Classic 7 days group city break: Moscow and St Petersburg

Price per person from € 790

Classic 7 days group city break: Moscow and St Petersburg

If you have a week available for exploring Russia, you can easily explore its two top cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, both visually impressive with magnificent architecture and historical sites. This exciting tour reveals the delights of both on a 7-nights journey that begins in the Russian capital. You’ll be led by private guides to marvel at popular attractions and hidden treasures, starting with a sightseeing tour of Moscow and its famous Red Square. The mysterious Kremlin territory, precious art and artifacts will be revealed before travelling to St. Petersburg, witnessing grand mansions and palaces, including a tour of renowned Catherine Palace.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Moscow Moscow
Day 2 Guided city tour of Moscow, Novodevichy Convent, Kremlin Grounds Moscow
Day 3 Optional Excursions: Sergiev Posad or Arbat Street and Moscow Metro Moscow
Day 4 Departure to St Petersburg St Petersburg
Day 5 Guided city tour of St Petersburg, Hermitage State Museum St Petersburg
Day 6 Optional Excursions: Pushkin, Peterhof or Pavlosk St Petersburg
Day 7 Departure form St Petersburg St Petersburg

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Moscow

On arrival at Moscow International Airport our driver will take you to your hotel: once arrived you will have time to settle in and explore the surroundings of the hotel. Coming out today as the political and preeminent economic centre of Russia, the city of Moscow was founded in 1147 by the prince Yuri Dolgurukiy. Visitors from all over the world travel to Moscow and take the chance to admire its astounding mix of architectural shapes and styles. Enjoy the atmosphere of the biggest metropolis in Europe and visit its main attraction: walk along the Old Arbat and take a break in the majestic Red Square to admire the breathtaking colours of the cupules of St Basil’s Cathedral and the imposing view of the Kremlin’s red walls and one-of-a-kind towers! In addition to the included tours, we offer various optional visits such as the excursion to the Trinty Lavra of San Sergius and the Old Arbat and Moscow Metro walking tour.

DAY 2: Guided city tour of Moscow, visit to the Novodevichy Convent and the Kremlin Grounds

Breakfast at the hotel.
City sightseeing tour with stops in Moscow’s top locations: the Red Square, the central square of Moscow and all Russia; the Bolshoy Theatre, one of the most celebrated and famous temples of classical ballet; Tverskaya Street and Moscow’s financial district, the buzzing heart of the city life; the Boulevard Ring; the panoramic point on the Sparrow Hills, next to the famous Moscow State University (Lomonosov University); the Novodeviciy Convent, Moscow’s best known cloister dating back to the sixteenth century. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the Kremlin (grounds and main cathedral). The Moscow Kremlin is a fortress located in the historic center of the city, on Borovickiy Hill. It is the oldest part of the city and one of the most important artistic and historical complexes in the country. Today the Kremlin is the seat of Russia’s national governmental institutions.

DAY 3: Optional Excursions: Sergiev Posad or Arbat Street and Moscow Metro

Breakfast at the hotel.
On your third day in Moscow you will have the chance to either participate in various optional guided tours or to take on Russia’s big capital by yourself, enjoying a full free day in the city. Recommended optional guided tours: Excursion to Serghiev Posad (Trinty Lavra of San Sergius, monastery grounds and cathedrals), Old Arbat and Moscow Metro walking tour. The Trinty Lavra of San Sergius is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl, and currently is home to over 300 monks. The complex is been listed as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1993. The Arbat is one of the oldest street surviving in the contemporary Moscow, dating back to 15th century. In 17th and 18th century the street became the core of Moscow’s most prestigious living area, the Arbat District: in the following century the Old Arbat would become the residence of choice of the muscovite nobility and his entourage, including some of the city’s most famous artists and academics.

DAY 4: Departure to St Petersburg

Free time in the morning.
Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to the train station. High-speed train to St Petersburg (Sapsan, 2nd class). Upon arrival, our driver will take you to the hotel. St Petersburg, once the opulent capital of the Tsarist Empire conceived and created by the Emperor Peter I the Great, is today regarded as Russia’s foremost cultural and artistic centre and is renowned for its architecture, his charming canals and monumental landmarks: Nevsky Prospekt, the Ostrovskij Square and the statue of Catherine II, the Church of the Saviour on Blood and the Kanzan and St Isaac Cathedrals, the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the Square of the Arts, the Admiralty, The Senate Square and the “Bronze Horseman”, the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens.

