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Luxury Tour to Moscow & St Petersburg - Travel in the Style of the Tzars (CB-15)

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2-8 people
All year
8 days
St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg
from £2,695
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Guests who appreciate the finer things in life will be excited by this 8 day luxury tour combining the cosmopolitan Russian capital Moscow with elegant Petersburg, dubbed the Venice of the North. Travelling between the two by high speed train or the more leisurely Grand Express overnight service, this is the perfect opportunity to tour landmarks such as St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and the Hermitage in style. The tour includes 5* accommodation, train compartment with private facilities and extensive sightseeing programme in both cities.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | £75 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | £125 per person
Memorial Museum of AstronauticsMemorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow is a unique museum devoted to space exploration and development of rocket science. It is located in the basement of the monument "Conquerors of Space" erected in honor of the launch of Sputnik by architects M. Barshch, A. Kolchin and sculptor A. Faydysh - Krandievskiy and opened on 4 November 1964. The monument is made of polished titanium, used in rocket production, its height is 110 meters, and the angle is 77 degrees.
4 hours | £80 per person
Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided TourKolomenskoye is a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy. Kolomenskoye also hosts traditional festivals during all major holidays.
4 hours | £80 per person
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command CentreWe invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.
3 hours | £95 per person
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star CityStar City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.
6 hours | £195 per person

Day 1 – Saturday
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
On arrival at the airport in Moscow you’ll be met by your guide for the transfer to your centrally located hotel. After check in formalities have been completed there’ll be time to freshen up and unpack. Tonight, let us know if you’d like us to take care of your dinner reservation. We’d suggest Godunov, a three minute walk from Red Square, which serves traditional Russian cuisine amid classic décor. Alternatively, check out the views from the rooftop O2 Lounge at the Ritz Carlton, overlooking Red Square and the Kremlin, which specialises in seafood dishes, caviar and sushi.

Included transport: private car.
Day 2 – Sunday
Moscow City and Novodevichy Convent Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
This morning it’s time to get you acquainted with Moscow. We’ll begin in Red Square. This historic square is lined with notable landmarks, including St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. There’ll be plenty of time for sightseeing before we move on to the Ritz Hotel where you can experience a traditional Russian tea ceremony and enjoy lunch. Afterwards, hop in a car for a city tour which includes a visit to Novodevichy convent, sometimes referred to as New Maiden’s Monastery.

We can also arrange an optional visit a Russian banya and would recommend Sanduny, which is the oldest functioning bath house in the city and probably the grandest. Once again this evening we are happy to make dinner arrangements for you if you wish. Tonight, perhaps a table at White Rabbit would appeal, with a fine dining contemporary menu to accompany the splendid views through its glass dome. For something more relaxed, why not try the farm to table food at Lavkalavka, which relies on seasonal local produce.

Included excursions: Red Square with Lenin Mausoleium, St. Basils, GUM store, City Tour with Novodevichy Convent, Russian Tea Ceremony as a Lunch Break at Ritz Carlton.
Included transport: private car.
Day 3 – Monday
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Diamond Fund Guided Tour
Moscow Metro Guided Tour
The Kremlin awaits this morning, with its beautiful churches and fascinating Armoury, as well as the extensive collection of gems and jewellery which comprise the Diamond Fund. There’s no rush, but when you’re ready to leave we’ll take a ride on the sumptuously decorated Moscow Underground, a metro system well renowned for its ornate sculptures and chandeliers.

We recommend you try Café Pushkin for lunch (optional), with its elegant halls and sophisticated menu. One of the city’s best known eateries, it was originally a fictitious place named in a song which later provided the inspiration for a real life café of the same name.

Once again, we can assist with dinner reservations and can suggest a convenient pre-theatre option. We suggest tickets to the ballet tonight, if they are available, ideally at the Bolshoi. But as an alternative you can visit the Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky or Hermitage theatres in St. Peersburg. Note that Russian theatres are generally closed from the end of July to mid September as they tour or close for annual holidays. Round off the evening with cocktails expertly created by the mixologists at the Swissotel City Space Bar (optional).

Included excursions: Kremlin, Armoury & Diamond Fund. Moscow Metro.
Included transport: the car is not required as all landmarks are close to the hotel.
Day 4 – Tuesday
Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour
Bolshoi Theatre - Behind the Curtains Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Our sightseeing today focuses on the Tretiakov gallery. Originally the private collection of a wealthy merchant family, it was gifted to the city of Moscow over a century ago and is one of the greatest exhibits of Russian art in the world.

