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St Petersburg & Moscow
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2 tours in 2 cities: Moscow and St Petersburg

$317 — 2 days
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Moscow and St Petersburg private tour of iconic places

 

  • What can be better than a Moscow tour or a Saint Petersburg tour? Only Moscow + St Petersburg tour!
  • We designed these private tours with you in mind offering you different number of days in each city and various itineraries covering all main sights of Moscow and Petersburg.
  • The dates, starting time and the itinerary will be customized for your tour.

Highlights

2 private tours in Moscow & Saint Petersburg, 7 hours each day.

Suggested sights for the tours to choose from:

 

Saint Petersburg Tour:

  • Peterhof, Church of Spilled Blood, Faberge Museum, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, The Russian State Museum, Nevsky Prospect, Eliseev Emporium, Kazan Cathedral, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, Anichkov Bridge, Fontanka Embankment, St. Michael’s Castle, Summer Garden, Palace Square, Palace Embankment, Alexander Garden, Bronze Horseman.

Moscow Tour:

  • Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM, Kremlin, Tretyakov Gallery, Kitay Gorod area, Zamoskvorechye area, Victory Park, Christ the Savior Cathedral, historical downtown and streets of Moscow, Izmaylovo Flea Market and Izmaylovo Kremlin, Bolshoi and Maly Theatres, Lubyanka, tea experience, Metro tour.

Tour Program

Saint Petersburg

Walking tour of St Petersburg

You can do/see/experience:

  • Peterhof
  • Interior of Church of Spilled Blood (and visit to the market across the street
  • Faberge Museum (can be replaced with the Armory Chamber in Moscow, or you can do both)
  • Alexander Nevsky Lavra
  • The State Museum (to see the masterpieces of Chagall and Kandinsky)
  • + a bunch of a bit of everything on the way: beautiful bridges, palaces, monuments, small churches, embankments and Eliseev Emporium with its fantastic interior.
Day tour of St Petersburg

7 hours each day

$20 for extra hour in cash on the tour

 
Option 1. Itinerary for St Petersburg tour

10.00 am Pick up at the port or hotel

10.30 Saint Petersburg metro tour

11.00 Alexander Nevsky Lavra

12.00 Nevsky Prospect, Anichkov Palace, Anichkov Bridge, Kazan Cathedral

1.00 Fontanka Embankment, Faberge Museum, St. Michael’s Castle, Summer Garden

2.00 The Church on Spilled Blood

3.00 Lunch at Dachniki (traditional Soviet atmosphere and Russian food)

4.00 Palace Square, Palace Embankment, Alexander Garden, Bronze Horseman, St Isaac’s Cathedral

5.00 Drop off at the port/hotel or any place you wish

 
Option 2. Itinerary for Peterhof Tour

10.00 am Pick up at the port or hotel

11-11.30 River cruise to Peterhof from Palace Embankment

12.30-3.30 Peterhof: Lower Park, the Grand Cascade, Monplesire, Hermitage, Palace Marley, tricky fountains and Grand Palace

3.30 Lunch with traditional Russian pancakes near the gulf of Finland

4-4.30 Boat trip back to St.Petersburg

5.00 Drop off at the port/hotel or any place you wish

 

Possible extension of the tour for both days:

6-6.30 Tea or coffee with delicious deserts at Mickey&Monkey (cozy place with truly local Saint-Petersburg’s atmosphere)

7.00 Drop off at your hotel or Viking ship (by metro or taxi)

For Viking cruise passengers. You do on your own with Viking: Winter Palace and Hermitage, Catherine Palace, St. Isaac’s exterior and interior, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospekt.

Timing: 8 hours is enough for this list (1-5). Peterhof itself will take about 5 hours with round cruise. You are welcome to add things and it can be spread to 10 or even 12 13 hours.

Nuance:  10.00 am would be the right time to start – you will need enough energy for this quest and a good sleep will help. Still, it’s early enough to extend the tour in case you will want.

