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‘Back in the USSR’ Moscow and St Petersburg Tour

Overview

Head back in time and discover Russia from the days of the Soviet Union. Starting in Moscow and ending in St Petersburg, you will uncover the secrets of Stalin’s Russia from its early beginnings to its final days. Learn more about the lasting legacy of the Soviet regime first-hand with this unforgettable experience! If you are interested in Soviet history and want to know more about Russia and Stalin, this Moscow and St Petersburg tour is the one for you. This 7-day tour includes visits to the VDNKh and top-secret Bunker 42 in Moscow, a tour of an authentic Soviet “kommunalka”, and a speciality vodka tasting session at the Russian Vodka Museum in St Petersburg.

  • 3-hour guided excursion of the Cold War museum by car

  • 3-hour Kremlin and Seven Sisters excursion by car, no entrances

  • 4-hour Space Race tour and VDNKh by car, including entrance to the Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Underground tour

  • 2-hour car excursion of the Kommunalka

  • The State Museum of the Political history of Russia

  • Tour of Alliluev apartment

  • Visit to Vodka Museum

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

On arrival in Moscow, you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Stalin’s Moscow full day car city tour

After breakfast, your private tour will begin at Red Square. Besides being the official address of the Soviet government, it was renowned as a showcase for military parades from 1919 onward. You will see major historical landmarks, such as the Kremlin, the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and GUM.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Private Tour

  • Red Square

  • Military History

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • GUM (Main Universal Store)

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Soviet Bunker 42

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Space race and underground metro tour

Today you will dive into one of the greatest battles between the Soviet Union and the United States, the Space Race. Immerse yourself in the Soviet legacy by going back to the times of the Cold War while visiting the Cosmonautics Museum and VDNKh.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Military History

  • Cosmonautics Museum

  • VDNKh

  • Moscow Metro

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 4

Arrival in St Petersburg

Today, you will leave Moscow behind and head for Russia’s capital of culture, St Petersburg.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 5

Full day tour of Soviet Leningrad by car

In 1917 St Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire, became the witness of an event which forever changed the face of not only Russia as a country, but the entire world: the October Revolution. Soon, the capital was moved to Moscow, but Leningrad (the Soviet-era name of St Petersburg) remained the second most important city of the Soviet Union.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour by car

  • Museums

  • Cruiser Aurora

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Vodka Museum

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 6

Visit to an authentic Soviet “Kommunalka”

Today, you will get to experience the Soviet legacy first-hand with a visit to a traditional “kommunalka”.

  • Breakfast

  • Kommunalka visit

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 7

Departure from St Petersburg

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by more free time before checking out at 12 noon. At a prearranged time, your private transfer will collect you from your hotel and take you to your point of departure.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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