Route of the Romanovs - 10 days

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Follow in the footsteps of Russia's last ruling aristocrats - the Romanovs. Starting in St Petersburg - the city of the Tsars, head down to Russia's mighty capital city - Moscow and then ride the Trans-Siberian railway to Yekaterinburg, crossing the Ural Mountains, bound for Siberia.

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia! You will be met upon arrival at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later this evening our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of the group and your 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
First thing this morning we will embark on a driving tour of the St Petersburg, offering you a perfect introduction to this enchanting city. Travelling by mini bus we will drive along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts, making a few stops along the way at the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood (exterior only), The Bronze Horseman and the Peter and Paul Fortress. A tour within the fortress walls will allow us the opportunity to enter the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. Housed here are the tombs of the Romanov monarchs - including the murdered Tsar Nicolas II and his family, whose remains were transferred here after being discovered outside of Yekatrinburg.

Later, we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Hermitage. Once the royal residence of the Tsars, the Winter Palace now houses one of the biggest art collections in the world, along with artefacts and other memorabilia representing culture and art from the Stone Age to present day. The remains of the day are free for you to enjoy. 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.

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. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
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The fountains in the gardens of Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg
St Petersburg - Moscow. Today enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Alternatively, those who have opted for our Pukka Pass will embark on another day of guided sightseeing. The pass includes entrance fees, transport and a hearty Russian lunch.

Touring will include either a visit to 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. Later this evening we board our overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Day 4: Red Square
Moscow. Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow; not only the capital of Russia, but also the political and cultural heart of the country. After hotel check-in we will take a ride on the Moscow Metro to the legendary Red Square, where we will enjoy a guided walking tour. Here we will find the fantastical St Basil’s Cathedral, the iconic Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Red Square is a constant hive of activity and an excellent place to people watch: see stone-faced police officers doing their rounds, young couples enjoying a romantic stroll through the square, and stiletto-clad shoppers returning from a day of retail therapy. Enjoy the rest 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 will return 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)
Moscow – Yekaterinburg. As your last day in Moscow, now is the time to see any last minute sights or stock up on Soviet souvenirs before you begin our journey to Yekaterinburg. As this tour runs in conjunction with other tours, today you will also bid farewell to those ending their tour in Moscow, and to your tour leader who has escorted you thus far. Later in the afternoon you will start your independent journey east bound on the Trans-Siberian line. Overnight - Trans-Siberian train to Yekaterinburg (B)
Day 7: All Aboard
Travelling on the Trans-Siberian you will continue your journey east bound across the Ural Mountains. Pulling in this evening, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel for dinner and relaxation. Overnight - Yekaterinburg (D)
Although founded in 1723 to exploit the mineral riches of the surrounding Ural Mountains and Siberia, what really put Yekaterinburg on the map in the western world was the tragic event that occurred here in 1918. For it was in the cellar of a house, where now the beautiful Church on the Blood stands, that Tsar Nicholas Romanov II and his family were executed.

Our tour takes us to this very church where you’ll see a sculpture dedicated to the Tsar and his family, the area of their execution and a modest exhibition on their lives. Out of town, we will visit Ganina Yama - the monastic complex set in Taiga forest, where the Romanov family remains were unceremoniously dumped and later discovered. After taking a break for lunch, we will continue to the Mineral or Railway Museum and out to the famous Europe/Asia border marker where you can stand with a foot on either side of the boundary marker! Overnight - Yekaterinburg (B, L)
Monument to Komsomol Yekaterinburg
Today is free for you to take advantage of all that Yekaterinburg has to offer as a wonderful outdoors destination. You will be able to choose from a range of exciting options that can be booked and paid for locally. In the summer you can try your hand at rafting, work up a sweat hiking or visit a Koptelova - a traditional Siberian village). While in the winter, you can take full advantage of the sub-zero temperatures with a thrilling dog-sledding ride or ice-fishing! Please contact us for further details. Overnight - Yekaterinburg (B)
Day 10: Yekaterinburg
Thursday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast. After hotel check-out a departure transfer will take you to the railway station or airport for your onward travel.

Flights from Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg is served internationally by British Airways (direct to London), Lufthansa Airlines (via Frankfurt) and Czech Air (via Prague), and domestically with Aeroflot, who offer direct flights to Moscow. In terms of an international carrier choice, all three airlines serve St Petersburg, so consider purchasing an ‘open-jaw’ ticket allowing you to fly from your point of origin to St Petersburg, make your own way (via surface means on land - i.e. on tour) to Yekaterinburg and then exit at Yekaterinburg to fly back to your point of origin. Alternatively, If you’d like to return to Moscow, we can arrange one-way transportation aboard the train. The choice is yours! Call us for further information. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: St Petersburg / Ends in: Yekaterinburg
  • Departs: Tuesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
  • 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!

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