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Explore the best of extraordinary Russia in small group, stay in outstanding hotels and go on sightseeing tours to experience the highlights of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and the Golden Ring.

City:
Moscow, Saint Petersburg
Duration:
9+2 days
Type:
Small group tour
From:
$2,957
Next date:
Jul 05, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

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Day 2
Visiting the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad & Transfer to Suzdal

Today you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Sergiev Posad known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town.

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Day 3
Visiting the Suzdal Kremlin & Tour of Vladimir Cathedrals

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring for a large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture.

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Day 4
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

After breakfast you have a welcome meeting with your guide and the rest of the group followed by a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks. You then proceed to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery.

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Day 5
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery.

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Day 6
EXTRA DAY: Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Subway Ride

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour to one of the most beautiful Russia’s monasteries - the Novodevichy Convent.

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Day 7
St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg. Later you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

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Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya.

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Day 9
Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

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Day 10
EXTRA DAY: Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

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Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

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Price

$2,957
Deposit $592
Small group tour
250$ off
$3,098
Deposit $620
Small group tour
Early bird: 2017 rates
$3,671
Deposit $735
Single traveler
250$ off
$3,998
Deposit $800
Single traveler
Early bird: 2017 rates

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches and dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countrie;
  • Emergency line support during the trip..

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2: Visiting the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad & Transfer to Suzdal

After breakfast your private driver picks you up at your hotel in Moscow and takes you to Sergiev Posad known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town.

Upon arrival you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad, that includes a visit to the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy - the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After lunch at a local restaurant your driver takes you to Suzdal that is one of the most famous towns of the Golden Ring. Upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the evening you enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3: Visiting the Suzdal Kremlin & Tour of Vladimir Cathedrals

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring for a large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture.

During the tour you see the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin and its gem - the beautiful Chamber of the Christ, explore the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius and visit the famous Museum of Wooden Architecture.

After lunch at a local restaurant you are transferred to Vladimir. During your tour around this town you go inside the Dormition Cathedral that preserves the world famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev, explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy and visit the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery.

In the evening your driver takes you back to your hotel in Moscow for overnight.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

After breakfast you have a welcome meeting with your guide and the rest of the group followed by a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, admire a beautiful facade of the famous GUM department store, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time allows) and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

You then proceed to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5: Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6: EXTRA DAY: Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Subway Ride

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour to one of the most beautiful Russia’s monasteries - the Novodevichy Convent.

During the tour you explore the unique interiors of the Convent and visit its Cemetery that is considered one of Moscow’s most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. The cemetery has a park-like ambiance, dotted with small chapels and beautiful monuments, that makes you feel like strolling in the park of sculptures. 

Later you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations. 

After the tour you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 3,5 hours. 

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7: St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

During the tour you also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

Later you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Optional evening activity: Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show
Enchanting festival of Russian spirit "Feel yourself Russian" is performed by a professional folk ensemble at the Nikolaevsky Palace. Three musicians brilliantly perform folk compositions. Besides the accordion and balalaika which are traditional for Russia, some rare and even exotic musical instruments are used by this group. You will be astonished to hear lyrical or stirring tunes performed by means of objects which are never known to be used for music-making. These extraordinary performances are full of humor and stress the efficiency of the instruments players, their ability to turn the ordinary into the beautiful and remarkable.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Tour of the Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9: Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10: EXTRA DAY: Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11: Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches and dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countrie;
  • Emergency line support during the trip..

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square is the main central square in Moscow, housing the emblematic symbol of Russia - St. Basil's Cathedral. 

Kremlin, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Kremlin is the capital's main landmark often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The #1 art gallery in Moscow - the Tretyakov Gallery, encompasses more than 150,000 works of art.

Moscow Metro, Russia

Moscow's subway is an underground world with over 300 km of rail tracks and exclusive museum-like stations.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

St Isaac's Cathedral is among the most impressive cathedrals in Russia dominating in St. Petersburg's skyline.

Church of the Savior, St. Petersburg

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a multi-colored beauty built in memory of the assassinated Tsar Alexander II.

Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg

The mighty Peter and Paul fortress, standing on Hare Island, has been the symbol of Saint Petersburg's strength for many centuries.

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The world-famous Hermitage Museum is home to the largest collection of paintings on Earth, holding about 3 million works of art.

Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Russia

Catherine Palace is a stunning luxurious royal residence gifted to Empress Catherine I by Peter the Great.

Peterhof, Russia

Peterhof palace complex, the luxurious royal residence of Russian Tsars, is often referred to as the "Russian Versailles".

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Jul 05, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017
$2,957
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$3,671
sold out
Jul 19, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017
$2,957
sold out
$3,671
sold out
Jul 26, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017
$2,957
sold out
$3,671
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Aug 09, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017
$2,957
250$ off
$3,671
250$ off
Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017
$2,957
$3,671
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
$2,957
$3,671
May 02, 2018 - May 12, 2018
$3,098
$3,998
May 09, 2018 - May 19, 2018
$3,098
$3,998
May 12, 2018 - May 22, 2018
$3,098
$3,998
Jul 18, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
$3,098
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$3,998
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Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 04, 2018
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Aug 01, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018
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Aug 22, 2018 - Sep 01, 2018
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Aug 29, 2018 - Sep 08, 2018
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Sep 05, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
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Sep 12, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
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Sep 19, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
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