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Moscow to St Petersburg by Rail


from £1,299 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Rail travel between two cultural gems...

Russia is a country with a turbulent, fascinating past and an unwavering dedication to culture. The cities of St Petersburg and Moscow positively burst with Imperial palaces, artefact-filled museums and points of political significance. They are both linked by the high-speed electric express train known as ‘Sapsan’.

On your 7-night trip, as part of Saga’s Immersive Collection, you will explore both cities, visiting Moscow’s Metro, dubbed ‘palaces for the people’, the Hermitage, recognised as the second-largest museum in the world and the fortified Kremlin. Amongst the optional excursions, you have the opportunity to visit Moscow’s Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and Peterhof’s Grand Palace and St Isaac’s Cathedral, which are both in St Petersburg. Acting as a suitable intermission on day four, you will enjoy a rail journey through pleasant Russian countryside on board the Sapsan high-speed train.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights in hotels

Dinner plate9 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus all this...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at both hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • A tour of Moscow
  • Explore the Kremlin and Armoury
  • A tour of St Petersburg
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress
  • A tour of the Hermitage
  • Half day tour of Catherine Palace

HeadphonesUse 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 Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel (3Q) 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.

Enjoy welcome drinks and dinner to better get to know your fellow travellers. D

Day 2 Moscow

Moscow Kremlin

Today you will explore the heart of Russia, Moscow. Tour the city, viewing Red Square and iconic St Basil's Cathedral with its highly decorative 'onion' domes. This afternoon you have the option to visit the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, often touted as the city’s premier foreign art museum. B

Day 3 Moscow

Moscow with Moskva River, Russia

Following breakfast, you have the option of visiting the Tretyakov Gallery. This historical building is home to more than 1,300 pieces of artwork from the 11th century through to the early 20th. Admire the mosaics dating from the pre-Mongolian era, through to more recent landscapes, portraits and historical paintings.

Consider also an optional excursion to visit the city’s opulent metro stations, built to be the people’s palaces. B

Day 4 Moscow to St Petersburg

Sapsan train

Unmissable during any trip to Moscow, and at the heart of Russian politics is the Kremlin. Following breakfast, we invite you to take a tour of the site, surrounded by 15th-century walls and featuring the instantly recognisable colourful domes of St Basil’s Cathedral. Stand in Red Square, used throughout the Soviet era to parade the Bloc’s military prowess, and visit Armoury Chamber, founded in 1511 to manufacture and store weapons and jewellery. Today it showcases treasures such as gold and silver objects created between the 12th and 17th centuries, and a small selection of jewellery from the House of Fabergé.

Your afternoon is spent travelling through the Russian countryside on board a high speed ‘Sapsan’ train. The destination of your travel will be St Petersburg, designed by Peter the Great to be a ‘window to the west’. Built on 101 islands and traversed by 350 bridges, St Petersburg gained the nickname ‘Venice of the North’. Check into your hotel, the locally-rated-four-star Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky (3Q) (or a similar hotel), where you will stay for the next four nights. B, D

Day 5 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Following breakfast, enjoy a city tour of St Petersburg.

Learn about its history - from the Tsars, through revolution, into Soviet control - and admire its abundance of alluring architecture. Capture the colourful domes of the Church of the Saviour on Blood - appearing similar to Moscow’s Cathedral of St Basil - on your camera and visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. This early 18th-century star-shaped citadel never fulfilled its defensive purpose. Instead, it played the role of a military base, prison and test site for several groundbreaking experiments. Its most eye-catching building is the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, featuring an unmissable 123-metre spire. The afternoon is spent at your leisure.

Consider taking an optional tour to visit Peterhof’s Grand Palace. B

Day 6 St Petersburg

Horse-drawn carriage in front of the Hermitage Museum

Housing nearly 3 million artefacts and works of art, the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is the second largest museum in the world, after France’s Louvre. Your morning will be spent taking a tour of the Hermitage, partially housed within the splendid green, white and gold Winter Palace. Learn a little about the museum’s fascinating history - its role in the Revolution of October 1917 - and admire its staggering collection of artistic and historical treasures. B

Day 7 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.

In the afternoon, consider St Isaac’s Cathedral on an optional excursion. B

Day 8 St Petersburg to UK

Enjoy an optional excursion to visit Yusupov Palace before transferring to the airport and returning to the UK. B

Please note

Passengers joining us for the 27th August departure will receive a ticket to the Spasskaya Tower Military Music Festival and Tattoo in Moscow. Military bands from across the world - including pipes and drums from the UK - put on a show that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. 

Moscow to St Petersburg by Rail


from £1,299 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Moscow to St Petersburg by Rail


from £1,299 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required