After settling you into your hotel your host will take you on an orientation
tour of Moscow. This will include a walking tour of Red Square where your introduction
to Russia will begin with a visit to the stunning St. Basil's cathedral. The details
of your first day will depend largely on your time of arrival in Moscow and how
far you have traveled.
Following breakfast in the hotel your host will meet you to return to Red Square for a private tour of the Kremlin including the armory museum and the incredible diamond fund. In the afternoon we will visit Kolomenskoe Park the 257-hectare estate which served as a country residence for the Russian Tsars from Ivan III to Peter I. A traditional Russian dinner is planned for this evening.
(Optional evening entertainment can include circus or theater when available)
Today you will travel to Sergiev Posad (about 60k NE of Moscow)
The religious center of modern Russia established in the middle of the 14th century, Sergiev Posad is often referred to as the "Russian Vatican". You will be taken on a tour of the monastery, including the unique churches located on its grounds. A tour of Sergiev Posad will include a visit to the workshop making matryoshka (nesting) dolls. A great opportunity to buy authentic souvenirs. Return to Moscow.
Evening free (Optional evening entertainment can include circus or theater when available) . The tour is conducted at a leisurely pace and the round trip will take be given 7-8 hours. On returning your guide will help you find a suitable place for dinner.
Today you leave by road to the old Russian capitol of Vladimir.
Guided tours: - The Uspensky and Dmitriyevsky Cathedrals, - The Golden Gate, - Trip to the village of Bogolyubovo (a monastery and Pokrov Church on the Nerly),
You will spend the night in Suzdal at the Dom Lihonina, a classic Russian Merchants house built at the beginning of the 18th Century. Maintained now as a comfortable guest house the Dom Lihonina recreates the traditional Russian style.
Today you will visit The Suzdal Kremlin and the Crosses Chamber, - The Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, - A church bells concert in the Savior Transfiguration Monastery. - A Wooden Architecture Museum. Transfer to Vladimir.
Lunch at the restaurant "Russian Izba" includes a special folklore concert.
Lunch will be followed by the return to Moscow to board the overnight train to St. Petersburg.
You will be met at the Station about 8:AM and taken to your hotel in St. Petersburg.
Today will include a tour of St. Petersburg and a visit to the Hermitage, home of the Tsars and world famous gallery.
Today you will travel a little out of St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo.
The palace and park complex of Tsarskoye Selo is located twenty-five kilometers south of St.Petersburg. More than 100 architectural objects that cover the total area of 300 hectares occupy the territory of the Catherine and Alexander Parks: from the most magnificent palaces and monuments, to pavilions and bridges. This was the location of the famous "Amber Room" stolen by the fascists during WWII. The Amber Room has since been recreated and the exhibition was opened in 2003.
Transfer to Airport
Depart St. Petersburg
Accommodation is 4 Star hotel in Moscow (Usually Ukraina or Rosia). We offer apartment accommodation in St. Petersburg but hotel is available on request. Concert or circus tickets are not included as they are subject to seasonable availability. If you have a special interest please let us know so that we can make advance arrangements. Your host for your tour will be flexible with the schedule to get the most out of weather fluctuations and special interests. Museum tickets are included. Apart from breakfast, only meals mentioned in the tour description are included in the price.
RUSSIA TRAVEL PACKAGES
A selection of Russian tours to take as they are or adjust to your needs.
THE GOLDEN RING
Visit the heart of ancient Russia. What is the Golden Ring?
What you can see in Moscow.
MOSCOW DAY TRIPS
Get out of Moscow and take a relaxing trip to some of these places
Some of the sights to see in Petersburg
LAKE BAIKAL TOURS
Hiking and trekking around the world's deepest lake in the heart of Siberia
Come and work in the field on a Russian Archaeological dig. Full training given on site.
TRAVEL TIPS & SERVICES
Getting around in Russia