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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Russian Federation
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1249
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 6 nights
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Moscow and St Petersburg

Moscow and St Petersburg have always remained pivotal to eastern Europe’s culture and unsurprisingly harbour some of the world’s most influential history, finest architecture, and best art and artefact collections.

The price of this holiday is pe rperson, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the above relevant supplement per person.

The price includes six night bed and breakfast accommodation in four star hotels, return flights, airport departure taxes, return transfers, all tours and entrance fees as mentioned, guided visits of Moscow and St Petersburg, guided tour of the Kremlin including entrance into the Armoury museum, guided tour of Moscow Metro, second class high speed Sapsan train from Moscow to St Petersburg with reserved seat, entrance to Hermitage museum, entrance to Peterhof, services of a Riviera tour manager.

  • Return flights
  • Six nights, centrally located four star accommodation with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour of Moscow
  • Tour of Red Square and the Kremlin
  • Tour of some of Moscow’s most iconic metro stations
  • Travel by high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Sightseeing tour of St Petersburg
  • Tour of the Hermitage
  • Visit the Peter and Paul fortress
  • Tour of Peterhof
  • Services of experienced Tour Manager

Not included
Not included : Russian Visa

All Russia Visa Application forms must be completed electronically and be signed by the applicants. The granting of a visa is at the discretion of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London and its Consulates. All payments made towards visa fees and service charges are non-refundable and do not guarantee the issuance of a visa should your application be declined. Please ensure you have at least two empty pages in your passport, and that it is valid for a minimum of six months after the visa's expiration. You will also need one recent passport photo, a 'Tourist Voucher' which can be obtained from the hotel via us - no charge applies for this however a fee of approximately £40 is charged by the hotel should the reservation be cancelled. Applications can be made by post or in person at the embassy however the initial application must always be completed on line at Alternatively should you require additional help please contact us for a recommendation of agencies who can help with your application. Please apply for you tourist voucher and visa no more than six weeks prior to travel.
Day one

Fly to Moscow staying three nights at either the central four star hotel Marriott Tverskaya or the Courtyard Marriott, within easy reach of Red Square.

Day two

On our tour you see the 16th century Novodevichy convent where Russian noblewomen would retire whilst the adjacent cemetery contains many famous names: Chekhov, Prokofiev, Khrushchev and Yeltsin to name but a few. We’ll also visit the enormous riverside Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Other highlights include the world famous Bolshoi Theatre, Lubyanka Square –home of the KGB, Tverskaya - Moscow’s main thoroughfare and the legendary Red Square, home to the GUM, and the 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral with its multicoloured domes. This afternoon is at leisure.

Day three

This morning you tour the 15th century Kremlin. The heart of Russian power, built by Ivan the Great with fortifications by Italian master stonemasons, it was the world’s largest medieval fortress. You’ll learn about its history seeing three cathedrals, the royal residence Terem Palace, plus the power base during Soviet times the Palace of the Congresses. We will also visit the Great Kremlin Palace, a 700 room former Tsarist home with its splendid 16th century Armoury collection and an entire room displaying jewellery and legendary Fabergé ‘eggs’. This afternoon, you are free to explore further the museums and galleries nearby.

Day four

Moscow is proud of its Metro, featuring some of the city’s most momentous architectural works with reflective marble walls, chandeliers, mosaics and statues with our tour visiting some of the most striking. This afternoon we leave Moscow taking the new Sapsan high speed train across the Russian plains to the home of Peter and Catherine the Great; St Petersburg. We stay three nights at the four star Novotel, ideally located just off Nevsky Prospekt, one of the city’s shopping streets, and within walking distance to most of the sights.

Day five

During our guided tour you experience religious icons such as the Alexander Nevsky monastery, the golden dome of St Isaac’s cathedral and the towers of the Church of the Holy Blood. You visit grand boulevards like Nevsky Prospekt, plus the canals and arched bridges, the River Neva and Palace Square. Nearby is the battle-cruiser Aurora, whose guns symbolically fired in 1917 initialising the Russian revolution, and the Peter and Paul fortress with the cathedral holding the tombs of Peter the Great and the Romanovs. This afternoon we visit the Hermitage, the building complex including the marble, fine glassware and gilt of the Tsar’s winter palace, now displaying one of the world’s finest museum collections of over three million artefacts. The European paintings alone occupy 120 rooms including masterpieces by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and Michelangelo.

Day six

This morning we explore Catherine the Great’s Peterhof with its gardens, fountains and palaces. The baroque Grand Palace is packed with fine art highlighted by the throne room. Outside, the 1,500 acres of landscaped formal parkland display bronze sculptures and summerhouses with geometrically arranged flowerbeds. The final spectacle is the Grand Cascade of 176 fountains. This afternoon you are free to explore the city’s attractions - perhaps a boat trip observing the waterfront, the huge golden dome of St Isaac’s cathedral, or alternatively just stroll along the river lined by 19th century merchants’ houses.

Day seven

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Six nights in centrally located four star accommodation with breakfast.
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