Amazing Cornerstones of Russia St Petersburg to Moscow Tour
Tsarist opulence and megacity exuberance, venture to Russia and explore the cornerstones of the nation, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
The pillars of Russia are without a doubt the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow. While brothers in arms, the cities are also surprisingly different, with St. Petersburg borrowing more from the West, while Moscow retains a very Eastern feel and culture.
You'll discover both on this wonderful exploration with a private guide. Starting in St. Petersburg, you'll familiarize yourself with the opulent city on a private tour of the signature sights, and the stunning Peterhof Palace, with its gilded statues and eloaborately manicured grounds.
Take a visit of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, then board a cruise on the Neva River with your private guide for a different perspective of the city. Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral which dominates the city skyline, and uncover Yusupov Palace, one of the city's most mysterious sites.
Head east for Moscow, where you'll get your bearings on a private evening tour of Moscow, as the city begins to glow.
For a stark contrast, set out during the day with your private guide and uncover the city sights, including the bohemian area of Arbat Street, and the Moscow Metro, a crowning achievement of the USSR. Breach the fortified red walls of the Kremlin, the compound that houses the workplace of President Putin, and discover along with your guide the micro city within, including the impressive Armory Chamber.
Get a dose of West and East all in one go. These are the cornerstones of Russia.
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A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
Enjoy your private airport transfer to your hotel with vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English speaking assistant will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.
Accommodation: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (5*)
The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is a historical, cultural and culinary landmark that has played an important role in St. Petersburg's history for over 130 years. A truly iconic hotel, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city’s great architectural treasures—renowned for its impressive façade and decorative interiors.
Positioned adjacent to Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and dance. A stay here takes you straight to the heart of Russia, especially during the White Days of winter, when snow lies outside and a warm welcome waits within.
With a private guide and driver, set out on a panoramic tour to get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. View Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried.
Visit St. Peter and St. Paul's fortress, view St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman». Drive by Summer Garden with the oldest royal stone palace and breathtaking collection of Italian statues and sculpture set in a natural surrounding.
Drive through the Square of Arts and enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex.
Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof.
The world-famous palace, fountain and park is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. Learn from your private guide about the fate of the palace and the parks during the World War II, see the pictures representing the palace and in process of restoration works.
Walk through the various fountains of different sizes and shapes in the lower Park, and admire the beautiful gardens. Entrance fee to Peterhof Palace is included in the tour price.
Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel for a half-day tour of Hermitage Museum.
During the tour, you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art.
Value the splendor of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall, and its various amusements, and other gala rooms.
You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items, and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso.
You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art.
Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum.
Enjoy a cruise along the Neva river and canals for approx. 1.5 hr with private guide. A private boat can be arranged from May to Sept.
Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the forth largest domed cathedral in the world, one of the best samples of the world monumental sculpture and one of the symbols of St. Petersburg.
The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people. It took 40 years to construct this fascinating temple. The dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral now dominates the city skyline. Continue with Yusupov Palace one of the most mysterious places in St. Petersburg.
Yusupov Palace once belonging to princes Yusupovs noble family is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. The palace retains its genuine interiors of the 19th century.
The influence of the art of various cultures can be traced in the Turkish study, Oaken dining-room, Musical chambers and the chamber of Henry II. The real gem of the palace is the exotic Moresque chamber.
The luxurious decorations of the interiors are dazzling: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, silk clothes and refined furniture.
The cellar of the palace became the setting of the murder of one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history -Grigory Rasputin.
The legendary favourite of the wife of Emperor Nicolas II, Rasputin convinced the royal family that he possessed supernatural powers and that only he could cure the heir to the throne Alexis, who suffered from haemophilia.
Rasputin had strong influence on the decisions of the tsar and tsarina. Nowadays the cellar houses an exhibition about the life of Grigory Rasputin.
Return to hotel. Entrance fee included.
Enjoy your private train station transfer with your vehicle, driver and English speaking assistant.
Enjoy the high speed Sapsan train from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
Enjoy your private train station transfer with your vehicle, driver and English speaking assistant.
Meet your private guide and driver for a half-day tour. The Russian capital will present itself in wonderful illumination on the your private Moscow by Night city lights tour this evening. An impressive contrast from Moscow during the day, the city awakens in an entirely different way once the sun sets.
Afterward, you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your guide and experience Stalin’s “palaces for the people”, Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendor and beauty.
Accommodation: Four Seasons (5*)
Housed in a modern replica of the legendary Hotel Moskva, the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is just steps from Red Square, the Kremlin, the St. Basil’s Cathedral with its colorful domes and the State Duma.
This stylish and contemporary 5-star hotel pays tribute to the rich history of Moscow. The property welcomes guests to enjoy the one-of-a-kind rooms featuring décor that combines vibrant colors, elegant furnishings, and modern conveniences to create comfort for all guest.
Friendly, attentive service anticipates guests’ every request. The five restaurants and bars at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow cater to every taste and occasion including authentic Italian cuisine, regional specialties, and international fares.
The hotel features state-of-the-art facilities including Amnis Spa, hair salon, nail bar, 24-hour Fitness Centre and heated indoor pool in a glass-roofed courtyard.
Enjoy a full city tour of Moscow.
View the panorama of the Kremlin from the Sophiiskaya Embankment, Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, Christ The Savior Cathedral, New Arbat Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, view of St. Basil Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square and shopping.
Visit Moscow Metro, one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union's achievements both for the Russians and foreign visitors.
Each station has a unique decorative motive utilizing semi-precious stones and sculptures. The tour will proceed to bohemian Old Arbat street, with souveniers and traditional objects. (No entrance fees included in package except metro fare)
Enjoy a full day tour starting at the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President.
Visit the Armory Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia and unique art.
Continue your trip to Sergiev Posada, 74 km away from Moscow, a lovely provincial town of Russia whose life centred around the monastery.
An overwhelming panoramic view of the Holy Trinity from the "Pancake" Hill. Explore the unique monastic ensemble of Russian Orthodoxy from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and witness a functioning monastery with 200 monks, 300 novices and an Ecclesiastical Academy on its grounds.
Here, the finest choirs of Russia can be heard at services in any of the 5 churches open to the public (Entrance fees included for Kremlin Territory, Armory Chamber and Sergiev Posad).
Meet your private driver and transportation for an airport transfer.
Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.
8 days from $4,192 per person*
- Uncover Moscow by night with private guide for a different perspective on this metropolis.
- Tour the renowned Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg with private guide.
- Private guided visit to the Kremlin and Armory Chamber in Moscow.
- Visit the lavish Peterhof Palace with private guide.
- Five star accommodations throughout.
Trip Terms & Conditions
- Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
- Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
- Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
- Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
- Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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- Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.
* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.