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Trip Overview

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: the best accommodation at centrally located landmark hotels, private drivers, and hand-picked professional local guides. Choose one of our fixed dates to benefit from the exclusive hotel rates. Choose between 4 and 5-star options and have it all with our special offer: a fully private experience at great savings.

Contact your travel specialist for more details and other price options available.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
5 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels:
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    2 guided city tours with private transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    11 guided visits to sights and museums
  • SPECIAL OFFER
  • Pick a suitable fixed date, stay at our exceptional hotels and get $200 off

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.

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.

  • Optional extension: If you would like to extend your journey, we recommend to spend a few extra days enjoying the towns of Golden Ring that host the unique monuments of Russian architecture. Contact your travel specialist for details.

No meals included.

Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the 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 a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

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

Breakfast is included. 

Day 3
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the nearby subway station to take a short ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life. Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov. 

Then you have another quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

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

  • Optional: Moskva River Boat Ride & Moscow by Night Tour

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Cathedral of Christ the Savior

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.

On the way to the Novodevichy Convent, you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

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.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour, 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
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & the Savior on Spilled Blood

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

The Hermitage Museum 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.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After a short break for coffee you explore the Palace Square, have a tour of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Mikhailovsky Theater.

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

  • Optional tour: Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian palatial architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) about an hour south from the center of St. Petersburg. This striking example of baroque architecture was once gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Later on it serviсed as summer residences to many Russian Emperors and empresses who contributed a lot into its development and further beautification.

During the tour, we 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
St. Petersburg City Tour

Following 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 with your private driver.

You start the day with a drive along the Summer Garden, and after crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora. Afterward, 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.

After a scenic drive along the University Embankment you have a chance to see the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great.

A highlight of the day is a guided tour of the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

Before returning to your hotel you see some other major sights as the Mariinsky Theater, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

  • Optional: Rivers & Canals Boat Ride, St. Petersburg

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Trip to Peterhof

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you travel with your private guide and driver to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, 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, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

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

  • Optional: Guided Tour of the Faberge Museum.
  • Optional: Hydrofoil to Peterhof

Breakfast is 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!

  • Tour extension available: We recommend extending your trip to Lake Baikal, Kazan, the Baltics, Helsinki, or Scandinavia. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.


Included

8 nights at 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

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

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star and 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow subway, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace;
  • Regular 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
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Trace the vital milestones in the history of Russian art by witnessing the masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery;
  • 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;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide;
  • Unveil the history of the priceless Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which required a quarter-century reconstruction;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 3-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture;
What to Know
  • Russian climate may be unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers, bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • Debit and credit cards are accepted in most places in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and there are plenty of ATMs if you need some cash for meals and tips.
  • 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
Jul 27
Aug - 4, 2018
Aug 10
Aug - 18, 2018
Aug 17
Aug - 25, 2018
Aug 24
Sep - 1, 2018
Aug 31
Sep - 8, 2018
Sep 7
Sep - 15, 2018
Sep 14
Sep - 22, 2018
Sep 21
Sep - 29, 2018
Sep 28
Oct - 6, 2018
4-star package
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
5-star package
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
Dates
Jul 27
Aug - 4, 2018
Aug 10
Aug - 18, 2018
Aug 17
Aug - 25, 2018
Aug 24
Sep - 1, 2018
Aug 31
Sep - 8, 2018
Sep 7
Sep - 15, 2018
Sep 14
Sep - 22, 2018
Sep 21
Sep - 29, 2018
Sep 28
Oct - 6, 2018
4-star package
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
$3,296
deposit
$660
5-star package
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738
$3,688
deposit
$738

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