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Moscow & St. Petersburg - Tolstoy's War & Peace

8 Days from £1,599

Discover the iconic sites of these two great cities and get an insight into the opulent lives of Russian aristocracy.

Departure from: Aug 2018 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
RELAXED TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

Included holiday highlights

  • ​Moscow tour
  • The Kremlin and Armoury Museum
  • Tolstoy's House
  • Borodino Battle Museum Panorama
  • St Petersburg tour
  • Hermitage Museum visit
  • Catherine Palace and gardens
  • Fabergé Museum visit
  • Russian Vodka Museum​ and tasting

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/ Moscow

Depart on your flight to Moscow. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel in the Russian capital.​

DAY 2 The Kremlin and Armoury Museum

Today you’ll discover the highlights of Moscow on a sightseeing tour. The city boasts some incredible architecture, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. Later we delve further into the city's history with a visit to The Kremlin. On arrival at this mighty fortress there’s time to admire its magnificent cathedrals and palaces prior to your tour of the Armoury Museum. The collection here fills nine halls and on display you'll see jewellery, armour, weaponry, imperial clothing and many other treasures.

DAY 3 Borodino Battle Museum Panorama & Tolstoy’s Museum

The epic Battle of Borodino, one of the biggest clashes in military history, was immortalised in Tolstoy's classic book War and Peace. Today we'll view the Borodino Battle Museum Panorama – a painting which stands 15 metres high and stretches 115 feet, depicting the decisive moment of this battle. There are more than 800 other artefacts on display in the museum and you'll see many on an audio-visual tour.
Your explorations continue this afternoon as we head to Khamovniki to visit the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate, one of Russia's oldest literary museums. The writer lived in this house from 1882 to 1901 and penned many famous works here.

DAY 4 Moscow to St Petersburg

We're heading to St Petersburg today, which we reach via a 4-hour journey on the Sapsan fast train. We’ll stay in the city for the next four nights.

DAY 5 St Petersburg

St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, was the capital of Russia until the October Revolution in 1917. On today’s sightseeing tour we’ll see its palaces, broad avenues and a host of architectural treasures. There's time too to make your own discoveries and explore at your own pace.​

DAY 6 Hermitage Museum & Vodka tasting

Today's highlight is the remarkable Hermitage State Museum, where we've arranged a fascinating guided tour. On display is a wonderful showcase of wealth, art and culture with more than three million items in its collection, and we'll see as much as possible. 
You're heading to another museum this afternoon, the Russian Vodka Museum, where you will learn all about the country's national drink. After your tour we've arranged a tasting in authentic Russian style, with pancakes and red caviar.​

DAY 7 Fabergé Museum

You'll gain further insight into the opulent lives of the Russian tsars this morning on an included visit to the Fabergé Museum. Inside you'll see nine of the Imperial Fabergé eggs given by the two last tsars of Russia to their wives and mothers as elaborate Easter gifts.
We've left the rest of the day free for you to spend as you wish.

DAY 8 Catherine Palace/UK

Your final discovery comes as we head to Pushkin to see the Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece named after Peter the Great's wife, Catherine I. As we explore the palace and gardens you'll get a glimpse of the Russian high life and an understanding of the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers.
Later in the day we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Please note: Thanks to your feedback we know you want to explore more at your own pace. That’s why from 2019 we’re including 3 dinners, so you can experience eating out.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 3 :

Holiday Inn Tagansky - Moscow
The 4-star Holiday Inn Moscow Tagansky lies very near the Moskva River. The hotel is modern and stylish, with its own gourmet restaurant and lobby bar. Rooms and suites are all luxuriously decorated and have free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and private facilities.

Day 4 - 7 :

Ambassador Hotel - St Petersburg
The 4 star Ambassador Hotel is located in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg with a great choice for travellers interested in catherdrals, history and architecture. The hotel has several resturants, a gym and spa area. Each room at Hotel Ambassador has satellite TV, a minibar and WiFi is available


Dates and Prices

 
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THU 09 AUG 18

London (Heathrow)

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£1,899

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 09 August 2018

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:35 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 16 August 2018

Departs

15:35 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:10 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 06 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,799

Available (Only 2 places left)

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 06 September 2018

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:35 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

15:35 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:10 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 20 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,799

£1,749

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:35 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 27 September 2018

Departs

15:35 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:10 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 11 OCT 18

London (Heathrow)

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£1,599

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:35 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 18 October 2018

Departs

15:35 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:10 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 16 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,899

£1,799

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 16 May 2019

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:40 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 23 May 2019

Departs

15:50 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 13 JUN 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,899

£1,799

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 13 June 2019

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:40 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 20 June 2019

Departs

15:50 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 08 AUG 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,899

£1,799

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 08 August 2019

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:40 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 15 August 2019

Departs

15:50 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

THU 12 SEP 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,799

£1,699

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

08:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:40 Moscow (Domodedovo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 19 September 2019

Departs

15:50 St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

Arrives

17:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Take a ride on the Moscow subway and discover one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world.

BERNIE JENNESKENS - TOUR MANAGER

Moscow & St. Petersburg - Tolstoy's War & Peace


Russian VISA

Russian VissaWhere possible we arrange visas for our customers, but for some countries, including Russia, this is not possible as visa applications must be arranged in person at a Russian Embassy.

However, we’ll still help in every way we can:

We’ll send you a visa application form and guidance notes approximately 10 weeks prior to departure.

Once you’ve completed your visa application you send it, alongside a photocopy of your passport, to our appointed visa service agents, Asla, who will carefully check it to make sure it’s filled in correctly.

They’ll then send you a visa support letter, give you advice on any amendments you need to make to your application and outline exactly what you need to do next. You can also complete your application form online. If you choose this method, you can print an extra copy and send it to Asla for checking. For advice on completing the form online please visit www.asla.co.uk/russian-visa-application

Finally, you and anyone else travelling with you to Russia will then have to visit the Russian Embassy that’s most convenient for you, in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. Here, your fingerprints will be taken and payment for your visa can be made by cash, credit or debit card.

If you or any member of your party is not a British Citizen or holds a non-British passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country to or through which you are intending to travel.

Russian Consulate fee for visa - £88.40 per person
Passport return fee - £9.80 per person (Visa and postage fee are paid directly to the consulate and subject to change)
Visa checking service - £20.00 (Visa checking service is paid directly to our visa service agents)



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