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Russia Past & Present - St Petersburg to Moscow - 6 Days

Russia Past & Present - St Petersburg to Moscow - 6 Days

St Petersburg, Russia

From: R 36,322.00
Per Person Sharing Inc Tax
  • Prices

    JNB: R 36,322.00 PPS
  • Trip Reference

    #9688
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    6 Days
  • Valid From

    23rd of April 2019 (Tuesday)
  • Valid To

    18th of June 2019 (Tuesday)
  • Expires

    28th of February 2019 (Thursday)
  • Need Visa's

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

St Petersburg is quite simply one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded by St Peter the Great in 1703 he dreamt of building a city that would rival Europe's greatest capitals and his dream was well and truly recognised as St Petersburg overwhelms with palaces and fine art!
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.

Trip Highlights

St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End

St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace (visited in winter) or the gardens of Peterhof (visited in summer)

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral. Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour. 

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday Arrival to St.Petersburg.

Transfer from airport to the hotel (private car/minivan).
Checking-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Wednesday

Buffet breakfast.

10:00 - City tour including visit to Peter and Paul Fortress by car/mini van incl entrance
During our tour you will get acquainted with the main sights of St. Petersburg: architectural
monuments belonging to different epochs and styles, beautiful Neva embankment, magnificent palaces, cathedrals and unique bridges. The tour is not only about sights themselves, but also about prominent people who created our city, lived and worked on the banks of the Neva. Petersburg is one of the most mysterious cities. Built on a swamp, it quickly turned into a pearl of European architecture. Myths and legends of the city on the Neva River, about which we'll tell you, are still present to this day. Peter&Paul Fortress is the first building in the city, the history of the founding of St. Petersburg and outstanding monument of fortification with three centuries of history.
Peter and Paul Cathedral – the burial place of Russian emperors and their families, including the tomb of the family of last Russian Tsar Nicholas II - is one of the oldest temples of the city

14:00 - Tour to the Main Museum Complex of the Hermitage (including the Winter Palace and 3 other buildings adjacent to it) by car/mini van incl entrance The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 225 paintings from the German city of Berlin.
Today, the Hermitage boasts over 3 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The heart of the museum is the former Winter Palace – the residence of the Russian Tsars and it offers the magnificent tours and walks through the state rooms.

17:00 – return to hotel by car/mini van, time at leisure
Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 - Thursday

Buffet breakfast.

09:30 - Tour to Peterhof by car/mini van (Russian Versailles: visits to the Grand Palace of Peter the Great and the walking tour of the Lower Park with fountains) incl entrance Many people compare Peterhof to Versailles, but if you visit Peterhof - you will find that, without a doubt, our park and numerous palaces surpass the famous residence of the French kings. Founded in the early XVIII century by Emperor Peter I in the vicinity of the new capital, Peterhof has become one of the most luxurious royal summer residence and a kind of triumphal monument to the successful completion of Russia's struggle for access to the Baltic Sea.

14:30 – return to hotel by car/mini van, time at leisure
Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 - Friday

Buffet breakfast.

07:45 - Bus transfer from hotel to Rail station.

09:00 - Morning train to Moscow (economy class ticket one way by express train “Sapsan”*)

13:00 - Arrival to Moscow. Meeting with a guide at platform. Bus transfer from Rail station to hotel.

15:00 – Walking tour to Kremlin (including the territory, the Armory Chamber and 1 cathedral) incl entrance.
Welcome to Moscow Kremlin - the heart of of Russia, a legendary fortress near the Red Square located on the left bank of the Moskva River and considered one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world. Moscow Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and mighty of the Russian state, a kind of a national idea expressed in stone. And once you enter inside it becomes clear, that Kremlin is something really unique: each era in the history of Russia left its significant architectural trace in the Kremlin. Tou will see the territory, one of the Cathedrals and Armory Chamber.

19:00 – return to hotel, time at leisure
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - Saturday

Buffet breakfast.

10:00 - Panoramic city tour by car/mini van with walking tour of Moscow Metro incl entrance Welcome to Moscow - the heart of Russia, a big city that never sleeps! You will be amazed by its diversity, its history and beauty! Join the City Tour to get the most of it: a 3 hours excursion will show you the must-see areas and the most interesting parts of the capital of Russia! You’ll see the buildings of the Bolshoy Theatre, the districts of 18-th and 19-th century, will stop by the unique and gorgeous St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then we’ll take you to the modern part of Moscow: you’ll enjoy the panoramic views from the Sparrow Hills, will see the famous «7 sisters» - the soviet skyscrapers built by Stalin, will pass the Poklonnaya Hill and the glorious Victory park, and will see the latest skyscrapers at the Moscow river embankments.

If you are in Moscow, there is one thing you shouldn’t definitely miss: experience the very famous & unique Moscow Metro! Meet your professional guide and head underground to discover the «hidden» city’s treasures. See the historical stations with authentic Soviet architecture & luxury decor: every single station is different, performing its own style, story and mystery.

14:00 – return to hotel on foot, time at leisure
Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 - Sunday

Buffet breakfast.
Transfer from hotel to airport. End of services.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return flights from Johannesburg based on availability in the lowest category airfare
  • Approximate taxes and fuel levy
  • 5 Nights stay in 4* Hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Return private airport transfers.
  • City tours in Moscow & St. Petersburg.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Visit to Peter & Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace and Peterhof.
  • Walking tours in Kremlim and Moscow Metro.
  • Economy class ticket on Fast Train - Sapsan between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Excludes
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tip for your tour guide, an entirely personal gesture
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified
Package Conditions:

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 (18181858); it is the biggest gold-plated dome in the world.

St Petersburgs 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 caf-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 07 February 2019.

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