This week in Russia swings you from the elegant city of St Petersburg to the intriguing capital of Moscow, with plenty of cultural experiences to sink your teeth into, including locally guided historical tours, ballet, canal cruises, and cooking classes. The best bit? Your mode of transport from St Petersburg to Moscow is a comfy overnight train, so you won't waste a single second of precious travel time.
Arrive St. Petersburg
Our first stop on the Russian map is the elegant and very cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg. Meet up with your Contiki Squad, before the chance to dive in head first to sightseeing and figuring out what this gilded city has to offer. Built by the Italians, this city is a unique blend of Europe and Russia, unfathomably grand & adorned by pretty canals - which you can opt to explore tonight for the best view of the city's palaces, lit up in the night's sky.
Today we'll take a locally guided city tour to see the Hermitage and more. There is a feast of cultural options to sink our teeth into today, including a Russian ballet, an authentic cooking class and a tour of the Peter & Paul fortress. The options are all very appealing and the choices are all yours.
St. Petersburg to Overnight Train
For our final day in St Petersburg we have more cultural FTAs to decide between, including learning how to paint Matryoshka (Russian Dolls) and indulging in a traditional Russian feast including local music and dancers.Then, we'll head aboard our accommodation for the night: a comfy overnight train that will swing us to our next spectacular destination without wasting any precious travel time...
Overnight Train to Moscow
Open your eyes! See the famous spires? That's right, we're in Moscow! Diving right in is the way to do it, so we'll start off with a locally guided city tour of all the sights, including one of the country's most colourful and quirky buildings St Basil's Cathedral. After learning more about the city's rich history, we'll have some free time to do our own thing, before regrouping with a delicious included dinner.
We've got a full day in Moscow to enjoy, with plenty of optional add-ons to build the day we want. But first, an included guided tour of the kremlin is a no brainer, as we learn about the colourful history of this opulent building. Then, the choice is yours, history buffs should head to Bunker 42 or take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury where you can view the Romanov's collection of Faberge Eggs, carriages, clothes and jewels. Culture vultures should explore the local restaurants and cafes, then tonight we'll regroup to check out some of Moscow's nightlife.
After the London Underground, Moscow Metro is probably one of the best known, especially for it's amazing architecture. Get up close with our local guide, uncovering the fascinating communist artworks that make it what it is today. The city keeps on giving today with some free time to roam, before an optional Russian Evening feast, eating with local Russian families in their homes.
Our trip finishes after breakfast today but Russia will live on in our memories for years to come. Swap contact details and start planning your next adventure!