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
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.
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.
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
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).