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Itinerary for Moscow & St Petersburg Private Tour (By Train)

Moscow & St Petersburg Private Tour (By Train)

Our Private Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg allows you the flexibility and time to really explore the two main cities of Russia. There is much to discover in these contrasting cities.

First, you spend 3 nights in Moscow, the dynamic pulsating political and financial heart of Russia and its capital city. Moscow is a city of contrasts. Prepare for a stunning mixture of the bold, beautiful and at times, the not so beautiful. A city proud of its power status it does not like to disappoint, boasting more billionaire residents than New York. Women "dress up to the nines" for breakfast and men broker power deals over coffee, all the while black sleek limousines purr up and down the city streets.

Then it's onto 4 nights in St Petersburg, travelling by comfortable high-speed train through the Russian countyside. The beautiful imperial heart of Russia is a stunningly exquisite city. Magnificent palaces reside in every street, impressive commanding boulevards intersect the city as do the little canals and bridges, giving it the name 'Venice of the North'. A completely different 'Russia' to Moscow.

Day 1 - MOSCOW

Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).

 

Day 2 - MOSCOW

Moscow 3 Hour Guided Walking Tour
Moscow the capital of Russia, a city which boasts more billionaire residents than New York!  A city proud of its power status, it does not like to disappoint and it surely won't. Be prepared for a stunning mixture of the bold the beautiful and at times, the not so beautiful.   Moscow is teeming with churches, palaces, museums, famous places and monuments which are spread throughout the city. During this private tour your English speaking guide who will meet you at your hotel and show you the most notable sights Moscow offers to include of course Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the most famous of the GUM department stores, the Historical Museum and Kazan Cathedral.  Stroll through Alexander Garden and watch the Changing of the Guard at the Eternal flame, Tverskaya street, Eliseevskiy's store with it's grand architecture, Pushkin Square, the Museum of Revolution and not forgetting the world famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre. Mode of transport: walking

Moscow Kremlin & Armoury Tour (3 Hours)
One of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, the Moscow Kremlin is the most recognizable symbol of the Russian State. It houses many magnificent relics and artistic monuments inside of its colossal walls and towers. Golden domed cathedrals and ancient palaces also stand high on Borovitskiy Hill, forming a magnificent architectural ensemble. Discover Moscow Kremlin Grounds along with the one of the world's famous treasure houses - the Armoury Chamber. During this 3-hours combined guided walking tour you will see the rare collection of thrones, caroches and weapons of 13th-18th centuries, insignia and ceremonial dresses of Russian Tsars. This is a guided tour of the territory inside the Kremlin walls and includes visits to some of the cathedrals and the Armoury. Mode of transport: walking

Day 3 - MOSCOW

Moscow Novodevichy Convent Tour (2 Hours)

Novodevichy was home to many high-born nuns and often played a role in politics – one of the sisters prevented the convent from being blown up by the French in 1812, by snuffing out the fuses. Here, Irina Godunova retired after the death of her imbecilic husband, Fyodor I, and her brother Boris Godunov was proclaimed Tsar. Ravaged during the Time of Troubles, the convent was rebuilt in the 1680s by the Regent Sofia, who was later confined here by Peter the Great, along with his unwanted first wife. Bequests made Novodevichy Convent a major landowner with fifteen thousand serfs, but after the Revolution, its churches were shut down, and in 1922, the convent was turned into a museum, which spared it from a worse fate until the cathedral was returned to the Church in 1945 as a reward for backing the war effort. Though still officially a museum, Novodevichy is once again a convent, where nuns and novices keep a low profile. Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and will accompany you to the convent by metro. You'll walk within the walls and visit several ancient churches. The most important is the huge five-domed Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk, dedicated in 1525. You will also visit the Novodevichy Cemetery, where many Soviet and Russian celebrities are buried, e.g. the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Mode of transport: metro, walking

Moscow Izmaylovo Kremlin And Flea Market Tour (3 hours)

