Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Back in the USSR

7 days  |  Moscow to St Petersburg  |  from USD $1,895  |   Guaranteed Departures  5 reviews

Spend a week discovering the highlights of Moscow and St Petersburg, with a stop in rural Pskov and Pechory too. In Moscow explore Red Square and opt to go underground into an erstwhile Soviet Bunker, turn up the heat in Pskov with a steamy Russian banya, and in St Petersburg visit impressive cathedrals and the famous Hermitage Museum.

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Moscow

Saturday. 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 (from October 2016 onwards), followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour leader can recommend some local bars for you to try out.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Dinner

Day 2

Red Square

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.

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 the famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Kremlin

Today we journey back to Red Square via the Moscow Metro to undertake a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or there is the option to join us for a tour inside a Soviet Bunker - book and pay locally.

Heading 65 meters underground, you will be able to explore what was once a Stalinist-era bunker and a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950s, to protect a select few against a US nuclear attack. Join us on an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum. Later this evening, we will head to the train station for our overnight journey to Pskov.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Pskov and Pechory

Pskov - St Petersburg. Early this morning our train will bound in Pskov, one of the oldest towns in Russia and located just 30 kilometres away from the Estonian border. After a stop for breakfast we will continue on to the town's Kremlin, where the long history of Pskov will come alive.

Later a short drive will bring us to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we will explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, head underground for a tour of the burial caves of this fascinating and still-working cloister.

Leaving the monastery behind, it's time for a traditional Russian banya (sauna) where we will work up our appetites for a vodka and lunch. Later this afternoon we travel by road to St Petersburg arriving in the late evening.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

St Petersburg

This morning, we will embark on a city tour of St Petersburg. Travelling by mini bus we will drive 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 Horseman. Later, we will enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage at the Winter Palace - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossack's performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Church on Spilled Blood

Today’s sightseeing includes the beautiful and iconic Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and the SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Peter & Paul Fortress, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We’ll also enjoy a tasty traditional Russian lunch before heading out of the city to the gardens of Peterhof Palace which are famed for their golden statues and fountains (in summer) or Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Seloe (in winter) with its spectacular Amber Room. Our final stop of the day is a visit to the Vodka Museum. Here we enjoy a tour explaining the history of vodka in Russia, followed by a tasting session in the museum bar!
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

St Petersburg

Friday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check-out.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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USD $1895
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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 when necessary.

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 - thhe 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.

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.

Trip Highlights

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral
Pechory - Ancient monastery
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)
Pskov - Ancient town near Estonian border
St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter & Paul Fortress, the Church on Spilled Blood and the Vodka Museum

Included

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
5 nights 3 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Moscow, Pechory and St Petersburg
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation
Guided tour and tasting at the Vodka Museum
1 overnight train from Moscow to Pskov in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
Specialist Russian guides at local sights
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
Russian banya (sauna) experience

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$40-50, paid in local currency
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

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I had a great trip start to finish and felt completely safe in Russia. All the highlights in the itinerary were fantastic and unforgettable. The hotel in Moscow was spacious and in a very good location as too was the the hotel in St Petersburg (though a tad smaller). The location made it very easy to travel around on your own as some places were a walking distance away or a few stops on the underground so top marks.

For me, the tour was more than what I expected and this was down to our tour guide Natalya with her personalised touches and near perfect English. She was very knowledgeable, very helpful (even out of hours!) people person who went above and beyond to make this trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

So I thank 'On The Go Tours' for creating a great holiday and for having wonderful staff

• Submitted 01 Jul 2016
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Had an amazing time away and an amazing tour. Tatiana was a fantastic tour guide. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

• Submitted 12 Apr 2016
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We just returned from a unforgettable tour of Russia. We were a small group of only 11 people in Moscow and 5 people in St. Pietersburg. Our Guide had a great command of English and was very helpful.We had a great holiday.

Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide.

We were surprised on how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to our own country, South Africa. I must say the continental breakfast at both hotels were not as good as it can be.

I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

• Submitted 15 Jul 2015
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Just returned from a wonderful tour of Russia. For some reason everyone else in the group cancelled so it was just me and my wife and the lovely tour guide Natalia. She has a great command of English and was very helpful and we had a very personalised tour and a great holiday.

Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide.

No issues or hassles at any points and was surprised how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to some other European destinations. Also food was cheap. I would advice travellers to learn a smattering of Russian particularly the script if they want to venture solo on the Metro.

The hotels were acceptable through my room the Moscow hotel - Izmailovo Hotel - Gamma-Delta was a little musty though this was compensated by the great breakfast and proximity to the Metro.

Also the bonus is the wonderful Moscow. flea market 5 minutes away.

Also I had a scare because when booked in they could not find my reservation. Be aware the Gamma and the Delta are separate hotels even though they are co-located and adjacent.

The st Petersburg Hotel (“ the Moscow”) did a more basic breakfast but the room was fresher. Be warned that you will go through at least 6 vodka shots on this tour and a lot of walking which was great. The other “on the go” Staff were very helpful also.

The best optional add is the Moscow Circus. The Peterhof palace is also a must-see. Try to separately book the Armoury in the Kremlin prior to your tour.

Don't waste money getting your private train compartment It is much more fun in the communal carriage overnight.

I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
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I really enjoyed the overnight train and all our coach drivers were great. I liked being able to walk around the cities and use the local public transport to see the cities from a more local perspective. Thanks to Natalya, our tour guide, who was absolutely brilliant!

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Katarina's depth of knowledge is incredible and her friendly approach to the travellers made the tour very enjoyable.

Divya Matthias • Submitted 25 Apr 2014

Katia is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia.She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on a fantastic tour. She was always friendly and very helpful.

Geoffrey Young • Submitted 25 Apr 2014

Katya is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia. She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on an excellent tour. She was always friendly and very helpful whenever assistance was needed.

Geoffrey Young • Submitted 18 Apr 2014

As my first group tour I thought this was a wonderful experience. Igor was a great guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and very keen to help in anyway possible. The local guides were also exceptional, very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about their country.

Christine Fleitz • Submitted 30 Nov 2013

Our guide, Eugeny was sensational in knowing the sights, history and his friendiness on the tour. I have loved my time in Russia. Thanks!

Sonia Culcasi • Submitted 18 Jul 2012

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Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1

I had a great trip start to finish and felt completely safe in Russia. All the highlights in the itinerary were fantastic and unforgettable. The hotel in Moscow was spacious and in a very good location as too was the the hotel in St Petersburg (though a tad smaller). The location made it very easy to travel around on your own as some places were a walking distance away or a few stops on the underground so top marks.

For me, the tour was more than what I expected and this was down to our tour guide Natalya with her personalised touches and near perfect English. She was very knowledgeable, very helpful (even out of hours!) people person who went above and beyond to make this trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

So I thank 'On The Go Tours' for creating a great holiday and for having wonderful staff

Bikash Sen
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