Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Moscow

On arrival at Moscow Airport our driver will take you to your hotel, where you will have time to settle in, explore your surroundings and grab a bite to eat after your journey.

Day 2 - Guided city tour of Moscow, Underground tour

Today you will have a tour around the most beautiful sights in Moscow and you take a glimpse of its culture and history. The tour starts in the heart of the city, at Red Square. After observing St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum and other sights of the area we move along the Moscow river embankment. On the way we enjoy views of the Kremlin and continue with the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Convent. Then we travel to Moscow State University on the Lenin’s Hills and the Sparrow Hills. Visit to the observation spot of the Sparrow Hills opens an outstanding view on Moscow. After this stop we pass through the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, Triumphal Arch, Kutuzov Avenue, New Arbat, Boulevard ring, Pushkin square, Tverskaya street and end the tour at Manezhnaya Square.

Guided tour of Moscow’s Underground – explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. The Moscow Metro, with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained-glass panels and bronze sculptures, looks more like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it still beats many other European underground systems with its ultra-reliable service.

Day 3 - Guided tour of Kremlin, Armoury Museum and transfer to St Petersburg

One of the biggest landmarks in Moscow to explore is the Kremlin, a self-contained city complete with palaces, churches and armories. Once home to the Russian tsars and the political centre for Soviet politics, it's now a hang out for Moscow citizens – as well as where the President lives.

Prepare to be extra wowed in the guided tour of the Armoury Museum where you will see a collection of over 50 Faberge eggs, precious jewelery and rare pieces of artwork from Russia's past.

Top tip

After seeing main Moscow treasure – Stunning Kremlin and Armoury Museum, we suggest you to stay in centre of Moscow and enjoy your walk around this unique city. At the evening you will be picked up and transferred to train station, where you board Grand Express train. Train journey is part of unique unforgettable experience.

Alternatively you can travel by day time fast train (4 hours ). Please enquire about this option.

Day 4 - Arrival in St Petersburg and St Petersburg City Tour

When you arrive in St Petersburg, our driver will be waiting for you at the end of the train platform, ready to drop you off at your hotel, so you don't have to worry about struggling with maps and directions. Please enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before you start enjoying this magnificent city.

Today you will have a great opportunity to fully explore Russia's second largest city. Sometimes dubbed the Venice of the North, because of its canal system, you'll learn more about landmarks which include the Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac's Cathedral, as well as the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. A treat, both inside and out, its highly decorated facade, and distinctive onion domes feature on a myriad of postcards in Russian gift shops.

Day 5 - Walking Tour of State Hermitage Museum

Perhaps the jewel in St Petersburg's crown, the Hermitage is the largest museum in the world, so you can easily spend your whole day here getting lost amongst the myriad of artwork and sculptures. Established in 1895 by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas I, the bulk of the exhibitions lie within the Winter Palace. A magnificent artefact within itself, the Winter Palace was once the main residence of the Russian monarchs. The museum contains works of arts from ancient times, right up until the early 20th century, with highlights including paintings by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky.

Day 6 – Tsarskoe Selo guided tour

The last day of your trip is based around a visit to the extravagant Tsarskoye Selo estate situated just 25km from St Petersburg. Outstripping even Versailles in the grandness of its design, the powder-blue, white and gold Catherine's Palace is perhaps the most impressive of the palaces - not just from the outside, but inside too. The iconic Amber Room is quite literally lined with slabs of amber, while the great hall, resplendent with two tiers of windows interspersed with a myriad of mirrors, is simply dazzling. Just remember to pack your sunglasses!

Day 7 – Walking Yusupov Palace guided tour

Yusupov Palace is one of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. Yusupov Palace is perhaps most famous as the scene of the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.

Day 8 - Departure

Sadly, the tour has to come to an end some time! Spend your last few hours stocking up on souvenirs, and then meet our driver in the hotel lobby, where you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

All our tours are carefully designed for you to have a free time to explore cities on your own after guided excursions. You will have a guide with you for a half a day and have chance to discover Russia independently afterwards.

If you would like to spend longer in Moscow, visit Kolomenskoe or include Novgorod in your trip, call for details.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Russian National Tourist Office price in Black

Travel 55 discount price in Red

Tel Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 ref: RU55

Date

Prices from

excl. flights

Prices from

incl. flights*

Single supp

25 March

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£145

1, 15, 29 April

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£145

6 May

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£165

13 May

£1100
£1045

£1400
£1330

£225

3, 17, 24 June

£1100
£1045

£1400
£1330

£225

1 July

£1100
£1045

£1400
£1330

£165

8, 15, 22 July

£980
£931

£1280
£1216

£165

29 July

£980
£931

£1280
£1216

£145

5, 12, 19, 26 August

£980
£931

£1280
£1216

£145

2, 9, 16, 30 September

£980
£931

£1280
£1216

£145

21, 28 October

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£135

11, 25 November

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£135

9 December

£940
£893

£1240
£1178

£135

Prices are per person, based on two sharing. *The price including flight is approximate and may vary up or down. We will confirm final price of your flight after we receive your booking.

