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Back in the USSR - 7 Days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

7 Days / 6 Nights Trip to Russia

Back in the USSR - 7 Days

Discover the charms of Russia, from the vodka bars of St. Petersburg to the opulent treasures of the tsars in Moscow.
Come discover the charms of Russia on this exciting getaway. 

You’ll see the best of St. Petersburg and Moscow, strolling past candy-coloured cathedrals, opulent summer palaces and cruising through canals that remind you of a glorious imperial past. Set out to feast with locals, step into metro stations that resemble palaces and travel back to the glory days of the Tsars.  And all throughout, you'll feel at home, drinking vodka, shopping and making tons of memories with new friends.
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  • Duration
    7 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,672
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

 St.Petersburg's Timeless Canals
Highlight #1
 St.Petersburg's Timeless Canals
Cruise down the city of Tsars,  past imperial palaces, towering cathedrals and through its maze of canals.
 Presenting The People's Palace
Highlight #2
 Presenting The People's Palace
With arched ceilings, chandeliers and ornate interiors, the Moscow Metro makes you feel like you're inside a palace worthy of kings!
Peterhof (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Highlight #3
Peterhof (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The glory days of the Tsars comes alive as you explore the golden opulence and glamour of Peterhof.
Why are Russian churches so magical?!
Highlight #4
Why are Russian churches so magical?!
Russian cathedrals are a unique fusion of colours and design - truly a feast for the eyes.
Russian Circus: The Greatest Showmen
Highlight #5
Russian Circus: The Greatest Showmen
Let a slew of acrobats, stuntmen and highly talented artists dazzle you with their skills and colourful performances.
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Moscow : Just Like In The Movies

Rainbow-coloured domes. Vodka bars. The KGB. Moscow thrills and delights by turn.

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Itinerary

Moscow

Sunday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival 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.

Red Square & The Kremlin

First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Highlights of the day include a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin, touring Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. 

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and pay our respects to the grandfather of Communism whose embalmed body has lain in state here since his death. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore the area. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open until very late! 

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a night at the famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.

Inside a Soviet Bunker

Today offers free time for you to further explore this exciting city, or you can opt to head down into a Soviet Bunker, by purchasing our Inside a Soviet Bunker add-on. Heading 65 metres below ground you'll have the opportunity to tour this Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building in the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. The site was in operation throughout the 1970s. In the 1990s with the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and is now open to the public. The rest of the day is free to explore.

St Pete's City tour & Church on Spilled Blood

Moscow-St Petersburg. This morning we take a high speed train to St Petersburg. Upon arrival we embark on a city sightseeing tour by vehicle which will travel along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horse. After lunch we tour the exquisite Church On Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful SS Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

Fountains of Peterhof or Catherine Palace

This morning we head out of the city to explore the beautiful Peterhof Palace located on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). 

Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof Palace are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace it's the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight! This evening offers free time.

Hermitage Tour & Soviet era Communal Apartment tour

Today’s sightseeing includes a guided tour of the treasure-filled Hermitage at the Winter Palace which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. 

Later, we visit a Soviet era Communal Apartment - a fascinating exhibition of a former communal apartment retained in its original layout with four rooms, a narrow corridor and common kitchen. To help ease the burden of Russia's housing problem in the 1920s they transformed city apartments owned by one person into these communal dwellings with factory workers, military personnel and members of Soviet institutions moving in.

St Petersburg

Saturday. Today our tour comes to an end. If you would like to extend your time in Russia, we are able to book post-tour accommodation should you require.

Inclusions

 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

 1 high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg

 Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg

 Airport arrival transfer on day 1

 All relevant transfers and transportation

 6 nights 3 star hotels

 Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide

 Specialist Russian guides at local sights

 Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys.

Not Included

 International flights and visa

 Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

 Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

 Entrance Fees: USD$70-80pp, paid in local currency.

 Additional 5% GST

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