DAY 5: Guided city tour of St Petersburg, visit to the Cathedral of the Saviour on the spilled blood and the Hermitage State Museum

Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour of St Petersburg with stops at Saint Isaac’s square, the Church of the Savior on Blood, which was erected on the place where the Tsar Alexander II of Russia had been killed, Art Square, which owes its name to the numerous museums and theaters in the vicinity, the cruiser Aurora, which is now a floating museum, Nevsky Prospekt, the Smolny Cathedral, built and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and finally, the Field of Mars. Visit of the State Hermitage, one of the most important art collections in the world; the building was originally a part of the imperial palace, the residence of the Romanov dynasty for 2 centuries until 1917, the year of the beginning of the October Revolution. Return to the hotel.

DAY 6: Optional Excursions: the summer residences of the Tsars, Pushkin, Peterhof and Pavlosk

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day. Recommended optional excursions to the summer residences of the Tsars: Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace and the Amber room), Peterhof (with its beautiful park and fountains), Pavlovsk (palace and park of Paul I). The modern town of Pushkin, named after the most famous and recognized poet of Russian literature’s Golden Age, who here received his education and wrote his firsts verses, encompasses the grounds of the marvelous summer estate of Catherine I: visit the Baroque Palace and his awe-inspiring interiors, including the world famous Amber Room, and walk along the beautiful alleys of the Gardens à la française. The first Russian Emperor Peter I the Great decided to build on the shores of the Gulf of Finland a suburban residence of such majesty and opulence that could match the fabulous architectural achievements of the western monarchies. The palace complex of Peterhof, often regarded to as the “Russian Versailles”, is the result of such ambition: you will have the chance to admire the Great Palace (Exteriors), visit the gardens laid out with more than 150 monumental fountains and visit the interiors of the favorite, intimate corner of Peter I, the Monplaisir Palace.

DAY 7: Departure form St Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel.
After the check-out our driver will meet you in the lobby and take you to the airport. Departure from St Petersburg. End of our services. Comes to and end a fantastic journey through Russia’s most iconic locations: the imposing proportions of the Kremlin and the Hermitage, the unforgettable shapes and colours of St Basil Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Blood, the majestic sights on the Red Square and the Nevsky Prospekt.

What's Included

Accommodation in Moscow: 4* hotel DBL/twin room, 3 nights
Accommodation in St Petersburg: 4* hotel DBL/twin room, 3 nights

Private English-speaking guide for all the included excursions per itinerary.
If you need a different language of your guide, please inform us in advance. We will inform you about the cost of the additional service.

Breakfast in your hotels

High speed express train “Sapsan” one way from Moscow to St Petersburg (4 hours)
Transfers: Airport – hotel – train station – hotel - airport
Moscow city tour including the Novodevichy Convent, visit to the Kremlin
St Petersburg city tour including the Church of the Savior on Blood, visit to the Hermitage
Entry tickets: Moscow Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, Cathedral of the Saviour on the spilled blood, Hermitage

Arrival private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from Moscow Airport to the hotel
Departure private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from the Moscow hotel to Railway station
Arrival private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from Railway station to the hotel in St Petersburg
Departure private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from the hotel to Pulkovo Airport
Shared transportation in an air-conditioning minibus/bus throughout the tour (Day 2 and Day 5)

We are COVID-19 SAFE
Our guest’s health and safety is of vital importance to us. We have attained the ‘Good to Go’ industry quality standard and have implemented the following steps to ensure your tour is as safe as possible:

Social Distancing
Guides will maintain social distancing from guests during the tour in accordance with government guidelines. We ask that you also maintain the appropriate social distance between your group and any other guests on the tour.

Capacity Limitations
Tours are operating with limited capacity (currently a maximum of 6 guests per tour).

Our guides wear face mask for the duration of the tour for their safety and yours. Guides will also carry hand sanitiser which will be available to guests at all times.

Staff Health
Our guides will be checked every day to ensure they are fit and well before guiding their tour.

Guest Guidelines
It would be hugely appreciated if guests would bring their own masks and wear them for the duration of the tour, for the comfort and safety of our guides and other guests.

Not Included

Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.

Over 65 travel insurance supplement: €16 per person
Half board: €160 per person in hotel 4*, €140 in hotel 3* (included on request)
Full visa service
International airfare (included on request)
Optional tours and services (Day 3, Day 6)
Tips to the guides aren’t obligatory, but appreciated

Total prices

This is the total price per adult in a twin share room. Solo travellers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.
This is the additional cost for your own room (subject to availability). This will be added to your total trip price. Please check Essential Trip Information for exceptions or ask for more details at the time of booking.

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