- Join our 9-day tour and take the great delight in viewing of the two capitals of Russia with our friendly and highly educated resident team.
- Visit the must-see sites in both cities – the Kremlin, Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage.
- Trace the milestones of Russian Revolution and learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye.
- Taste Russian cuisine, take part in the culinary class, try vodka and “party like a Russian”.
- Walk the streets with your fellow travelers and feel the vibes of these grand cities.
- Explore Russia with the locals and share your emotions with us!
Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya
Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg
Museum entrance fees
Highly-educated expert guides
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners with wine and culinary class, daily bottled water
High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (business class)
All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers
Luggage handling in/out
Visa support, registration fees
Evening performance tickets and transfers
|Occupancy||Double (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)|
|Number of guests in the party||1 guest, 2 guests, 3 guests, 4 guests|
Day 1 THU: Welcome to Russia
Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted, and escorted to your hotel.
This evening you can relax with the group, have a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.
Day 2 FRI: Discover Moscow
Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow. Step into Red Square to admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s cathedral.
You will view famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, the Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum, and Lenin’s mausoleum.
Then drive around the Kremlin and view the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history.
Then you’ll reach the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent – the “Convent of the Broken Hearts.” Then you’ll visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II from a Russian perspective. See Moscow University and the Sparrow Hills.
After lunch, you’ll take a walk in the oldest neighborhoods of Moscow – Kitay-Gorod. Stroll down Varvarka street. View the XVII century Boyar Romanov residence that preserves the origins of the second Royal dynasty, The Old English Court, and the new urban Zaryadye park.
In the evening, you will enjoy dinner a la Russe, and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 3 SAT: Old Tretyakov Gallery and Its Neighbourhood
After breakfast, take a Metro (Subway) ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations. Then visit the Old Tretyakov gallery – the main museum housing a collection of Russian
art from the XII to the XX century, including the world famous Andrey Rublev’s “Holy Trinity.”
We will stop for lunch at the local restaurant and then walk around the ancient streets of Zamoskvorechye – the neighborhood around the Tretyakov gallery. Here you can catch a glimpse of pre-Revolutionary Moscow. It used to be home to craftsmen of all trades. Peter the Great’s reforms brought in merchants with their grand mansions. Later, they were followed by the nobility who built grand palaces. While you explore the many little picturesque lanes, you will forget for a moment that you are in one of the busiest cities in the world. Today, the district is full of pedestrian zones with cozy cafes and restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 SUN: Kremlin Day
Today, you will enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. You will see the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation, and the Archangel’s Michael cathedral.
You will visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.
You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the evening program. The most popular ballets in Russia are the Swan Lake, Spartak, Giselle, Romeo & Juliette, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Onegin and many many more. You will have a chance to enjoy a magnificent performance at one of the theatres (the schedule is subject to change, tickets are not included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 MON: KGB History Tour - Rail to St. Petersburg
Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for the KGB tour. On this tour, you will visit places connected with the time of great repression and fear. You will step on Lubyanka Square to see a memorial to the victims of political repression – Solovetsky Stone. Then you will visit Donskoy Monastery and Cemetery where the victims of repression were buried. You’ll learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye in Russia.
After lunch, you will walk along the embankment under Krymsky bridge from Gorky Park to the Park of Arts Muzeon. It is one of the largest Russian outdoor museums where the statues of disgraced leaders share their place with diverse creations by contemporary sculptors.
Later you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. You will be offered meals on board. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will check in to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch on board the train
Day 6 TUE: The City of Tsars and Revolutions
After breakfast join the tour of the northern capital of Russia. First of all, view the Palace Square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column, and the Hermitage.
Then the city tour will feature the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. Follow your guide to the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Continue past the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens to the most famous church in the city the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.
After lunch learn about the Great October Revolution of 1917 – stop at the famous Aurora Cruiser and visit the Museum of Political History.
Optional: You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the performance. Enjoy the evening program (Ballet/Opera/Folk dance show/Classic music) – the schedule is subject to change.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 WED: Imperial Treasures of Catherine's Palace and Peterhof fountains
Today, you will depart to the Pushkin town or Tsarskoye Selo, just outside St. Petersburg. It is famed for its majestic Catherine’s Palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room. You will continue to the beautiful Catherine Park surrounding the palace.
Then after lunch join your fellow travelers for an unforgettable tour to Peterhof Park – the “capital of fountains” – with the most famous Grand Cascade. It is beautiful in the summertime! There are 64 different fountains and numerous bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflect all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch.
Then upon arrival in the city, enjoy the canal cruise. If you look at the city from the water, you will see an absolutely different St. Petersburg.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 THU: From Ancient Art to Contemporary
After a leisurely breakfast, go to Dvortsovaya (Palace square). A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It is estimated that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute!
After a lunch-break admire the Impressionist Gallery at the restored General Staff building.
Then you will have an opportunity to explore the city on your own, visit multiple shops, or visit exhibits.
This evening you will take part in a culinary class followed by Russian style dinner with your fellows.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with the culinary class
Day 9 FRI: Return Home
Departure transfer for your onward flight.
Moscow & St. Petersburg – 9-Day Small Group Luxury Journey
- Thursday, September 5, 2019 – Friday, September 13, 2019
Double room $4,300 per person
Solo traveler $5,900 per person
- Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Friday, May 22, 2020
- Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Friday, July 24, 2020
- Thursday, August 13, 2020 – Friday, August 21, 2020
- Thursday, September 10, 2020 – Friday, September 18, 2020
Double room $4,950 per person
Solo traveler $6,250 per person
Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or more and save $50-$100 per person
Deposit: 10% of the price
Final Payment: 90 days prior to departure
91 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price
90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
30 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price
- 4 nights in Moscow at the 5-star InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya
This modern luxury hotel located on Tverskaya street is putting you in the vibrant heart of the city. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Kremlin and Red Square.
- 4 nights in St. Petersburg at the 5-star Astoria Hotel
A city landmark since 1912, Hotel Astoria has hosted many eminent guests, including dancer Isadora Duncan and poet Sergei Yesenin. This luxury hotel is situated directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre.