Moscow & St. Petersburg - Tolstoy's War & Peace

From $3,649
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Oct 2020 - Sep 2021
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From $3,649
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Oct 2020 - Sep 2021
Tour Overview

​Explore iconic sites in Moscow and St Petersburg, and get an insight into the opulent lives of Russian aristocracy on this intriguing tour. Tolstoy's epic novel 'War and Peace' is brought to life as you discover the writer's former home and visit the iconic sights of Russia.

  • Leisurely Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host​ & Specialist Local Guide
  • 7 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels
  • 12 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included.
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Moscow city tour
  • Visit the Kremlin & Armoury Museum
  • The Museum of Patriotic War of 1812
  • Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate in Khamovniki
  • High-speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • St Petersburg tour
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peter & Paul Fortress​
  • Vodka-tasting with pancakes and red caviar in the Russian Vodka Museum
  • Fabergé Museum
  • Afternoon tea with a Russian ballet dancer
  • Catherine's Palace & Gardens​


Day 1 Moscow

Make your own way to Moscow, where we'll meet you at the airport for your free scheduled group transfer. Alternatively, we can book you a private transfer or you can make your own arrangements. Your Tour Manager will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting that afternoon.​

Meals included: D

Day 2 The Kremlin & Armoury Museum

​After breakfast, we'll enjoy a tour of Moscow, a city which boasts incredible architecture and a fascinating history. In the afternoon, our included excursion takes us to The Kremlin, a fortress which was a potent symbol of two mighty imperial cultures – medieval Muscovy and the Soviet Union. Admire some of the magnificent cathedrals and palaces here before a tour of the Armoury Museum. Contained within the walls of the citadel, the collection here fills nine halls and includes exquisite jewellery, armour, weaponry, imperial clothing and many other treasures.​

Meals included: B

Day 3 The Museum of Patriotic War of 1812

Today, we'll visit The Museum of Patriotic War of 1812, located in the very centre of Moscow just a few steps away from the Red Square. It is housed in a beautiful 19th century red-brick building which was originally Moscow's City Hall and then became the State Lenin Museum during the Soviet period. The exhibition contains a fascinating collection weapons, uniforms, documents and works of art relating to the War of 1812, including rooms dedicated to the Battle of Borodino and Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.
Our explorations continue this afternoon as we head to Khamovniki to visit the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate, one of Russia's oldest literary museums. The writer lived in this house from 1882 to 1901, penning many famous works here. We'll also see the salon where Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov played piano.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Moscow - St Petersburg

​This morning we board the Sapsan fast train for the four-hour journey to St Petersburg, where we'll stay for the next four nights in a 5-star hotel housed in the former Eliseev Palace, in the heart of the city.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 St Petersburg

​St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, was the capital of Russia until the October Revolution in 1917, and is an exciting mix of historical and modern. On our city tour, we'll discover some of its spectacular buildings including the Peter and Paul Fortress, the historic core of the city. The cathedral is the resting place of all Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
An afternoon visit to the Russian Vodka Museum tells us all we need to know about how Russia's favourite spirit has been produced and consumed over the centuries. After our tour, we'll taste the country's national drink in style - with pancakes and red caviar​!

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Fabergé Museum & Hermitage

We'll start today with a visit to the Fabergé Museum, which is dedicated to the creator of the famous and beautifully ornate Fabergé eggs. Next, we'll enjoy a tour of the State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful showcase of wealth, art and culture. We'll round of this day of discovery at one of St Petersburg's renowned theatres, where we'll enjoy an afternoon tea experience with a Russian ballet dancer.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Catherine Palace

​Today, we'll visit the magnificent Catherine Palace in Pushkin. As we explore the palace and gardens we'll get a glimpse of the Russian high life and an insight into the imperial history of this incredible country.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore St Petersburg further in the company of your travelling companions. This evening, we'll gather at a restaurant for a farewell dinner​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see​

Meals included: B


Golden Ring Hotel

Conveniently nestled in the heart of Moscow and close to the metro station for exploring the fascinating capital of Russia. The hotel is set inside a modern building with stately décor and features a panoramic rooftop restaurant and winter garden. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, patisserie and fitness centre. Guest rooms feature private facilities, safe and minibar, TV and hairdryer.

Hotel Taleon Imperial

The Taleon Imperial Hotel is housed in the former Eliseev Palace, in the heart of historic St Petersburg. Taleon Imperial Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso. In year 2011 the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named the Taleon Imperial Hotel among 100 best hotels in the world.

Facilities here include a choice of fine-dining restaurants, café, bar and a luxury spa with gym, saunas and swimming Pool. Elegant guest rooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer, mini-bar.