for the 1980 Olympic Games, the Best Western Vega Plus was renovated in 2007 and now offers simply decorated, modern facilities. Each room comes equipped with a flat screen TV, minibar and en-suite bathroom, and boasts views over either the Izmaylovo Kremlin or Izmaylovsky Park.
The hotel also features five restaurants, a fitness centre and complimentary wi-fi.
St Petersburg: Demetra Art Hotel ****
This design hotel is located in the centre of St. Petersburg, 150 metres from Chernishevskaya Metro Station. The Demetra offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception with tour desk and ticket service.
The individual interiors at the Demetra Art Hotel were designed in Italy, and all feature a theme representing a different period in the history of St. Petersburg. All rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and are soundproofed.
The hotel restaurant serves either a buffet or an à la carte breakfast each morning. The shops, cafés and restaurants of Nevsky Prospekt are just a 15-minute walk away.
Moskovsky Train Station is 1.5 km away, and Pulkovo Airport is 22 km from the hotel.
St Petersburg: Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky ****
Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky is situated in a 19th-century revenue house, conveys the atmosphere of true Petersburg and combines it with modern design and technology. It is only 3 minutes away from Chernishevskaya underground station, a five minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Alexandrinsky Theatre and St Isaac's Cathedral.
Facilities include 24-hour reception, elevator and free WiFi.
European cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotel's elegant restaurant.