DAY 1 - MOSCOW
Sunday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later tonight our welcome meeting takes place, where you’ll meet the rest of the group and your tour leader. Remainder of the evening at leisure – your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out.
Overnight: Moscow | Dinner
DAY 2 - RED SQUARE & THE KREMLIN
First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall.
Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin’s Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and pay our respects to the grandfather of Communism whose embalmed body has lain in state here since his death. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore the area. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open until very late!
During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a night at the the famous Moscow Circus (Oct – May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3 - INSIDE A SOVIET BUNKER
Today we journey back to Red Square via the Moscow Metro to undertake a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or there is the option to join us for a tour inside a Soviet Bunker – book and pay locally.
Heading 65 meters underground, you will be able to explore what was once a Stalinist-era bunker and a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950s, to protect a select few against a US nuclear attack. Join us on an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
DAY 4 - ST PETERSBURG CITY TOUR
MOSCOW-St petersburg. This morning, we will embark on a city tour of St Petersburg. Travelling by mini bus we will drive along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral and The Bronze Horse. Later, we will enjoy a guided visit to the Church On Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.
During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossack’s performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.Our final optional stop of the day is a visit to the Vodka Museum.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 - PETERHOF OR CATHERINE PALACE
Early this morning our train will bound in Peterhof Palace, one of the oldest towns in Russia and located n the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed).
Later,We’ll head out of the city to the garden of Peterhof Palace referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, which are famed for their golden statues and fountains (in summer) or Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Seloe (in winter) with its spectacular Amber Room and lavishly decorated building that really catches the eye.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
DAY 6 - THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
Today, we will enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace – which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.
Afterword, we visit a captivating presentation of a previous soviet period communal flat.To assist ease the burden of Russia’s housing issue in the 1920s the government changed city flats claimed by one individual into these communal residences with factory workers, Military Personnel and members of soviet institutions moving in.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
DAY 7 - ST PETERSBURG
Saturday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check-out. If you would like to extend your tour time in Russia then we also provide Post-tour accommodation upon request.