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One Week, Two Capitals Moscow & St. Petersburg

Russia

Explore rich Russian history and culture

Spend the week of your life exploring Moscow & St. Petersburg. This 8-day trip offers unparalleled access to Russia's most famous cities and all their attractions. Our Signature tour, group or private, on your choice, will dazzle you with stunning architecture & heritage under the guidance of our expert local tour guides. This tour runs vice versa.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Moscow

Arrival at Moscow. Meet & Greet at the airport and transfer to your cosy hotel in downtown. The evening is free at leisure. In the evening, join the group for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: The Kremlin & Novodevichy convent

A tour to Russia is not complete without a tour to Moscow, the heart of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country. It is a city of bright contrasts where quiet patriarchal courts and small streets adjoin to futuristic business centres, and old neighbourhoods are interspersed with modern high-rises. After breakfast, start with a full-day sightseeing tour in Moscow including the Moscow Kremlin (all the highlights including the Armory), the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills (Lenin Hills), and Arbat street. During the tour, you also take a ride by the famous Moscow metro. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Tretyakov Gallery, VDNKh & more

After breakfast, take a full-day sightseeing tour in Moscow. The tour includes several locations. First of all, visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. Then enjoy the beauty of the Izmaylovo Kremlin. Visiting the Kremlin gives you a rare opportunity to get into an atmosphere of the past, see masters of handicraft at work — blacksmiths, potters, wood carvers, and also participate in the process of producing artworks of the national applied and decorative arts. The tour also includes Stalin's skyscrapers and the VDNKh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Train to St. Petersburg

After breakfast, take a transfer to the railway station and board high-speed bullet train for 4 hours journey to St.Petersburg. Meet & Greet at St Petersburg railway station and transfer to your hotel in downtown. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Peterhof

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour to the royal Peterhof Palace. Gardens and Parks are spread over more than four hundred hectares and include thirty-one amazing museums and beautiful Versailles-style gardens. Interiors, as always in Russia, are all made of gold. In summer, the Peterhof is especially good thanks to its famous fountains which run naturally. We shall visit the Grand Palace - the golden must-see! - and have a tour around the estate. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: The Hermitage & iconic landmarks

After breakfast, take a full-day sightseeing tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous Palace of the Hermitage, the former residence of the Royal Family. The Hermitage today is the second largest art museum in the world; its collection includes over 2.7 mln items. Then, take a tour to see the city’s iconic landmark: Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral. Visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood — one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture, an absolutely enthralling must-see. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: The Catherine Palace

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour in Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo (30 km south of St. Petersburg). The tour includes the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. The stunning Rococo palace was the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. The residence originated in 1717 when Catherine I hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. Construction lasted for four years, and on 30 July 1756, the architect presented the brand-new 325-meter-long palace to the Empress. Amber room is a reconstructed chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace. The afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.

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Day 1: Arrival at St. Petersburg

Arrival at St. Petersburg. Meet & Greet at the airport and transfer to your cosy hotel in downtown. The evening is free at leisure. In the evening join the group for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Hermitage & iconic landmarks

After breakfast, take a full-day sightseeing tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous Palace of the Hermitage, the former residence of the Royal Family. The Hermitage today is the second largest art museum in the world; its collection includes over 2.7 mln items. Then, take a tour to see the city’s iconic landmark: Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral. Visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood — one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture, an absolutely enthralling must-see. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Peterhof Palace

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour to the royal Peterhof Palace. Gardens and Parks are spread over more than four hundred hectares and include thirty-one amazing museums and beautiful Versailles-style gardens. Interiors, as always in Russia, are all made of gold. In summer, the Peterhof is especially good thanks to its famous fountains which run naturally. We shall visit the Grand Palace - the golden must-see! - and have a tour around the estate. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The Catherine Palace

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour in Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo (30 km south of St. Petersburg). The tour includes the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. The stunning Rococo palace was the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. The residence originated in 1717 when Catherine I hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. Construction lasted for four years, and on 30 July 1756, the architect presented the brand-new 325-meter-long palace to the Empress. Amber room is a reconstructed chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace. The afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Train to Moscow

After breakfast, take a transfer to the railway station and board high-speed bullet train for 4 hours journey to Moscow. Meet & Greet at Moscow railway station and transfer to your hotel in downtown. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: The Kremlin & Novodevichy convent

A tour to Russia is not complete without a tour to Moscow, the heart of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country. It is a city of bright contrasts where quiet patriarchal courts and small streets adjoin to futuristic business centres, and old neighbourhoods are interspersed with modern high-rises. After breakfast, start with a full-day sightseeing tour in Moscow including the Moscow Kremlin (all the highlights including the Armory), the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills (Lenin Hills), and Arbat street. During the tour, you also take a ride by the famous Moscow metro. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Tretyakov Gallery, VDNKh & more

After breakfast, take a full-day sightseeing tour in Moscow. The tour includes several locations. First of all, visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. Then enjoy the beauty of the Izmaylovo Kremlin. Visiting the Kremlin gives you a rare opportunity to get into an atmosphere of the past, see masters of handicraft at work — blacksmiths, potters, wood carvers, and also participate in the process of producing artworks of the national applied and decorative arts. The tour also includes Stalin's skyscrapers and the VDNKh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.