All holidays subject to Russian National Tourist Office Terms and Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Russian National Tourist Office
Cultural City Break in Russia: Moscow & St Petersburg

8 Days - 5% discount

Prices from £893

Prices from £893

This Moscow and  St Petersburg city break offers you the incredible experience of discovering the cultural and historic treasures of both cities in eight unforgettable days!

An amazing chance to experience the sights and sounds of Russia's two most iconic cities, vibrant capital Moscow and the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Offering opportunities for guided tours and independent exploration, there is a huge range of things to see and do.

Trips include a visit down into Moscow's opulent underground metro system, a tour of the gargantuan Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, and forays to world-famous attractions such as the impressive Lenin mausoleum, historic Kremlin, and magnificent Winter Palace.

The tour starts out with three days in Moscow, before transferring via train to St Petersburg for five days to enjoy the rest of your city break.

To book this wonderful 8 day Cultural City Break in Russia: Moscow & St Petersburg holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

The Travel 55 discount of 5% is applicable for all Russian National Tourist Office holidays and tours. To book call direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

Highlights

  • Extended time in St Petersburg to savour the sights
  • See where the president of Russia works in the Moscow Kremlin
  • Wander through the winding streets and wide Soviet squares of Moscow, taking in the unique combination of classic, Stalinist and modern architecture
  • Experience one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realist style - the Moscow metro
  • Visit one of the most famous squares in the world - Red Square
  • Discover why St Basil's cathedral was the favourite of Ivan the Terrible, and why he had its architect’s eyes removed
  • Visit former Tsarist palace the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and be amazed by the incredible art collection of the Hermitage
  • Marvel at the baroque splendour of Tsarskoye Selo including the glorious Catherine Palace,complete with its Great Hall and Amber Room

Hotels

Moscow : Best Western Vega Plus Hotel and Conference Centre

This four star hotel is situated just 12 minutes away from the centre of Moscow by metro, with the Partizanskaya station just a three minute walk away from the hotel.

Originally built for the 1980 Olympic Games, the Best Western Vega Plus was renovated in 2007 and now offers simply decorated, modern facilities. Each room comes equipped with a flat screen TV, minibar and en-suite bathroom, and boasts views over either the Izmaylovo Kremlin or Izmaylovsky Park.

The hotel also features five restaurants, a fitness centre and complimentary wi-fi.

St Petersburg : Demetra Art Hotel

This design hotel is located in the centre of St. Petersburg, 150 metres from Chernishevskaya Metro Station. The Demetra offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception with tour desk and ticket service.

The individual interiors at the Demetra Art Hotel were designed in Italy, and all feature a theme representing a different period in the history of St. Petersburg. All rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and are soundproofed.

The hotel restaurant serves either a buffet or an à la carte breakfast each morning. The shops, cafés and restaurants of Nevsky Prospekt are just a 15-minute walk away.

Moskovsky Train Station is 1.5 km away, and Pulkovo Airport is 22 km from the hotel.

St Petersburg : Hotel Dostoevsky

Hotel Dostoevsky is conveniently situated next to the metro, a five minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Alexandrinsky Theatre and St Isaac's Cathedral.

Facilities include an ATM in the lobby, a gym and a sauna.

Meals can be enjoyed in the hotel's elegant restaurant and drinks in its stylish pub, which has views of Vladimirsky Cathedral. There is also a food court mall and supermarket located underneath the hotel.

What's Included

  • Accommodation: 4 * hotel Best Western Vega Moscow/ 4 * St Petersburg Demetra Art Hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transport: for transfers and sightseeing tours we use a comfortable coach or minibus; on our sightseeing trips we may also go on foot or use public transport (mainly the Underground, which is very efficient and helps to avoid traffic congestion)
  • Tour staff and support: English-speaking guide, transfer driver
  • Guided sightseeing city tour Moscow/St Petersburg
  • Underground guided tour
  • Kremlin Grounds Guided Tour
  • Guided tour to Hermitage
  • Guided tour to Yusopov Palace
  • Guided tour to Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin), entry fee to the Catherine Palace
  • Entrance fees: all entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Train: comfortable 4 berth sleepers on the luxurious Grand Express overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (please note in the unlikely event of Grand Express train unavailability we will offer the best alternative). Optional: 1st class 2 berths compartment upgrade - £75 per person.
  • Please request fast train ( 4 hours) Sapsan option
  • Solo supplement : £250

Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

All UK residents need a visa to enter Russia.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.

Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you lose it or stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

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