Explore the wonders of Russia on this bucket-list Moscow and St. Petersburg trip, taking in the Tsar's Winter Palace and the iconic domes of St. Basil's Cathedral. You'll pinch yourself as you explore the epic stage of St. Petersburg's Theatre and the heart of Red Square.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.