Two Capitals
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Two Capitals - Bestselling Group Tour
8 days, 7 nights from £1,090 inc flights
Bucket list Moscow and St Petersburg city break

Develop an understanding and appreciation of the two capitals of Russia which would remain impossible without experiencing them in person. Embrace Moscow for its intriguing history and spectacular architecture and St Petersburg for its sparkling waterways and unrivalled elegance. The enigmatic capital, Moscow, and its younger sibling, the graceful St Petersburg, are without doubt two of Russia’s greatest possessions.

To allow you to experience their sheer opulence, incredible history and endless examples of world class art, architecture and fashion, IntoRussia has combined these two accessible cities in our most popular tour, packed with exciting excursions

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MOSCOW • ST PETERSBURG

Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber
A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.
The Red Square
The Red Square
Stepping onto Red Square never fails to inspire. In old Russian "red" stood for the word ‘beautiful’, and the square lives up to the original meaning of its word. The architectural marvels of the St Basil's Cathedral and the Museum of History, the grandeur of the Kremlin and the Mausoleum are among the key impressions the Square has to offer.
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow has one of the best theatre production companies in the world – the famous Bolshoi Theatre. It is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honour due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. Get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.
Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
Located on the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of Moscow’s most renowned historical sites. Built in the 16th century, the architecture of the convent is that of ‘Moscow Baroque’ style and offers a serene retreat from the lively city centre. The convent is home to several churches which are surrounded by a high wall with 12 watch towers. Our guides will bring the convent to life with stories of its past. The necropolis is a must see – many of the country’s famous public figures are buried here, including writer Anton Chekhov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, this gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world and is a must see for art lovers. The Tretyakov Gallery is made up entirely of Russian art and contains more than 130,000 displays spanning from the 11th century to the early 20th. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the most popular exhibits and will inform you about the artists and the pieces themselves.
St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Hermitage
Hermitage
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.
Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky Theatre has been presenting the world with a plethora of great artistes, such as Fyodor Chaliapin, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many more. Please get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
Peterhof
Peterhof
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.
Peter & Paul Fortress
Peter & Paul Fortress
The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defencive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.

Maps

Two Capitals

TWO CAPITALS TOUR

DAY 1, FLY TO MOSCOW

On arrival in Russia’s capital you will be met by our tour leader and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Relax or begin your adventure with independent exploration.

DAY 2, MOSCOW
land of midnight sun рядом с видео

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at reception for out –of-city excursion to Gorki Leninskie. In Lenin’s later years, he and his family spent time at the 1830s Murozov manor house, set on lovely wooded grounds, 32km southeast of the capital. Designed by Fyodor Shekhtel, it now houses a Lenin museum, where you can see a re-creation of Lenin’s Kremlin office, as well as his vintage Rolls-Royce – one of only 15 such automobiles in the world.
In the afternoon enjoy your three-hour city sightseeing tour with photo stops, viewing the famous landmarks and places to which you may return at your leisure. The tour sights include Red Square, the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Bolshoi Theatre, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Victory Park, Novodevichy Convent, the White House, and the famous Moscow streets.

DAY 3, MOSCOW

moscow metroToday you tour the mighty Moscow Kremlin grounds, a true political landmark. Included is a visit to the Armoury where you can find the largest collection of Fabergé eggs in the world and 9 halls of unique treasures and thousands of exhibits.
In the afternoon visit the colourful Arbat district where you can enjoy performers, market stalls and various eateries. And proceed to Moscow’s famous Metro System, where stations were built to display the beauty of Russia and to evoke pride in native Muscovites.

DAY 4, MOSCOW - ST PETERSBURG

m tretyakovAfter breakfast at the hotel, check-out and be ready with your luggage. Your guide will take you to the world-famous Tretyakov Art Gallery - the magnificent collection of paintings of Russian and foreign artists.
In the afternoon we will transfer you to the railway station, where you will appreciate the convenience of the Sapsan high-speed train to St Petersburg.
In less than 5 hours and you will find yourself in the heart of the Northern Venice, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our guide. 

