9 Day Classic Russia

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

For the May 3 departure, visit to The Kremlin will be substituted with Moscow Novodevichy Convent, due to Victory Day.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days, and a four and a half hour high speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Moscow, St. Petersburg-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • High Speed Train Standard Class
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Moscow
    • 4 nights St. Petersburg
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the astonishing Armory Museum with its Imperial Russian treasures including the extraordinary jeweled Faberge Eggs
  • Travel to the Tretyakovsky State Gallery, known for its finest collection of Russian art and one of the greatest art museums in the world
  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress in glorious St. Petersburg, housing the crypts of many Russian Czars
  • An extraordinary visit to the renowned Hermitage Museum, housing the largest and richest collection of Western art
  • Tour the opulent 19th century Yusupov Palace, once home of one of the wealthiest and most distinguished noble families in St. Petersburg

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days, and a four and a half hour high speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps.

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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Russia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, fabled capital of Russia; transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and relax, or begin your independent discovery of this cosmopolitan city. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey that awaits you in Russia, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. A champagne toast celebrates your arrival in Moscow
Overnight: Moscow
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - The Kremlin, Armory Museum, Arbat Center
Today's exploration of Moscow, the symbolic heart, and soul of Russia, begins at the massive red walls of the Kremlin, a former residence of Russian Czars. View Czar Cannon, the 16th-century Czar Bell and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals, enter one of them to admire the ornate interior and beautiful icons. Visit the astonishing Armory Museum with its Imperial Russian treasures including royal crowns, embossed carriages, and the extraordinary jeweled Faberge Eggs. Then, stroll through the lovely Alexander Gardens with its obelisk dedicated to the Romanovs and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. On to historic Red Square, dominated by Lenin's Tomb and colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the world's most magnificent Russian Orthodox structures. Pass the State History Museum en route to GUM, a store that could easily be confused with a palace. Here, time to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. Continue via the imposing Christ the Savior Cathedral on the northern bank of the Moskva River and the striking red and white baroque Novodevichy Convent. Afterward, on to Arbat Street, the humming artisan center of the city with time to explore or just sip Russian tea at an outdoor café. This evening, perhaps join the crowds at lively Tverskaya Street or visit the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see panoramic views of the illuminated city
Overnight: Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Tretyakovsky State Gallery
This morning, visit the Tretyakovsky State Gallery, known for its finest collection of Russian art and one of the greatest art museums in the world. The Gallery was founded in 1856 by a Moscow merchant and patron of the arts Pavel Tretyakov, to display works of Russian artists. The collection contains more than 150,000 works of art, from the 10th to the end of the 19th century. View exquisite Russian icons, paintings, and sculptures, including works by Brullov, Kiprensky, Karavak, Fedotov, Repin and many others. Lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure for individual pursuits. In the evening, become a "Moscovite" on this optional Metro & Moscow by night tour, when you ride a few stops on the unique subway, with its lavishly decorated stations in marble, mosaics, chandeliers, and statues. Enjoy the glitter of the city's lights before returning to the hotel
Optional: Metro & Moscow by Night (PM)
Overnight: Moscow
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - High Speed Train to St. Petersburg
At Moscow's railway station, board the high speed train that takes you to St. Petersburg, arriving in the afternoon. Your first sight of this glorious city, former capital of the Romanov Czars, will indeed be memorable. On the way from the railway station join your fellow travelers at the "Welcome to St. Petersburg" Dinner held at a popular restaurant near the Mariinsky Theater. Feast on traditional Russian borscht, fresh-baked cakes, legendary chicken kiev and other Russian favorites, topped off by a traditional shot of vodka
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Tour of St. Petersburg, the "Venice of the North"
There are few cities that can match the grace and beauty of St. Petersburg, considered by many to be one of the world's grandest cities. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe's best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate the city. Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges, it is known as the "Venice of the North". Your daylong tour begins with a drive past monumental St. Isaac's Cathedral, whose construction took more than 40 years, and the magnificent neoclassical Mariinsky Palace. Drive along the Neva embankment to view the imposing Bronze Horseman the famous monument to Peter the Great, the Admiralty, Palace Square and the remarkable Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, housing the crypts of several Russian Czars before driving past the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture and St. Michael's Castle, with its mysterious past. End the day with a drive along Nevsky Prospect, the main avenue of the city adorned with beautiful buildings, decorated squares, and ornate bridges. Evening on your own to dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food - be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite. Tonight, don't miss the optional Russian Folklore Evening, one of the best folklore programs in St. Petersburg including dances, songs, instruments and costumes from all over Russia along with canapes and champagne during intermission.
Optional: Russian Folklore Evening (PM)
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Tour the Hermitage Museum
An exciting and inspiring day. You'll be dazzled on the visit to the renowned Hermitage Museum, housing the largest and richest collection of Western art. Originally the personal gallery of Catherine the Great, the vast assemblage of art spans six buildings including the Winter Palace. Astounding priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, da Vinci, Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more are displayed amid the fittingly opulent architectural design of the museum. As the collection is housed in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace, you'll also see some of the historic rooms where Russian royalty once lived. Linger at the museum, spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own, or participate in the optional* tour to Catherine's Palace at Pushkin, the splendid country palace of the Czars nestled in a beautiful park setting. This royal palace, with its magnificent blend of architecture and sumptuous furnishings, is distinguished by its priceless Amber Room. Then, join the optional* cruise that takes you on the city's rivers and canals offering panoramic views of sparkling St. Petersburg at night**
If booking both Catherine Palace & Cruise on the Rivers and Canals optional tours, please keep in mind that you may have limited time in between for dinner
**The optional Cruise on the Rivers and Canals (PM) will not operate on Apr 7, Apr 14 & Apr 21 departures
Optional: Catherine's Palace at Pushkin (PM)
Optional: Cruise on the Rivers and Canals (PM)
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Yusupov Palace, Farewell Dinner
Enjoy the morning at leisure or join the optional tour to Peterhof* (formerly called Petrodvorets), the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great with its gorgeous landscaped grounds and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland, referred to as the "Russian Versailles". In the afternoon, visit the Yusupov Palace, once the home of one of the wealthiest and most distinguished noble families in the 19th century. The opulent and exquisitely decorated interior has been totally recreated and now functions as a museum, a theater and the St. Petersburg Palace of Culture. This palace rivals those owned by the Romanovs, with a history that is just as mysterious. Time on your own for independent explorations. On your last night in Russia, share wonderful memories of your journey at the Farewell Dinner at a classical Russian restaurant
*Please note: The optional Peterhof Tour (AM) will not operate on Mar 30, Apr 7, Apr 14 & Apr 21 departures
Optional: Peterhof Tour (AM)
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Metro & Red Square by Night

