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Exclusive departures | 6th & 7th May 2019

  • Attend a presentation by Lucy Worsley in St Petersburg
  • Sightseeing tour of Moscow, highlights include; The Bolshoi Theatre, colourful St Basils Cathedral, The Golden Domed UNESCO Novodevichy convent, world renowned museums, Iconic Soviet Skyscrapers, and many more…
  • Tour of Red Square and the Kremlin, one of the world’s most thought provoking building complexes; actually three cathedrals, great palaces, the Senate and Treasury
  • Tour of some of Moscow’s most iconic metro stations
  • New Inclusion: Visit the Vodka Museum in St Petersburg - learn about the history and traditions of vodka-drinking plus enjoy a tasting of this iconic Russian tipple
  • Sightseeing Tour of St Petersburg, Peter the Great’s Imperial city with its myriad of canals and lavish architecture. Highlights include, The Hermitage, The Peter and Paul fortress with its striking Cathedral, The extraordinary Church of the Holy Blood, Palace Square, and River Neva to name a few!
  • Travel by high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg in just four hours
  • Tour of the Hermitage, winter palace of the Tsars with one of the world’s greatest fine art collections
  • Tour of Peterhof, summer palace of the Tsars, with its outstanding gardens
  • Escorted by an experienced tour manager
  • Six nights, centrally located four-star accommodation with breakfast
  • Return flights and transfers included
 
At a Glance
Country: Russia
Currencies: Rouble
Deposit: £100 per person
Flight Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Languages: Russian
Time Zone: GMT+3
 

Overview

Moscow and St Petersburg have always remained pivotal to Eastern Europe’s culture and unsurprisingly harbour some of the world’s most influential history, finest architecture, most stunning art and artefact collections, and thus almost always feature on today’s travellers’ wish lists of ‘must see’ destinations.

First to Moscow – for many steeped in mystery, the grand “Cold War” Soviet parades are long gone now, yet the city still retains a tantalising, almost remoteness from Europe’s other great capitals. Top of any visitor’s list is the extraordinary Kremlin complex, three cathedrals, great palaces, the Senate, the remarkable Treasury plus several grand squares and towers. Equally recognisable are St Basil’s Cathedral with its amazing multi-coloured domes, plus the monumental Red Square – home to Lenin’s tomb, whose worldwide influence like Stalin’s, remains undeniable if somewhat tainted.

Yet there is so much more to Moscow than the awe inspiring sights and politics. See the city’s fine university where famous writers like Chekhov, Sakharov and Pasternak studied and the stunning Bolshoi, arguably the world’s finest ballet. Shopping takes on a refreshing novelty in the grand arcades of Tverskaya Street and bohemian Arbat Street. Gorky Park, Stalin’s Bunker, the Gulag Museum, Victory Park and Tolstoy’s house…. the list of fascinating places goes on, and all linked by the legendary metro with its cathedral – like stations and grand designs – Moscow is utterly unique.

Next, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, St Petersburg, Imperial capital of the Tsars, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and truly worthy of an emperor! The majestic boulevards and splendid baroque buildings, threaded by winding canals and set amongst great parks are so redolent of the classical Italy which inspired Peter’s great vision.

A magnificent monument of old Russia, the Tsar’s winter palace, the Hermitage houses one of the world’s finest art collections; the magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral is simply inspiring and the waterfront’s grandeur has to be seen to be believed. The Peter and Paul Fortress with its ornate cathedral featuring marbled columns and glittering chandeliers is the Romanovs’ final resting place. St Petersburg though has another face too: lose yourself in the parks, take a stroll along the canals criss-crossing the city or window shop in the city’s department stores and markets. Then there is the Kirov (now known as the Mariinsky), one of the world’s most famous ballet companies where Nureyev, Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova gained worldwide recognition. Other famous St Petersburgers include Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Pushkin whose wonderful cultural legacies still endure.

The city was founded by an emperor and was home to Catherine the Great and the Romanovs. Subsequently the Revolution radically changed the course of 20th century world history and then came a change of name to Leningrad; the arrival of Stalin the Second World War’s brutal three year siege followed by the ‘Cold War’. Recently it has been time for two more St Petersburgers to take centre stage: Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Today St Petersburg has emerged wonderfully from this turbulent past, reclaiming its rightful place amongst the world’s most beautiful and fascinating cities.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price includes six night bed  and breakfast accommodation in four star hotels, return flights, airport departure taxes, return transfers, all tours and entrance fees as mentioned, guided visits of Moscow & St Petersburg, guided tour of the Kremlin including entrance into the Armoury museum, guided tour of Moscow Metro, visit to the Moscow Voska Museum, second class high speed Sapsan train from Moscow to St Petersburg with reserved seat, entrance to Hermitage museum, entrance to Peterhof, services of a Riviera tour manager.

Not included
Russian visa - See Visa Information section for details.

Attend a presentation by Lucy Worsley in St Petersburg

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Popular historian, writer and broadcaster Lucy Worsley captured our imagination with a riveting retelling of Romanov Russia’s most extraordinary story on BBC’s Empire of the Tsars. She is also Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, and has written many books which bring to life history and its most intriguing figures.

Attend Lucy’s insightful talk at the Novotel St Petersburg during your stay in this imperial capital. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the beautiful city unabashedly flaunts a dramatic history, rich cultural legacies and stunning architecture. With fresh perspectives from Lucy, St Petersburg is certain to leave a lasting impression.

Useful Information

Connecting Flights

Flights with Lufthansa from Birmingham and Manchester will connect in Frankfurt on both the outbound and inbound journeys.

Flights with Swiss Air from Birmingham will connect in Zurich on both the outbound and inbound journeys.

All other flights are direct. Please contact us if you would like timings and/or further information on the connecting flights. All flight details will be listed in your booking confirmation. 

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Moscow Domodedovo Airport Moscow 2 hrs St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg 40 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Russian Ruble
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time:  Approx. 3 hrs 35 mins to 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Russian
  • Time zone: GMT+3 
  • Country: Russia

Visas

All UK citizens must obtain a tourist visa to visit Russia.

​In order to apply for a visa, applicants will require an invitation letter (also known as the ‘tourist voucher’) from each hotel which will be sent to you, from Riviera Travel, approximately four to six weeks prior to departure. No charge applies for issuing these vouchers, however, a fee of £55 is charged by the hotels should the reservation be cancelled.

Please ensure you have at least two empty pages in your passport, and that it is valid for a minimum of six months after the visa’s expiration.

Complete the application forms electronically at http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk and print and sign accordingly. All applications must then be made in person at the Application Centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh, where biometric data (fingerprints) will be collected. This is a simple five to ten-minute process. You will need one recent passport photo and the tourist vouchers from the shipping company.

Visa costs are from £63 plus a service charge of £38.40. with the option to return by post at a cost of £13.80. All payments made towards visa fees and service charges are non-refundable and do not guarantee the issuance of a visa should your application be declined.

Additional info

  • Should you require additional help through an agency please contact us for a recommendation.
  • The granting of a visa is at the discretion of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London and its Consulates.
  • Please apply for you visa no more than six weeks prior to travel.
  • Your tourist vouchers will reach you 4 – 6 weeks before departure.
  • All British Passport holders visiting Russia are required to have at least 6 months validity on their passports from the date the visa expires.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.


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