HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA

Exceptional value to experience the magnificence of St. Petersburg & Moscow linked by a high-speed train, includes visits to the Hermitage & Kremlin

St. Petersburg was created just over 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his ‘Window on the West’. The most beautiful of Russian cities is a city unlike any other in Europe and certainly in Russia. The construction of the city started with the citadel of St. Petersburg, now the Peter and Paul Fortress, which was built to Domenico Trezzini’s design as a star fortress. This set the start of the development of the city by Italian and French architects to transform marshland into a great city, dubbed as ‘Venice of the North’, full of canals, cathedrals and palaces. The city has been restored to its former glory since the fall of Communism.

Moscow is one of the world’s most opulent and fascinating capitals. A city of contrasts where ancient monasteries stand side by ultra-modern skyscrapers. The Kremlin constructed by Italian masters from 1485 to 1495, is still at the heart of Moscow – symbolically, historically and strategically. The vast expanse of Red Square, measuring 500 metres in length, is flanked by the striking St. Basil’s Cathedral and GUM department store.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
New Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Central Hotel
Group Size: 8 – 28

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to St. Petersburg. Transfer to 3-star Kristoff Hotel for four nights.

Day 2 Tour of St. Petersburg viewing St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and the Church on the Spilled Blood. (B)

Day 3 Visit to the impressive State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Optional afternoon visit to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood which contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics (£48). (B)

Day 4 Optional morning excursion to Peterhof gardens, Peter the Great’s ’Russian Versailles’ (£70). Optional afternoon visit to Peter & Paul Fortress including Peter and Paul Cathedral (£48). (B)

Day 5 Morning journey on the Sapsan high-speed train to Moscow (4 hrs 15 mins). Transfer to 4-star Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki for two nights. Tour of Moscow includes the famous Red Square, GUM department store, Moscow State University and its viewing platform on Sparrow Hills. (B)

Day 6 A morning visit to the Kremlin including the Assumption and Archangel Michael Cathedrals and optional visit to the collections of the Armoury which include Fabergé Imperial eggs, state carriages, thrones and coronation dresses (£60). Optional afternoon visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and its viewing platform for a breathtaking view of Moscow (£58). (B)

Day 7 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This itinerary involves carrying luggage on and off a train.
We would be delighted to assist with booking ballet tickets at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow or Aleksandrinsky, Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatres in St. Petersburg. All prices will include a local ticket agency handling fee and so will not reflect the face value of your ticket.

2021

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room 
WizzAir from Luton

Date Price
September 7 £875

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £215

Flight Options

Aeroflot from Gatwick/to Heathrow £100

Optional Excursions

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood £48
Peterhof Gardens £70
Peter & Paul Fortress £48
Kremlin Armoury Collections £60
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour £58

Extension Options

Extra Nights – St. Petersburg
Kristoff Hotel (per night) £55
(Sep £85)
Single supplement £45
(Sep £75)

Extra Nights – Moscow
Holiday Inn Sokolniki (per night) £80
Single supplement £60

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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