Discover Russia
Moscow & Saint Petersburg

Moscow & St Petersburg

Overview

TOUR CODE: DISRUS

Get acquainted with Russia’s two heartlands, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In Moscow, the nation’s capital, we discover its medieval foundations at the Red Square and see the colorful St Basil’s cathedral. We also visit other world famous Moscow sights such as Kremlin and Tretyakov Gallery. Then, take a high speed train to the Saint Petersburg, admire fascinating palaces, cathedrals and bridges over canals. Here, the streets are decorated with edifices of flourished baroque and impressive classical styles.

What’s Included

  • Economy class Sapsan Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow in Moscow
  • 3 nights in a Superior Room at Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 in St. Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Full-day Moscow City Tour
  • Morning Tretyakov Gallery Tour
  • Full-day St. Petersburg City tour
  • Morning Hermitage Museum Tour
  • Hotel taxes and service charge

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE IN MOSCOW

Arrive in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. Upon arrival, meet your driver at the airport arrival hall, you will be transfer to your hotel located in the historic district of Zamoskvorechye.

 

Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in western Russia, is Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

DAY 02

FULL-DAY MOSCOW CITY TOUR (B)

Commence your captivating morning walking tour of this magnificent city with a visit to the Red Square in the heart of the city and the most visited landmark in Mowcow. At the southern end of the Red Square is the St Basil’s cathedral, a colorful multi-domed complex whose architects were supposedly blinded by Ivan the Terrible so that they could never recreate such splendor again. Continue to the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex includes the 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burial place of early Russian rulers), the bell-tower, the Patriarch’s Palace, the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Armoury. The Armoury has a fascinating collection of Imperial insignia including precious clothes (some of which are currently on show at the Victoria and Albert museum in London), ceremonial harness and a unique collection of carriages. You can see the 17th century throne of Alexei Romanov covered with a mosaic of turquoises and 900 diamonds, a phelonion of Metropolitan Platon decorated with 150,000 pearls (it took the embroiderer 2 years to complete) and the famous Fabergé eggs. Your tour also includes two of the Kremlin’s cathedrals: Assumption, the cathedral of coronations and the burial place of religious leaders, and Archangel, the royal burial church. After lunch at leisure, we make a brief photo stop at Sparrow hills on the bank of the Moskva river, from which you could easily see most of the city in a clear day. Not far from the observation platform is the Luzhniki Metro Bridge. The two-level Metro-Bridge traverses the river to link Komsomolsky Prospekt with Vernadsky Prospekt. It serves two urban transport systems: motor vehicles and the Moscow Metro subway. The glass-walled subway station Vorobyovy Gory is at the lower level of the bridge. Then we tour the Novodevichy Convent also known as the New Maiden Convent. This is one of the most beautiful of the city collection of buildings, with 16 gilded domes, founded in 1524.

DAY 03

TRETYAKOV GALLERY/ST. PETERSBURG (B)

This morning’s sightseeing takes in the highlights of the world’s best collection of Russian icons and pre-Revolutionary Russian art. Your guide will accompany you to the eye-catching Tretyakov Gallery, whose collection today consists of over 100,000 outstanding works of art. Originally the private collection of a wealthy Russian merchant, Pavel Tretyakov, this vast art collection was given to the Russian nation as a gift in 1892 and is one of Moscow’s greatest treasures. Then board a high speed train “Sapsan” to St. Petersburg. The journey takes 4 hours and the train arrives in St Petersburg station which is located in the city centre. Upon arrival you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel.

 

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after its capital – Moscow, with the population of about 6 million people. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.

DAY 04

FULL-DAY ST. PETERSBURG CITY TOUR (B)

In the morning after having breakfast we will have a chance to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg remains one of the most romantic cities in Russia. Our first stop is the fascinating Peter and Paul’s Fortress, which Peter the Great built in 1703 to provide protection from the Swedes. The Fortress Cathedral is the burial place of most of Russia’s Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century onwards, including Peter the Great himself, the great architect of St Petersburg. Then, we visit St Isaac’s Cathedral. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. After free time for lunch, we head south out of the city with your expert guide to Tsarskoe Selo (‘the Tsar’s village’), more commonly known as Pushkin. Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife Catherine, who started to develop the royal country residence, but it was her daughter Empress Elizabeth who was largely responsible for the construction of the beautiful Catherine’s Palace. Set in landscaped parkland, one of the baroque palace’s highlights is the famous Amber Room, a chamber decorated with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors which has been restored to its original glory. There are numerous other architectural delights, such as the Hermitage Pavilion and the neoclassical Alexander Palace, the favorite residence of Tsar Nicholas II.

DAY 05

HERMITAGE MUSEUM (B)

Admire the wonderful collection of the world’s biggest museum – Hermitage. Today, the museum has over 2 million exhibits within its four buildings and attracts around 3 million visitors a year. The exhibitions are diverse with works by Da Vinchy, Raphael, Rembrandt, an impressive collection of impressionists and largest collection of Titians in existence. Return to the hotel at the end of your tour for an afternoon at leisure. You might wish to take in a ballet or opera performance at one of St. Petersburg’s theaters.

DAY 06

ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE  (B)

Hotel check – out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.


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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2019Land Only
    Mar 01 - 31$1,999
    Apr 01 - May 12$2,299
    May 13 - Jul 31$2,599
    Aug 01 - Sep 30$2,299
    Oct 01 - Dec 31$2,099
    2020
    Jan 01 - Mar 25$2,099
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charge. This is a land only package with out airfare. (AI/031119/C-10)

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