Departure to St. Petersburg. Ferry Princess Anastasia
Departing from Helsinki, you’ll board the Princess Anastasia ferry bound for St Petersburg.
Exploring St. Petersburg. Visit Peter & Paul’s Fortress. Boat Trip. Departure to Moscow
St Petersburg is known as the Venice of the North so what can be better than seeing the city from its waterways? We’ll travel by boat (during navigation period, otherwise by car) along the River Neva and the city’s many canals past palaces, parks and cathedrals. After your guided city tour around St. Petersburg you will visit Peter & Paul’s Fortress which warrants a closer look. It was built on tiny Hare Island to secure Russia’s position on the River Neva delta during the Great Northern War against the Swedes. Surprisingly, its cannons didn’t actually fire a single shot for over 200 years, springing into life during the 1917 Revolution. Now this fortress-cum-prison has been converted into museums and features a splendid cathedral containing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. In the evening we’ll transfer to the railway station to take the overnight train to Moscow. You can opt to travel in the regular second-class compartment or choose one of the Grand Express’ luxury carriages, more like a hotel on wheels than a train. With showers, sofas, TV and Wi-Fi, you’ll travel in a style fit for a Tsar.
Highlights of Moscow: Kremlin, Armoury, Red Square. Departure to St. Petersburg
Arrival in Moscow early in the morning. The Russian capital has so much to see that without the help of our guide you’d be wondering where to start. Our guided city tour takes us to Lubyanka Square, the world-famous KGB centre of the Soviet epoch, and the Teatralnaya Square where the famous Bolshoi Theatre is located. On foot, we’ll explore the lanes of the centre city before reaching Red Square. Its world-renowned sights, including the brightly-painted domes of the 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral, the enormous GUM department store and pretty Kazan Cathedral attract millions of tourists each year. We’ll pay a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum (note: no visit to the Mausoleum is possible for tours with departures on Wednesdays) where the great leader’s body is embalmed and step inside the imposing walls of the Kremlin and admire the golden-domed churches in Cathedral Square, where Moscow’s roads once converged. Inside the Armoury, you’ll find the Kremlin’s weaponry as well as treasures including the exquisite Faberge eggs and delicate pieces made from gold, silver and precious gems. We’ll also have time to take a look at the Moscow Underground. One of the masterpieces of the Soviet era, this is no ordinary public transport system with its lavish interiors featuring marble, stained glass, mosaics and beautiful sculptures. Later we’ll transfer to the railway station for our Grand Express train back to St Petersburg arriving in the morning.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room. Hermitage Museum. Departure to Helsinki
Today we will drive to one of the major architectural treasures of Royal St. Petersburg, Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. Its Alexander Palace was where the Tsars once lived, but we’ll focus our attention on the sumptuous Catherine Palace. The star of the show at this divine Baroque palace is without doubt the Amber Room, now restored to its former glory. No visit to St Petersburg would be considered complete without a visit to the Hermitage Museum. This world-class art museum is housed in the Winter Palace which was once a residence of the Tsars. Today over three million works of art are waiting for your attention, featuring all the big names: Picasso, Gauguin, Da Vinci, Raphael and more. You’ll be sorry you have to leave, but it’s time to return to the port where the Princess Anastasia ferry awaits to return you to the Finnish capital.
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Visa free but with excellent guides and enough energy it was wonderful. The guides and sightseeing were great, all went like clockwork and would highly recommend.
It really was a wonderful experience and the guides were terrific. I will definitely be recommending to my friends.
Had a fabulous time. Guide and drivers in St. Petersburg were great. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Both guides I had in St. Petersburg and in Moscow were incredibly knowledgeable about Russia and especially Russian history as well. I loved the trip: it was fast paced and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks
The Russian element of the trip was brilliant. Very well organised, everything ran on time, our guides and drivers were superb. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and very helpful. We thought the design of the trip was fantastic, if a little tiring, but we were amazed at how much we saw in such a short space of time. The hotel in Moscow was definitely needed. Overall, we had a wonderful trip to Russia - we very much liked the country and its people.
Everything was above our expectations. But our guides, Sophia in St Petersburg and Alviera in Moscow were exceptional.The two drivers were great as well, especially Vladamir in St Petersberg.The whole itinerary was spot on!
Your 72 hr St. Peterburg tour was well organised and exactly what we required
Our tour guides (Tatiana in St Petersburg & Elena in Moscow) were incredibly knowledgeable and clearly loved their cities. Whilst the itinerary was intense, it was important to see as much as possible within our 72 hours and we feel that we did see all of the primary sites - as well as visiting some lovely local restaurants for local cuisine.
Excellent timing throughout & availability of the hotel for the Moscow day trip section of the tour
Thank you for arranging the itinerary for me. I'm just on the boat back to Helsinki and I just want to say how well it was planned and how knowledgeable and nice the 2 guides where in St Petersburg and Moscow (Natalia and Elena / Helen).
Thanks to all involved and I will be recommending Go Russia to others considering for this same trip.