Church on Spilled Blood | St Petersburg | Russia
FROM: R21,250 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: Take in the highlights of St Petersburg and Moscow on this 6 day private tour of Russia. From the exquisite palaces of the tsars and the incredible Hermitage Museum in St Petes, to Red Square, spectacular St Basil's Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin in Moscow.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Explore the beautiful city of St Petersburg, including the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt
Discover a lavish residence of the tsars on a day trip to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (winter: mid-October to April) or Peterhof Palace and gardens (summer: May to mid-October)
Take a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia’s political power house. Stroll around the grounds of this fortified complex, visit the Kremlin's cathedrals and see the mighty Tsar Bell
Marvel at the dazzling array of art and exhibits in the world-famous Hermitage Museum, at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg
Take in the highlights of the capital on a walking tour, visiting Moscow's famous Red Square, home to the historic GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral

Included

5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
5 nights 4 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
High speed train from St Petersburg - Moscow
Services of an English speaking Russian tour guides for scheduled sightseeing
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 10 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance fees - payable locally. Budget USD $70 - 80 (to be paid in local currency)

Itinerary

Day 1

St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg, City of the Tsars! Upon arrival you will be met at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to relax or independently explore. If you'd like to book any additional excursions in St Petersburg, such has a canal cruise or a night at the ballet, this can be arranged in advance upon request.
Overnight: St Petersburg

Day 2

St Petersburg city tour

Enjoy a day of guided sightseeing in St Petersburg, the Jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown. Today remnants of the city’s grandiose past can be seen in its beautiful historic centre; made up of a series of canals this UNESCO World Heritage site is dotted with elegant baroque bridges, impressive rococo architecture and spectacular palaces. Drive along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, stopping to see the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman before visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, a former political prison. Within its grounds is the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, an 18th century church that houses the tombs of the Romanov Tsars. With its marbled columns, amazing chandeliers and incredible carved and gilded icons, the church creates a reverent setting for the tombs of the Romanov monarchs

This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum in the beautiful Winter Palace. Made up of five interlinked buildings, the museums boasts one of the world’s largest art collections, with exhibits ranging from the Stone Age to present day, including works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Da Vinci and more.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Peterhof or Catherine Palace

St Petersburg - Moscow. Explore one of the lavish palaces of the tsars on a guided tour today. Visit Peterhof Palace and its beautiful gardens on the Gulf of Finland in the summer (May to mid October) or Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in the winter (mid October to April).

Often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles’, Palatial Peterhof is the former summer residence of Peter the Great and Peterhof Park is famous for its array of magnificent gold fountains, with highlights including the Grand Cascade, which comprises 64 different fountains and over 200 bronze statues.

Originally commissioned as a modest building for the wife of Peter the Great, Catherine Palace was later transformed by their daughter into the blue-and-white fairytale palace it is today. Located on the tsar’s suburban estate - Tsarkoe Selo, the palace provides a fascinating insight into the history and luxurious lifestyles of the tsars. The highlight of this beautiful palace is its spectacular Amber room, bedecked in gold and amber.

Returning to the city centre visit the exquisite Church On Spilled Blood boarding the high speed train to Moscow. Reaching the capital in just 4 hours, you'll be met at the station and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Moscow city tour

Discover the highlights of Moscow today. With your guide take the metro to legendary Red Square for a walking tour. At the southern end of the square is the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, with its colourful tent roofs and twisting onion shaped domes. Here you will also find the towering red walls of the Kremlin, with the rooftops of palaces and cathedrals peeking over the top. Covering the entire eastern side of the square is the elaborate facade of the glamorous GUM shopping mall. From here head on to the mighty Kremlin for a tour of the grounds. See government buildings, churches and cathedrals, including the Cathedral of the Annunciation - a breathtaking cathedral crowned by gold onion domes. You'll also see the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and its giant tsar bell - the largest bell that never rang!

The rest of the day is free to independently explore. If open, you can pay your respects to the famous Russian Revolutionary at Lenin’s mausoleum. During your time in Moscow, if you'd like to go on a river cruise, attend a Cossack show or perhaps enjoy a night at the ballet this can be arranged in advance upon request.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Free day in Moscow

Today is free for you to spend at leisure or we can book additional sightseeing upon request. Perhaps visit the Tretyakov Gallery which houses the best examples of Russian art, from icons to modern art, including Soviet propaganda paintings, or head 65 metres below ground to visit the Underground Cold War Museum in a formerly top secret Soviet bunker.

If you'd like to shop for souvenirs, the wonderful Izmailovo Market is just a short stroll from your hotel. This sprawling market lies behind the walls of an ancient kremlin and sells everything from matryoshka dolls to fur hats. Don't forget to bargain!
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Moscow

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out at 12 noon.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Solo Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Dates
Twin / Share
Solo Room
19th Sep 2021 - 1st Oct 2021
Unavailable during this period.
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30th Dec 2021 - 10th Jan 2022
Unavailable during this period.
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Extra Prices

Twin Share
Solo Room

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.

Harbor Club Hotel, St Petersburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 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 Delta Hotel, Moscow

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The 4 star Izmailovo Delta Hotel forms part of the huge Izmailovo Gamma Delta complex, which was built to accommodate guests and participants of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Offering comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities, the complex also boasts 16 restaurants and bars serving Russian and international cuisine, a SPA, gym and swimming pool, in addition to shops, a bank and post office. Conveniently located with the Partizanskaya Metro Station just 350 yards away, it's a quick 10 minute metro ride to Red Square where you can take in the highlights of the capital. The hotel is also ideally located for souvenir shopping, with the famous Izmailovo Market just a short stroll away.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
St Petersburg
Ends
Moscow
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 2
Countries
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
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