Package Name: Moscow & St. Petersburg
Price: $ 1759
Day: 8 Day
Night: 7 Night
Starting Month: May
End Month: Sept
Discover the best of Russia on this vacation that focuses on the old and new capitals. Spend three overnights each in Moscow and St. Petersburg with a good balance of organized activities and free time to explore as you please. In Moscow, visit Red Square, the Kremlin, and one of its cathedrals, and take a short ride on the Metro to see the famous stations. Admire the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergiyev, a splendid architectural treasure featuring a 5-tiered bell tower. An overnight train ride transfers you to St. Petersburg, the magnificent city built by Peter the Great. See the city’s landmarks on a guided sightseeing tour, and enjoy a visit to the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, a masterpiece of baroque architecture and home to a collection of precious paintings.
Day 1 Arrive in Moscow, Russia.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Russian capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2 – 3 Moscow.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide this morning will include a drive into RED SQUARE, then a walk past St. Basil’s, a visit to the KREMLIN and one of its cathedrals, and one of Moscow’s famed underground Metro stations. Free time to join other optional activities or do your own exploring of Russia’s fascinating capital. (B daily)
Day 4 Moscow. Excursion to Sergiyev Posad–Overnight Train to St. Petersburg.
Enjoy a day excursion that includes a visit to the TRINITY MONASTERY OF ST. SERGIYEV, founded by St. Sergiyev, one of Russia’s most revered holy men. To this day, thousands flock to the monastery not only as an act of religious belief but also to see one of Russia’s greatest and most splendid architectural treasures. It is also used by filmmakers because of its five-tiered bell tower, uniquely beautiful and equally photogenic. After dinner in Moscow, transfer to the station for your OVERNIGHT TRAIN to St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 5 St. Petersburg.
See the highlights on the city tour with a Local Guide. Created in 1703 by Peter the Great, this city was made the capital of all the Russias. Although not one of Russia’s oldest, it is steeped in history, particularly from the early 20th century to the end of the World War II when it endured one of the longest and cruelest sieges in modern history. A whole afternoon to do some individual exploring and to get to know more about this fascinating city. (B,L)
Day 6 St. Petersburg.
After breakfast, join the included visit to the PETERHOF PALACE and its GARDENS. This historic building was almost totally destroyed during World War II and was most lovingly restored to its original splendor just a few years ago. (B)
Day 7 St. Petersburg.
There is no greater attraction in this city than a visit to the HERMITAGE MUSEUM, housed in the Winter Palace built by the Swiss/Italian architect Rastrelli in 1754 during Empress Elizabeth’s reign. It remained the home of the imperial Russian Royal Family up to 1917. Its collection of paintings spans all eras and is particularly well known for its French Impressionist and modern art. The inside architecture is of outstanding beauty; note the magnificent Jordan staircase. A day to be remembered. (B)
Day 8 St. Petersburg.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
8 days from Moscow to St. Petersburg (6960)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triples available.
Supplement to upgrade to first-class (two-berth) on Moscow-St. Petersburg train:
Overnight train Moscow-St. Petersburg:
single accommodation not available; singles will be asked to share.
View the following dates and prices to find just the right date for your vacation. Below you’ll find the date the vacation starts and date you’ll return.
TourStart Date Return Date Land/Cruise Price
08-Jul-2016 15-Jul-2016 $1689 REQUEST QUOTE
22-Jul-2016 29-Jul-2016 $1689 REQUEST QUOTE
05-Aug-2016 12-Aug-2016 $1689 Not Available
19-Aug-2016 26-Aug-2016 $1689 REQUEST QUOTE
02-Sep-2016 09-Sep-2016 $1689 REQUEST QUOTE
16-Sep-2016 23-Sep-2016 $1689 Not Available
2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2016.
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
MOSCOW Holiday Inn Suschevsky (F)
ST. PETERSBURG Sokos Olympic Garden (F)
Overnight train Moscow-St. Petersburg in 4-berth, second-class couchette; see Dates & Prices for upgrade
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 lunches; 2 dinners
NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).
By Night No doubt you have seen pictures of the famous Moscow buildings illuminated at night but there is nothing like actually seeing them before your eyes! On this special evening tour by coach you will see Manezh Square, the new underground recreation center “Hunting Row” with Alexander Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Monument to General Zhukov, the Resurrection Gates with Our Lady of Iberia Chapel. Several stops will be made en route including the panorama Platform of Moscow University and Hill of Bows with Victory Park and the Fountains.
Approximate value: €30 EUR per person
Moscow Circus A stay in Moscow is not complete without having seen one of the famous circuses. There are 2 venues used – depending on the time of the year. One of them is the oldest circus in Russia being built in 1880. It has gained world popularity due to the skill of its trapeze artists, animal trainers and clowns. The other venue used is nowadays the biggest stationary circus in the world and can seat almost 3,400 people. It has produced over a hundred different performances starring the best Russian and foreign circus artists from many different countries.
