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Moscow to St Petersburg

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Explore three of Russia’s grandest cities

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 16
All about the Moscow to St Petersburg.

This trip reveals the best of Russia’s three most fascinating cities and includes entrance fees to the key monuments and museums. Free time is also essential to absorb the atmosphere and make the most of other optional visits, such as the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, or a hydrofoil ride out to the stunning Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg. A short stop in Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia, completes this cultural experience and offers a respite in a busy itinerary.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 6 breakfasts

* All accommodation including sleeper train

* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Letter of invitation (required for visa)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Moscow’s Kremlin and Armoury
  • Discover Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia
  • Visit the famous Amber Room at Catherine Palace in Pushkin
  • Enjoy St Petersburg’s sites including the Hermitage Museum & Faberge Museum
  • 6 nights at comfortable 3 star hotels and 1 night sleeper train
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by minibus, train and metro
  1. Day 1 Start Moscow.

    Arrive in the early evening and transfer to our centrally located hotel in Moscow. The journey takes approximately 1 hour from Domodedovo Airport, during peak season this can be longer due to heavy traffic. The closest subway station to our hotel is Arbatskaya on the blue line (the only station where all four lines meet).After dinner, we recommend an evening walk to Red Square*Arbat House Hotel or similar*

  2. Day 2 Morning orientation tour including Red Square and Lenin’s Tomb. Free afternoon to explore St Basil's Cathedral or one of the many galleries.

    This morning we enjoy a guided walk across Red Square, past Lenin’s Mausoleum visiting the infamous leader’s tomb. After we gain our bearings, there is free time to visit the magnificent St Basil’s Cathedral, which was built by Ivan the Terrible and remains one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. We then hop aboard the efficient Metro system, for a short tour of some of the most beautiful stations.Later there is time to see Moscow’s premier art collection at the Tretyakov Gallery, where the priceless Russian Icon collection is kept along with other highlights. Or you may choose to do some shopping at the souvenir market.Evening visits to the Bolshoy Theatre are very popular and are available to book online (subject to availability). The circus is also a popular choice – however, live animals are used in some acts so this may not be to everyone’s taste. Please note that Exodus are unable to pre-book these tickets as we are not official ticket agents and tickets can only be booked in advance.*Arbat House Hotel or similar*

  3. Day 3 Guided tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury Museum. Free afternoon for shopping or sightseeing. Overnight sleeper train to Novgorod.

    Today we head straight to the highlight for many who visit Moscow, the Kremlin – a city within a city. It is still the seat of much political power and contains many of Russia’s greatest treasures. We visit the magnificent cathedrals of St. Michael the Archangel, the Annunciation and the Assumption, as well as the Tsar Bell and the golden domes of Ivan the Great Bell Tower. Also included is a visit to the famous Armoury, a museum of opulent treasures including fabulous gold coaches and the famous Faberge eggs. There is some more free time in the afternoon before we meet at the hotel for the short transfer to the train station. There will be time to visit the shops to buy some snacks and drinks for the journey, before boarding our late night sleeper train to Novgorod.*Sleeper train*

  4. Day 4 Morning walking tour including visits to Novgorod Kremlin, St Sofia's Cathedral and Yaroslav's Court; optional afternoon to visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

    No other Russian city can compete with Novgorod in the variety and age of its historical monuments. We spend a relaxing morning on a gentle walking tour through the riverside Kremlin dating back to the 10th century. We take in the sites of St Sofia’s Cathedral Yaroslav’s Court and the Millennium Monument, created to celebrate 1000 years of Russia. The afternoon is free, a chance to experience a less visited city with a truly Russian feel. Most choose to head out into the countryside to enjoy the Yuriev Monastery and the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, to learn more about rural life in RussiaFor many Novgorod is a real highlight and a welcome break from hectic Moscow before moving on to St Petersburg.*Volkhov Hotel or similar*

  5. Day 5 Transfer to Pushkin; visit Catherine Palace including the Amber Room. Free afternoon.

    In the morning we transfer to the small town of Pushkin to see the incredible Catherine Palace and gardens. Every room in this huge palace is as opulent as the last, lined with gold and marble. The highlight, however, is The Amber Room, which was dismantled by the Nazis during the war and its content lost somewhere in East Prussia. It has recently been restored to its former glory and is a sight to behold. After the tour there is free time to enjoy the gardens, visit Peter & Paul Fortress, or return to the hotel for a traditional banya a traditional Russian sauna.*Hotel Natalia or similar*

  6. Day 6 Early departure to St Petersburg to explore the historic city centre; free afternoon. Evening visit to the new Fabergé Museum.

