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Explore Russia Visa-Free by Ferry Princess Anastasia from Helsinki: St. Petersburg - Moscow (5 days)

Important info

DURATION: 5 Days
SIZE: Standard
TYPE: Cultural
DEPARTURE TIME:
FOOD/BEVERAGE PROVIDED: None
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
LEAVES FROM: Ship Pier

DAY 1 Helsinki

Departure to St. Petersburg. Ferry Princess Anastasia

Departing from Helsinki, you’ll board the Princess Anastasia ferry bound for St Petersburg.

DAY 2 St. Petersburg

Exploring St. Petersburg.

Visit Peter & Paul’s Fortress. Boat Trip. Departure to Moscow

St Petersburg is known as the Venice of the North so what can be better than seeing the city from its waterways? We’ll travel by boat (during navigation period, otherwise by car) along the River Neva and the city’s many canals past palaces, parks and cathedrals. After your guided city tour around St. Petersburg you will visit Peter & Paul’s Fortress which warrants a closer look. It was built on tiny Hare Island to secure Russia’s position on the River Neva delta during the Great Northern War against the Swedes. Surprisingly, its cannons didn’t actually fire a single shot for over 200 years, springing into life during the 1917 Revolution. Now this fortress-cum-prison has been converted into museums and features a splendid cathedral containing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. In the evening we’ll transfer to the railway station to take the overnight train to Moscow. You can opt to travel in the regular second-class compartment or choose one of the Grand Express’ luxury carriages, more like a hotel on wheels than a train. With showers, sofas, TV and Wi-Fi, you’ll travel in a style fit for a Tsar.

Schedule:
 
  • 08:30 Arrival in St. Petersburg. Passport control. Meeting with your guide / driver in arrival terminal.
  • 10:00 - 16:00 St. Petersburg city tour. Peter and Paul's fortress. Boat trip.
  • 16:00 - 22:30 Free time.
  • 22:30 Transfer to the railway station.
  • 23:40 Departure to Moscow by train. 

DAY 3 Moscow

Highlights of Moscow: Kremlin, Armoury, Red Square. Departure to St. Petersburg

Arrival in Moscow early in the morning. The Russian capital has so much to see that without the help of our guide you’d be wondering where to start. Our guided city tour takes us to Lubyanka Square, the world-famous KGB centre of the Soviet epoch, and the Teatralnaya Square where the famous Bolshoi Theatre is located. On foot, we’ll explore the lanes of the centre city before reaching Red Square. Its world-renowned sights, including the brightly-painted domes of the 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral, the enormous GUM department store and pretty Kazan Cathedral attract millions of tourists each year. We’ll pay a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum (note: no visit to the Mausoleum is possible for tours with departures on Wednesdays) where the great leader’s body is embalmed and step inside the imposing walls of the Kremlin and admire the golden-domed churches in Cathedral Square, where Moscow’s roads once converged. Inside the Armoury, you’ll find the Kremlin’s weaponry as well as treasures including the exquisite Faberge eggs and delicate pieces made from gold, silver and precious gems. We’ll also have time to take a look at the Moscow Underground. One of the masterpieces of the Soviet era, this is no ordinary public transport system with its lavish interiors featuring marble, stained glass, mosaics and beautiful sculptures. Later we’ll transfer to the railway station for our Grand Express train back to St Petersburg arriving in the morning.

Schedule:

  • 08:14 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.
  • 09:00 - 17:00 City tour, Red Square, Kremlin and the Armoury, Moscow underground guided tours.
  • 17:00 - 22:30 Free time.
  • 22:30 Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the railway station. 
  • 23:40 Departure to St. Petersburg by train.
DAY 4 St. Petersburg

Catherine Palace & Amber Room. Hermitage Museum. Departure to Helsinki

Today we will drive to one of the major architectural treasures of Royal St. Petersburg, Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. Its Alexander Palace was where the Tsars once lived, but we’ll focus our attention on the sumptuous Catherine Palace. The star of the show at this divine Baroque palace is without doubt the Amber Room, now restored to its former glory. No visit to St Petersburg would be considered complete without a visit to the Hermitage Museum. This world-class art museum is housed in the Winter Palace which was once a residence of the Tsars. Today over three million works of art are waiting for your attention, featuring all the big names: Picasso, Gauguin, Da Vinci, Raphael and more. You’ll be sorry you have to leave, but it’s time to return to the port where the Princess Anastasia ferry awaits to return you to the Finnish capital.

Schedule:

  • 08:35 Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting with your guide / driver. Breakfast at cafe.
  • 09:30 - 17:00 Tsarskoe Selo. Hermitage Museum.
  • 17:30 Transfer to the port.

