Discover the iconic sites of these two great cities and get an insight into theopulent lives of Russian aristocracy.
- Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
- 7 nights in 4-star hotels
- 10meals: 7 breakfasts, 3dinners
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Day 1 UK/ Moscow
- Depart on your flight to Moscow. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel in the Russian capital.
- Day 2 The Kremlin & Armoury Museum
- Today youll discover the highlights of Moscow on a sightseeing tour. The city boasts some incredible architecture, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. Later we delve further into the city's history with a visit to The Kremlin. On arrival at this mighty fortress theres time to admire its magnificent cathedrals and palaces prior to your tour of the Armoury Museum. The collection here fills nine halls and on display you'll see jewellery, armour, weaponry, imperial clothing and many other treasures.
- Day 3 The Museum of Patriotic War of 1812 & Tolstoys Museum
- Today we'll visit The Museum of Patriotic War of 1812, located in the very centre of Moscow just a few steps away from the Red Square. It is housed in a beautiful 19th century red-brick building which was originally Moscow's City Hall and then became the State Lenin Museum during the Soviet period. The exhibition contains a fascinating collection weapons, uniforms, documents and works of art relating to the War of 1812, including rooms dedicated to the Battle of Borodino and Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. Your explorations continue this afternoon as we head to Khamovniki to visit the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate, one of Russia's oldest literary museums. The writer lived in this house from 1882 to 1901 and penned many famous works here.
- Day 4 Moscow to St Petersburg
- We're heading to St Petersburg today, which we reach via a 4-hour journey on the Sapsan fast train. Well stay in the city for the next four nights.
- Day 5 St Petersburg
- St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, was the capital of Russia until the October Revolution in 1917. On todays sightseeing tour well see its palaces, broad avenues and a host of architectural treasures. There's time too to make your own discoveries and explore at your own pace. You've the chance to attend a ballet at one of St Petersburg's renowned theatres on an optional excursion which promises to be an amazing experience.
- Day 6 Hermitage Museum & Vodka tasting
- Today's highlight is the remarkable Hermitage State Museum, where we've arranged a fascinating guided tour. On display is a wonderful showcase of wealth, art and culture with more than three million items in its collection, and we'll see as much as possible. You're heading to another museum this afternoon, the Russian Vodka Museum, where you will learn all about the country's national drink. After your tour we've arranged a tasting in authentic Russian style, with pancakes and red caviar.
- Day 7 Faberg Museum
- You'll gain further insight into the opulent lives of the Russian tsars this morning on an included visit to the Faberg Museum. Inside you'll see nine of the Imperial Faberg eggs given by the two last tsars of Russia to their wives and mothers as elaborate Easter gifts. We've left the rest of the day free for you to spend as you wish.
- Day 8 Catherine Palace/UK
- Your final discovery comes as we head to Pushkin to see the Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece named after Peter the Great's wife, Catherine I. As we explore the palace and gardens you'll get a glimpse of the Russian high life and an understanding of the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers. Later in the day well transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.