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Tour to Moscow & St. Petersburg with Golden Ring Extension

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Trip Overview

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. The trip will take you through a cultural rollercoaster of Russian history with sights including "Russian Vatican", the Kremlin, an authentic Moscow Subway and even a boat ride through the canals of stunning St.Petersburg. A perfect Russian vacation. 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    10 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    1 high-speed train ticket
    1 boat ride
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours
    Trips to Peterhof and Pushkin
    A private boat ride in St. Petersburg
  • MEALS
  • 10 buffet breakfasts
    2 lunches

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

 

Day 6

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 ambience, 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.

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
    An 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 players of the instruments, their ability to turn the ordinary into the beautiful and remarkable.

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.

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.

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.

 

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!


Hotels

10 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals as per 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries
  • A private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg
  • A Moscow subway ride
  • A visit to the Kremlin
  • Tour of the Hermitage Museum

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 Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 25 - May 05, 2018
$3,098
deposit
$620
$3,298
deposit
$660
$4,198
deposit
$840
May 2 - May 12, 2018
$3,098
deposit
$620
$3,298
deposit
$660
$4,198
deposit
$840
May 9 - May 19, 2018
$3,098
deposit
$620
$3,298
deposit
$660
$4,198
deposit
$840
View all dates
Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 25 - May 05, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
May 2 - May 12, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
May 9 - May 19, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
May 12 - May 22, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Jul 18 - Jul 28, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Jul 25 - Aug 04, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Aug 8 - Aug 18, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Aug 15 - Aug 25, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Aug 22 - Sep 01, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Aug 29 - Sep 08, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Sep 5 - Sep 15, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Sep 12 - Sep 22, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Sep 19 - Sep 29, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198
Sep 26 - Oct 06, 2018
$3,098
$3,298
$4,198

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Reviews

Julie Glass

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October 16, 2016

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She loved it! The Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg tours were well organized and provided great pictures and lots of information. Our tour guide in Moscow was awesome. And our tour guide in St ...

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Linda Snowman

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October 16, 2016

The Volga Dream Cruise met or even exceeded our expectations

I really enjoyed the trip. We were very pleased with the hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The accommodations were good and the breakfasts were lavish. But the best part was that both hotels were so well located. The guides in both cities were knowledgeable. The Hermitage was so crowded that it made it difficult to ...

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Mark Liang

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October 16, 2016

Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords with Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Thank you for planning the trip of a lifetime. Everyone in our group had a great time on the trip. The itinerary that you have planned for us was just what we were hoping. We were already excited about the trip after receiving the itinerary. The trip more than exceeded our expectations. Scandinavia has a lot to offer.

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Julie Glass

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October 16, 2016

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She ...

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Linda Snowman

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October 16, 2016

The Volga Dream Cruise met or even exceeded our expectations

I really enjoyed the trip. We were very pleased with the hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The accommodations were good ...

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Mark Liang

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October 16, 2016

Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords with Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Thank you for planning the trip of a lifetime. Everyone in our group had a great time on the trip. The itinerary that you ...

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