St Petersburg and Moscow Honeymoon
For a luxury honeymoon with a cultural twist, may we recommend this eight-day luxury trip to Moscow and St Petersburg, two of Russia's most romantic cities.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Explore the Red Square and its surrounds like a local
- Enjoy a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg
- Gain a deeper understanding of the Tsars and Russia's colourful history with the help of expert guides
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Day 1: Arrival
Once you have landed in Moscow and collected your luggage, one of our team on the ground will meet you for the hour-long private transfer to your hotel on the banks of the Moskva river.
Since it's your honeymoon, we have arranged an upgraded room for you, with views of St Basil's Cathedral and the Red Square. Once you have dropped your bags in your room, make your way out into the city and explore - our local Concierge can recommend fun things to see and do, and a few spots for a romantic dinner a deux.
Day 2: Moscow Like a Local
After breakfast in bed this morning, your local guide will meet you for a private tour of Muscovite locals' favourite spots.
As well as visiting the highlights - from the brilliantly colourful St Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's mausoleum (a favourite school trip of every child under the USSR) to the austere main building of the University of Lomonossov. As well as stopping in on many a cafe for coffee, you will poke your noses into GUM - the Muscovite version of Harrods. You will have the afternoon to continue wandering, so be sure to ask your guide where their favourite romantic spots are.
- Visit Stalin's bunker, now a Cold War museum
Day 3: The Kremlin
This morning you will continue your exploration of Moscow with a visit to the Kremlin, the heart of the Russian government and source of much political intrigue during the Cold War (and now, for that matter).
As well as taking a dive into history, you will dig into history of Russian art at the Kremlin Armoury. This afternoon we have arranged some couple's treatments at your hotel spa - after all, pulling off a wedding is hard work.
- Visit the Palace of the Kremlin, where Putin makes his policies and conducts his official ceremonies, for a unique insight in how present-day Russia works.
Day 4: Moscow – St Petersburg
This morning you will be privately transferred to the train station to catch your four-hour train to St Petersburg. We've booked you first class tickets, naturally, so sit back and watch the Russian countryside whizz past as you travel to the second city of your honeymoon.
When you arrive, you will be privately transferred to your hotel and will have the rest of the day to get your bearings and explore the canal-side city.
Day 5: Window to the West
St Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad and back to St Petersburg; Peter the Great's display of sheer force of human will over nature (until 1703 it was nothing but malaria riddled swamps) is a microcosm of Russian history - ie. complex, tragic and steeped in blood. Today you will dig deep into this history with the help of an expert historian guide and explore the city from Peter and Katherine the Greats to the Bolsheviks and Putin (St Petersburg is Russian leader's hometown).
Spend the afternoon relaxing because we have booked you tickets for the evening's performance at the Mariinsky Theatre, arguably the best ballet in the world, and put a bottle of champagne behind the bar.
Day 6: The Hermitage
The Hermitage is the second largest art museum in the world, so to help you avoid the crowds and really get under the skin of Russian art and the history of the building (in a previous life it was the Winter Palace, the winter home of the Tsars of Russia) we have arranged early access and a tour with an expert guide.
After an early start, we recommend spending the rest of the morning continuing to explore the museum before relaxing this afternoon - museum fatigue is a serious condition - before heading out for dinner and drinks tonight.
Day 7: The Faberge Museum
Today you will visit the Faberge Museum, home to the world's most comprehensive collection of Faberge-made objects, including nine of the Imperial Easter eggs created by the jeweller for the last two Russian emperors.
You will tour the museum with one of the curators, giving you an insight into the place these objects held in the lives of the tsars, as well as other members of the Romanov family and members of royal courts across Europe.
Day 8: Home Time
Depending on the time of your flight, enjoy a last morning in St Petersburg. You will then take a 45-minute private transfer back to the airport in good time for your flight home.
Harriet is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.