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The Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg: 8 days
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The Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg: 8 days

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Tour Russia's two most iconic cities with this The Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg: 8 days. You'll discover the must-see sights of this country rich in history and culture.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Visiting Moscow's Red Square
Convent of Novice Maidens in Moscow
Moscow Kremlin
Ascension Church, Kolomenskoye
Moscow metro
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Peterhof

The Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg: 8 days

Day 1: Moscow

You'll be met on arrival at Moscow airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Moscow

The first day in Moscow will be spent exploring the wonders of the Russian capital. We'll start at the iconic Red Square, where we'll see the impressive St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the symbols of Moscow. We'll continue to learn about the fascinating history of the country at Lenin's Mausoleum, where the embalmed body of the leader of the Russian Revolution lies.

You'll have some free time in the shops of the GUM, an imperial-era shopping mall, and then continue to discover the mysteries of the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Convent of the Novice Maidens, admiring the exterior. The first day will end with a stop at the observation deck of Moscow State University, from where there are breathtaking views of the city. 

Day 3: Moscow

After breakfast, we'll continue to discover the amazing Moscow by visiting the Kremlin, the former residence of the Tsars and nowadays of the President of Russia. We'll visit the Armoury Museum to see the weapons and armour on display here, and have the opportunity to see the famous Fabergé eggs - a real treasure! Afterwards, we'll take a tour of the most beautiful stations of the Moscow metro to see their decorations with mosaics, stained glass windows and bronze sculptures - their beauty is unique!

Day 4: Moscow

We won't leave Moscow without visiting the summer residence of the Tsars: Kolomenskoye. It was here that Peter the Great and other Russian princes spent their childhood. We'll see its ancient wooden buildings with pyramidal roofs, typical of Russia, and temples such as the Church of the Ascension, built by order of the Grand Prince Vasily III in honour of the birth of his heir, the future Ivan the Terrible. 

Afterwards, we'll return to the hotel, from where we'll take you to the station to take the train to St. Petersburg. If you choose the night train, you'll have the evening free to say goodbye to Moscow, as the train departs at 11:40 pm, arriving at 8:35 am the following day. The day train departs at 4:30 pm and arrives in St Petersburg at 8:25 pm. For those of you who choose the latter option, we'll be waiting for you on arrival to take you to the hotel where you'll spend the night. 

Day 5: St. Petersburg

We'll pick you up at your arrival at the station for breakfast or at the hotel lobby in St. Petersburg to start the guided tour of the Venice of the North. 

We'll visit its most representative monuments, such as St. Peter and Paul's Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour of the Spilled Blood. Then we'll see the cruiser Aurora, the legendary ship whose canon signalled the beginning of the revolution. After the tour, we'll go to the hotel to spend the night.

Day 6: St. Petersburg

We'll have breakfast and continue our discovery of St. Petersburg with a visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world. The museum is housed in the majestic Winter Palace, the former official residence of the Russian Tsars, and houses a collection of over three million works of art from the Stone Age to the present day.

You'll see works by great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and the French Impressionists, as well as sculptures, icons and even imperial jewellery. Once the guided tour is over, you can stay in the museum to explore its rooms on your own, as you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. 

Day 7: St. Petersburg

After a hearty breakfast, we'll leave the city for Peterhof. A majestic complex of palaces used by the Tsars as summer residences, Peterhof is a historic site for Russian artistic culture in the 17th and 19th centuries. We'll stroll through its beautiful 18th century parks and fountains as we marvel at its history. Afterwards, we'll return to St. Petersburg and you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. 

Day 8: St. Petersburg

After breakfast, you'll be driven to St. Petersburg airport in time for your return flight. 

Transport by train

The most popular form of inter-city transport in Russia is the train. For the journey between Moscow and St. Petersburg, you can choose between the daytime high-speed Sapsan train and the luxury night train Grand Express. Regardless of your choice, you won't miss any of the sights on the itinerary, as you'll always take the train after the sightseeing programme has been completed. 

What is the difference between the day train and the night train?

The day train journey takes 4 hours and during the trip, you'll have the opportunity to see the beautiful Russian countryside. This option has a higher price, as an extra night's accommodation in St. Petersburg is added. 

