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Classic Russia

Private Travel | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2140

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in the National Hotel Moscow and the Taleon Imperial Hotel, a former palace in St Petersburg
  • Guided tour of the opulent Moscow metro
  • Visit Peterhof palace & gardens by hydrofoil
  • Lecture on contemporary Russian life
  • Stay in 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Moscow

Fly direct from London (regional connections available) to Moscow. Transfer to the National Hotel, just off Red Square, for 3 nights. Evening walking tour of Red Square. (N)

Day 2: Moscow

Morning tour including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM state department store, Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Gorky Park. Finish with a brief metro tour to visit some of the city’s grandest stations. Afternoon at leisure. Evening talk on Russian life with the guide. (B)

Day 3: Moscow

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. Optional afternoon tour to either the Tretyakov Gallery or the Museum of Cosmonautics. (B)

Day 4: Moscow • St Petersburg

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)

Day 5: St Petersburg

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. Continue to the historic Literaturnoe Cafe for caviar tasting and late afternoon tea. (B)

Day 6: St Petersburg

Tour of the Hermitage. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it has an unrivalled collection of European masterpieces. (B)

Day 7: Pushkin • St Petersburg

Morning tour of Catherine Palace at Pushkin, including the Amber Room. (Depending on the number of other visitors, this might be changed to Pavlovsk Palace.) Afternoon visit to Peterhof to view the exterior of the Summer Palace with its ornate gardens and cascade fountains. Return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil. Please note that days in St Petersburg may run in a different order due to entrance times. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior group

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £470pp.

Locally escorted tour:

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.

* Festival departures:

All departures from 26 August to 2 September include evening tickets to the Spasskaya Tower festival, a military music festival and tattoo held in Moscow on Red Square. Participating in the festival are Russian and international military bands, honour guard units and folk groups.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Taleon Imperial Hotel
    Taleon Imperial Hotel

    Housed in a Tsar-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 surrounding area has many shops and restaurants. The sixth-floor restaurant and terrace offers views over the adjacent canal and Nevsky Prospekt. The exclusive rooftop indoor spa and swimming pool is housed beneath a spectacular glass-domed roof. As this is an old building, the individual room styles and sizes will vary; Superior rooms are designed in a classic style and have an overall floor space of 35 to 45 sq metres. Please note: there is a small charge for the swimming & spa area for clients staying independently from a group tour.

  • The Hotel National
    The Hotel National

    The Hotel National was built in 1903 by renowned Russian architect Alexander Ivanov and stands in the heart of Moscow overlooking the walls of the Kremlin. Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Bolshoi Theatre are all within five minutes' walk. The hotel's eclectic Russian interior includes chandeliers, antiques and frescoed ceilings that survived the revolution and have been carefully restored. Rooms are traditionally furnished with antiques and art. Its award-winning Moskovsky Restaurant offers a range of Russian and European cuisine and has panoramic windows overlooking the Kremlin. The hotel's health and fitness centre includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium, and also offers massage and spa treatments. Features: 221 rooms & 37 suites, restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, minibar, 24hr room service, robe & slippers, pillow menu, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2140 per person

High season from £2140 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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