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Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,886 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
St. Basil's cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Countries Visited

Russia ...more Russia

Locations Visited

St Petersburg, Moscow ...more St Petersburg, Moscow
  1. Day 1 Welcome to St. Petersburg

    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 over the next few days. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky
  2. Day 2 The Hermitage and More in St. Petersburg

    Explore 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. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we Connect With Locals, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg's Theatre for canapés and a stage performance. Learn how your visit will Make Travel Matter to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth. Later, Dive Into Culture as you join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a Local Specialist to the Hermitage Museum. Consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 St. Petersburg Your Way

    The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Journey By High-Speed Train to Moscow

    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 Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Leningradskaya
  5. Day 5 Explore Magnificent Moscow

    Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Moscow your way or head to the ancient 14th-century town of Sergiev Posad on Russia's Golden Ring route on an Optional Experience. Home to the beautiful blue and gold onion domes of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the town is the centre of Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. Visit the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery which still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. Then, return to Moscow for a guided sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist which features the imposing walls of the Kremlin.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Moscow Your Way

    A leisurely start to your day could see you enjoying the kofe culture of Moscow with the locals. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience inside the Kremlin and explore the golden-domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour before taking a stroll along Arbat street, Moscow's Montmartre. This evening, toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  7. Day 7 Farewell Russia

    We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

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Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • High-speed train from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and Moscow with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and 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 and Red Square and the Walls of the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Connect with Locals This is a unique Be My Guest opportunity to meet and chat with the locals over drinks and canapés at the Theatre of Youth in the centre of St. Petersburg. Enjoy a stage performance by the students in one of the beautiful theatre halls. (Day 2)
  • Dive Into Culture Admire the impressive collection of artefacts and art collected by Russia's tsars and tsarinas since the mid-18th century. (Day 2)
  • Make Travel Matter The St. Petersburg Theatre 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. (Day 2)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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

Imperial splendors 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

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 €100-€130, 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:

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: € 67

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. In case of closure or unavailability of Catherine’s Palace, we will visit the delightful Palace of Pavlovsk, which was built by Catherine the Great. The price will then be €73.00. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 92

Rasputin and the Romanovs

This tour pays tribute to one of Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll visit 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.
Adult Price: € 49

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


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 see them with our Local Specialist and complete our 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 center of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. With our Local Specialist, we'll visit the recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. We'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: € 56

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: € 57

Treasures Of The Tsars

Skip the queues with our Local Specialist and journey through 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: € 56

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 19, 2019
It's my second trip with you. Both times, the guides, the content and organizing of the trip was marvelous. However, both times, I have complaints about the hotel rooms you give singles, who pay a hefty supplement to get the same quality as the doubles. Both times, I was given rooms with an open shower that ran all over the room, no tub (which I had requested), and they forgot to clean my room for 2 days in Moscow, after Silvija, your guide, gave me her room because it had a tub (I need to soak after all the walking...aches). That is the only mistrust I have with your bookings. The rest is great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Unfortunately, traveling as a single does not guarantee the same size room as a couple traveling together would receive. It is an industry standard that single travelers must endure. We do apologize for the quality of the room in Russia and will be sure to share your experience with the Quality Control team at Trafalgar.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The trip was fabulous. See my previous notes
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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