No visit of Moscow is complete without a tour of its elegant Subway Stations! We will show you some of the most beautiful stations decorated with marble, brightly colored stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers. Later stroll in Red Square, passing the tomb of Lenin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Departs at 8:30 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $41.00
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Russian Folklore Evening

A chance to attend one of the best Russian Folklore programs in St. Petersburg. The show includes dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia, during the intermission canapés, Russian champagne and vodka are sampled. Memorable experience!

Departs at 8:15 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1.45 hours.

Day #6 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $87.00
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Catherine Palace

In the little town of Pushkin, the home of Russia’s last czar, is a magnificent Palace. It was the favorite palace of Catherine the Great, and our guided tour shows us this restored palace at its most glittering and golden best.

Departs at 2:00 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $71.00
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Evening Canal Cruise

An evening cruise through the canals and River Neva transforms the city into a magical place that has inspired generations of artists. You will be offered champagne, caviar and vodka on board. Enjoy the sights of this classical city from a different perspective.

Departs at 8:30 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #7 01 May 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $71.00
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Peterhof Tour

The former summer Residence of Czar Peter the Great was his Russian recreation of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, extensive gardens, terraces of gilded statues and fountain cascades on the Gulf of Finland. Relax and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of these baroque gardens and palaces on your visit.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $71.00
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13 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2018
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My trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our tour guide, Angelina, couldn’t have been more helpful, efficient and pleasant. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate her a 15!!

Sharon S. New Milford, CT
13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg, May 2018
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It was fantastic. We had a wonderful Gate 1 tour manager, Victoria. We didn't have high expectations regarding the ship but it turned out good. Russia is a beautiful country and we were glad to have gone.

Susan S. San Francisco, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, May 2018
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We had a great trip. It was well organized and offered great options. Galena is fantastic, an excellent historian and a delight. I recommend it highly to my associates.

Guy G. El Dorado Hills, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2018
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Everything about this trip was magical. Gate 1 has never disappointed and this 9 Day Classic Russia trip was no exception. Our Tour Guide Galina was one of the most professional, the most knowledgeable guide of any guided tour I have ever taken with ANY company. She is a real gem. She can tell you about every incident, every painting, what took place in every particular room of any palace or museum we visited. Just a pleasure to travel with Gate 1 once again. I look forward to my next trip...You have a loyal customer in me and I have sent friends your way too.

Abby G. Pembroke Pines, FL
9 Day Classic Russia, October 2017
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It was absolutely fabulous! Galina is an exceptionally educated and organized tour guide. I loved the hotels and there locations. The itinerary and optional tours permitted me to explore the many wonders of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Linda Gale D. Laguna Woods, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2017
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Absolutely amazing. The reason was our guide (Ms Galina) at Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Kaushik J. Valrico, FL
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2017
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All I can say is that this was our second Gate 1 trip and there will definitely be a third. Once again, your company has exceeded my expectations!! Galina was unbelievable!! Nothing short of perfection. Thank you for a fabulous Russian family vacation.

Carla P. Jupiter, FL
9 Day Classic Russia, March 2017
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Super! And I will be traveling with Gate 1 again! Galina made the trip to Russia very special!

David C. Gainesville, FL
9 Day Classic Russia, September 2016
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My trip to Russia was everything I had hoped it would be. The sites and tours were wonderful, the hotels first class and the arrangements were perfect. We had and excellent tour manger and thoroughly explored both Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I lam looking forward to my next (6th) Gate 1 adventure!

