City Tour of Moscow
walk inside the beautiful Novodevichy Convent (1hour; from £17) during your city tour.
St Basil’s Cathedral (add to the city tour)
Novodevichy Convent (add to the city tour)
Located on the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of Moscow’s most renowned historical sites. Built in the 16th century, the architecture of the convent is that of ‘Moscow Baroque’ style and offers a serene retreat from the lively city centre. The convent is home to several churches which are surrounded by a high wall with 12 watch towers. Our guides will bring the convent to life with stories of its past. The necropolis is a must see – many of the country’s famous public figures are buried here, including writer Anton Chekov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.
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.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
If you are an art enthusiast, Puskhin Fine Art Museum is the place for you. The largest museum of European art in Moscow, it boasts Byzantine and early Italian art as well as works of world-renowned artist such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Matisse and many more. Russian art appreciators will not leave disappointed either as the museum holds the masterpieces of Bryullov, Ivanov and Deyneka!
City Tour of Saint Petersburg
We can’t think of a better way to discover the magic of Russia’s most imperial city than with an introductory tour. Our experienced guides will reveal tales of St Petersburg’s past, present and future as they take you to the main attractions of the city. Sights include Nevsky Prospekt, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul’s Fortress where many of the Romanovs have been laid to rest, and of course, the visually stunning Church on the Spilled Blood on the banks of one of the city’s many winding canals. Comfortable air conditioned transport is provided but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes as some walking is required
Peter and Paul's Fortress (add to the city tour)
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.
St Isaac's Cathedral (add to the city tour)
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.
Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood (add to the city tour)
This fascinating church is a sight for sore eyes! The temple is known all over the world for its beauty as both the interior and exterior are intricately decorated with unbelievably detailed mosaics. The building was erected in the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated, it was badly damaged during World War II, but is now fully restored and has been open to the public since 1997. Fun fact – the walls of the church are faced with a staggering 7 thousand square metres of mosaic panels!
Hermitage (The Winter Palace)
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. The guide service lasts for approximately 2 hours, in which time they will take you to the most popular pieces, however you are free to further explore the museum independently afterwards. Bear in mind that the Hermitage is huge – if you wanted to look at every item on display it would take you roughly 7 years so planning ahead is essential to be sure you don’t miss the pieces you’d most like to see!
City Tour of Veliky Novgorod
Classic city tour of Veliky Novgorod. Explore the beautiful Novgorod Kremlin (the oldest in Russia!), Saint Sophia Cathedral and Yaroslav's Court among other sights of the city. During the tour you will learn about the history and lifestile of this traditional Russian place, admire the towers and walls of the Kremlin and visit the famous "Millennium of Russia" Monument. From the pedestrian bridge across the Volkhov River you will have a chance to appreciate the view of Yaroslavovo Dvorishche, the political and commercial centre of Veliky Novgorod. The tour includes your individual guide and entrance fees.