Back in the USSR - 7 days

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Check out two of Russia's most striking cities. Explore the sights of Moscow - Russia's lively capital, before continuing on to rural Pskov for a local banya experience and capping off the adventure in St Pete's, the jewel in Russia's imperial crown.

Day 1: Moscow
Saturday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later tonight our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of the group and your tour leader. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out. Overnight - Moscow
Day 2: Red Square
First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall.

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and pay our respects to the grandfather of Communism whose embalmed body has lain in state here since his death. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore the area. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open until very late!

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a night at the the famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. Overnight - Moscow (B)
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Day 3: The Kremlin
Today we journey back to Red Square via the Moscow Metro to undertake a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or there is the option to join us for a tour Inside a Soviet Bunker.

Heading 65 meters underground, you will be able to explore what was once a Stalinist-era bunker and a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950s, to protect a select few against a US nuclear attack. Join us on an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum. Later this evening, we will head to the train station for our overnight journey to Pskov. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Colourful buildings in Pechory near Pskov
Pskov - St Petersburg. Early this morning our train will bound in Pskov, one of the oldest towns in Russia and located just 30 kilometres away from the Estonian border. After a stop for breakfast we will continue on to the town's Kremlin, where the long history of Pskov will come alive.

Later a short drive will bring us to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we will explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, head underground for a tour of the burial caves of this fascinating and still-working cloister.

Leaving the monastery behind, its time for a traditional Russian banya (sauna) where we will work up our appetites for a vodka and lunch. Later this afternoon we travel by road to St Petersburg arriving in the late evening. Overnight - St Petersburg (B, L)
Fountains in the Gardens of Peterhof Palace
This morning, we will embark on a city tour of St Petersburg. Travelling by mini bus we will drive along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the outside of the Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and to take a tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. Later, we will enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

The rest of the day is free for you to further explore. Most of the city sights are dotted along and just off the main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt. It’s an easy city to find your bearings and get around. St Petersburg has a spirited restaurant, bar and jazz club scene, plus some of Russia’s best beers.

During our time in St Petersburg there may be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet. There may even be the chance to try your hand at preparing Russian cuisine with an interactive cooking class. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Day 6: Pukka Russia
Today offers free time for you to further explore St Petersburg. With more than 90 museums, many of which are housed in imperial palaces, plus flamboyant galleries and churches, there is plenty to see and do.

Alternatively there is the option to purchase our Pukka Pass. The pass offers guided sightseeing, entrance fees, lunch and transport to some of St Pete’s most famous sites. Touring includes either the Gardens of Peterhof (in summer) or Catherine Palalace at Tsarskoe Selo (in winter - or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). Later we will enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, and after we will continue with a guided tour of the interior of The Church on Spilled Blood with time to shop in the souvenir market located alongside the church.

In the evening our last, but certainly not least, stop on tour will be the Vodka Museum. A short and sweet lesson in the history of vodka and how it grew in popularity in Russia will be followed by a tasting session in the museum bar. Three shots of vodka, each of different distillation, accompanied by three traditional Russian snacks - cheers! Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Friday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check-out. (B)

Inside a Soviet Bunker

Take a tour of a Soviet Bunker. Head 65 meters underground to explore the Underground cold war museum - a Stalinist-era bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street in the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950's, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. Later we take a tour of some of the finest metro stations ever built. Dating back to the Stalinist era these extravagant specimens dazzle with marble pillars and chandeliers. Not your average metro stations.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Moscow / Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Departs: Saturdays - March to October
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes
The On The Go Theatre
A short film of a winter tour to Russia. Great sites and lots of snow!