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20212022
7 days From £1,399 per person

2022 Tour code: 22MWJ

About the tour

Explore vibrant Moscow, the beating heart of Soviet Russia, and elegant St Petersburg, with its opulent palaces and canals, as we uncover the artistic and historical gems of the world's largest country, Russia.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Moscow

Fly from London Heathrow to Moscow, checking into your hotel on arrival. Enjoy a traditional Russian welcome, being presented with bread, associated with hospitality, and salt, representative of a long friendship.

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  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Day 2 - Moscow

Embark on a sightseeing tour, seeing some of Moscow's most impressive landmarks. Sparrow Hills, situated on the bank of the Moskva River from which the city takes its name, offers a magnificent panoramic view of Moscow. Here, you'll also find the Temple of the Holy Trinity, a white-washed Russian Orthodox temple topped by aquamarine domes. See the impressive Moscow State University, which boasts a beautiful collection of diverse architectural styles, before continuing to Red Square. Surrounded by the multi-coloured domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral, the square is home to Lenin's Mausoleum, where it's possible to view the body of the former communist leader. Next, visit the vast Kremlin building, a walled city surrounded by 18th-century towers and the seat of Russian government. Later in the afternoon and evening, you're free to continue your explorations of this exciting city.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Moscow Metro Tour

Experience one of the most ornate Metro systems in the world, a true highlight of the city. Moscow's underground stations date back to the 1930s, and many are sumptuously decorated with marble, bronze, chandeliers, and stained glass. Featuring art and sculptures that span from Soviet philosophy to the Modernist avant-garde movement, these magnificent termini are a delight to explore. Afterwards, make a visit to lively Arbat Street, a pedestrianised shopping thoroughfare that claims to be one of Russia's oldest streets.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - St Petersburg

Head to the station and board your train to the 'City of the Tsars', St Petersburg. This impressive and elegant city is a former Imperial capital, once home to the royals of Russia. Stunning St Petersburg embodies so much of Russia's history and culture that its centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Peterhof Palace

Explore St Petersburg's enticing attractions. Enjoy early entrance to Peterhof Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site constructed by Peter the Great. The palace is renowned for its beautiful grounds, which are filled with fountains and waterways. The glittering palaces display some of the most lavish artworks and ornaments the world has to offer, and you have ample time to explore. Continue to the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and set in the Royal Winter Palace. This mesmerising museum is one of the most famous in the world, offering artifacts from numerous countries and eras. Be sure to look out for the clock stopped by Tsar Nicholas the moment the palace was stormed in 1917.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - St Petersburg

Today is free for you to explore. Perhaps take a boat trip through the city's numerous canals. Due to its location on a former swamp, St Petersburg boasts a myriad of pretty waterways, the perfect way to get around.  Another option is to visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Occupying a commanding position on an island in the Neva River, this mighty structure was originally a defensive fort, but it has also been used as a prison, holding activists such as Dostoevsky and Gorky. Or, you could enjoy a taste of Russia with lunch in a local cafe. Try Pirozhki, a baked bun traditionally filled with minced beef or vegetables, or Borscht, a beetroot soup,

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, via Helsinki.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Please note

Please note, the itinerary order may differ slightly depending on the date of departure.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Park Inn Sadu by Radisson

Park Inn Sadu by Radisson, Moscow

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Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky

Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky, St Petersburg

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Mrs J Bulger

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Submitted 28 Sep 2018

The trip was fabulous better than we imagined !!

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