One of the best ways to see Russia is by taking a group tour
Taking a guided tour from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg will leave you with memories to last a lifetime
Group Tour Three Capitals (10 days 9 nights)
Kiev(2 nights) — train (1 night) — Moscow (2 nights) — day train - Saint-Petersburg (4 nights)
Come visit Russia and Ukraine to discover 3 cities that have a special place in Russian history. Visit the capitals of the Kievan Rus, the Moscovite Tsardom and the Russian Empire, see their treasures and learn about the formation of Russia.
The current capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the cradle of Eastern Slavic civilization and is known in the ancient Slavic chronicles as the Mother of Russian towns. The capital of the Kievan Rus was one of the most powerful and beautiful cities in medieval Europe, and still contains beautiful monuments from that time. The Mongols burnt Kiev in the 13th century and the city never recovered its power but the Moscow Tsars were its successors and built a powerful kingdom along the Moscow river. Peter the Great moved the Russian capital to St Petersburg in 1712. The city was built under Peter’s patronage as capital of the Russian Empire, and is thought to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its extravagant palaces, romantic canals and drawbridges. Saint-Petersburg was capital of the Russian empire for more than two hundred years before it was moved back to Moscow in 1918. On this tour you will get to know all 3 capitals and spend an unforgettable time in all 3 of these beautiful and historically significant cities.
Day 1, Kiev
: arrival in Kiev, our representative will meet you at the airport, accommodation at the hotel
Day 2, Kiev
: city sightseeing tour (our guide will meet you at the reception desk)
Day 3, Kiev
: excursion to Kievo-Pechorskaya Lavra, departure to Moscow by overnight 1st class train (departure at 20:09, arrival next day at 06:39)
Day 4, Moscow
: arrival in Moscow, arrival transfer with guide, city sightseeing tour, visit to the Tretiakov Art Gallery
Day 5, Moscow
: Tour of Kremlin grounds and Armory
Day 6, Moscow
: Walking shopping tour along Old Arbat and tour of Moscow Metro, departure for St. Petersburg by day express train (departure at 16:30, arrival at 20:45), arrival in St. Petersburg, arrival transfer, accommodation at the hotel
Day 7, St. Petersburg
: city sightseeing tour with Peter and Paul Fortress
Day 8, St. Petersburg
: visit to Hermitage
Day 9, St. Petersburg
: Pushkin (out-of-town excursion) Catherine’s Palace & Park in October-December 2013, January-April and in October-December 2014; Peterhof tour in May-September 2014 (Grand Palace and Gardens).
Day 10, St. Petersburg
: departure transfer
Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine. The city has played a pivotal role in the development of medieval East Slavic civilization as well as the modern Ukrainian nation. The legend of its founding speaks of a family consisting of a Slavic tribal leader Kyi, his brothers Schek and Khoriv, and also their sister Lybid. Kiev is translated as “belonging to Kyi”.
Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for centuries. During WWII, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years becoming the third largest city of the Soviet Union after Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the oldest towns in Ukraine and Russia, Kiev contains many of the pearls of medieval Slavic architecture surrounded by numerous parks. Kiev is known as a green city, its air filled with the aroma of chestnuts. It is a truly delightful place.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of medieval Kievan Rus and one of the city´s best known landmarks listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Cathedral is a splendid specimen of the architecture of the 11th century which has survived the Tatar-Mongol invasion and all the following wars. The interior of the Cathedral is truly impressive - decorated with mosaics and frescos of the 11th century. Another famous monument – the Golden Gates — one of three historic gateways in the ancient city walls was constructed by Yaroslav the Wise in the mid 11th century. The Golden Gates and St. Sophia cathedral are said to have been modeled on the originals in Constantinople, the Byzantine capital. Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest medieval religious complexes in Ukraine and Russia and a sacred place for orthodox pilgrims.
Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi’s but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see. Your tour will give you valuable insights into Russia’s history, its art and most importantly its culture and people. Welcome to Moscow, we are sure you will have an unforgettable stay with us
Red Square is the central square of Moscow and literary of all Russia. In older times the square was known as Torg (Trade) Square and only in the middle of the 17th century it acquired its present name. The word “red” meant primarily “beautiful” in old Russia. The square is dominated by the walls and towers of the Kremlin on one side and the facade of the beautiful GUM department store with its world famous boutiques on the other side. A major adornment of the square is the Intercession Cathedral better known as the Cathedral of Vasily Blazhenny (St. Basil’s Cathedral), emerging as if from the pages of a fairytale. The cathedral was built in 16th century to commemorate the subordination of the Kazan Khanate to the Moscow State, under the rule of Ivan the Terrible. The ensemble of Red Square includes the monument to Minin and Pozharsky who lead the struggle of Russians against Polish-Lithuanian invaders during the Time of Troubles in the beginning of 17th century. Reminiscent of the Soviet epoch is Lenin’s Mausoleum with the embalmed body of the leader of the proletarian revolution. The Kremlin is a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia´s political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. The Kremlin has always been the spiritual centre of Russia. Within the Kremlin is the Armory Chamber that houses the permanent exhibition “The Diamond Fund of Russia” with its world famous collection of unique precious stones and jewelry.
