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A Week in Russa - Family Edition

8 days2 cities
Russia1 country
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Private tour to Russia

Embark on an unforgettable adventure around the genuine Russian capitals with your loved ones. The program provides plenty of activities which your family will definitely adore! Visit the famous Moscow Circus and the Museum of Cosmonautics, enjoy a stunning folk show in St. Petersburg, and even paint your own matryoshka doll! This is, indeed, the trip to remember!

8 days2 cities
Russia1 country
Moscow, Russia

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

Day by day
Day-by-day program
Arrival in Moscow

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

Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & Zaryadye Park

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 proceed to 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.

  • Note: the Kremlin is closed on Tuesday.

After a short break, you wander around the vibrant Red Square, take a couple of photos by the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, and pop into the famous GUM department store. Here all sweet teeth have an amazing chance to try famous ice cream that was not only a trademark of the Main Department Store but also a favorite dessert of local kids during Soviet times. 

The final highlight of the day is the new Zaryadye Park that became a modern symbol of Moscow well-known for its amazing photo locations with the most scenic panoramas of the historic center of Moscow. Make sure to have your cameras charged!

Then you can continue exploring Zaryadye Park attractions on your own or return to your centrally located hotel to relax after a long day. 

  • Note: as an option, we recommend to visit a modern archeological museum situated on the underground floor of Zaryadye Park where you and your kids will have lots of fun while exploring the new interactive exhibition. For the evening, we advise you to set off on a boat trip along the Moskva River to see the magnificent city of Moscow from another angle. Contact your destination specialist for details. 

Breakfast is included.

Museum of Cosmonautics, Subway Tour & Moscow Circus

After breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and head to the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy or VDNKh in Russian.

Being one of the most popular hang-out spaces in Moscow, the VDNKh complex offers plenty of cultural exhibitions, amusement parks, and recreational areas full of numerous cafes and restaurants to meet any taste and budget. As an option, you can pay a visit to the Moscow Model Pavilion where you can find an impressive model of the Russian capital (free entrance). Moreover, here you can witness the great examples of architectural objects from the Soviet era.

Have you ever dreamt to conquer space when you were a kid? Today you have a chance to partially make your dream come true as the next stop of the day is the Museum of Cosmonautics where you can find out more about the space history of the Soviet Union. It was opened on April 10, 1981, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the very first space flight performed by Y. Gagarin. The museum boasts various space-themed exhibits and models dedicated to the history of astronomy and space exploration. 

  • Note: the Museum of Cosmonautics is closed on Mondays

Afterward, you take a ride on the legendary Moscow Subway to have an insight into the local life and explore a few beautifully decorated subway stations. The Moscow Subway is famous for being one of the most marvelous and efficient metro networks on the planet! After the tour, you walk back to your hotel to have some rest.

In the evening, to crown your day, we invite you to the Moscow Circus which is well-known for its family-oriented shows with world-class performers and unique costumes! Transfers are included.

  • Note: the circus show is subject to availability.

Breakfast is included.

Panoramic City Tour & Train to Saint Petersburg

Following breakfast, you check out from your Moscow hotel and start your day with a panoramic Moscow city tour. During the tour, you marvel at the breathtaking city views from the Sparrow Hills and see the mighty building of the Moscow State University, one of the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.  

Then you witness the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. You also drive by the Victory Park and have a stop at the Triumphal Arch to make some postcard-like photos!

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours.

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

  • Note: if you would like to extend your stay in Moscow, the great idea is to visit the beautiful Izmailovo park that has its own Kremlin or to have an amazing tour around the Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa History. Contact your destination specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow

Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

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

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

Day by day
Day-by-day program
Panoramic City Tour, Boat Ride & Folk Show

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver to set off on a saturated panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg. The tour includes such landmarks as the Palace Square and the Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospect, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and many other famous attractions.

Next on your list is a 1-hour guided boat ride to explore the legendary jewels of Saint Petersburg from the waterside, including the mighty Peter and Paul's Fortress, the gorgeous St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the fairy-tale Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum) to name a few.

  • Note: the boat is weather-sensitive transportation and is available from early May to mid-October. 

To get a deeper insight into the unique Russian culture, in the evening, you enjoy a mesmerizing festival of the Russian spirit with the performance of the professional folk ensemble at the Nikolaevsky Palace. Let yourself get enchanted by the allure of Russian traditional accordion and balalaika as well as some rare and exotic instruments. Private transfers are included.

After the show, you return to your Saint Petersburg hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Matryoshka Painting Master Class

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the iconic 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.

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. You also hear the legendary story of Hermitage cats that have been living in the museum's basement for the last centuries. 

After the extensive art immersion, you get a chance to become an artist yourself as you have a fascinating time with your kids making a wonderful Russian souvenir to take home. During the 2-hour private master class, you create a traditional Russian matryoshka doll with your own hands! With the guidance of a professional artist, you go through the all steps of painting your figurine from choosing your unique doll set to creating your uncomparable design. All the materials for the class are included. Following the class, you enjoy a tea-break. 

Then you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. 

Breakfast is included.

Grand Maket Russia & Fun for the Whole Family in Peterhof

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and continue your St. Petersburg exploration. Your first stop for today is the unusual museum that represents Russia in miniature. The Grand Maket Russia covers an area of 800 sq m (8,600 sq ft) where you can find numerous models of typical Russian landscapes. The child-friendly exhibition features lots of moving cars, trains, and even tiny figures of people and animals creating real-life scenes. Moreover, all installations of the museum are accompanied by light and sound effects making your visit even more unforgettable!

After a lunch break, 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 find out more about the tricky fountain system created by Peter I which is famous for its hidden secrets. You also 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. Moreover, you see the charming Umbrella Fountain, the gorgeous Pyramid Fountain, the impressive Lion Cascade, and the Roman Fountains which are not very deep and perfect for children to splash in them.  

After the tour, you have an amazing hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg.

  • Note: the fountains operate in April - September. The hydrofoil is weather-sensitive and unique transportation available from mid-May to early October.

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

Breakfast is included. 

Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing family 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!

  • Note: if you would like to extend your stay in St. Petersburg, the great ideas are to travel to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace, have a tour of candy factory with tasting, enjoy a master class at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, and visit the Artillery Museum or the Icebreaker Krasin. Contact your destination specialist for the details.

Breakfast is included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg

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.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to the Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Cosmonautics Museum, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Lower Park in Peterhof, Grand Maket Russia;
  • Tickets for a circus performance;
  • Moscow subway ride, hydrofoil standard tickets;
  • Private boat ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Matryoshka Painting Master Class;
  • Economy 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.

Note: Hotel's availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

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

  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Explore the Armoury Chamber & Zaryadye Park;
  • Visit the Cosmonautics Museum and VDNKh;
  • Witness the iconic performance of the Moscow Circus show;
  • Discover why Saint Petersburg is rightly called the "Venice of the North" on a private boat ride along its rivers and canals;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Appreciate the beauty of the marvelous gardens and parks of Peterhof;
  • Enjoy Matryoshka Painting Master Class;
  • Immerse yourself in Russian culture during the Russian Folk Show.

What To Know

  • Russian climate may be unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers, bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • Debit and credit cards are accepted in most places in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and there are plenty of ATMs if you need some cash for meals and tips.
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service.