Rustle the leaves and bring home new friends and unforgettable emotions! Visit the must-see sites in three cities – the Kremlin in Moscow, wooden architecture masterpieces in Suzdal and Catherine’s palace in St. Petersburg. Take part in master classes in Suzdal and create your own hand-made souvenirs.

Step into the times of Ivan the Terrible with the exclusive visit to Old English Court  – after the museum is closed to the public it is available for a private tour kindly arranged for us by the museum docent. Trace the milestones of the Great October Revolution in Russia.

Taste Russian cuisine, take part in the culinary class, try vodka and “party like a Russian”.  Admire the art collections of the Old Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage museum and enjoy the breathtaking Kremlin view from the new urban Zaryadye park.

Accomodations
5-star hotels

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated local guides

9 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 7 lunches, welcome drink, daily bottled water

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (business class)

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers (group or individual)

Whisper technology enhanced touring

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Not included 

Air tickets

Evening performance tickets and transfers

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)
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Day 1: Welcome to Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel. This evening you can relax with the group, have a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.

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Day 2: Discover the Capital of Russia

Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow. Step into Red Square to admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. You will view famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, the Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum, and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Our next venture will be to drive around the Kremlin and view the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history. Then you’ll reach the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent – the “Convent of the Broken Hearts.” Then you’ll visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II from a Russian perspective. Taste traditional Russian apple pie among other dishes during your lunch!

Take a walk in the oldest neighborhoods of Moscow – Kitay-Gorod. Stroll down Varvarka street. View the XVII century Boyar Romanov residence that preserves the origins of the second Royal dynasty, The Old English Court, and the new urban Zaryadye Park. Continue the exploration with an exclusive visit to Old English Court – after the museum is closed to the public it is available for a private tour kindly arranged for us by the museum curator.

In the evening enjoy a dinner a la Russe and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Tretyakov Gallery - KGB Tour

After breakfast, take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of it’s most impressive stations. Then visit the Old Tretyakov gallery – the main museum housing a collection of Russian art from the XII to the XX century, including the world famous Andrey Rublev’s “Holy Trinity.”

We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant and taste seasonal traditional meals. Then continue with the KGB tour. On this tour, you will visit places connected with the time of great repression and fear. You will step onto Lubyanka Square and see a memorial to the victims of political repression – Solovetsky Stone. Then you will visit Donskoy Monastery and Cemetery where the victims of repression were buried. You’ll learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye in Russia. Refresh at the hotel before enjoying the evening program (Folk dance show/Classical music /Ballet/Opera) – the schedule is subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Golden Ring - Local Treats

The Golden Ring is an ensemble of ancient towns around Moscow. Visiting a few of them can be an unforgettable journey through the history, traditions, and legends of Russia. This morning board the local train to see the beauty of a Russain autumn. Visit the charming Vladimir and Suzdal towns. During the tour of Vladimir you’ll view the ancient golden-domed Assumption Cathedral. Then you will travel to Suzdal to enjoy traditional Russian lunch. The town remains an ecological escape that has no  railway or airport. The only way to get there is by bus or car. It is full of small wooden houses set in a magnificent landscape. Suzdal boasts a host of beautiful churches, monasteries, and convents. Take a walk around and feel the spirit of ancient Russia!

Take a tour of Suzdal’s Kremlin, which dates from the 10th century, and visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Then have some hands-on fun – take part in master-classes of pottery, shop for souvenirs at the Trading rows, and talk to the locals!

Taste the seasonal meals before boarding your train back to Moscow!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Rail to St. Petersburg

Today, you will enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. You will see the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel’s Michael Cathedral.

You will visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge. You can try a traditional Russian lunch and then stroll down Petrovka street. The street takes its name after the St. Peter’s (Vysoko-Petrovsky) Monastery located at the top of the hill. A visit to this XIV century monastery will give you a unique insight into the royal court’s life before Tzar Peter, and the Orthodox past of Russia.

Later you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. You will be offered dinner on board. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will check in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: The City of Tsars

After breakfast, join the tour of the northern capital of Russia. View the Palace Square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander Column, and the Hermitage. Then the city tour will feature the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. Follow your guide to the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Continue past the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens to the most famous church in the city, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.

After lunch walk along the Nevsky prospect, lively at any time of day and night – this most elegant avenue is lined with palaces and mansions. You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the the evening program (Ballet/Opera/Folk dance show/Classic music) – schedule is subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Imperial Treasures

Today, you will depart to the Pushkin town or Tsarskoye Selo, just outside St. Petersburg. It is famed for its majestic Catherine’s Palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room. You will continue to the beautiful Catherine Park surrounding the palace.  Enjoy your lunch before the transfer to St. Petersburg.

Upon arrival in the city, you will visit the Faberge museum established by Viktor Vekselberg. One item you might admire is the world’s largest collection of priceless Easter eggs that Faberge created for the Imperial family.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 8: The Hermitage

After a leisurely breakfast, go to Dvortsovaya (Palace square). A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It is estimated that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute!

Once your lunch is completed we will take time to admire the Impressionist Gallery at the restored General Staff building.  This evening you will take part in a culinary class followed by Russian style dinner with your companions.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: The City of Revolutions

This morning learn about the Great October Revolution in Russia – one of the most important events in world history. The head of the Revolution, the Bolsheviks’ mastermind and Soviet people’s idol for many decades was Vladimir Lenin. You will view one of his ascetic offices where he signed the decrees that proved to be fatal for the country and people. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Political History located in the former Mansion of  Mariinsky theatre ballerina Matilda Kshessinskaya. Following the museum, you will be near the famous Cruiser Aurora. Then enjoy free time in the city center to explore it on your own, visit multiple shops, enjoy coffee and meals, or visit exhibits.

In the evening, enjoy vodka tasting with dinner and your new friends!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10: Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Moscow, Golden Ring & St. Petersburg – Luxury 10 Day Tour in Fall

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 – Saturday, September 15, 2018 (10 days, 9 nights)

Prices

  • Double (shared hotel room, per person): $4,065
  • Single (individual hotel room, per person): $5,190

  • 3 nights in Moscow at the 5-star InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

This modern luxury hotel located on Tverskaya street is putting you in the vibrant heart of the city. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Kremlin and Red Square.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4 nights in St. Petersburg at the 5-star Astoria Hotel

A city landmark since 1912, Hotel Astoria has hosted many eminent guests, including dancer Isadora Duncan and poet Sergei Yesenin. This luxury hotel is situated directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre.