Day 3 (Sunday): Moscow
Today is a day at leisure. You might like to join the Optional tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Armoury Chamber and Metro Station tour. After breakfast, your guide will meet you in reception to take you to the most famous landmark of the city, the magnificent Kremlin. Within the territory is the fascinating Armoury Chamber- your guide will include a visit to this spectacular collection of costumes, silver and arms amongst a vast treasure trove of exhibits. Our tour continues to the Danilovsky food market, the oldest trading place in Moscow, where a vast range of food products are available. It is also a great spot for lunch, with a diverse range of regional dishes available (not included). The tour concludes with a visit to some of the spectacular underground metro stations of Moscow, known as the ‘Palaces of the People’ when they were first built. You will be amazed at the beautiful sculptures, bronzes, mosaics and crystal chandeliers. We return to the hotel (by metro) at around 16.00, or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.
Day 4 (Monday): Moscow - St. Petersburg
Check-out at your leisure by 12.00. There is free time until early afternoon departure transfer from the hotel to the railway station. Be ready in reception for transfer to Leningradsky rail station for your journey from Moscow to St Petersburg on the high speed Sapsan train.
You might like to join the Optional tour of the Bolshoi Theatre with breakfast at the Metropol Hotel (not included). Check-out, leave your luggage in the left-luggage room, and depart the hotel for the famous historic Metropol Hotel where you will enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast, including champagne and caviar in the beautiful Metropol Restaurant. If you haven’t read it yet, you must read ‘A gentleman in Moscow’!
After breakfast, a short walk to the Bolshoi Theatre for a one-hour guided tour, including the recently restored 19th century interiors and a view of the main stage from the royal box. If you are lucky there may be scenery installation or even a rehearsal in progress. After some free time in the city centre, return to the hotel with your guide to collect the other members of your group before transferring to the railway station. (If all group members take the optional tour then you will leave the hotel with your luggage in the morning.)
Trains departs Moscow at 4:30pm*. Arriving at approximately 8.45pm, transfer with our local guide and check in to your hotel for 4 nights at 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel* (or similar). This evening is at leisure.
*Train times may vary.
Day 5 (Tuesday): St. Petersburg
After breakfast, your panoramic orientation tour of the city will begin. You will see all the major sights of the beautiful city of St Petersburg, including the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and pass along the famous Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also on our route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood. Included today is a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, which guards the city of St Petersburg, located on the island facing the Hermitage and dominating the Neva River. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. There, Prince Alexei, a son of Peter the Great and a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were all held as prisoners. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725. You will also visit the Church on the Spilled Blood. With five domes, it is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior and with an interior containing 7000 sq m of mosaics. Its colloquial name refers to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II at the same location in 1881. During the tour there will be a break for coffee and doughnuts in the oldest doughnut shop in St Petersburg, still a favourite with locals. We end the tour with a visit to the Vodka Museum, where we have arranged a tasting of a selection of traditional Russian vodkas with snacks. Return to the hotel at around 16.00 or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel. This evening is at leisure.
Day 6 (Wednesday): St. Petersburg
Today is a day at leisure. You might like to join the Optional tour of the Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building (Impressionists collection). After breakfast, After breakfast, your guide will take you to the world-famous Hermitage Museum – the magnificent collection of art in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. Enjoy a guided tour in the largest museum in the World, founded in 1764; with a collection of more than 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. We also include a visit to the new General Staff building, home to the French impressionist collection – a feast for art lovers. Free time will be allowed for a short lunch break at the Hermitage cafe (lunch not included). Return to the hotel at around 15.00 hrs* or you may stay on at the Hermitage and return to the hotel on your own at your leisure.
Please note: Timings may vary and will be confirmed locally by your guide.
Day 7 (Thursday): St. Petersburg
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized palaces. In the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Not far from the Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. Return to your hotel early/mid-afternoon.
Day 8 (Friday): St. Petersburg
After breakfast at your hotel, check out by 12.00pm and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport/station as required. Further services / programme extensions can be provided upon request.
Russian Explorer Package Includes:
- Accommodation is based on two persons sharing a twin room: 3 nts Moscow – 4 star Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel (or similar), standard room 4 nts St Petersburg – 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel (or similar), standard room * For June 2021 dates accommodation in Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg (or similar)
- Breakfast daily
- Transfers: arrival/departure in Moscow and arrival/departure in St Petersburg: Applies to international city airports and main rail stations – supplement for riverports and for transfers between 22.00 – 07.00 and on public holidays
- Sightseeing programme with English-speaking guide
- Private transportation for tours
- Panoramic City tour Moscow
- Panoramic City tour St. Petersburg
- Entrances: Moscow – Muzeon Park of Arts, Lenin’s Mausoleum* St Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, Vodka museum & tasting, Catherine’s Palace
- Visa support letter for duration of tour
- 24-hour emergency contact
- Hotel registration fee in St. Petersburg
- International Flights
- Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
- Gratuities for guide and driver (at discretion)
- Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
- Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
- Extended visa support
- Optional tours
Must be pre-booked; not available locally.
Day 3 - Moscow (10.00 – 16.00)
- Tour of the Kremlin territory & Armoury chamber
- Tour of Metro Stations, with visit to Danilovsky Market
- Includes transportation and guide
From $332 AUD per person (min. 2 people)
Day 4 - Moscow (08.30 – 14.00)
- Champagne breakfast at Hotel Metropol Tour of Bolshoi Theatre
From $376 AUD per person (min. 2 people)
Day 6 - St. Petersburg (10.00 – 15.00 or as advised locally)
- Tour of the Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building (Impressionists)
- Includes transportation, guide and coffee break
From $210 AUD per person (min. 2 people)
Hotels (or similar):
- Moscow: Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel 4*
- St. Petersburg: Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel 4*
Package Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (as)