RUSSIAN CAPITALS

Discover the imperial capitals of the world’s biggest country: Moscow and St. Petersburg, linked by the high-speed ‘Sapsan’ train

Moscow was the capital of Russia from the early 15th century until 1712 when Tsar Peter the Great moved his capital to St. Petersburg. It regained its status as capital in 1918. 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.

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.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Central Hotels
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 28

 

Special Event

Fabergé Museum Visit

A guided tour of the private Fabergé Museum. The museum houses a fabulous collection of items by Fabergé, including the largest collection of Fabergé eggs.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Moscow. Transfer to your chosen hotel for three nights.

Day 2 Tour of Moscow includes the famous Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, GUM department store, Moscow State University and its viewing platform on Sparrow Hills. Visit VDNKH, the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, including pavilions of the former Soviet republics and a relaxing park. Enjoy a tour of Moscow’s impressive Metro. (B)

Day 3 A morning visit to the Kremlin including the Assumption and Archangel Michael Cathedrals and the collections of the Armoury which include Fabergé Imperial eggs, state carriages, thrones and coronation dresses. (B)

Day 4 Afternoon journey on the Sapsan high-speed train to St. Petersburg (4 hrs 15 mins). Transfer to your chosen hotel for four nights. (B)

Day 5 A tour of St. Petersburg viewing St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and the Church on the Spilled Blood. Visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and to the private Fabergé Museum. Enjoy a typical Russian pie and a cup of tea. (B)

Day 6 Free day. Optional excursion (£85) to Peterhof Grand Palace, Peter the Great’s ’Russian Versailles’, the park, gardens and the fountains (summer only - mid-May to mid-October). (B)

Day 7 Visit to the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. (B)

Day 8 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.

2020

per person in a twin/double room
Standard Accommodation
Aeroflot from Heathrow/to Gatwick

Date Price
February 7 £1045
March 27 £1095
April 10 £1175
May 15 £1345
May 22 £1375
June 5 £1375
July 10 £1275
July 17 £1275
August 7 £1295
September 11 £1275
September 18 £1245
September 25 £1125
October 9 £1095
November 6 £1075
December 4 £1045

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495
(Feb/Mar/Sep 25/ Oct/Nov/Dec £275; Apr £375)

Accommodation Upgrades

Deluxe Accommodation £375
(Feb/Mar/Apr/Sep 25/Oct/Nov/Dec £485)
Single supplement £645
(May/Jun £875)

Flight Options

Lufthansa from Heathrow/Manchester/
Birmingham (via Frankfurt/Munich) £50
(Apr-Aug £125)

Optional Excursions

Peterhof Grand Palace £85

Extension Options

Extension - Vladimir/Suzdal
3 nights £645 (May - Oct)
Single supplement £145

Extra Nights - Moscow
Brosko Hotel (Standard)
(per night) £60
Single supplement £45

 Golden Ring Hotel (Deluxe)
(per night) £115
Single supplement £95

Extra Nights – St. Petersburg
Hotel Ambassador (Standard)
(per night) £125
(Feb, Mar, Sep 25 – Dec £55; Apr, Jul – Sep 18 £80)
Single Supplement £105
(Feb, Mar, Sep 25 – Dec £35; Apr, Jul – Sep 18 £65)

Taleon Imperial Hotel (Deluxe)
(per night) £195
(Feb, Mar, Sep 25 – Dec £105; Apr, Jul – Sep 18 £125)
Single Supplement £165
(Feb, Mar, Sep 25 – Dec £85; Apr, Jul – Sep 18 £105)

Privately Guided

Add £695 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £300
Arrival transfer add £45 
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
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.

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

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