ESN INTO Grand Russia trip to St.Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow (25.10.2016-01.11.2016)
- Departure 25.10.2016
- End date 01.11.2016
- Availability Sold out
- Price from 405€
Discover the three Russian capitals on our one week road trip. See impressive St Petersburg, historical Novgorod, dramatic Moscow and the timeless Russian countryside between them! Get ready for the extreme Russian experience!
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St.Petersburg // Cruise on rivers and canals
Definitely one of must-to-do’s in St Petersburg! “The Northern Venice” has 16 km of embankments, 48 canals and rivers and 800 bridges. Many of the beautiful palaces and mansions were designed to façade the riverside. With a river and canals cruise you make a time travel to the heart of the imperial city. Breath-taking views are accompanied by music and of course – the Soviet champagne (Russian sparkling wine)! Available in late April - October.
St.Petersburg // TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN EVENING — SHOW & DINNER
Definitely one of the funniest and most loved programs! The highlight of the evening is the colorful folk show, consisting of Russian songs, dances and games.By the end of the evening, you will have a total overview of what it means to celebrate an evening in Russian style! All of this, while we are enjoying a traditional Russian dinner and drinks! Vegetarian option is possible. Available on November-April trips.
St.Petersburg // CATHERINE'S PALACE — THE VILLAGE OF THE TSARS
"Village of the Tsars" also known as Pushkin is one of the most beautiful summer residences belonged to the Russian royal family. Main highlight of the trip is a visit to a gorgeous baroque-style Catherine’s Palace that houses famous Amber room. On the way to Pushkin that takes about 45 minutes you will see not only important historical sights but also suburban districts, those are quite contrastive to the city centre. A walk in the Catherine’s park is a relaxing experience after spending a busy day in the city.
St.Petersburg // OPERA OR BALLET
St.Petersburg is known as the cultural capital of Russia. There’s a possibility to attend a world famous ballet or opera performance. You can book tickets through us to the performance scheduled for your trip - we often get student discounts from the theaters and transfer is included. If you are interested in some other event you can check theater's online shops or try your luck at a box office but usually tickets are sold out quite fast.
St.Petersburg // NIGHT FEVER — LIMO TRIP
Discover the St.Petersburg by night with style and glamour! A limousine ride takes you around the most spectacular places of the city with some stops for taking pictures. Eventually the limo drops you at one the trendiest night club, where you will bypass the queue. Limousines are loaded with sparkling wine.
St.Petersburg // CATHEDRALS
This tour includes three cathedrals from three different centuries. We start with St Nicolaus cathedral- built in beautiful baroque style in 18th century. Second cathedral is St Isaac’s – one of the biggest dome cathedrals in the world and a true demonstration of ambitions of the Russian Empire. The last one is Cathedral on the Spilled Blood that was built on the assassination site of beloved Tsar Alexander II. You'll enjoy beautiful architecture and find out about Russian religion and its place in the history of the country.
St.Petersburg // State Hermitage museum
Included for students / from 20€ for non-students
The third biggest art museum in the world bases on the collections of the Russian royal families starting from the 18th century. The museum locates in formal imperial residences, housing millions of exhibits in hundreds of rooms. Take a tour to the most important exhibits and parts of the museum, learn the interesting backgrounds and get a guaranteed entrance without queuing! The tour is given in English by a professional local guide.
St.Petersburg // Grand Maket Russia museum
"Grand Maket Russia" is the second largest layout in the World that gives a chance to get insight into the vast country visiting one place. Even with museum's 800 square meters it would be impossible to house every Russian city so along with the models presenting unique areas like Lake Baikal some places are a collective pictures of the areas. Miniature Russia is absolutely alive and full of people busy with all kind of things from fighting the fire to going up the Sochi Olimpic mountain for skiing, there are smart cars on the roads following traffic rules and incredible train system with 2 km rail tracks. There is even day and night time. Introduction of the guide will help you to know more about Russia as a country, tell the story and secrets of the place and show the most curious areas not to miss.
Novgorod // City tour and VITOSLAVLITSY WOODEN ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM
Included in base fare
Vitoslavlitsy museum, located on the banks of Volkhov River and Lake Miachino, is probably one of the most interesting historic sites in the city of Novgorod. Famed for folk and trade festivals, the museum portrays vividly how the old Russian villages looked like – exhibiting old village houses, chapels, churches and traditional crafts.
Moscow // THE METRO
Moscow metro stations are often called “people’s palaces”. Decorated with marbles, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers they were supposed to display the superiority of Soviet architecture and the wealth of the Soviet citizens. In addition, subway is the best way to move around the city. The guided tour in the Moscow metro shows you the most beautiful stations, reveals the historical back grounds and teaches you using the subway, which still is the cheapest and fastest way to get around in Moscow.
Moscow // THE KREMLIN
students from 20€ / adults from 30€
The Kremlin is the oldest part of Moscow, housing the political headquarters of the Russian Federation. It’s the symbol of the Russian heartland, its mystery and power. The guided tour allows you to visit the Kremlin grounds and the ancient cathedrals, were the Russian Tsars were crowned and buried through the centuries.
