St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
Moscow, Russia

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Trip Overview

See the glorious Russian capitals at their best with the Premium tour package. Central 5-star hotels, top local guides, and all the highlights in one nine-day trip.
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels:
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    2 boat cruises
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 5 guided city tours with private transportation
    Guided visits to sights and museums
    Evening activities: Folk show
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    2 lunches & 1 dinner
    Welcome drink

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Here's what you can expect from your time here:


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.

No meals included

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery

Today you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 5-hour city tour around magnificent Moscow landmarks.

You start by visiting the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, set on the Red Square, then time-provided visit the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction, and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Later you pay a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on an amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

Breakfast and a welcome drink on the boat are included.

Day 3
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and its famous Armoury Chamber.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 5-hour walking tour. You start with the Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous 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 walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Moscow Subway & Stalin's Bunker Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering 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 Subway ride, you head to the famous Bunker 42 for a private tour. There you explore the bunker, see the imitation of the nuclear missile launch, observe Stalin's office and conference room.

  • Note: descending and ascending from the depth of 65 meters is carried out on foot, so people with disabilities and children under the age of 8 are not allowed to enter the territory of Bunker 42.

Then you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. 

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
St. Petersburg City Tour & Folk Show

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).

Take a look around Saint Petersburg and what's to come during your guided tour:

Then 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.

In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace. After the show, you are transferred back to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Boat Ride

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art. 

During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

After lunch, you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 7
Trip to Peterhof & Tour of the Faberge Museum

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 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 St. Petersburg. Upon arrival you enjoy lunch and your guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. 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.

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

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8
Trip to Pushkin & Farewell Dinner

After 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 St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've 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!

Breakfast is included.


Included

8 nights in centrally-located 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Hotel samples:

  • St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow (St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel) and St. Petersburg (Belmond Grand Hotel Europe);
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Bunker 42, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Faberge Museum, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. 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.

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Business class high-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • 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;
  • Witness the largest collection of Faberge Easter Eggs in the Faberge Museum;
  • Enjoy day trips to gorgeous Russian royal palaces: Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin.
What to Know
  • Russian climate is 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
May 24
Jun - 1, 2019
Jun 7
Jun - 15, 2019
Jun 14
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 21
Jun - 29, 2019
Jun 28
Jul - 8, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 19
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 26
Aug - 3, 2019
Aug 2
Aug - 10, 2019
Aug 16
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 30
Sep - 7, 2019
Sep 6
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 13
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 27
Oct - 5, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
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$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
$3,436
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$688
Single traveler
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918
$4,586
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$918



2020 Early Bird Special: Book now and secure 2019 rates. Tours start every Friday from May 15 to Septmber 11, 2020.

Dates
May 24
Jun - 1, 2019
Jun 7
Jun - 15, 2019
Jun 14
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 21
Jun - 29, 2019
Jun 28
Jul - 8, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 19
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 26
Aug - 3, 2019
Aug 2
Aug - 10, 2019
Aug 16
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 30
Sep - 7, 2019
Sep 6
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 13
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 27
Oct - 5, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
$3,236
deposit
$648
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
$3,436
deposit
$688
Single traveler
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918
$4,586
deposit
$918

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