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 | Vladimir | Nizhny Novgorod | 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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We see promoting tourism and facilitating business travel as a great way to encourage understanding and interaction between different cultures and peoples, and open up new opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive and develop, learning from and about each other.
Of course, travel and tourism can also have a negative impact on any destination, so we use our position as the UK’s leading outbound travel agency to Russia and the countries of the CIS in a number of positive ways:

• We support renovation projects for the many cathedrals and churches which feature prominently on most tourists’ itineraries. We use a portion of the entrance fees charged to access many of the major tourist sights to support the renovation and upkeep of some of the country’s most important historical buildings and landmarks, not just for the benefit of future generations of tourists and locals, but for mankind as a whole.
• We also highlight the fact that new Metro stations, along with many of the more recent parks and other facilities in cities like Moscow, are created using recycled or reclaimed material, reducing the use of valuable natural resources. By promoting these facilities, our customers are better able to support the ecologically-responsible approach of the city authorities and help spread such environmentally beneficial practices.
• Many of our city sightseeing tours involve getting around on foot or by Metro. The is not just an environmentally friendly way for tourists to see the sights and come into contact with local people; it supports the continued growth of the Metro system in Moscow and other major cities as a more sustainable alternative to private car use. Promoting greener transport options in this way helps to relieve the ever-increasing strain on our urban spaces and keep our cities “breathing”.
• Our tours allow sufficient free time for customers to discover their chosen destinations at their own pace. Our tour guides always promote the use of Metro systems, bicycles, Segways and other green transport modes whenever the opportunity arises.

The Impacts of this Trip

• We also support a number of “street greening” schemes, which aim to break up the urban landscape wherever possible with plants, trees and other landscaping projects to bring nature back into the city.

• We only use local guides and suppliers, and encourage Russian students to develop their hospitality skills and practise English through the services we provide to our customers, thus helping grow the economy and develop the next generation of industry providers.

RNTO has always taken a responsible approach to the services it provides. We are ever mindful of the fact that, unless we can provide a sustainable approach to travel and tourism, we are endangering the future of our industry and, ultimately, our own future survival as a company. With a thoughtful, innovative approach on our part and the understanding and support of our customers, we believe we can ensure that future generations continue to take advantage of the same travel and leisure opportunities that we ourselves are fortunate enough to enjoy today.


3 Reviews of Moscow and St-Petersburg holiday in Russia

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2017 by

Red square and St Petersburg was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2017 by

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

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2017 by

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. Read full review

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