DAY 5 Helsinki

Upon request we can arrange tours and accommodation in Helsinki, please enquire.

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation
  • Ferry cabin
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Train travel (overnight)
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Hotel and railway transfers
  • Port fees

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and services
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfers in Helsinki
CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL PACKAGE:

Сabin A package
This two single bed cabin with two additional foldable beds can accommodate up to four people. The cabin has a large window and is equipped with en-suite facilities and air-conditioning.

 

Сabin B package
This interior cabin provides accommodation for up to four people; there are two single lower beds and two foldable upper ones. The cabin is equipped with en-suite facilities and air-conditioning.

 

Сabin Commodore package
This cabin provides a double bed or two single beds as well as a small lounge area with two armchairs, LCD TV and a mini-bar (included in the price). Cabin amenities include air-conditioning, en-suite facilities, and hair-dryer.

Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
Tverskaya Street is a central Moscow street as well as one of the oldest ones. According to certain historical data, Tverskaya Street already existed in the 12th century. Russian Monarchs entered Moscow through this street. It is hard to believe today but Moscow started where Tverskaya Street did. Moscow’s best buildings, hotels, and shops were built here. Tverskaya Street is one of Moscow’s most expensive trade streets. It is also a ... Read more
The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It is one of the leading ballet and opera companies in the world. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow's main sights, was opened on... Read more
The Armoury Chamber - a treasure-house, it is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex, and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The Armoury Cha... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
The Cathedral square came into being as early as the C14th, when the first stone churches were built here. At its northern end the square is framed by the massive golden dome of Assumption Cathedral, almost filling one end of the square. The space under its huge portal is filled by the image of the Holy Virgin surround by Archangels. Adjacent to Assumption Cathedral are the Patriarch's Chambers, with their pedestrian arches and Church of The... Read more
Moscow : GUM
The GUM shopping mall is a landmark in Moscow's Red Square. It occupies the majority of the historic square's east side with a facade stretching the length of two and a half football fields. The Gum (pronounced as 'goom') department store was built over a hundred years ago and is a testament to the expertise of late nineteenth century Russian architecture. With the looks of a royal palace this mall is a fitting addition to the numerous gems surro... Read more
Kazan Cathedral Russian: Казанский собор, formally known as the "Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan", is a Russian Orthodox church located on the northeast corner of Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The current building is a reconstruction of the original church, which was destroyed at the direction of then General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, in 1936. Read more
The name is first mentioned in 1480, when Ivan III settled many Novgorodians in the area.They built the church of St Sophia, modelled after St Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, and called the area Lubyanka after the Lubyanitsy district of their native city. Read more
This elegant square is named Theater Square because three of the surrounding buildings are theaters and several others are located nearby. Until the 19th century this was Petrovskaya Square, since Petrovka Street traversed it and the Royal Peter Theater sat on the site of the Bolshoi Theater. Briefly, it was known as Tsvetochnaya (Florist) Square, because the flower sellers did a roaring trade here. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... Read more
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... Read more
Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Yusupov Palace
The spectacular Yusupov Palace on the Moyka River has some of best 19th-century interiors in the city, in addition to a fascinating history. Five generations of elite aristocratic dynasty Yusupov were the owners of the palace on the Moika from in St. Petersburg from 1830 to 1917. It was famous not only by its architectural design, but also by the frequent and sumptuous receptions, including dances and masquerades. The palace's last owner was the ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Amber room
The Amber Room is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg. Often hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world," it is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. When Peter the Great met Frederick William I in November 1716 to mark the conclusion of an alliance between Russia and Prussia, the King gave the Emperor gifts that included the Amber Study. Peter wrote at the time to Empress ... Read more
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Faberge Museum
The astonishing Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds the largest collection of fabulous Faberge eggs. The core of the museum's collection, Imperial Easter eggs were created for the last two Russian Tsars. There are a galaxy of other items made by Faberge, as well as his contemporaries. The museum also holds decorative applied and fine arts, including amazing gold and silver items, painti... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Griboedov canal
This is a narrow and twisting canal flowing through the very centre of St. Petersburg, between - and for most of its length parallel to - the Fontanka and Moyka Rivers. Although the canal is less than six kilometers in length, it is traversed by more than 21 bridges, many of them pedestrian. Only Obvodny Canal, with its 24 bridges, has more. The canal's embankment is five kilometers long and gives a broad panorama of St. Petersburg arch... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more
Explore : Moscow
Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous. Moscow has been one of the world's ballet capitals for almost two centuries. It is home to the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century and based at the Bolshoi Theatre. It is called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a ... Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more
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