Moscow and St Petersburg
- 10 Days
- From £1,149
- Spend a night in both Berlin and Warsaw
- Take the sleeper train from Warsaw, through Belarus to Russian capital Moscow
- Enjoy time to explore the fascinating cities of Moscow & St Petersburg
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Double compartment on the overnight train from Warsaw to Moscow
- 8 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast and one on the overnight train
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A BELARUS TRANSIT VISA AND RUSSIAN VISA FOR THIS HOLIDAY
Start your epic trans-continental journey with a Eurostar service to Brussels Midi. From here, travel by high speed train via Cologne to German capital, Berlin.
On arrival in Berlin Hauptbahnhof, check in for an overnight stay at the Amano Grand Central (or similar), located close to the station.
Leave your bags at your hotel, and have a free morning to get a taste of the German capital. Why not browse the shops along the glitzy Kurfürstendamm or visit the historic Reichstag. If you make an early start, you could even visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, on the site of the notorious border point between East and West Berlin.
At lunchtime, return to the station and catch the Berlin-Warszawa Express which will take you directly to the Polish capital. When you arrive here, make your way to the Polonia Palace (or similar) where you will stay overnight.
You have plenty of time to have a look around before your onward journey today. Warsaw is a fascinating city with a tempestuous history – particularly in the 20th century. You might like to visit the beautifully reconstructed Old Town or the absorbing and sobering Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Later in the day, it’s time to return to the station and board your sleeper service bound for Russia. Settle into your compartment and enjoy a pewter mug of delicious Russian tea as the train makes its way through Poland to the Belarussian border.
Arrive in Moscow and check in at the Katerina City Hotel (or similar). Spend three days discovering the imposing Russian capital. There’s plenty to see here, from the stately Kremlin complex and Red Square, home of Lenin’s tomb, to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the grand GUM department store.
You can spend a full day touring the Kremlin alone as there is so much to see. Don’t miss a visit to the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral.
Enjoy another morning in Moscow, perhaps having a coffee in Gorky Park or taking a cruise along the Moskva river. After lunch, head for the station and catch a high speed service to St Petersburg.
You’ll arrive here in the early evening, with time to check in to the Domina Prestige Hotel (or similar) before heading out for dinner.
St Petersburg has more of a European feel than the capital and is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Wander around the large historic centre, threaded with canals and baroque bridges or spend some time at the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great on an island in the Neva river.
Don’t miss a visit to the Hermitage Museum, offering one of the world’s oldest and greatest collections of art, housed in a former palace of the Tsars.
It’s time to leave Russia and make your way to the airport for your return flight with British Airways back to the UK.
TMR RECOMMENDS: If you want to avoid flying, or would like to continue your overland rail adventure, there are lots of options to get home. Have a look at our St Petersburg and Helsinki itinerary to get an idea of how our recommended journey works.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Amano Grand Central is a modern hotel, with a great location just across from Berlin’s main station. All 250 bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also offers an in-house bistro restaurant and fitness facilities as well as massages upon request.
This historic hotel is ideally situated, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and within walking distance of the main station. The Polonia Palace features spacious air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and heated bathroom flooring. Enjoy Polish and European cuisine at the Strauss Restaurant.
This cosy 4-star hotel is ideally located in centre of Moscow, just few minutes walk from Red Square. The hotel offers guestrooms equipped with superior amenities along with professional services. The hotel also provides recreational and leisure facilities, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and a fitness centre.
All the comfortable rooms at Domina Hotel feature extraordinary design with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities, a safety deposit box and a satellite flat-screen TV. Arcobaleno Restaurant serves Italian cuisine as well as fusion specialities created by the chef. Guests can rest and sip a cocktail in the elegant bar.
Upgrade your accommodation
This luxury hotel offers a central location in the heart of Moscow, right on Lubyanka Square, a 10-minute walk from the Kremlin. The elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms come complete with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a seating area and a private bathroom, as well as personalised St. Regis Butler Service.
The Corinthia St Petersburg is located on Nevsky Prospekt and features a grand façade and rooms with a classic design. All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a luxury bathroom. A breakfast buffet with champagne and caviar is served in the elegant Imperial restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at the Nevsky Bar.