From the observation platform on Vorobiyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) you will have an incredible panoramic view of the city, including Novodevichy convent built of red and white bricks, the Moscow river, Moscow skyscrapers of the Stalin era, the Luzhniki sport complex and other highlights.
Tretyakov gallery is a must-visit for those who are interested in Russian art, culture and history as it houses the most important state collection of Russian icons and paintings in the world. The world famous gallery contains works of Russian art from the 10th century up to the present. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublev, Kandinsky, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.
One of the most astonishing city attractions is the Moscow Metro which is well known for the outstanding design of its halls and stations. The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians themselves and visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few.
Old Arbat street, one of Moscow’s oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible’s secret police, the Oprichina to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian intelligentsia and bohemian life in the capital. You will be told of the street´s interesting history and view the street´s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the street´s many craftsmen.
St. Petersburg is the former capital of Imperial Russia, home of the Tsars and one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities. St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The city has seen its share of historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the palace coup and murder of Tsar Pavel, the intrigues of Catherine the Great, the assassination Tsar Alexander II, the influence of Rasputin on the Russian royal family, the Revolution of 1905 and the October Revolution of 1917 which brought the communists to power. During WWII, the city then known as Leningrad, went through a harrowing two and a half year blockade and siege by the Nazi invaders resulting in the deaths of over 1 million of its citizens. Today, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city with a population of over 5 million. It is also known as the center of Russian art, culture and literature – former citizens included Pushkin and Dostoevsky just to name a few. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful palaces and monuments including the Winter Palace. The city is also known as the Venice of the North because of its location on various islands in the Neva River and its many canals and bridges. St. Petersburg is home to the world famous Hermitage Museum which contains one of the world’s largest collections of art including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso as well as many other old masters and impressionists. We are sure that you will find St. Petersburg one of the most if not the most fascinating places you have ever visited. Welcome to this most beautiful and mysterious of cities.
The Peter and Paul Fortress
The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of Saint Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which has a 123 meter bell-tower and a gilded angel-topped cupola. The cathedral is the burial place of Russian emperors from Peter the Great to Alexander the Third. The sandy beaches underneath the fortress walls are among the most popular in St. Petersburg.
The Winter Palace also known as the Hermitage is one of the most wonderful palaces in North Eastern Europe and today is one the world’s finest museums. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage´s treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and a large collection of impressionists and post impressionists including Matisse and Picasso as well as many others. We will spend 3 hours at the museum, however, to view the collection in its entirety would take almost 15 years, spending 8 hours a day in the museum and taking one minute to examine each exhibit.
Park of Tsarskoye Selo
The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian emperors. It is a fascinating monument of the world´s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 hectares on which are located over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures designed by masters of the Venetian school such as P. Baratta, A. Tarsia and D. Bonazza. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine´s Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and decorative bronze sculptures. The Palace also contains the Amber Room - a truly unique work of craftsmanship – a room made entirely of amber. The room was looted by the Nazi’s during WWII but luckily most of its pieces were recovered. The room was fully rebuilt in 2003. Tsarskoye Selo was also the main residence of the last Tsar Nicolas II and his family.
Peterhof is a jewel of Russian art – a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was used as an exquisite summer residence by the Russian Tsars. Verkhniy Garden and Nizhniy Park, are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. Within the park, there are 10 museums: the Grand Palace, Monplaisir, Catherine’s Block, Marli, Hermitage, the church of St. Alexander Nevsky (Gothic Capella), the Benois family museum, the Cottage, the Bath Block including Tafeldecker and Kaffeeschenk Rooms, the Kitchen and the Museum of Collecters. The exposition of the special treasury and the private room of Catherine the Great in the Block under the Armcoat of the Grand Palace are all open to the public.
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- hotel accommodation: Dnipro Hotel
* (standard twin room), Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel* (standard room) and Domina Prestige St Petersburg
* (mansard/superior room),
- arrival and departure transfers in Kiev, Moscow and St. Petesrburg,
- tickets to all museums,
- transportation to museums and for excursions,
- English-speaking guide service,
- breakfast at hotels,
- one-way train tickets Kiev - Moscow** (1st class, 2-berth compartment),
- one-way train tickets Moscow - St. Petersburg (economy class seats).
- visa invitation – the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.
* Might be substituted with an alternative.
** If you apply for a single compartment, extra charge is 330 EUR.
Prices do not include
- optional services
- theater tickets
- visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support
. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
- international airfare (we can assist you in booking discount airfare, contact us
to find out more or book the discount tickets yourself through our internet ticket office)
- travel insurance.
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35 days before the tour starting date and more: 10% of the tour price per person
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