This afternoon, subject to availability, we will also book you a place on the Tour Behind the Curtains at the famous Bolshoi Theatre. (Note: as capacity is strictly limited and if a visit is not possible, we will arrange instead a guided visit to the Marrinsky or Mixailovsky Theatre, although please be aware these are also subject to availability).

High-speed train customers:
After lunch (not included), those travelling by day train will be transferred to the railway station. The high speed journey by Sapsan train to St Petersburg takes around 4 hours. On arrival you’ll be met at the train station and driven to your hotel where you’ll check in. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure. Dinner reservations can be made if required.

Overnight train customers:
For those opting for the overnight service, the rest of the afternoon in Moscow is free for you to continue sightseeing at your leisure or perhaps take the opportunity to do a little souvenir shopping. Later, you’ll be taken to the railway station to board the train in good time for departure. You’ll be booked into a Grand compartment on the Grand Express, sleeping two, which has a shower, sink and toilet as well as air-conditioning. The train has been likened to a 5 star hotel on rails.

Included excursions: Tretiakov Gallery. Bolshoi Theatre - Behind the Curtains.
Included transport: private car.
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Train: Moscow - St. Petersburg
Day 4 – Tuesday
Grand Express: Moscow - St. Petersburg
For demanding travellers who prefer to travel in particular comfort, Russian railways now offer a luxury travel option to discover a style fit for a Tzar! Indeed, the “Grand Express” is a real hotel on wheels that features spacious sleeping compartments with toilets, showers, air-conditioning, wide sofas (in luxury compartment categories), LCD TV, DVD-players and WI-FI. “Grand Express” train also has standard 9 compartments carriages of 2nd and 1st class. More details.
St. Petersburg

Draw Bridges Night Tour by CarLike Venice, St. Petersburg is spread across a lot of big and small islands and it's hard to walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge! St. Petersburg has the largest number of bridges of any city in the entire world. With a total of 539 bridges (315 in the historical centre alone), not even Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam can beat the city’s total! And more than 20 of all bridges are drawbridges. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Petersburg have become an integral part of the city.
2 hours | £125 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person

Day 5 – Wednesday
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
St. Petersburg City Tour & Guided Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
Those arriving in St Petersburg this morning enjoy an included transfer to the hotel. The sightseeing programme commences with a visit to Peter and Paul's Fortress as well as other major sights in the city, such as the cruiser Aurora which signalled the beginning of the Great Social Revolution more than 90 years ago.

After lunch (not included), we’ll take you to the Museum of Russian Vodka, which recounts the story of Russia’s favourite drink from the 14th century to the present day. You’ll learn about the fermentation process, production and cultural traditions associated with vodka and enjoy a tasting.

There is also the opportunity, weather permitting, to take a helicopter ride over St. Petersburg (optional). The scale of its canals and waterways is best appreciated from the air and of course it’s not everyone who can say they had a bird’s eye view of the city’s landmarks. Tonight, we are happy to make suggestions for restaurants and help with reservations. One of our favourites is the elegant L’Europe, furnished in Art Nouveau style; enjoy the ballet while you dine by candlelight in this sumptuous setting.

Included excursions: City Tour. Peter & Paul’s Fortress. Cruiser Aurora, Museum of Russian Vodka.
Included transport: private car.
Day 6 – Thursday
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)
Pavlovsk Guided Tour
Troika Ride around Catherine`s Palace
Dacha Visit (Holiday Countryside House)
Today we begin at one of Russia’s most glorious buildings, the Catherine Palace. Located in nearby Pushkin, this Baroque style palace was once the home of the Romanovs and its well preserved state rooms offer a glimpse into the regal life of the past. From there, we’ll take you to Pavlovsk, the newest of the grand Imperial estates that surround the city. It is named after Catherine the Great’s son and it was she who gifted him the land on which he could build this neo-classical palace encircled with beautifully landscaped gardens.

If the weather’s fine, you’ll have the opportunity to take a ride in a troika, a traditional Russian sleigh. Afterwards, you’ll visit a typical Russian dacha, or country-side home, where there’ll be a tea ceremony and plenty of pancakes and pirozhki to munch on.

Back in the city centre, we can help with dinner reservations. Perhaps you’d enjoy a meal at Palkin, serving French and Russian cuisine on the site of a 19th century restaurant which was frequented by Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tchaikovsky.

