Enjoy more time in St Petersburg and Moscow, with guided sightseeing of the main highlights as well as plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. Kick off your time in Russia with St Petersburg before visiting historic Novgorod and then taking the overnight train to the capital city of Moscow, home to Red Square and the powerful Kremlin.
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
Saturday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Meet and greet arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and 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
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
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast, Lunch
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
St Petersburg – Novgorod. As our last day in St Petersburg, today gives you the opportunity to shop for some last minute souvenirs, perhaps some traditional Russian nesting dolls or some Russian memorabilia found at the canal side market near the striking Church on Spilled Blood. Alternatively take a walk along Nevsky Prospekt. Later this afternoon we travel to Novgorod, arriving in time for dinner and a steamy Russian banya (sauna).
Overnight: Novgorod | Breakfast, Dinner
Novgorod – Moscow. Novgorod is one of Russia’s oldest cities, located within reach of the Volkhov River and Lake Ilmen, that was formed as a town in the middle of the 10th century. A guided tour of Novgorod takes in the riverside fortified Kremlin, cathedral and other sights of interest. The Kremlin fortress was mentioned in chronicles as early as in 1044, whilst today’s walls and towers, despite being re-built in 15th century, are impressive all the same. Tonight we have dinner before travelling by overnight sleeper train from Novgorod to Moscow.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Dinner
Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow - the capital that spawned dozens of spy novels! Today we will ride on the capital’s efficient Metro to Red Square. From here, we’ll take in the jewels of Russia’s capital on a guided walking tour, taking 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 wildly coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral, an enduring Russian symbol commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the terrible) in 1555. 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 famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast
This morning we head back to Red Square to pay our respects to Lenin - the grandfather of Communism, at his eerie mausoleum. It is here that his embalmed body has lain in state since his death in 1924. Later we will continue to the Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of political might, where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast, Lunch
If you have booked the optional Bunker Tour 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
Sunday. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out.
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.
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
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.
Yurievskoe Podvorie, Novgorod
The Yurievskoe Podvorie is a traditional Russian farmstead hotel. All the rooms are comfortable with good amenities. The hotel also has a fantastic restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Izmailovo Gamma Delta , Moscow
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.
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I had the most wonderful opportunity to go on one of your tours. It was Russian Revolution from 8th July to 16th July.
I would like to compliment your tour guide, Olga Neuymina, (from St Petersburg) who was absolutely fantastic. Not only is she very knowledgeable about the history of her country, she is also very enthusiastic.
She could answer any questions and never got tired of the many I asked her! She is also very kind, patient, friendly and a real asset to your company.
Because of her efficiency, the trip went like clock-work, all the sites offered were covered in ample time.
Usually there is a small hitch on a tour, but this one had absolutely no problems as Olga is very well organised. Nothing was too much trouble for her.
I would highly recommend this tour to my family and friends especially because of Olga – she really “made” this one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of my life.
I look forward to other On the Go tours in the future. ”
Olga was extremely personable and engaging. She provided us with ample information everywhere we went and answered all questions posed to her. She took the time to get to know us and ensure we got to see everything we wanted. She was fantastic!!”
Daria (Dasha) was excellent, I cannot fault her. Everything was explained clearly to us regarding the tour, she was punctual and her history knowledge was outstanding. Any questions we had she was able to answer. She made us feel as if we were truly having a Russian experience in all the activities, and if there was something I wished to do during free time she gladly explained to me transport instructions or organised it for me. ”
Daria [Dasha] what absolutely brilliant. She completely made this trip for us. She was knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming and heaps of fun. She looked after us fabulously. I would happily do a tour with Daria again any time.”
I had a great time on the tour, Dasha was excellent and I learnt to much about Russia and Russian Culture. I really enjoyed the variety of activities and places we went but I would have liked the option to pre-pay for some of the optional excursions! I ended up spending a lot more than I was expecting in country because of the excursions all being paid locally ”
Maria was very knowledgeable about places we went. Very easy to get along with, and open to discussing pretty much anything. Took the time to find out things we might like to do during free time, and made sure that we were given the information needed to find the places. I quite enjoyed visiting with her on the trip, and hope that others who take this tour, are as lucky as I was, to get her for a guide.
As for the tour, I personally, would have preferred spending more time in St. Petersburg, and Novgorod (countryside), than in Moscow. It almost seemed as if other than the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, unless you were doing optional excursions, that was all there was to do there, in relation to the tour. There seemed like so much more to see and do and explore in and around St. Petersburg, with all the churches, palaces, the various canals, and shops and the Hermitage, which was my personal highlight of the tour.”
Excellent tour made better by our first class tour guide, Dasha. Dasha had excellent knowledge of the country, the history and the places we visited. She handled any issues capably and without fuss. Excellent work.”
The tour was wonderful, everything I'd hoped for. I saw almost everything I had on my list, the only places I missed were due to the Victory Day celebrations being on and things being closed. I loved the variety of history and culture on the tour and trying so many new things. I felt like I saw a lot of different aspects of Russia which was wonderful.
My only feedback would be sometimes due to the times of activities, it made it difficult to eat meals at a reasonable time (for example meeting at 6 for an evening activity, so we had to have dinner super early or really late).
Dasha our guide was excellent, probably the best group tour guide I've ever had. She was very knowledgeable, fun and patient (which can sometimes be tough in big groups!)
A wonderful tour, I can't wait to start planning the next one!”
WE LOVED RUSSIA! As a country, it exceeded our expectations in all areas and we wouldn't hesitate recommending it as a destination to friends. The tour was well structured and we feel that we really made the most of our time there with a great mix of sight seeing and free time. The level of accommodation was good and hotels were located in convenient locations. What made the tour exceptional, however, was our guide Dasha! She made each sight we visited so interesting and was willing and able to answer any questions that our group had. She was extremely organised, which made our tour run so smoothly, and has a lovely personality too! Thank you Dasha for making our Russian experience such a fantastic one.”
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