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Vodka Shot - St Petersburg to Moscow - 6 Days

Vodka Shot - St Petersburg to Moscow - 6 Days

St Petersburg, Russia

From: R 14,310.00
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  • Prices

    JNB: R 14,310.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9036
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    6 Days
  • Valid From

    6th of March 2018 (Tuesday)
  • Valid To

    22nd of April 2018 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

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NO VISA REQUIRED

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Russia in this short and sweet 6 day tour of Russia takes in the must-see sights of St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. From the masterpieces of the Hermitage and colourful Church on Spilled Blood in the City of the Tsars, to the whimsical turrets of St Basil's Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin in the capital - this is the best of Russia in under a week.

About the Holiday

Day 1: St Petersburg
Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and check in. Tonight, our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of the group and your tour leader. Your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out.
Overnight: St Petersburg

Day 2: The Hermitage
This morning a driving tour provides an introduction to the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Travelling by bus we will make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few stops will be made along the way to see the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. Later, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore. Most of the city sights are dotted along and just off the main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt. It's an easy city to find your bearings and get around. St Petersburg has a spirited restaurant, bar and jazz club scene, plus some of Russia's best beers.
During our time in St Petersburg there may be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet. There may even be the chance to try your hand at preparing Russian cuisine with an interactive cooking class. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast

Day 3: St Pete's sightseeing
St Petersburg - Moscow. We start today's touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we'll head out of the city to explore the beautiful gardens of Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed).
Often referred to as Russia's Versailles, the gardens of Peterhof are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations, with spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace it's the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight! After stopping for a hearty traditional lunch at a local restaurant, we'll continue on for a guided tour of the exquisite interior of The Church on Spilled Blood.
Meeting back at the hotel at an agreed time, we gather our bags and travel to the railway station for our overnight journey by train to Moscow.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Moscow's Red Square
Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow. Taking the metro, we will make our way to the legendary Red Square - the starting place of our guided walking tour. Here we will take in sights such as the epitome of Russian power - the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the iconic St Basil's Cathedral. Spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure.
During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a night at the famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast

Day 5: The Kremlin
This morning we head back to Red Square for a tour of the Kremlin - Russia's political powerhouse, with a guided walk through the grounds. Here we will see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell - the largest bell that never rang. Later there will be free time for you to further explore the area. Why not venture inside St Basil's Cathedral, or pay your requests to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin's Mausoleum.
Alternatively we offer an optional guided tour of a formerly top secret Cold War bunker today which can be booked locally. Up until recently this Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker was a secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary two storey apartment building in Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this 75,000 square foot facility was constructed covertly, in the 1950s, to protect against the threat of a US nuclear attack. In the 1990s, with the Cold War thawing, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast

Day 6: Moscow
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out.
Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 4 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels
  • 1 overnight train from St Petersburg - Moscow in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen
  • 5 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1
  • All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
  • Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
  • Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour leader (for groups of 6 or more)

Trip is based on set departure dates 06 March, 27 March & 17 April

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Package Conditions:

Trip is based on set departure dates 06 March, 27 March & 17 April
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports.

St Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject located in Northwestern Federal District of Russia on the Neva River at the east end of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.

On May 1, 1703 Peter the Great took the Swedish fortress of Nyenskans and the city Nyen on the Neva river. On May 27, 1703 (May 16, Old Style) he founded the city after reconquering the Ingrian land from Sweden in the Great Northern War. He named the city after his patron saint, the apostle Saint Peter. The city was built under adverse weather and geographical conditions. High mortality rate required a constant supply of workers. Peter ordered a yearly conscription of 40,000 serfs, one conscript for every nine to 16 households.

Saint Petersburg experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are typically cool, humid and quite short, while winters are long, cold, but with frequent warm spells. The average daily temperature in July is 22C (72 F), summer maximum is about 34C (94F), winter minimum is about -27 °C (-17 °F).

The majestic appearance of St. Petersburg is achieved through a variety of architectural details including long, straight boulevards, vast spaces, gardens and parks, decorative wrought-iron fences, monuments and decorative sculptures. Such as the Summer Garden and Winter Palace. The largest cathedral in the city is St Isaac's Cathedral (1818–1858); it is the biggest gold-plated dome in the world.

St Petersburg’s restaurant scene is becoming more exciting than ever, having truly banished bland Soviet versions of traditional dishes - both imperial and peasant - to the dustbin of history. Restaurants range from cosy café-bistros to lavish multi-roomed halls befitting of royalty.

St Petersburg has a vibrant, varied nightlife ranging from opera and ballet to nightclubs, rock concerts, jazz clubs, and acid house raves. However, the scene is constantly changing - new venues open, old ones close. So the best advice is to check the weekly listings in the St Petersburg Times. Most of the decent nightlife is in the city centre. Bars open from 1100 and start closing around 2400, although some remain open until 0200 or 0400.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 10 January 2018.

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