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Citizens of the UK should apply for a visa only personally (63 GBP for a visa, issued in 20 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa by mail (120 $ NZ for a visa, issued in 10 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa through Visa Application Service Centers (120 AUD, issued in 4-10 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can apply for visa personally or through Visa Application Service Centers (160 USD for the USA citizens and 112 CAD for the citizens of Canada).

What's included

Accommodation

Centrally located hand-picked hotels

3 nights in Moscow // 4 nights in St. Petersburg

Meals

Full breakfast daily

Group tour: welcome dinner

Guided tours

Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy convent & Sparrow Hills

Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, Stalin's skyscrapers tour, the Izmailovo Kremlin, the VDNKh & Museum of Cosmonautics

St Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof, Faberge Museum

St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral

Catherine’s palace day (6 hours) guided tour: Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine’s palace & Amber room

Transportation

Bullet train Moscow to St. Petersburg

Meet & greet at every location

Return airport/train station transfers

Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus

Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg

Speed boat ride to Peterhof Palace

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

WofDi Tour manager

Travel tips online brochure

English-speaking guide

Local sim card

Entrance tickets

Entrance tickets to all listed attractions

Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge

Not Included

International flights

Meals not mentioned

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Highlights

A sightseeing tour in Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo

The royal Peterhof Palace, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Novodevichy Convent, the best-known cloister of Moscow

The world-famous Palace of the Hermitage, the former residence of the Royal Family

The Moscow Kremlin - all the highlights including the Armory

The famous Moscow metro, the fifth longest in the world

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Our reviews

Oliver William

Australia

Central Asia, beyond ordinary I was very precise regarding locations to visit and things to do and Julie was very attentive putting our private itinerary together. We skipped Tashkent and went straight to ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, each worth a week stay to explore in detail! We then traveled to Pamir Highway which is a restricted access area, lots of papers need to be prearranged. It was well worth. Striking natural beauty absolutely recommend. From Osh, we travel through the most stunning landscapes to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Each parts of the trip, cultural and adventitious, was very well prepared – as much as it was possible for Pamir, of course, with it’s changing weather, severe driving conditions etc. However our local guides served us very well and we really had no stress as all.

Peter Gay & Andrew Carroll-Keays

Australia

Travelled on the TransMongolian Railway in Feb/Mar. Not too cold. Just take usual ski gear. Great scenery. Organisation was absolutely excellent. Every transfer and every guide were on time. The hotels were all very good. The Russian Sim (provided by the company) was great for keeping in contact with each other and the support line.

William Watt

Australia

I am a Sydney-based journalist who travelled to the 2018 World Cup with Discovery Russia, the sister company of World of Discoveries. Following is my review of that fabulous experience ... What a trip ... the World Cup, five cities, amazing camaraderie, and great tour leadership against the background of one of the globe’s most amazing countries ... Russia. My World Cup tour with Discovery Russia was one of the great experiences of my travel life. The Discovery Russia team provided a wonderful platform with an itinerary both practical and flexible. The local tours in each of the venue cities - Moscow, Kazan, Samara, Sochi and St Petersburg were informative and, importantly, fun. Considering the accommodation pressures created by the huge influx of Cup tourists, the hotels selected by Discovery Russia were more than adequate. Special mention goes to the Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky In St Petersburg. The tour leadership provided by the company was both expert and considerate. Importantly each traveller’s individual enjoyment and safety appeared to be the paramount consideration. This World Cup holiday was meant to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for me but I am now planning for the next Cup. Bring on 2022 in Qatar!

Stacey Filrose

Australia

Me and my family just returned from an Easter break to Moscow. I found the tour very good value for money and the company's assistance with the visa application was also helpful. Reservations, payment, visa letter, and pre-departure correspondence prior to trip (via email) was prompt and well explained with no problems. Final arrangements information were detailed. We knew exactly what to expect, who will be waiting for us, time and venue to meet even with any guides with us. Transport transfers and driver were punctual.

David Wellnet

Australia

Georgia in autumn! We had a wonderful trip - one that will stay with us for a long time. Everything was so well organized. All our guides were very informative, and accommodations were just fine. Pre-tour service was very good too and we had travel a lot. My husband’s grandparents are from Georgia and we wanted to explore family routes. All our guides were great in terms of looking after us and they really were so interesting to speak to. Altogether, we had a wonderful time and I would love to explore more of the region and visit neighboring counties.

Katherine Ratcliff

Australia

CENTRAL ASIA, I’LL BE BACK! Central Asia was on my bucket list for years but I was reluctant to travel alone and my partner did not want to go. I found World of Discoveries most helpful in arranging my age/gender travel companion in our small group tour in October 2019. Everything run smooth from inquiry to farewell dinner in Nur-Sultan The tour was good value for money. Most meals included and great. Lots of local experiences. Great people on tour, helpful guides. I would love to return to explore more of Uzbekistan and would love to visit Tajikistan (that was not part of the tour). Yurt experience was just amazing. Such a great scenery and heartily people.

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