Treasures of Two Capitals with Veliky Novgorod Private Tour
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Treasures of Two Capitals with Veliky Novgorod

Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Explore the wonders of enchanting Russian capitals and crown your saturated trip with a visit to majestic Veliky Novgorod, the center of countless historical events. This eventful program comes with only comfortable connections, stays at remarkable hotels, and carefully-piked activities to make your Russia journey an experience of a lifetime!

Treasures of Two Capitals with Veliky Novgorod

12 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$2,950
Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews

Explore the wonders of enchanting Russian capitals and crown your saturated trip with a visit to majestic Veliky Novgorod, the center of countless historical events. This eventful program comes with only comfortable connections, stays at remarkable hotels, and carefully-piked activities to make your Russia journey an experience of a lifetime!

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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 glorious 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
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 free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a transfer to 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. 

After the tour, you take a ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life and 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 touring the subway, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included

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Day 4
Panoramic City Tour & Cathedral of Christ the Savior
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a panoramic Moscow city tour. Today 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 see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Afterward, 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 the tour, you are transferred to the train station and depart from Moscow to gorgeous Saint Petersburg.

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

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

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.

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
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour

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, Nevsky Prospect, and many other popular attractions.

One of the places you enter today is the St. Isaac's Cathedral, which dominates the St. Petersburg skyline and opens outstanding city views, it's lush interiors and golden dome are very impressive.

Next on your list is an entrance to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, you have a tour of the beautiful and recognizable church 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.

During the tour you also 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 the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum
Museum

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.

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

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

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 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 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
Free Day in S. Petersburg & Departure to Veliky Novgorod
Free Day
Free day
Transfer

In the morning after breakfast and check-out from your St. Petersburg hotel, you have some free time to explore the city center on your own.

In the evening, you are met by your private driver for a transfer to Moscow Railway Station, where you board a train to the enchanting city of Veliki Novgorod.

  • Please note: alternatively, for today you may also book optional tours in Saint-Petersburg or reserve late check-out at your hotel. Please, contact your Destination Specialist for the details.

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

Breakfast is included.

 

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Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg
5

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.

train
Saint Petersburg
Veliky Novgorod
3 hrs

Spend an enjoyable time on board a fast and modern high-speed train. Sit back and let yourself be mesmerized by the countless amazing landscapes passing by the outside of the train window. 

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Veliky Novgorod

third destination

Witnessing the countless events of Russian history, mighty Veliky Novgorod is a perfect place to take in the powerful spirit of Great Russia to the fullest.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Veliky Novgorod City Tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast, you are met by your private guide to set off on a saturated city tour around the most popular attractions of Veliky Novgorod. Today you visit the Great Novgorod Kremlin, the impressive citadel that centuries ago served as the most significant economic and cultural hub of the region. 

Then you have a great opportunity to see the interiors of spectacular, thousand-year-old St. Sofia Cathedral which is also famous as the mausoleum of many Russian princes and princesses.

Moreover, together with your guide, you travel to the outside of the town to see the legendary archeological treasure, the fantastic Rurikovo Gorodische which is considered to be the original settlement of the Novgorod's royal family in the 8th century.

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

Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 11
Visit to Yuriev Monastery and Wooden Architecture Museum
Day tour

Following breakfast, you are welcome to take advantage of the free morning and explore the cozy streets of Veliky Novgorod on your own.

In the afternoon, you meet your private guide and head to the marvelous Yuriev Monastery, one of the most religiously important sites of the town. The ancient legend says that this church was built by Yaroslav the Wise in the 8th century.

Then you continue to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture where you have a chance to immerse into the daily life of old Russian village and its inhabitants, enter churches, and see numerous unique exhibits.

After the tour, your driver takes you to Central Novgorod Station where you take a train to alluring Saint Petersburg.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the station platform and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

 

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4-star hotel
4

Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

train
Veliky Novgorod
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs

Boasting excellent service and great amenities onboard, high-speed trains are one of the most time-saving options to get from the beautiful city of Veliky Novgorod to iconic Saint Petersburg. 

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination

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

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 12
Departure Day
Transfer

This is the final day of your eventful Russia getaway! Following 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 three splendid Russian cities 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
5

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation at top-picked 4 and 5-star hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Veliky Novgorod;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees according to the program;
  • Regular class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Standard Class roundtrip train tickets from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod;
  • 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

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Trace the vital milestones in the history of Russian art by witnessing the masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery;
  • 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;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide;
  • Unveil the secrets of the priceless Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which required a quarter-century reconstruction;
  • Find out more about Russian history in the outstanding Great Novgorod Kremlin;
  • See the gently-preserved unique constructions in the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

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, Saint Petersburg, and Veliky Novgorod, 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.
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