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Explore Russia Visa Free by Ferry from Helsinki: St. Petersburg - Moscow - 5 days (VF-01)

Group size
2-10 people
Season
All year
Duration
5 days
Departs
As per schedule
Starts
Helsinki
Ends
Helsinki
Countries
Finland, Russia
Cities
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Helsinki
Price
Price by request
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If you’re short on time and don’t wish to apply for a Russian visa, then this is the tour for you, a 72-hour trip taking in the highlights of Russia’s two largest cities. Our professional guides and drivers will ensure that you see all the major sights of elegant St Petersburg and buzzing Moscow. You’ll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, be awed by the huge art collection at the Hermitage Museum, get up close and personal with Lenin’s embalmed body in his mausoleum and of course have a tour of colorful St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square.

For your comfort, we have organized a stay in a comfortable 3* hotel in the center of Moscow before the train ride to St. Petersburg.

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Helsinki
Day 1
Departing from Helsinki, you’ll board the Princess Anastasia ferry bound for St Petersburg.
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Ferry: Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Day 1
Ferry Princess Anastasia: Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Departure to St. Petersburg onboard Princess Anastasia ferry.
St. Petersburg
Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble)Half day tour to the suburbs of St Petersburg to visit one of the magnificent summer palaces - Petrodvorets. The Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a world-famous palace, fountain and park complex, and an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.
5 hours | $130 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | $90 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | $80 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | $75 per person

Day 2
St. Petersburg City Tour & Guided Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)
Transfer to the railway station
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.

Later 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.

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.
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Train: St. Petersburg - Moscow
Day 2
Grand Express: St. Petersburg - Moscow
For demanding travellers who prefer to travel in particular comfort, Russian railways now offer a luxury travel option to discover a style fit for a Tzar! The introduction of a new train, the “Grand Express”, on the Moscow-St. Petersburg line is changing current assumptions about comfortable rail travel which is comparable in standard to that of a good hotel. Indeed, the “Grand Express” is a real hotel on wheels that features spacious sleeping compartments with toilets, showers, air-conditioning, wide sofas, LCD TV, DVD-players and WI-FI. “Grand Express” train also has standard 9 compartments carriages of 1st and 2nd class. More details.
Moscow
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | $100 per person
Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided TourGuided visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia which contains 24 exhibition halls. The strength of the Museum’s historical collection is in its collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army and personal belongings of Soviet and Nazi leaders (including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler). The Museum has a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations. The outside exposition of the Museum presents many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.
4 hours | $100 per person
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command CenterWe invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.
3 hours | $115 per person
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star CityStar City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.
6 hours | $235 per person

Day 3
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Moscow City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Underground Guided Tour
Transfer to the railway station
Arrival in Moscow early in the morning. Our driver will meet you at the station and transfer to a hotel for breakfast. You can leave your luggage there if required.

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 center of the Soviet epoch, and the Teatralnaya Square where the famous Bolshoi Theatre is located. On foot, we’ll explore the lanes of the city center 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.

We have arranged a room for you in a hotel in Moscow to relax in the afternoon before boarding the train.

Later we’ll transfer to the railway station for our Grand Express train back to St Petersburg arriving in the morning.
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Train: Moscow - St. Petersburg
Day 3
Grand Express: Moscow - St. Petersburg
For demanding travellers who prefer to travel in particular comfort, Russian railways now offer a luxury travel option to discover a style fit for a Tzar! Indeed, the “Grand Express” is a real hotel on wheels that features spacious sleeping compartments with toilets, showers, air-conditioning, wide sofas (in luxury compartment categories), LCD TV, DVD-players and WI-FI. “Grand Express” train also has standard 9 compartments carriages of 2nd and 1st class. More details.
St. Petersburg
Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble)Half day tour to the suburbs of St Petersburg to visit one of the magnificent summer palaces - Petrodvorets. The Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a world-famous palace, fountain and park complex, and an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.
5 hours | $130 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | $90 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | $80 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | $75 per person

Day 4
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
St. Petersburg Boat Trip with an Audio-guide
Transfer to the port
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.

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) along the River Neva and the city’s many canals past palaces, parks and cathedrals.

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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Ferry: St. Petersburg - Helsinki
Day 4
Ferry Princess Anastasia: St. Petersburg - Helsinki
Departure to Helsinki onboard Princess Anastasia ferry.
Helsinki
Day 5
Upon request we can arrange tours and accommodation in Helsinki, please enquire.
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We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
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.

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