DAY 5, ST PETERSBURG

peter and paul fortressGet your bearings on a morning city tour and explore the best of Russia’s former capital. Explore onward to the Peter and Paul Fortress and uncover its intriguing history.

DAY 6, ST PETERSBURG
hermitageToday is the day of great experiences: you will visit the Treasury of the world culture - the Hermitage. Stand back and surround yourself with one of the world’s largest art collections and view masterpieces from all time greats including Da Vinci, Monet and Michelangelo.
DAY 7, ST PETERSBURG

peterhofLet’s leave St Petersburg for a while and take an out of town excursion to the picturesque village of Pushkin to admire the golden domes and the Amber Room of Catherine’s Palace (January-April and October-December) or the Russian Versailles, the Peterhof (May - September).

DAY 8, ST PETERSBURG
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight home as you wave goodbye to Russia, until next time!

 

 

Hotel "Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel"
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Address

23, Novoslobodskaya Str., Moscow, 127055, Russia

Location

Conveniently located in the business part of the city center, within 5 minutes’ drive from the Kremlin, Red Square and major historical sites, close to Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Obraztsov Puppet Theatre Sheremetyevo International Airport - 30 km

Accommodation

255 rooms
199 Non smoking rooms
4 Accessible rooms
1 Suite
2 free children in parents’ room

In-room

Satellite / Cable TV, pay-per-view channel, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, WI-FI Internet access, RJ 45 outlet, mini bar, hairdryer, security peephole

Leisure

Cote Azur Restaurant: Mediterranean cuisine
Lobby Bar

Business facilities

8 meeting rooms with max capacity 150 pax
Business Centre services

Other services

Fitness Center, massage
Room service, safe deposit boxes at Reception Desk, concierge services, currency exchange, laundry & dry cleaning, ironing, theatre tickets, guarded parking lot, 24-hour security staff, public outdoor parking, pets accepted

Hotel "Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge"
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Address

2-4, Birzhevoy Per, St. Petersburg, 199004, Russia

Location

Conveniently located on Vasilievsky Island in the heart of historic St Petersburg next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage, great shopping areas Pulkovo International Airport –25 km

Accommodation

324 guest rooms (182 non- smoking rooms)
241 Standard Rooms
56 Superior Rooms
20 Suite
6 Executive suites
1 Room for disabled guests

In-room

Satellite TV, phone, high speed Internet, individual room cooling system, in-room safe, mini bar, iron & ironing board, hairdryer

Leisure

Restaurant Portofino: seasonal menu, Mediterranean cuisine
Restaurant Sevilla: Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish specialties
Bridges Lobby Lounge Bar
Eliseev Wine Cellar: more than 100 wines, champagne and other drinks
Garden Café: cakes, pastry, fresh ice cream, coffee, tea
The Cellar: 350-seater pub and bowling rink

Business facilities

Ballroom
Versatile meeting facilities with max capacity 300 persons
State-of-the art equipment

Other services

Roman-style spa, gym, bowling, hair salon, make up studio
24-hour room service, currency exchange, laundry & dry cleaning, shopping arcade, souvenir shop

Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.

 

Two Capitals Tour Departures and Prices

2017 bookings are now open on enquiry basis. If you are a group, want to add on extra days or excursions, or are looking for a little more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package

Low Season Main Season High Season

14 Jan - 22 Apr

7 Oct - 23 Dec

29 Apr - 6 May

15 Jul - 30 Sep

13 May - 08 Jul

Double/

Twin

Single

Supplement

Double/
Twin

Single

Supplement

Double/
Twin

Single

Supplement

from 1228.28 £ pp

inc flights and visa support*

230.36 £

from 1297.39 £ pp

inc flights and visa support*

322.5 £

from 1378.01 £ pp

incl flights and visa support*

403.12 £

 

* Please note that we use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily

** Prices are per person, based on the best availble indirect flight option at the time of publishing. Please contact us to confirm price and availability as the flight prices may fluctuate throughout seasons

*** Two Capitals Tour is available with departures from any city in the UK and worldwide

**** These are guaranteed departure tours operated in conjunction with our Russian partners and are not exclusive to IntoRussia clients. They operate with a minimum of 2 persons. Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.

