Moscow and St-Petersburg holiday in Russia

“Admire the highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg on a week-long Russia holiday. The small group trip takes you from Red Square to the Catherine Palace, unfolding through a series of fascinating guided tours.”


Moscow | Red Square | Sparrow Hills | Guided tour of Moscow Underground | Kremlin | Armoury Museum | Overnight train to St. Petersburg | Hermitage Museum | Tsarskoe Selo | Catherine Museum |

Description of Moscow and St-Petersburg holiday in Russia

From Moscow, the seat of Russian power, to beautiful St. Petersburg by overnight train, this captivating small group tour showcases a series of unmissable cultural and historic gems. Feast your eyes on the architecture that surrounds Red Square, from Lenin’s Mausoleum to St. Basil’s Cathedral. Walking up to Sparrow Hills, you’ll enjoy unsurpassed panoramas over the capital, then from up above to down below you’ll head underground, for a tour of the Moscow Metro. The underground system is one of the great relics of the Soviet era, a masterpiece of marble, mosaics and stained glass.

The following day you’ll take a guided tour of the vast Kremlin, once the home of the Tsars and now occupied by the Russian president. Later, the Armoury Museum, which holds one of the world’s great treasure collections, from precious stones to weaponry, and a stunning range of Faberge eggs. In the evening, you’ll board an overnight train to St. Petersburg, a comfortable and elegant experience, and no doubt fall asleep dreaming of owning one, just one of those eggs .

St. Petersburg is a far more relaxed affair than Moscow, but the architecture here is no less impressive. Wander this beautiful city’s canals and avenues with a knowledgeable guide who can relate to you the significance of sights such as the ‘Aurora’ warship, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Mariinsky Theatre.

Bringing the tour to an unforgettable end, firstly a visit to the Hermitage Museum, once the Winter Palace, which is one of the world’s finest museums and holds quite possibly the greatest collection of art ever assembled. Then, an excursion over to Tsarskoe Selo, an imperial estate that gives new meaning to the word ‘extravagant’.

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Responsible tourism: Moscow and St-Petersburg holiday in Russia


We aim to play a positive role in the communities where we operate and carefully manage the impact of our business socially and environmentally. Providing a responsible trip to Russia is a vital part of our strategy. We are committed to the issues of diversity and creating a positive travel environment for our clients.

As part of this tour we might visit the “Green ring of Moscow”, a special designed eco-tour. It includes visiting seven protected areas - three nature reserves - Oka, Oka-terraced, Central Forest and four National Parks - Ugra, Meschera, Plescheevo Lake and Smolensk Lakes. All areas are located relatively close to Moscow and form a symbolic green ring around the capital of our country. We suggest that these particular areas form the starting point for your trip. Each territory has its own distinctive features. These include remnant old-growth spruce, pine and oak forests, rare plants, animals and birds, beautiful landscapes, a bison nursery, a centre for the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs and a nursery of rare species of cranes, museums and cathedrals. Weekend tours have been developed by employees of nature reserves and national parks in cooperation with the Centre for Ecological Travel as part of the "Green Ring of Moscow" project. Before visiting “Green Ring of Moscow” our local guides educate travellers by providing all necessary information regarding how to help preserve the areas (recycling while you are there, viewing wildlife in a sensitive manner and not trampling off pathways).

In our UK office we operate a green practise when possible. As part of “Da.Dobro” project in March, 2016 we had “Green Office” day, where we were reducing the normal amount of electricity used in our office, promoting more energy-efficient practices and a more environmentally sustainable approach to our business. Our clients had a chance to participate in this campaign and were actively encouraged to help us in our mission.


Charity activities: our company and its employees take part in a multitude of fundraising activities supporting charities and other organisations. Together with charity organization “Da.Dobro!” we support local charities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, the United Kingdom and Finland, such as: Mosvolonter, Doroga v mir, Starost v radost, Svoboda jizni, Biuro Dobrih Del, Zhizn kak chudo, Young people for world without violence, Greenpeace, WWF. Together with Dadobro, we have huge plans for 2016 to promote protecting the community. We have a calendar of charity activities in 2016 which covers community and social responsibilities in our company. The results of our charity activities and campaign are published on our website and distributed it in social network, which encourage our clients to follow us up and join our activities. For example, in February we had an International Day of Equity, where our local DMC suppliers and partners have been given clothes and toys to Ukrainian refuges. Our clients could join this initiative and had a chance to make a donation.