Moscow // THE MOSCOW CIRCUS
The Moscow circus is world famous and definitely worth seeing! A world-class performance! However, we need to warn that the performances contain a lot all kinds of circus animals…
Moscow // THE COLD WAR MUSEUM
If you are interested in the political history of Moscow in the Soviet period, this excursion is for you! It contains an excursion to an enormous mid 60's bomb shelter, which was built into a modern command centre in case of a nuclear attack.
Preliminary trip program
Kindly note! The trip program presented below is a preliminary one. The final program with exact schedule will be distributed closer to your departure date.
13:00 Departure from Hervanta (Tekniikankatu 2)
15:30 Arrival at Helsinki West terminal.
18:00 M/S Princess Maria departs from Helsinki
21:30 Night club folk and variety show in “Columbus” bar
22:30 Night club on the 7th floor. Crazy party until late!
07:00 Breakfast on the 8th deck restaurant. Cost 10 €
09:30 Arrival in St Petersburg. Debarking from the ship. Passport control
11:00 Guided city tour
16:00 Check-in at the hotel
20:00 Departure from the hotel to the Russian Dinner Party*
09:30 A guided bus excursion to Pushkin, the Catherine´s Palace tour*
13:00 Departure from Pushkin back to the hotel/Grand Maket Russia Museum.
13:00 Departure to the Grand Maket Russia Museum from the hotel (for those not attending Pushkin tour)
14:00 The Grand Maket Russia*
16:00 Departure from the Grand Maket Russia Museum back to the hotel.
21:00 Departure from the hotel to the cruise* - available only on October trips
10:00 Departure to the Hermitage Museum.
14:15 Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour*
18:30 Meeting at the hotel lobby, departure to the theatre. Ballet or Opera* Transportation back to the hotel after the performance
23:00 Limousine tour with sparkling wine*
08:00 Check-out. Departure to Novgorod.
12:00 City tour of Novgorod. Free time for lunch + Vitoslavcy Wooden Architecture museum village.
16:00 Bus departure to Moscow (estimated)
02:00 Arrival in Moscow (estimated!), lodging in hotel.
11:00 City tour of Moscow
14:00 End of the tour. Free time near the Red Square
14:00 Departure from Eternal Flame to Subway tour* (Group 1)
15:30 Free time near the Red Square. Departure from the Parking lot/Eternal Flame to the Moscow State Circus.
18:00 Moscow State Circus*
11:00 Check-out. The group will go with the bus to the city center.
12:00 Visiting the Kremlin Grounds and Cathedrals*
13:30 End of the tour. Free time near the Red Square.
13:45 Meeting near ETERNAL FLAME. Departure to Subway tour* ( Group 2)
17:00 Departure from the parking lot to Cold War Museum
18:00 Cold War Museum tour*
20:00 End of the tour, transportation to the city center.
22:30 Meeting at the Parking lot for departure to Saint-Petersburg
23:00 Departure to Saint-Petersburg
09:00 Arrival in St Petersburg (estimated). Free time
14:00 Bus transportation for home journey
17:00 Border formalities, DUTY FREE. Driving towards Hervanta.
* Extra Activities
Timetravels reserves right to changes in the itinerary.
What is included
- Ferry trip Helsinki-St Petersburg
- Bus trip St.Petersburg- Novgorod- Moscow- St Petersburg- Helsinki
- Guided city tour of St Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow
- Guided tour of the Hermitage museum (students only)
- Guided tour of the Vitoslavitsya Wooden Architecture Museum
- Accommodation in a centrally located*** hotel in St Petersburg 3 nights (inc. breakfast)
- Accommodation in *** hotel in Moscow 2 nights
- Medical Travel Insurance (covers medical expenses during the trip up to 3000 EUR)
For extra cost
- Consular fee + processing for the Russian visa, in average 75 € for most of the EU citizens.
- Breakfast in Moscow
- The guided activities during the trip. They can be prepaid online. If any extra-activity is cancelled due to small amount of participants or changes in the itinerary money will be refunded.
On our student trips we use three star hotels for accommodation. All of the hotels we use are located in the historical city centre and provide good services and easy access to local sights. Due to difficult vacancy situation in the hotels, we confirm the name of the hotel usually 1-2 weeks prior to the departure.
Common features to all hotels in St.Petersburg
- Location in the historical city centre, max. 3 km distance to the main sites and action
- TWIN rooms with conveniences: twin bed, bathroom, tv in all rooms
- Full buffet breakfasts
- Free wifi
Moscow hotel is one of the largest in St.Petersburg and thanks to its good location and services our default hotel for student groups.
Ibis St Petersburg Centre is a 3 star hotel offering 221 comfortable rooms. Located in the centre of St.Petersburg, it is close to Nevsky Prospekt (the main avenue of the city)
Hotel Dostoyevski is a rather new hotel in the heart of the city, opposite to the Vladimirsky Cathedral. Nevsky prospect 0,5 km.
