$ 3,590.00 (double/twin occupancy)
$ 4,390.00 (single occupancy)
Moscow: Intercontinental Tverskaya 5* or similar
St. Petersburg: Domina Prestige 5* or similar
Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.
3 nights in Moscow
5 nights in St. Petersburg
"Sapsan" fast train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
Tours described per itinerary with entrance fees
Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Folklore Show in Moscow
Transfers on the 1st and last day of the tour
Russian Visa is included!
INCLUDED TOURS AND VISITS
City Tour of Moscow
Visit to St. Basil Cathedral
Tour of the Red Square and Kremlin
Visit to the Armory Museum and Kremlin cathedrals
Moscow Metro tour
Visit to Tretyakov Gallery
City Tour of St. Petersburg
Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
Visit to Church of Savior on Spilled Blood
All-day Hermitage tour*
Pushkin: Catherine Palace and Amber Room
Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers
Peterhof: Bath House and Park with Fountains
Kronstadt with St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
Visit to WWII Museum and St. Petersburg Siege Memorial
Visit to Faberge Egg Museum
our Hermitage tour includes both Main and General Staff Buildings with Impressionist and modern art expositions.
Novgorod extension: $480.00 per person (min 2 people)
1 additional night in St. Petersburg
12-hour tour to Velikij Novgorod including Kremlin, St Sophia cathedral, Yaroslav Court, Yurjev Monastery, Museum of Wooden art and lunch.
Kizhi extension: $690 per person (min 2 people)
Roundtrip train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk
Transfers train - hydrofoil terminal
Boat tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk
Escort guide on a boat
Entrance fee to Kizhi Museum
English-speaking guide on the city walking tour and Kizhi walking tour
On the first day of your Russian tour you will be met at the airport by our driver and transfered to the hotel. Your day is free to rest after the flight or you can explore on your own. Overnight in Moscow.
Red Square - Visit to St. Basil's Cathedral - Kremlin grounds and cathedrals - Armory - Moscow Metro - Dinner and folk show in the evening
After breakfast we will walk to the historic Red Square to visit the Kremlin and the Armory. You will discover the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, the State Historical Museum, and other landmarks around the Red Square area. Inside the Kremlin you see the three famous Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation, and Archangel, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Among other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, and Terem Place.
Armory is known for its stunning collection of royal treasures such as regalia, Faberge Easter eggs of precious metals and jewels, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh, the throne of Tsar Alexey decorated with 800 diamonds, the coronation dresses of the 18th century empresses, and Elizabeth's sleigh which she rode from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation. The sleigh was pulled by 23 horses at a time. The Great Kremlin Palace, (the official residence of the Russian president) is between the Armory and the Annunciation Cathedral.
In the afternoon you will ride the famous Moscow Metro and visit its finest stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art making it look more like a museum than a subway. Moscow Metro is one of the most efficient and beautiful transportation systems in the world carrying over 10 million passengers daily, more than the New York and London systems combined. It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was to create not just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify socialism and its achievements. This goal was undoubtedly achieved and today residents and guests of the capital enjoy the world's best underground metro.
We will return to the hotel around 5:00pm (17:00) to rest and in the evening we go to have dinner at the local restaurant and enjoy an acclaimed Russian folk show.
Overnight in Moscow (B, D)
Please note that due to no transport traffic rule around the Red Square and Kremlin we will do a lot of walking today. Be prepared to walk for at least 6-7 hours, make sure you have comfortable shoes, plenty of water and are physically fit to handle today's strenuous program. Let us know if this is a problem and we will arrange a private guide and transport for you (additional fee).
City tour of Moscow - visit to Novodevichiy Monastery - visit to Tretyakov Gallery
In the morning our Russian tour starts with sightseeing in Moscow. The circular city of Moscow radiates out from the Kremlin fortress. It helps to understand that Moscow is a round city and there are several circular roads called rings. You will drive through the famous areas of Moscow within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring. They afford excellent views of the Kremlin, the Red Square and Kitay Gorod area, Tverskaya, Arbat, and the Zamoskvorechje area with the fascinating Church of Christ the Savior. You will enjoy the best panoramic views of the city from the Sparrow Hills, topped by the Moscow University skyscraper built in 1953.
After the driving city overview tour you will visit the Novodevichiy Convent founded in 1524. The convent was proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The convent is closely linked to the political, cultural and religious history of Russia. It was used as a shelter by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we visit the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most celebrated and extensive collections of Russian art and artifacts in the world. It is located in Zamoskvorechye - one of the oldest districts of Moscow. The collection contains more than 130,000 masterpieces of Russian art created throughout the centuries by many generations of Russian artists.
Overnight in Moscow (B, L)
Fast train to St. Petersburg - city tour - visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
Early morning transfer to the train station. Fast train to St. Petersburg.
