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  • Enjoy a stay in two luxury properties and take in the sights and delights of these amazing must see destinations
  • The existing and former Capitals of Russia are steeped in history with wondrous architecture
  • Our members will enjoy the highlights of both cities with this escorted tour -  with ample free time to explore at your own leisure

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Your Destination

Moscow
Moscow is the most populated city in Europe and the northern-most megacity on Earth. As such, it has served as a key geo-political and economical centre, both in Europe and the world.

Built in its heart, and facing one of the many meanders of the Moskva river, is the Moscow Kremlin. This fortified complex has functioned as the Seat of the Grand Dukes, the Residence of the Tsars, and currently is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation; it features four palaces, four cathedrals, and monumental enclosing walls and towers.

Around the Kremlin one can find many of the most important landmarks in Moscow, including the Alexander Garden, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square.

In this setting, and with the same grandeur in mind, the Metropol Hotel was originally built. The hotel is only a few blocks away from the Kremlin, Red Square and Moscow city centre. The Hotel Metropol was thought to serve as a multi-function building, to host important social and political events and feasts, and to accommodate visiting dignitaries. Eventually it was nationalised and housed offices for the growing Soviet bureaucracy.
St Petersburg
Often described as the Venice of the North, St Petersburg is a city defined by water. The mighty Neva River empties into the Gulf of Finland near the Fortress of Peter & Paul – the final resting place of the Tsars – and canals snake through the backstreets, passing stately townhouses. Explore this enchanting city and discover the many hidden treasures!

The centuries have been kind to the former capital of the Russian Empire – St Petersburg looks as grand today as when Peter the Great laid the foundation stones in 1703. From his cabin on Petrogradskaya Storona, the Russian emperor invited Europe's leading architects to fill the streets with extravagant palaces and elegant Baroque cathedrals. Today, the historic centre is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the grand palaces of the Romanovs at Peterhof, Pushkin and Pavlovsk.

Please note: a visa is required for entry into Russia. Please see further details at the bottom of this page.

Your Itinerary

Itinerary 1

Day 1: Moscow
Transfer to the Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora.

Day 2: Moscow
Enjoy breakfast followed by a City Sightseeing Tour of Moscow. Doing this tour you will have an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the Russian capital and see the most impressive sights of great historic and cultural value. Visit The Red Square, one of the most spacious squares of the world, famous for Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil Cathedral, and dominated by the grand Kremlin walls of red brick. You will have a chance to see the tower buildings symbolic of the Soviet Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished and then reconstructed as a symbol of the Russian faith.

After that visit the Moscow Subway (Metro) which spans almost the entire Russian capital. It is one of the world's most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautiful examples of socialist realist art.  You will then take lunch.

Day 3: Moscow
After breakfast, visit the Moscow Kremlin, the symbol of Moscow and of Russia. This stronghold is the historical, spiritual and political heart of Moscow and the city's most famous landmark and tourist attraction. After this, you will take lunch.

Day 4: Moscow
Enjoy breakfast followed by a trip to the Sergiev Posad. Located 70 km north from Moscow the historic ensemble of Sergiev Posad is of great interest for tourists and pilgrims as it is a place abundant in excellently preserved monuments of Russian culture, dating back to the XV-XVII centuries. The Monastery of the Trinity and St. Serge founded in 1337 is famous all over the world and often referred to as the “Russian Vatican”. Lunch is included. Return to Moscow.

Day 5: Moscow – St.Petersburg
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station for the train to St.Petersburg.  Arrival in St.Petersburg. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 6:  Saint Petersburg
Breakfast. City Sightseeing Tour including a visit to Peter & Paul fortress. Lunch is included. The historical capital of the Russian Empire invites you to admire its splendid views: the Square of Arts with 3 museums and 4 theatres along its perimeter, the Palace Square offering an impressive view upon the Baroque Winter Palace; the historical Strelka (Cape) of the Vasilevsky Isle; the famous Nevsky Avenue considered the “heart” of the city.

Hermitage museum, Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. The principal building of the Hermitage Museum is the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Czars. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The Hermitage's collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history.

Day 7: Saint Petersburg
Breakfast. The morning starts with the visit to Tsarskoye Selo (also known as Pushkin). It is one of St. Petersburg's numerous Imperial estates. Located just 25 kilometres south of the city, the estate boasts a large landscape park and the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace. Named after its creator, Empress Catherine, the second wife of Peter the Great, the original palace was built between 1717 and 1723 by the architect Braunstein. Lunch is included.

Day 8:
Breakfast. Check-out & transfer to the airport.

