From Moscow to St. Petersburg by bus via Veliky Novgorod and Tver

8-day tour for pre-formed tourist groups of minimum 10 participants

Moscow, Tver, Veliky Novgorod, St. Petersburg

This is a classic tour visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg but with a bus connection between the two Russian capitals that will allow you to visit Veliky Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia and the capital of the most influential principality in the Middle Ages. We will also make a stop to another ancient Russian city, Tver.

 

 Upon request we can also book flights from your country to St. Petersburg at group rates,

This program can be edited and adapted to any of your requests,

→  Minimum number of participants is 10 people.


To receive a quote, please fill out the form above or send us an e-mail at info@incoming-russia.eu. Please provide us with the necessary information about your group, your wishes, and requirements and we will tailor a program exclusively for you.

 

Special rates are available for travel agencies and tour operators. 


Travel Program

Day 1    Moscow

Dinner in the hotel

Arrive in Moscow. Meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

 

Day 2    Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

 morning: Moscow city tour. Sightseeing with the guide, main tourist attractions: Red Square with Saint Basil's Cathedral, fortified walls and towers of the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the GUM Department Store, elegant Tverskaya Street, Teatralnaya Square, the Bolshoi Theater, Lubyanka - the headquarters of the former KGB, and Sparrow Hills adjacent to Moscow State University with a spectacular view of the city. Cathedral of Christ the Savior rebuilt in the 1990s with extensive use of marble and gold. Considered to be the most significant religious structure in Russia - home to the main Orthodox Church ceremonies.

 afternoon: The Moscow Kremlin and Cathedrals. Excursion inside the Kremlin - the center of political, religious and cultural life of Russia. Visit 3 main cathedrals inside the Kremlin territory.

 

Day 3    Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

 morning: Sergiev Posad and Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius tour. Tour with a guide to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in the town of Sergiev Posad (60 km from Moscow) - the spiritual center of Orthodox Russia. The area holds many splendid churches built in the 15th century - masterpieces of Russian Orthodox architecture.

 afternoon: Arbat Street and Moscow Metro. Walk along the famous Moscow pedestrian street, Arbat, frequented by Moscow artists and full of craft shops and clubs of all kinds. Guided tour of Moscow Metro’s most impressive stations representing masterpieces of Soviet design and architecture.

 

Day 4    Moscow - Tver - Veliky Novgorod

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

Private transfer from Moscow to Veliky Novgorod by bus with an English-speaking guide. Stop for sightseeing in Tver. On the Volga river, 150 km northwest of Moscow, Tver dates back to the 12th century. After a fire levelled most of the town in 1763, the architect Pyotr Nikitin replanned Tver’s centre on a three-ray system and built his patron, Catherine the Great, a ‘road palace’ to rest in on journeys between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Continue to Veliky Novgorod. Arrival in the evening and check in to the hotel. 

 

Day 5    Veliky Novgorod

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

Veliky Novgorod city tourVeliky Novgorod, whose founding dates back to 854, is one of the most ancient Russian cities. Born as a Scandinavian commercial outpost along the Volkhov River, thanks to the powerful merchant families it developed into the most important Russian city in the Middle Ages, home to a powerful Republic, whose expansion was stopped only in the fifteenth century by the rise of Moscow. In the Middle Ages, Novgorod was one of the largest art centers in Europe. Its architectural traditions and painting school were famous in ancient times. In Novgorod we will visit the Kremlin, which encloses in its fortified walls the magnificent Saint Sophia Cathedral, and the open-air Museum of wooden architecture.

After the city tour private transfer to St. Petersburg by bus with an English-speaking assistant and check in to the hotel. 

 

Day 6    St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

 morning: St. Petersburg city tour. Sightseeing with the guide, main tourist attractions: Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, the Palace Square and the Winter Palace, the Rostral Columns, the Admiralty and Saint Isaak’s Cathedral and Square.

 afternoon: The State Hermitage Museum. Known to be the most complete art collection in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 as a court museum, after 3 centuries of patient collection, the Hermitage boasts works from every art period in total of more than 16,000 paintings.

 

Day 7    St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

morning: Pushkin, Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine Palace and Park. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarskoe Selo ("Tsar Village" in Russian), is considered Saint Petersburg's most charming suburb. In the course of the guided tour we will visit the halls of the Catherine Palace including the world-famous Amber Room and the immense Catherine Park surrounding the residence. 

afternoon: Peter and Paul Fortress. Peter and Paul Fortress is the oldest landmark in the city - founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Architecturally, it is a fortification masterpiece and the kernel from which Saint Petersburg grew into the city it is today. The Tsars of the Russian Imperial Romanov family are buried within a cathedral inside the fortress.

 

Day 8   St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch

Free time. Transfer to the airport (with an English-speaking assistant). Departure. 


Important notes

Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

General information

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