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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

We are proud to introduce BRAND NEW and EXCLUSIVE Private Two Capitals tour! 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.

Our SPECIAL OFFER exclusive tour is a perfect way to get to know two of the best destinations that are sure to be high on your Bucket List.

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St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky Theatre has been presenting the world with a plethora of great artistes, such as Fyodor Chaliapin, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many more. Please get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
Hermitage
Hermitage
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.
Peter & Paul Fortress
Peter & Paul Fortress
The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.
Peterhof
Peterhof
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.
St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac’s Cathedral

St Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city and dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Designed by a French architect and taking 40 years to construct, it is the 3rd largest domed cathedral in the world! St Isaac’s is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues and is surrounded by 112 monolith granite columns, which were transported from one of the suburbs of the city. Now the cathedral houses a museum, but for the Major Orthodox holidays Religious services are still held here.

Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace
The stunning Yusupov Palace on the Moika River bears a dark mark of being the site of the fatal cabal against Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.
Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber
A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, this gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world and is a must see for art lovers. The Tretyakov Gallery is made up entirely of Russian art and contains more than 130,000 displays spanning from the 11th century to the early 20th. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the most popular exhibits and will inform you about the artists and the pieces themselves.
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow has one of the best theatre production companies in the world – the famous Bolshoi Theatre. It is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honour due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. Get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again.
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 - Moscow

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 End of your

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)

Hotel Dostoevsky

4 crown
Hotel Dostoevsky Hotel Dostoevsky Hotel Dostoevsky

Address

19, Vladimirsky Prospect, St. Petersburg, 191002, Russia

Location

Conveniently located in the very heart of the city close to major historical sights, just 5 minutes away from Nevsky Prospect, business, shopping and recreational areas; the nearest landmarks – St Isaac’s Cathedral, Anichkov Bridge, Russian Art Museum, Vladimirskaya Church Pulkovo International Airport – 17 km

Accommodation

207 guest rooms in different price categories

In-room

TV, phone, Internet access, air-conditioning, mini bar

Leisure

Dostoevsky Restaurant: Russian and European cuisine Raskolnikov Bar

Business facilities

Business Center 4 fully equipped conference halls

Other services

Fitness center, sauna, gym Concierge service, currency exchange, guarded parking area

Brothers Karamazov

4 crown
Brothers Karamazov Brothers Karamazov Brothers Karamazov Brothers Karamazov

Address

St. Petersburg, Socialisticheskaya st., building 11-A

Location

4* Hotel "The Brothers Karamazov" is located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, a pleasant 20 minutes walk from Nevsky Prospect and 5 minutes walk from the metro stations “Zvenigorodskaya”,”Dostoyevskaya”,”Vladimirskaya”. The Hotel is situated near the Dostoyevsky's Apartment, now a museum. Here the famous Russian writer finished his last novel "The Brothers Karamazov".

Accommodation

The interior of the small cosy hotel recreates the atmosphere of Saint-Petersburg in the 2nd part of the 19th century.4* Hotel and the Restaurant of the same name “The Brothers Karamazov” are situated in the four-storied building with a quiet courtyard and guarded parking lot.

The Hotel provides 28 rooms, including 8 singles, 15 standard double rooms and 5 interior room.

Peter 1st Hotel

5 crown
Peter 1st Hotel Peter 1st Hotel Peter 1st Hotel Peter 1st Hotel

Address

17 bldg. 1, Neglinnaya St., 127051, Moscow, Russia

Location

The Peter I Hotel is located on historic Neglinnaya Ulitsa, within comfortable walking distance of the Kremlin, Red Square and, particularly, the Bolshoy Theater, just a few minutes' down the road from the Peter I Hotel. This glorious neoclassical edifice houses one of the most celebrated musical theatres in the world, renowned for the muscular dancing style of its ballet troupe.

Other sights of interest in the immediate vicinity of the Peter I Hotel include the Bank of Russia, an imposing and ornately decorated late 19th-century building located almost directly opposite the hotel on Neglinnaya Ulitsa. Behind the hotel in a courtyard accessed from Ulitsa Petrovka, the Museum of the GULAG is a small but extremely active museum that commemorates the victims of Soviet oppression via a wide variety of documentary and artistic projects. In sharp contrast, the Sandunov Baths, also a few steps from the hotel on Sandunovskiy Pereulok, are the most famous public baths in Moscow, and offer guests a uniquely Russian experience as well as a taste of 19th century luxury.

Accommodation

There are 112 Standard Rooms at the Peter I Hotel. In contrast to the strict neoclassicism of the building's facade, the interiors at the Peter I have been designed in a modern, minimalist style. Simple, sober colors dominate, but are offset by the vibrant fabrics used for curtains and soft furnishings. The hotel has non-smoking rooms, and three rooms specially equipped for disabled travelers. All rooms at the Peter I have Wi-Fi coverage, as well as a host of other guest amenities.

The 15 rooms on the Peter I's VIP Floor feature extra comforts and attractive views over the center of Moscow. All room rates include breakfast and access to the Peter I fitness center.

The Peter I Hotel has six two-room suites, all located on the hotel's VIP Floor, the top floor of the hotel. As well as impressive views of downtown Moscow, guests booking the Peter I's suites can enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, with all-day refreshments included in room rates.

The Peter I Hotel has two three-room apartments, all located on the hotel's VIP Floor, the top floor of the hotel. As well as impressive views of downtown Moscow, guests booking the Peter I's suites can enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, with all-day refreshments included in room rates.

Leisure

Although not large, the Peter 1st Hotel has a full range of deluxe guest amenities including a fitness center and beauty salon on site; Fitness Centre, Indoor pool, Hot tub, Turkish steam bath, Massage, Solarium, Beauty Studio.

Business facilities

The Peter I Hotel is well equipped to welcome business travellers, with a range of support services available from the hotel's business centre; Free Wi-Fi Internet in public areas, Business centre, Fax/photocopying.

Other services

Guests at the Peter I Hotel will find a full range of superior services available from the English-speaking staff at reception: 24-hour reception, Express check-in/check-out, Room service, Dry-cleaning, Ironing, Guarded parking, First-aid and medical assistance, ATM.

4/5* hotels. Hotels may be changes to similar if there is no availability.

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Tour Includes:

*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

 

Tour Does Not Include:

*Lunch and Dinners

*Travel Insurance

*Optional excursions

*Russian visa processing charge payable directly to the visa centre or consulate

 

Booking Conditions:

Deposit is payable on the tour. 

The prices may be subject to change in case the flight availability changes. 

The tour is a private one and operates from 2 passengers. Single supplement is available on request. 

We have the right to amend the itinerary or change the hotels to similar, if required. 

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!

Highlights

*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

Included

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour (May - September) or Buss Only (April)
  • *Bus: 2-day pass
  • *Boat: 1-day pass

Description

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

Bus Tour:

  • 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.

Boat Tour:

  • 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

St Pet Red Route

 BLUE BOAT ROUTE: Schedule: 11:00 - 17:00, Loop: 120 Minutes, Frequency: 60 Minutes

St Pet Blue Route

GREEN BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 09:00 - 19:00, Loop: 60 Minutes, Frequency: 30 Minutes

St Pet Green Route

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!

Highlights

  • *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

Included

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour (April - 1st October)

  • *Bus: 2-day pass
  • *Boat: 1 trip (60 minutes)
  • *Walking tour (advanced reservation required)

Description

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

Walking Tour

  • 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

Moscow red route

GREEN BUS ROUTE: Schedule: 10:00 - 18:00, Loop: 120 Minutes, Frequency: 40 Minutes

Moscow green route

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