Common features for hotels we use in Moscow
- Good connection to a public transport
- Double room accommodation
- Breakfast for extra-cost (to be paid directly to the restaurant)
Hotel IZMAILOVO VEGA Moscow***
Recently renovated hotel counts as one of the Europe's largest hotel complexes. Originally built for 1980 Moscow Olympic games.
- City centre 7,5 km
- Metro station 200 meters away. Direct line 15 min subway trip to the Red Square
- Famous Souvenir market place Vernisage is near the building
- Several restaurants, stores and bars close to the hotel
- Inexpensive Room service and lounge bars
- Internet Cafe
Hotel Moscow, KOSMOS***
Recently renovated hotel that was originally built for 1980 Moscow Olympic games.
- City center - 9 km
- Metro station «VDNH»("ВДНХ") Orange line - 200 meters away
- Next to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (V.V.C.) – great place to walk around
- Several restaurants and bars in the hotel.
- WI-FI and several client computers
- Money exchange and ATM
Good to know
GETTING THE RUSSIAN VISA
We guarantee you full refund if you don’t get a visa!
Getting the Russian visa is easy via Timetravels! We’ll guide you through the process and take care of the majority of the paperwork. We will give you full refund for the booked trip if your visa application gets rejected after you have provided all the required documents to us in time!
VISA FREEDOM FOR CERTAIN NATIONALITIES
If you are a holder of a passport of one of the following countries, you can travel to Russia without visa! ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, CUBA, HONG KONG, ISRAEL, MACEDONIA, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, NICARAGUA, PERU, RUSSIA, SERBIA, THAILAND, UKRAINE, VENEZUELA
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Average price for the visa procedure is 80 € (incl. our service fee 10 €). Consular fees vary by nationalities according to what kind of agreement the country has with the Russian Federation. You can check the price for your country by clicking the “Book this trip" button and choosing your country from the list under VISA SERVICE.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The visa procedure takes about 9-15 days before the trip date. Make sure you have possibility to hand over your documents for the entire time of the visa processing. We will return the passport with visa back to you at the start of the trip.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR THE RUSSIAN VISA?
For EU CITIZENS!
PASSPORT - in good condition and valid at least 6 months after the last day of the trip!
ONE PHOTO - passport sized photo for the visa application form done in the studio or passport picture booth (not a photocopy or self-printed one).
VISA APPLICATION FORM - filled in correctly! Please wait for the instructions sent by Timetravels about 4 weeks before departure to fill in the application form!
For CITIZENS OF CANADA, US, UK, IRELAND, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CHINA, MEXICO and JAPAN + DENMARK
- Documents for EU citizens +
- A COPY OF THE STUDENT CERTIFICATE from your host school in an EU country. You can get this document for free from university registree's or international office.
If you don’t see your country in the list of options, please, contact our customer service — we will assist with the booking.
SO HOW DO I GET THE VISA WITH TIMETRAVELS?
Check that you have the required documents listed above.
Book the trip! Choose country of your citizenship in the VISA SERVICE field.
Congratulations! We’ll send you further instructions by EMAIL about 4 weeks before your trip. Instructions will include detailed visual guide to fill the online application form and information about the documents delivery!
Need more information ? - Check our FAQ pages!
Russian currency is rouble (RUR). While cards are widely in use Russia still has a lot of places where only cash is accepted. Current rate is about 1 € = 73 roubles. Roubles can be withdrawn from ATM or changed in numerous banks in the city. We recommend to exchange some money in advance in FOREX, because it will save your precious time in the destination.
You are allowed to bring alcohol to Finland if you are older then 18 years old (20 for alcohol stronger then 22%). You can take not more then: 1 liter of alcohol more than 40 % of alcohol (e.g. Vodka) OR 2 liters of aperatifs (eg. Champagne, long drinks or other beverages less than 22% of alcohol) + 4 liters of wines + 3 crates of beer (16 liters) + 1 carton of cigarettes
The weather in St Petersburg is much alike in Helsinki. Typical temperature in Summer is 15-25 Celcius, in Winter anything between +5 and -30 Celcius. Due to closeness of the sea, weather can change rapidly.
Normal European standard plugs and 220 V sockets. No adapters are needed.
English is not widely spoken in Russia so it could be useful to learn some basic sentences in Russian. Your tour conductor will assist whenever you need help.
St Petersburg is no more or less dangerous than any European metropolis. We recommend to use your common sense, take care of your belongings in crowded places, watch out for traffic and to know your limits for alcohol.
If compared to Helsinki or Stockholm, St Petersburg is relatively cheap. This applies to groceries, alcohol, cigarettes and public transportation. Eating out and clubbing represent about the same prices as in Finland.
In a case of emergency, sickness or accident, contact your group leader immediately. He will contact the medical care, and you will receive help as soon as possible. Doctors will arrive straight to the hotel. Your travel insurance covers all the medical costs and the medical treatment is free of charge. If the group leader is not available, contact the hotel reception. Remember to save all the receipts and doctor’s statement for medical treatment and medicine. Insurance company will refund all the expenses to your bank account.
ATTENTION! Insurances do not cover self-inflected cases, such as anything involving the consumption of alcohol or drugs.