Anyone who visits the Izmaylovo Kremlin will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a historic atmosphere and see masters of handicraft such as blacksmiths, potters and wood carvers at work as well as take part in the process of producing pieces of national applied and decorative art. Visitors will wonder at this marvellous place, where Russia’s past meets the present and fairytales come true! Here, fairytales with happy endings and moral stories are brought to life. Russian traditions and forgotten ancient handicrafts are revived and every creation has a unique and personal element to it. You can also visit a huge flea market in Izmaylovo, which is perfect for those who wish to peruse Soviet era souvenirs such as matryoshki (Russian dolls), lacquer boxes, carpets, Soviet posters, badges, tea towels, and so on. Mode of transport: walking, metro

Day 4 - MOSCOW TO ST PETERSBURG

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the train station. Your train tickets will have been prepurchased for the Sapsan Train From Moscow To St Petersburg
Depts Moscow 13:30 Arrive St Petersburg 17:45 * - Economy Class * (2)
Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).
 

Day 5 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided city walking tour.  This private tour will give you the possibility to see the most beautiful and famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg like St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul fortress etc... Our guide will go at your pace, and please say if you want to stop, or see anything of particular interest to you. This is a great way to meet a local and hear first hand about life in St Petersburg
St Petersburg By Boat Canal Tour (2 Hours)
St. Petersburg is a city of rivers and canals. Magnificent palaces and significant monuments look different from the water. You will understand why St. Petersburg is called "The Venice of the North". During this 2-hours boat cruise you will pass the rivers Moyka and Fontanka and enter the river Neva. You will learn the new aspects of the city's history connected with the waterways of St. Petersburg.

DAY 6 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg Peterhof Park & The Grand Palace (4 Hours)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by our English speaking guide who will take you for a privately guided 4 hour tour of Peterhof. Peterhof is a jewel of Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past it used to be an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars. In true style it is opulent and majestic, and the gardens and waterfalls are beautiful. Public transport included however if you wish to go by hydrofoil you will need to pay locally for yourself and your guide.
 

DAY 7 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine’s Palace With Amber Room)
Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who was the architect behind the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, built this palace for the Empress Elizabeth. It is Tsarskoye Selo’s top attraction and particularly famous for its beautiful Amber Room. Less well known, and much more dilapidated, the Alexander Palace is nonetheless also a neoclassical masterpiece, and has a particularly poignant connection with the family of the last Tsar, Nicholas II. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarskoye Selo’s estate, was bestowed with this name in Soviet times to honour Russia’s greatest poet, and is St. Petersburg’s most charming suburb. Pushkin has numerous sights connected with Alexander Sergeevich such as a museum in the former Imperial Lycee, where he was schooled. Mode of transport: by car, walking
 

Day 8 - END OF TOUR

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport for your flight home, or you can travel on to Helsinki or Tallinn for a Baltic tour!

Overview

Handpicked 4 or 5 star hotels in great locations
Exceptional personal guides and drivers
Can start any day of the year
Can start in Moscow or St Petersburg to suit your flights
Tailor the itinerary to suit you - add day trips, extra nights or travel on to our other destinations
Call or email us to discuss your travel plans
From 1,790 EUR pp

This tour includes some great excursions, but there are many alternate day trips - ask us for our full list of Moscow & St Petersburg day trips and choose your favourite!

Notes

Most people will need a VISA for Russia, we provide all necessary support documents for you to apply for your visa
For groups of friends we can offer a discount, so please ask us about this
If you want to visit a particular place or event - we can arrange this!
This tour does not include flights - you can book your own or we can do this for you
Tailor-made itineraries are our speciality and we want you to get the right tour for you
Call or email us to discuss your plans
 

More Reviews

THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE

My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.

TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER


WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES

Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.

MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017


MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR

I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!

JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018


EVERY ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY WORKED WELL

I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.

RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017


EVERY ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY WORKED WELL

I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.

RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017

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