Approximate value: €50 EUR per person
Cathedral Christ The Saviour Under the guidance of a local guide visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which is the tallest and largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world. When the last of Napoleon’s soldiers left Moscow, Tsar Alexander 1 signed an agreement declaring his intention to build a Cathedral in honor of Christ the Saviour. Construction work began on the Sparrow Hills in 1817 but as the site proved insecure a new site was chosen in 1837 closer to the Moscow Kremlin. The Cathedral took many years to build and the scaffolding was only removed in 1860. The Cathedral was finally consecrated on May 26th 1883, when Alexander 111 was crowned. However, on December 5th 1931 the Cathedral was dynamited and reduced to rubble. Eventually a new Cathedral was build and consecrated on August 19th 2000. During the visit you will have the opportunity to go up to the viewing platform on the roof of the Cathedral.
Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
Moscow River Cruise Join an original and fascinating evening cruise on the Moskva River through the historical center of Moscow. The cruise lasts just over an hour and there will be a guide on board to provide you with information about the sights seen from the river. The route includes the Kremlin, the Saint Basil Cathedral, the Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Variety Theatre, the Red October confectionery factory, a monument to Peter the Great, the Krymsky Bridge, the Gorky Park, Vorobyovy Gory hills and Luzniki Stadium. These famous city attractions look completely different and special when seen from the river.
Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
Tretyakov Gallery With a local guide visit The State Tretyakov Gallery, which is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. The date of its foundation is estimated as being around 1856 when the young Tretyakov first acquired works by Russian artists of his day, with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. His big desire was put into practice in 1892 when he presented Moscow with a large and already famous gallery containing over 2,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Approximate value: €40 EUR per person
Ballet Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see one of the famous ballets at the Hermitage Theatre, which is one of the oldest theatres in Russia. It was built by order of Catherine the Great in 1782-1785 on the site that was once Peter 1’s Winter Palace. The first season in the Theatre was opened in November 1785 with a comic opera and then in the 1980’s the entire building was restored and apart from Russian ballet performances it is also used for musical festivals. The repertoire of the ballet performances change each year so exact program will only be known once the tour starts.
Approximate value: €105 EUR per person
Canal Cruise Join a fascinating canal cruise to see the beautiful Russian city of St. Petersburg from the water. The cruise starts in the heart of the city on the Moika River before going on to the main waterway – the Neva River, where you can see Peter and Paul Fortress, the turquoise minarets of the Muslim Mosque and the legendery cruiser “Aurora”. The cruise then takes you on the Fontanka River where you can marvel at amongst other sights, the Summer garden with numerous marble statues and fascinating railings, Field of Mars and the building of the State Circus. You continue into the Kriukov Canal seeing St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the building of the Mariinskiy Theatre. The boat then takes you back into the Moika River and the heart of the city, having made a complete circle around the historical center of St. Petersburg.
Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
Catherine’s Palace Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the most fascinating monuments of world’s architectural and gardening arts of the 18th and 19th centuries – the Palace and Park ensemble of Tsarskoye Selo, under the guidance of a local guide. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 acres on which rise magnificent palaces, grand monuments, intimate pavilions and sculptures. In the center of the ensemble is Catherine’s Palace which contains exquisite decorative objects, furniture, unique collections of porcelain and both Russian and Western European paintings.
Approximate value: €48 EUR per person
Nikolaevsky Palace & Fourchette For a true Russian evening out why not join this excursion to Nikolaevsky Palace. The Palace was originally built for Grand Duke Nicole Nikolaevich in 1853. In 1895 it housed the Kseninsky Boarding School and then in the early 1918 the building was taken over by the Trade Union Council and renamed the Palace of Labour. On entering the Palace you will be greeted by soft music from a string quartet an after being seated you can enjoy a Russian show performed by folklore groups of the city. Lyrical dances and original Russian songs will help you learn more about the Russian soul. During the interval you will be served Russian refreshments and a glass of Russian champagne.
Approximate value: €50 EUR per person
Peter & Paul Fortress A local guide will show you round this fortress commissioned by Peter the Great and built in 1703 as a protection against the Swedes. It stands on Hare Island and is one of the most historic parts of the area – in fact it eventually became St. Petersburg. The Fortress became a notorious prison for people such as Dostoevky, Trotsky and Lenin’s eldest brother as well as many revolutionaries. In the center of the complex is a beautiful Cathedral with a golden spire, which is such a contrast to the grim, depressing jail. Inside the Cathedral one can see the tombs of most of the Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century, including that of Peter the Great himself. This fortress on Zayachiy Island is the historical core of St. Petersburg. Ordered and planned by Peter the Great in 1703, it is a monument of military and engineering craft.
Approximate value: €30 EUR per person
Not Included In Your Vacation Price (Land-Only or Cruise-Only)
Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees between $200 – $375 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Trip Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.
Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sergiyev Posad, Peterhof Palace & Gardens, and Hermitage Museum (entrance fees included); professional Tour Director while touring
Security train regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Note : Indian Nationals traveling to Russia require the original confirmation documents from Russia in order to process the visa. Towards the same, the following information is required –
CLIENT’S FULL NAME AS PER PASSPORT
PASSPORT NUMBER AND EXPIRATION DATE
CLIENT’S FULL DATE OF BIRTH
COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP
LIST OF ANY DISABILITIES IF APPLICABLE
The cost for procuring the docs from Russia is $150 per booking (subject to change). Please note that it takes 10 -14 days to get the docs from Russia.