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Indulge yourself in the Cultural Highlights tour featuring artistic and cultural treasures of Russia’s two greatest cities – Moscow and St Petersburg. This eight-day tour showcases the very best of Russia’s majestic charm and imperial heritage, taking in sights, such as The Kremlin, Armoury, Tretyakov Gallery and the Hermitage Museum. Additionally, you will have the chance to admire the architectural masterpiece of the Peterhof Palace and its stunning gardens.

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow and free time

Panorama of Moscow

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

Day 2 - Kremlin and Armoury walking tour. Free time

Armoury

Today you will immerse yourself in Russia’s rich history and culture, taking in the sights of The Kremlin and its fantastic Cathedrals. Moving on, you will visit the Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Moscow which holds items from the former Tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. You will also see state regalia, royal garments, coronation dresses, gold and silverware, weapons, luxury carriages as well as all the attire of famous Tsars from over the years. After that, you will have a fantastic opportunity to admire jewellery and a unique collection of diamonds and precious stones of historical significance in the Diamond Fund.

After this exciting excursion you can enjoy colourful Moscow on your own or relax and rest before your trip continues on Day 3.

Day 3 – Tretyakov Gallery and Kolomenskoe excursions in Moscow

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel before meeting up with your guide for a tour of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Kolomenskoe Park Estate in Moscow.

Your first stop is to travel by Metro through Moscow to get to one of Russia’s largest museums, the State Tretyakov Gallery, built in 1856. The gallery is sometimes called Old Tretyakov and today, it boasts 62 rooms featuring 10,000 pieces of Russian art from early religious paintings to the most modern masterpieces.

Kolomenskoe Park Estate

Following your tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, you will proceed by car to the Kolomenskoe Park Estate – a wonderful historic site with extensive leisure options. The park and its awe-inspiring buildings are so steeped in history that not even The Kremlin itself can evoke the Russia of old quite so well. Starting from the 15th century, Kolomenskoe served as a summer country residence for the Grand Dukes of Moscow and Russian Tsars. Because of this, a rich cultural heritage was formed in the area. The most significant attraction is the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.

Following this busy tour, you will return to your hotel for your own free time to do as you please.

Day 4 - Arrival in St Petersburg and free time

St Isaac's Cathedral

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 towards St Petersburg.

Due to a wide choice of departure times for the Sapsan train throughout the day you can be flexible to leave in the early afternoon and spend the evening in St Petersburg or extend your afternoon in Moscow and leave in the 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 city tour in St Petersburg by car

Peter and Paul Fortress

Following breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel for your St Petersburg private city tour.

You will explore the city's must-see sights, including Nevsky Prospekt, the Admiralty, Moscow Railway Station, St Isaac's Cathedral and Kazanskiy Cathedral.

Throughout the day you will also visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built in memory of the Tsar Alexander II following his assassination in 1881. It took 24 years to build and is especially famous for its five onion-shaped domes that sit on top which are intricately decorated in colourful jeweller’s enamel.

Following lunch, you will continue your tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress; the first ever structure built in St Petersburg, its original function was to act as defence for the city. It is best known as a military base, but it is also where members of the Russian royal family are buried.

Your tour ends with transport back to your hotel where you are free to relax or perhaps explore more of St Petersburg.

Day 6 - Tour to the Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Gardens

Today involves an exceptional visit to the splendid Peterhof Palace, known as the “Russian Versailles” and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A comfortable hydrofoil will take you to the “Kingdom of Fountains” across the Gulf of Finland in a very short time.

The Peterhof Palace complex consists of a set of palaces and gardens situated about 30 kilometres west of St. Petersburg. Until the Revolution of 1917, it was the residence of the Russian Tsars. In 1918 it was transformed into a museum, although during World War II it was occupied and destroyed by German troops. After World War II it began its restoration which is still ongoing.

Your tour will end at approximately 3pm when you will travel back to your hotel by car to enjoy free time in majestic St Petersburg.

Day 7 - Hermitage walking tour and Golden Room. Free time

The Hermitage

Famed for its incredible artefacts and collections, the Hermitage is one of the world’s largest museums with over 3 million items to explore. Collections include Impressionist masterpieces, oriental treasures, Russian art and more. You will have a personal guided tour of the exhibitions inside to help you gain a deeper understanding of the items and artwork on display.

During your visit, your tour guide will take you to the Golden Room which features a breathtaking collection of rare gems and the biggest collection of the Russian Emperors’ finest jewellery. Some exhibits date back as far as 3,000 BC and the room includes some of Fabergé works. Bearing in mind that the Romanovs were the richest family in the world at the start of the 20th century, this collection is something that shouldn’t be missed!

The afternoon gives you the opportunity to enjoy free time where you can relax or explore fascinating St Petersburg.

Day 8 - 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

Cultural Highlights tour includes:

  • Accommodation at finest 4-star hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Breakfasts at the hotels, 3 lunches
  • Activities included:
    • 4-hour private walking tour of the Kremlin and Cathedrals, including Armoury 
    • Excursion to The Kolomenskoe Park Estate by car
    • Full day St Petersburg city tour by car, including entrances to St Isaac's Cathedral, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Day trip to the Peterhof Palace by hydrofoil/car
    • Guided walking tour of Hermitage, including the Golden room
  • 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