Discover the capitals of the world’s biggest country: St. Petersburg and Moscow, linked by the high-speed ‘Sapsan’ train
St. Petersburg - 4 nights
Moscow - 3 nights
St. Petersburg, the most beautiful of Russian cities, was the vision of Peter the Great who, in 1703, ordered its construction beginning with the Fortress of Peter & Paul, a stronghold guarding the mouth of the Neva River; later bringing the finest European architects to create an elegant ensemble of palatial buildings. Built on a hundred islands and criss-crossed by canals and innumerable bridges, it is a city of palaces, churches and cathedrals.
Moscow was the capital of Russia from the early 15th century. In the 18th century, the influence of Italian and French architects, which so inspired St. Petersburg, spread to Moscow and the surrounding countryside and it was thus that the great families of the period erected splendid houses and palaces.
Red Square in Moscow is one of the largest of its kind and is flanked by St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM department store and at its very heart, the Kremlin. Originally a fortress, this 60-acre architectural icon houses some of Russia’s finest churches, palaces and monasteries.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to St. Petersburg. Transfer to your chosen hotel for four nights.
Day 2 A morning tour viewing St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and the Church on the Spilled Blood. Afternoon visit to the private Fabergé Museum. (B)
Day 3 Free day. Optional excursion to Catherine and Pavlovsk palaces (£95). (B)
Day 4 Visit Peter & Paul Fortress and cathedral and later, the Hermitage. Remain at the Hermitage or explore the city independently. (B)
Day 5 Afternoon journey on the Sapsan high-speed train to Moscow (4 hrs 15 mins). Transfer to your chosen hotel for three nights. (B)
Day 6 Tour of Moscow including the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery where such notables as Chekhov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich are buried. Enjoy a short tour of Moscow’s impressive Metro. (B)
Day 7 A morning visit to the Kremlin including the collections of the Armoury and Assumption and Archangel Michael Cathedrals. (B)
Day 8 Return flight. (B)
A simple, historic 3-star hotel on the embankment of the Fontanka River, a short walk from Nevsky Prospekt. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 72 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.
Well-located, just a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and near a metro station and Tretyakov Gallery, this 4-star hotel has a restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). All 118 air-conditioned rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Situated on Nevsky Prospekt in the heart of St. Petersburg, this 5-star hotel is housed in an 18th-century palace. Restaurant, bar, café, gym, indoor pool, sauna, spa, sun terrace and WiFi (free). 89 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Located on the Moskva River, offering fine views of the Kremlin, this 5-star hotel is a 10-minute walk from Red Square. Facilities include restaurant, bar, café, indoor pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). All 227 air-conditioned rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Modern 4-star hotel, close to the Mariinsky Theatre and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 251 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A modern, sleek 4-star hotel on the Moskva River, a 15-minute walk from Red Square and near Tretyakov Gallery. Restaurant, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 35 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Veliky Novgorod Pre-Tour Extension
A rare opportunity to explore Russia’s first capital, one of the most historic cities in Russia. Stay at the 3-star Volkhov Hotel. Includes visits to St. George’s monastery and the Kremlin, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to Veliky Novgorod for two nights at the 3-star Volkhov Hotel.
Day 2 Visit to the Kremlin, St. Sophia's Cathedral, St. George's Monastery and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. (B)
Day 3 Transfer by rail to St. Petersburg. (B)
A traditional 3-star hotel in the centre of Veliky Novgorod, within walking distance of the ancient Kremlin and the Sofia embankment. Restaurant, bar, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 122 rooms with private facilities, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
A rare opportunity to explore two cities which form part of the Golden Ring. Travel by high-speed train to Vladimir, the former capital of medieval Russia. Continue to Suzdal, known as an open-air museum for its wooden buildings. Stay at the 3-star traditional Suzdal Inn with 18 rooms, close to the Kremlin. Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 2 dinners. (May-Oct only)
Day 1 Travel by high-speed train to Vladimir (2 hrs). Tour of Vladimir includes the Assumption Cathedral, and views of the Dimitrievsky Cathedral and the Golden Gate. Transfer to Suzdal for two nights at the 3-star Suzdal Inn. (L, D)
Day 2 Tour of Suzdal includes the Kremlin with the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and the Spaso-Efimievsky Monastery. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Transfer to Vladimir and by high-speed train to Moscow. Return flight. (B)
Traditional 3-star eco-friendly hotel, close to the Kremlin. Restaurant, banya (payable), WiFi (free) and 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow*
Supplements per person
Single supplement £205
(Jul £335; Aug/Sep £255)
Superior Accommodation – £155
Single supplement £385
Deluxe Accommodation – £485
Single supplement £625
British Airways Club Europe from £675
Extension - Vladimir/Suzdal (Jul-Oct only)
2 nights – £575
Single supplement £60
Extension - Veliky Novgorod (pre-tour)
Volkhov Hotel - 2 nights £495
Single supplement £70
Extra Nights - St. Petersburg
Hotel Asteria (Standard)
(per night) £35
(Jul £65, Aug/Sep £45)
Single supplement £25
(Jul £55, Aug/Sep £40, Oct/Nov £30)
Hotel Ambassador (Superior)
(per night) £75
(Nov £40, Jul 8 £110)
Single supplement £55
Taleon Imperial Hotel (Deluxe)
Price on Request
Extra Nights - Moscow
Park Inn Sadu (Standard)
(per night) £45
Single supplement £35
Kadashevskaya Hotel (Superior)
(per night) £75
Single supplement £55
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski (Deluxe)
(per night) £110
Single supplement £80
Add £695 per person
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £75
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
Aeroflot from London Gatwick to St. Petersburg and return from Moscow to London Heathrow on these dates: Sep 30, Oct 14, Nov 11.
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