With the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, there is no better time to discover the rich history and fascinating culture of this unique country. Sample vodka at a dedicated museum, admire the colourful onion domes of cathedrals and wander around the unbelievable splendour of Catherine Palace in an utterly absorbing journey between Russia’s two most influential cities.

• Moscow: 2 nights
• St. Petersburg: 3 nights

5nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

With the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, there is no better time to discover the rich history and fascinating culture of this unique country. Sample vodka at a dedicated museum, admire the colourful onion domes of cathedrals and wander around the unbelievable splendour of Catherine Palace in an utterly absorbing journey between Russia’s two most influential cities.

• Moscow: 2 nights
• St. Petersburg: 3 nights

5nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Moscow Arrive in the capital city of Moscow, where you will be met by your local English-speaking tour leader. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll be staying for two nights. On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt, a sign of hospitality and respect. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight led by your local tour leader, giving you the opportunity to meet the rest of your group. Stay: Kadashevskaya Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 2: Moscow Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before meeting your local tour leader to see some of the capital’s most iconic sights. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Square, a site of significant political history. Hosting events from military parades to music concerts, Red Square remains a symbol of Russia and is filled with beautiful architecture, including the castle-like State Historical Museum and Lenin’s Mausoleum. View the unusual St. Basil’s Cathedral, built in the 16th Century by the first Tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible. Made up of nine chapels of different heights, each is topped with an onion-shaped dome that is swirled, lined or dotted with fantastical colours creating a landmark like no other. You will also get to visit the handsome Alexander Gardens to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Eternal Flame. Unveiled in 1967, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial features an eternal flame commemorating the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II and their immortal deed for their country. Have a light local lunch before a tour of the Kremlin, a fortified 15th-Century complex of towers, cathedrals and palaces including Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Great Kremlin Palace. Once one of the residences of the Russian Tsars, the Kremlin is now the home of the President of Russia. Visit the Armoury Museum and view the enormous collection of artefacts that include intricate royal carriages, gold and silver relics dating back to the 12th Century and ten of the famous Imperial Fabergé Eggs commissioned by the Russian Royal Family. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure; your local tour leader will be happy to provide suggestions of restaurants and activities should you need it. Stay: Kadashevskaya Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Moscow to St. Petersburg Today is your trip to St. Petersburg but before you leave, enjoy a tour of Moscow’s famed Metro System. Known as the ‘Palaces of the People’, you’ll be able to explore some of the grandest stations – complete with stained glass windows and ornate plasterwork fit for a royal residence – which easily outshine any other metro stations in the world. Then transfer to the train station for your journey in business class on board the high-speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. Lunch will be provided during your smooth journey through the Russian countryside. On arrival in St. Petersburg, make the short transfer to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 395 miles. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: St. Petersburg With the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg remains as entrancing as ever. Filled with resplendent buildings that stand as reminders of an opulent past, your day today is spent touring the city to soak up the rich history that the Russia dynasty left behind. See the Bronze Horseman Statue, commemorating the city’s founder Peter the Great, and the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, a Russian-style memorial built by the imperial family for Tsar Alexander II who was fatally wounded on the site in 1881. See Palace Square, the setting for some of Russia’s most momentous historic events. Bordered on one side by the stunning Winter Palace, the main residence of the Russian Imperial Family, and the bow-shaped General Staff Building on the other, the immense square is now a relatively peaceful place to wander in and view the splendid architecture of Tsarist Russia. Head to the modern Korushka restaurant for lunch where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Neva River. After lunch, take a tour of the enormous Peter and Paul Fortress. Designed to protect his newly established city of St. Petersburg in 1703, Peter the Great’s fortress now houses the remains of the last of the royal Romanov family in its cathedral. Other buildings include the St. Peterburg’s Mint – where coins and medals are still produced today – and the maximum-security prison Alexeevskiy Ravelin, the location of novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s incarceration. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: St. Petersburg Return to Palace Square to spend the day in the Winter Palace, now home to the State Hermitage Museum. Enter the gold and mint-green baroque palace and explore one of the biggest art museums in the world with over 2.7 million items. The museum was founded by Catherine the Great, the longest ruling female leader of Russia who began the collection in 1764. Today is a real highlight for art lovers as you spend hours viewing masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and Raphael among many other celebrated artists. Visit the General Staff Building to view its extensive collection of French Impressionist art including rooms of Matisse and Picasso, and discover even more treasures at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre where the overflow of art and artefacts that are not on public display are held. After a culture-filled day, sample an integral part of Russian tradition with a visit to the Vodka Museum and learn about the distilled spirit as you try some for yourself. This evening you have the option to return to the hotel or remain in the city and explore on your own, making your own way back at your leisure. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 6: St. Petersburg Spend your final day experiencing one of the most regal spectacles in Russia as you drive to the small town of Pushkin to visit the captivating Catherine Palace. Redesigned to rival the Palace of Versailles, this lavish Rococo-style building exudes absolute splendour from its blue, white and gold façade. Named after Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, the palace is just as impressive within and its standout feature is the Amber Room where a mosaic of amber adorns the walls – created using six tonnes of the gemstone. The beauty of this chamber isn’t the only thing that draws interest to it – the Amber Room in Catherine Palace is a replica of an original Amber Room that was dismantled and taken by the German Army during the Nazi invasion Operation Barbarossa in 1941. Though the location of the original remains a mystery, 20 years were spent meticulously recreating the awe-inspiring Amber Room in time for St. Petersburg’s 300-year anniversary. As your tour of this magnificent country comes to an end, transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK. B.

