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Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $2,250 per person
St. Basil's, Moscow

Countries Visited

Russia ...more Russia

Locations Visited

Moscow, St. Petersburg ...more Moscow, St. Petersburg
  1. Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

    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. Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, of artists, poets and musicians, whose great gifts to the romantic city of St. Petersburg you will have an opportunity to see during an orientation drive through Russia's Imperial City after meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Solo Sokos Vasilievsky
  2. Day 2 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Hermitage Museum visit

    Explore opulent royal history and the might of imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this Baltic settlement saw it rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we connect with loclas, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg's Theater for canapés and an unforgettable stage performance at our Be My Guest experience. Learn how your visit will make a difference to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth. Later, join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a Local Specialist to the Hermitage Museum. Occupying five buildings on the banks of the Neva, the Hermitage features some three million artifacts, representing the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. This evening, consider a theater visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 St. Petersburg At Leisure

    The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colorful mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the gardens and miracle of engineering reflected in the fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Peterhof, designed to rival the opulence of Versailles.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

    After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country's political, economic, religious and financial hub—and your home for the next three nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Leningradskaya
  5. Day 5 Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

    The imposing Red Square—the site of grand celebrations and beautiful architecture—takes center stage this morning during a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit inside St. Basil's Cathedral and see the Kremlin Walls and towers before spending some time at leisure exploring the sights. Perhaps stroll along the banks of Moskva River or join an Optional Experience to admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Moscow At Leisure

    Kick-start your morning immersing yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. Consider visiting one of the city's fascinating museums, explore the city's extraordinary literary and artistic heritage or take an Optional Experience to the 14th-century Sergiyev Posad, a place of pilgrimage and the largest religious and cultural center in Russia. This evening, we toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining our fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  7. Day 7 Depart Moscow

    We close the door on our epic vacation in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends. Return transfers will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5 am, 10 am and 1 pm and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 6 am, 10 am and 12 noon. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Meal Summary

8 meals: 6 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • 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 stage performance by the students in one of the beautiful theater halls

Make a Difference

  • The St. Petersburg Theater of Youth will enlighten you on the institute's work and show you how funds contributed on your behalf are used to promote the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg, Moscow

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour, the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
  • View the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg, Red Square and the Walls of the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Small Group Sightseeing guided tour of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

St Petersburg

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere and romance of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North". Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Adult Price: €46

Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems

Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.
Adult Price: €44

Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets

On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred
Adult Price: €89

Rasputin And The Romanovs

This two-part tour pays tribute to Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll see the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin. Then, visit the tombs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Peter and Paul's Cathedral.
Adult Price: €51

Evening At The Ballet

There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary from €80-€110, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred
Adult Price: €110

Russian Folklore Evening

A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience! This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €58


Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow

Discover ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. You'll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally we'll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar's artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow's Montmartre, it's lined with càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €54

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars - one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €52

Metro And Red Square By Night

Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: €37

Sergiyev Posad - The Real Russia

68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. You'll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. You'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €53

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 24, 2018
We have traveled with Grand European Tours many times & they do a great job.
A lot of sites were not included & had to be purchased as an option for an additional fee.
Elizabeth Murphrey
Sunday, September 23, 2018
The airplane reservations etc were very well done. I especially appreciate that the person making the reservations realized that I was going to arrive in St. Petersburg a little too late for the Trafalgar shuttles and had arranged a special driver waiting at the airport for me!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to know we were there to help make your travel plans as stress-free as possible and grant you peace of mind upon arrival, knowing someone was there for you. It's our passion to give offer our a truly remarkable experience so they can better enjoy our incredible world! Thank you very much for sharing with us.
Monday, September 24, 2018
The tour was well worth it. For one thing, the weather in Russia was much better than steaming Orlando.
Francoise Henderson
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Too many optional excursions "pushed" on us. No help with luggage. Our tour director was very friendly but not well organized. The local guides were good and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you felt there were too many optional experiences on this trip. They are designed to allow a balance of free time and added value to the trip, but we will share your feedback with our Operations Team. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Too many added expenses (optionals) and very few meals included.
Mariam Kasprzak
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The service was good but the group was too big Although we got along well. The optional excursions made the day very long and very very strenuous. However, in order to see and experience Russia you had to take them because in my opinion the prepaid tour was not plan well. Everything that I wanted to see I had to pay extra and that made no time for personal time or relaxation . Why not make the tour 10 days instead of 8?
Response from Grand European Travel:
We feel badly that you were disappointed in this trip. There were several highlights included in the price and the Optional Experiences are designed to allow enhanced sightseeing or free time for those who prefer to be on their own. However, we will share your suggestions with our Operations Team and ask them to review this trip.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Expansive. I feel like grand American took advantage of m.
Charles Ke
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Your service is good but your stated itinery is not what actually is of interest to customers. This is particulary reflected in the "Petersburg" segment. Most of the Option tours are a must for the tours why don't you include that in the tour and come out with a higher quoted price?
Response from Grand European Travel:
We understand your concern, but the optional experiences cannot always be guaranteed to operate or be available so we cannot include them in the regular itinerary.  Thank you for your suggestions.
Friday, August 4, 2017
As stated above in my coment
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