Moscow to St Petersburg (7 Days)


Code: EEHR

Country: RUSSIA

Route: Moscow to St Petersburg

Days: 07 Days

US$ 643

+ Local Payment of US$ 110

Style: Group Tour

About this tour

 Type of Travel: Public Transport

 Group Size: Normally 4-19. Average 10.

 Recommended Age: 18-65

 

Compare Russia’s exciting capitals during this brief tour for a unique insight into Russian culture. Explore Lenin’s mausoleum, then wander the Kremlin’s red brick towers and gaze over the city’s iconic onion domes, including the flamboyant St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square. By contrast, St Petersburg offers a ‘window to the west’, with a Venetian-style canal network, neo-classical architectural style and European-influenced sophistication.

Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! You are free to arrive today at your leisure and start enjoying all that Moscow has to offer. Golden onion domes and towering skyscrapers, cosy cafes and hushed churches, Russia’s capital city is beautiful, atmospheric and overflowing with history. There is plenty to see and do here, including numerous cathedrals, museums, art galleries, palaces, the State History Museum and the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, towers and monuments. We highly recommend arriving in Moscow a day or so earlier to make the most of this fascinating city.

Moscow’s Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshad) is the main centre of the city and was a market place during the fifteenth century. The red part of its name does not refer to Communism or to the colour of the stone (which is actually grey) but derives from the old Russian word krasniy meaning beautiful. During the Soviet regime the square was known for its May Day parades and is the site of Lenin’s Mausoleum.

It is said that soon after January 21, 1924, the day that Vladimir Lenin died, the Soviet government received more than 10,000 telegrams from all over Russia, which asked the government to preserve his body somehow for future generations. Lenin’s tomb, and final resting place, was then promptly set about being designed and a wooden tomb was constructed within 6 days of his death. A larger mausoleum was constructed later that year and stands today in the centre of the city in the prominent Red Square. There will be a pre departure meeting held in your hotel at 6pm tonight. Please check reception for details.

Optional Excursions:

  • St Basil’s Cathedral – 500 RUB
  • Tretyakov Gallery – 500 RUB
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – 300 RUB
  • Moscow Metro & Novodevichy Cemetary Tour – from 15 EUR
  • State Historical Museum – 400 RUB
  • Museum Panorama (Battle of Borodino) – 250 RUB
  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics – 250 RUB
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – Free
  • Bolshoi Theatre – from 500 RUB

 

Accommodation: – 1 night(s) in hotels at Izmailovo Gamma or similar

Day 2 to 2 – Moscow & Kremlin Tour

Today you will have a guided tour of the Kremlin. The famous building is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a main focus of Russia’s political and historical heritage since the 13th century, housing both royalty and religious figures. The Kremlin wall contains a mass grave of Bolsheviks who perished during the battle for Moscow in 1917, together with the ashes of a number of well-known Russians, including writer Maxim Gorky and Yuriy Gagarin, the first Russian man to visit space.

You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the many activities in Moscow.

Included Excursions: Moscow Kremlin guided tour

Optional Excursions:

  • St Basil’s Cathedral – 500 RUB
  • Tretyakov Gallery – 500 RUB
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – 300 RUB
  • Moscow Metro & Novodevichy Cemetary Tour – from 15 EUR
  • State Historical Museum – 400 RUB
  • Museum Panorama (Battle of Borodino) – 250 RUB
  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics – 250 RUB
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – Free
  • Bolshoi Theatre – from 500 RUB

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Izmailovo Gamma or similar

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

 

Day 3 to 3 – Moscow & Overnight train to Veliky Novgorod

We have the whole day to spend in Moscow enjoying some last minute sightseeing before we next head to Veliky Novgorod by overnight train.

Moscow’s metro system is a network of beautifully and artistically decorated stations. Why not take a self-guided tour of the system and discover Moscow’s original underground art scene.

Approximate Travel Times: 8 hours by overnight train.

 

Optional Excursions: Entrance to KhaoSok National Park

  • St Basil’s Cathedral – 500 RUB
  • Tretyakov Gallery – 500 RUB
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – 300 RUB
  • Moscow Metro & Novodevichy Cemetary Tour – from 15 EUR
  • State Historical Museum – 400 RUB
  • Museum Panorama (Battle of Borodino) – 250 RUB
  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics – 250 RUB
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – Free
  • Bolshoi Theatre – from 500 RUB

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 – Veliky Novgorod

One of the oldest cities in Russia, Veliky Novgorod is steeped in history. It was one of the first hubs of religious, political and commercial activities in Russia and it is here where we find St Sophia’s Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Russia.

Admire the five domed architecture that dominates the Kremlin in Novgorod, and visit the exhibition of the ancient bells that used to ring in St Sophia’s bell tower. Previously, the bells were heard from a 50 mile radius and had a distinct melody in memory of the composer Sergey Rakhaminoff, born in Novgorod. The bells were damaged during World War II, so unfortunately they now are grounded, however you can still enjoy panoramic views of Veliky Novgorod from the bell tower itself.

