Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore
the country’s rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage. Moscow is
now the epicentre of the ‘new Russia’, while St Petersburg is renowned for
its magnificent palaces, world-class museums, elegant canals and grand
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Morning flight from London to Moscow with
British Airways. Transfer to the Intercontinental
Moscow Tverskaya (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Moscow. Explore the renowned
Red Square with St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM state
department store, Moscow State University,
Novodevichy Convent, the Cathedral of Christ the
Saviour and Gorky Park. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Full day at leisure or optional morning visit
to Sergiev Posad. Built around the Trinity
Monastery of St Sergius, it is one of Russia’s
most important religious and historical
landmarks. Afternoon optional tour to the
Tretyakov Gallery. (B)
Morning visit to the Kremlin, including
Cathedral Square and the Armoury Museum,
with its collection of imperial treasures and
Fabergé eggs. Take a late afternoon train to St
Petersburg (4 hours). On arrival, transfer to the Taleon Imperial Hotel for 4 nights. (B)
Morning tour of St Petersburg, including
Nevsky Prospekt and Vasilievsky island, and the
entrances to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled
Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Afternoon
at leisure to visit St Isaac’s Cathedral. (B)
Tour of the Hermitage. One of the largest and
oldest museums in the world, it has an unrivalled
collection of European masterpieces. (B)
Morning tour of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin,
including the Amber Room. Afternoon visit to
Peterhof to view the exterior of Peter the Great’s
Summer Palace and gardens. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the
airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort.
You will be assisted with boarding the train in
Moscow and met on the platform on arrival in St
Based in 5-star accommodation.
Departures in June
coincide with St Petersburg’s White Nights
festival, a month-long cultural celebration.
Opera or ballet performances in
Moscow or St Petersburg can be pre-booked.
Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are
available in Moscow and St Petersburg, and
include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6785
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya is a modern hotel with an ideal location on Tverskaya Ulitsa, one of the main boulevards of Moscow thatleads to Red Square. Guestrooms are designed using restful, neutral colours in a contemporary style and are large for a city centre property, having a floor space of 38 sq metres.
Features: 203 rooms & suites, lobby bar, restaurant, gym, sauna, spa.
Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, iPod docking station, minibar,...
Housed in a Tsarist-era palace, The Taleon Imperial has an ideal location in the heart of St Petersburg on Nevsky Prospekt. The world-renowned Hermitage museum is only a few minutes' walk away and the area surrounding the hotel has many shops and restaurants. There are 89 guestrooms ranging from Superior to Premium suites. As this is a character property, the individual room styles and sizes will vary. The Superior rooms are designed in a classical style and have an overall floor space of 35 to 45 sq metres.
Features: 120 rooms & suites, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, cafe, health and wellbeing amenities including a 20-metre rooftop indoor swimming pool and extensive spa facilities.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, in-room safe, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobe and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Extend your stay in St Petersburg to visit one of the many other museums and palaces, or re-visit the Hermitage Museum to view more of its extensive collection.
Stay an extra 2 nights at the Taleon Imperial Hotel. (B)
Full day at leisure to further explore the city. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
This pre-tour extension provides the opportunity to explore Russia's capital city in more depth. Optional excursions include visits to the fine art museums of Pushkin and Tretyakov, the Arbat shopping district and Tolstoy Museum.
Morning flight from London Heathrow to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the Intercontinental
Moscow Tverskaya (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Full day at leisure or take optional excursions to explore the city in more depth (payable in advance). This is an excellent opportunity to experience Moscow's remarkable metro system. Built during Stalin's era, the stations feature avant-garde design, monumental sculpture and realist art, all illustrating the ideals of the Soviet State. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
The beauty of St Petersburg has enchanted some of Russia's most prominent authors and poets and inspired countless works of fiction. This extension offers a glimpse into the lives of these writers, their works and where they were finally laid to rest.
Morning tour of the Dostoevsky House Museum. Dostoevsky's final home, this is where he wrote his last masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov. Afternoon visit to Pushkin House, where Pushkin spent most of his adult life and where he eventually died after an ill-fated duel. The house has been preserved almost exactly as it was. Visit the poet's library, which houses over 4,500 of his books. (B)
Morning tour of Alexander Nevsky monastery. Founded in 1710, the monastery is a burial site for many of Russia's leading composers, writers and politicians. The ornate graves of luminary figures such as Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov can be found within the cemeteries. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow with British Airways. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
This extension offers an insight into the lives of some of Russia's most influential writers. Visit the homes, apartments and estates of Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov, looking out for inspirations that might have contributed to the writing of some of the most successful and controversial novels of their time.
Morning flight from London Heathrow to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the Hotel National for 5 nights. The Hotel National is located in the centre of Moscow. (N)
Morning visit to Yasnaya Polyana, the former home of Leo Tolstoy who wrote such classics as War and Peace and Anne Karenina. The estate is now a museum and includes the writer's mansion, kept as it was when he died in 1910, the orchards and his grave. (B)
Morning visit to the small country estate of Melikhovo, which was Chekhov's home for five years and where he wrote The Seagull, one of his most significant plays. This evening, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
Often seen as a pivotal moment in the German invasion of Russia, the battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest campaigns in modern-day history. This 3-day extension visits the city of Volgograd, formerly named Stalingrad but renamed in 1961 following Stalin's death.
Morning flight from London Heathrow to Volgograd with British Airways and Siberia Airlines. Transfer to the Hotel Intourist for 2 nights. (N)
Morning city tour of Volgograd including the Red Tractor Factory, followed by a visit to the Mamayev Kurgan war memorial. This statue of Mother Russia was erected on a hill overlooking the city which saw some of the fiercest fighting. Afternoon at leisure to further explore the city. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Moscow. Transfer to the Hotel National for 3 nights. This evening, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
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RUS2016: 7 Nights
The visit to the Moscow Kremlin and Armoury was inspirational. The walk around the grounds, the churches, bell tower, gardens, tomb of the unknown soldier followed by a visit to the Armoury was amazing.Mrs Jacqueline Rule
Irina and Anna, the tour guides in Moscow and St Petersburgh were excellent. They looked after us from the moment we arrived to their location to the end. They left no gap to worry about. Their knowledge and dedication (and sense of humor) is highly appreciated. The location of the hotels was excellent. The program covered the most important sites one would wish to visit.Mr Ali Al-Chalabi
The whole trip was very informative, enjoyable, not at all rushed, well co-ordinated and totally pleasurable.Mrs Christine Muir
The arrival in St Petersburg was more beautiful than we expected and was so different to Moscow. Mr Stanley Wood
The phenomenal enthusiasm and knowledge of both our guides, especially Violetta in Moscow who was brilliantly informative, enthusiastic and could not have been better. We also thoroughly appreciated the knowledge of our guide Teddy in St Petersburg. Mrs Meryl Deane
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