Moscow to St Petersburg holiday

Get you first taste of Russia on a detailed eight-day tour of Moscow and St Petersburg. Travel between the cities on the Red Arrow overnight train – fall asleep in Moscow and wake up in St Petersburg.
Moscow Red Square Kremlin including the Armoury Museum Overnight Red Arrow Train St Petersburg Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum Peterhof Palace and Gardens
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£1264To£1634 including UK flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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From £980 - £1169 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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Description of Moscow to St Petersburg holiday

Get ready for Russia on this small group tour of its two finest cities. Compare Moscow to St Petersburg – and perhaps be surprised which one you prefer. On a city tour of Moscow, admire Red Square, where you can visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Delve into the Kremlin and its Armoury Museum, and use the city’s impressive metro to get between sights. You’ll travel onwards to St Petersburg overnight on the Red Arrow, a train that’s been running since 1931.

In historic St Petersburg you’ll have another city tour, this one to take in the city’s churches and fabulous royal residences. Enjoy the priceless art in the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, and take an excursion to the Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Its opulent interiors and ranging grounds are a sight to behold, and in the summer months you can enjoy the gravity-powered fountains in the gardens.

This trip will have a maximum of 18 participants, and combines detailed tours with enough free time to explore the sights for yourself – and you might want to pre-book some ballet or opera tickets for the occasion.

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Price information

£1264To£1634 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £980 - £1169 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 01 Sep 2019 by

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


Moscow was amazing - history, culture and amazing architecture. We were blown away by the Metro stations built in the 1930s. Lucky to be upgraded on the Arrow train. We've wanted to visit for years - so glad we took this trip. The Guides were knowledgeable, charming and really helpful. Special thanks to Taia for making the trip - and the final evening a magical experience.

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


It' s a nice mix of organised and free time which was great for us travelling as a family of 3.

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


The guides were local, we travelled by train between Moscow.

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


Wonderful - top marks.

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2018 by

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


The overnight train from Moscow to St Petersburg. The sites of interest were amazing but in mid-summer there are too many fellow-tourists to see anything at leisure.

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


Be prepared for a great deal of walking and using public transport, just to get to and from the places of interest. I found a folding stool very helpful. You will
need to be proactive in finding places to eat, as on this particular trip there are almost no communal meals arranged. You will also need to do plenty of
research in advance as there is a surprising amount of time where nothing is arranged and you need to organise your own trips to museums, churches, etc.

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


Insofar as we almost invariably took public transport and didn't add to the traffic -yes, we reduced environmental impact - minimally.

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


This is a short but intense look at two really important cities of culture and history. I found the logistics tiring and the crowds overwhelming.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Joyce. Thank you for your review of your trip. I’m pleased to hear that the overnight train was a memorable experience and that the places of interest were exciting. We do cover a lot of highlights in this trip, which means there can be a lot of walking around the sights. It’s for this reason that we rate the pace as moderate, as typically the days are fairly active and busy. There is free time included within the itinerary, which can either be used to relax and recharge your batteries or to arrange the recommend optional activities/excursion.

All our optional activities/excursion are listed and referenced within our trip notes, however your tour Leader should have provided additional guidance and support in assisting to arrange this for you during your trip. You’ve kindly written to us with additional comments regarding your tour Leader, which we’re investigating and will respond to you in due course.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

This trip is operated through a local agent that really enjoy seeking out opportunities to show and involve you in everyday Russian life from riding the metro in Moscow to joining the Babushka’s in the hunt for a bargain in the local markets! As well as including the must-see sites, our itinerary is specifically designed to promote as much contact with the local people as possible; in both Moscow and St Petersburg much of our travel is by metro and we also take an overnight sleeper train between these two cities. These encounters provide both sides with the opportunity for genuine cultural insight. We also choose to eat out in independently run restaurants wherever possible to sample different specialities, thus helping to support a variety of locally run small businesses.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

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