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  • Watch history come to life as you visit the Yusupov Palace.
  • Take in over 600,000 pieces of art at the Hermitage Museum.
  • Behold the marvelous Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace.
  • Discover the highlights of St Petersburg with private guide.
  • Featuring five-star hotels.
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Lavish your senses with the history, art and culture of Russia in this exclusive journey fit for a Tsar.

Immerse yourself in the land of artists and dissidents, vodka and caviar with this exclusive journey that offers a unique 1st class look into the history, art and culture of mysterious Russia. Enjoy touring Russia’s many cultural wonders at your own pace with the services of an expert guide, private vehicle and driver. In the evenings, relax in 5-star luxury accommodations fit for a tsar – or presidents, royalty and celebrities who have stayed there as well.

Explore the Kremlin and Red Square, Lenin's tomb, Church of the Intercessor, the Armory, Diamond Fund and more. Continue your tour in Moscow and visit Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. In St. Petersburg, drive with your guide along the world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Explore the Hermitage Museum which boasts works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Renoir, Picasso and others, and tour Trinity Cathedral and cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities are buried. Visit the world-famous Peterhof Palace and tour its stunning fountains and parks, landmarks of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. This exclusive journey through the grandness of Russia is simply fit for a tsar. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (with Assistant) - Luxury Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Welcome Package
    • Invitation Letter For Russian Visa
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Red Square (5hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Hotel National (5*) (B) (Standard)
  • Day 2 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Tour - Private - Walking Tour Kremlin with Armory & Diamond Fund (2hrs) - Guide
    • Tour - Private - Metro & Arbat Street (2hrs) - Guide
    Hotel National (5*) (B) (Standard)
  • Day 3 Moscow to St. Petersburg
    Moscow to St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Tretyakov Gallery (5hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (with Assistant) - Luxury Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Moscow - St. Petersburg [High Speed Sapsan Train - approx. 4hrs ] - Train (business)(1)
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (with Assistant) - Luxury Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
  • Day 4 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Peter & Paul's Fortress (5hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Pushkin & Peterhof (7hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Optional Evening Shows
  • Day 6 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Hermitage Museum Tour (7hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Yusupov Palace and Rasputin Room (3hrs) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (with Assistant) - Luxury Vehicle /Guide/Assistance/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Moscow

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.

Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of Moscow with your private guide and driver. The famous Red Square starts outside the Kremlin´s walls. You will get to see the Kremlin from the Sophiiskaya Embankment and Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square, and GUM for shopping. Entrance fees are not included.

Accommodation: Hotel National (5*) (B) (Standard)

Hotel National is uniquely located just off the Red Square in the very heart of the historical and cultural centre of Moscow. Its spacious rooms and breathtaking views over the Kremlin have made the National famous worldwide, attracting presidents, royalties, and celebrities. Dine at Moskovsky restaurant, which is considered the best hotel restaurant in Moscow. Its aristocratic Russian and European cuisine, enchanting historical ambience as well as the breathtaking panoramic view over the Kremlin make dining truly unforgettable. As an official member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, The National combines historical ambience, up-to-date convenience and top-notch service with genuine Russian hospitality.

Moscow
Moscow
Hotel National
Hotel National

Day 2: Moscow

Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the centre of Russia´s political life and State power. The Armoury Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia, and unique art. Visit the impressive Diamond Fund where the exhibits include the great imperial crown of gold, silver, diamonds, and pearls made for the coronation of Empress Catherine XI. If your accommodation is outside the city, you will meet your guide in front of the Kremlin entrance. Entrance fees to the Diamond Fund are included.

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians and foreign visitors. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls, and staircases. Each station has a unique decorative motive utilizing semi-precious stones and sculptures. The tour will proceed to bohemian Old Arbat street where you will learn about the street´s interesting history and enjoy its artisan culture, and the many craftsman and souvenir stalls. Entrance fees to the Metro Station are included. If your hotel is outised the city centre, you will meet your guide at the entrance to the metro. 

Accommodation: Hotel National (5*) (B) (Standard)
Kremlin
Kremlin
Metro Station
Metro Station

Day 3: Moscow - St. Petersburg

Explore the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The museum represents the history of Russian art from the ancient periods. Its superb collection consists of numerous icons, paintings, sculptures and graphics. Tretiakov Gallery may boast of its 62 halls, packed with artistic items, including Soviet propaganda paintings.

A transfer between the train station and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

Watch the changing landscapes on your fast speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg, departing in the afternoon.

