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Ultimate Moscow - From Russia with Love

Break Available: Year Round (Recommended April - Sept)
3 Night Break

Price per person: From £1,475

Moscow today is a city that offers the weekend traveller a fascinating insight into Soviet Russia, as well as the opportunity to go into the countryside to visit the impressively beautiful Russian Vatican.

Do not underestimate how hard it is to travel around Moscow and the benefit of a private Moscow guide to ease you way through the red tape, as well as share their wealth of knowledge about the city and its history.

Russias turbulent past will be evocatively brought to life for you, as well as your private guide giving you an insight into current Russian culture.

Highlights

  • Moscow night city private tour
  • Kremlin private tour
  • Visiting the Diamond fund
  • Visit the amazing Moscow Metro with private guide
  • Visit the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad with private guide in the countryside
  • Private Airport transfers
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

Day 1
Fly to Moscow and start your Moscow City Break with a Floodlight private night tour Red Square, St Basils, Cathedral, Kremlin

Day 1
Fly to Moscow and start your Moscow City Break with a Floodlight private night tour Red Square, St Basils, Cathedral, Kremlin

On arrival for your Moscow city break a private driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

After dinner (not included, our recommendation is Café Pushkin for a special occasion and unique insight into “top end” Russian society) experience a night tour of the floodlight city, including Red Square, the Sofiiskaya Embankment with St. Sophia Cathedral, St Basils, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls.

Drive up to the Lenin Hills — the highest place in Moscow for a great view back across the city and the Olympic village – host to the 1980 games

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Day 2
Private tour Kremlin and its Treasures

Day 2
Private tour Kremlin and its Treasures

Continue your unusual short break with the highlight of your Moscow Holiday: a private guided visit around the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex including the armoury, 1 of the 5 cathedrals and the diamond fund. The Armoury Chamber houses the treasures of the Moscow Tsars including  some of the famous Faberge Easter eggs.

The Diamond Fund houses the diamonds, jewellery and precious stones, including Catherine the Greats throne and the huge Orlov and Shah diamonds, the world’s largest cut sapphire (258.8 carats), and the largest gold nugget ever found (36 kg).

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Ballet at the Bolshoi
  • Visit Moscow Distillery
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Ballet at the Bolshoi

Tonight you will attend the Ballet in the best seats at the Bolshoi. For more than two centuries the Bolshoi Theatre has been attracting ballet lovers and is the pride of Russian Culture and Art.

In July & August the RAMT (Russian Accademic Youth Theatre ) perform as the Bolshoi are touring.

Please note the Bolshoi do not issue their schedule and costs until about 2 months beforehand.

Price per person: From £320 (Dependent on performance. Can be more if an exceptional ballerina).

 

Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow
Exterior view of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

Visit Moscow Distillery

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the distillery where you will get acquainted with the history, visit workshops and learn all the particularities about the production process of the oldest Russian alcoholic beverage.

Price Per Person: From £155

Moscow distillery

Day 3
Private Tour of Sergiev Posad and Trinity Monastery,

Day 3
Private Tour of Sergiev Posad and Trinity Monastery,

Travel outside Moscow to visit the residence of the Patriach of all Russia and religious centre of the church, the Russian Vatican.

For over 500 years it has been one of the most important centres of pilgrimage and is now reopened as a working monastery. You will see a wealth of architectural styles dating back to 1554 with the beautiful five enormous bulb-shaped towers, a tiny colourful chapel, the miraculous fountain, the Baroque belfry from the 18th century and the Church of the Trinity famed for its Rublev icons.

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Day 4
Private Tour of Moscow Metro, Private Transfer to Airport after your Moscow Holiday

Day 4
Private Tour of Moscow Metro, Private Transfer to Airport after your Moscow Holiday

It may seem a strange recommendation but the Moscow Metro is a must see on your Moscow Holiday with a private tour with your Moscow guide. Its oldest stations date back to 1937–1941 and are decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures that resemble and capture the cultural history of the time. Quite extraordinary.

Private transfer to Airport after your special weekend away or extend to include Golden Ring or St Petersburg.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Gulag Museum Private Tour
  • St Petersburg Extension
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Gulag Museum Private Tour

A private guide will take you on a tour of Gulag museum. The Museum’s extensive “Totalitarian Past” exhibit includes a graphic account of life in a Gulag portrayed through photos, maps, Stalin decrees, propaganda literature and short biographies of some of the people who were arrested, imprisoned and killed for their convictions. This is about a 3 hour tour

Price Per Person: From £110

Gulag, Russia

St Petersburg Extension

Extend your Russia trip with a visit to St Petersburg. This elegant sophisticated city has a very different feel to Moscow and would certainly give you a more rounded view of Russia with its many faces.

Take a 1st class day time train to St Petersburg to spend 4 days looking around this beautiful city filled with Palaces and History.

Start with a peaceful floodlight river and canal tour so you can see some of the many palaces and cathedrals on the river banks. With your private guide you will visit Peterhof with its famous fountains returning by hydrofoil. Your private tour of the Hermitage will start an hour early in order to give you exclusive access before the crowds arrive so you can enjoy its treasures in peace. Take a visit to Peter Paul Fortress where the Romanovs are buried , and don’t foget Catherine and Paul Palaces including visiting the outstanding amber room. On your last day visit the Siege of Leningrad museum and stop at the monument to the heroic defenders to understand a bit more of the recent turbulent history of this great city.