Included excursions: Palaces in Pushkin (Catherine Palace & the Amber Room) & Pavlovsk. Troika Ride. Visit to a Russian Dacha. Tea Ceremony.
Included transport: private car.
Day 7 – Friday
Hermitage & the Golden Chamber Guided Tour
Faberge Museum
St. Isaac's Cathedral Guided Tour
Church of the Savior on Blood
Today it’s finally time to explore what’s behind the doors of the famous Hermitage Museum, a world-class repository for art and antiques. One of the highlights of a visit is the chance to see the Gold Room, crammed with jewellery dating from ancient times as well as more recent pieces. Later we continue to the Church of Christ's Resurrection (also known as the Savior on Spilled Blood) and St. Isaac's Cathedral - one of the finest architectural monuments of the XIX century and famous landmark of St. Petersburg. After lunch, you’ll have the chance to admire treasures of a different kind in the Fabergé Museum at the Shuvalov Palace. Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first of these exquisite eggs in 1885 as a gift for his wife; she was so delighted it became a family tradition and the eggs grew more elaborate year on year.

For dinner tonight we suggest Stroganoff Steak House, the largest in Russia, located conveniently close to St Isaac’s Cathedral. Alternatively, fish for your supper at Russkaya Rybalka, fit for a president, on Krestrovsky Island; Putin once entertained Jacques Chirac at this delightful waterside restaurant.

Included excursions: Hermitage Museum and the Golden Room. Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral. Faberge Museum.
Included transport: private car.
Day 8 – Saturday
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
It’s time to bid farewell to Russia after what we hope has been an enjoyable and rewarding stay. Our driver will accompany you to the airport where you will be able to board your flight home.

Included transport: private car.
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27/07/2024 - 03/08/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
03/08/2024 - 10/08/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
10/08/2024 - 17/08/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
17/08/2024 - 24/08/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
24/08/2024 - 31/08/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
31/08/2024 - 07/09/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
07/09/2024 - 14/09/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
14/09/2024 - 21/09/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
21/09/2024 - 28/09/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
28/09/2024 - 05/10/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
05/10/2024 - 12/10/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £695 / £1,195 book now
12/10/2024 - 19/10/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
19/10/2024 - 26/10/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
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02/11/2024 - 09/11/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
16/11/2024 - 23/11/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
30/11/2024 - 07/12/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
14/12/2024 - 21/12/2024 £2,695 / £3,495 £645 / £1,195 book now
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27/07/2024 - 03/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
03/08/2024 - 10/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
10/08/2024 - 17/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
17/08/2024 - 24/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
24/08/2024 - 31/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
31/08/2024 - 07/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
07/09/2024 - 14/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
14/09/2024 - 21/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
21/09/2024 - 28/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
28/09/2024 - 05/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
05/10/2024 - 12/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,745 £695 / £1,195 book now
12/10/2024 - 19/10/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
19/10/2024 - 26/10/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
26/10/2024 - 02/11/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
02/11/2024 - 09/11/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
16/11/2024 - 23/11/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
30/11/2024 - 07/12/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now
14/12/2024 - 21/12/2024 £2,795 / £3,595 £645 / £1,195 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  6. Discouns for children.
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We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
Thank you and GoRussia so much for making our trip as full and enjoyable as possible given the developing Coronavirus situation. Everything was perfect in Moscow but once we got to St. Petersburg the situation started changing rapidly. Natasha was very helpful and knowledgeable - helping us to make the most of our time in the city even though museums were unfortunately mostly shut. The hotels and guides were perfect in both cities, we especially enjoyed the snow in Moscow, which we understand has been in short supply this year!
The whole tour went as planned and exceeded our expectations. The process of making the arrangements, the alternatives to the standard tour we wanted (hotel and itinerary) and the visa application was made easy for us. Special praise for the guides, Marina in Moscow and Natasha is St P who were excellent and very knowledgeable.
The entire holiday was excellent. The organisation of the whole experience was excellent.
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly! Keep up the good work! We had a very pleasant experience. Thank you!
This trip to Russia has been an excellent introduction for me and I would like to explore more of this beautiful country in the near future. I felt secure in the fact that Go Russia paid attention to detail and no stone would be left upturned regarding scheduling and timings and, of course, processing of the visa.
The tour guides, especially Tatiana in St Petersburg, were excellent. Everything was really well timed and organised. Information and instructions were clear. Support with obtaining visa was really good. Everything was paid for. There were no hidden extras.
The guides were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. People very friendly and the tours well organised and informative.
Fantastic knowledge of the guides, made the trip much more enjoyable.

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