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, worldclass museums, elegant canals and grand architecture.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the Lotte Hotel Moscow for 3 nights. (N)
Morning tour including Red Square including 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 the main shopping street of Nevsky Prospekt and Vasilievsky island, and the entrances to the Church of Our 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 fl y 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 Petersburg.
Opera or ballet performances in Moscow or St Petersburg can be pre-booked. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
The luxurious Lotte Hotel Moscow is ideally situated near to the shops, bars and restaurants of the Arbat quarter. The grand reception area with glass chandeliers and marbled columns leads to modern guestrooms, which are some of the most spacious in Moscow. Dine at OVO, the two-michelin star restaurant by renowned Italian chef Carlo Cracco, or MEGUmi, which offers Japanese cuisine with the emphasis on seafood from its open kitchen. The Madara Spa has been consistently awarded for its creative approach to holistic treatments coupled with modern spa techniques.
Features: 300 rooms & suites, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, fitness room, indoor swimming pool, spa & wellness centre, Wi-Fi
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, coffee machine, Audio docking station, minibar, hairdryer,...
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 Hotel Lotte Moscow for 5 nights. (N)
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)
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 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 Lotte Moscow for 3 nights. This evening, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
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RUS2018: 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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