    After a short transfer, by train, we arrive in one of the finest and most extravagant cities in Europe – St Petersburg. This is a relatively young city, which only celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003. It was the vision of Peter the Great and was part of his desire to bring ‘old Russia’ into the modern European age. Much of its design and work was contributed to by foreign designers and craftsmen – the result being some of the finest 18th and 19th-century buildings to be found in Europe, but with a distinct Russian influence. Our hotel is located just off Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s most famous street, full of fine mansions, cathedrals and shops, all with a story to tell. We enjoy an orientation tour before free time for an optional visit inside the Peter and Paul Fortress and the famous cathedral that contains the tombs of the Romanovs, St Isaac’s Cathedral or the Church of the Spilt Blood. We will meet again in the early evening, for a visit to the new Fabergé Museum housing 4,000 pieces of fine decorative art, the highlight of which is a group of nine imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Tsars.*Asteria Hotel or similar*

  7. Day 7 Morning tour of the Hermitage. Free afternoon to see more of the sites of St Petersburg. Art lovers can choose to stay in the Hermitage.

    We make the most of our final full day in Russia, with a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764. Here every room is a piece of art in its own right, you will marvel at the Pavilion Hall, Peacock Room, and Hanging Gardens and that’s before you’ve even seen any art! The afternoon is free. Why not take in the sights of the city by boat on a relaxing canal trip?Please note that this day may operate in reverse due to entrance slots at the Hermitage.*Hotel Asteria or similar*

  8. Day 8 End St Petersburg.

    After breakfast, there is some free time before the transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Where you stay

Hotel and Sleeper Train

You will spend 6 nights in comfortable 3 star hotels and 1 night on a sleeper train. All accommodation is offered on a twin share basis. Our properties in all three cities are in a central location within walking distance of the main sights (no more than 20 minutes). Wi-Fi is available free of charge but may only be accessible in public areas and is often temperamental. Every hotel offers a buffet breakfast.

The sleeper train is based on 2nd class, 4 berth cabins. Linen is provided. If you have trouble climbing into an upper bunk, please let Exodus know at the time.

Single supplement starting from USD$279, excludes sleep train between Moscow and Novgorod.

Eating and Drinking

6 breakfasts included.

There are not many restaurants and cafes in these cities where you can try pure Russian cuisine. Nowadays Russian food is a mixture of cuisine from neighbouring countries such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and those of Central Asia. You can try pancakes and pies with different fillings, delicious khachapuri (traditional Georgian pie with home-made cheese suluguni), caucas kebabs, Uzbekistani plov (rice dish with meat and vegetables) and soups (traditional Russian schi with solty cabbage or Ukrainian borsch with beetroot).

Your leader will arrange group dinners in different restaurants to get the most out of this gastronomic mix throughout your journey. Restaurant Chekhov in St Petersburg and Cafe Chekhov in Moscow can be considered as places to try Russian cuisine (fish soups, solty black milk mushrooms, aspics, poultry, jellies). Vegetarians are well catered for in Moscow and St Petersburg but lesser so outside of these main cities. Expect to pay USD$30-50 equivalent per person for dinner and between USD$12-16 equivalent for a lunch snack.

This trip is graded as Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in three of Russia’s most historical cities. There is a lot to see in a week yet the pace is not rushed and plenty of time is left for self-exploration. Should you choose to take part in all the offered optional activities, the week will seem more demanding. As this itinerary is mostly sightseeing, please be prepared for a reasonable amount of walking between sites, especially in Moscow.

For the overnight train journey, we use second class compartments comprised of 4 berths and are of a reasonable standard, with bed linen provided, please note that cabins can rather hot. Breakfast is served on the train.

Entrances are included for Kremlin and Armoury, Catherine Palace & Park and the Hermitage Museum. On occasion, the government may choose to close Red Square without warning.

