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Russian Capitals – St Petersburg and MoscowRussia

From £2,266 per person for 6 nights
See the very best of Russia’s most captivating cities on this fascinating two-centre trip
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It’s access all areas on this incredible trip to St Petersburg & Moscow, which includes the best of the two cities with unique insider access led by expert guides. 


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Take a private tour of the Hermitage Museum its unique Impressionist painting collection with one if its curators
  • Get privileged private access to the museum’s Diamond Room
  • Cruise the Neva River & take a carriage ride round ‘Paul’s Palace’
  • Explore the studios of Lenfilm, known as ‘Russian Hollywood’
  • End a private city tour of Moscow with dinner in a restored palace
  • See the world famous Bolshoi ballet or opera (optional extra)
  • Flexibility of your own private guide & vehicle

2020 PRICE AND AVAILABILITY GUIDE
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APR£2125Call on 0208 251 0425
MAY£2425Call on 0208 251 0425
JUN£2425Book now
JUL£2249Book now
AUG£2249Deposit now to secure flights
SEP£2249Deposit now to secure flights
OCT£1849Best value
NOV£2135Low Deposit to secure flights
DEC£2135Low Deposit to secure flights


 


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We’ve combined the sights and spectacles of Russia’s most exciting cities on this trip. Starting in St Petersburg, we’ve secured one of the museum’s own curators to show you around the Hermitage on a private tour which includes the Diamond Room, usually closed to the general public. Combine this with visits to all the main city sights with your private guide, as well as a vodka tasting, hydrofoil journey to the Grand Palace, exploration of the Lenfilm studios, carriage ride around the parkland of ‘Paul’s Palace’, and optional evening at the Mariinsky Theatre. Next, you’ll take the high-speed train to Moscow where, starting with a glass of Champagne in Red Square, you’ll explore the most famous sights alongside a private guide, feast in a restaurant hidden in an antiques-filled former nobleman’s palace, and if you choose, take in an opera or ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre.


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Pressed for time? View our Peter the Great's St Petersburg 4 night tour here


To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Exploring St. Petersburg

Touch down in the city, ready for an action-packed day of exploration. After a private transfer to your hotel, you’ll check-in and leave your luggage as your guide whisks you off on a city tour of all its main attractions, including time inside the splendid Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city first sprung up. See the ornate cathedral (where the Romanovs are buried), the old prison, and the impressive views from its ancient walls – as well as a lovely sandy beach that’s a hotspot for city dwellers come summer. After some free time over lunch, you’ll continue your adventure, visiting St Isaac’s Cathedral, where the frescoed, gilded and semi-precious-stone-adorned interior is now open as a museum. Then it’s time for something completely different, as you toast your arrival in the country at the Museum of Russian Vodka, learning about the complex history of the spirit before enjoying a tasting. Finish your day with dinner at the fantastic onsite restaurant, Vodka Room No.1, which serves up traditional Russian fare in refined surroundings (dinner for your own account).

Overnight in St. Petersburg

We offer a variety of hotel classes to suit different budgets. You can choose the style that’s right for you.
Select from Classic, Premium or Deluxe when booking, and click hotel name below for more details.

Classic: Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg

Premium: Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky

Deluxe: Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Meals included: None 

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Day Two: To the Hermitage

It’s time for a full day within the city’s most famous museum, the Hermitage. To enable you to make the most of its six buildings, we’ve enlisted one of its qualified curators to show you around on a private tour. As well as all the main exhibits (including the old Winter Palace and the world’s largest art collection), you’ll enjoy a private visit to the Diamond Room, home to a vast collection of jewels that once belonged to the Romanov dynasty of Russian Emperors. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Fabergé Museum and Church of the Savior On The Spilled Blood with its iconic onion domes, before returning to your hotel for the evening. There’s also the option (at extra cost) to attend a ballet or opera performance at St. Petersburg’s famous Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatres, then round off your day with a late dinner at The Repa, a renowned restaurant adorned with striking murals inspired by the theatre, on a site that was once a hangout for the city’s bohemian theatre crowd. For related costs, please see the Extras tab.

