Visit the must-see sites with our expert guide in both cities – the Kremlin in Moscow and the Hermitage and Catherine’s palace in St. Petersburg.
Customize your own itinerary by adding tours of your choice.
Enjoy dinner a-la Russe and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Walk the streets of these grand cities and plunge yourself into the life and history of the country.
Join the group as a traveler and bring home new friends.
centrally located hand-picked hotels
Museum Entrance Fees
Highly-educated licensed guides
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (with wine and vodka tasting), welcome drink
High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers (group or individual)
Luggage handling in/out
Visa support, registration fees
Evening performance tickets
Day 1 FRI: Welcome to Russia
Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.
This evening you can relax with the group, have a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.
Day 2 SAT: Moscow Highlights
Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow. Take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations.
Then enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. You will see the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel’s Michael cathedral.
Step into Red Square to admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s cathedral. You will view famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, the Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s mausoleum.
After included lunch drive around the Kremlin and reach the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history. Then you’ll view the New Maiden Convent – the “Convent of the Broken Hearts.” Later visit Bow Hill to commemorate the fallen in the World War II and learn the story from the Russian perspective.
In the evening enjoy a dinner a la Russe and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 3 SUN: Customize your Moscow itinerary
Spend the day at leisure or choose the optional tours to customize your day as you wish:
Optional: You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the evening program. You will have a chance to enjoy a magnificent performance at one of the theaters or entertain yourself with the Russian National Folklore Show (tickets and transfers to/from the venue are not included).
Day 4 MON: From Moscow to St. Petersburg by rail
Enjoy your free morning in Moscow. After check out, you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel.
Day 5 TUE: Northern Capital Tour - The Hermitage
After a leisurely breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel. Enjoy the tour of the northern capital of Russia. View the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman – the statue of Peter the Great, and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Admire the most famous church in the city the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood. After lunch, view the Palace square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column, and the Hermitage. A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It is estimated that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute!
In the evening enjoy vodka tasting with dinner!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with vodka tasting
Day 6 WED: Imperial Treasures - Catherine's Palace
Today, you will depart to the Pushkin town or Tsarskoye Selo, just outside St. Petersburg. It is famed for its majestic Catherine’s Palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room. You will continue to the beautiful Catherine Park surrounding the palace. Before the transfer to St. Petersburg, enjoy your lunch.
Optional: You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the performance. Enjoy the Gala Reception at the Romanov Dynasty Palace (the tickets and transfers to/from the venue are not included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 THU: Personalize you day in St. Petersburg
Spend a relaxed day at leisure or have some optional tours:
- Peterhof fountains and palace (from May to September)
- Pavlovsk Palace and park
- Revolution tour
- Yusupov Palace
- Canal cruise (from May to October)
Day 8 FRI: Depart St. Petersburg
Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.
8-day Moscow & St. Petersburg tour
Double (shared hotel room, per person): $2,850
Single (individual hotel room, per person): $3,590
Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or more and save $50-$100 per person
Deposit: 10% of the price
Final Payment: 45 days prior to departure
45 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price
44-15 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
14 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price
* Strelka Tours reserves the right to alter the sequence of activities or replace an activity that becomes unavailable for a comparable one.
** Please note that the rates may vary during holidays and not valid during trade shows, forums, summits and etc.
Centrally located 4* hotels
3 nights in Moscow: Akvarel / Hartwell / Smolenskaya (or similar)
4 nights in St. Petersburg: Pushka INN / 3 MostA / Crowne Plaza Ligovsky (or similar)