This five-day tour of Russia’s two capitals will give you a taste of two most important cities in Russia. Tour the cultural and historic riches of St. Petersburg, which was the Russian capital for two centuries, including the legendary Hermitage Museum in the old Winter Palace of the Tsars. Then continue on to Moscow, the present capital and a less 'European', more 'Russian' place, home to some of Russia's most famous attractions, including Red Square, the Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral.


  • Admire one of the world's finest art collections in the Hermitage
  • Check out the grand Stalinist architecture in Moscow
  • Take an unforgettable tour of the Moscow Kremlin, a seat of power and grandeur
  • Enjoy a combination of guided tours and free time in both cities

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg
Day 2 St. Petersburg Grand Tour St. Petersburg
Day 3 Free Time in St. Petersburg - Train to Moscow Moscow
Day 4 Moscow City Tour Moscow
Day 5 Moscow Sightseeing and Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in St. Petersburg

Bank bridge
Bank Bridge

Welcome to St. Petersburg! After arriving at the airport and checking into your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to do some preliminary exploring before your tour starts in earnest tomorrow.

Day 2: St. Petersburg Grand Tour

Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Petersburg is Russia’s magnificent, history-haunted, legendary, and stunningly beautiful northern capital. You’ll find the mood here much different from Moscow. St. Petersburg represents Russia’s European side, with art and architecture inspired by classical motifs far more than traditional Russian ones. Yet, St. Petersburg is also a very Russian city. Home of the Tsars, cradle of the 1917 Revolution, the city of the Siege, and the hometown of Putin, St. Petersburg has so many rich stories to tell.

Your tour of St. Petersburg includes the highlights of Senate Square, St. Isaac's Square, Palace Square, Nevski Prospekt, and the Smolny Institute. Further explore the Peter and Paul Fortress, an early 18th-century fort and where the city was founded. It's where many Tsars are buried, and the location of the prison where many of the Tsars' enemies languished.

After lunch, visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums. It's housed partly in the old Winter Palace, the St. Petersburg home of the Tsars. The building is as much of an attraction as the art on display.

Day 3: Free Time in St. Petersburg - Train to Moscow

Canals of St. Petersburg

Today you'll have some free time to explore St. Petersburg, perhaps returning to places that intrigued you yesterday, or visiting other places that spark your interest.

In the evening, take a Sapsan express train to Moscow. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Day 4: Moscow City Tour

The Kremlin

Start with a general tour of Moscow, taking in some of its best-known streets and sites along the way. You’ll have a chance to see the so-called Stalin Sisters, built to compete with New York’s skyscrapers. See the Triumphal Arch and the Church of Christ the Savior, before heading to New Maidens Convent, Sparrow Hills, and Moscow State University. You’ll have time to explore some of these sites, as well as to take pictures.

Moscow is an enormous city and on this tour you'll just scratch the surface. After lunch, spend more time touring on your own, digging deeper into the places and attractions that interest you most. Prepare to be surprised and beguiled by Moscow.

Day 5: Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and departure from Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral

Saving the best for last, today it's time to tour the blockbuster sites of Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin. A highlight will be the afternoon tour of the Kremlin, Moscow's icon of power, beauty, and majesty. It’s one of the world’s very few medieval fortresses still functioning in its original intended purpose as a center of government, a seat of religious authority, a military base, and an expression of raw power.

After lunch, transfer to the airport to catch a flight home.


Map of Highlights of Russia's Two Capitals: St. Petersburg & Moscow - 5 Days
Map of Highlights of Russia's Two Capitals: St. Petersburg & Moscow - 5 Days