Trip Overview

The Soul of Russia

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels! Traverse the ancient Golden Ring towns called "Russian Vatican". Enjoy the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, as well as the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage Museum.

The Soul of Russia

16 days4 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$5,914
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels! Traverse the ancient Golden Ring towns called "Russian Vatican". Enjoy the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, as well as the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage Museum.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

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

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
5
Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.
car
Moscow
Suzdal
3 hrs 20 min

After a quick car ride today, you will arrive in the heart of the Golden Ring. Beautiful countryside views included!

Suzdal

second destination
2 days in the city
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 private 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.

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

After breakfast meet your guide 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.

Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal
4

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.

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
4 days in the city
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Moscow Panoramic City Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you 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 spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Day 5
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square. Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory.

Day 6
Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Subway Tour & Moscow by Night
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the nearby subway station to take a short ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life. Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery.

Day 7
Market Tour & Russian Cooking Class
Tasting
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast you meet with our representative. You are taken on an exclusive cooking class. Together with a professional English-speaking chef you first go to a local market to buy fresh local produce and afterward learn to cook borscht.

St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
5
Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.
train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

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

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination
6 days in the city
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Train to Saint-Petersburg & Panoramic City Tour with a Boat Ride
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast and check-out, your private driver meets you and transfers you to the Leningradsky train station for your departure to Saint-Petersburg. Upon arrival, you are met by your private guide, who takes you on an amazing panoramic city tour.

Day 9
Imperial Porcelain Master Class & Vodka Museum Visit
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed with your private driver to the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the first and oldest porcelain factory in Russia. Later this day, you have private guided tour of the Russian Vodka Museum.

Day 10
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian palatial architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo).

Day 11
Tour of the Hermitage Museum, Savior on Spilled Blood & Saint-Petersburg by Night Tour
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

Day 12
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour
Day tour

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! Today you travel with your private guide and driver to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

Day 13
Day at Leisure & Train to Petrozavodsk
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast and check-out you have some free time to continue exploring the city on your own or sign up for one of our carefully planned optional tours. In the late afternoon, you have a transfer to the train station for your train to Petrozavodsk.

Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg
5

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.

train
Saint Petersburg
Petrozavodsk
5 hrs 10 min

Today you board a Russian train and enjoy a scenic ride towards Petrozavodsk. Get ready to witness some glorious lakes and forests alongside the charming little Russian towns.

Petrozavodsk

fifth destination
2 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 14
Kizhi Island Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Today after breakfast meet your guide and walk to the pier along the embankment to board a hydrofoil that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island, where some scenes of the Anna Karenina movie were filmed.

Day 15
Exploring Karelian Traditional Village Life & Departure to St. Petersburg
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast and check-out, meet your private guide and embark on a tour to the villages of Manga and Kinerma. After the tour, you are taken to the train station where you board a train back to St. Petersburg.

Piter Inn Hotel, Petrozavodsk
4

The modern-looking Piter Inn Hotel is a nice property and a great place to stay during your Russia vacation. It offers 180 comfortable rooms equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay, including flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms.

train
Petrozavodsk
Saint Petersburg
5hrs 10 min

Leave Petrozavodsk behind and make your way towards the always beautiful Saint Petersburg. Enjoy stunning views through the large passenger window.

Saint Petersburg

sixth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 16
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing trip to Russia! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg
5

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.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 4-star hotels in Suzdal and Petrozavodsk;
  • 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 & Amber Chamber, Moscow subway, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace, Open-air Museum of Kizhi;
  • 1st class tickets for Radisson boat ride on Moskva river;
  • Private boat ride in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Hydrofoil ride from Peterhof to Saint-Petersburg;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Regular class high-speed Lastochka train tickets between St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk;
  • 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, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Discover architectural treasures of ancient Russia on a 2-days Golden Ring tour;
  • Touch 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;
  • Enjoy unique activities, including a Russian Cooking Class, an Imperial Porcelain Master Class, as well as a guided visit to the Vodka Museum;
  • 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;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide.
  • Explore the wonders of Karelia Region, including the famous Kizhi Island and its wooden Pogost, the city of Petrozavodsk, and a Karelian traditional village.

What To Know

  • Russian climate may be unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers, bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • Debit and credit cards are accepted in most places in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and there are plenty of ATMs if you need some cash for meals and tips.
  • 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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