Trip Overview

The Heart of Russia

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Small group tour to Russia

See the glorious Russian capitals at their best with the Premium tour package. Admire magnificent Moscow landmarks such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin, and the Armoury Chamber. Explore St.Petersburg, visit the Faberge Museum, and go on two unforgettable day tours to Peterhof and Pushkin. You will stay at central 5-star hotels, tour with top local guides, and see all the highlights in one nine-day trip. 

The Heart of Russia

9 days2 cities
Russia1 country
Small group tour to Russia
From
$3,236
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

See the glorious Russian capitals at their best with the Premium tour package. Admire magnificent Moscow landmarks such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin, and the Armoury Chamber. Explore St.Petersburg, visit the Faberge Museum, and go on two unforgettable day tours to Peterhof and Pushkin. You will stay at central 5-star hotels, tour with top local guides, and see all the highlights in one nine-day trip. 

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum
Boat ride
Boat ride

Today you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 5-hour city tour around magnificent Moscow landmarks.

You start by visiting the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, set on the Red Square, then time-provided visit the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction, and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Later you pay a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on an amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

Breakfast and a welcome drink on the boat are included.

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Day 3
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and its famous Armoury Chamber.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 5-hour walking tour. You start with the Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Moscow Subway & Stalin's Bunker Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.​

After the Subway ride, you head to the famous Bunker 42 for a private tour. There you explore the bunker, see the imitation of the nuclear missile launch, observe Stalin's office and conference room.

  • Note: descending and ascending from the depth of 65 meters is carried out on foot, so people with disabilities and children under the age of 8 are not allowed to enter the territory of Bunker 42.

Then you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. 

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

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St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
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Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.
Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

Sit back, relax and enjoy a short train ride between two Treasure cities in Russia. The high-speed Sapsan train will provide the highest level of comfort and shortest travel duration.

Saint Petersburg

second destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
St. Petersburg City Tour & Folk Show
City tour
City tour
Show
Show

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

Then you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. Then you go inside to the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace. After the show, you are transferred back to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Boat Ride
Museum
Museum
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art. 

During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

After lunch, you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 7
Trip to Peterhof & Tour of the Faberge Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Museum
Museum
Boat ride
Boat ride

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

The highlight of the tour is a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival you enjoy lunch and your guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch included.

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Day 8
Trip to Pushkin & Farewell Dinner
Day tour
Day tour
Dinner
Dinner

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner included.

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Day 9
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg
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Set among some truly incredible buildings, such as the Kazan Cathedral, the elegant Stroganov Palace, and dozens of 18th-century churches with varying degrees of extravagance, the five-star Grand Hotel Europe is one of the best places to stay during your visit to unforgettable St. Petersburg.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow (St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel) and St. Petersburg (Belmond Grand Hotel Europe);
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Bunker 42, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Faberge Museum, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Business class high-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Discover why Saint Petersburg is rightly called the "Venice of the North" on a private boat ride along its rivers and canals;
  • Witness the largest collection of Faberge Easter Eggs in the Faberge Museum;
  • Enjoy day trips to gorgeous Russian royal palaces: Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin.

What To Know

  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
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