Treasures of the Tsars - 8 days

FROM USD $2,499

Premium tour. Moscow and St Petersburg with ancient Novgorod in between, offering a relaxed pace, plenty of free time, entrance fees, coach tour of St Pete's, departure transfer and a finer style of accommodation.

Day 1: Moscow
Saturday. Welcome to Moscow and the start of your holiday! Arrival transfer from the airport and hotel check in. This evening our Welcome Meeting takes place. Remainder of the evening at leisure, maybe go for a drink in the bar or coffee in the lounge. Overnight - Moscow
This morning we visit legendary Red Square and enjoy a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin. The fortified stronghold, built in the 11th century, was home to the campaigns of Ivan IV, Stalin, Lenin, Napoleon and more recently Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin. Inside the enclave we view the Russian Palaces of Congresses and tour Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Tsar Bell.

The remainder of the afternoon is free. Visit St Basil’s Cathedral, the subject of countless postcards or spend some time inside the illustrious GUM department store - once the only choice for shopping in the Communist era. Alternatively, consider joining us, heading below ground on a tour of a Soviet Bunker. Overnight - Moscow (B)
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The outside of Lenin's mausoleum
Day 3: Red Square
Today, we can return to Red Square where, if open, we can pay our respects to Lenin’s Mausoleum or consider taking a journey on the Stalinist-era Metro, to view some of the gold gilded frescoes that adorn many of the circle line stations. Tonight, we travel by comfortable overnight sleeper train (4 berth fully enclosed cabins) to Novgorod. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Novgorod is one of Russia’s oldest cities, located within reach of the Volkhov River and Lake Ilmen. It was formed as a town in the middle of the 10th century. A tour of Novgorod takes in the riverside fortified kremlin, cathedral and other sights. The fortress was mentioned in chronicles as early as 1044, whilst today’s walls and towers, despite having been re-built in 15th century, are impressive all the same.

Steaming up at a local Russian banya we enjoy a sauna, lunch and a sip of vodka. Later, we travel to St Petersburg by coach arriving late evening. Overnight - St Petersburg (B, L)
Days 5 - 6: St Petersburg
St Petersburg. Today we embark on a coach tour of the city, driving along Nevsky Prospekt and Admiralty End, stopping at the Church on Spilled Blood and The Bronze Horseman. Day 6 offers a day of leisure or consider our Pukka Pass Bolt-on, visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral the Summer Gardens at Peterhof or Catherine or Pavlovsk Palace in winter. Overnight - St Petersburg (B:2)
A well wrapped on the go group posing for a photo
Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace, housing some 2.8 million pieces of art, with collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to Greek vases and a vast and dazzling array of Old Masters. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Saturday. Our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. (B)

Inside a Soviet Bunker bolt on

Take a tour of a Soviet Bunker. Head 65 meters underground to explore 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.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Moscow / Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Departs: Saturdays - April to October
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes
The On The Go Theatre
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