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.
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
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
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 we enjoy 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
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
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
Sunday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out.
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 when there are 2 persons (or 3 persons if you wish to book a triple) 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.Read More
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.
Harbor Club Hotel, St Petersburg
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
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.
I really enjoued the tour. Catherine, out guide, was excellent, nothing was too much trouble. Very well organized.”
The tour in general was very satisfying. I enjoyed Russia a lot. The tour guide was exceptional!”
This was a well guided, well organized and diversed tour. St Katherine's Palace was stunning, also being on the train from St Petersburg to Moscow was a great and unforgetable experience.”
Russia is a amazing country. Even more so when introduced by such a passionate guide as Katya. She was the best tour guide I have ever came across, very knowledgeable and really looked after the group well. I had a fantastic time. Thank you”
Katia was a very good guide. I had an amazing experience in a beautiful country thanks to her.
I especially enjoyed visit to the St Catherine Palace, also Moscow Bunker was an interesting experience.
Great tour, excellent tour leader who felt more like a freind than a guide right from the start. Would definitely recommend this tour to frends.”
Just to let you know I have returned from my trip and it was fantastic, well organized and fun. I was a little concerned at first as I was so much older than the other travellers, but I need not worry.I was well looked after and more than kept up with them all!
Our guide Katia was amazing, so much information and commitment to making sure we were all safe and had fun.
My Birthday was very memorable and well celebrated.
Our tour guide, Katya, was absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable and helpful. I'm glad I opted for a Soviet Bunker bolt-on as it was an interesting experience and one of the highlights of the tour.
The tour was an excellent value for money. The tour leader was a great source of information, a very helpful person and very friendly, as I found all the Russian people to be so. Moscow and St.Petersburg are beautiful cities and very hospitable. Will I go back? Definitely yes and hopefully soon! ”
I just got back from Russia.
I thought I should let you know that the tour was fantastic!!
The guide Artem, who lead us for the entire tour was so devoted it was almost like being taken around by an old friend. He organised everything, answered all questions no matter how obscure, and even helped Sandy and I to see a very well regarded Russian rock band which was just spectacular.
The hotels were all very nice with good access to metro stations, so no complaints there either.
There were no real 'bad experiences', though customs at arrival took 1 1/2 hours, and the overnight train is difficult to sleep on, however, I was fortunate to spend my sleepless night sharing vodka with a bunch of young Russians. Oh and Russia is extremely expensive if you want to go to plush bars and restaurants (£7 for a pint of beer at some places), however, they have plenty of really nice Russian cafes and pubs where you will pay about £20 - £30 for a good dinner, and about £2 for good Russian beer. You can get much cheaper for lunch etc. We even had dinner one night at a nice cafe for £10, now that is almost Czech prices!
So the tour is highly recommended, indeed were I to go to Egypt or India next year I would use On the Go again (despite hating the idea of being on a 'tour'). The expense of the tour is quite small compared to the personalised service received, the extra sights you get taken too, and having things like a bus waiting for you after a vodka infused night on the train to Moscow!
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I must say that I really enjoyed the tour. The accommodation was top-notch, the meals were pleasant and the transportation well suited for our needs. Our guide was very nice and professional and ensured that we were safe and comfortable all throughout the journey. I would definitely recommend On the Go tours to others.”