FROM: USD $1,595

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
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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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)
Visit a 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 incredible Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg
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)
Take the high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg

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$70-80pp, 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 add-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 when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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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.

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.

Harbor Club Hotel, St Petersburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Well-located in St Petersburg, the Harbor Club Hotel can be found on a quiet street, yet only a short walk from the bustling city centre. Its guestrooms feature modern décor, with spacious ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities including air conditioning. You’ll also find a shared lounge and bar, as well as an on-site restaurant serving tasty European cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy a continental or buffet breakfast or, if you’d prefer, there is also the option of dining in the comfort of your hotel room.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
Sunday
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1
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Excellent, Olga our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. Always prepared to do that bit extra to make this the best trip I can remember being on.

Kenneth Orourke
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