Kevin S. Phoenix, AZ
9 Day Classic Russia, September 2016
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It was wonderful! We were very fortunate to have Galina taking care of us. She lead us into the Armoury, the Hermitage, the Peterhof ahead of other tour groups so we could take advantage of a much less crowded room. She taught us the history of Russia. Everyone responded to her question: "What did tsar Alexander II do?" "He sold Alaska to the U. S." The restaurants she took us all offered delicious food. She also told us where to get an easy and cheap bite when we were on our own. The exploration of the Metro stations in Moscow was another plus. Most importantly, she made a large group like us traveling by high speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in a very orderly manner. This takes organization skills and years of experience. We would definitely continue booking other trips with Gate 1. And highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in going to Russia.

Chu Ying N. Los Altos, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, August 2016
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Superb! The tour director Ms. Galina is very professional! The hotels were clean & the breakfast were enormous!!! I'd recommend this tour to my family & friends!

Irawaty B. Springfield, VA
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2016
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What a fabulous trip to Russia! It exceeded all our expectations!. Galina, the guide, is a wealth of knowledge and fun! The hotels were centrally located and the group was great! Many thanks for all your help in making this trip happen.

George W. Rye Brook, NY
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2016
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The trip was excellent. My husband and I had a wonderful time. Everything went as scheduled. Our tour guide, Galina, did an amazing job. She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to her group. We were all amazed at her energy and thoroughness. She even got up at 3:00AM on our departure morning to ensure that my husband and I had a box lunch and that we left on time for the airport. Galina was great. Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, were very, very interesting. Unique and beautiful in their own way.

Lydia T. Brick, NJ
9 Day Classic Russia, May 2016
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The trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg was so much fun, and we learned so much about Russia. We used our time there well, and were able to see so many important sites. Our guide, Galina, was exceptional. She knew exactly what time to be where, how much time to allow at each place, and prepared us with background of what we were going to see. Our accommodations were luxurious, the best I've had in any European location. I highly recommend this trip.

Dianna H. Kenosha, WI
9 Day Classic Russia, May 2016
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Russia was a wonderful surprise. Gate 1, not so much of a surprise. since you guys are always great !!! Super hotels with great locations. Galina, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and nice. She even sang for us on the bus and treated us with what she called "surprises". (ice cream, donuts...) I didn't know what to expect from this trip, other than being interesting. It was a lot more than that. Incredibly beautiful sights, so much history and art, plus the experience of the Liberation celebration. (also, perfect weather!). Our group was small, which I though was so much better that a full bus. Another plus for me, was the fact that we stayed more than just one night in a hotel, without having to pack and unpack every day. I would love to fine another tour in the future that spends several days in just a couple of cities. I came home tired, sore, with a cold and very happy.

Ana W. Oxon Hill, MD
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2016
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Wonderful.... Best guide that I every had. We lucked out with weather.

Carol R. Celina, TX
9 Day Classic Russia, September 2015
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We just returned from the 9 day tour of Russia which included Moscow to St Petersburg via bullet train. 

Our local tour guide in Moscow, Irina, was excellent.  From the time she met us at the airport until she released us at the train to St Petersburg, her performance was outstanding. She was so professional and knowledgeable and so very personable as we all explored Moscow.  We specifically wanted to visit the Diamond Fund at the Kremlin during our leisure time...she provided every detail to insure a very enjoyable visit.

We cannot say enough about our tour director Galina.  Her extensive Russia knowledge base, her expertise in presenting Russia history, Russia art, Russia leaders, Russia tourist sites, Russia A-Z  made this our "million dollar" tour of Russia. She is a tremendous asset to Gate 1.  We would love to visit Russia again! with Galina!!

Donna S. Gaffney, SC
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2015
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Our trip to Russia was very nice. Everything went so smoothly. Travel guide Galena was amazing. She told us in the first hour when we meet that she would be our "Russian Mother" for the week. She cared for our every need like a good mother would. Her knowledge of the country's history and present day was outstanding. Hotels were very nice. Galena always arranged for us to get into major attractions without waiting in line for long periods.

Thank you Gate 1 for a wonderful trip at a great value.

Judith D. Uncasville, CT
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2015
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It was great ...we were shocked to experience Russia for the first time...it was not what we thought it was. It was actually very progressive and St Petersburg never sleeps, just like New York.

Most of all Gate 1 did a very good job. Your tour director Galina was the best. We have been to 34 countries and we can say Galina tops them all...she was very detailed in giving instructions, cares about the group and most of all she is very knowledgeable of the history of Russia, an expert in Russian history (she said she teaches Russian history).

Thanks for helping us to be able to make this trip.

Osocorro H. Hanover, PA
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2015
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My travel companion and I had a wonderful trip.  There were no glitches whatsoever and we were especially grateful for our outstanding guide, Galina.  We learned so much from her and she expertly avoided crowds and made sure we saw everything important, even in the Hermitage.

We definitely will travel with Gate 1 again.

Lurana S. Ft Lauderdale, FL

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