Discover the great culture and extraordinary history of Russia on this Guaranteed Departure Tour Russian Explorer featuring Russia’s biggest and most beautiful cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.
Day 1. Friday
Upon your arrival in Moscow, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. (Check in is available from 2.00pm).
Evening at leisure.
Day 2. Saturday
Moscow City Tour
10.00am – after breakfast at the hotel, your English speaking tour guide will meet you at the hotel reception. Start your acquaintance with Moscow from the spectacular underground metro stations, built as “Palaces for people”. Later, by coach, see some of the famous landmarks including Red Square, the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Bolshoi Theatre, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Victory Park, Novodevichy Convent, the White House and the famous Moscow streets.
Tour concludes by 4.00pm at the hotel or you might wish to stay in the city and walk back to the hotel. No entrances included today.
Evening is at your leisure.
Day 3. Sunday
Moscow Kremlin Tour
9:00am – after breakfast, your guide will take you to the famous landmark of the city, the magnificent Kremlin. Enjoy visit the fascinating Armoury Museum which houses a world known collection of precious monarch accessories.
Return to the hotel at around 1.00pm or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.
The tour includes entrances: Kremlin, Cathedral, Armoury museum.
Evening at your leisure.
Day 4. Monday
Check-out from the hotel at your leisure before 12.00pm. Free time until early afternoon departure transfer from the hotel to the railway station.
3:00pm our shuttle service will pick you up at the hotel reception and drive you to Leningradsky rail station for your journey from Moscow to St Petersburg.
Railway journey from Moscow to St Petersburg
4:30 PM departure from Moscow to St Petersburg. Enjoy your journey from Moscow to St Petersburg by modern high speed Sapsan train for 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
You will be met by your local guide at the railway station and drive to your hotel Novotel St Petersburg Centre Hotel.
Day 5. Tuesday
St Petersburg City Tour
10.00am – after breakfast, begin your panoramic orientation tour of the city. See all the major sights including world-renowned Hermitage Museum, resides in the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and pass along Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also en route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, a fort which guards the city of St Petersburg. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.
Return to the hotel by 2.00pm or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.
Entrances included in today’s tour: Peter and Paul Fortress.
Evening at leisure.
Day 6. Wednesday
10.00am – after breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the Hermitage Museum – the magnificent collection of art in the Winter Palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the World, founded in 1764; its collection contains over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens, French impressionists, – a feast for art lovers. Return to the hotel by 2.00pm or stay at the Hermitage Museum at your leisure, then return to the hotel on your own.
The tour includes entrances: Hermitage museum.
Evening at leisure.
Day 7. Thursday
Catherine Palace (Pushkin Town, formerly Tsarskoe Selo)
9:00am – after breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized Palaces. In the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for its ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Not far from the Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin studied. Return to your hotel early/mid afternoon.
Tour includes entrances: Catherine’s Palace.
Evening at leisure.
Day 8. Friday
After breakfast check out of your hotel by 12.00pm
Your departure transfer will be provided to the airport / station as required.
Further services / program extensions can be provided upon request.
Departure Dates and Land Package Rate per Person
Apr 12, 19 at $1,499 US (SGL Suppl. $523 US)
May 10, 24, Jun 7, 21, Jul 5 at $1,644 US (SGL Suppl. $712 US)
Jul 19, Aug 2, 16, Sep 13, 27, Oct 11 at $1,499 US (SGL Suppl. $523 US)
Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 13 at $1,336 US (SGL Suppl. $356 US)
Land package price is stated in USD per person based on double/twin occupancy
Triple room: same price per person as twin for upgraded rooms to
accommodate three people in separate beds (using sofa beds and rollaway
beds) or double + rollaway bed.
Accommodation based on two people sharing a double/twin room in the hotels as per following*:
3 nights in Moscow – 4 star Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel, (or similar), standard room
4 nights in St Petersburg – 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Center Hotel, (or similar), standard room
- Breakfast daily
- Transfers: arrival/departure in Moscow and arrival/departure in St Petersburg: Applies to international city airports and main rail stations – supplement for river ports and for transfers between 10.00pm – 07.00am and on public holidays
- Sightseeing program with English speaking guide
Moscow – Kremlin with Armoury Museum, Subway
St Petersburg – Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine’s Palace
- Economy class high-speed train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg
- Visa support letter for the tour duration
- 24-hour emergency contact
- International flights
- Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
- Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
- Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
- Russian visa
- Extended visa support
- Hotel registration fee payable locally in St Petersburg
- Tour operates on minimum 2 people
- Check in after 2.00pm (Moscow) 3.00pm (St Petersburg). Check out by 12.00pm
- *Accommodation may be substituted with similar grade hotels
- Tours and timing may vary according to local conditions and substitutions may be made if necessary. Visa support – is supplied for duration of tour only. Extension of visa support costs USD 50 per person.
- Russian Visa – you will need to obtain a tourist visa BEFORE you arrive in Russia
- Important – remember to apply for your visa at least 1 month prior to travel