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Discover two of the world's most exciting and intriguing cities! Moscow, Russia’s capital, is renowned for its rich Soviet and Tsarist history along with its diverse culture, while St Petersburg - with its beautiful bridges, opulent palaces, parks and canals - is often considered to be the most European city in Russia. The Long Weekend tour offers an amazing opportunity to see the highlights of Russia’s two greatest cities within five exciting days.

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow and free time

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. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax or to start to explore magical Moscow and get a taste of what you are about to experience.

Day 2 - Full day city tour in Moscow (half walking/half by car)

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by one of our knowledgeable local guides, who will accompany 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 in the afternoon.

Your first excursion will be The Moscow Kremlin, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Residing on the West Side of Red Square, The Kremlin is set apart from the city and guarded by the Kremlin Regiment. Within its walls are stunning buildings boasting the sublime palaces and sumptuous Russian Orthodox cathedrals and churches.

Built in 1482, The Kremlin used to be home to Russian Tsars and Communist leaders. It was also the religious centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. Today, it is where the president lives and runs the Russian government.

After lunch the day’s tour continues from the heart of the city, at Red Square where you will see the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum, amongst other remarkable buildings and statues. Please note that fees to St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum are at an additional cost.

Moscow State University

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 the Christ the Saviour, New Maiden’s Convent and the Moscow State University. Then, you will travel to Sparrow Hills, one of Moscow’s most famous observation points and the perfect opportunity to soak up the outstanding Moscow views.

The day’s tour ends at Manezhnaya Square, a pedestrianised area in Moscow built by Stalin in the 1930’s and famed for its communistic style architecture from that period.

The rest of the evening is free for you to do as you please; perhaps use it as an opportunity to enjoy some of Moscow’s lively nightlife.

Day 3 - 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 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 4 - Full day city tour in St Petersburg (by car)

St Petersburg View

Today will see the following masterpieces of St Petersburg – Nevsky Prospekt, the Admiralty, Moscow Railway Station, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Kazanskiy Cathedral, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, the Hermitage, and even more.

Your private tour will take you to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood – a fascinating structure built in memory of the Tsar Alexander II who was assassinated on this spot in 1881. It features five onion-shaped domes decorated elaborately in jeweller's enamel.

After lunch, your tour will continue with a visit inside the Peter and Paul Fortress, the first ever structure built in St Petersburg and originally designed to be a defence fortress. Next, it’s onto the Field of Mars which was a parade ground. Originally it was called the Grand Meadow and renamed the Tsarina’s Meadow after Catherine I (wife of Peter the Great). It was finally called the Field of Mars in early 19th century. It is where the remains of people who died during the February revolution of 1917 are buried.

Later on, you will be transported back to your hotel and you can enjoy relaxing or take in some more of St Petersburg at your leisure.

Day 5 - 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

The Long Weekend tour in Moscow and St Pete includes:

  • Accommodation at finest 4-star hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Breakfasts at the hotels, two lunches
  • Activities included:
    • 4-hour private walking tour of the Kremlin and Cathedrals
    • 4-hour Moscow city tour by car, including entrance to the New Maidens Convent
    • 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
  • 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