Excursions

What can be better to explore a new city than to set off on an excursion with a professional guide passionate about the city as much as you are? We are happy to offer you a whole range of excursions including city-tours, museums, galleries and parks. Every excursion includes your transfer from/to the hotel*, professional guide, and entrance tickets to the venues! (*transfers can be excluded if you wish to travel to the venue yourself)

City Tour of Moscow

A guided tour of Moscow is certainly something we recommend for first timers to the city. Our knowledgeable guides will bring the main attractions to life with tales of Moscow's past, present and future. Sights include Red Square, Lenin‟s Mausoleum, the exterior of Novodevichy Convent, the GUM department store and of course the mighty Moscow Kremlin and St Basils Cathedral- a sight that will truly take your breath away. Comfortable air conditioned transport is provided but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes as some walking is required.
walk inside the beautiful Novodevichy Convent (1hour; from £17) during your city tour.
Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 68

St Basil’s Cathedral (add to the city tour)

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. Top tip – if you want to take photographs of the inside of St Basil’s, you must pay for a photo permit upon entry which costs around 160 rubles (around £4) - definitely worth it!
Duration:
1 hours

Price:From
£ 24

Novodevichy Convent (add to the city tour)

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 Chekov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.

Duration:
1 hour

Price:From
£ 19

Tretyakov 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.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 70

Pushkin Fine Arts Museum

If you are an art enthusiast, Puskhin Fine Art Museum is the place for you. The largest museum of European art in Moscow, it boasts Byzantine and early Italian art as well as works of world-renowned artist such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Matisse and many more. Russian art appreciators will not leave disappointed either as the museum holds the masterpieces of Bryullov, Ivanov and Deyneka!

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 96

The Kremlin Grounds and Armoury Museum

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 the president, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. This excursion allows you to walk around the grounds, visit a cathedral and enter the glorious Armoury museum which houses an exquisite collection of Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.

Duration:
3-4 hours

Price:From
£ 73

Metro and Arbat

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, before heading to the ancient Arbat district. This is a pedestrian street lined with souvenir shops, quaint cafes and bustling world renowned restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe and the newly opened Shake Shack.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 61

Mini - Cruise on the Moscow river

Experience the most scenic views of Moscow while gliding over the Moscow river and enjoying the breeze. If you do not have a lot of time and want to see as much of the city as possible, this is the tour for you. An expert guide will tell you about the main attractions of Moscow while you can take an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the view.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 70

Kolomenskoe

Fancy a day outdoors? Then Kolomenskoye is the place to be! Learn more about the history of Russian Tsars and Tsarinas while enjoying the scenic view of the Moscow River and having a relaxing walk in the park. Kolomenskoe is located on the hill and provides a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the true Russian beauty.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 67

City Tour of Saint Petersburg

We can’t think of a better way to discover the magic of Russia’s most imperial city than with an introductory tour. Our experienced guides will reveal tales of St Petersburg’s past, present and future as they take you to the main attractions of the city. Sights include Nevsky Prospekt, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul’s Fortress where many of the Romanovs have been laid to rest, and of course, the visually stunning Church on the Spilled Blood on the banks of one of the city’s many winding canals. Comfortable air conditioned transport is provided but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes as some walking is required

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 55

Peter and Paul's Fortress (add to the city tour)

The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive 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.

Duration:
1 hour

Price:From
£ 17

St Isaac's Cathedral (add to the city tour)

St Isaac's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city and dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Designed by a French architect and taking 40 years to construct, it is the 3rd largest domed cathedral in the world! St Isaac's is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues and is surrounded by 112 monolith granite columns, which were transported from one of the suburbs of the city. Now the cathedral houses a museum, but for the Major Orthodox holidays Religious services are still held here.

Duration:
1 hour

Price:From
£ 14

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood (add to the city tour)

This fascinating church is a sight for sore eyes! The temple is known all over the world for its beauty as both the interior and exterior are intricately decorated with unbelievably detailed mosaics. The building was erected in the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated, it was badly damaged during World War II, but is now fully restored and has been open to the public since 1997. Fun fact – the walls of the church are faced with a staggering 7 thousand square metres of mosaic panels!

Duration:
1 hours

Price:From
£ 14

Hermitage (The Winter Palace)

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. The guide service lasts for approximately 2 hours, in which time they will take you to the most popular pieces, however you are free to further explore the museum independently afterwards. Bear in mind that the Hermitage is huge – if you wanted to look at every item on display it would take you roughly 7 years so planning ahead is essential to be sure you don’t miss the pieces you’d most like to see!

Duration:
4 hours

Price:From
£ 73

The State Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum is a treasure chest of art located in one of the most beautiful squares in St Petersburg. It was the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country and is a major hub of culture and education. The museum contains countless masterpieces and unique collections of art, from traditional icon paintings to experimental Avant Garde and socialist realism. A must visit for any art lover!

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 63

Ysupov Palace

Ysupov Palace was the primary residence of the noble family of the Ysupovs, but it is mainly known as the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder in 1916. Loved by the Royal Russian family, Rasputin proclaimed himself a holy man and was loved, hated, and feared by Russian people of the time, which led to his tragic end in the basement of the Yusupov Palace. Now the palace museum hosts an exhibition that uses photography, documents, and wax figures to recreate the assassination and the following investigation. The Palace is also an important cultural centre, hosting classical concerts and theatre performances.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 76

Mini-Cruise along the canals

St Petersburg, also known as the Venice of the North, boasts breath-taking views and an intertwined system of canals to see them all from the canal boat. Embark on a mini- cruise to listen to the tales of the city while enjoying the bustling life of St Petersburg from a different angle.

Duration:
3 hours

Price:From
£ 70

Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

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 are 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 is never a wrong time to visit. Why not add to the adventure and travel across the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil to get there?

Duration:
5 hours

Price:From
£ 109

Catherine Palace (The Summer Palace in Pushkin)

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. Look out for the gallery of images detailing the reconstruction of the palace- the amount of work which has been done is awe inspiring! Why not have a wander around the grounds – they are equally as impressive as the palace itself.

Duration:
4 hours

Price:From
£ 82

Great news!

We are happy to offer a wide range of excursions in other Russian cities! To book an excursion to your own place of interest, just contact our travel experts and we will make your holiday unforgettable!

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