While your ship is in St. Petersburg, meet your guide a the cruise terminal arrivals hall. If your stop in St. Petersburg is for two days, your tour will take place on your first day, and you will fly to Moscow before returning to St. Petersburg by high-speed Sapsan train. If your ship is docked for three days, your tour will occur on the second day, and you will make the round-trip to Moscow by Sapsan train.
On meeting your guide, hop inside a private, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, and travel to St. Petersburg station or airport depending on whether you’re on a 2- or 3-day cruise stop. Then, take the approximately 90-minute flight or roughly 3.5- to 4-hour train ride to Moscow.
On arrival, meet your guide and set off on your walking tour, starting at the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian president. Stroll around the grounds of this massive complex, learning how its walls and towers were built in the 15th century, and how, by the 18th and 19th centuries, they enclosed palaces, churches, and arsenals.
Visit the Assumption Cathedral, the coronation site of Russia’s tsars, and see inside the Archangel Cathedral, where many tsars are buried. View the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, and explore the Armory Museum, home to stunning collections of tsarist regalia, including crowns, weapons, and Fabergé eggs.
Then, take a guided stroll around Moscow’s historical center. Admire the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, and walk to Manezhnaya Square, home of the Zero-Kilometer marker. View the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Alexander Garden, and wander along Arbat Street, passing souvenir stalls, cafés, and street artists.
Later, return to St. Petersburg by high-speed train, finishing your trip with a late-evening drop-off at the port.
Please note: this tour is available daily, excluding Thursdays.