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Classic Moscow to St Petersburg by High Speed Train

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 954

Explore the great monuments and mysteries of Moscow before spending three nights in beautiful Saint Petersburg, Russia’s most European city.


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This 6-day trip serves as an ideal introduction to Russia, connecting its two most famous cities via a high speed rail journey. It is based on you joining on certain days of the week.

Spend two days sightseeing in one of the world’s great capitals, Moscow. A city tour gets things off to a good start, taking you to famed Red Square, surrounded as it is by the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Then visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichiy Convent, Poklonnaya and Vorobievy Mountains, the Boulevard Ring, and more. Of particular note is the Novodevichiy Monastery, highlighted by the opulent Smolensk Cathedral, which towers 72 metres over the rest of the monastery. Its attached cemetery is the last resting place of Chekhov, Gogol, Khrushchev, and Yeltsin, among others.

Board your train to Saint Petersburg, Russia’s most European city, widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Staying close to Nevsky Prospekt, you’re ideally positioned for exploring the most famous streets, sights, and museums of Saint Petersburg. Your first day is devoted to the city itself. Stroll Nevsky Prospekt and Old Nevsky, see the impressive pastel façade of the Stroganov Palace, the imposing columns of Kazan Cathedral, and the colourful Church of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Explore Palace Square, home to the Baroque Winter Palace, and a monument to Peter the Great. You’ll also have a chance to take in the stark architectural contrasts of Vasilievsky Island, and see the renowned Peter and Paul Fortress, dating back to the early 18th century. Your tour saves one of the best sights for last. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral will dazzle you from its shining gold dome to its lavish interiors recalling an era of unparalleled opulence and splendour.

Of course, one can’t visit Saint Petersburg without visiting the Hermitage museum. Once the private art collection of Peter the Great, the Hermitage now stands alongside the Louvre as one of the world’s greatest art collections. Spend a half day here enjoying works from the Stone Age, through the Renaissance and Impressionist periods, all the way up to 20th century works.

Transfer to the airport for departure, or stay on to discover more of Saint Petersburg.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 954

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Day 1

Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Moscow Hotel

Duration0 Hours

Arbat House Hotel

The Arbat House Hotel is located in the Presnensky district, a calm neighbourhood in the centre of Moscow. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from New Arbat and Old Arbat Avenues, popular for their eclectic charm, cafes and street musicians. The Kremlin, Red Square, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Bolshoi Theatre are all within a 15-minute walk. Rooms are equipped with standard amenities and include complimentary WiFi.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Arbat House Hotel

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    Arbat House Hotel



    The Arbat House Hotel is located in the Presnensky district, a calm neighbourhood in the centre of Moscow. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from New Arbat and Old Arbat Avenues, popular for their eclectic charm, cafes and street musicians. The Kremlin, Red Square, ...

    The Arbat House Hotel is located in the Presnensky district, a calm neighbourhood in the centre of Moscow. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from New Arbat and Old Arbat Avenues, popular for their eclectic charm, cafes and street musicians. The Kremlin, Red Square, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Bolshoi Theatre are all within a 15-minute walk. Rooms are equipped with standard amenities and include complimentary WiFi.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Moscow City Tour and Novodevichy Monastery

Moscow City Tour is a good chance to get acquainted with the largest city in Russia. This ancient city, which was first mentioned in chronicles in 1147, has always played the most important part in Russian history. During the city tour you will see all the major sights, including the Red Square, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichiy Convent, Poklonnaya and Vorobievy Mountains, Tverskaya Street, Bulvarnoye Koltso (Boulevard Ring), and other attractions.

The Novodevichy Monastery was founded in 1524 to celebrate the taking of Smolensk from Lithuania, an important step in Moscow's conquest of the old Kyivan Rus lands. The oldest and most dominant building in the grounds is the white Smolensk Cathedral, with a sumptuous interior covered in 16th-century frescoes. The elaborate bell tower against the east wall towers 72m over the rest of the monastery. When it was built in 1690 it was one of the tallest towers in Moscow (second only to the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the Kremlin). Novodevichy is a functioning monastery.

Many famous people are buried at Novodevichy Cemetery. Among them there are Chekhov, Stalin's wife, Mayakovsky, Gogol, Khrushchev and Yeltsin.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Moscow Hotel to Moscow Leningradsky Railway Station

Duration0 Minutes

Moscow to St. Petersburg by Sapsan High Speed Train

Duration4 Hours

St Petersburg Moskovsky Railway Station to St Petersburg Hotel

Duration0 Hours

Asteria Hotel

Asteria Hotel is located on the embankment of Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt.

Breakfast is served every morning. Asteria Hotel features a restaurant and a bar, offering Russian, European and American cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the entire hotel.

The staff will be happy to help you with tourist information, ticket reservations and excursion bookings. Shuttle service is provided upon request.

Gostiny Dvor Metro Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Pulkovo International Airport is 13 miles away.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Asteria Hotel

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    Asteria Hotel



    Asteria Hotel is located on the embankment of Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt. Breakfast is served every morning. Asteria Hotel features a restaurant and a bar, offering Russian, European and American cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the ...

    Asteria Hotel is located on the embankment of Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt.

    Breakfast is served every morning. Asteria Hotel features a restaurant and a bar, offering Russian, European and American cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the entire hotel.

    The staff will be happy to help you with tourist information, ticket reservations and excursion bookings. Shuttle service is provided upon request.

    Gostiny Dvor Metro Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Pulkovo International Airport is 13 miles away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Business Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 4

St Petersburg City Tour including Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral

Today you will enjoy a half-day guided tour of St. Petersburg's most important sights. Start by exploring Nevsky Prospekt, the main street in the historical center of the city, planned by French architect Alexandre LeBlond. Nevsky gradually gets wider as you travel along it, and encompasses some of St. Petersburg's most impressive buildings, including Stroganov Palace, Kazan Cathedral, the famous Dom Knigi bookstore, and Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Continue to the Palace Square, the most grandiose square in St. Petersburg, where the State Hermitage is located. This is linked to the Senate Square, with a bronze horseman monument to Peter the Great. Next, proceed to Vasilievsky Island, just across the river from the Winter Palace, connected to the mainland by the Palace Bridge and Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the Summer Garden. Finally, explore St Isaac's Cathedral, one of the city's most prominent landmarks and the fourth-largest domed cathedral in the world (after St Peter's, St Paul's and Florence's Duomo). It was designed by 19th-century architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand in an orthodox style, with Renaissance and Baroque influences. The cathedral is cross-shaped and can accommodate about 14,000 people.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Half Day Tour of the Hermitage

The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings located in the heart of St Petersburg. With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety; at last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit! The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings and possesses outstanding collections by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. The origins of the Hermitage can be traced back to the private art collection of Peter the Great. Catherine the Great and her successors expanded the collection along with private purchases of the Western European aristocracy and monarchy. By the time Nicholas II ascended the throne in 1894, he was heir to the greatest collection of art in Europe. The Hermitage today presents collections of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. As it is so enormous many visitors prefer to make several brief visits rather than one frenetic marathon tour. Collection highlights include the treasure gallery, Western European art, the Palace of Peter I, The Menshikov palace, General Staff Building, The museum of porcelain, Prehistoric art Antiquity, The Arsenal, Oriental art, Russian culture, Numismatics, The Hermitage's permanent exhibitions in the Konstantinovsky palace.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Transfer from St Petersburg Hotel to Airport

Duration3 Hours

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DEPARTURES:

Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 night's accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-country train travel (2nd class) as per itinerary
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and Domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa Fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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