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, we will start with lunch and the best sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg. We will drive by the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Strelka, Rosstral Columns, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens, and other remarkable landmarks. The tour includes inside visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress.
Peter-and-Paul Fortress was built in 1704 to defend the city from naval attacks, however it never served its primary purpose. Instead, its historical mission turned out to be rather gruesome: thousands of workers died while building the fortress, many political prisoners, including Peter's own son Alexi were kept and tortured in its cells. The tombs of the Romanov family are also in its Cathedral.
Lunch in the local restaurant.
After lunch we continue our sightseeing with a visist to Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers. Yusupov Palace is located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the wealthy Yusupov family, it has retained many of its original interiors and is most famous as the scene of the murder of the notorious Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family due to his alleged supernatural powers. (B)
Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)
Hermitage main exposition and General Staff Building with Impressionists Exhibit.
We begin our day with the morning tour of the Hermitage Art Museum, one of Russia’s main treasures. Occupying six stunning buildings along the River Neva, the Hermitage is the second largest art museum in the world (Louve in Paris is the first) founded in 1764 . The museum has a wide range of art on display (over three million pieces!) - from prehistoric collections to modern art.
Lunch break (lunch is not included)
French Impressionist and modern art are displayed in the General Staff Building and features Renoir, Mattisse, Dega, Picasso, Malevich, Petrocelli, Kandinsky, Giacomo Manzù, Giorgio Morandi and Rockwell Kent.
Today you will visit both Winter Palace and General Staff Buiilding expositions!
Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)
Peterhof with visit to Monplaisir Bath House and Park with fountains - Kronshstadt - visit to Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
After breakfast you will visit Peterhof, located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. Often referred to as "the Russian Versaille," it is one of St. Petersburg's most famous sightseeing attractions. Inspired by Versailles, Peter the Great wanted to build an imperial palace with gardens in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. As a result, the Grand Palace and smaller Monplaisir Palace were erected. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a splendid kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic.
The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out.
The most interesting and overlooked part of the complex is the Bathhouse that you will visit today. The Bathhouse is small, intimate and equally odd. Here you will find a wooden structure with a strair and a handrail, a bathtub, a shower and a treatment room. You will also see a huge kitchen with copper kettles and pans hanging from large racks. Allegedly Catherine the Great sometimes stood at the hearth herself, cooking for her guests. After seeing many palaces in Moscow and St. Petersburg you will absolutely appreciate this unique glimpse into the bathing culture of the Russian court.
Lunch at a local restaurant
After lunch, we will drive to Kronstadt, an old town on the Gulf of Finland founded by Peter the Great as a naval base. Traditionally, the seat of the Russian admiralty and the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet were located in Kronstadt guarding the approaches to Saint Petersburg. The historic centre of the city and its fortifications are part of the World Heritage Site. We will visit the absolutely stunning Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas built in 1903–1913 as the main church of the Russian Navy and dedicated to all fallen seamen.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)
Pushkin with Catherine Palace and Amber Room - WWII and S. Petersburg Siege Memorial
After breakfast we will begin an all day tour to Pushkin located 18-20 miles from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet Alexander Pushkin who used to study here. Its palaces and parks were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. The main landmark is the Catherine Palace designed by Rastrelli and the famous Amber Room inside the Palace.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
On our way back to St. Petersburg we will stop by an impressive memorial dedicated to the struggle and hardship of the residents living in the city during WWII. The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad and St. Petersburg Siege Memorial was built to be the main focal point of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square) in the early 1970s. A special bank account was opened to take donations and many people took part in the construction including volunteers and famous artists of the Soviet Union such as Mikhail Anikushin, Sergey Speransky, and Valentin Kamensky, all of whom participated in the defense of Leningrad.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - St. Isaac Cathedral - Yusupov Palace Faberge Museum
Our tour of St. Petersburg continues today with three important visits: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac Cathedral and Faberge Museum.
Our morning visit is to one of the world’s largest and most splendid St. Isaac Cathedral. Beautifully decorated inside with marble of 13 colors, malachite, lapis-lazuli, paintings, mosaics, and stained glass made by the most famous Russian artists, it can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time. The Cathedral was designed by then unknown architect Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858.
Our next stop is Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers. Yusupov Palace is located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the wealthy Yusupov family, it has retained many of its original interiors and is most famous as the scene of the murder of the notorious Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family due to his alleged supernatural powers.
Lunch at a local restaurant (not included)
We continue to the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace with the biggest collection of Faberge works including famous Easter eggs.
In the afternoon we visit a stunning Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood erected on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donors. Both the interior and exterior of the church are decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.
In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Russian Cuisine dinner at one of the local restaurants in the city.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, D)
Today marks the end of the tour. After breakfast - transfer to the airport. (B)