Survey of Moscow and St. Petersburg

A compact and compelling survey of Russia’s political capital, Moscow, and its cultural capital, St. Petersburg, this tour communicates the character of Western Russia in a succinct and meaningful series of experiences. Begin in Moscow, admiring the classic sights and the Tretyakov Gallery, and take the high-speed train to St. Petersburg to survey Peter the Great’s visionary city and the royal palaces on its outskirts.

7 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Flexible Essential:
    Moscow to St. Petersburg

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Walk the bricks of fabled Red Square
    Wander the brick-paved expanse of historic UNESCO-listed Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s fanciful onion domes....
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  • Tour the fabulous Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art
    Tour the fabulous Tretyakov Gallery, where you can trace the history and trajectory of Russian art from the 11th century to the present day....
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  • Cool off by the array of glistening, gilded fountains and cascades at Peterhof
    Discover the array of glistening, gilded and sculpted gravity-fed fountains and cascades at Peter the Great’s summer palace...
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  • Tour the celebrated Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace
    Marvel at the luminous amber panels on the walls of the fully restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Moscow

Begin in Moscow, Russia’s flourishing capital city. Recognize the simple beauty of Red Square, framed by the elaborate cupolas of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the red brick Kremlin wall. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery and the Armory Museum, housing Russian treasures.


  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour of the Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
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Days 4-7: St. Petersburg

Board the high-speed train, itself a quintessential Russian experience, on its way to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s imperial capital. At Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof, admire the glistening marble and granite fountains that adorn the Lower Park. Immerse yourself in the opulence of Catherine’s Palace and Pavlovsk. Wander the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s great museums, a feast of celebrated artwork, antiquities and historical artifacts. Just off Nevsky Prospekt, discover the magnificent blue and gold cupolas of the Church of the Savior on the Blood.


  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Peter and Paul Fortress, the earliest structure in St. Petersburg
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 7 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $3,150
  • Single Supplement $525

2020 Dates

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  • $3,150
  • Min 2 Travelers

Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in three-star hotels. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • 6 breakfasts and 1 lunch, per the itinerary. Other lunches and dinners are left independent to allow for independent exploration.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party), and by high-speed day train, Moscow-St. Petersburg.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Evening cultural performances per the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Russia or to neighboring countries like the Baltics, Poland, and Ukraine. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the planned hotels are very comfortable three star properties, please keep in mind that some aspects of the tourism infrastructure in Russia are not up to the standards North American travelers expect. Services are improving in the region; however you may encounter problems with bureaucratic service, road conditions and availability and quality of public restrooms.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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