The Heart of Russia | 9-day Small group tour to Russia
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The Heart of Russia

Tour rating: 4.96 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews
Small group tour to Russia

Enjoy the best of the glorious Russian capitals with professional local guides. See the royal palaces of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin and visit the Faberge Museum. Best 5-star central hotels, Russian visas, and all the must-sees included.

The Heart of Russia

9 days2 cities
Russia1 country
Small group tour to Russia
From
$3,236
Tour rating: 4.96 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews

Enjoy the best of the glorious Russian capitals with professional local guides. See the royal palaces of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin and visit the Faberge Museum. Best 5-star central hotels, Russian visas, and all the must-sees included.

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

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

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located 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 City Tour & Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery
City tour
Museum
Boat ride

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, and see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you pay a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on the amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

Breakfast, lunch and a welcome drink on the boat are included.

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Day 3
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the fancy Red Square and the Kremlin. Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 4-hour walking tour.

You 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 the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Moscow Subway & the Sparrow Hills Viewpoint
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After the Subway ride, you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

Today you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.

After a break for lunch, you are transferred to the train station.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
4 hrs

Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 4 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, Russia

Saint Petersburg

second destination

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

5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Saint Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride
City tour
Boat ride

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions.

Then 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. You have a photo stop at the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and go inside Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

Today your guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Folk Show
Museum
Show

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art. 

During the tour you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as the General Staff building and the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

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 the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage and 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.

After the tour we invite you for a coffee break with a traditional Russian treat. After the break, you have a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg.

Upon your return to the city, you are taken to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and coffee break with a traditional Russian treat are included.

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Day 8
Trip to Pushkin & Farewell Dinner
Day tour
Dinner
Dinner

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you 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 we invite you for a glass of champagne and famous Russian red caviar. After this pleasant break, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg.

In the evening you enjoy a farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

Breakfast, champagne & caviar reception and dinner are included.

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Day 9
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver 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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5-star hotel
5

Stay at the comfortable 5-star hotel and enjoy outstanding service, best location and a wide range of indoor facilities.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Faberge Museum, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-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, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Petite group size of no more than 14 people
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Moscow & St. Petersburg boat rides
  • Day trips to Peterhof and Pushkin
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
  • 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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