A transfer between the train station and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

Accommodation: Taleon Imperial (5*)

The Taleon Imperial Hotel is located in the business and historical heart of St. Petersburg, the hotel defines the prominent intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main thoroughfare. It offers 29 rooms individually designed and decorated with the finest Italian furnishings, and hand-painted reproductions of masterpieces from major art museums, such as the State Hermitage Museum. The Taleon Imperial Hotel offers St. Petersburg’s finest dining. Relax in their stylish interior and atmosphere, and the impeccable service will make you feel as if you’re at home. There are two venues open for dining - Taleon and  Victoria. The Taleon Restaurant offers fine dining in two rooms - one in the style of Louis XVI, and the other in the French Empire style. The Victoria Restaurant offers a magnificent view on the city's rooftops, with the stoic dome of the Kazan Cathedral rising in the distance. The cozy lobby and Atrium Cafe are also the perfect places to relax and have a drink, a coffee or a tea.

St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Taleon Imperial
Taleon Imperial

Day 4: St. Petersburg

Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul's Fortress and St. Isaac Cathedral with the Bronze Horseman. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame. Continuing on you will drive through the Square of Arts, enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Entrance fees to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included.

Accommodation: Taleon Imperial (5*)
Peter & Paul's Fortress
Peter & Paul's Fortress

Day 5: St. Petersburg

Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, and canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the consturuction of Catherine Palace and about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. After the tour you will return to your hotel. Entrance fees to Peterhof Palace are included.

Choose between one of the various evening entertainment options St. Petersburg has to offer: performances at the Marinsky theater, folklore show in Nikolaevskey palace, a show at the famous Circus, or a river cruise, combined with a folklore show. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding a show to your itinerary during your time in St. Petersburg.

Accommodation: Taleon Imperial (5*)
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
Marinsky Theater
Marinsky Theater

Day 6: St. Petersburg

Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.

Accommodation: Taleon Imperial (5*)
Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum

Day 7: St. Petersburg

Refined luxury, splendour of high life, dramatic relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family are reflected in the expositions of Yusupov Palace, one of the most mysterious places in St. Petersburg. Yusupov Palace once belonging to princes Yusupovs noble family is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. The palace retains its genuine interiors of the 19th century. The influence of the art of various cultures can be traced in the Turkish study, Oaken dining-room, Musical chambers and the chamber of Henry II. The real gem of the palace is the exotic Moresque chamber. The luxurious decorations of the interiors are dazzling: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, silk clothes and refined furniture. The cellar of the palace became the setting of the murder of one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history -Grigory Rasputin. The legendary favourite of the wife of Emperor Nicolas II, Rasputin convinced the royal family that he possessed supernatural powers and that only he could cure the heir to the throne Alexis, who suffered from haemophilia. Rasputin had strong influence on the decisions of the tsar and tsarina. Nowadays the cellar houses an exhibition about the life of Grigory Rasputin. Return to hotel.

Accommodation: Taleon Imperial (5*)
Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace

Day 8: St. Petersburg

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel National (5*) (B) (Standard): Moscow

Hotel National is uniquely located just off the Red Square in the very heart of the historical and cultural centre of Moscow. Its spacious rooms and breathtaking views over the Kremlin have made the National famous worldwide, attracting presidents, royalties, and celebrities. Dine at Moskovsky restaurant, which is considered the best hotel restaurant in Moscow. Its aristocratic Russian and European cuisine, enchanting historical ambience as well as the breathtaking panoramic view over the Kremlin make dining truly unforgettable. As an official member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, The National combines historical ambience, up-to-date convenience and top-notch service with genuine Russian hospitality.

Taleon Imperial (5*): St. Petersburg

The Taleon Imperial Hotel is located in the business and historical heart of St. Petersburg, the hotel defines the prominent intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main thoroughfare. It offers 29 rooms individually designed and decorated with the finest Italian furnishings, and hand-painted reproductions of masterpieces from major art museums, such as the State Hermitage Museum. The Taleon Imperial Hotel offers St. Petersburg’s finest dining. Relax in their stylish interior and atmosphere, and the impeccable service will make you feel as if you’re at home. There are two venues open for dining - Taleon and  Victoria. The Taleon Restaurant offers fine dining in two rooms - one in the style of Louis XVI, and the other in the French Empire style. The Victoria Restaurant offers a magnificent view on the city's rooftops, with the stoic dome of the Kazan Cathedral rising in the distance. The cozy lobby and Atrium Cafe are also the perfect places to relax and have a drink, a coffee or a tea.

Taleon Imperial
Taleon Imperial
Taleon Imperial
Taleon Imperial
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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