FROM: USD $1,295

This short and sweet 6 day tour of Russia takes in the must-see sights of St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. From the masterpieces of the Hermitage and colourful Church on Spilled Blood in the City of the Tsars, to the whimsical turrets of St Basil’s Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin in the capital – this is the best of Russia in under a week.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End
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)
Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral. Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour.

Included

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
4 nights 3 star hotels
Specialist Russian guides at local sights
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
1 overnight train from St Petersburg - Moscow in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visa
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: USD$50-60, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

St Petersburg

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and 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 - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Dinner

Day 2

Peterhof or Catherine Palace

St Petersburg is known as the 'City of Tsars' and today we head out of the city to explore one of the tsars' lavish palaces. We visit Peterhof Palace and its beautiful gardens on the Gulf of Finland in the summer (May to mid October) and in the winter we visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). Often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles’, Peterhof is famous for its beautiful gardens which are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations, with spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine's Palace it's the exterior and lavishly decorated interior that is the highlight and the famous Amber room is simply spectacular, bedecked in gold and amber.

This evening you have the opportunity to join in on some optional excursions including a night at the ballet or a Cossack show. 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. Today we take in the highlights of the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Travelling by bus we 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 ornate Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We also pay a visit to the spectacular Church on Spilled Blood. After a hearty lunch weenjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in the beautiful Winter Palace - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

This evening we board an 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

This morning those who have booked our optional Inside a Soviet Bunker add-on will head 65 metres underground and explore the fascinating 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 the capital. There are plenty of great galleries, museums, cafes, shops and bars all within walking distance in the city centre.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Moscow

Sunday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out.
Breakfast

Night at the Museums

Night at the Museums (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.

To celebrate this special event, we are running a 6 day White Nights And Museums tour departing Friday 17th May 2019. 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 city’s best late night galleries and museums on day 2 of your tour.

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.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
This is a 'Night At The Museums' special interest tour, with additional touring arrangements and departs on a Friday. A supplement applies. Please refer to the White Nights & Museums 6 day tour and the Trip Notes for more information.
Night At The Museums Departure
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
Friday Departure
Guaranteed Departure
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Contact us to book
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USD $1,295
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16 Apr - 21 Apr Easter departure, book early!
Easter departure, book early!
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USD $1,295
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USD $1,295
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17 May - 22 May This is a 'Night At The Museums' special interest tour, with additional touring arrangements and departs on a Friday. A supplement applies. Please refer to the White Nights & Museums 6 day tour and the Trip Notes for more information.
This is a 'Night At The Museums' special interest tour, with additional touring arrangements and departs on a Friday. A supplement applies. Please refer to the White Nights & Museums 6 day tour and the Trip Notes for more information.
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
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Extra Prices

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Person
Single
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Post Accom - Moscow
USD $115
USD $115
Pre Accom - St Petersburg
USD $115
USD $115

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.

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.69 out of 5 based on 16 recent reviews

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I’ve travelled a lot and was very impressed with the whole trip. It was well organized and our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area. I would definitely do another tour with On the Go. I have already recommended it to my friends. There was a good mix of options and free time to explore.

• Submitted 26 Sep 2018
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I had a fantastic trip, Dasha is a wonderful tour guide, she is very intelligent and charming, she is very passionate and knowledgeable about both St Petersburg and Moscow. I always felt confident that she knew what she was doing with regards to the itinerary and any other activities. The time went in really quickly at the end I did feel that there was still more to see in Moscow, which I enjoyed immensely. I enjoyed the tours to the palaces and the cathedrals, also the activities, which included the Ice Breaker cruise, the Vodka Museum, the Moscow Bunker, the Cossack show, I also went to the Space Museum of Cosmology in Moscow on my own and I would highly recommend this museum as there was a great deal of variety in the exhibits and a good gift shop. There is more to Moscow than St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin. Take lots of pictures.

• Submitted 17 Mar 2018
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Dasha was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her country. The history of St Petersburg came to light when she spoke about her home city.

The Tour itself was good, if but a scratch on the surface of a fascinating country overall to get a small insight into such a large country, I would recommend this tour.

• Submitted 15 Mar 2018
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Anastasia was the best guide.She was friendly,extremely helpful,taking the time & going out of her way to help.

• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
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Covered all of the highlights of St Petersburg and Moscow. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a real passion for Russian history.

• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
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I got everything I wanted from the tour & more. It was a great introduction to Russia & I would consider returning in the future to learn more about it's past.

• Submitted 01 Aug 2017
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Natalia was very switched on and understood the history and culture behind Russia. She was very patient and always went the extra mile for our group considering we had such a diverse range of ages and interests.

The tour is great, the accommodation and food was amazing but all the places you see are definitely breathe taking. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
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Natalia was awesome! This tour is an excellent blend of scheduled tours and free time. I really enjoyed this holiday.

• Submitted 21 Mar 2017
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Natalya Abrosimova was our guide - she was just fabulous. A lovely guide, very knowledgable and flexible in her approach. She looked after us and was very approachable and friendly.

She was like part of the group - I would definitely recommend her to others

• Submitted 12 Feb 2017
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Dasha was an amazing tour guide who was so nice and knowledgable about the local history and culture. As this was my first ever guided tour experience, she made it so enjoyable that I would definitely do it again. The tour itself was very well organised despite a couple of setbacks. Dasha was also very helpful whenever we had any questions and always ensured that everyone on the tour was getting the most out of their experience in Russia.

• Submitted 14 Jun 2016
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
St Petersburg
Ends
Moscow
Departs
Tuesdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1
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I’ve travelled a lot and was very impressed with the whole trip. It was well organized and our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area. I would definitely do another tour with On the Go. I have already recommended it to my friends. There was a good mix of options and free time to explore.

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