Russia

Enchanting Russia: A Luxury Small-Group Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

Embark on the journey of a lifetime through Russia on this luxury eight-day small group tour (max. 16 travellers). Filled with rich culture, historic architecture and breathtaking beauty, Moscow offers a plethora of iconic sights, including the striking Red Square and opulent underground metro stations. Enjoy exclusive tours of Russia’s finest galleries and museums, admire the grandeur of St Petersburg, experience “Russia’s Versailles” with visits to the incredible Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Palace, enjoy a private tour of the Faberge Museum and experience a stunning summer sunset cruise along the city's beautiful waterways. Includes seven nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast and select dinner experiences, private airport transfers, all transportation, English-speaking expert local guides, a first-class trip on the famous, high-speed bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg and so much more.

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8 Days
LOW SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase TWO packages
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in some of Russia’s finest and most iconic hotels including three nights at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
HIGH SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase TWO packages
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in some of Russia’s finest and most iconic hotels including three nights at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
VIP UPGRADE - LOW SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase TWO packages
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in lavish upgraded suites including three nights in a Park Suite King at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights in a Junior Suite at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
LOW SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in some of Russia’s finest and most iconic hotels including three nights at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
VIP UPGRADE - HIGH SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase TWO packages
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in lavish upgraded suites including three nights in a Park Suite King at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights in a Junior Suite at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
HIGH SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in some of Russia’s finest and most iconic hotels including three nights at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
VIP UPGRADE - LOW SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in lavish upgraded suites including three nights in a Park Suite King at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights in a Junior Suite at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
Calendar
8 Days
VIP UPGRADE - HIGH SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package is valid for one person
  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in lavish upgraded suites including three nights in a Park Suite King at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights in a Junior Suite at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg

Welcome to Russia: a country of autocratic tsars and revolutions, a highly coveted destination sure to tickle everyone's curiosity; a charming country with a storybook landscape dotted with stunning, colourful cathedrals, glittering palaces, walled fortresses and historical cities, the epic stage of soul-searching novels and love stories. Discover Moscow and St Petersburg, the must-see destinations of this multifaceted country, and all of their incredible sights - including the Kremlin and the majestic Tretyakov Gallery, St Petersburg's art galleries and majestic palaces - on an incredible adventure tailored for the truest of travellers.

What We Love...

With itineraries personally designed, tried and tested by our in-house travel experts, you can expect the very best from every Tour Created by LE.

Luxury Escapes' Tours Product Manager John Saporito says this unique tour will help you experience Russia like a true local: “Handpicked local guides will help you see the city through their eyes, stopping at cafés and shops they frequented as a child. Get their perspective on how the country has changed as you tour the amazing underground metro stations in Moscow, the Peterhof and Catherine Palaces in St Petersburg, the Faberge Museum, and the Tretyakov Gallery, which showcases the greatest collection of Russian Art in the world.”

What You'll Love...

The Accommodation – Luxurious five-star hotels in prime locations

Enjoy three nights at the five-star Ararat Park Hyatt, located in the stylish Basmanny district of Moscow, just 700 metres from the Red Square. Take in incredible views over the Bolshoi Theatre and Neglinnaya Street or the courtyard from your luxurious Park Room, newly-renovated with a king bed featuring contemporary design and a state-of-the-art room management system.

A member of the exclusive Rocco Forte collection, the Hotel Astoria is an illustrious St Petersburg landmark, sitting directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral, a short walk from leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and the Mariinsky Theatre. Since opening in 1912, this Art Nouveau hotel has hosted eminent guests, from famous dancers to poets and artists. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the finest afternoon tea in St Petersburg in the Rotunda Lounge, unwind in the tranquil spa or simply sink into the comfort of your Classic Room with views over the garden.

VIP Upgrade - Experience elevated luxury in exceptional suites throughout the tour

Enjoy the full grandeur of Russia's finest hotels when you select the VIP Upgrade option.

In Ararat Park Hyatt you will be escorted to your upgraded Park Suite King, a sumptuous, newly renovated suite featuring a king bed with luxurious linens and custom-design lighting. Designed by Tony Chi, these suites are sleek and modern, yet have a welcoming, homely feel. Treated like a true VIP, you will arrive to a welcome gift and fruit platter, with attentive staff always just a phone call away. Unwind with superior facilities including an Illy coffee machine, plush robes and slippers, a lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, fresh fruits and flowers and grand décor featuring unique artwork.