Included Excursions: Guided tour of St Sophia’s Cathedral

Optional Excursions:

  • Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture – 150 RUB
  • St George Monastery – Free
  • Fine Art Museum – 150 RUB

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Volkhov or similar

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 – St Petersburg

This morning we will make our way to St Petersburg. The cosmopolitan city of St Petersburg is known as the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its rivers and canals which are fascinating and easy to explore by boat. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and sits on the port of the Baltic Sea. Often considered the country’s cultural capital, St Petersburg has a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed historic centre and the Hermitage Museum; one of the largest art museums in the world!

We will take an orientation walk around the key sights of the city, including a visit to the aforementioned Hermitage Museum to explore the extensive art collection there, and then you will be free to explore this great city at your leisure.

Approximate Travel Times: 3 hours by local bus.

Included Excursions: Entry & Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum

Optional Excursions:

  • Vodka Museum Tour and Tasting – 600 RUB
  • Mariinsky Theatre – from 1000 RUB
  • Catherine Palace – 700 RUB
  • Peterhof Palace – 550 RUB
  • Canal Boat Ride – 1100 RUB
  • Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) – 250 RUB
  • Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – 250 RUB
  • St Isaac’s Cathedral – 250 RUB
  • Cabin of Peter the Great – 200 RUB
  • Faberge Egg Museum Guided Tour – 600 RUB

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Cameo or similar

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 6 – St Petersburg

Today you are free to further explore the city. There are many sights to see in this former capital including the Winter Palace or the famous Church of the Spilt Blood. It is easy to spend hours wandering St Petersburg and taking in the city’s European flare.

Other highlights you could opt to visit are the unique Faberge Egg Museum or the Mariinsky Theatre to see a ballet performance.

With so much to see, we highly recommend you book some extra time here in St Petersburg. Speak to an Adventure Specialist to find out about booking post tour accommodation.

Optional Excursions

  • Vodka Museum Tour and Tasting – 600 RUB
  • Mariinsky Theatre – from 1000 RUB
  • Catherine Palace – 700 RUB
  • Peterhof Palace – 550 RUB
  • Canal Boat Ride – 1100 RUB
  • Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) – 250 RUB
  • Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – 250 RUB
  • St Isaac’s Cathedral – 250 RUB
  • Cabin of Peter the Great – 200 RUB
  • Faberge Egg Museum Guided Tour – 600 RUB

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Cameo or similar

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 – Depart St Petersburg

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • Public transport in and between European cities is comfortable and efficient. The majority of our Europe tours are run on local transport such as trains and buses. Within each city, we might be hopping on metros, trams, local buses, taxis or using our own two feet between the stations and hotels. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage at every point, so pack light!
  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tucan Travel rep at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
  • This tour includes a compulsory Local Payment that needs to be paid to the Tour Leader on Day 1 of your tour. For more information on our Local Payments please click here.
  • Tucan Travel are able to assist with Russian visa support documents upon request in order to aid with obtaining a visa. Please note that we can only cover the duration of your stay in Russia if services are booked by us, if you have additional nights booked within Russia then you must obtain these documents separately.

What’s Included?

Excursions & Activities

  • Moscow Kremlin guided tour
  • Guided tour of St Sophia’s Cathedral
  • Entry & Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum

 

Accommodation: 5 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

 

Transportation: Public Bus, Taxi, Overnight Train, Foot, Metro

Meals: 6 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Other: Tucan Travel Tour Leader

 

What’s Not Included?

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions – On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone’s taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don’t hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Our Group Travel Date:

  • 09 August 2019 to 15 August 2019 / US$ 779 (On Request)
  • 23 August 2019 to 29 August 2019 / US$ 779 (On Request)
  • 06 September 2019 to 12 September 2019 / US$ 759 (Guaranteed)
  • 20 September 2019 to 26 September 2019 / US$ 759 (Guaranteed)
  • 04 October 2019 to 10 October 2019 / US$ 753 (Guaranteed)
  • 18 October 2019 to 24 October 2019 / US$ 753 (Guaranteed)
  • 03 April 2020 to 09 April 2020 / US$ 769 (Guaranteed)
  • 17 April 2020 to 23 April 2020 / US$ 769 (Guaranteed)
  • 01 May 2020 to 07 May 2020/ US$ 789 (Guaranteed)
  • 15 May 2020 to 21 May 2020/ US$ 789 (Guaranteed)
  • 29 May 2020 to 04 June 2020 / US$ 789 (Guaranteed)
  • 12 June 2020 to 18 June 2020 / US$ 802 (Guaranteed)
  • 26 June 2020 to 02 July 2020 / US$ 802 (Guaranteed)
  • 10 July 2020 to 16 July 2020 / US$ 802 (Guaranteed)
  • 24 July 2020 to 30 July 2020 / US$ 802 (Guaranteed)
  • 07 August 2020 to 13 August 2020 / US$ 1,169 (Guaranteed)
  • 21 August 2020 to 27 August 2020 / US$ 1,169 (Guaranteed)
  • 04 September 2020 to 10 September 2020 / US$ 995 (Guaranteed)
  • 18 September 2020 to 24 September 2020 / US$ 995 (Guaranteed)
  • 02 October 2020 to 08 October 2020 / US$ 969 (Guaranteed)

 

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