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

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

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.

Day 1
Departure to St. Petersburg. Ferry Princess Anastasia
Departing from Helsinki, you’ll board the Princess Anastasia ferry bound for St Petersburg.
Day 2
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.
Day 3
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.
Day 4
St. Petersburg
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.
Day 5
Arrival in Helsinki
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Ferry Princess Anastasia
St. Peter Line operates regular connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg on a modern ferry Princess Anastasia. Princess Anastasia is a modern passenger ferry with a total passenger capacity of 2 500 people. The ferry features comfortable cabins of different categories, several restaurants, bars, aqua-zones, duty free shops, cinema and music hall with regular show performances by St. Petersburg Music Hall ballet theatre.
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Moscow Ibis Center Bakhrushina Hotel 3*
Part of the Ibis collection, the Moscow Center Bakhrushina Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a value hotel with facilities you can trust. Situated within the meander of the Moskva River, it’s centrally located a half hour stroll from Red Square or the Kremlin and within easy reach of the Paveletskaya metro station.Learn more
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08/04/2021 - 08/08/2021 $1,895 $395 $875 $130 book now
08/12/2021 - 08/16/2021 $1,895 $395 $875 $130 book now
08/18/2021 - 08/22/2021 $1,895 $395 $875 $130 book now
08/26/2021 - 08/30/2021 $1,895 $395 $875 $130 book now
09/01/2021 - 09/05/2021 $1,795 $295 $875 $130 book now
09/09/2021 - 09/13/2021 $1,795 $295 $875 $130 book now
09/15/2021 - 09/19/2021 $1,795 $295 $875 $130 book now
09/23/2021 - 09/27/2021 $1,795 $295 $875 $130 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  5. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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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.
Freya Ball
It really was a wonderful experience and the guides were terrific. I will definitely be recommending to my friends.
Yasmin Kennedy
Had a fabulous time. Guide and drivers in St. Petersburg were great. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Charlotte Jones
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
Elaine Newton
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.
Barbara Hampton
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!
Ralph Gonzales
Your 72 hr St. Peterburg tour was well organised and exactly what we required
Ronald Coleman
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.
Constance Williamson
Excellent timing throughout & availability of the hotel for the Moscow day trip section of the tour
Annette Cobb
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.
Adrian Mclaughlin
Please note all prices are per person based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Read more about prices for solo travellers.

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Moscow St. Petersburg
Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A 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.


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4 hours

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Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command Center We 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.


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3 hours

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Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided Tour Guided 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.


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4 hours

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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star 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.


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6 hours

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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.


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5 hours

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Russian Museum Guided Tour Russian 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.


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4 hours

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Yusupov Palace Guided Tour Once 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.


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3 hours

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Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace The 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.


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2 hours

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Please see below an approximate tour schedule for your better planning.

Day 2 - St. Petersburg

  • 09:00 Arrival in St. Petersburg. Passport control. Meeting with your guide / driver in arrival terminal. Note disembarking procedures in St. Petersburg.
  • 10:00 - 16:00 St. Petersburg city tour. Peter and Paul's fortress. Boat trip.
  • 16:00 - 22:30 Free time.
  • 22:30 Transfer to the railway station. 
  • 23:40 Departure to Moscow by train.

Day 3 - Moscow

  • 08:14 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast.
  • 09:00 - 17:00 City tour, Red Square, Kremlin and the Armoury, Moscow underground guided tours.
  • 17:00 - 22:30 Free time.
  • 22:30 ​Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the railway station. 
  • 23:40 Departure to St. Petersburg by train. 

Day 4 - St. Petersburg

  • 08:35 Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting with your guide / driver. Breakfast at cafe.
  • 09:30 - 17:00 Tsarskoe Selo. Hermitage Museum.
  • 17:30 Transfer to the port.
Starts Ends Helsinki Helsinki Departs Duration As per schedule 5 days
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