Itinerary 2

Day 1: Saint Petersburg
Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 2: Saint Petersburg
Breakfast. Morning starts from the visit to the Hermitage museum, Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. The principal building of the Hermitage Museum is the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Czars. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The Hermitage's collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history. Lunch. City Sightseeing Tour in the city. The historical capital of the Russian Empire invites you to admire its splendid views: the Square of Arts with 3 museums and 4 theatres along its perimeter, the Palace Square offering an impressive view upon the Baroque Winter Palace; the historical Strelka (Cape) of the Vasilevsky Isle; the famous Nevsky Avenue considered the “heart” of the city. We will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress that is actually considered the place of birth of St. Petersburg. Doing this tour you will take an insight into the history of the city, the Romanovs’ royal dynasty and more. Free time.

Day 3. Saint Petersburg
Breakfast. The morning starts with the visit to Tsarskoye Selo (also known as Pushkin). It is one of St. Petersburg's numerous Imperial estates. Located just 25 kilometres south of the city, the estate boasts a large landscape park and the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace. Named after its creator, Empress Catherine, the second wife of Peter the Great, the original palace was built between 1717 and 1723 by the architect Braunstein. Lunch. Free time.

Day 4. Saint Petersburg – Moscow
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station for the high-speed train to Moscow.  Arrival to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 5. Moscow
Breakfast. City Sightseeing Tour of Moscow. Doing this tour you’ve got an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the Russian capital and see the most impressive sights of great historic and cultural value. The Red Square, one of the most spacious squares of the world, famous for Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil Cathedral, and dominated by the grand Kremlin walls of red brick. You will have a chance to see the glanderous tower buildings symbolic of the Soviet Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished and then reconstructed as a symbol of the Russian faith.
After that we will visit the Moscow Subway (Metro) which spans almost the entire Russian capital. It is one of the world's most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautiful examples of socialist realist art.  Lunch. Free time.

Day 6. Moscow
Breakfast. In the morning we visit the Moscow Kremlin is the symbol of Moscow and of the entire Russia. This stronghold is the historical, spiritual and political heart of Moscow and the city's most famous landmark and tourist attraction. Lunch. Free time.

Day 7. Moscow
Breakfast. In the morning we go to the Sergiev Posad. Located 70 km north from Moscow the historic ensemble of Sergiev Posad is of great interest for tourists and pilgrims as it is a place abundant in excellently preserved monuments of the Russian culture, dating back to the XV-XVII centuries. The Monastery of the Trinity and St. Serge founded in 1337 is famous all over the world and often referred to as the “Russian Vatican”. Lunch. Return to Moscow.

Day 8. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Your Hotels

You will stay in the following hotels in Standard Rooms on a half board stay (as per the above itinerary).

Adults Adults
2 Adults
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora 4* - 3/4 nights
This luxury Moscow hotel, located in city centre, is the perfect base to explore everything this metropolis has to offer. With 232 guest rooms and suites, all day dining Aurora restaurant, famous for Sunday brunches, Polo Club restaurant, the original steak house in Moscow, your time in Moscow is sure to be unforgettable.  The lobby bar is an ideal place for a night cap after a day of exploration. 

The hotel is few minutes away from historical places of interest such as Red Square, Arbat street and most popular shopping centres: TSUM and GUM. A warm and welcoming service coupled with fantastic amenities make this a unique Royal hotel in Moscow city centre.
Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, St Petersburg 4* - 3/4 nights
Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge is a magnificent combination of new and old. Guest rooms are located in the modern building, but the heart of the hotel is an old brick building dating back to the mid-19th century. It used to serve as the wine cellars of a famous merchant dynasty - the Eliseev family.

Today under these old brick arches and chandeliers you will find a modern and multifaceted world of hospitality aimed at making you feel energised, relaxed and balanced. This unique concept includes a fabulous spa with treatment and Aqua zones, 4000 sqm fitness centre, international restaurant Sevilla and intriguing Dans Le Noir - where you can dine in complete darkness.

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are included throughout your tour, including a high-speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg as mentioned in the itinerary above.

Visa

A visa is required for entry into Russia.

You will require a letter of invitation to support your visa application, which will be provided by our local supplier.

Last name
First name
Middle name
The date of birth
Passport number
Nationality
Gender

Once you have received your letter of invitation, you will need to apply for a visa.

We would recommend visiting the following website as the visa application process provided by the Russian Nation Tourist Office.
 
http://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visa/tourist-visa.php

Standard Service – 7 working days - £115
Express Service – 2 working days - £210

(prices correct at time of print, subject to change)

PLEASE NOTE: WHEN APPLYING FOR A VISA IT IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE YOUR FINGERPRINTS TO THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES.  YOU MUST DO THIS IN PERSON BY VISITING THEIR OFFICE IN EITHER LONDON OR EDINBURGH
 
If you do require any assistance, it may be worth contacting the Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 to discuss this further.

Voyage Prive cannot be held responsible for visas and full cancellation costs will be incurred in the event the visa is not granted or received in advance of your departure.

Meet & Greet

If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, Meet & Greet, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services. Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com

Accommodation Only

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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