DAY 1:Welcome to Moscow!
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the hotel or getting acquainted with the local area on your own.
DAY 2:Moscow's main attractions
Our Moscow discovery starts with a Kremlin grounds tour, following most iconic attractions, including the Red Square, the State Historical Museum, GUM (a luxurious shopping centre) and the colourful Saint Basil's Cathedral. As an option for today - the Russian ballet performance at the iconic Bolshoi Theatre.
DAY 3:Metropolitan & Tretyakov gallery
Day starts with a tour of the Tretyakov State Gallery, established at the end of the 19th century. Next we embark on the tour of the Moscow Metro - world's largest and oldest, its beautiful underground stations are tourist attractions in their own right. We arrive to the Sparrow Hills to enjoy an unforgettable panorama of the city and check the Moscow State University – iconic Soviet Era landmark.
DAY 4:Free day
Today is free to explore the monumental capital on your own, as an option we invite you on a guided tour to Izmailovo Kremlin and its markets. Here you can visit various museums and enjoy this sprawling area, also known as Vernisazh market.
In the evening you’ll be transferred to the train station for a departure by fast train (3h) to the cultural capital of Russia – St.Petersburg. On arrival, you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel.
DAY 5:The heart of St Petersburg
Our introduction to the cultural capital of Russia starts with the guided city tour, you'll visit Nevsky Propsekt, see the Kazan Cathedral, St. Isaac's Cathedral - the second tallest Orthodox church in the world, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. After lunch, we tour the grounds of the magnificent Peter and Paul Fortress.
DAY 6:The State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum - the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the most respected art museums in the world. We will explore the endless treasures of the Russian Tsars, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Monet, Van Gogh and Matisse.
As an option for this evening, we invite you to enjoy the traditional Russian dance performance in Nikolaevsky Palace.
Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Peterhof which is usually called "Russian Versailles" - a huge open air museum and a testament to Peter the Great’s contribution to the city’s development. We will explore Monplaisir Palace and Grand Palace, including its truly spectacular Grand Cascade.
In the evening (as an option), discover splendour of the city by night, with a cruise along the Neva River.
DAY 8:Tsarskoye Selo
Experience the extravagance of the Imperial rulers on an excursion to the suburban estates of the Romanov Tsars. - Tsarskoe Selo in Pushkin town - one of Saint Petersburg’s finest attractions. Amid exquisite parks and gardens you’ll find the baroque Catherine Palace, a dazzling testament to Catherine’s love of luxury and royal excess. We also explore the stately neoclassical Alexander Palace and the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.
DAY 9:Farewell hugs
Our Moscow and Saint Petersburg tour has come to an end. After breakfast, we check out from the hotel, transfer to the airport say farewell to this beautiful city, until next time!
Centrally located 3* hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg (can be upgraded to 4 or 5*)
Breakfasts in the hotels
Group airport and train station arrival and departure transfers
All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary (car, metro)
Local English-speaking tour leader, licensed professional guides for sightseeing
Activities and sights
All activities indicated in the itinerary, except optional.
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Russian visa support documents.
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips