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Classic Russia

Group Tour | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1695 Current prices from: £1695

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 modern Russia, while St Petersburg is renowned for its magnificent palaces, world-class museums, elegant canals and grand architecture.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in the National Hotel in Moscow, just off Red Square, and 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
  • 5-star accommodation throughout
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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.

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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

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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