Trip Overview

The Soul of Russia

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Small group tour to Russia

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour of Russia for no more than 14 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.

The Soul of Russia

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Small group tour to Russia
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$3,018
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour of Russia for no more than 14 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.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

car
Moscow
Suzdal
3 hrs 20 min

The following morning you have a quick car ride, taking you to the heart of the Golden Ring. Beautiful countryside views included!

Suzdal

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 2
Tour to the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad
City tour
City tour

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.

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Day 3
Tour of Suzdal & Vladimir and Return to Moscow
Day tour
Day tour

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.

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Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal
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Offering great service and comfortable accommodation, the Nikolaevsky Posad tourist complex is a great value option. It offers comfortable rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms with hairdryers.

Welcome to Suzdal

The ancient town of Suzdal is a must-see while in Russia. Situated near the capital Moscow, it is one of the main stops on the Golden Ring route, providing with some truly picturesque sites

car
Suzdal
Moscow
3 hrs 20 min

Discover the authentic towns and landscapes of Russia while on a journey with our experienced driver. During the fast and safe transfer you can enjoy the beautiful views or simply sit back and relax before further exploring. 

Moscow

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

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

During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, and see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

After a break for lunch, you pay a visit 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.

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Day 5
Visiting the Kremlin Territory & Armoury Chamber
City tour
City tour

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 set off on a 4-hour walking tour. You walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the 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 have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Moscow Subway & the Sparrow Hills Viewpoint
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering 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 Subway ride, 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 drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.

After a break for lunch, you are transferred to the train station.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a short train ride between the two treasure cities in Russia. The high-speed Sapsan train will provide the highest level of comfort and the shortest travel duration.

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
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.

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Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum
Museum
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.

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Day 9
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour
Day tour

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.

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Day 10
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour
Day tour

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.

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Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg
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Set right in the heart of the scenic city of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia combines an elegant design and offers impeccable service, providing everything you need for a great stay. All rooms are light and spacious and are fitted with great amenities.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

What's Included

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;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • 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 the 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;
  • Enjoy day trips to gorgeous Russian royal palaces: Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin

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
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