Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow

St. Basil's, Moscow
9 Days

The Imperial twin cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg come together on this Russian rail adventure, combining art and antiquities and such attractions as the Hermitage Museum, Tsar's Winter Palace, Red Square and the Kremlin. Gain insight into Russia's transformation into a creative and opulent modern metropolis, home to the largest number of billionaires in the world.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. Relax and unwind after your journey. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception with a light dinner at your hotel. Then a short evening orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magnificent city.
    hotel:Sokos Vasilievsky
  3. Admire the landmarks of St. Petersburg during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on your included visit. Later enjoy drinks and canapés at the St. Petersburg Theater of Youth during your Be My Guest experience.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  4. Today enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Hermitage Museum with a Local Specialist to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections. The museum occupies five impressive buildings on the banks of the River Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg. Featuring over 3 million artifacts, the collection represents the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. This evening, perhaps visit a theater to see a Russian Folklore show.
  5. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.
  6. After a hearty Russian breakfast enjoy some free time before taking a train trip towards the Russian capital. Arrive later in Moscow, your home for the next three nights. An ancient city full of remarkable architecture and monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles, Moscow is a cauldron of creativity and culture. Located on the Moskva River, the city is the country's political, economic, religious and financial hub, and home to the largest number of billionaires in the world.
    hotel:Hilton Leningradskaya
  7. Marvel at Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls during your guided sightseeing with a Local Specialist. Afterwards there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and explore the city on your own.
  8. Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. Consider visiting one of the city's museums or take an Optional Experience to Sergiyev Posad, the largest religious and cultural center in Russia. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  9. Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable trip of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the locals over drinks and canapés at the Theater of Youth in the center of St. Petersburg. Enjoy a local tour and stage performances by the students in one of the beautiful theater halls

Small Group Sightseeing

  • Enjoy a guided tour of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg and Moscow

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour, the St. Peter and Paul Fortress
  • View the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great while in St. Petersburg. In Moscow view Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Walls of the Kremlin
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
15 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
22 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
29 Apr 17 7 May 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
6 May 17 14 May 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
13 May 17 21 May 17 $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
20 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
3 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 checkmark $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
10 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
17 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
24 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
8 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 checkmark $2,125$1,913pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,125 $1,913 pp
15 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
22 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
29 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
5 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
12 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
19 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp
26 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
2 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
9 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
16 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
23 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $2,050$1,845pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,050 $1,845 pp
30 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 $2,025$1,823pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,025 $1,823 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $460 p.p.

Triple Discount: $200 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at St. Petersburg Airport transfers will operate at 2:30 pm and 5 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow sheremetyevo Airport at 5:00 am and 11 am and at Moscow Domodevdovo Airport at 5 am and 1 pm.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russia must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Russia is the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Russia. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Russian food is rich and hearty, with a strong preference toward soups, herring, pickled vegetables, savory pancakes and rye breads. Try specialties such as beef stroganoff, borscht soup (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings). Russians love sweets and pride themselves on their desserts, especially the traditional ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts). Vodka is popular and is often served straight or can be flavored with herbs and spices.

  • Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping has become more common throughout Eastern Europe in recent years.  In Russia, it’s acceptable to leave 5-15 percent gratuity when dining out if a service fee has not already been added to your bill. It’s always a good idea to tip in cash and also important to note that some restaurants in Russia will not accept credit cards.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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