Travel through Russia and Ukraine from St Petersburg through Moscow and finishing in Kyiv.

Discover the hidden secrets, spectacular landscapes and intriguing imperial tales of Russia and Ukraine on this unique journey through the region’s highlights and backroads. Walk in the footsteps of literary greats in staggering St Petersburg, be astounded by the opulent former palaces of the Tsars and behold magical St. Basil’s Cathedral by night. Step off the beaten trail for a Cossack experience in Petrushivka village, sample a hearty home-cooked Ukrainian dinner and work up a sweat of a different kind in a traditional Russian ‘banya’. Perplexing, abstruse and intriguing at every turn, this adventure through Russia and Ukraine is sure to thwart all expectations of this fascinating part of the world.

St Petersburg, Russia
Kyiv, Ukraine
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
251kg pp per trip


  • Join the throngs on a stroll along St Petersburg’s famed Nevsky Prospekt
  • Gawk at Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square
  • Stroll through the lavish grounds of Petrodvorets Palace
  • Visit the rich artistic estate of Abramtsevo
  • Treat yourself to a traditional Russian steam and sauna in Dimino village
  • Dine with a local Ukrainian family in Petrushivka village
  • Explore Kyiv’s cobblestone streets and grand monuments


Take in the sights and spectacles of one of Europe’s most aesthetically astounding and historically vibrant cities. Explore the alleys and canals of this ‘Venice of the East’ destination. Visit its splendid palaces and cathedrals, or hit up the shops, museums and markets.
Cruise across the Gulf of Finland for a guided tour of the grand and stately Petrodvorets – Peter the Great’s humble summer abode.
Head out to Russia’s most famous landmark – St Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square. Venture inside to learn about its construction, or take advantage of plentiful photo opportunities from a distance. Enter the Kremlin grounds and be dazzled by the ornaments on display in the Armoury Museum.
Indulge in some time-honoured Russian pampering – a thorough soak and steam followed by some hearty regional cuisine.
Walk the grounds and halls of Abramtsevo Estate, where Gogol and Turgenev penned some of their masterpieces and Repin dipped his brush. Bunk down in first-class comfort for the overnight train ride into Ukraine.
Get to know Cossack culture in the village of Petrushivka. Break bread and cultural barriers over dinner with a local Ukrainian family.
Take a guided walk through Kyiv's cultural heart and witness the splendour of its grand theatres, fascinating museums, cobbled streets and beautiful parks.
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11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Boat, Car, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Train (bullet)
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Abramtsevo - Guided tour
  • Kyiv - Motherland Monument
  • Kyiv - St Sofia Cathedral
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Peterhof- Park & Fountains
  • Pushkin - Catherine Palace & Park (including Amber Room)
  • Sergiev Posad - Guided monastery tour
  • St Petersburg - Boat tour
  • St Petersburg - Hermitage Museum


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Important notes

1. Full passport details, as well as date of birth and city of birth are required in order to obtain your international train tickets.

Trip notes

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