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This is the perfect tour of Russia's glorious past. Surround yourself with culture, history and breathtaking architecture and get beneath the surface of a country that for so long guarded their treasures from the west.

Moscow, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Physical rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
167kg pp per trip

Why we love this trip

  • Share a meal with a local family in the Golden Ring town of Suzdal
  • Soak in the history of Moscow's Red Square
  • Marvel at Peter the Great's grand palace of Peterhof
  • Admire the treasures on display in the Hermitage Museum

Is this trip right for you?

  • A comfortable tour seeing the highlights of Russia.
  • On this trip we use private transport and Russian day trains.
  • Travellers will be required to carry their own luggage throughout the duration of the trip, (to and from Hotels and on and off transport).
  • See the highlights and learn the history of these iconic cities.


Zdrastvutye! Welcome to Russia.

The great city of Moscow has survived centuries of revolution and seen Russia through some of its most turbulent years, from the days of the tsars through the communist era to the growing pains of democracy. Beneath its modern veneer - a sign of Russia's recent embrace of capitalism - Moscow is a fascinating, historic city with a wealth of sights to see.

You will be collected from the airport on arrival. Your adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm. Please make sure your bring your passport and insurance details with you to the meeting. Please have two copies of your passport, visa and migration cards ready. One will be collected by your leader, the other is for you to keep on you at all times whilst on this trip.

Your tour leader will arrange dinner (included) at a local restaurant after the meeting to delve straight into delicious Russian cuisine.

Our hotel in Moscow is the 4 star rated boutique Marco Polo Presnja. It was built in 1904 and still retains its grand sense of history. There is free WiFi available throughout the hotel and safe boxes both in the rooms and at the reception desk. Paid services include a mini-bar, laundry service, taxi ordering and theatre ticket booking. Marco Polo Presnja is located approx 10 min walk from the central Tverskaya/Pushkinskaya Metro Station and around 30 mins on foot from Red Square.

You will have ample time to explore Moscow when we return here on Days 3 and 4.

If you arrive in Moscow early (which we definitely recommend as there is plenty to see and do!) why not take one of our Urban Adventure day tours? For more information and bookings, visit:
  • Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar (1 night)
Transfer to the train station and take the high speed Sapsan ("Peregrine Falcon") high speed train to Vladimir. These trains reach between 250-350. You will need to be able to carry your own bags through the train station and onto the train. From there we transfer by private minivan to Suzdal.

Suzdal is one of the fascinating towns on the so-called 'Golden Ring' - a group of ancient and former capitals of Russia. It's a beautiful place that feels like a fairytale, with many glittering onion domes dotting the skyline, opportunities to drink mead by the riverside, and a symphony of cathedral bells to be heard. Crumbling churches and lovingly decorated wooden cottages line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot.

Join our local guide for a walking tour of some of the sights such as the local Kremlin, Wooden Architecture Museum, trading square, market and monasteries (approx 3 hrs). If the group is not feeling up to the walk today, we also have time to do this on the morning of Day 3.

Tonight visit the home of one of our local friends to indulge in a meal of hearty regional flavours.
  • Nikolaevsky Posad Hotel or similar (1 night)
This morning we leave stunning Suzdal and return to Moscow by train. This afternoon is a free for you to explore the cities wonders, you may like to:

Step inside the colourful St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square. Legend has it that tsar, Ivan the Terrible, had the two architects blinded so that they couldn't build anything as beautiful. Relive the nation's turbulent past at Victory Park. The Izmailovo Markets are considered the best place for souvenir shopping. Travel back to the beginnings of Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery.

Metro is the easiest way to get around the city as taxis can be expensive, although do be warned it can be very busy during peak times as most locals use the Metro to get to and from work. There are escalators in combination with stairs and tunnels, so using the Metro does still involve a lot of walking. It's not too difficult to navigate once you get the hang of it and many of the stations are sights in themselves. Resist the urge to take photos however as this is not permitted. Your leader can give you an orientation to help you make the most of using the Metro to get around.
  • Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar (1 night)
Head to iconic Red Square with a local guide today. This beautiful cobbled city square is framed by St Basils Cathedral, the opulent GUM Department store, the imposing walls of the Kremlin and the fairy-tale building of the State Historical Museum. We have the option of travelling by Metro (1 station, plus approx 10 min walk to and from the station) or on foot (approx 30 mins walk) taking us through interesting historic streets.
Enter the Kremlin grounds which house the oldest and most important churches in the country, where many Tsars and Tsarinas are laid to rest. Also head inside the Armoury Museum which houses a glittering imperial collection of regalia and items once belonging to the world's richest monarchy, including Faberge eggs and ambassadorial gifts.