Overnight in St. Petersburg

Classic: Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg

Premium: Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky

Deluxe: Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Three: Water World

It’s time to visit the Peterhof Low Gardens and Grand Palace today – and you’ll get there by hydrofoil. It’s a 30-minute hop along the Neva River to this series of impressive palaces and gardens created by Peter The Great, and your private guide will be able to tell you more about their intriguing history as you look around. Afterwards, you’ll make a stop for lunch (not included), before heading onwards to the State Russian Museum, packed with Russian fine art treasures. Summer travellers will then continue their day with an evening boat trip along the rivers and canals of the city, for spectacular views towards its grand buildings and a light show over the opening bridges of the Neva River (for guests travelling between April 15 and October 15) with an option to upgrade this to a private boat cruise to one of five of the city’s best restaurants. As this option is only available for the summer months we have listed it as an additional cost - for further details and related costs, please click the Extras tab.

Overnight in St. Petersburg

Classic: Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg

Premium: Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky

Deluxe: Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Four: Movie Stars

It’s time to head away from the city this morning, on a visit to ‘Paul’s Palace’, a neo-classical mansion that was once the summer home of the Emperors and a firm favourite with Paul 1 (son of Catherine The Great). Take a Troika (three-horse carriage) ride around its vast estate, littered with pavilions, statues and bridges, before breaking for lunch (not included). This afternoon, you’ll learn about Russian film at the old studio of cinema giant Lenfilm (once known as ‘Russian Hollywood’), where some of the country’s best movies were made. See its fascinating collection of historical props and costumes, as well as the makeup studio and technical equipment.

Overnight in St. Petersburg

Classic: Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg

Premium: Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky

Deluxe: Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Five: To Moscow

The journey to the Russian capital by SAPSAN high-speed train takes just four hours – with meals and drinks available onboard, meaning you’ll be ready to be whisked straight to Red Square by your private guide on arrival. Here, you’ll enjoy a glass of Champagne (or cup of coffee!) at Bosco, a grand cafe in a privileged position right on the square, before exploring the city’s highlights on a private tour which ends at Vorobiev Hills park for panoramic views over its sprawl. Finish your day with dinner at Cafe Pushkin, an unforgettable restaurant packed with eccentric rooms filled with antiques, set in the famous nobleman’s palace (cost of dinner not included).

Overnight in Moscow

Classic: AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow

Premium: Novotel Moscow City Hotel

Deluxe: Hotel National Moscow

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Six: Whistlestop Moscow

Your last full day in Russia is packed with incredible highlights. Start off on a private guided exploration of its must-sees (including the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral). Afterwards, you have the option of enjoying lunch aboard a Radisson Royal yacht, as you take a two-and-a-half hour journey along the Moscow River over a two-course meal (for related costs, see the Extras tab.) Then you’ll visit the fascinating Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum, packed with planes, trains, classic automobiles… and tanks. (Those keen to test drive one can do so as an optional extra. For related costs, please see the Extras tab.) Round off your day by visiting the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, for an unforgettable opera or ballet performance (good seats normally available as an option - see Extras tab).

Overnight in Moscow

Classic: AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow

Premium: Novotel Moscow City Hotel

Deluxe: Hotel National Moscow

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Seven: Best foot forward!

There’s time to fit in a little more of Moscow this morning, as you set out on a walking tour on Old Arbat Street, a pedestrianised road lined with bars and restaurants and adorned with blossom and street art. Then you’ll go underground for Moscow’s metro, to explore its grand stations filled with marble panelling, bronze statues and mosaics and built as propaganda during Stalinist times. You’ll have time to get some lunch, before taking a private transfer back to the airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Overall meals included: 6 breakfasts


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience:
    call 0208 251 0425 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the holiday
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry
  • Optional Extras


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 251 0425


GETTING THERE 

Direct flights from London to St Petersburg, returning from Moscow, cost around £500pp, with the journey to St Petersburg taking 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the return from Moscow taking four hours and 15 minutes. 

Experience start point: St. Petersburg

End point: Moscow


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Extras

 

 

Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Night boat ride

"Regular" night boat ride on the Neva River at an additional cost of GBP 108 per person

Ballet Performance at the Mariniinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatre

Ballet Performance at the Mariniinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatre. The rate is based on seats in the stalls (middle row)

Ballet or Opera Performance at the Bolshoi

Ballet or Opera performance at Bolshoi Theatre. The rate includes guided transfer and tickets in the middle rows in the stalls.

Radisson Royal Yacht

Lunch Cruise on Radisson Yacht

Supplement for private night boat ride

Supplement to be added to the regular night boat ride for a private experience of GBP 75 per person

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