Kremlins Tsars & Kiev - 9 days

FROM USD $3,329

See the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before hopping over to Kiev, the Ukraine’s charming and historic capital, which is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe.

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. Tonight, our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of your group and tour leader. Enjoy free time for the rest of the evening - your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out. Overnight - St Petersburg
A wintery shot of the Church on Spilled Blood
We will start today with a driving tour of the city, giving us a wonderful introduction to St Petersburg. Driving along Nevsky Prospekt, we will pass the museum and university district and make stops at the Church of Spillled Blood (exterior only), The Bronze Horseman and even have a chance to explore the Peter and Paul Fortress. Once a political prison, Peter and Paul Fortress has a fascinating history and within its grounds we will also visit the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov family. Later, we will enjoy a guided tour of the treasure-filled Hermitage at the Winter Palace. The rest of the day is free for you to continue exploring the city on your own.

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 a cooking class. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
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An on the go group by the gold fountains in the gardens of Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg
Today is free for you to explore St Petersburg at your own pace. Alternatively, there is the option to purchase our Pukka Pass for another full day of guided sightseeing. The pass includes entrance fees, transportation and a hearty Russian lunch. Touring will include either a visit to the beautifully landscaped gardens of Peterhof in summer or the spectacular interiors of Catherine Palace 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. This evening we will board our overnight night bound for Moscow. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Explore Russia on a Day Tour.
Moscow. An early morning arrival will bring us into Moscow - the city that kept Bond busy. Today we will ride on the capital’s efficient Metro to Red Square. From here, we’ll take in the jewels of Russia’s capital on a guided walking tour, taking in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the wildly coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral, an enduring Russian symbol commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the terrible) in 1555. Spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

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)
Day 5: The Kremlin
This morning we head back to Red Square for a tour of the Kremlin - Russia's political powerhouse, with a guided walk through the grounds. Here we’ll see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell - the largest bell that never rang. Later there will be free time for you to further explore the area. Why not venture inside St Basil's Cathedral, or pay your requests to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin's Mausoleum.

Alternatively we offer an optional guided tour of a formerly top secret Cold War bunker today. Up until recently this Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker was a secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary two storey apartment building in Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this 75,000 square foot facility was constructed covertly, in the 1950s, to protect against the threat of a US nuclear attack. In the 1990s with the Cold War thawing and the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public! Enjoy an interactive tour of the bunker turned museum. Overnight - Moscow (B)
Day 6: Kiev - Ukraine
Moscow - Kiev. After breakfast and hotel check out you will board a short flight to Kiev, the Ukraine’s stunning capital*. Upon arrival into Kiev you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for check-in.

Later in the afternoon you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Kiev visiting some of its most famous sights, including Independence Square – the scene of the ‘Orange Revolution', the sumptuous Opera House, the ancient Golden Gates and the green onion-domed St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Kiev. Finish the day with a welcome dinner of traditional Ukrainian cuisine.

*Note: The flight from Moscow to Kiev is not included, however we are happy to arrange this for you upon request. Overnight - Kiev (B, D)
Day 7: Pecherska Lavra
Today you will visit the Pecherska Lavra monastery which features a tight cluster of gold-domed churches and intriguing underground labyrinths lined with mummified monks. Set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River, the monastery boasts a hoard of Scythian gold to rival that of the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

In the afternoon you will visit the enthralling Chernobyl Museum, a museum dedicated to educating the public about many aspects of the Chernobyl disaster. A number of exhibits and photographs document the worst nuclear tragedy in history and include displays on the first clean-up crews who were exposed to fatal doses of radiation. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps head into town for an evening beer and hit the city’s lively nightclubs. Overnight - Kiev (B)
Day 8: Pirohovo Museum
On the far edge of Kiev sits the Museum of Ukrainian Folk Architecture and Life, more commonly known as the Pirohovo Museum. Set in a scenic landscape of rolling hills and deep gullies, the open-air museum is divided into seven small villages representing different regions of the Ukraine. It consists of almost 500 authentic residential and farm structures collected from all over the country.

This morning you will get to roam around the 17th to 20th century cottages, churches and windmills, many with manicured flower and vegetable gardens and interiors furnished with exquisite textiles, traditional furniture and tools.

After lunch you will return to Kiev where the rest of the day can be spent shopping or strolling through the peaceful city parks. Shopping in Kiev is a rewarding experience with an enormous underground shopping mall, and a great selection of souvenir shops as well as traditional markets and flea markets dotted throughout the city. Overnight - Kiev (B)
Day 9: Kiev
Wednesday. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: St Petersburg / Ends in: Kiev
  • Departs: Tuesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 4 nights 3 star, 3 nights 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes - with local Ukranian guide for sightseeing in Kiev
The On The Go Theatre
A short film of a winter tour to Russia. Great sites and lots of snow!