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Jewels of the Russian Capitals for solo travellers


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Discover the decadence of the Tsars on this highlight-packed tour of Russia's grandest cities

Step back in time to discover the decadence of the Tsars on this trip to Russia's treasured cities. Stay in centrally located hotels in both Moscow and St Petersburg and uncover the must-see sights with our all-encompassing selection of included and optional excursions.

White Nights in St Petersburg

If you visit in June, it's 'White Nights' season in St Petersburg. After long winter months of cold and darkness summer, with nearly round-the-clock daylight, is a cause for great celebration for the city's residents. The city looks extraordinarily beautiful bathed in this unfamiliar light.


6 nights in hotels

12 meals: 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Tour of the Moscow Kremlin
  • Moscow city tour
  • Visit to Tretyakov Gallery
  • St Petersburg city tour
  • Visit to the Hermitage Museum
  • Tour of Catherine Palace
  • Use of audio headsets on all guided tours

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Day 1 UK to Moscow


Fly to Moscow and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Holiday Inn Tagansky (4Q) or similar hotel for your first three nights in this bustling city. Moscow is a city of enormous opulence where historic, iconic and cultural monuments mingle with modern businesses and bustling boulevards linked by a veritable spider's web of Metro lines. D

Day 2 Moscow

Moscow Kremlin

Today you will explore the Moscow Kremlin and tour the city, seeing Red Square and iconic St Basil's Cathedral with its highly decorative 'onion' domes. This evening you may have the chance to attend a national folklore show. B, D

Day 3 Moscow

Church of St Nicholas

Today you'll visit the Tretyakov Gallery, home to an important collection of pre-revolutionary Russian art. An optional excursion visits the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro. B, D

Day 4 Moscow to St Petersburg

Sapsan train

Take a high-speed Sapsan train journey through the scenic Russian countryside this afternoon to St Petersburg, the 'Venice of the North'. When Peter the Great founded the city – named not in vanity but after his patron saint – in 1703 he wanted it to be European in style as a 'window to the west'. As a result it is quite unlike other Russian cities, especially Moscow, as you'll discover during your three-night stay here at the locally-rated 4-star Sokos Olympia Garden or similar hotel. B, D

Day 5 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Visit the Hermitage Museum – a combination of four interconnecting palaces with around 365 rooms of exhibits, with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress where historic buildings jostle around the magnificent Peter and Paul Cathedral with its towering yellow spire. Later there may be the chance to see a folklore show or perhaps a ballet (selected departures only). B, D

Day 6 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Today head to the imperial estate of Pushkin, originally known as Tsarskoe Selo. In the 18th century two huge, ornate palaces were built with landscaped gardens created around them. One is the eye-wateringly opulent Catherine Palace, a gift to Catherine I. Tour the grounds and interior with a fascinating room-by-room headset commentary. The highlight is bound to be the famous Amber Room, decorated with engraved amber panels, jewelled mosaics and gilded wooden carvings. B, D

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Day 7 St Petersburg to UK

Peterhof Palace

This morning you are free to do as you please in this magical city, or you might like to join an optional trip to Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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