Trip Overview

The Heart of Russia

Tour rating: 5 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: accommodation in select 5-star properties, sightseeing tours with professional local guides, private drivers, included visa processing, and all the must-sees in one trip. Enjoy Russian palaces, such as Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, top-notch museums, including the Hermitage and Tretyakov Gallery, and best cathedrals like St. Basil's as well as the Savior on Spilled Blood.
 

The Heart of Russia

9 days2 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$3,900
Tour rating: 5 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: accommodation in select 5-star properties, sightseeing tours with professional local guides, private drivers, included visa processing, and all the must-sees in one trip. Enjoy Russian palaces, such as Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, top-notch museums, including the Hermitage and Tretyakov Gallery, and best cathedrals like St. Basil's as well as the Savior on Spilled Blood.
 

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the glorious 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.

No meals included.

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

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.

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Day 3
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour
Museum
Museum
City tour
City 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 tour: Moskva River Boat Ride & Moscow by Night Tour
    Your tour starts in the evening from 1.5 hours boat ride along the Moskva river. Next you enjoy a wonderful panoramic city tour.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Panoramic City Tour & Cathedral of Christ the Savior
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a panoramic Moscow city tour. Today you 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.

Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

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.

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St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
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Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.
Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

Sit back, relax and enjoy a short train ride between two Treasure cities in Russia. The high-speed Sapsan train will provide the highest level of comfort and shortest travel duration.

Saint Petersburg

second destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
St. Petersburg City Tour & Folk Show
City tour
City tour
Show
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).

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.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Boat Ride
Museum
Museum
Boat ride
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 General Staff building and the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Trip to Peterhof & Tour of the Faberge Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

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 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 Fabergé, 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 is included.

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Day 8
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour
Day tour

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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who 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.

  • Optional extensions available: If you would like to extend your trip we recommend exploring Lake Baikal, the city of Kazan, Baltic cities or Scandinavia with one of our tailor-made extensions. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg
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Set among some truly incredible buildings, such as the Kazan Cathedral, the elegant Stroganov Palace, and dozens of 18th-century churches with varying degrees of extravagance, the five-star Grand Hotel Europe is one of the best places to stay during your visit to unforgettable St. Petersburg.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

What's Included

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;
  • Executive 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 & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, 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, Faberge Museum, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace;
  • 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;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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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 in business class 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.
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