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Explore Moscow, an exciting and vibrant city rich in history and St. Petersburg - Russia's most romantic and culturally important city with Express to Russia. Our combined Moscow tours and St. Petersburg tours will leave you with unforgettable memories of Russia's most interesting and important cities.

Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office. The airline tickets we offer are the cheapest available on the web.

Moscow and St. Petersburg, 8 days, 7 nights

PACKAGE ITINERARY

Day 1 Moscow

Arrival to Moscow
Transfer from airport or train station.
Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin, then on to the Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more. You will then proceed to Red Square, to the famous St. Basil´s Cathedral and walk around the territory of the Kremlin.

Free Time

Day 2 Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel
Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Cathedrals
. (Visit to the Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund is not included in the tour price. It can be added upon request at extra payment).The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia´s political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. Red Square is within the Kremlin´s walls. Among the sights included in the tour are the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock on the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed), Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.

Free time

Day 3 Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel
Hotel check out
Tour of the Moscow Metro system and the Old Arbat
. The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians themselves and for visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few. The tour will then proceed to Old Arbat street. You will be told of the street´s interesting history and view the street´s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the street´s many craftsman.
Lunch at a local restaurant (optional).

Tour of the Tretyakovsky State Gallery. The world famous gallery contains works of Russian art from the 10th century up to present day. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublyov, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.

Free time

Transfer to the train station
Overnight train to St. Petersburg

Day 4 Saint Petersburg

Arrival to St. Petersburg
Transfer from train station
Panoramic City Tour
. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg´s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city´s most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace. You will then proceed to Vasilevsky Island - the area of the city that Peter the Great originally planned to be the city center. This island juts out into the Gulf of Finland - reminding you of St. Petersburg´s close proximity to the sea and maritime history. The tour will include a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. While there, you will visit Peter´s Cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Tsars from Peter the Great onward. You will then be taken back to your hotel to relax.


Free time

Day 5 Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel
After a nice breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian emperors. It is a fascinating monument of the world´s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 hectares on which are located over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures designed by masters of the Venetian school such as P. Baratta, A. Tarsia and D. Bonazza. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine´s Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-USDpean paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and decorative bronze sculptures. The Palace also contains the Amber Room - a truly unique work of craftsmanship.

Free time

In the evening, enjoy a ballet or opera performance at the Mariinsky Theater - one of the world´s greatest musical companies (optional). Another option would be to attend one of Russia´s premier folk shows, \"Feel yourself Russian!\" The show is performed by the best folk company in the city. During the intermission, delicious Russian appetizers will be served. (optional)

Day 6 Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel
We will then head to one of the greatest and largest art museums in the world - the Hermitage. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitages treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and a large collection of impressionists and post impressionists including Matisse and Picasso as well as many others. We will spend 3 hours at the museum, however, to view the collection in its entirety would take almost 15 years, spending 8 hours a day in the museum and taking one minute to examine each exhibit.

Free time

Day 7 Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Peterhof. Peterhof
(Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art - a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was used as an exquisite summer residence by the Russian Tsars. Verkhniy Garden and Nizhniy Park, are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. Within the park, there are 10 museums: the Grand Palace, Monplaisir, Catherine´s Block, Marli, Hermitage, the church of St. Alexander Nevsky (Gothic Capella), the Benois family museum, the Cottage, the Bath Block including Tafeldecker and Kaffeeschenk Rooms, the Kitchen and the Museum of Collectors. The exposition of the special treasury and the private room of Catherine the Great in the Block under the Armcoat of the Grand Palace are all open to the public.

Free time or lunch and boat cruise if weather permits (not included in price)

Day 8 Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel
Hotel check out
Airport transfer

 

PACKAGE COST

 

3 star HOTEL/B&B

Low

Shoulder

High

Number of people

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

4 – 6

1297

1349

1398

6 – 14

1151

1219

1267

16 - 24

945

996

1043

single supplement

185

214

246

4 star HOTEL

Low

Shoulder

High

Number of people

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

4 – 6

1504

1580

1765

6 – 14

1363

1438

1620

16 - 24

1137

1211

1394

single supplement

247

304

372

5 star HOTEL

Low

Shoulder

High

Number of people

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

Price per person, USD

4 – 6

1848

2072

2310

6 – 14

1734

1959

2197

16 - 24

1518

1743

1981

single supplement

525

572

1946

Low dates: Jan 3 - March 31, Nov 1 - Dec 24
Shoulder: April 1 - April 30, Oct 1 - Oct 31
High: May 01- Sept 30, Dec 25 - Jan 2 & Exhibitions date



PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy in the specific hotel or apartment. You should add single supplement to the price in case you travel in a group but you stay at a single room. If you travel by yourself, please, contact us and we will give you a quote. We offer discounts for groups of 4 or more. To inquire about group rates, please contact us.

Prices include tickets to all museums, transportation to museums and for excursions, guide service, hotel accommodation, breakfast at hotel, one-way train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg (2nd class, 4-berth compartment). Price includes free visa invitation – the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Prices do not include optional services as well as theater tickets, visa processing costs, international airfare (we can assist you in booking discount airfare, contact us to find out more or book the discount tickets yourself through our internet ticket office) and travel insurance. To find out more about visa processing, please contact us.

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request. We can also mix and match and adjust the accommodation to any hotel of your choice.

To book a tour, 30% of the tour amount is due on the day of tour booking. The remaining 70% of the tour amount is due within 14 days before your arrival in Russia or the city that the tour is scheduled for. In case of cancellation, a cancellation fee of 100 USD will be applied. For tours that include 4 or 5 star accommodation, a cancellation fee of 200 USD will be applied.

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