Today we return to the past, back to the city’s first days, with a visit to the place where St Petersburg was founded, by the Tsar Peter the Great. The Peter and Paul Fortress was soon turned into a political prison. There, the son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexei, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were held as prisoners. The Cathedral, designed by the Italian architect, Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.
Then we go back to the twentieth century and visit a real warship named “Aurora”, which marked the start of the Revolution one hundred years ago when if fired a blank shot at the Winter Palace (then the residence of the Provisional Government), giving the signal to the rebellious workers, soldiers and sailors of the city to storm the palace. That moment triggered a dramatic episode in Russia’s history and was the start of over 70 years of Communist leadership.
Your high-speed SAPSAN train will deliver you from the centre of St. Petersburg to the centre of Moscow in just 4 hours. No traffic jams on your way to an airport, no X-rays and no long security checks. Plus, your Discovery Russia travel specialist can issue and even amend your tickets online 24/7 easily adjusting to a flexible travel schedule. "Sapsan" trains are frequent and tickets are always available though we recommend purchase in advance to get better rates during peak season if you travel on a private basis.
Welcome to Moscow! Transfer to your hotel in the downtown and rest.