 

2017 Departures:

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH
14 - 21 Jan 11 - 18 Feb 11 - 18 Mar
28 Jan - 04 Feb 25 Feb - 04 Mar 18 - 25 Mar
    25 Mar - 01 Apr
APRIL MAY JUNE
01 - 08 Apr 06 - 13 May 03 - 10 Jun
08 - 15 Apr 13 - 20 May 10 - 17 Jun
15 - 22 Apr 20 - 27 May 17 - 24 Jun
22 - 29 Apr 27 May - 03 Jun 24 - 01 Jul
29 Apr - 06 May    
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
01 - 08 Jul 05 - 12 Aug 02 - 09 Sep
08 - 15 Jul 12 - 19 Aug 09 - 16 Sep
15 - 22 Jul 19 - 26 Aug 16 - 23 Sep
22 - 29 Jul 26 Aug - 02 Sep 23 - 30 Sep
29 Jul - 05 Aug    
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
07 - 14 Oct 04 - 11 Nov 02 - 09 Dec
14 - 21 Oct 18 - 25 Nov 23 - 30 Dec
21 - 28 Oct    

Included in the price:

  • Return international indirect flights from London
  • All Airport taxes and security charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation at the Novotel Moscow Centre (Moscow) & Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (St Petersburg) or similar on bed and breakfast basis
  • High speed train tickets in 2-class compartments from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guides as specified
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours, except Moscow Metro
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Full Russian visa support

 

Excluded from the price:

  • Tickets to Moscow Metro
  • Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
  • Travel insurance
  • Regional add-ons

Please note that a deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage 

Cancellation policy

Flights are non-refundable

Cancellation 56 days or more prior to tour departure date - Loss of deposit paid or due
Cancellation 55-43 days prior to tour departure date - 50% of the total cost of the holiday

Cancellation 42-31 days prior to tour departure date - 75% of the total cost of the holiday

Cancellation less than 30 days prior to tour departure date - 100% of the total cost of the holiday

 

These are guaranteed departure tours operated in conjunction with our Russian partners and are not exclusive to IntoRussia clients. They operate with a minimum of 2 persons. Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.

Walter Laloux, Consultant Sure Tours
January 2011

Dear all
Some late feedback. Client did classic Russia tour with some add ons. Just wanted to let you know that Alan Butcher came in to see me on Friday to tell me all about their Russian trip which they’d done in September. He raved and raved about it

Angela
August 2014

Will be recommending the trip to my friends. Brilliant introduction to Russia!

Regards

Lis Edwards
September 2016

Two Capitals, group tour.

From day one it was just a great adventure.
We were lucky to be there on Moscow Day and had an unbelievable experience. All the people, costumes, music, dancing and fireworks and I'm sure we could have sat in the streets and had our food. I have never seen a city so clean.
The guides both in Moscow and St Petersburg were knowledgeable, service-minded, they couldn't do enough for us and went out of their way to suggest things and where to go in the evenings.
I loved the Russian food, but wish Bosch ? had been on the menu. I liked the Russian hotel in Moscow best, but both hotels were fine. We had problems with the air condition in St Petersburg, but the service was quick and polite to get it fixed.
The train journey through the countryside was lovely and made it possible to see more than just cities.
The castles and churches ,cathedrals and palaces were breathtaking, never before seen so much gold. Interesting to hear and see about the restorations being done, just incredible clever work done. It was surreal to visit all the places one has seen in books and on tv and films, just being there a dream come true. The tube stations in Moscow were magnificent and canal trip in St Petersburg, I could go on and on.
The weather was also fantastic while we were there. The group was just right, eight of us, but we agreed on everything, got together when we were on our own and explored the cities.
I have had a journey of a lifetime and made memories I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Lis Edwards

Two Capitals

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