Russia Highlights

7 days from $2,191 per person*
  • With expert guide, visit the UNESCO listed Novodevichy Convent.
  • Discover Moscow's Kremlin with private guide.
  • Explore decadent St. Petersburg with private guide, living monument to Peter the Great.
  • Take in some of the 600,000 pieces of art at the Hermitage Museum.
  • Featuring private transfers and an expert selection of premium hotels.
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Like the nesting dolls they've made famous, Russia is not what it seems on the surface. You must open it and search, going deeper and deeper to find the truth, and when you find it, you'll be delighted as a child.

Visit the Land of the czars, of Lenin and Stalin, of artists and dissidents, and of vodka and caviar. Discover the history, art and culture of mysterious Russia as you experience its flagship cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with your own private guide. Meander narrow streets and alleys flanked by bohemian art cafes and novelty shops, tour top-notch exhibits, royal palaces and age-old cathedrals. In the evenings, relax in stylish 4-star accommodations.

Experience a private guided tour of the Kremlin and the cathedrals of Moscow. You'll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Novodevichy Monastery, witness to five centuries of history. Transfer to St. Petersburg on a high speed Sapsan train. In St. Petersburg, drive with your guide along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Explore the Hermitage Museum, St. Peter and St. Paul's fortress, St. Isaac Cathedral, and more.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Invitation Letter For Russian Visa
    • Russia - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Kremlin & Cathedrals (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Moscow to St. Petersburg
    Moscow to St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Novodevichy Monastery with Cemetery (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Moscow - St. Petersburg [High Speed Sapsan Train - 4hrs ] - Business Class
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Peter & Paul's Fortress (5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Hermitage Museum Tour (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Pushkin & Peterhof (7hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/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.

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.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Peter 1 (4*)

Peter 1 Hotel is located in the historical and cultural centre of the city, within walking distance from the Red Square and the Cathedral of Christ of the Saviour. The Big Theatre, State Duma, Manezhnaya Square as well as the State Tretjakov Gallery are some of the major attractions near the property. The hotel is housed in a six-story building and was constructed in the late XIX century. In 2005-2006 the hotel was totally renovated, and today is considered to be a modern hotel of the highest quality, while effortlessly combining its historical vestiges.

Moscow
Moscow
Peter 1 Hotel
Peter 1 Hotel

Day 2: Moscow

Tour the Kremlin, the city's former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury, and the workplace of the Russian President on a private guided tour with an English speaking guide and driver. Among the sights included in the tour are the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock at the Savior Tower – showing the most correct Moscow time, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession, Kazansky Cathedral, and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture. Entrance fees to the Kremlin Walls and Cathedrals are included.

Accommodation: Peter 1 (4*)
Kremlin
Kremlin

Day 3: Moscow - St. Petersburg

Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful Moscow convents, founded at the beginning of 16th century. The complex consists of 15 buildings, surmounted by golden domes. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was part of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I. The architectural ensemble of the convent was formed by the end of 17th century and till now remains one of the best in Russia. For several years, it was even used as a place of imprisonment for disgraced women from noble families. Visit the compound's cemetery, a charming sight, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the twentieth century inner city. Explore how the sculptured gravestones of famous Russian artists, writers, and politicians illustrate the country’s history. Entrance fee is included in the tour price.

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: Petro Palace (4*)

The Petro Palace Hotel is located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, just steps away from the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral and surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes, and the most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms is stylishly furnished, comfortable and fully equipped with modern style amenities, as well as internet access. The hotel's elegant dining room offers classic Russian cuisine in a friendly and atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, all with the comfort and class of the Petro Palace Hotel.

St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Petro Palace Hotel
Petro Palace Hotel

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: Petro Palace (4*)
Peter & Paul's Fortress
Peter & Paul's Fortress

Day 5: 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 and transport is included.

Accommodation: Petro Palace (4*)
Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum

Day 6: 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.

Accommodation: Petro Palace (4*)
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace

Day 7: St. Petersburg

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

Peter 1 (4*): Moscow

Peter 1 Hotel is located in the historical and cultural centre of the city, within walking distance from the Red Square and the Cathedral of Christ of the Saviour. The Big Theatre, State Duma, Manezhnaya Square as well as the State Tretjakov Gallery are some of the major attractions near the property. The hotel is housed in a six-story building and was constructed in the late XIX century. In 2005-2006 the hotel was totally renovated, and today is considered to be a modern hotel of the highest quality, while effortlessly combining its historical vestiges.

Peter 1 Hotel
Peter 1 Hotel

Petro Palace (4*): St. Petersburg

The Petro Palace Hotel is located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, just steps away from the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral and surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes, and the most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms is stylishly furnished, comfortable and fully equipped with modern style amenities, as well as internet access. The hotel's elegant dining room offers classic Russian cuisine in a friendly and atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, all with the comfort and class of the Petro Palace Hotel.

Petro Palace Hotel
Petro Palace Hotel
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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    My trip to Scotland was absolutely wonderful. All the hotels were perfectly located, clean, and had wonderful amenities. The guides were exceptional and really knew Scotland and so much of the history. My Kensington representative, Lynne, was very helpful, very responsive, and was tremendously patient while I made numerous changes to the itinerary. It was a superb experience and one that I will never forget.

  • Ronald D. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Christian was our driver/guide. He was knowledgeable, thorough, caring/considerate and gave of his time greatly.

  • Meghan B. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    My husband and I had the time of our lives in the UK and Ireland! The tours that were set up for us were exactly what we hoped for and more. We learned so much and saw so much! Very impressed! I have already told others about Kensington tours. If you book, you won't be disappointed! Thank you, Kevin!

  • Diana G. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our tour guide in Roma,Francesco, was the best guide we ever had on this and our last trip that was provided by Kensington. Our other guides were also very good, but Francesco was outstanding.

  • Darron J. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our guides were excellent. Noel Clawson in Wales was friendly, knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to be around. Glen Jones for our day with him was also excellent and I would highly recommend a guided tour of London. Much more efficient than the hop on/hop off tour.

  • Edward G. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    All of the guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and conducted themselves in a professional manner. Both Dino Quaas and Andreas Zurner were extremely helpful and added significantly to the tour.

  • Major J. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

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  • Arthur F. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    I loved the vacation.. Your guides were fabulous and you put me into Hotels that were exactly where we wanted to be. Will contact you for our next trip!

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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