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Treasures of Two Capitals with Veliky Novgorod

Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 58 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Apart from exploring the hidden treasures of iconic Moscow and charming Saint Petersburg during your unforgettable Russia adventure, you also have a unique chance to visit one of the most historically significant cities in the country, mighty Veliky Novgorod!

Treasures of Two Capitals with Veliky Novgorod

12 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$2,950
Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 58 Reviews

Apart from exploring the hidden treasures of iconic Moscow and charming Saint Petersburg during your unforgettable Russia adventure, you also have a unique chance to visit one of the most historically significant cities in the country, mighty Veliky Novgorod!

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

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.

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

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.

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 have a transfer to 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. 

After the tour, you take a ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life and 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 touring the subway, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

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.

Afterward, you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch, and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historical center of Moscow.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station and depart from Moscow to gorgeous Saint Petersburg.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
4 hrs

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

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

second destination

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.

5 days in a city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour
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, Nevsky Prospect, and many other popular attractions.

One of the places you enter today is the St. Isaac's Cathedral, which dominates the St. Petersburg skyline and opens outstanding city views, it's lush interiors and golden dome are very impressive.

Next on your list is an entrance to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, you have a tour of the beautiful and recognizable church 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.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum
Museum
Museum

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.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour
Day tour

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.

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
Free Day in St. Petersburg & Departure to Veliky Novgorod
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast and check-out from your St. Petersburg hotel, you are welcome to take advantage of this free day to explore the city center on your own.

In the evening, you meet your private driver who transfers you to Moscow Railway Station, where you take a train to the charming city of Veliki Novgorod. 

  • Please note: alternatively, for today you may also book optional tours in Saint-Petersburg or reserve late check-out at your hotel. Please, contact your Destination Specialist for the details.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel Superior Room, St. Petersburg
5

Set right in the heart of the scenic city of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia combines an elegant design and offers impeccable service, providing everything you need for a great stay. All rooms are light and spacious and are fitted with great amenities.

train
Saint Petersburg
Veliky Novgorod
3 hrs

Spend an enjoyable time on board a comfortable and well-equipped high-speed train. Sit back, relax, and let yourself get enchanted by the beautiful sceneries passing by the outside of the train window. 

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Veliky Novgorod

third destination

Being the oldest city in the country, Veliky Novgorod is an ideal place to immerse into the charming atmosphere of Great Russia and learn more about the eventful history of the region.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Veliky Novgorod City Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on a fantastic panoramic city tour around the most famous attractions of the city. Today you pay a visit to the Great Novgorod Kremlin, the spectacular citadel that centuries ago played the role of the main economic and cultural hub of the region.

Then you have a chance to explore the interiors of magnificent, thousand-year-old St. Sofia Cathedral which is also well-known as the tomb of many Russian princes and princesses. 

What is more, together with your guide, you also head to the outside of the city to see the iconic archeological site, the outstanding Rurikovo Gorodische which is considered to be the original settlement of the Novgorod princes' in the 8th century. 

After the tour, you return back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Visit to Yuriev Monastery and Wooden Architecture Museum
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you have some free time to explore the city on your own.

In the afternoon, you meet your private guide to drive to the splendid Yuriev Monastery, one of the most religiously significant attractions of Veliky Novgorod. According to the ancient legend, the church was constructed by Yaroslav the Wise in the 8th century. 

Your next stop for today is an open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture where you have an amazing opportunity to find out more about the daily life of a rural Russian village and its citizens, visit churches and various well-preserved unique constructions.

In the evening after the tour, your driver takes you to Central Novgorod Station where you board a train to Saint Petersburg. 

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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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Veliky Novgorod
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs

One of the best ways to travel from the charming city of Veliky Novgorod to scenic Saint Petersburg is by taking a train. During the ride, you will travel through some authentic towns, so make sure to sit by the window to enjoy the views. 

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination

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.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 12
Departure Day
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing tour of Russia! 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 three magnificent Russian cities 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.

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Corinthia Hotel Superior Room, St. Petersburg
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Set right in the heart of the scenic city of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia combines an elegant design and offers impeccable service, providing everything you need for a great stay. All rooms are light and spacious and are fitted with great amenities.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4 and 5-star hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Veliky Novgorod;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees according to the program;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Standard Class roundtrip train tickets from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod;
  • 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;
  • 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 secrets of the priceless Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which required a quarter-century reconstruction;
  • Find out more about Russian history in the outstanding Great Novgorod Kremlin;
  • See the gently-preserved unique constructions in the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

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, Saint Petersburg, and Veliky Novgorod, 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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