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Exclusive tour to Russia's Two Capitals
8 days, 7 nights from 732 £ including direct flights
Bucket list journey to Moscow and St Petersburg
Spend amazing 8 days in Russia's two mesmerizing cities: stay in 4/5* hotels, hop on a City Tour Bus, enjoy a boat tour!
Start your tour in St Petersburg, one of the world’s most romantic cities. Well-known for its rivers and canals, getting around the city by boat is a popular choice; floating restaurants provide a unique experience and river buses serving as public transport beat the city’s downtown traffic. Imperial parks and palaces all offer unique charm; Peterhof – the city’s most impressive Imperial Estate is world-famous for its spectacular fountains, Pavlovsk is surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens, and the magnificent summer residence of the Russian Tsars, Catherine Palace, home to the recently restored Amber Room, is a highlight not to be missed. Set aside time to explore Peter and Paul Fortress and be sure to visit the incredible State Hermitage Museum.
Afterwards, head to Moscow, the fascinating Russian Capital. The city has much to offer; check out the art at the Tretyakov Gallery, visit such well-known sights as Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb. But also, experience the 24-hour buzz of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities – a sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people, packed with nightclubs, bars and shopping centres.
- Introduction to your journey
- Tour Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
- Hop On Hop Off St Petersburg Bus tour
- Hop On Hop Off Moscow Bus tour
Day 1, Monday. Welcome to St Petersburg!
Welcome to St Petersburg! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our driver and transferred to your 4* hotel (Dostoevsky or Brothers Karamazov, or similar). Settle in before going for an evening walk to admire St Petersburg by night. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2, Tuesday. St Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel. Take advantage of the great hotel location; a base for exploring the city by foot! Make sure to use your Hop On Hop Off 2 days pass to the full; with 2 bus tour routes & 24 stops around St. Petersburg you can create your itinerary to explore the city. With addition of Boat ticket, enjoy the fascinating citY views from the water (Boat tour operates from May to September). In the evening, try one of many restaurants that offer traditional Russian cuisine! Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 3, Wednesday. St Petersburg
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy another day in the Venice of the North. Today you can pop in to one of many museums; If you are not a history buff, there are many unique places to visit like the weirdest museum in St Petersburg – the Kunstkamera, or the Russian Vodka Museum! Remember, you City Bus ticket is still valid today! Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 4, Thursday. St Petersburg
After breakfast, enjoy your last full day in the city. If you time it right, you can visit Hermitage for FREE (1st Thursday of every month). Take an out of town excursion to visit the mesmerizing Catherine Palace and Amber Room or head to Peterhof, another Imperial Palace and Gardens not to be missed (optional, we recommend booking in advance). Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 5, Friday. St Petersburg – Moscow
Today, you wake up in St Petersburg for the last time before heading to Moscow. You will have last few hours in St Petersburg but certainly you can still use it to the full! Head back to the hotel for your transfer to the train station as you are travelling to Moscow in the afternoon (the Express Sapsan train takes 4h and it is possible to upgrade to an evening departure to have more time in St Petersburg). Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be met at the train station and transferred to an amazing 5* Peter the First hotel, located in the heart on the City! Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 6, Saturday. Moscow
After hotel breakfast, a full day of discovering Moscow awaits you. Make your way to Moscow city centre to board the Red Bus to explore the city. The bus tour starts at Moscow’s renowned Bolotnaya Square for both the Red Line and the Green Line. Enjoy the 2 day unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 360° panoramic views of Moscow's main sights and the Boat Tour to enjoy panoramic views from the Moskva River. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 7, Sunday. Moscow
Today, you can use your Bus ticket again and book optional excursions or explore independently. Take a walk on the famous Red Square, pop in to the Tretyakov Art Gallery or, for history buffs, visit the fascinating anti-nuclear facility Bunker 42 Cold War Museum: the only one declassified military object in Russia, which is located at a depth of 65 meters under the ground in the centre of Moscow! In the evening, relax in one of many restaurants and pubs around the city. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 8, Monday. Moscow
Enjoy your breakfast and make sure to use your last few hours in Moscow to the full. Take a Metro ride to admire the Metro stations, take a walk in the famous GUM shopping mall in the Red Square, just a few steps from your hotel! Head back to the hotel for your transfer to the airport. (B)
4/5* hotels. Hotels may be changes to similar if there is no availability.
Two Capitals Private Tour Departures and Prices
Prices are per person, based on the best availble flight option at the time of publishing. Please contact us to confirm price and availability as the
flight prices may fluctuate throughout seasons
The tour operates in case there are minimum 2 passangers booked per departure
Two Capitals Tour is available with departures from any city in the UK and worldwide
We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily
IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions
If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a
Please note that a deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage
Included in price:
• Direct international flights from London (subject to availability)
• 4 nights 4* B&B accommodation in St Petersburg (Doestoevsky Hotel or Brothers Karamazov or similar)
• 3 nights 5* B&B accommodation in Moscow (Peter 1st hotel or similar)
• return airport and train station transfers by private car
• standard class ticket for Express Sapsan train from St Petersburg to Moscow
• Hop On Hop Off 2 Days bus ticket and Boat Trip in St Petersburg
• Hop On Hop Off 2 Days bus ticket and Boat Trip in Moscow
• Full Russian Visa support application service
• Lunch and Dinners
• Travel Insurance
• Optional excursions
• Russian visa processing charge payable directly to the visa centre or consulate
HOP-ON HOP-OFF ST PETERSBURG
Are you ready for the ultimate St Petersburg experience? Let City Sightseeing St Petersburg show you around Russia's imperial capital and experience panoramic views of this dazzling metropolis from the top of our famous bright red double-decker buses, hopping on and off at 24 conveniently located stops around the city!
