Day 1: St Petersburg
Welcome to Russia and the start of your winter holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later tonight you’ll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure – your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out. Overnight St Petersburg (D).
Day 2: The Hermitage
Day 3: St Pete’s Sightseeing
We start today’s touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we’ll head out to city to explore beautiful Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). At Catherine Palace the exterior and the interior of this lavishly decorated building really catch the eye – particularly the spectacular Amber room. After stopping for a hearty traditional lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue on for a guided tour of the exquisite interior of The Church on Spilled Blood.
Meeting back at the hotel at an agreed time, we gather our bags and travel to the railway station for our overnight journey by train to Moscow. Overnight sleeper train (B, L).
Day 4: Red Square
The rest of the day is free for you to explore more of Moscow. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open ‘til very late! During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. Overnight Moscow (B).
Day 5: The Kremlin
Day 6: Goodbye Russia!
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out. (B).