The Classic Moscow - St Petersburg tour is the best way to see the highlights of Russia’s two greatest cities within a 5-day window.
Moscow is a city of contrasts: It has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. Every year up to five million foreign tourists travel there to find that it is an enjoyable and friendly place and melting pot where culture, history and the future mix with the present day. From Red Square and the Kremlin to the Cold War Bunker, there is much to excite and enjoy in Moscow.
St. Petersburg is often considered to be the most culturally Western city in Russia. However, it would be wrong to assume that this denies travellers an authentic Russian experience. On the contrary, St. Petersburg is the epicentre of the nation’s art and culture and is the place that gave birth to some of those who made the country into what it is today, from Ivan Pavlov and Vladimir Nabokov to Vladimir Putin.
|Monday||Day 1 - Arrival and free time in Moscow|
St. Basil's Cathedral
Upon arrival in the Russian capital, you will be greeted at your point of arrival by a private transfer and escorted to a 3* hotel in the centre of the lively Moscow.
Once you have had a chance to get settled in and store your luggage, you will have the rest of the day to explore some of the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.The city of Moscow is the home to some of Russia’s greatest treasures, and some more hidden than others. With that in mind, why not pay a visit to the elaborately decorated Metro stations around the city. Alternatively, if you are interested in Moscow’s unique landscape, why not take a cruise along the picturesque Moskva River. Real Russia can supply both excursions, as well as many others.
|Tuesday||Day 2 - A Walking City Tour and the Cosmonautics Museum|
Today will be truly exhilarating as you are on your way to discover Moscow’s political, historical and cultural heart. After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by one of our knowledgeable guides, who will first take you on a fascinating walking tour of central Moscow, before taking you by car to see some of the best historical sights spread across the city.
The immediate sense of history will be evident as you see the greatest sights that Moscow has to offer. You will begin your tour in the heart of Moscow, beginning at the legendary Red Square where you will uncover some of the greatest treasures of Russia’s past. You will then be taken to visit the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin, amongst other remarkable buildings and statues. Please note that fees to St Basil Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and Kremlin are at an additional cost.Following your immersion in central Moscow, and the history that comes along with this, you will have time for lunch before being whisked away to all corners of Moscow by car to see why Moscow isn’t just the Kremlin and St Basils. From the incredible Alexander Gardens to the unique VDNKh Soviet Exhibition Centre, your guide will ensure that no stone is left unturned in making sure you see everything great about Moscow.
|Wednesday||Day 3 - Departure for Saint Petersburg|
St Petersburg View
After waking up feeling refreshed, you will have an aching desire to explore more of Moscow. If that is the case, we are confident it will be, the morning will be free for you to explore more of this mind-blowing city before departing to Saint Petersburg.
Why not make your day even better by taking a stroll through the Kolomenskoye Estate, or head underground to see Moscow’s pride and joy, the achievement that is their Metro system. These are just two of the many excursions available from Vita Travel.
There is a choice of departure times on the Sapsan high-speed train, throughout the afternoon and evening, 1.40pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm, at which point it will be time to say Do svidaniya’ (Goodbye) to Moscow and ‘Zdravstvuyte’ (Hello) to Saint Petersburg. When you decide to leave this magnificent city is up to you. You can leave early in the afternoon and spend the evening in Saint Petersburg, or extend your afternoon in Moscow and leave either early, or mid, evening. Whatever you choose, your transfer will collect you from your hotel and take you to Leningradsky Station to hop aboard the high-speed Sapsan train for the four hour journey to Saint Petersburg.
If you want to experience the ultimate level of comfort in rail travel, why not travel to Saint Petersburg in style, aboard the Grand Express?When booking, you can upgrade your rail travel to experience the luxury of the overnight train travelling between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The Grand Express, by any standard, is a lavish hotel on wheels, and you will experience a first class unlike no other. In addition, you will have an extra evening in Moscow to experience its nightlife, as the train will not leave until 11.30pm. You will arrive early in the morning on day four, with enough time for your transfer to take you to your hotel so you can drop off your bags and shower before starting the day.
|Thursday||Day 4 - Excursion in St Petersburg|
St Isaacs Cathedral
Another day packed with excitement, as you are about to discover all that’s great about Russia’s former capital. Your tour guide will greet you at your hotel, then you will be on your way to journey back in time, and learn about the history of Saint Petersburg.
The tour will take you past some of the best and most important sites in Saint Petersburg. A highlight among them being the lively Nevsky Prospekt, one of the most famous streets in Russia, it runs from the Admiralty, all the way past the Moskovsky Rail Station and into the Alexandra Nevsky Monastery.
Throughout the day you will also visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Kazansky Cathedral, St Isaacs’s Cathedral, The Hermitage and many more sites in a city that is affectionately known as the ‘Venice of the North’. Please note that entry fee to The Hermitage is at an additional cost.
If that wasn’t enough, your guide will finish the tour by taking you to the beautiful Peter and Paul Fortress along with the Field of Mars, while detailing the history for you of both.The evening will be yours to explore, experience and discover all the secrets of this great city.
|Friday||Day 5 - Free Time in Saint Petersburg before Departing|
St Petersburg River
Saint Petersburg is your oyster on day five, with free time to explore the side streets, canals, palaces and churches of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
You know what they say, all good things must come to end, as it’s now time to say ‘do svidaniya’ to Saint Petersburg and Russia. If leaving is just too difficult for you, which it is for so many of our customers, Real Russia can extend your time and arrange more thrilling excursions for you (at additional costs).At a prearranged time your private transfer will collect you and take you to your point of departure.
The Classic Moscow – St Petersburg tour includes:
· Transfers on arrival and departure in each city
· Two nights in the 3* Maxima Panorama hotel close to the heart of the city inclusive of breakfast
· A morning walking tour, and an afternoon tour by car, in Moscow
· St Petersburg walking city tour including St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood
· Two nights in the centrally located 3* Arbat Nord Hotel inclusive of breakfast
· Domestic Train ticket for the Sapsan between Moscow and St Petersburg
· Private professional guide, tour transport and entry fees
· Visa support and invitations to obtain your Russian visa
The tour does not include:
· Personal expenses
· Flights or other travel arrangements to tour joining point
· Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
· Visa processing and service costs – further information about Trans-Siberian visas can be found here
If you have free time during your stay, why not choose one of our many optional excursions. If you are looking for a deeper insight into Moscow or St Petersburg, we can offer you a range of activities and short tours designed with you in mind. We will provide English speaking professional guides with expert knowledge in the area and if you need a guide with a different language, we can do that for you too.
We want to help you to get the most out of your time in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, to truly immerse yourself in the history, culture and people of these great cities.
Our packages are designed with you in mind and for that reason we will provide you with greater control and transparency. It is our promise to give you the flexibility to personalise your tour, should you wish, by upgrading hotels, changing rail departure times and even offering you a selection of excursions.
We have a selection of options available to you, so that you get the most out of your tour.
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