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Go back in time to the days of the Soviet Union with this spectacular seven-day tour and experience the thrill of exploring something completely different. Our new Back in the USSR tour involves two of the major cities of Russia, both diverse and rich in culture and history.

During your time in Moscow, you will experience Stalin’s Russia by visiting the famous Cold War Museum and secret Bunker 42. Once in Russia’s ‘Window to the West’, St Petersburg, you will explore the Smolny District and the headquarters for Lenin’s 1917 Bolshevik revolution. You will experience a vodka tasting session in the Russian Vodka Museum, to lift the spirits up. Expect a tour like no other that will last in your memory forever.

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow and free time

On arrival at the Moscow airport, you will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you to your remarkable 4-star hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax or explore magical Moscow and get a taste of what you are about to experience.

Day 2 - Half day city tour in Moscow by car and free time

Red Square

Our knowledgeable local guide will meet you at your hotel for a thrilling city tour of Moscow by car.

You will see major historical and architectural landmarks of Moscow, including The Kremlin, Red Square, Sparrow Hills, Victory Park and Pushkin Square.

Your private tour will begin at Red Square, home to The Kremlin, the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Please note that fees to St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum are at an additional cost.

Your excursion continues along the Moskva River Embankment, the ideal place to stop and take in the magnificent views of The Kremlin. Other important sights you will see include the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, New Maiden’s Convent and the Moscow State University.

Moscow State University

Your excursion will then take you to the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park. After this visit, you will see the Triumphal Arch on Tverskaya Gate Square, built to commemorate victory over Napoleon in 1829.

In the afternoon you can either choose to continue to explore all that Moscow has to offer or relax and unwind in your centrally located hotel.

Day 3 - Cold War museum by car, Stalin’s Moscow and VDNKh by metro

Today you will visit one of the most mysterious places in Moscow - the Secret Soviet Bunker 42, also known as the Cold War Museum. This tour will take you through its underground halls and corridors, where you will explore its engineering facilities and learn about its role during the Cold War. At the end of the excursion you will be surprised by an imitation of a nuclear explosion that will show you how the bunker would have worked if it happened in real life in 1960s.

Bunker 42

After lunch, you will see Stalin’s Moscow on a four-hour journey by metro. It will begin at the Kropotkinskaya Metro station which was built in the 1930’s. Heavily decorated in white marble, it is an incredible underground structure. Once you leave the station, you will see the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, resurrected on the exact site of the original church that Stalin demolished. You will see the Park Kulturi Metro station and visit the Sculpture Park, or the Park of Fallen Idols, where some of the monuments to Stalin, Gorky, Dzerzhinsky and other Soviet leaders have been kept since the 1990’s, when they were removed from Moscow`s streets and squares.

VDNKh

Your tour will then continue with visits to other Metro stations in Moscow and the famous exhibition complex VDNKh which was built in the 1930’s and 40’s. Near the entrance there’s the giant world-famous statue “The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman” by V. Mukhina which symbolizes the unity of workers and collective farmers – the two friendly classes of Soviet society.

Following your busy day, you will return back to your hotel where you can relax and enjoy some free time or perhaps enjoy some of Moscow’s buzzing nightlife.

Day 4 - Arrival in St Petersburg and free time

St Isaac's Cathedral

Today your private transfer with a guide will collect you from the hotel and take you to the railway station to hop aboard the high-speed Sapsan train in the direction of St Petersburg.

Due to a wide choice of departure times for the Sapsan train throughout the day, you can be flexible to leave early in the afternoon and spend the evening in St Petersburg or extend your afternoon in Moscow and leave either early, or mid, evening. The travel time from Moscow to St Petersburg on the Sapsan train is approximately 4 hours.

Upon arrival in St Petersburg, you will be collected from the railway station and taken by private transfer to your beautiful 4-star hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to relax and unpack or take in some of what St Petersburg has to offer.

Day 5 - Full day tour in St Petersburg by car

St Petersburg View

Your private guided tour will begin at the Smolny District, where you will explore the Smolny Institute – the neo-classical Palladian building, which was used as Lenin’s headquarters in 1917. Then, you will visit the Museum of Political History of Russia, which gives an in-depth experience of what soviet life was like, including everyday life of Russian people in the 20th century. After your museum visit, you will enjoy lunch at a Soviet style café!

Following lunch, you will discover the interiors of the beautiful Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood and admire the onion shaped domes and intricate, ornate decoration both on its façade and inside the building.

Finally, it’s a visit to the Russian Vodka Museum where you will learn about the fascinating history of vodka and, of course, get to try your own at a tasting session!

Then, you will return to your hotel where the evening is yours.

Day 6 - Hermitage walking tour and free time

The Hermitage

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before meeting up with your guide for a walking tour of The Hermitage.

One of the world’s largest museums, The Hermitage consists of six buildings and is home to over 3 million artefacts, oriental treasures and Russian art. The collections include pieces by Picasso, Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Matisse. During your visit, you will spend most of your time in the Soviet and Contemporary Art area, although there will be an opportunity to visit other areas too.

After lunch, you have free time to do as you please and see more of St Petersburg at your leisure.

Day 7 - Free time and Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by more free time. At a prearranged time, your private transfer will collect you from your hotel and take you to your point of departure.

If leaving is just too difficult for you, which it is for many of our customers, Real Russia can extend your time and arrange more thrilling excursions for you (at an additional cost).

