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Moscow & St Petersburg

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  • Experience Russia’s rich culture & history on this 9-night guided holiday.
  • Stay 4 nights in Russia’s capital, Moscow & 5 nights in its 2nd largest city, St. Petersburg.
  • Explore the highlights of both cities with guided sightseeing tours & free time to discover on your own.
  • Visit the heart of Russian politics on a half day excursion to the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber.
  • Discover the history of the Russian Orthodox Church on a day trip to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.
  • Learn the history of the Russian monarchy on half day trips to the stunning Catherine & Peterhof Palaces.
  • Includes 9 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Your Guided Group Holiday To St Petersburg

Join us on this 9-night holiday to experience two of Russia's most captivating cities, home to some of the world’s most famous art, literature and history. Our journey will begin in the capital, Moscow, where we’ll see iconic sites like the Red Square & St. Basil’s Cathedral. Other highlights include a visit to the seat of Russian government, the Kremlin, and its Armoury, home to some of the most valuable jewels in the world. Next, we’ll explore the country’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, situated on the Baltic Sea and home to the Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian monarchs. On this perfectly paced holiday, you’ll also enjoy plenty of leisure time to explore each city on your own, with recommendations from your expert guide.

Please Note: 

  • For some departure dates the Peterhof Palace excursion will take place on Day 9 instead of Day 10. Also some of our departures, 6th August and 11th October 2020, is a reversed itinerary. The first five nights will be in St Petersburg followed by four nights in Moscow.
  • Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates Prior to November 2020. After 01 November 2020 we will no longer be providing this service.

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Trip Itinerary

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Activity Level: Moderate

Day

Travel to Russia

Arrive in Moscow

Arrive in Russia

Upon arrival in Moscow you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.

Arrive in Russia

Moscow

Guided Tour of Moscow

Morning
 Tour of Moscow

After breakfast begin your holiday with a guided tour of this remarkable city. You will visit Red Square, which has been the scene of many public ceremonies and coronations. The square separates the Kremlin and an historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-Gorod. St. Basil's Cathedral is also located here and is easily recognisable with its collection of coloured domes. From Red Square you will move on to the Bolshoi Theatre whose exterior you will be able to view. The famous theatre was the site of many historic premieres including Tchaikovsky's The Voyevoda and still holds performances of ballet and opera. You will also see Victory Park, which celebrates the Russian victories over Napoleon in the 19th century and over the Germans in World War II.

 Tour of Moscow

Evening Meal

Evening
Exprience Russian cusine

You will have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure before enjoying a dinner with your group in a local restaurant.

Exprience Russian cusine

Sergiev Posad & Arbat Street

Discover Sergiev Posad

Morning
The Sergiev Posad in Moscow

Today you will travel to one of Russia's 'Golden Ring' cities in Sergiev Posad. It grew around one of the greatest Russian monasteries in the 15th century. It has since become a hub of learning particularly focused around the Russian Orthodox Church. You will visit the famous Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, and have the opportunity to buy Matryoshka nesting dolls from the city in which they were first created. Lunch is included.

The Sergiev Posad in Moscow

Explore the Arbat Street & Moscow Metro

Afternoon
The Arbat street Moscow

After lunch you will discover Arbat Street, which is in the historical centre of Moscow. In the 18th century it became one of the most desirable places to live in the city and today it is a favourite meeting area for artists and street musicians. There will still be time to take a look at the decorative Moscow underground stations. Unlike most cities' underground transit, the stations of Moscow's metros are adorned with ornate artwork and chandeliers.

The Arbat street Moscow

Kremlin

Guided Tour of Kremlin

Morning
Tour of Kremlin

Today you will embark on a guided tour of the Kremlin, the fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. The Kremlin is almost like a mini city and contains five palaces, four cathedrals, the Kremlin towers and the residence of the president of the Russian Federation. The complex also contains the Kremlin Armoury, which was used historically to hold the possessions of the Tsars. Today it contains some of the most valuable treasures in the world including the Imperial Crown of Russia, the Ivory Throne of Ivan the Terrible and ten Fabergé eggs. This tour also included a trip to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. 

Tour of Kremlin

Travel to St. Petersburg

Depart for St. Petersburg

Travel by train to St Petersburg

Transfer for Moscow by train to St. Petersburg where you will be escorted to your hotel with guide assistance. 

Travel by train to St Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Half Day Guided Tour of St. Petersburg

Morning
Guided tour of Petersburg

Get to know the city with a half day guided tour of St. Petersburg, Russia's second city. On this half-day excursion you will enjoy a view of the splendid Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Monarchs and of The Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood. The church was erected where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. After you will walk down the Nevsky Prospect, admire the Anichkov Palace, view Smolny, and have a guided tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703.

Guided tour of Petersburg

Free Time at Leisure

Afternoon
Free time in Petersburg

You will be free to explore St. Petersburg at your own pace in the afternoon. Enjoy an exclusive evening at the ballet, tickets for ballet in the Hermitage can be requested from 3 months before travel (when the show schedules are released), with prices starting at approximately €200 per person.

Free time in Petersburg

The Hermitage

Visit to the Hermitage Museum

Morning
Visit to the Hermitage Museum

After breakfast on day 7 you will take a guided visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest museums in the world. This vast gallery contains over two million works of art and has houses the largest collection of paintings in the world. It is said that if you spent three minutes looking at every painting, it would take over nine years to complete. It showcases everything from Russian, Renaissance and Egyptian art and the many of the rooms are works of art in themselves.

Visit to the Hermitage Museum

Evening Meal

Afternoon
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

You will have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure before enjoying a dinner with your group in a local restaurant.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Catherine Palace & Park

Trip to Catherine Palace and Park

Morning
 The Catherine Palace and Park

Today travel to the town of Tzarskoye Selo, which is home to Catherine Palace and Park. Empress Catherine built this magnificent structure in the 18th century. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated and many are finished with gold leaf. Much of the building was destroyed in World War II but it has largely been restored to its former glory.  After exploring the palace take some time to relax in the palace gardens, where Johann Strauss once performed with his orchestra. 

 The Catherine Palace and Park

At Leisure

Evening
Leisure time In St Petersburg

The afternoon will be free to enjoy at your leisure in St. Petersburg.

Leisure time In St Petersburg

At Leisure

Free Time in St. Petersburg

Free time in the city

Today is free to enjoy at your leisure. Why not pick up some last minute souvenirs in one of the many markets. Your guide will be able to direct you to the ones closest to you.

Free time in the city

Peterhof Palace & Park & Return Home

Visit to Peterhof Palace & Park

Morning
Visit The Peterhof Palace

On your final day in Russia you will spend the morning at Peterhof Palace and Park. Often called the 'Russian Versailles', this palace was built by Peter the Great in the early 18th century. Cascading fountains, extravagant chandeliers, rolling lawns, and beautiful baroque architecture are just some of the many features of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit The Peterhof Palace

Depart Russia

Tour in Russia

After some free time to have lunch at your own leisure, you will be transferred to the airport for your evening flight home, with guide assistance.

Tour in Russia
* Please note that the order of your excusions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Know before you go

Will I be met at the airport?

You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

Do I need a Visa?

Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements

What if there is an emergency?

We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

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