Day 1: UK to Moscow Arrive in the capital city of Moscow, where you will be met by your local English-speaking tour leader. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll be staying for two nights. On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt, a sign of hospitality and respect. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight led by your local tour leader, giving you the opportunity to meet the rest of your group. Stay: Kadashevskaya Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 2: Moscow Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before meeting your local tour leader to see some of the capital’s most iconic sights. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Square, a site of significant political history. Hosting events from military parades to music concerts, Red Square remains a symbol of Russia and is filled with beautiful architecture, including the castle-like State Historical Museum and Lenin’s Mausoleum. View the unusual St. Basil’s Cathedral, built in the 16th Century by the first Tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible. Made up of nine chapels of different heights, each is topped with an onion-shaped dome that is swirled, lined or dotted with fantastical colours creating a landmark like no other. You will also get to visit the handsome Alexander Gardens to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Eternal Flame. Unveiled in 1967, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial features an eternal flame commemorating the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II and their immortal deed for their country. Have a light local lunch before a tour of the Kremlin, a fortified 15th-Century complex of towers, cathedrals and palaces including Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Great Kremlin Palace. Once one of the residences of the Russian Tsars, the Kremlin is now the home of the President of Russia. Visit the Armoury Museum and view the enormous collection of artefacts that include intricate royal carriages, gold and silver relics dating back to the 12th Century and ten of the famous Imperial Fabergé Eggs commissioned by the Russian Royal Family. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure; your local tour leader will be happy to provide suggestions of restaurants and activities should you need it. Stay: Kadashevskaya Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Moscow to St. Petersburg Today is your trip to St. Petersburg but before you leave, enjoy a tour of Moscow’s famed Metro System. Known as the ‘Palaces of the People’, you’ll be able to explore some of the grandest stations – complete with stained glass windows and ornate plasterwork fit for a royal residence – which easily outshine any other metro stations in the world. Then transfer to the train station for your journey in business class on board the high-speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. Lunch will be provided during your smooth journey through the Russian countryside. On arrival in St. Petersburg, make the short transfer to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 395 miles. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: St. Petersburg With the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg remains as entrancing as ever. Filled with resplendent buildings that stand as reminders of an opulent past, your day today is spent touring the city to soak up the rich history that the Russia dynasty left behind. See the Bronze Horseman Statue, commemorating the city’s founder Peter the Great, and the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, a Russian-style memorial built by the imperial family for Tsar Alexander II who was fatally wounded on the site in 1881. See Palace Square, the setting for some of Russia’s most momentous historic events. Bordered on one side by the stunning Winter Palace, the main residence of the Russian Imperial Family, and the bow-shaped General Staff Building on the other, the immense square is now a relatively peaceful place to wander in and view the splendid architecture of Tsarist Russia. Head to the modern Korushka restaurant for lunch where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Neva River. After lunch, take a tour of the enormous Peter and Paul Fortress. Designed to protect his newly established city of St. Petersburg in 1703, Peter the Great’s fortress now houses the remains of the last of the royal Romanov family in its cathedral. Other buildings include the St. Peterburg’s Mint – where coins and medals are still produced today – and the maximum-security prison Alexeevskiy Ravelin, the location of novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s incarceration. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: St. Petersburg Return to Palace Square to spend the day in the Winter Palace, now home to the State Hermitage Museum. Enter the gold and mint-green baroque palace and explore one of the biggest art museums in the world with over 2.7 million items. The museum was founded by Catherine the Great, the longest ruling female leader of Russia who began the collection in 1764. Today is a real highlight for art lovers as you spend hours viewing masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and Raphael among many other celebrated artists. Visit the General Staff Building to view its extensive collection of French Impressionist art including rooms of Matisse and Picasso, and discover even more treasures at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre where the overflow of art and artefacts that are not on public display are held. After a culture-filled day, sample an integral part of Russian tradition with a visit to the Vodka Museum and learn about the distilled spirit as you try some for yourself. This evening you have the option to return to the hotel or remain in the city and explore on your own, making your own way back at your leisure. Stay: Demetra Art Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 6: St. Petersburg Spend your final day experiencing one of the most regal spectacles in Russia as you drive to the small town of Pushkin to visit the captivating Catherine Palace. Redesigned to rival the Palace of Versailles, this lavish Rococo-style building exudes absolute splendour from its blue, white and gold façade. Named after Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, the palace is just as impressive within and its standout feature is the Amber Room where a mosaic of amber adorns the walls – created using six tonnes of the gemstone. The beauty of this chamber isn’t the only thing that draws interest to it – the Amber Room in Catherine Palace is a replica of an original Amber Room that was dismantled and taken by the German Army during the Nazi invasion Operation Barbarossa in 1941. Though the location of the original remains a mystery, 20 years were spent meticulously recreating the awe-inspiring Amber Room in time for St. Petersburg’s 300-year anniversary. As your tour of this magnificent country comes to an end, transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to unlock Russia’s powerful history and intriguing culture in a relaxed and concise introductory tour of its two key cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• Plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace
• Most evenings offer free time to spend as you wish
• Cold weather – be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen hotels close to main attractions and restaurants so you can make the most of your free time in each city. Kadashevskaya Hotel is located just 15 minutes from Red Square while in St. Petersburg, the early 20th-Century Demetra Art Hotel offers a modern twist on the city’s regal charm.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £280.

