Highlights of Russia Tour - St. Petersburg & Moscow
RUSSIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Spend 8 amazing days exploring Russia’s two most important cities and their world-renowned landmarks. Begin your Highlights of Russia Tour in stunning St. Petersburg, where you will visit the famous Hermitage Museum, a number of beautifully decorated cathedrals, and the best food market in the city. Take a day trip to Pushkin to admire the intricately adorned Catherine’s Palace and its huge garden grounds. Travelling south by train, you will reach the countries capital, Moscow. Here you will explore Russia’s ‘heart and soul’ at UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Red Square, marvel at the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral, and navigate around the stunning Moscow Metro.
See stunning mosaics inside the Church on Spilled Blood & St Isaac’s Cathedral
Explore the beautiful stations of the Moscow Metro
Visit Catherine Palace, the summer residence of the Russian tsars
Discover Red Square, The Kremlin & the country’s most famous icon, St Basil’s Cathedral
Day 1 – Arrive St. Petersburg
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Dinner will be arranged for the first night of your Russia tour!
Day 2 – St. Petersburg
After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin your city tour of St. Petersburg. You will start with a walk through the cobbled streets of the Dostoevsky Quarter before heading to one of the best food markets in the city, the Kuznechny Market, which supplies some of St. Petersburg’s top restaurants. From here, you will visit the House of St. Peter the Great, St. Peter’s & Paul Cathedral, and the Church on Spilled Blood. You will then have the afternoon free to further explore the city. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 3 – St. Petersburg
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be travelling 30km south of St. Petersburg to Pushkin where you will visit Catherine Palace, a huge palace named after Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great. The palace is nearly 1km in circumference, and every inch is beautifully decorated – not to be missed! You will then be transferred back to the city and the afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 4 – St. Petersburg / Moscow
After breakfast, you will need to check out of your hotel and store your bags in the luggage room. You will then head to the impressive Hermitage Museum, home of Russian art and culture, and one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. Afterwards, you will visit Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, whose dome still dominates St. Petersburg’s skyline, and from where you will have amazing panoramic views of the city – if you can manage the 211 steps! You will then head back to your hotel to pick up your luggage, and walk to St. Petersburg’s Train Station (5-minute walk from hotel) to catch the high-speed train to Moscow. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Moscow.
Day 5 – Moscow
After breakfast, you will begin your full day city tour of Moscow’s historical centre, starting with a tour of the incredible Moscow Metro. You will then visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Square, arguably the heart and soul of Russia. From here, you will visit the Novodevichy Convent, which was built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The convent is a classic example of Russian architecture and is also home to several important paintings and artefacts. Next, you will take a stroll down the famous Arbat Street, where you will be able to pick up some souvenirs, or just relax and have a coffee. Overnight in Moscow. (Please note this is a full day tour and requires a lot of walking).
Day 6 – Moscow
Today will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Moscow.
Day 7 – Moscow
After breakfast at the hotel, you will make a visit to the Kremlin and explore the beautiful churches inside. You will also visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral, perhaps Moscow’s most iconic building, before spending the afternoon at your leisure to further explore the city. Dinner will be arranged for your last night of the tour. Overnight in Moscow.
Day 8 – Depart Moscow
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE RUSSIA TOUR
- Sharing a twin room in 3-star accommodation
- Entrance fees and visits as stated in itinerary
- Transportation in private vehicles
- Train ticket between St. Petersburg & Moscow
- Services of an English-speaking local guides throughout tour
- 7x Breakfasts
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on our Highlights of Russia Tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Between 12-16
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Russian Rubles / Spending £30 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our UK based hosts will be accompanying you on this trip and will be your main point of contact throughout. Our hosts will organise dinners and anything else you might need, to ensure you have the best holiday. You will also have local guides in each city, so if you need local, insider knowledge – they’re the ones to ask!
Clothing Russian summers are generally warm, and can sometimes be quite hot, so make sure you take sun protection. Sudden downpours regularly occur so it’s also a good idea to carry an umbrella with you. Bring light, loose-fitting clothes for the heat, and some items to keep your shoulders and knees covered for visiting Orthodox cathedrals. If you’re going in the winter months, you’ll need lots of layers and a warm waterproof jacket. Comfortable shoes are an absolute essential for this trip, as there will be a lot of walking and sightseeing.
Optional If you want to see the Russian Ballet whilst you are over there, we suggest booking in advance as performances do sell out. For performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, you can book here. And for performances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, you and book here.
Health You shouldn’t need any inoculations for travel to Russia, but it’s always good to seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before your departure date and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £250
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Russia before your departure date.
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