As Moscow's premier tourist attractions, tickets for the Kremlin and Armoury are in high demand. In order to control the number of tour groups entering these sights at one time the Moscow Tourism Administration has set strict quotas. The amount of time guides can spend with their groups is also restricted to 90 minutes in each area, with any exceptions possibly resulting in the guide losing their license, so while we appreciate that some travellers would like to spend longer in the Armoury Museum we ask for your understanding that the guide is under pressure to keep to the schedule.

The Diamond Fund isn't included in our tour, but after the Kremlin and Armoury there may be time to visit. Entrance tickets can be purchased in the ticket office at the Armoury. The Diamond Fund is open for visitors from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Thursday it is closed. Please talk to your leader at the Group Meeting if you are interested in this option.
  • Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar (1 night)
Before we leave today we will visit Lenin's Mausoleum. Join the sometimes long queue lining up to visit Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution which ushered in the era of communism, at his austere mausoleum on Red Square. (Please note that on occasion Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square may be closed to the public during regular opening hours without prior warning.

Then we board our next Sapsan to St Petersburg.

After the speedy journey we arrive in the centre of beautiful St Petersburg and meet our private transfer to take us to our hotel.

Our accommodation here is the impressive Domina Prestige Hotel, located right on the Moika Embankment, one of the city's main canals. Each room is individually decorated with bright, colourful, modern art interiors.
  • Domina Prestige Hotel or similar (1 night)
Truly one of Europe's finest cities, built of baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty, St Petersburg was built by the Russian tsar Peter the Great and his legacy will clearly be felt as you explore its enigmatic streets and visit its showcase cathedrals and museums.

Today we will tour one of Russia's most spectacular sights - the stunning Summer Palace and Park of Peter the Great known as Peterhof or Petrodvorets. We will travel there and back by private mini van.

Often compared to Versailles, the grounds of the park are filled with fountains and landscaped gardens and the location right on the Gulf of Finland makes for beautiful views. The palace itself is fascinating not only for the elaborate halls and galleries, but also for the fact that it has been so accurately restored after being almost completely destroyed by bombardment during the Great Patriotic War.

We can have an optional late lunch in Peterhof town before heading back to St Petersburg.

Please note that our tour includes entrance to the main park and palace. Some optional sights in the park may attract additional entrance fees. To take photos inside the palace you will also need to pay a camera fee.

The order of activities in St Petersburg may be reversed. Your leader will inform you at the group meeting which day each will take place.
  • Domina Prestige Hotel or similar (1 night)
Our final day will be spent at the highlight of St Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's premier art collections housed in the former imperial Winter Palace.

Tonight is our final night together and your leader will organise an optional farewell dinner at one of the city's great restaurants.
  • Domina Prestige Hotel or similar (1 night)
The tour will come to an end after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. An airport transfer is not included, however your leader or hotel staff can help you book a taxi for your flight.

We highly recommend travellers wishing to experience more of what St Petersburg has to offer to extend their stay a day or two!
  • Domina Prestige Hotel or similar (1 night)


7 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Boat, Minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train


Hotel (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Suzdal - Russian Dinner & Traditional Pastry Baking
  • Suzdal - Guided Walking Tour
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • St Petersburg - Hermitage Museum
  • Summer palace - Peterhof Park & Fountains

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip.
2. Please note in order for our local operator to book train tickets in Russia, we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 60 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name (First and Last)
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
3. Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package. Please see our Tipping section of these trip notes for more information.
4. An arrival transfer is included.
5. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrine's St Petersburg Office can be reached on Tel: +7 911 7033155
6. Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
7. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there:, and In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg.

Essential trip information

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