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Russian Capitals and Golden Ring
10 Days

ITINERARY

10 Days: St. Petersburg, Moscow & Suzdal

Tour Overview
Start your Russian sojourn in St. Petersburg, the country’s fascinating former capital, famous for its imperial palaces and known as the Venice of the North. Visit the city’s historic cathedrals and visit the impressive Grand Palace and Catherine’s Palace. Take a scenic high speed train to Moscow, Russia’s bustling capital city, renowned for its architecture and onion domed cathedrals. Discover Russia’s Golden Ring ancient towns of Vladmir and Suzdal, known for their scenic, fairytale-like backdrop and history.

Day 1 (Tuesday): Arrival St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 (Wednesday): St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of Venice of the North. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks. (B)


Day 3 (Thursday): St . Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti. (B)


Day 4 (Friday): St. Petersburg-Moscow

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar. (B)


Day 5 (Saturday): Moscow

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. (B)


Day 6 (Sunday): Moscow

The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. (B)


Day 7 (Monday): Moscow-Vladimir-Suzdal

Today we start our journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We first drive through scenic Russian landscapes to Vladimir, one of the ancient capitals of Russia. During the city sightseeing tour we visit the Assumption Cathedral and see the St. Demetrius Cathedral, both world heritage sites and the Golden Gate. In the late afternoon we continue to Suzdal and check-in at the Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad**** or similar. (B)


Day 8: (Tuesday): Suzdal

Dating back almost thousand years, Suzdal is a small fairy-tale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During the optional whole day tour we discover all the treasures of Suzdal including the Kremlin, the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral. (B)


Day 9: (Wednesday): Suzdal – Bogolybovo-Moscow

This morning we drive to the nearby village of Bogolyubovo to admire the glare white light single-domed Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. The church is built on a small hill, on a river meadow, in all its clarity and beauty it stands like a candle, growing out over the expanse of the meadow. We drive back to Moscow and in the afternoon we check-in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar. (B)


Day 10: (Thursday): Moscow Departure

Transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
June-August 2021, 10 days/ 9 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 15 - 24, 2021 2115 2965
Jul 13 - 22, 2021 1875 2675
Jul 27 - 05 Aug, 2021 1875 2675
Aug 10 - 19, 2021 1875 2675
Optional Tours Price Per Person
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace 115
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace 95
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace 110
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum 70
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti 70
Guided channel cruise 70
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour 35
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise 80
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad 115
6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral 115
Half board (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) 370

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 9 overnights at centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 9 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin, the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir and the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations

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