 

Moscow

Walking tour of Moscow

You can do/see/experience:

  1. ​St. Basil’s Cathedral
  2. Armory Chamber (and the Diamond Fund, if lines are not huge. We can expect anything even when it’s not high season. If we choose between to see or not to see, we definitely choose the first one. If we choose between “get stuck in the line” or “see more of Moscow”, we would recommend the second. If you do the Diamond Fund in Moscow you may skip Faberge Museum in St Petersburg and vice versa. Or you may still want to do that to tick off from your bucket list
  3. Get a taste of Gorky Park since it is so famous + Muzeon park with 900 statues
  4. Tretyakov Gallery
  5. Tea experience
  6. Kitay Gorod area
  7. Zamoskvorechye area. These areas are the most historical neighborhood of Moscow with numerous sights, churches, and other hidden gems which most tourists don’t know about.
  8. Victory Park (if you are interested in WWII theme)
  9. O2 lounge bar, which is very expensive, but offers unique views of Kremlin and surroundings. You can just get some tea, it’s worth a visit, really
  10. Christ the Savior Cathedral
  11. Arbat street
  12. A bit of off the beaten path: Ziferblat anticafe, Chistoprudny bulvar, Tea House on Myasnitskaya street, local bliny in Teremok – a chain of Russian crepes and pancakes (you havent been to Moscow if you havent tried bliny at Teremok – that’s my humble opinion) – they are all close to each other and are very local experiences, loved by locals.
  13. Izmaylovo Flea Market and Kremlin
  14. Must do historical streets of Moscow: Nikolskaya, Varvarka, Ilyinka, Kuznetsk Bridge, Kamergersky lane, Stoleshnikov lane, Petrovka street with local handmade market on Kuznetsk bridge, and nice holy pastry on Ilyinka street which comes from the local church
 
Suggested tinerary for Moscow tour (will be customized for you):

10 am am Pick up at the hotel 

10.30 Walk around Kitay Gorod area: Nikolskaya Street, Stock Exchange Square, Ilyinka, Old Square, Varvarka, Big Moskvoretsky Most, Pyatnitskaya Street

11. 00 Red Square

12.00 Kremlin or Tretyakov Gallery

1.00 Armory or Walk around Zamoskvorechye area: Bolshaya and Malya Ordynka Streets, Pyatnitskaya street, Novokuznetskaya street, Adam and Eva fountain, churches and cathedrals

2.00 Lunch in a traditional Russian restaurant. Optional tea ceremony at Russky Aktsent (samovar will cost 600 RUR, desserts cost around 350-450 RUR) http://russianaccent.ru/main/ (not incuded in the price of the tour)

3.00 Walk around Sparrow Hills, panoramic views of Moscow from observation deck, Moscow State University – one of seven Stalin skyscrapers

4.00 Boat trip on Moscow river or Metro tour with some of the most beautiful Moscow metro stations.

5.00 Drop off at your hotel or at the central spot in the city, depending on time

 

For Viking cruise passengers. You will do on your own with Viking: ​Bolshoi (drive by only), Red Square (and St. Basil’s but only the outside), GUM Department Store, a Metro station, and Kremlin (see Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell and inside 2 cathedrals)

 

Additional expenses will be: food, drinks and entrance fees where they’re applicable.

Here is our best guess.

 
Saint Petersburg:

Hydrofoil tickets – 1300 rubles pp for round-trip

Grand Palace – 550 rubles pp. Can easily sky rocket if you want to visit inside of other museums and Lower Gardens, each extra ticket is about 400-500 rubles pp more. My idea is that Grand Palace is absolutely enough. Fountains and Gardens will also take your time and give you much joy and pleasure

Lunch in Candies by Coffee Room – a hit among locals, no tourists know about the place (yet) – about 300-400 rubles pp for lunch deal

Faberge Museum – 300 rubles pp

Russian State Museum – 300 rubles pp

Total:

Can be done at about 4000-4500 rubles per person, including all mentioned above entrance fees and meals  (a bit over $60)

 
Moscow:

Lunch in Ukranian traditional restaurant (our fav choice, since it’s so atmospheric and always great food, ideally located for the tour) – 400-500 rubles per person if you order a lunch deal, otherwise can easily be 1000 rubles pp

Quick bite – street food in Gorky Park – about 300-500 rubles per person

Tea experience in Lucien with Samovar and Russian jam- 600 rubles

Armory tickets – 700 rubles per person

Diamond Fund – 500 rubles pp

St Basil’s Cathedral – 350 rubles pp

Tretyakov Gallery – 450 rubles pp

O2 Lounge Bar (optional, of course) – small tea pot would be about 500 rubles

Metro passes – it can be anything form 200 to 400 rubles pp. For our tour 200 rubles is enough, but you may want to get unlimited number of rides for 3 days to explore more on your own.

