Russia

Enchanting Russia: A Luxury Small-Group Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg Including Private Tours and First-Class Bullet Train

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • 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

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
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Visa support letter
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