Back in the USSR - 7 days

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Explore Red Square, the Kremlin and opt to go inside a Soviet Bunker in Russia's vibrant capital Moscow before taking the express train to St Petersburg. In the City of the Tsars visit lavish palaces, the world-famous Hermitage Museum, the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood and more on this 7 day tour of Russia.

Highlights
  • Take in the highlights of the capital on a walking tour, visiting Moscow's famous Red Square, home to the historic GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral
  • Take a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia’s political power house. Stroll around the grounds of this fortified complex, visit the Kremlin's cathedrals and see the mighty Tsar Bell
  • Explore the beautiful city of St Petersburg, including the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt
  • Marvel at the dazzling array of art and exhibits in the world-famous Hermitage Museum, at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg
  • Discover a lavish residence of the tsars on a day trip to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (winter: mid-October to April) or Peterhof Palace and gardens (summer: May to mid-October)
  • Learn about life in Soviet Russia on a visit to a Soviet era Communal Apartment Exhibition in St Petersburg
Age Policy
16 and over if accompanied by an adult
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Russia
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
Day 1: Moscow

Sunday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening at 7pm meet your guide and the rest of the group for dinner at the hotel and an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure.

Location: Moscow

Day 2: Moscow

First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Highlights of the day include a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin, touring Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell.

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, you can enter the mausoleum and pay your respects to the famous Russian revolutionary whose embalmed body has lain in state since his death in 1924. The rest of the day is free for you to continue exploring the city or perhaps enjoy some retail therapy.

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show and a Moscow by Night coach tour and river cruise. Book and pay locally.

Location: Moscow

Day 3: Moscow

Today is free for you to spend at leisure in the capital or you can opt to head down into a Soviet Bunker, by purchasing our Inside a Soviet Bunker add-on. Heading 65 metres below ground take a guided tour of this fascinating Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building in the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. The site was in operation throughout the 1970s. In the 1990s with the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public. The rest of the day is free to explore.

Location: Moscow

Day 4: St Petersburg

Moscow - St Petersburg. This morning we take a high speed train to St Petersburg. Upon arrival we embark on a city tour, driving along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horse. After lunch we tour the exquisite Church On Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

Spend the evening at leisure. During our time in St Petersburg there will also be the chance to join optional excursions, such as a night at the Russian Ballet, a boat trip along the canals or a visit to the Vodka Museum (book and pay locally).

Location: St Petersburg

Day 5: St Petersburg

This morning we head out of the city to explore the beautiful Peterhof Palace located 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 Palace are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace it's the interior of this lavishly decorated building that really catches the eye - and the exquisite Amber room is a real highlight!

Location: St Petersburg

Day 6: St Petersburg

The highlight of today is a guided tour of the treasure-filled Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

Later, we visit a fascinating exhibition of a former Soviet era communal apartment. To help ease the burden of Russia's housing problem in the 1920s the government transformed city apartments owned by one person into these communal dwellings with factory workers, military personnel and members of Soviet institutions moving in.

Location: St Petersburg

Day 7: St Petersburg

Saturday. Today our tour comes to an end. If you would like to extend your time in Russia, we can book post-tour accommodation upon request.

Location: St Petersburg

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • 6 nights 4 star hotels
  • 1 high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
  • Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Specialist Russian guides at local sights
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1
  • Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
  • All relevant transfers and transportation


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$70-80pp, paid in local currency

Bikash Sen 01-Jul-2016

I had a great trip start to finish and felt completely safe in Russia. All the highlights in the itinerary were fantastic and unforgettable. The hotel in Moscow was spacious and in a very good location as too was the the hotel in St Petersburg (though a tad smaller). The location made it very easy to travel around on your own as some places were a walking distance away or a few stops on the underground so top marks. For me, the tour was more than what I expected and this was down to our tour guide Natalya with her personalised touches and near perfect English. She was very knowledgeable, very helpful (even out of hours!) people person who went above and beyond to make this trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. So I thank 'On The Go Tours' for creating a great holiday and for having wonderful staff

Rating: 5/5




Sophie Rees 12-Apr-2016

Had an amazing time away and an amazing tour. Tatiana was a fantastic tour guide. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Rating: 4/5




Petro van Zyl 15-Jul-2015

We just returned from a unforgettable tour of Russia. We were a small group of only 11 people in Moscow and 5 people in St. Pietersburg. Our Guide had a great command of English and was very helpful.We had a great holiday. Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide. We were surprised on how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to our own country, South Africa. I must say the continental breakfast at both hotels were not as good as it can be. I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

Rating: 5/5




Oded Hauptman 05-Jun-2015

Just returned from a wonderful tour of Russia. For some reason everyone else in the group cancelled so it was just me and my wife and the lovely tour guide Natalia. She has a great command of English and was very helpful and we had a very personalised tour and a great holiday. Natalia has a great personality, very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and a superb guide. No issues or hassles at any points and was surprised how clean and safe Moscow and St Petersburg were compared to some other European destinations. Also food was cheap. I would advice travellers to learn a smattering of Russian particularly the script if they want to venture solo on the Metro. The hotels were acceptable through my room the Moscow hotel - Izmailovo Hotel - Gamma-Delta was a little musty though this was compensated by the great breakfast and proximity to the Metro. Also the bonus is the wonderful Moscow. flea market 5 minutes away. Also I had a scare because when booked in they could not find my reservation. Be aware the Gamma and the Delta are separate hotels even though they are co-located and adjacent. The st Petersburg Hotel (“ the Moscow”) did a more basic breakfast but the room was fresher. Be warned that you will go through at least 6 vodka shots on this tour and a lot of walking which was great. The other “on the go” Staff were very helpful also. The best optional add is the Moscow Circus. The Peterhof palace is also a must-see. Try to separately book the Armoury in the Kremlin prior to your tour. Don't waste money getting your private train compartment It is much more fun in the communal carriage overnight. I would thoroughly recommend this tour - and Natalia.

Rating: 5/5




Rachel Chivas 12-Aug-2014

I really enjoyed the overnight train and all our coach drivers were great. I liked being able to walk around the cities and use the local public transport to see the cities from a more local perspective. Thanks to Natalya, our tour guide, who was absolutely brilliant!

Rating: 4/5



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