Welcome to Russia! Keep your eyes peeled at St. Petersburg airport for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Freshen up and meet in the lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards, join the group for a walk and have an optional group dinner to mingle. Your tour leader can also recommend some local bars to enjoy a drink with your new travel buddies.
- Day 2: St. Petersburg - City tour incl. the Hermitage
The amazing city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and was the capital of Imperial Russia. The city is beautifully built around a series of bridge-connected canals and rivers. Even the underground walls are an artwork! Start off the day with a tour of the breathtaking city. Drive along the main street, Nevsky Prospect, receive a solid introduction on this charming city as you pull up at the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Don't put away your cameras just yet! Next up, a guided visit to the world-famous treasure-filled Hermitage Museum.
- Day 3: St. Petersburg (opt. Tsars Route tour)
Today you have a free day to explore this magnificent city on your own, make the best of it! You can take on some optional activities such as the Tsar's Route tour with lunch. The route visits to Peterhof Garden and Catherine Palace during summer months (May to October) or Pavlosk Palace and Catherine Palace in winter months (October to May). Later this evening, board the overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow and rest up. Overnight train in a sleeping cabin accommodation.
- Day 4: Moscow City Tour, Red Square
Time to embark on a city tour of Moscow. Launch a guided walk tour through Moscow’s heart, meeting the amazing Red Square and Kremlin Palace. Ask your local guide all your questions on the history, challenges and the culture of Russia. The city offers amazing galleries and museums and plenty of cafes, shops and bars. After the city tour you, if you're still hungry for more, you have the option to join a tour of the World War II Museum. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours. You can roam the main shopping streets, try out local dishes or explore the fancy nightlife.
- Day 5: Moscow, Kremlin Palace, St. Basil's, Arbat Street
Start off the day with a guided walk throughout the grounds of Kremlin and soak in mighty government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar bell. Stroll down the road to reach the stunning St Basil’s cathedral and the Red Square. Capture a mental picture to last forever, the multi-coloured domes create a breath-taking sight for all travellers. Continue down Arbat street; one of the oldest surviving streets of the capital and home to many historical Russian figures.
Have your final breakfast on us and start bidding farewells to your travel mates before checking out of the hotel (11:00). Time to start counting days for your next adventure with Travel Talk!