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Moscow & St Petersburg Highlights

Visit both Moscow & St petersburg for a wonderful insight into russia

6 days

from £1,770pp (excluding flights)

A visit to both Moscow and St Petersburg gives a greater insight into this fascinating country. While St Petersburg is classically beautiful, Moscow still has a few rough edges, which only acts to enhance the city.

  • Marvel at Russian art in Moscow and European art in St Petersburg
  • Travel by train between the two cities
  • Explore the magnificent gardens and fountains of Peterhof Palace
  • Visit Catherine Palace at Pushkin

Stand outside the iconic walls of the Kremlin and wander through the peaceful cathedrals within. See modern Russia art and watch the sun bounce off the gold domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Travel to St Petersburg by fast day train to see first-hand the contrast of these two cities. Of course the Hermitage with one of the world’s largest art collections, palaces such as Peterhof and Pushkin, a short distance from the city. Stand and listen to choral music at Peter and Paul Fortress before travelling by hydrofoil to the summer Palace of Peterhof. Take time to visit smaller palaces such as Menshikov and the painted ceilings of St Isaac's Cathedral. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Moscow

The ancient city of Moscow is the focal point of modern Russia and everything that it has come to represent. It is a city where history unfolds around every corner, whether in the shape of the magnificent golden domed cathedrals and churches, or the historic and instantly-recognisable Kremlin. With a rich history and an insatiable hunger to embrace global modernity, Moscow is a compelling city.

You will be staying at Golden Apple Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 2

City Tour
Visits will include Red Square, the Kremlin territory with cathedrals and Armoury museum, the famous GUM department store, now full of designer shops rather than Russian goods but with stunning architecture and St Basil's Cathedral. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on the banks of the Moskva River is also a must see with its gold domes and painted ceilings.

You will be staying at Golden Apple Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Mornings Sightseeing before train
This morning a further few hours sightseeing to the Tretyakov Gallery has been included before being driven to the station to catch the train to St Petersburg after lunch.

Train from Moscow to St Petersburg

High speed Sapsan train. A journey of approximately four hours.

Extolled by many great Russian poets and artists, St Petersburg was the capital of Russia before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and is today regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cosmopolitan and cultured, Russia's former capital city boasts an architectural identity and Bohemian ambience unique to the city. It is a dazzling place, and it is easy to see why it is known to some as 'Northern Venice'.

You will be staying at Hotel Astoria, bed and breakfast

Day 4

City Tour
This morning visit Peter and Paul Fortress which stands on a small island in the Neva River. This was the first building in St Petersburg and as a fortress was where state prisoners of the 18th - 19th centuries, such as Dostoevsky and Tzarevich Alexis (Peter the Great's son), were held and tortured.
Also visit St Isaac's Cathedral, whose most dominant feature is the huge dome, covered with nearly 100kg of gold, which can be clearly seen from outside the city. Finally, see the Smolny Cathedral, which is built in a blue and white Baroque style.

You will be staying at Hotel Astoria, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Full Day Sightseeing to Peterhof & Yussupov Palace
Peterhof, or Peter's Court, dates back to 1715, and is a former summer residence of the Russian Tsars. It consists of an extensive formal 18th century garden and number of palaces. Situated on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is accessible by both road and hydrofoil. As at Versailles, the parks are geometrically laid out with 144 fountains and three cascades (these only work during the summer). The complex consists of the Grand Palace, the Monplaisir Palace, the Marly Palace and the Alexandria Park as well as a number of other small palaces in the grounds.

Originally built in the mid 18th century for Count Shuvalov, the Yussupov palace was owned from 1899 by the Yussupov family who were rumoured, at the time of the revolution, to be the richest family in Russia. It has been beautifully restored and while the exquisite miniature theatre is perhaps the most notable part, the palace is of note as being the place where Rasputin was murdered in 1916.

You will be staying at Hotel Astoria, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Fly St Petersburg to London


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Hotel Astoria

Hotel Astoria

Part of the Rocco Forte portfolio, the Hotel Astoria is a glorious five-star hotel....

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