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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

    Max 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

St. Petersburg, Overnight Train, Moscow

Russia by Train

3 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage (Russia's Vatican art palace)
  • Locally guided tour of Moscow
  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral

11 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Canal Cruise EUR 17.00
  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg EUR 80.00
  • Pelmeni Cooking Class
  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg EUR 13.00
  • Matryoshka Painting EUR 32.00
  • Russian Folklore Evening EUR 26.00
  • Moscows Bunker 42 EUR 29.00
  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia EUR 34.00
  • 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
  • Statue Park EUR 10.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    5 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train

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

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

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 tour of Moscow

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)


  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, the Kremlin & see 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

  • Guided tour of the Statue Park

    EUR 10.00

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at

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