Luxury Tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg - Firebird Tours ®
Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Saint Petersburg
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
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Trip Overview

Prepare to savor your time during a stay next to Kremlin and Nevsky in the remarkable 5-star hotels. Immerse yourself in the beauty of two Russian capitals with the luxury creme-de-la-creme tour as you explore the Armoury Chamber in Kremlin, see the Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage Museum and its famous Diamond Room, housing the collection of the royal Romanov family, see Peterhof and Catherine's Palace, go on a guided tour of the Faberge Museum and have fun during a private boat ride along St. Petersburg canals. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia in a small group format of only up to 8 travelers.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels:
    5 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat cruises
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours with private transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    15 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    2 lunches
    2 dinners
    Welcome drink

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia - Moscow! Your private driver and our representative meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks. During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, admire a beautiful facade of the famous GUM department store, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time allows) and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Later you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you view the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel.

In the evening you enjoy a Welcome dinner with your guide and fellow travelers that provides you with a great opportunity to discuss the exciting journey that awaits you ahead.

Day 3
Exploring the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

After breakfast you have a wonderful sightseeing tour devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin.

You have a guided tour of this historical fortress, where you visit the famous Square of Four Cathedrals and go inside one of its gorgeous cathedrals decorated with magnificent frescoes.

Your tour also includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 4
Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Subway Ride

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour to one of the most beautiful Russia's monasteries - the Novodevichy Convent.

During the tour you explore the unique interiors of the Convent and visit its Cemetery that is considered one of Moscow's most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. The cemetery has a park-like ambiance, dotted with small chapels and beautiful monuments, that makes you feel like strolling in the park of sculptures.

Later you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you can enjoy an optional Moscow by Night Tour with a boat ride.

Day 5
Sapsan Ride to Saint Petersburg

Today upon check out from your hotel, meet your guide and driver and head for the railway station. There you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival you guide and driver meet you at the station platform and take you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. After check-in enjoy a Welcome cocktail at the hotel with your guide and fellow travelers and discuss the upcoming exploration of the Venice of the North.

 

Day 6
St. Petersburg City Tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

After lunch you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. Then you go inside to the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 7
Visit to the Hermitage Museum & Diamond Room

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum before hours to avoid large crowds. Hermitage houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

You also go inside the famous Diamond Room, that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family as well as visit the General Staff Building to admire the Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 8
Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. The highlight of the tour is a unique hydrofoil ride back to Saint Petersburg.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 9
Trip to Pushkin

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour you return to your hotel in Saint Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Day 10
Tour of the Faberge Museum and Boat Ride

After breakfast your guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to one of the the most beautiful palaces in Saint Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

A private boat ride along the beautiful canals and rivers of the Russian Northern capital comes as a final chord to your exploration of Saint Petersburg.

After the tour you return to your hotel. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - Saint Petersburg tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and driver and head for the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you have enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!


Included

10 nights in centrally-located 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at the luxurious 5-star hotels in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in upgraded rooms;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches, welcome drinks and dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Guide assistance at the airports and train stations;
  • Porterage at the railway stations;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • First class high-speed train Sapsan tickets from Moscow to Saint Petersburg;
  • Entrance tickets in Moscow: to St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow subway, Tretyakov Gallery (Main Building), Kremlin Territory, Armoury Chamber, Novodevichy Cemetery and Convent;
  • Entrance Tickets in Saint Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaacs Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Faberge Museum, before hours entrance to Hermitage and General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Pushkin Park, Catherine's Palace, Peterhof Park and Bath Cottage;
  • Private boat ride in Saint Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratitudes.

Tour Highlights
  • Exclusive format, only up to 8 travellers;
  • Top local professional guides;
  • Top class high-speed train;
  • High-end transfers;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Witness the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé containing nine Easter Eggs;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Discover why Saint Petersburg is rightly called the "Venice of the North" on a private boat ride along its rivers and canals;
  • Experience the finest meals of the Russian cuisine at the top-notch restaurants of Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Relaxed pace with at least 4-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.
What to Know
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
May 10 - May 20, 2018
$6,794
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deposit
$1,359
$6,994
sold out
deposit
$1,399
$9,994
sold out
deposit
$1,999
May 31 - Jun 10, 2018
$6,794
sold out
deposit
$1,359
$6,994
sold out
deposit
$1,399
$9,994
sold out
deposit
$1,999
Jul 19 - Jul 29, 2018
$6,794
deposit
$1,359
$6,994
deposit
$1,399
$9,994
deposit
$1,999
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
May 10 - May 20, 2018
$6,794
sold out
$6,994
sold out
$9,994
sold out
May 31 - Jun 10, 2018
$6,794
sold out
$6,994
sold out
$9,994
sold out
Jul 19 - Jul 29, 2018
$6,794
$6,994
$9,994
Aug 16 - Aug 26, 2018
$6,794
$6,994
$9,994
Sep 13 - Sep 23, 2018
$6,794
$6,994
$9,994

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