At Hotel Astoria stay in a comfortable and elegant Junior Suite, bringing your surroundings to life with specially commissioned rugs, objects d'art and prints from the Mariinsky Ballet. The opulence of these meticulously designed spaces encapsulates the building's history - dating back to 1912 - and ensures a stay worthy of the many celebrities who have graced the hotel in the past. The white marble bathrooms are decorated with prints from the famed Bond film ‘From Russia with Love’, injecting some typically Russian flare into your stay. After wonderful days exploring the city, return to the comfort of your suite, all of which boast bathrooms with heated floors, a separate walk-in shower, Ferragamo designer amenities and Rocco Forte Hotels bathrobes and slippers.

The Experiences – From cosmopolitan Moscow to exploring world heritage palaces of St Petersburg and everything in between

Discover the capital city, sophisticated Moscow. Let this shimmering city tantalise your senses, as you visit famous sites and prestigious museums.

Stand in awe in front of the majesty of the Kremlin and Red Square, the heart of Moscow in all senses – historically, politically and geographically. Wander the streets along the 2.5km fortress and marvel the magnificence of St Basil's Cathedral with its colours, onion-shaped domes, patterns and shapes that represent the Russian architecture in all its splendour.

Visit the busiest metro system in the world, used by up to nine million people per day (more than London and New York) and feel the real Moscow vibes through the beauty of some the most remarkable Metro stations, many of them marble-faced, frescoed, true works of art.

Witness the change of the guard at Alexander Garden, where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier war memorial stands with its eternal flame, an homage to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II.

The world's best collection of Russian icons and art await at the world-famous Tretyakov Gallery, containing a stunning 170,000 works by Russian artists, from early religious paintings to modern art. Follow your private guide as you walk the 62, art-filled halls, where you will admire artworks from Russia's most celebrated painters, everlasting masterpieces and more.

St Petersburg – Explore the "Venice of the North"

Arrive in St Petersburg in style, departing from Moscow on an unforgettable first-class train ride with the famous Bullet Train. The Sapsan, Russian for Peregrine Falcon, travels at a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour, and is the most efficient way to travel between the cities.

Dine on traditional Russian cuisine in one of St Petersburg’s quaint local restaurants. Experience the grace and beauty of St. Petersburg, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Enjoy a sunset cruise (when travelling May to September), where you can take in unparalleled views of the city.

Discover all the city's sights, from the monumental St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the dominating Bronze Horseman monument, to the Peter and Paul Fortress that houses crypts of Russian emperors and the Hermitage Museum that was once the personal art gallery of Catherine the Great, with a collection of over three million items.

Known as the Versailles of Russia, venture to Pertehof, just outside St Petersburg, and embrace the historical allure of the Pertehof Museum Complex, one of the most popular museums in the country. Discover the secrets of the Fabergé Museum, and admire the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jewelled works of art, but also as unique historical artefacts.

Feel like royalty when you walk through the gardens of the grandiose Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Tsars. This majestic palace was reconstructed by four different architects, before Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, was instructed to completely redesign the building on a scale to rival Versailles.

Your package includes:

  • Seven nights of five-star luxury accommodation in some of Russia’s finest and most iconic hotels including three nights at the recently refurbished Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and four nights at the grand Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of dinners
  • First class ticket for the Sapsan Bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private air-conditioned transportation in Mercedes vehicles or similar throughout the tour
  • The services of expert local, English-speaking guides
  • Tour the of the unique and elaborate underground metro stations in Moscow
  • A private tour of the Tretyakov Gallery showcasing the greatest collection of Russian art
  • A sunset cruise on the beautiful waterways of St Petersburg (when travelling May - September)
  • A private tour of the famous Faberge Museum
  • Tour of both Peterhof and Catherine palaces
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Visa support letter

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Moscow on your chosen tour start date.

Departure dates:

Low Season:

11 October 2019

6 December 2019

24 January 2020

28 February 2020

9 October 2020

20 November 2020

11 December 2020

High Season:

13 September 2019

20 September 2019

27 March 2020

17 April 2020

15 May 2020

17 July 2020

21 August 2020

18 September 2020

Please note: Sunset cruise in St Petersburg is available when travelling May to September, when travelling December to April and October to December the cruise will be substituted with a traditional Russian dinner in one of St Petersburg’s authentic restaurants.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply. Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older.

Private departures available: If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends or family, please enquire for further information (minimum of two travellers – surcharges may apply).

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow - Park Room / Park Suite King*

Grand Hotel Astoria, A Rococo Forte Hotel St Petersburg - Classic Room / Junior Suite*

*VIP Upgrade only

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

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