Russia Small Group Tour | Moscow & Saint Petersburg cities in 11 days

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Trip Overview

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour of Russia for no more than 12 travelers, stay at outstanding 4 and 5-star hotels, and go on sightseeing tours to experience the highlights of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and the Golden Ring towns. The trip will take you through a cultural rollercoaster of Russian history with sights including the Kremlin, an impressive Moscow Subway, and a boat ride along rivers and canals of stunning St.Petersburg. Enjoy a perfect Russian vacation.
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 and 5-star centrally located hotels:
    10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    5 guided city tours with private transportation
    3 guided day-tours outside cities
    15 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

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
Tour to the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad

Following early breakfast and check-out, your guide-driver picks you up at the 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 enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad. The highlight of the day is a tour lead by a churchman in the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy - the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After a lunch break, your guide takes you to a cozy town Suzdal, and after check-in, you have a free evening to enjoy the atmosphere of provincial Russia.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Tour of Suzdal & Vladimir and Return to Moscow

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

During the tour, you visit UNESCO World Heritage Site - the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of classical ancient Russia.

After a lunch break, you are taken to Vladimir to witness unique architectural creations. During your tour around this town, you go inside the Dormition Cathedral that preserves the world famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev dating back to the 15th century. Together with your guide you explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy (exterior) and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs. Once the tour is over your driver takes you to Moscow hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

After breakfast, you have a welcome meeting with your guide and the rest of the group. Today you go on a wonderful 6-hour walking tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

During the tour, you explore the territory of the stunning Kremlin 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.

Then you proceed with the heart of Moscow, the fancy Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and admire a beautiful facade of the gorgeous GUM department store.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Tretyakov Gallery. Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After taking the art therapy, 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 have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Panoramic City Tour & Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a panoramic Moscow city tour. Today you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

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 4 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 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.

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 as well as the works of the renowned impressionists in the General Staff Building.

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
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!


Included

10 nights in centrally-located 4+ star hotels

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
10 nights in centrally-located 4+ star hotels

Sample hotels:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
  • Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable 4 and 5-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to Sergiev Posad Lavra, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Dormition Cathedral, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Private boat ride in St-Petersburg;
  • 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 countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 12 travellers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Discover architectural treasures of ancient Russia on a 2-days Golden Ring tour;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Trace the vital milestones in the history of Russian art by witnessing the masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Discover why Saint Petersburg is rightly called the "Venice of the North" on a private boat ride along its rivers and canals;
What to Know
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 8
May - 18, 2019
May 15
May - 25, 2019
May 22
Jun - 1, 2019
Jun 5
Jun - 15, 2019
Jun 12
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 26
Jul - 6, 2019
Jul 3
Jul - 13, 2019
Jul 10
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 17
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 3, 2019
Jul 31
Aug - 10, 2019
Aug 7
Aug - 17, 2019
Aug 14
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 21
Aug - 31, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 7, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 18
Sep - 28, 2019
Sep 25
Oct - 5, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
$3,268
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$654
Two travelers: double occupancy
$3,468
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$694
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$694
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Single traveler
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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Dates
May 8
May - 18, 2019
May 15
May - 25, 2019
May 22
Jun - 1, 2019
Jun 5
Jun - 15, 2019
Jun 12
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 26
Jul - 6, 2019
Jul 3
Jul - 13, 2019
Jul 10
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 17
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 3, 2019
Jul 31
Aug - 10, 2019
Aug 7
Aug - 17, 2019
Aug 14
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 21
Aug - 31, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 7, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 18
Sep - 28, 2019
Sep 25
Oct - 5, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
$3,268
deposit
$654
Two travelers: double occupancy
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
$3,468
deposit
$694
Single traveler
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
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$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880
$4,398
deposit
$880

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