Includes

Back in the USSR tour includes:

  • Accommodation at finest 4-star hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Breakfasts at the hotels, two lunches
  • Activities included:
    • 3-hour Moscow city tour by car, no entrances
    • Guided excursion to the Cold War museum by car
    • Stalin’s Moscow tour by metro and VDNKh
    • St Petersburg guided city tour by car, including entrances to the Smolny, Museum of the Political history of Russia, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and Vodka Museum
    • 4-hour walking tour of Hermitage
  • Private transfers on arrival and departure in each city; all transportation according to the itinerary
  • Private professional English-speaking guide (other languages are available, please contact our travel experts)
  • Second Class tickets for the Sapsan high-speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg. If you wish to upgrade your ticket to First Class, please contact our travel experts.
  • Entrance fees
  • Russian letter of invitation to obtain your Russian visa
  • 24/7 hotline support while you are travelling

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Visa processing and service costs
  • Flights or other travel arrangements prior to tour joining point
  • Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Photo/video charges, where required

Overview

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. Scroll down for a breakdown of our prices.

Number of people
  1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6-9 Pax
Price            

Options

Trains

Russian rail travel is universally recognised as one of the most enthralling experiences in the world, and with that in mind, why not do it in style? If you decide to upgrade to first class on the Sapsan, you will be able to experience your journey in maximum comfort with more leg space and Wi-Fi access.

The Grand Express, by any standard, is a lavish hotel on wheels. Aboard the most luxurious train travelling between these two great cities, you will be provided with a spacious, and comfortable sleeping compartment, featuring air conditioning, LCD TV’s, personal service and complimentary tea, coffee and water. By travelling overnight you get an additional evening in Moscow as the Grand Express departs at 11.40pm, you even receive on board breakfast. If you choose to travel with the Grand Express not only will you be travelling in the highest level of comfort, but you will also receive late check-out at your Moscow hotel and early check-in at your Saint Petersburg hotel, allowing you to securely store your luggage prior to commencing your city tour.

Number of people
  1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6-9 Pax
Upgrade to 1st Class Sapsan            
Grand Express Overnight Train - 2nd Class            
Grand Express Overnight Train - 1st Class            
Grand Express Overnight Train - Premium Class            

Hotels

Moscow and Saint Petersburg are both famous for being the most popular places to visit in Russia.

If you wish to add a bit of lavishness to your tour you have the option to upgrade to a four star hotel, where you will stay at two of the most prominent hotels in Russia, the Park Inn in Moscow and Solo Sokos hotel in Saint Petersburg. The Park Inn is a short distance away from Red Square, the Kremlin and Christ the Saviour Cathedral. After sightseeing, you can return to your room and unwind with amenities like free Wi-Fi, onsite cafe and 24 hour service. The Solo Sokos hotel is located in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, a short distance away from the Hermitage, Palace Square and Saint Issaac’s Cathedral. You can relax by getting a spa treatment, or experience dinning in complete darkness at one of their fantastic restaurants.

If your budget is limited, but you still want to experience this incredible tour, why not choose a two star hotel for a discount on the price, leaving you with more spending money to experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Both options provide you with greater flexibility, ensuring that the tour can be exactly what you want it to be.

Number of people
  1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6-9 Pax
Change to 2* Hotels (Price reduces by)            
Upgrade to 4* Hotels            

Extra Days

Should you fall in love with Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and so many people do, Real Russia can organise additional days for you to explore more of your favourite sites. You can spend the days exploring at your leisure, or if you choose, we can also organise extra excursion for you.

Number of people
  1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6-9 Pax
Extra Day in Moscow - 2*            
Extra Day in Moscow - 3*            
Extra Day in Moscow - 4*            
Extra Day in St Petersburg - 2*            
Extra Day in St Petersburg - 3*            
Extra Day in St Petersburg - 4*            

All prices are per person and the tour may start in either Moscow or St Petersburg.

Centrally located quality 3* hotel accommodation. Options are available for switching to 2* or upgrading to 4* hotels.

Travel between Moscow and St Petersburg on the Sapsan high speed, day train. Overnight travel is available on the Red Arrow or Express trains at no additional cost. Options are also available for "Grand" and "De-lux" cabins and on the Grand Express luxury train for an additional charge.

Please speak to one of our tours specialists for hotel, overnight traveling and other options and they will be happy to advise you.

Accommodation

You will stay at finest 4-star hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg:

MOSCOW

BUDAPEST HOTEL

Set in a 19th-century building in Moscow, this beautiful 4-star hotel is conveniently located in Moscow historical centre. Bolshoi Theatre, as well as popular luxury shopping streets Petrovka and Stoleshnikov Lane, are in close proximity to the hotel. Red Square is only a 15-minute walk from the hotel. 

It offers the following features:

  • Staff speaking Russian and English
  • Satellite TV, Hairdryer, Safety Deposit Box
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Room Service 24 hours
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Currency Exchange and Cash Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Ironing Service and Shoeshine

ST PETERSBURG

PETRO PALACE HOTEL

Located just a short walk from the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral and surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes and most exciting theatres and nightlife, the Petro Palace Hotel is a superior hotel which offers the best location and superb amenities.

You’ll have the chance to experience all of the following features:

  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Coffee/tea maker and minibar
  • Fitness Centre
  • Indoor Pool with Hot Tub, Sauna and Treatment Rooms
  • Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Free bottled water
  • Staff Speaking Russian and English
  • 24 Hour Front Desk, Cash Machine, Concierge Service
  • Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Ironing Service