On the other hand, the overnight train journey is 9 hours but departs later, giving you more free time in Moscow. This is a unique experience, as it's the way people used to travel in Russia in the old days. You'll travel in a 4-seater compartment including beds and sheets. 

Accommodation 

The tour includes 6 nights' accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels in double or single rooms and 1 night on the night train between Moscow and St. Petersburg or 7 nights' accommodation with the same characteristics if you choose the day train option. The planned hotels are as follows:

  • Moscow (3 nights): Ibis Moscow Centre Bakhrushina 3* or Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center 4*.
  • St Petersburg (3 or 4 nights): Hotel Nevsky Grand 3* or M-Hotel 3* or Hotel Petro Palace 4*.

If you opt for the night train and don't wish to share a train compartment with other people, you can pay a supplement. Please indicate this in the comments at the time of booking and we'll send you a request to pay the supplement.

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Price

6 nights in a 3* hotel + Night train
Adults in double room Adults in single room Children between 12 and 16 years old Children between 5 and 12 years old Children between 3 and 5 years old Children under 3 years old
US$ 1,239
US$ 1,369
US$ 1,177
US$ 929.30
US$ 620.30
US$ 310.10
7 nights in a 3* hotel + Night train
Adults in double room Adults in single room Children between 12 and 16 years old Children between 5 and 12 years old Children between 3 and 5 years old Children under 3 years old
US$ 1,273
US$ 1,437
US$ 1,210
US$ 955.40
US$ 637.30
US$ 318
6 nights in a 4* hotel + Night train
Adults in double room Adults in single room Children between 12 and 16 years old Children between 5 and 12 years old Children between 3 and 5 years old Children under 3 years old
US$ 1,352
US$ 1,573
US$ 1,284
US$ 1,014
US$ 676.90
US$ 338.40
7 nights in a 4* hotel + Night train
Adults in double room Adults in single room Children between 12 and 16 years old Children between 5 and 12 years old Children between 3 and 5 years old Children under 3 years old
US$ 1,409
US$ 1,686
US$ 1,339
US$ 1,057
US$ 705.20
US$ 352

6 nights in a 3* hotel + Night train

  • Adults in double room

    US$ 1,239
  • Adults in single room

    US$ 1,369
  • Children between 12 and 16 years old

    US$ 1,177
  • Children between 5 and 12 years old

    US$ 929.30
  • Children between 3 and 5 years old

    US$ 620.30
  • Children under 3 years old

    US$ 310.10

7 nights in a 3* hotel + Night train

  • Adults in double room

    US$ 1,273
  • Adults in single room

    US$ 1,437
  • Children between 12 and 16 years old

    US$ 1,210
  • Children between 5 and 12 years old

    US$ 955.40
  • Children between 3 and 5 years old

    US$ 637.30
  • Children under 3 years old

    US$ 318

6 nights in a 4* hotel + Night train

  • Adults in double room

    US$ 1,352
  • Adults in single room

    US$ 1,573
  • Children between 12 and 16 years old

    US$ 1,284
  • Children between 5 and 12 years old

    US$ 1,014
  • Children between 3 and 5 years old

    US$ 676.90
  • Children under 3 years old

    US$ 338.40

7 nights in a 4* hotel + Night train

  • Adults in double room

    US$ 1,409
  • Adults in single room

    US$ 1,686
  • Children between 12 and 16 years old

    US$ 1,339
  • Children between 5 and 12 years old

    US$ 1,057
  • Children between 3 and 5 years old

    US$ 705.20
  • Children under 3 years old

    US$ 352

* The price varies based on the chosen date

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

8 days.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Pick up at Moscow airport

Transfer to St. Petersburg airport

Transport by minibus

Day or night train between Moscow and St. Petersburg

6 or 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast in 3 or 4 star hotels

English speaking guide

Entrance fees

Visa processing

Visa processing fees

Not included

International flights

Lunches and dinners

Travel insurance

Optional activities

When to book?

You can book up until 15 days before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

from
US$ 1,239
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 15 days before

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 15 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.