Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
FROM: USD $1,495

Back in the USSR - 7 days

Explore Red Square, the Kremlin and opt to go inside a Soviet Bunker in Russia's lively capital Moscow before taking the express train to St Petersburg, the City of the Tsars home to the Hermitage and Catherine Palace

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Moscow - Discover Russia's capital on a guided tour, including Red Square, The GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral (exterior). Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour.
The Kremlin - Explore Russia’s political power house
Take a day trip to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (winter: mid-October to April) or Peterhof Palace and gardens (summer: May to mid-October)
Soviet era Communal Apartment Exhibition in St Petersburg
St Petersburg - Explore the city on a guided tour, including the Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt and the Bronze Horseman
Explore the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace
St Petersburg's palaces - The Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace (visited in winter) or the gardens of Peterhof (visited in summer)

Included

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
1 high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation
6 nights 3 star hotels
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
Specialist Russian guides at local sights
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: USD$75-85, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Moscow

Sunday. 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 you'll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Dinner

Day 2

Red Square & The Kremlin

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. Highlights of the day include a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin, touring Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell.

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 famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Inside a Soviet Bunker

Today offers free time for you to further explore this exciting city, or you can opt to head down into a Soviet Bunker, by purchasing our Inside a Soviet Bunker bolt-on. Heading 65 metres below ground you'll have the opportunity to tour this Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building in the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. The site was in operation throughout the 1970s. In the 1990s with the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 4

St Pete's City tour & Church on Spilled Blood

Moscow-St Petersburg. This morning we take a high speed train to St Petersburg. Upon arrival we embark on a city sightseeing tour by vehicle which will travel along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horse. After lunch we tour the exquisite Church On Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful SS Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Fountains of Peterhof or Catherine Palace

This morning we head out of the city to explore the beautiful Peterhof Palace located on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed).

Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof Palace are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace it's the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight! This evening offers free time.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Hermitage Tour & Soviet era Communal Apartment tour

Today’s sightseeing includes a guided tour of the treasure-filled Hermitage at the Winter Palace which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

Later, we visit a Soviet era Communal Apartment - a fascinating exhibition of a former communal apartment retained in its original layout with four rooms, a narrow corridor and common kitchen. To help ease the burden of Russia's housing problem in the 1920s they transformed city apartments owned by one person into these communal dwellings with factory workers, military personnel and members of Soviet institutions moving in.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 7

St Petersburg

Saturday. Today our tour comes to an end. If you would like to extend your time in Russia, we are able to book post-tour accommodation should you require.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Extra Prices

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Pre Accom - Moscow
USD $110
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Post Accom - St Petersburg
USD $130
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Izmailovo Gamma Delta , Moscow

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Formerly part of the Olympic Village at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Divided into two wings, Gamma and Delta - the Izmailovo Gamma Delta is part of one of the biggest hotels in the world. The rooms are comfortable and with modern amenities and there is also a number of excellent restaurants plus a gym and swimming pool. On arrival to the hotel guests are often welcomed with chocolate and still bottled mineral water. Well located with good access to transport links.

Asteria Hotel, St Petersburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set on the banks of Fontanka River, Asteria Hotel enjoys a prime location in the city centre just a few minutes walk from St Petersburg's famous Nevsky Prospekt. This 3-star hotel features a restaurant and bar, plus free WiFi throughout the property.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

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I had a great trip start to finish and felt completely safe in Russia. All the highlights in the itinerary were fantastic and unforgettable. The hotel in Moscow was spacious and in a very good location as too was the the hotel in St Petersburg (though a tad smaller). The location made it very easy to travel around on your own as some places were a walking distance away or a few stops on the underground so top marks.

For me, the tour was more than what I expected and this was down to our tour guide Natalya with her personalised touches and near perfect English. She was very knowledgeable, very helpful (even out of hours!) people person who went above and beyond to make this trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

So I thank 'On The Go Tours' for creating a great holiday and for having wonderful staff

• Submitted 01 Jul 2016
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Had an amazing time away and an amazing tour. Tatiana was a fantastic tour guide. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

• Submitted 12 Apr 2016
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We just returned from a unforgettable tour of Russia. We were a small group of only 11 people in Moscow and 5 people in St. Pietersburg. Our Guide had a great command of English and was very helpful.We had a great holiday.

Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide.

We were surprised on how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to our own country, South Africa. I must say the continental breakfast at both hotels were not as good as it can be.

I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

• Submitted 15 Jul 2015
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Just returned from a wonderful tour of Russia. For some reason everyone else in the group cancelled so it was just me and my wife and the lovely tour guide Natalia. She has a great command of English and was very helpful and we had a very personalised tour and a great holiday.

Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide.

No issues or hassles at any points and was surprised how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to some other European destinations. Also food was cheap. I would advice travellers to learn a smattering of Russian particularly the script if they want to venture solo on the Metro.

The hotels were acceptable through my room the Moscow hotel - Izmailovo Hotel - Gamma-Delta was a little musty though this was compensated by the great breakfast and proximity to the Metro.

Also the bonus is the wonderful Moscow. flea market 5 minutes away.

Also I had a scare because when booked in they could not find my reservation. Be aware the Gamma and the Delta are separate hotels even though they are co-located and adjacent.

The st Petersburg Hotel (“ the Moscow”) did a more basic breakfast but the room was fresher. Be warned that you will go through at least 6 vodka shots on this tour and a lot of walking which was great. The other “on the go” Staff were very helpful also.

The best optional add is the Moscow Circus. The Peterhof palace is also a must-see. Try to separately book the Armoury in the Kremlin prior to your tour.

Don't waste money getting your private train compartment It is much more fun in the communal carriage overnight.

I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
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I really enjoyed the overnight train and all our coach drivers were great. I liked being able to walk around the cities and use the local public transport to see the cities from a more local perspective. Thanks to Natalya, our tour guide, who was absolutely brilliant!

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Katarina's depth of knowledge is incredible and her friendly approach to the travellers made the tour very enjoyable.

Divya Matthias • Submitted 25 Apr 2014

Katia is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia.She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on a fantastic tour. She was always friendly and very helpful.

Geoffrey Young • Submitted 25 Apr 2014

Katya is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia. She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on an excellent tour. She was always friendly and very helpful whenever assistance was needed.

Geoffrey Young • Submitted 18 Apr 2014

As my first group tour I thought this was a wonderful experience. Igor was a great guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and very keen to help in anyway possible. The local guides were also exceptional, very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about their country.

Christine Fleitz • Submitted 30 Nov 2013

Our guide, Eugeny was sensational in knowing the sights, history and his friendiness on the tour. I have loved my time in Russia. Thanks!

Sonia Culcasi • Submitted 18 Jul 2012
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
Sunday
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Countries
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30th August 2017

I had a great trip start to finish and felt completely safe in Russia. All the highlights in the itinerary were fantastic and unforgettable. The hotel in Moscow was spacious and in a very good location as too was the the hotel in St Petersburg (though a tad smaller). The location made it very easy to travel around on your own as some places were a walking distance away or a few stops on the underground so top marks.

For me, the tour was more than what I expected and this was down to our tour guide Natalya with her personalised touches and near perfect English. She was very knowledgeable, very helpful (even out of hours!) people person who went above and beyond to make this trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

So I thank 'On The Go Tours' for creating a great holiday and for having wonderful staff

Bikash Sen