*2-day unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 360° panoramic views of St Petersburg
*2 bus tour routes & 24 stops around St. Petersburg. Create your itinerary to explore the city
*Audio-guide in 10 languages so you can learn about St Petersburg's history and traditions
*Boat Tour added to the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour; enjoy the views from the water
- *Bus: 2-day pass
- *Boat: 1-day pass
First up on the agenda is the St Isaac's Cathedral at Bus Stop 1, a magnificent neo-classical style landmark. At Bus Stop 2 (Red Route) you'll come across the Admiralty Building, the headquarters of the Russian Navy. Hop off here and appreciate it's intricate detail and take a wander around the Alexander Gardens nearby.
Palace Square at Bus Stop 3 is right in the heart of St Petersburg. Here you'll see the Alexander Column, a monument built in the early 19th century to remember the Russian military's victory during the war against Napoleon's France. Hop off at Bus Stop 4 to appreciate the stunning, 19th century Kazan Cathedral, a landmark dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan.
If you want to stretch your legs then Bus Stop 6 is the place to do it! You've got the Anichkov Palace nearby and also the Anichkov Bridgewhere you can take a nice long stroll across and enjoy the peaceful views of the Fontanka River and watch as the boats pass underneath you.
Last but not least are the Summer Gardens, commissioned by Peter the Great. This atmosphere here is truly idyllic as you'll pass some incredible statues and the remarkable water fountain right in the heart of the park.
Plus, you can experience the sights from an alternative perspective on board the City Tour Canal Boat as you ride the ‘Golden Ring’ of St Petersburg. Cruise down the Neva River and enhance your City Sightseeing experience as you hop on and off at waterside stops in the city. We'll start the tour at the Admiralty Embankment where you'll get a panoramic view of the beautiful St Petersburg. Next up at stop number 2 is the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in the early 18th century. Look out for the Bronze Horseman as you cruise down the Neva River, it's a great big statue of Peter the Great riding a horse in the middle of Senate Square.
Before you Go
- Operational season: all year round
- Excluding: 9 May
- May - September: first tour: 9:00 a.m.; last tour: 7:00 p.m. No departures between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- October - April: first tour: 10:00 a.m.; last tour: 5:30 p.m. No departures between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Operational season: 1 May - 30 September
- Excluding: 9 May
- First tour: 11:00 a.m.
- Last Tour: 5:00 p.m.
- Departs from Admiralty Embanquement
RED BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 09:00 - 19:00, Loop: 90 Minutes, Frequency: 25 Minutes
BLUE BOAT ROUTE: Schedule: 11:00 - 17:00, Loop: 120 Minutes, Frequency: 60 Minutes
GREEN BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 09:00 - 19:00, Loop: 60 Minutes, Frequency: 30 Minutes
HOP-ON HOP-OFF MOSCOW
This bus tour starts at Moscow’s renowned Bolotnaya Square for both the Red Line and the Green Line. If your time in Moscow is limited then hop on the Red Line and we'll take you to 16 of the city's best attractions. If you want to spend more time exploring, you'll be able to hop off at all of the 26 amazing attractions on the Green Line. Go ahead and choose the tour that suits you!
- *2-day unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 360° panoramic views of Moscow's main sights
- *Audio-guide in 8 languages so you can learn all about Moscow's history and traditions
- *Access to 2 bus tour routes & 40+ stops around Moscow. Create your own itinerary to explore the city
- *Boat Tour to added to the Bus Tour; enjoy panoramic views from the Moskva River
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour (April - 1st October)
- *Bus: 2-day pass
- *Boat: 1 trip (60 minutes)
- *Walking tour (advanced reservation required)
Both bus lines start at Bolotnaya Square. On the Red Line, we'll go over the Big Stone Bridge, also known as the Bolshoy Kamenn Bridge, where you'll be able to see the statue of Peter the Great and also the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Visit some of biggest art collections in Russia at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (bus stop 2) or if you prefer being outside, then hop off at bus stop 6 and take a stroll around Alexander Garden. One must-see attraction is the Big Moskvoretsky bridge, a concrete arch-like structure which spans the Moscow River, connecting the Red Square and Bolshaya Ordynka Street of Zamoskvorechye. The bridge’s architect, Alexey Shchusev, chose pink granite as the facade to make the bridge look as if it were built from real rock.
If you're taking the Green Line, hop off at bus stop 17 to visit the Moscow Book House at where you'll find books for every taste. Make sure you hop off at the Red Square at bus stop 25 too, it's one of the most bustling, vibrant spaces in Moscow. If you want to enlighten yourself with some Russian history, then visit the Moscow State Historical Museum nearby, you won't miss it's eye-catching red colour and grand architecture. As you can see, there is something for everyone!
As your bus ticket is combined with a cruise along the river, sit back and relax as we take you past the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Before you Go
PLEASE NOTE Customers must redeem their vouchers at the following location:
- Mobile vouchers: bus stop 1, Bolotnaya Square
- Paper vouchers: any bus stop
- Advanced reservation required
- Daily at 10:45 a.m.
- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Meeting point: Kitay-Gorod metro station
Ancient Moscow Cruise
- April - 1 October, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Frequency: every 30-60 minutes
- Duration: 60 minutes
- From Tretyakovsky Pier (Bolotnaya Square)
RED BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 10:00 - 18:00, Loop: 60 Minutes, Frequency: 20 Minutes
GREEN BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 10:00 - 18:00, Loop: 120 Minutes, Frequency: 40 Minutes