If that wasn’t enough then there are some wonderful further optional extras such as a visit to the Faberge Museum, the Ballet at the Mariinsky, a private tour of the palace where Rasputin was murdered and an evening concert in a historical palace.

You will fly back to Heathrow from St Petersburg.

Price per person: From £1,895 (Assuming no difference in Flight Costs)

Peter Paul Fortress, St Petersburg
Church of the Saviour on Spilt Blood
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Hermitage Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace in St, Petersburg, Russia
Stunning decoration inside St. Catherine's Palace, Russia
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Marriott Royal Aurora

Marriott Hotel, Moscow
Marriott Hotel, Moscow
Mariott Hotel, Moscow
Marriott Hotel, Moscow

Marriott Royal Aurora

This 5-star hotel offers top class, beautifully furnished accommodation and unbeatable service right in the very heart of the city. The hotel boasts 230 elegant and spacious deluxe rooms.

It combines elegant interiors, first class service and traditional Marriott hospitality.

Situated just a few minutes walk from Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre, the hotel is ideally situated.

Relax in the Royal's excellent leisure centre, featuring a gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium. There are 2 separate restaurants offering European and Russian specialties.

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Optional Extras
Ballet at the Bolshoi
Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

Tonight you will attend the Ballet in the best seats at the Bolshoi. For more than two centuries the Bolshoi Theatre has been attracting ballet lovers and is the pride of Russian Culture and Art.

In July & August the RAMT (Russian Accademic Youth Theatre ) perform as the Bolshoi are touring.

Please note the Bolshoi do not issue their schedule and costs until about 2 months beforehand.

Price per person: From £320 (Dependent on performance. Can be more if an exceptional ballerina).

 

Visit Moscow Distillery
Moscow distillery

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the distillery where you will get acquainted with the history, visit workshops and learn all the particularities about the production process of the oldest Russian alcoholic beverage.

Price Per Person: From £155

Gulag Museum Private Tour
Gulag, Russia

A private guide will take you on a tour of Gulag museum. The Museum’s extensive “Totalitarian Past” exhibit includes a graphic account of life in a Gulag portrayed through photos, maps, Stalin decrees, propaganda literature and short biographies of some of the people who were arrested, imprisoned and killed for their convictions. This is about a 3 hour tour

Price Per Person: From £110

St Petersburg Extension
Peter Paul Fortress, St Petersburg

Extend your Russia trip with a visit to St Petersburg. This elegant sophisticated city has a very different feel to Moscow and would certainly give you a more rounded view of Russia with its many faces.

Take a 1st class day time train to St Petersburg to spend 4 days looking around this beautiful city filled with Palaces and History.

Start with a peaceful floodlight river and canal tour so you can see some of the many palaces and cathedrals on the river banks. With your private guide you will visit Peterhof with its famous fountains returning by hydrofoil. Your private tour of the Hermitage will start an hour early in order to give you exclusive access before the crowds arrive so you can enjoy its treasures in peace. Take a visit to Peter Paul Fortress where the Romanovs are buried , and don’t foget Catherine and Paul Palaces including visiting the outstanding amber room. On your last day visit the Siege of Leningrad museum and stop at the monument to the heroic defenders to understand a bit more of the recent turbulent history of this great city.

If that wasn’t enough then there are some wonderful further optional extras such as a visit to the Faberge Museum, the Ballet at the Mariinsky, a private tour of the palace where Rasputin was murdered and an evening concert in a historical palace.

You will fly back to Heathrow from St Petersburg.

Price per person: From £1,895 (Assuming no difference in Flight Costs)

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

"We had a really enjoyable trip. The program was full, excellent and very interesting. The hotel staff were good and the cuisine was excellent. Above all our holiday was made truly memorable by our guide Elena. We cannot praise her sufficiently. She was excellent - 11/10!!! She was very enthusiastic, friendly and well organized. She looked after us at all times. She was very informative and made Russian history both enjoyable and understandable."

First of all we would like to thank Weekend a la Carte for a superb programme for our trip to Moscow. It was a big birthday surprise for my husband who had to be told a few months before as we had to get our Visas arranged. The flights were on time and the meals were good. Our guide and driver were at Moscow Airport to meet us and from then the 4 day trip was well organised. They were both very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
The Marriott Aurora Hotel was lovely and within walking distance of Red Square, the Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre. Our sightseeing with our guide Nina was so informative. Eating out was no problem and many menus were in English. Moscow is a lovely city and despite the ongoing problems we can say we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hope one day to go back. The people were friendly and helpful. Although there was snow on the ground we had blue skies and sunshine.
Thank you again for a brilliant 4 days.

Jenny and Tony Davies
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Price per person: From £1,475
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Marriott Royal Aurora
  • Private Tour of Metro
  • Private Floodlight Tour of Red Square
  • Kremlin private tour including the Diamond Fund
  • Private Tour of the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad
  • Private Airport Transfers

Departure Airport

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Dublin (Overnight flight out to Moscow)
  • Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights

We would recommend you avoid 15th June – 15th July due to FIFA World Cup 2018 inflating prices

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