Local food: This trip includes breakfast only, hence travellers have the chance to try local Russian food in local cafes and restaurants. Our guides will suggest the best local restaurants and guests will have a chance to experience the local cuisine.

Donation to local communities: There is a chance to make a donation in order to support local communities. In every visited Monastery and church in this trip there is a small box where visitors can contribute to local communities and support children from poor families and having learning or development issues. All entrances fees to museums are going to Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation. Last year Ministry of Culture distributed all revenue received from museum’s fees for charity trips organized for Russian children from poor families. Thus, every traveller paying entrance fee, takes a part in the big charity projects organized by Ministry of Culture.

As we work with Russian DMCs and local suppliers only, as well as local guides, we ensure that revenue form our tours goes into the hands of local people. Local guides know the area very well and can point out the best restaurants to eat at, in addition to local producers.

3 Reviews of Moscow and St-Petersburg holiday in Russia

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Red square and St Petersburg.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Plan in advance as the first hotel is far from the city and attractions. You need to use the underground to fully access the sites from so far away.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good.

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Being able to walk around Red Square on a busy day, despite the rain! This, and having an overnight train journey from Moscow to Novgorod - very memorable! Upon arrival I was lucky enough to be given a mini-tour of Moscow by my airport pickup, free of charge - extremely friendly service that I've never had the likes of anywhere else.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Knowing a small amount of Russian goes a long way - might be worth making a handy guide to Cyrillic phonetics before you go

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Novgorod is definitely a smaller city that most English-speaking tourists don't go through, so adding a little to the local economy there was definitely a plus.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent experience, I'd highly recommend to anyone looking to explore a little more of Europe!

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Moscow in winter was beautiful. Even though it was January all the Christmas Lights and Markets were still there. Our guide in Moscow was very passionate about his heritage.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you have travel insurance which is valid in Russia. A day in a Russian hospital which involved surgery was very expensive.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In the form of the tourist dollar.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Moscow was amazing. Our guide in Saint Petersburg did not talk to my adult daughter unless I was present. She just ignored her. When we missed the last day of the tour due to a medical emergency we left a message at the hotel desk for her to phone us, we never heard from her again. It was very disappointing when we were in a country where we did not speak the language. We would still recommend the tour to others.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Lynda,
I would like to thank you very much for your comment and your time. We do believe it will help us a lot to do our services better in the future. We also would like to insure you that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.

As you might aware Mayor of Moscow Mister Sobyanin invests a lot into the cities’ infrastructure and also plants the city. Last year they opened new unique park Zaryadye in the heart of the city. Zaryadye is not simply a park. It is a new type of public space altogether, created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers and other experts. Here the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement each other. Throughout the course of Zaryadye’s centuries-old history its appearance has changed many times: from the first street of the Moscow Posad (settlement outside the fortified city), to the English Embassy, to a residence of the Tsar, a military garrison, a Jewish quarter and even a slum. At the start of the 20th Century in Zaryadye, construction began on the largest of Stalin’s towers, but the project was abandoned and in its place the hotel Rossiya was built, at that time the biggest hotel in the world.

For a long time after the hotel’s demolition, Zaryadye remained a featureless wasteland, fenced-off like a construction-site, before the decision to open a park at the location was made by President V. V Putin and the Mayor of Moscow, S. S. Sobyanin. Zaryadye was conceived as a new public space with the aim of filling the former void not only in a physical but also a symbolic sense. We do value tourist contribution into the welfare of our country.

We do appreciate your comment once again and we hope that that was not your last visit to Russia. You have so much more to explore and see.

Thank you very much!
Wish you a wonderful day!

Best regards,

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