Discover mystique, tradition and flair between Moscow and St Petersburg
Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - a land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades. Experience the grandeur of Moscow, the beauty of Russia's ancient capitals Suzdal and Novgorod, and the grace of St Petersburg. Visit the intricately detailed cathedrals, historic monuments, age-old treasures and romantic landscapes of this great nation, and find the heart of enigmatic Russia.
Traveling over New Years? Take a look at our special 'Russia Highlights - New Year' Itinerary (Trip Code WBSW).
Red Square has long been at the heart of Russian history – visit the austere mausoleum of Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution, contrasting with the eye-bulging treasure collection in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum
Discover the secrets of Russia’s oldest kremlin in Novgorod and see the Millennium Monument, which tells the story of 1,000 years of Russian history
Share in traditional tastes with a visits to the homes of our local friends in Suzdal & St Petersburg for a hearty home cooked meal, piles of pancakes and endless cups of tea
Experience the joys of train travel as we traverse by high-speed Sapsan train and on an overnight sleeper from Moscow to Novgorod.
Encounter the legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great while exploring the enigmatic streets that showcase the many palaces and museums of St Petersburg
This trip includes an overnight train journey. Conditions are simple but comfortable – a truly Intrepid experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (4 people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages.
As well as overnight train travel, we experience a variety of different transport types on this journey high-speed train, public & private bus, metro and of course plenty of exploring on foot.
Some of the accommodation along the way is basic, staying a guesthouses with shared rooms and bathroom facilities.
Please note that on occasion Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square may be closed to the public during regular opening hours without prior warning.
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding nights in the guesthouse and overnight train.
2. In order for our local operator to book train tickets we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 60 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
3. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's St Petersburg Office can be reached on Tel: +7 911 7033155
4. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster or civil unrest) necessitate a change to our planned route.
5. 3. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. If you wish to book the theatre performances in Moscow, please book for Day 1 of the trip. There's no time in the evening on Day 3 to see the performances because we return to the city in the evening.
Our Russia Highlights trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 120 reviews in the last year.
This trip is perfect to get to know Russia. Especially because of the combination between visiting the known highlights Saint-Petersburg and Moscow and the smaller but very beautifull cities Suzdal and Novgorod. Because of the home stay and having diner with local families we learned a lot about life in Russia. This trip was certainly an eye opener and we can strongly recommend it.
Review submitted 23 Jun 2017
A reasonably priced and safe, easy way to explore the country or area of your choice, especially if you are travelling alone. For me, I found myself in Russia for 10 days on my own as part of a longer trip from Poland through to Latvia by rail. I wanted the security of being with others and thought it might be fun to meet up with some new people. The 7 day trip was great and just about the right length of time for me. Actually 5 days would have been better for me personally, as being in a group has its disadvantages ( there are always going to be people you don't gel with or who get on your nerves!!) That's just life! It was great to have everything organised for me and so for 7 days I could relax a bit. The tour guide Anton was excellent Schedule was quite hectic. Not much downtime which meant we saw loads and learnt loads. Loved this Would recommend this kind of travel to people with an open mind, with low expectations and to those who don't have specific needs/quirks/demands I hadn't realised that Intrepid Travel was an Austrailian company and most of the clients would be Austrailian. I was the only European in the group. Not a problem of course! This kind of travel works for some and not for others. I would definitely consider another trip if I found myself travelling alone for a short period of time or as part of a larger trip with friends
Review submitted 22 Jun 2017