Total:

Can be done at about 4000-4500 rubles per person, including all mentioned above entrance fees and meals  (a bit over $60)

Info about Metro tickets in Moscow:

Metro ickets for a limited number of rides:

1 ride     50

2 rides    100

5 rides   180

11 rides  360

20 rides  580

40 rides  1160

60 rides  1400

Metro smart cards for unlimited number of rides:

1-day smart card 24 hours after the first activation  210

3-day smart card 3 days, incl. day of purchase  400

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Extra costs (per person):

Entrance fees

Lunch/Dinner

(150-1500 rub, depending on your preferences)

Your tour: Fun facts, iconic places, local experience, traditional food, friendly guide
Your guide: Bright and energetic local, young, enthusiastic, and fun! Your guide is your local friend.
Activity Level: high
Maximum travelers: 4
Pick up & Drop off: Lobby of your hotel or any place you wish
Start time: any
Extra hours: If you are having a good time and want your tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 20 USD per an extra hour.
Tipping suggestions: If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.

What you get:

  • + Meet a local and make a new friend in Russia.
  • + Exciting fun communication with a local, not just boring history lessons.
  • + Ask your guide questions about any subject, get genuinely connected with your guide.
  • + Private Saint Petersburg and Moscow tour, customized itinerary, personalized experience.
  • + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit your individual preferences.
  • + Your personal tour guide focuses solely on you and makes sure you get the most out of your experience.
  • + Your personal travel consultant is at your service any time via email, facebook, skype or whatsapp. You will not feel alone with Friendly Local Guides.
  • + Must do + off the beaten path of the city.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Local cosy cafes and restaurants with traditional cuisine and interior.
  • + Lunch specials on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + Best coffee shops in the city.
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow and Saint Petersburg scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Special offers for taxi and hotels with good location and price.
  • + Expert local advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in the city.

*This tour can be modified to meet your preferences

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  • Our private guide Vika made our time in St Petersburg very special. Not only she provides in-depth historic context to all sights, but she also has a very warm personality and is a fun person to spend the day with. Enjoyed every minute of the tour. Don’t hesitate.

    anna peshkova, Kharkiv, Oct 17, 2016

  • Moscow and St Petersburg tour wouldn’t be so special for us without Valery in St Petersburg and Gelena in Moscow. They made our trip truly unique. There was no sightseeing we missed and they even added some extra highlights in our itinerary. All of our friends feel jealous now :P

    Stefano Rossi, Italy, Apr 21, 2016

  • We had a group of 7 people and seemed like we were hard to organize, but Maria with her professional skills of an organizer could manage to keep us together and kindle our interest and curiosity throughout the trip. She is very professional and intelligent. And we will definitely make use of her wonderful services next time we come.

    Hannah Schulz, Germany, Apr 21, 2016

  • We had a truly great time in both cities. Our guides Sasha and Dasha toured us to the most historical and cultural places in Moscow and St Petersburg and we took thousands of pictures. My husband was very happy with the trip too. We highly recommend this tour and Sasha and Dasha as best guides in Moscow and St Petersburg.

    Jane Cross, England, Apr 21, 2016

  • What can be better then visiting two major cities in Russia in two days? It was a great tour and I am happy I booked it. Our guide Valery was very helpful, supportive and kind. Her English is fabulous and we shared some stories about our past travel experiences. We really enjoyed our stay in Russia with Sasha and our St Petersburg and Moscow tour.

    Beverly Hickey, UK, Apr 21, 2016

  • Friendly Local Guides exceeded our expectations. We had one day in Moscow and one day in St Petersburg. They suggested a wonderful itinerary, took us to a good place with a delicious lunch, showed us best places for photo shooting, took lots of pictures with us, and were very friendly and knowledgeable. We left Russia feeling like we have new friends here.

    Richard, London, Mar 15, 2016