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Route of the Romanovs - 10 days

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.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End
Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral. Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour.
Yekaterinburg - city sights, route of the Romanovs’ tour, Europe/Asia border marker and countryside of the Urals
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)
Siberian countryside aboard the Trans-Siberian

Included

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
7 nights 3 star hotels
Specialist Russian guides at local sights including Yekaterinburg
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 10
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
2 overnight trains from St Petersburg - Moscow in a 4-berth cabin and Trans-Siberian from Moscow - Yekaterinburg in 4-berth sleeper cabin. Both including bed linen
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide on days 1 - 6
Guided sightseeing - St Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour

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$40-50, paid in local currency

Itinerary

This itinerary is for departures in 2018 - if you are travelling in 2017 please contact us for an up to date copy of your Trip Notes and itinerary

Day 1

St Petersburg

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia! You will be met upon arrival at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening 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 - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Dinner

Day 2

Peterhof or Catherine Palace

Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof Palace which we visit from May through to mid-October are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations, with spectacular gold fountains. In winter we visit Catherine Palace or Pavlosk Palace who's exteriors and interiors are lavishly decorated and really catch the eye – Catherine Palace’s lavish Amber room is a real highlight!

This evening you have the opportunity to join in on some optional excursions including a night at the ballet or a Cossack show. 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  |  Breakfast

Day 3

St Petersburg City Tour

St Petersburg - Moscow. We start today's touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we'll head out of the city to explore the beautiful gardens of Peterhof 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).

St Petersburg – Moscow. This morning a driving tour provides an introduction to the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Travelling by bus we will make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few stops will be made along the way to see the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. We then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses much of the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We will also pay a visit to the impressive Church on Spilled Blood. Later, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

This evening we board our overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Red Square & Kremlin

This morning we arrive into Russia’s capital. Taking the metro, we will make our way to the legendary Red Square for the start of our 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. We also tour the mighty Kremlin, with a guided walk through the grounds to see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar Bell - the largest bell that never rang! If open, you can pay your respects to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin’s mausoleum. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Optional Bunker Tour

If you have booked the optional Inside a Soviet Bunker Tour Bolt On then we will head 65 metres underground and explore the Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. The rest of the day is free to explore amazing galleries, museums, plenty of cafes, shops (including the GUM department store for high rollers) and bars all within walking distance. During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Free Time in Moscow

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Dinner

Day 8

Yekaterinburg

This morning we explore the historical centre of Yekaterinburg on a walking tour. 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 walking 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.

Our walking tour also takes in 1905 Revolution Square, the beautiful views from the embankment side and the Hill of Ascension, and the sorrowful Afghanistan memorial at the Red Army Square. We'll see the gorgeous villas of the “gold merchants” of the 19th century, monumental buildings in “Stalin’s neoclassicism” style and statues of the founders of the city and communist leaders.

After lunch we drive out of town to visit the famous obelisk Europe/Asia border marker where you can stand with a foot in each continent! Crossing the border- line we get a Certificate and a glass of sparkling wine! Then we head to the Ganina Yama Monastery dedicated to the Romanov's family and built on the site of the former mine where the corpses of the Royal family were originally unceremoniously dumped by the Bolsheviks in 1918. From the monastery we travel a few kilometres to the former secret grave, now a memorial, where the royal remains were moved to. The remains were discovered here in 1978 and moved to the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral at Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg.
Overnight: Yekaterinburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Explore 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  |  Breakfast

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.

Note: If you’d like to return to Moscow rather than depart from Yekaterinburg, we can arrange transportation aboard the train. Call us for rates.
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' below applies for single travellers who would like their own room for the entire tour and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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This tour is in Russia during the 2018 Football World Cup.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
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2017
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USD $2,555
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USD $2,465
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Extra Prices

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Pre Accom - St Petersburg
USD $130
USD $130
Post Accom - Yekaterinburg
USD $160
USD $150

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.

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.

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.

Chekhov Hotel, Yekaterinburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

Converted in 2009 from a nineteenth century mansion, the Chekhov hotel is a popular boutique hotel in the heart of Yekaterinburg. The comfortable rooms are modest in style with furnishings that hark back to the property's past with the modern staple of free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is served onsite with complimentary tea and pastries available throughout the day, perfect for refuelling between sightseeing. The hotel is well located close to the central square of the city and next to a local supermarket and plenty of restaurants.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Can't say enough about Natalia. She went out of her way to locate my luggage and handle communication with St. Petersburg airport when they lost it on my arrival and I am extremely thankful for that.

She was easy to get along with and open to answering all our questions about her country and culture. And she gave us great recommendations for places, bars and restaurants to visit.

• Submitted 04 Sep 2017
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The whole holiday was amazing.

• Submitted 06 Sep 2016
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Loved the small group. The itinerary was great. Felt it hit the high points for each city. The extra excursions were also great. Was enough time to do things on our own, if we wished. Loved that we travelled locally on the subway in Moscow.

The overnight train rides were more comfortable than expected.

Tatiana was great. Very friendly, and informative!!

Also, a BIG BIG thanks for Constantine who met us at the train station in Yekaterinburg. He was so friendly and knowledgeable. Gave us highlights and details that were just perfect in the short ride form the train station to the hotel. GREAT hotel in Yekaterinburg too. I would say the BEST that we stayed in. The city excursion and trip to the Asia/Europe border was wonderful. We also hired Constantine's company for the "Boris Yeltsin" tour, which was also terrific!!

Overall, I had a great time! I see other trips you are offering that look interesting too!!!

• Submitted 19 Jul 2016
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Perfect pace of the tour - good balance of organized activities and free time. I loved every minute of it! Russia is an incredible country definitely worth visiting.

Robert Grey • Submitted 10 Feb 2010

Hi Janet,

We had such a good time in Russia - thanks for recommending Route of the Romanovs. We loved St Petersburg and Moscow and the train from Moscow to Yekaterinburg was very entertaining with the locals.

Would love to do it all again but there's more of the globe to see.

Take care,

Alice

John & Alice • Submitted 05 Nov 2009

Stunning trip, the scenery was beautiful! We just wished we'd booked all the way to Beijing!

Erin & Bex • Submitted 21 Jul 2009

Hello Ryan,

First of all, let me say thank you for everything. The "Route of the Romanovs" tour turned out to be a fantastic experience. All of our guides were top-notch and very fun. I will definitely consider On the Go the next time I get the itch to travel. I do very much want to go to Turkey...

Cheers,

Benjamin Prentice • Submitted 10 Jun 2009

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
St Petersburg
Ends
Yekaterinburg
Departs
Tuesdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Updated
4th October 2017

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Can't say enough about Natalia. She went out of her way to locate my luggage and handle communication with St. Petersburg airport when they lost it on my arrival and I am extremely thankful for that.

She was easy to get along with and open to answering all our questions about her country and culture. And she gave us great recommendations for places, bars and restaurants to visit.

Sofie Kiriakidis