If you are travelling during June, July and August then please be prepared for queues and crowds at major sites, such as the Armoury, Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage.

Should you require tickets for either the recently renovated Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow or Mariinskiy Theatre in St. Petersburg then please book your tickets direct via their websites (see Optional Excursions for details). Due to limited availability at certain times of the year and the theatres only being available to book 3-6 months in advance then we are unable to provide this service.

Many visitors find St. Petersburg a little overwhelming as there is so much to see. Exodus strongly recommends a couple of additional nights at the end of the tour. By which time you feel comfortable navigating the city alone.

All nationalities require a visa for Russia. These requirements will vary depending on your nationality. It is your responsibility to arrange a visa prior to travel, but we will provide you with more information after booking to help and advice with this.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Lots to see!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Spasskaya Tower Military Festival. Spectacular.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    She was really excellent. Always looking out for sand anticipating any potential problems. Entertained us on the bus journey with Russian lessons and a Putkin fairy tail.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Watch out for pickpockets, particularly in St Petersburg. Only take out what you need.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Main museums very busy with tourists. If this a concern go out of season.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

A wonderful Tour of Russia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The boat tour through Moscow and also the night time walk through Red Square in Moscow.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Artem was nothing short of outstanding. Artem went beyond the call of duty constantly looking out for everyone in the group and during downtime would give other recommendations/things to do. Artem was very patient and hard working and great sense of humour!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dont read into the negative media and go for it visit Russia. The World Cup convinced me Russia was a more open and safe country to visit and from visiting Russia it is one of the safest countries I have ever visited. I guarantee you-Russia will be one of the best trips you have ever had-its the trip of a lifetime.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Russia is very fairly priced and great value for money.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Moscow and St Petersburg in February

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Catherine's Palace was outstanding - so opulent and going in the winter meant you got to see all of the rooms. Also seeing the freezing atmosphere and the frozen moisture falling like glitter was so beautiful.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugene was great - patient, kind and helpful, well organised and up for a good laugh
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I really wanted to go to the Sanduny Baths in Moscow and I headed over there on first day with someone else on the trip. I thought it was really worth it (I really enjoys saunas and similar experiences). We walked using google maps for guidance (beware, the cold really drains phone batteries) (about 20min walk from Kremlin area) and spent 2.5 hours there. The baths were really hot and I 'indulged' in a birch twig/ leave massage for the authentic experience. This involved being hit by birch leaves/ twigs and massaged for 20mins in the sauna area - not cheap but I loved the experience. We also stayed an extra day at the end and really enjoyed a trip out to Peterhof Palace which was also worth a visit. Also went to the ballet in St Petersburg which was really special.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Filling in the application form for Visa was time consuming and stressful but I think I worried more than I needed to. They ask where you've been abroad for the last 10 years but then the form only has space for 10 entries. So if you are lucky, like me, and been abroad more than 10x in the last 10 years just but down anywhere that's stamped in your passport and a few others - that seemed to be fine, and was what a few of us had done. Also - they asked for bank account details. I just gave my current account and again, this seemed to be sufficient.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Fabulous tripa very

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was all fascinating but the Hermitage and faberge surpassed my expectations. Trip on Moscow metro also fascinating.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Artem was very good. Trip was well organised and he selected a variety of good restaurants for us to try. The food was better than I expected. Very pleasant guide with excellent English. We didn’t have a kitty for tips (which I have had on past trips). I think this would have been a good ideal I really
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take comfortable shoes as lots of walking. You don’t need lots of clothes and avoid a heavy suitcase as you are on the move between towns.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really enjoyed this trip. I have wanted to visit Russia for a long time. It is a good introduction to the country. If you can add a few days in st petersburg do so. I couldn’t do this on my trip but several members of our group did. Most restaurants and hotel staff speak English and you can get around on your own

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Fascinating trip!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip was so full of history and our local guides were brilliant story tellers and sharers of information that it inspired me to continue reading about Russia and it's history... and to come back one day! The incredible craftsmanship that went in to the opulent palaces and works of art were mind-blowing as well!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring comfortable shoes to walk in! We found most places took card for payments so you don't need to take much cash with you and the food was great and diverse!

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