The Soul of Two Capitals | 11-day Private tour to Russia
Trip Overview

The Soul of Two Capitals

Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Cross Russia off your bucket list of "must" journeys of a lifetime with the ultimate private itinerary, built around your preferences. Enjoy all the unmissable sights with local pros, stay at best 5-star central hotels, private transfers, free visas, and plenty of free time to explore on your own. 

The Soul of Two Capitals

11 days2 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$3,418
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews

Cross Russia off your bucket list of "must" journeys of a lifetime with the ultimate private itinerary, built around your preferences. Enjoy all the unmissable sights with local pros, stay at best 5-star central hotels, private transfers, free visas, and plenty of free time to explore on your own. 

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Moscow Panoramic City Tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store. After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Subway Tour & Moscow by Night
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the nearby subway station to take a short ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life.

Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov. Then you have another quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, you meet your guide and driver to explore the illuminated capital. Your tour starts with a 2.5-hour boat ride (1st class boat tickets are included) along the Moskva river, during which you see the Moscow from a completely different perspective and have an opportunity to enjoy dinner and drinks with amazing views.

Next you enjoy a wonderful panoramic city tour that offers a unique opportunity to see the shining of Kremlin towers, the illuminated St. Basil's Cathedral dominating Red Square, as well as the sparkle of the many streets and avenues of Moscow. See Moscow in absolutely different evening colors! After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Market Tour & Russian Cooking Class
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast, you meet with our representative. You are taken on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia.

Together with a professional English-speaking chef you first go to a local market to buy fresh local produce. Then during the cooking class you learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht, learn to make traditional pelmeni dumplings and thin blini pancakes.

Breakfast is included.

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St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
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Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min
Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 3.5 hours. The modern Sapsan bullet train is one of the most time-saving and high-comfort travel options with outstanding onboard amenities and comfortable seats.

Saint Petersburg

second destination
6 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Train to Saint-Petersburg & Panoramic City Tour with a Boat Ride
City tour
Boat ride

Following breakfast and check-out, your private driver meets you at the hotel lobby and transfers you to the Leningradsky train station for your departure to St. Petersburg. At the train station, you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train (Business class tickets are included) that takes you to Moscow in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. A meal onboard the train is included. Upon arrival, you are met by your private guide, who takes you on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg with your private driver.

You start the tour with a drive along the Nevsky Prospect, the Summer Garden, and after crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora.

Afterwards, you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

After a scenic drive along the University Embankment, you have a chance to see the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great.

A highlight of the tour is a guided tour of the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

Before arriving to your hotel for check-in, you see some other major sights as the Mariinsky Theater, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Alexandrinsky Theatre. After check-in, you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and meal on the train included.

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Day 7
Imperial Porcelain Master Class & Vodka Museum Visit
Museum
Tasting

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed with your private driver to the Imperial Porcelain Factory. The Imperial Porcelain Factory, founded in 1744 in Saint-Petersburg, is the first porcelain factory in Russia and the third oldest in Europe. The museum exhibition showcases porcelain pieces and art objects of the Imperial and Soviet times. Here you also take part in a workshop on porcelain painting under the guidance of experienced painters, after which you get to take home a hand-painted souvenir.

Later this day, you have private guided tour of the Russian Vodka Museum and learn more about a significant part of Russia's culture and the favorite nation's distilled beverage. Enjoy the tour and get to know many fascinating facts about the history of vodka, anecdotes and traditions related to this drink. After the tour, you have a tasting of three different vodka shots accompanied by traditional Russian snacks. After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included

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Day 8
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian palatial architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) about an hour south from the center of St. Petersburg.

This striking example of baroque architecture was once gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Later on it serviсed as summer residences to many Russian Emperors and empresses who contributed a lot into its development and further beautification.

During the tour, we walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Tour of the Hermitage Museum, Savior on Spilled Blood & Saint-Petersburg by Night Tour
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After a short break for coffee, you explore the Palace Square, have a tour of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Theater.

After the tour, you walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Late in the evening, around midnight, your guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you on an exciting walk to marvel at the city center in absolutely different evening colors and witness the famous drawing bridges. Tonight you get to see the magically illuminated buildings as well as the opening of the most beautifully lit bridges in the very city center that takes place at around 1 a.m. every night from April to November.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you travel with your private guide and driver to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

The highlight of the tour is a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg. Upon your return to the city, your private driver transfers you to the hotel and you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Departure
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg
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The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Often called "The Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is the crown jewel of world capitals and a city of canals and palaces.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4 or 5-star hotels in Moscow (Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow / St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow) and 4 or 5-star hotels in St. Petersburg (Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg / Grand Hotel Europe, Saint Petersburg);
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, Moscow subway, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Vodka Museum Visit, Hermitage Museum, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace;
  • Activities: Russian Cooking Class and Imperial Porcelain Master Class;
  • 1st class tickets for Radisson boat ride on Moskva river;
  • Private boat ride in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Hydrofoil ride from Peterhof to Saint-Petersburg;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Customizable day-by-day itinerary
  • Professional local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Day trips to Peterhof & Pushkin
  • Entertaining activities, including a Russian cooking class and Porcelain Master Class
  • Vodka Museum visit and tasting
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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