Combining the most famous sights of both Moscow and St Petersburg, this seven-day Russia holiday offers the chance to see the country's two best-known cities at perhaps their most beautiful, in the cold of winter where you'll often see cathedrals blanketed in snow and the rivers icing up at the edges. With City Passes and metro tickets included, you can explore a huge amount with relative ease including Red Square, The Church of the Saviour of the Spilled Blood, and the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. If you're eager to learn what it is about Moscow and St Petersburg that has enchanted the imagination for so long, you'll find it on this holiday.
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to your hotel, where you will check in for your three-night stay.
Take advantage of your included three-day Moscow Pass today. The full loop takes two hours, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride from the top deck, or you can make the most of the 40 sightseeing stops and hop on and off to explore.
We highly recommend stopping in famous Red Square to look around, especially since entrance into colourfully-domed St Basil's Cathedral is included with your Moscow Pass. This is one of the most fascinating Orthodox churches in Russia (and we should know - we've seen a lot of them!), boasting a labyrinth of wood-panelled hallways and corridors that connect multiple little chapels over many floors. (B)
Take to the water and see Moscow from the river with a journey on the Radisson Flotilla. The Flotilla sails from the Ukraina Pier to Gorky Park Pier come hell or high water (or in Moscow's case, ice!) and along its route you can see some of Moscow's most iconic buildlings, such as the White House (the Russian Federation House of Government), the Kremlin, and the Kotelnichevskaya Embankment Building. (B)
Head to Moscow Railway Station to catch the high-speed train that will take you to beautiful St Petersburg. On arrival, transfer to your St Petersburg hotel. (B)
As in Moscow, you have a three-day St Petersburg Pass that means you can make the most of the red sightseeing buses that offering fascinating tours of one of the world's most beautiful cities, often called the "Venice of the North". There are two routes available that between them cover most of the famous sights, so pick one or both today and get ready for some amazing buildings. Don't forget to wrap up warm so you can sit on the top deck for the best views!
Route One has 17 stops. It begins at St Isaac's Cathedral and travels along Nevsky Prospect, passing by a great deal of St Petersburg's historical centre. Take in the stunning wintry views of the Summer Garden, the Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood, Palace Square, and Kazan Cathedral.
Route Two also sets off from St Isaac's Cathedral but has 9 stops, finishing near Admiralty. Along the route drink in the sights of Menshikov Palace, Vasilevsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Aurora cruiser. (B)
The price of this holiday includes metro tickets, so take advantage of them today and explore St Petersburg's opulent metro stations. Only Moscow has a more splendid metro system. Each and every station is designed to tell its own story, with various stops dedicated to the Russian Revolution, great Russian writers like Dostoevsky and Pushkin, or Russia's victory in WWII.
You also have tickets to the Hermitage included. This could well be St Petersburg's most famous museum, where the building and its interiors are as much a work of art as any of the canvases hanging on its storied walls. Here you'll find works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Michelangelo and more. (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK. (B)
* This Moscow Pass includes the following:
* This St Petersburg Pass includes the following
Valid from 1 November 2019 to 31 Mar 2020 subject to availability