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Starting in Moscow, we visit iconic attractions including the Kremlin and Red Square, before travelling to St Petersburg - a city so rich in history its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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DEPARTURE TIMES

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Moscow
 
DAY 1
 

LONDON TO MOSCOW

We depart from London on our flight to Moscow, a fascinating city which still feels a world away from Western European capitals. On arrival in the Russian metropolis we transfer to the 4-star Marriott Tverskaya Hotel, housed in a distinctive Art Nouveau building on Tverskaya Ulitsa, the city's historic central thoroughfare.

INCLUDES:
  • Dinner
  • Scheduled flights
St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
 
DAY 2
 

EXPLORING MOSCOW

Having played a pivotal role both in Russia's political history and on the world stage for centuries, Moscow's enormous array of cultural heritage is virtually unmatched. Today we discover some of these attractions on a guided tour of the city. Moscow is in a constant state of flux; all of the resounding changes that sent seismic shock waves through the country originated here, yet there are reminders from every chapter of the city's long and fascinating past at every turn. From medieval cathedrals to towering Stalinist skyscrapers, with hints of the regal Tsarist influence, this incredible city has to be seen to be believed. Among the highlights today we see the Sparrow Hills, which marks one of the highest points in Moscow and offers a wonderful panorama over the bustling frenzy of the sprawling city below. We also visit the monumental Red Square, a major focal point of the city. Here we see Lenin's Mausoleum, where thousands file past the Communist revolutionary's tomb. Our final visit today is to the impressive Moscow State University, with its beautiful collections of diverse architectural styles and enchanting botanical gardens.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Moscow
The Kremlin, Moscow
 
DAY 3
 

THE KREMLIN

Today we visit the Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site and arguably the most famous landmark in all of Russia. The imposing citadel is surrounded by twenty 18th century towers, and is home to cathedrals, palaces and museums. It is also the seat of government. On arrival we take a tour of the extensive grounds, seeing some of the edifices that have shaped the country. We also visit one of the stunning cathedrals, which are famed for their intricate and detailed interiors. In the afternoon we visit the lively Arbat Street, a pedestrianised shopping thoroughfare that claims to be one of Russia's oldest streets. Much-loved by locals, this prestigious road is lined with grand townhouses built for the nobility. Here we have time to admire the charming setting, where street vendors proudly display their souvenirs and passing shoppers are entertained by energetic street artists. Later we enjoy a tour of Moscow's amazing Metro system. Dating back to the 1930s, the Metro is more than a simple transport system; it is a true highlight of the city. Marble, bronze, chandeliers and stained glass adorn the entrance halls, and the vaulted ceilings are supported by elegant columns. The magnificent stations feature art and sculpture spanning Soviet philosophy to modernist avant-garde. We return to the hotel at the end of an unforgettable day.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast
  • Kremlin Tour
  • Arbat Street
  • Moscow Metro tour
St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg
 
DAY 4
 

BY RAIL TO ST PETERSBURG

Today we leave Moscow and travel by rail to St Petersburg, enjoying a journey on the modern Sapsan service. Named after the Russian for Peregrine Falcon, the sleek high-speed train reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour along the route. Our journey takes us from the heart of Moscow and through the industrial towns in its outer suburbs, then across farmland and pastoral scenes as we continue to gather speed. Before long we arrive in St Petersburg, one of Russia's largest cities and a former imperial capital. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the 4-Star Helvetia Hotel.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Peter & Paul Fortress, St Petersburg
 
DAY 5
 

SIGHTSEEING IN ST PETERSBURG

Located at the head of the Gulf of Finland, St Petersburg is a vibrant, outward-facing city. It was developed just 300 years ago to reduce the threat of a Swedish attack, but was clearly influenced by the architectural movements taking place in the rest of Europe at that time. Today the former swamp has blossomed into a magnificent city; with its grand boulevards, open squares and network of canals, it is a delight to explore - boasting a wealth of historic monuments and celebrated cultural attractions. We enjoy a guided tour of the city's main sights, including the Peter and Paul Fortress. Occupying a commanding position on an island in the Neva River, this mighty structure was the city's first stone building - and played an important role in the shaping of St Petersburg. Originally designed as a defensive fort, the complex was also used as a prison, holding distinguished activists including Dostoevsky and Gorky. Today the site is preserved as an enthralling museum, and here you are free to admire its exhibitions at your own pace. Following the tour, your afternoon is at leisure.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast
  • Tour of St Petersburg
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
Peterhof Palace
 
DAY 6
 

PETERHOF PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE

Today's excursion takes us to a real highlight of St Petersburg, the spellbinding Peterhof Palace. Sometimes referred to as a 'Russian Versailles', the opulent complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its beautiful grounds filled with spectacular fountains and waterways. The string of glittering palaces were constructed by Peter the Great with no expense spared, and as such they display some of the finest and most lavish artworks and ornaments that the world has to offer, whilst the impressive gardens stretch out almost all the way to the sea shore. We explore the spectacular grounds and the many attractions on show.

Later we continue to what is widely renowned as the most celebrated attraction in St Petersburg, the captivating Hermitage. Founded by Catherine the Great In 1764, this mesmerising museum houses an incredible collection of over 3 million artefacts pertaining to various eras and countries. Set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace, its surroundings alone are a delight to explore; the extraordinary exhibits are displayed in spacious halls with gilded marble columns and patterned mosaic floors, and huge chandeliers of crystal hang from the ceilings. These stunningly beautiful rooms encapsulate the history of the Russian Tsars and the Romanov family - at the head of one corridor is the clock stopped by Tsar Nicholas at the moment the Palace was stormed in 1917. You are free to explore the museum's unrivalled collection of treasures at your own pace.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Peterhof Tour
  • The Hermitage
Return to London
 
DAY 7
 

RETURN TO LONDON

Leaving St Petersburg behind, today we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.

INCLUDES:
  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled flights

 

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