Vodka Shot - 6 days

FROM USD $1,299

St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. Enjoy Pukka Russia, seeing the best of these two legendary cities, from the incredible Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood to brightly coloured St Basil's Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin. It's the most fun you can have in under a week!

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and check in. Tonight, our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of the group and your tour leader. Your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out. Overnight - St Petersburg
This morning a driving tour will give us a run-down on some of St Petersburg's key areas. Travelling by mini bus we will make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few stops will be made at the Church on Spilled Blood (exterior only), The Bronze Horseman and Peter and Paul Fortress. The famous Peter and Paul Fortress was built on the orders of Peter the Great and was at one time at political prison. Within the compound is St Peter and Paul Cathedral - housing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

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. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
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Today you can either enjoy a free day of exploration on your own, or 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 the exquisite interior of the Church on Spilled Blood and 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 we will board our overnight train to Moscow. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Moscow. Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow; the city that kept Bond busy. Taking the metro, we will make our way to the legendary Red Square - the starting place of our guided walking tour. Here we will take 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 iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. 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: Moscow
Sunday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out. (B)

Night at the Museums

Night at the Museum (aka Long Night of Museums) began in Berlin in 1997, in an aim to attract a larger and also younger audience to its museums and cultural institutions. Over 120 cities in Europe, including St Petersburg and Moscow, have now jumped onboard, showcasing their unique museums, galleries and heritage sites.

We are running a special Night At The Museums departure of our Vodka Shot tour departing Friday 16th May 2014. Coinciding with the wonderful Russian 'White Nights' when the sun barely sets and St Petersburg comes to life. Join us for this wonderful event accompanied by our expert guide, explore a selection of the cities best late night galleries and museums on day 2 of your tour.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: St Petersburg / Ends in: Moscow
  • Departs: Tuesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:5, Lunch: 0, 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!