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Wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow

8 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

This At Leisure trip visits the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and the metropolis of Moscow.

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About this trip

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.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: SWHS

7 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in St. Petersburg and Moscow

    • 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 and the Walls of the Kremlin

    • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour and the St. Peter and Paul Fortress


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 2 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive St. Petersburg (4 Nights)

Day 2

St. Petersburg Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 3

Hermitage Museum Visit and St. Petersburg At Leisure

Day 4

St. Petersburg At Leisure

Day 5

St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

Day 6

Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 7

Moscow At Leisure

Day 8

Depart Moscow

Day 1

Arrive St. Petersburg (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive St. Petersburg (4 Nights)

Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. Relax and unwind after your journey. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers 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

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sokos Vasilievsky

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

St. Petersburg Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 2 - St. Petersburg Sightseeing and At Leisure

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 Theatre of Youth during your Be My Guest experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights 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: €44.00

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: €49.00

Day 2

Day 3

Hermitage Museum Visit and St. Petersburg At Leisure Day 3 - Hermitage Museum Visit and St. Petersburg At Leisure

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 artefacts, 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 theatre to see a Russian Folklore show.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

Adult Price: €81.00

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: €44.00

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!

Adult Price: €48.00

Day 3

Day 4

St. Petersburg At Leisure Day 4 - St. Petersburg At Leisure

Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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, respectively. 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.

Adult Price: €84.00

Day 4

Day 5

St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights) Day 5 - St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Hilton Leningradskaya

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 6 - Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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. Later we’ll walk through Novodevichy Park, where you’ll see memorials to Yeltsin, Kruschev and Eisenstein.

Adult Price: €54.00

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: €30.00

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.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 6

Day 7

Moscow At Leisure Day 7 - Moscow At Leisure

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 centre in Russia. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

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.

Adult Price: €50.00

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Moscow Day 8 - Depart Moscow

Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable trip of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    This is a unique 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 local tour and stage performances by the students in one of the beautiful theatre halls

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg and Moscow

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

  • Join Trafalgar
    Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow The Theatre of Youth, St. Petersburg You'll learn about the theatre's work and see how funds contributed on your behalf are used to promote the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in St. Petersburg and Moscow

    • 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 and the Walls of the Kremlin

    • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour and the St. Peter and Paul Fortress


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 2 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 25 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Brilliant tour director who was informative, helpful and most likeableProduct : At times we were in culture overload, one brilliant sight after another. We took on every optional excursion when "coupled" with the planned excursions, little free time which would of appreciated.

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    Service rating : Trafalgar took care of everything - it is so nice to be worry free when on a trip. The hotels, driving services/vehicles and optional experiences were great. Our local guides were fantastic and our travel director, Malcolm Macrae, was just exceptional! His attention to detail

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    Service rating : a smaller group would have been more effective. Although when requested the group was also prompt at returning to the vehicle.Product : we had to purchase extra trips which we felt should have been included in the itinerary. The first hotel was sub standard with a huge fight at

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Malcolm Macrea was the best tour guide and made sure that we got to experience what Russia was really like!Product : We took advantage of all of the optional tours (we always do), but by doing so, made for an exhausting trip! There was little down time; not leisurely at all! If

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    Service rating : The tour was much better than expected. Beautiful cathedrals, rods, bridges etc.Product : Everything was better than expected.

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