See the best highlights and must-see sights of two Russian capitals - Saint Petersburg and Moscow - which have been put together in this comprehensive 5-day tour. If needed, this can be done in 4 days by scheduling the train transfer between the two cities at the end of the second day of touring. Your schedule will be adjusted to make sure they fit your arrival and departure dates. Feel free to add extra days for self-exploration or fill them up with optional tours. Each program will be customized to fit your needs and special requirements. Evening programs are available in both destinations year round.
Arrival at the airport, private transfer to your hotel.Day 1 - MoscowAt 10 a.m., meet your private guide and driver. Go on a fascinating city tour that'll give you a formal introduction of Moscow, and show you all the beautiful sights that the Russian Capital has to offer. Head along Moscow’s old and new streets, historical squares, and, of course, the famed Boulevard Ring with exquisite 18th-19th century mansions of Russian nobility. Take beautiful photos as several stops are made at the most picturesque places of the city including Christ the Savior Cathedral. Finally, visit Izmailovo Craft and Flea market, an open air wooden complex built in old Russian style, which offers the best souvenirs and gifts.Day 2 - MoscowStart the day at 10 a.m. with a walk in the historical center of the city, where almost every building is associated with various events and outstanding personalities of the Russian history and culture. Enjoy a guided tour of St Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Kremlin grounds with cathedral visits and Armoury Museum. Walk along Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad) and Alexander Garden and tour Moscow's subway.Day 3 - Moscow to St. Petersburg Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, meet your private driver for a transfer to the train station to catch fast Sapsan train to St. Petersburg.Day 4 - St. PetersburgMeet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 10 a.m., and walk to the Palace Square. Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage museum with Impressionist collection. Savor a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, and stretch your legs. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of St. Peterbsurg with picturesque stops at the most popular sites. During the tour, visit Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Return back to the hotel at the end of the day.Day 5 - St. PetersburgMeet your guide and driver at the hotel at 10 a.m., and depart to the suburban Imperial Residences. Explore the favorite residence of Empress Catherine the Great - Tsarskoye Selo - to tour Catherine Palace and Park with Amber Room. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. (Sampling Menu recommended at Podvorye Restaurant)Afterward, drive to Peterhof and explore the world-famous gardens and enjoy the multitude of beautiful fountains and you'll quickly realize why the place was nicknamed the 'Russian Versailles.'Visit the Grand Palace of Peterhof and enjoy the coziness of this miniature Imperial residence (in comparison to the Winter Palace and Catherine Palace) rebuilt by Rastrelli from Peter's modest mansion into a truly splendid gala residence of Elisabeth. Please note: Your departure transfer from St. Petersburg will be arranged on any day for your convenience.