A classic itinerary of two capitals, two eras and two different Russias. For 160 years now, the railway track has linked Moscow with Saint Petersburg through the forests of Tver and Novgorod. The historical train is known as the “Red Arrow” with its hallmark, though slightly antiquated, red blinds. All aboard!
In terms of accommodation, we prefer to steer clear of Soviet hotels or chain brands! We have prepared a selection of small, privately-run hotels with charm and warmth. Considering the size of these cities, location is very important. We promise you’ll never stay more than 15 minutes from the Red Square.
What do the Muscovites and St Petersburg inhabitants eat for breakfast? What is a typical flat? A private guide will not only teach you about the history but also decypher social codes and local habits. They will pay carefully attention and tailor the trip to your pace and your interests. Communicating with your guide is a dialogue and exchange, like a Russian friend who speaks your language.
The programme includes all the emblematic sites like the Kremlin or the Hermitage. So you don’t waste time in the queues, the guide has already reserved your tickets. The gastronomic programme includes all the great places you shouldn’t miss, like the iconic Cafe Pushkin for the history lovers, but also more intimate spots where we personally dine ourselves.
Above all, we want to answer your questions about this country we love so much, where we were born, and that inspires us. Embrace the freedom of choice and build your personal itinerary: let us help you design a trip that looks like you.
Arrive in Moscow. You will be received by your driver in the arrivals lounge of the airport with a red sign “Artel Troika”. Transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. Get settled in.
Meet your guide in the hotel reception and start your journey by a walk around the city to see the Red Square and the main historical landmarks. After lunch, visit the Kremlin and its Cathedrals. At the end of the day, you will walk by the Christ the Saviour Cathedral where you will get a panoramic view of the Kremlin and the Moskva River from the Bridge of Patriarchs.
Located on the grounds of the Kremlin, the Armory Palace is usually visited before or after the rest of the royal ensemble. The riches inside are treasures accumulated by princes and tsars throughout the centuries, like weapons, armor, crowns, carriages, thrones and furniture as well as a stunning collection of Fabergé eggs.
The Bolshoi is one of the world’s most famous theatres and a leading symbol of Moscow thanks to dancers like Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya et Yuri Grigorovich who made it an international reference for ballet.
The nuclear fallout bunker of Taganka is an underground structure on the edge of the historical centre. Built at the beginning of the Cold War, it remained a secret until the fall of the Soviet Union.
Travellers that are passionate about Russian literature, but who don’t have the time to make a trip to the author’s domain in Yasnaya Polyana, can visit his house in Moscow. It was here, in the 16-bedroom home, that the Tolstoy family spent 19 winters.
Sputnik, Vostok, Belka and Strelka, Baikonur and Mir Space Station – these words are famous around the world. Russia was the first space power and, still to this day, is the country that has sent the most people and satellites into orbit.
Meet your guide in the hotel reception. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery and the Zamoskvorechye district. After lunch, visit one of the most beautiful metro stations in Moscow, followed by another historical quarter with some of the most stunning architecture: Novodevichy Convent and its cemetery. You can also view orthodox mass in the convent and listen to some hymns (if you visit on Sunday).
Day to explore Moscow or choose from a selection of themed visits. In the evening, you will be met by your driver in the hotel reception. Transfer to Leningradsky Station. Your driver will escort you to the quay where your train is waiting.
Departure on the night train to Saint Petersburg.
Arrival in Saint Petersburg. You will be greeted by your guide at the train with a red sign “Artel Troika”. Tour of Saint Petersburg in your private vehicle with the driver. Visit of the Peter-and-Paul Fortress and the Cathedral where the remains of the Romanovs are buried. After lunch, walking visit continues to the Hermitage.
Make your tour of the Hermitage complete with a visit of the Gold and Diamond Treasuries. You need a separate ticket and must be accompanied by a museum-approved guide (as well as your personal guide). These visits are organised according to a schedule.
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide in the hotel reception. You will spend the day at the stunning Palace of Peterhof. To get there from the centre, you travel by airboat. Visit of the famous Palace and the magnificent Inferior Park and fountains. Return to Saint Petersburg via airboat.
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel reception. Visit the Yusupov Palace where there is an exhibition about Grigory Rasputin. Near the Palace is the Cathedral Saint Isaac and its towering colonnade that has incredible views over the whole city. After lunch, you have free time to explore Saint Petersburg without your guide.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your chauffeur in the hotel reception. Transfer to the airport.