A Historical & Cultural Tour of Russian (Moscow & St Petersburg)

Discover these two exciting and intriguing cities in an eight night Russian adventure spending four nights each in Moscow and St Petersburg with an exhilarating train journey between the two!

Moscow is not only the capital but also the political and economic beating heart of the country exuding a powerful energy from its’ tumultuous history and unique architecture, past and present.

Our guided tours will take in all the main sites and more, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Gorky Park and, not forgetting, the strikingly beautiful metro system.

St Petersburg is a more elegant city, comprised of neo-classical palaces, waterways, baroque churches and boulevards and the perfect place for the arts to flourish (home of the Hermitage!). It is Russia’s cultural capital and has been voted the World’s leading cultural city destination for the last three consecutive years.

July is one of the best times to visit St. Petersburg during the White Nights Season, when the sun never sets and the city is alive 24 hours a day with festivals, activities, concerts and longer opening hours for museums, restaurants and shops.

We will also be able to experience the Peterhof fountains in their full flowing glory.

This trip has been tailor-made especially for our 45+ group by our fellow tour operator ‘Windows on the Wild’ (in association with their Russian agents) to give us a rare opportunity to discover these spectacular cities together as a small group.

COST PER PERSON SHARING A ROOM: £2100

COST PER PERSON IN A SINGLE ROOM: £2384

Prices include: Return flights from London to Russia and a high speed train transfer between Moscow and St. Petersburg, 8 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, private transfers and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary below, with an English speaking guide.

We will be based in comfortable centrally located hotels in each city, both with restaurants, and ideal for a relaxing evening after a full day exploring, should you wish.

I will be on hand to accompany and guide you throughout with suggestions and recommendations for mealtimes…….and if there are any free moments to fill!

Not included: Meals other than breakfast, sightseeing and entrances not listed, Russian visas, travel insurance, gratuities for the guide/driver & porterage, and items of a personal nature.

Prices are based on a minimum of 8 people (with a maximum of 12).

A 50% deposit will be requested on RSVP with balance payments due by 31st March.

Lits: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07710 217902

TOUR ITINERARY:

3 July 2020

Fly from London Heathrow to Moscow with Aeroflot SU2581 departing at 1040 arriving at 1635

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the 4* Godunov Hotel for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Evening at leisure

4 July 2020      

Full Day City Tour

Following breakfast there will be a full day Moscow City tour with photo stops, including visits to Novodeichy Convent and Cemetery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (main building)

(N.B. the Convent is undergoing renovation and so is covered in scaffolding. It is open but the golden domes may not be visible).

5 July 2020      

Full Day Tour

After breakfast there will be a full day tour to visit to Old Tretyakov Gallery, Cathedral Christ the Saviours (viewing platform) and Tsarytsyno Park and Palaca.

6 July 2020      

Half Day Kremlin Tour

Today following breakfast enjoy a half day visit to the Kremlin Grounds and Armory, followed by a Metro tour.

Afternoon at leisure

7 July 2020      

Transfer Moscow to St Petersburg by Train

Check out of the hotel after breakfast. You will be transferred to the railway station to take the high speed train Spasan from Moscow to St. Petersburg – the journey lasts approximately 4 hours.  

On arrival in St. Petersburg you will be transferred to the 3* Margarita St. Petersburg Hotel for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

8 July 2020      

Full Day City Tour

Begin with an introductory panoramic tour of the city with photo stops – including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the simple log cabin where Peter lived as his city grew around him, the Menshikov Palace and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

9 July 2020      

Pavlovsk Palace and Catherine Palace, Pushkin – Full Day

Travel south of the city to the town of Pushkin to visit the palace and park at Pavlovsk, which was the former summer residence of the Russian Tsars. The romantic park that surrounds the palace is filled with pavilions, grottoes and ancient statues. Continue to the grand Imperial Estate of Tsarskoye Selo, where the main attraction in the area is Catherine Palace, the last resting place of Catherine the Great. Explore the elaborate interior of the palace including the Grand Hall, the largest state room in the palace, the Portrait Hall, where the walls are lined with portraits of Catherine I and Empress Elizabeth, and the beautifully restored Amber Room.

10 July 2020   

Half Day at the Hermitage Museum

Enjoy a tour at the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum. Celebrating its 250th year in 2014, the museum houses over three million artefacts including paintings, sculptures and archaeological finds. Works of art are spread across several buildings with the heart of the collection located in the Winter Palace - former state residence of the Russian Tsars. The guided tour will include a special visit to the Diamond Room and General Staff building. Be sure to collect a free colour map at the information kiosk and continue exploring this incredible attraction at leisure after the guided tour.

11 July 2020   

Departure Day

Following breakfast enjoy some time at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to London Heathrow

SU43 departing St Petersburg at 1410 arriving in Moscow at 1535 & connecting with SU2631 departing Moscow at 1910 arriving at London Heathrow 2125.

Event Date Fri 03-07-2020 8:00 am
Event End Date Sat 11-07-2020 9:25 pm
Registration Start Date Sat 04-01-2020
Capacity 12
Registered 1
Cut off date Wed 29-04-2020
Individual Price £2,100.00
Hosted By Lits Philippou
Members Restrictions Open To All Members
Meeting Place Location London Heathrow
Categories HOLIDAYS, Culture, History
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