Back in the USSR - 7 Days

Take in the highlights of the capital on a walking tour, visiting Moscow's famous Red Square, home to the historic GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral, Take a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia’s political power house. Stroll around the grounds of this fortified complex, visit the Kremlin's cathedrals and see the mighty Tsar Bell, Explore the beautiful city of St Petersburg, including the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt, Marvel at the dazzling array of art and exhibits in the world-famous Hermitage Museum, at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Discover a lavish residence of the tsars on a day trip to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (winter: mid-October to April) or Peterhof Palace and gardens (summer: May to mid-October), Learn about life in Soviet Russia on a visit to a Soviet era Communal Apartment Exhibition in St Petersburg

Destination: Russia

Travel Dates: From 2021-05-09 to 2022-10-16

Duration: 7 days

Departing From: 1, Moscow<br/>2, Red Square<br/>3, The Kremlin, Sleeper Train<br/>4, Pskov and Pechory<br/>5, St Petersburg<br/>6, Church on Spilled Blood<br/>7, St Petersburg


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  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
    6 nights 4 star hotels
    1 high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg
    Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
    Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
    Specialist Russian guides at local sights
    Airport arrival transfer on day 1
    Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
    All relevant transfers and transportation

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Day 1, Moscow
Sunday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening at 7pm meet your guide and the rest of the group for dinner at the hotel and an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure.
no breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 2, Moscow
First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Highlights of the day include a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin, touring Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell.

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, you can enter the mausoleum and pay your respects to the famous Russian revolutionary whose embalmed body has lain in state since his death in 1924. The rest of the day is free for you to continue exploring the city or perhaps enjoy some retail therapy.

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show and a Moscow by Night coach tour and river cruise. Book and pay locally.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
Day 3, Moscow
Today is free for you to spend at leisure in the capital or you can opt to head down into a Soviet Bunker, by purchasing our Inside a Soviet Bunker add-on. Heading 65 metres below ground take a guided tour of this fascinating Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building in the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. The site was in operation throughout the 1970s. In the 1990s with the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public. The rest of the day is free to explore.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 4, St Petersburg
Moscow - St Petersburg. This morning we take a high speed train to St Petersburg. Upon arrival we embark on a city tour, driving along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horse. After lunch we tour the exquisite Church On Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

Spend the evening at leisure. During our time in St Petersburg there will also be the chance to join optional excursions, such as a night at the Russian Ballet, a boat trip along the canals or a visit to the Vodka Museum (book and pay locally).
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
Day 5, St Petersburg
This morning we head out of the city to explore the beautiful Peterhof Palace located on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed).

Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof Palace are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace it's the interior of this lavishly decorated building that really catches the eye - and the exquisite Amber room is a real highlight!
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 6, St Petersburg
The highlight of today is a guided tour of the treasure-filled Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

Later, we visit a fascinating exhibition of a former Soviet era communal apartment. To help ease the burden of Russia's housing problem in the 1920s the government transformed city apartments owned by one person into these communal dwellings with factory workers, military personnel and members of Soviet institutions moving in.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 7, St Petersburg
Saturday. Today our tour comes to an end. If you would like to extend your time in Russia, we can book post-tour accommodation upon request.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

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