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to unlock Russia’s powerful history and intriguing culture in a relaxed and concise introductory tour of its two key cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• Plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace
• Most evenings offer free time to spend as you wish
• Cold weather – be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes
• A visa is required for UK passport holders. Visas can be obtained in person at the Russian Embassy or nearest Russia Visa Application Centre and should be arranged independently by travellers at their own cost.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen hotels close to main attractions and restaurants so you can make the most of your free time in each city. Kadashevskaya Hotel is located just 15 minutes from Red Square while in St. Petersburg, the early 20th-Century Demetra Art Hotel offers a modern twist on the city’s regal charm.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £280.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2017 Oct 14; Dec 16

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £509 per person, ref RU002.

Excursions

Russian Ballet price on request per person.

Tour dates

2018 Feb 17; Apr 14; May 12; Aug 18; Sep 15; Oct 13; Dec 15

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £509 per person, ref RU002.

Excursions

Russian Ballet price on request per person.

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Why Kuoni?

Uncover historical intrigue and spellbinding architecture in this relaxed tour. Travelling by high-speed train, experience the key attractions of Moscow and St. Petersburg including Red Square, the world-class State Hermitage Museum and enjoy a tour of the ‘Palaces of the People’ – Moscow’s beautiful metro system. Plenty of free time means you can wander around these enchanting cities at your own leisure.

Why Kuoni?

Uncover historical intrigue and spellbinding architecture in this relaxed tour. Travelling by high-speed train, experience the key attractions of Moscow and St. Petersburg including Red Square, the world-class State Hermitage Museum and enjoy a tour of the ‘Palaces of the People’ – Moscow’s beautiful metro system. Plenty of free time means you can wander around these enchanting cities at your own leisure.