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Russia by Train

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The one that makes tracks from St Petersburg to Moscow, taking an overnight train to save precious travel time

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  • Duration

    7 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style


  • Group Size

    Maximum 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

St. Petersburg, Overnight Train, Moscow

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About this trip

This week in Russia swings you from the elegant city of St Petersburg to the intriguing capital of Moscow, with plenty of cultural experiences to sink your teeth into, including locally guided historical tours, ballet, canal cruises, and cooking classes. The best bit? Your mode of transport from St Petersburg to Moscow is a comfy overnight train, so you won't waste a single second of precious travel time.

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Map & Itinerary

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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    St. Petersburg

  2. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train

  3. 3 3 nights


DAY 1 - Arrive St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Our first stop on the Russian map is the elegant and very cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg. Meet up with your Contiki Squad, before the chance to dive in head first to sightseeing and figuring out what this gilded city has to offer. Built by the Italians, this city is a unique blend of Europe and Russia, unfathomably grand & adorned by pretty canals - which you can opt to explore tonight for the best view of the city's palaces, lit up in the night's sky.


Art Deco Nevsky (or similar)


  • Take in this city's stunning architecture from the water with a boat cruise

    EUR 17.00

DAY 2 - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Today we'll take a locally guided city tour to see the Hermitage and more. There is a feast of cultural options to sink our teeth into today, including a Russian ballet, an authentic cooking class and a tour of the Peter & Paul fortress. The options are all very appealing and the choices are all yours.


Art Deco Nevsky (or similar)


  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage, the 2nd largest art museum in the world


  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg

    EUR 80.00

  • Learn the secrets of cooking Russian cuisine & eat your creations

  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg

    EUR 13.00

DAY 3 - St. Petersburg to Overnight Train

St. Petersburg

For our final day in St Petersburg we have more cultural FTAs to decide between, including learning how to paint Matryoshka (Russian Dolls) and indulging in a traditional Russian feast including local music and dancers.

Overnight Train

Then, we'll head aboard our accommodation for the night: a comfy overnight train that will swing us to our next spectacular destination without wasting any precious travel time...


Overnight Train


  • Use your imagination and Paint your very own Matryoshka doll to create a truly unique masterpiece

    EUR 32.00

  • Russian Folklore Evening

    EUR 26.00

DAY 4 - Overnight Train to Moscow

Overnight Train


Open your eyes! See the famous spires? That's right, we're in Moscow! Diving right in is the way to do it, so we'll start off with a locally guided city tour of all the sights, including one of the country's most colourful and quirky buildings St Basil's Cathedral. After learning more about the city's rich history, we'll have some free time to do our own thing, before regrouping with a delicious included dinner.


Aerostar Hotel (or similar)


  • Locally guided city tour of Moscow including Red Square, the Kremlin, Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral

DAY 5 - Moscow


We've got a full day in Moscow to enjoy, with plenty of optional add-ons to build the day we want. But first, an included guided tour of the kremlin is a no brainer, as we learn about the colourful history of this opulent building. Then, the choice is yours, history buffs should head to Bunker 42 or take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury where you can view the Romanov's collection of Faberge Eggs, carriages, clothes and jewels. Culture vultures should explore the local restaurants and cafes, then tonight we'll regroup to check out some of Moscow's nightlife.


Aerostar Hotel (or similar)


  • Locally guided city tour of Moscow including Red Square, the Kremlin, Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral


  • Head underground to visit a secret cold war fortress once code named “Bunker-42”

    EUR 29.00

  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia

    EUR 34.00

DAY 6 - Moscow


After the London Underground, Moscow Metro is probably one of the best known, especially for it's amazing architecture. Get up close with our local guide, uncovering the fascinating communist artworks that make it what it is today. The city keeps on giving today with some free time to roam, before an optional Russian Evening feast, eating with local Russian families in their homes.


Aerostar Hotel (or similar)


  • Tour Moscow's historical communist-era Metro, now also a living art gallery

    EUR 10.00

  • Eat some traditional Russian recipes in the homes of locals in Moscow

    EUR 52.00

DAY 7 - Depart Moscow


Our trip finishes after breakfast today but Russia will live on in our memories for years to come. Swap contact details and start planning your next adventure!

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Where You'll Stay

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    5 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train

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