• Experience our 12-day tour with our friendly and highly educated resident team.
  • Discover Moscow, St. Petersburg and Golden Ring towns, and become an expert in Russia.
  • Explore the recently declassified facility of the Cold War period, visit the Tank Museum with WWII military display, and learn the history of the Russian Navy. 
  • Trace the milestones of Russian Revolution and learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye.
  • Taste Russian cuisine, try army porridge, taste vodka and get to know how to do shots the Russian way.

Accommodations

Centrally located boutique hotels

Included

Museum entrance Fees

Highly-educated expert guides

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners with wine and vodka tasting, daily bottled water

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg 

Comfortable train from Moscow to Vladimir and back

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers 

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Not included

Air tickets

Optional tank riding and shooting

Visa processing

Gratuities

Evening performances

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)

 

1

Day 1 THU: Welcome to Russia

Arrival to 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.

2

Day 2 FRI: Discover Moscow

Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow as you step into Red Square and admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

View famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, the Kremlin Walls, GUM Department Store, the State Historical Museum and Vladimir Lenin ’s Mausoleum.

Then drive around the Kremlin and view the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history.

After lunch enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country both 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 see the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation, and the Archangel’s Michael Cathedral.

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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

3

Day 3 SAT: KGB History tour

After breakfast, take a Metro ride with your guide and explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations.  Then step on Lubyanka Square to see a memorial to the victims of political repression “Solovetsky Stone” and learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye.

Walk along the embankment under Krymsky Bridge from Gorky Park to the Park of Arts Muzeon. It is one of the largest Russian outdoor museums where the statues of disgraced leaders share their place with diverse creations by contemporary sculptors.

Optionally, experience the real tank ride outside of Moscow! Ride a real Soviet T-34 tank – a legendary war machine, which carried the Soviet Union to victory in WWII. Shoot Ak-47 in an authentic environment of the military base! Get ready for a real Russian military experience!

Meals: Breakfast

4

Day 4 SUN: Tank Museum and Park Patriot

Meet your guide in the lobby and depart to Kubinka (a 60 to 90 minute drive from Moscow).  Spend the day in the Park of Patriots and visit the Tank Museum.  It houses over 268 samples of Soviet and Russian tanks, aircrafts, armored vehicles, and special military equipment.  Get acquainted with various equipment of World War II including Soviet vehicles, equipment of Nazi Germany, Japan, and the Allies – the United States of America and Great Britain.  Most of the vehicles regularly take part in historical events and reconstructions.  You will have a chance to explore inside the tanks and test yourself with the tank simulator.

Hungry from your morning activity?  Try army porridge with stewed beef, partisan borsch with bread from a Russian stove, and enjoy a delicious tea from Samovar.

After lunch continue the tour and explore the best collection of weapons and equipment from 14 countries including a T-35 tank, a missile tank, a SAU-100U, the Pz-VIII Maus tank, and the Karl mortar.  Your day ends by returning to your hotel and enjoying any free time on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5

Day 5 MON: Ancient Russia - Suzdal and Vladimir

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and depart to Kursky railway station.  From there you will board the train to Vladimir and enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient castle (Kremlin) in Suzdal.  Try tasty local specialties like kulebyaka, pirozhki, rasstegai, and vatrushka. 

Play the game “guess the dish,” and try to pronounce its name while Indulging in a shot of Nalivka (a local alcohol drink) to help you guess. Tour Suzdal’s Kremlin which was built in the 10th century.

Later, travel to the charming ancient town of Vladimir, to see unique examples of Russian architecture and fresco paintings of the 12th century.

In the evening board the train from Suzdal back to Moscow.  Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

6

Day 6 TUE: World War II and Cold War tour

If you are interested in old tunnels and unusual buildings and want to learn the Soviet secrets, visit the real Bunker.  In it, you will explore the recently declassified facility of the Cold War period located in the very center of Moscow.  This bunker was constructed in the 1950s due to the threat of Nuclear war. Go under the ground via a metal staircase (200 steps) to examine the tunnels connected to the Moscow Metro system.  

Visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II from a Russian perspective.  Admire the breathtaking monument commemorating those who perished in the war and visit the Victory Museum.  This is a military display of the Museum and acts as a chronicle of the war through official documents, letters, newspaper articles, photographs and paintings.  In the Hall of Memory there are showcases containing books with the names of those who died.  Finish your tour by visiting the open-air exhibition that hosts the great collection of WWII military equipment.

Meals: Breakfast

7

Day 7 WED: Rail to St. Petersburg

After check out you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will check in to your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast

8

Day 8 THU: The City of Tsars and Revolutions

After breakfast enjoy the tour of the northern capital of Russia, lovely St. Petersburg. Your first sight is viewing the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Palace Square.  Take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander Column, and the Hermitage.

Next, the City tour will feature a splendid view from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island.  Continuing your tour you will see the oldest part of the city, Peter and Paul Fortress.  This is where the town of Peter started in 1703.  You will 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, learn about the Great October Revolution of 1917 and stop at the famous Aurora Cruiser.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

9

Day 9 FRI: Peterhof Fountains and Hermitage Museum

In the morning you will have an unforgettable tour of Peterhof Park, the “capital of fountains” with its most famous Grand Cascade.  It is beautiful in the summertime when the impressive 64 different fountains and numerous bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations dot the landscape. 

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

10

Day 10 SAT: Naval History of Russia

Today learn the history of the Russian Navy on a fascinating tour of Kronshtadt, located on the Gulf of Finland close to St. Petersburg.  Walk along the banks of Kotlin Island and visit the splendid Naval Cathedral, one of the historic forts.

After lunch return to St. Petersburg and visit the Central Naval Museum.  View the collections of artifacts, models and paintings reflecting the history of the Russian Navy from Peter the Great to current day.  View the botik (boat) in which Peter the Great (known as the grandfather of the Russian Navy) learned to sail, and Russia’s oldest surviving submarine, designed in 1881.  Learn about the Disaster at Tsushima Bay, a sea battle with Japan in which the Cruiser Aurora survived.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

11

Day 11 SUN: Catherine's Palace and Canal Cruise

In the morning 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 to view its outdoor splendor. After lunch, you will return to St. Petersburg and enjoy a canal cruise.  As you view the city from the water, you will see a different and magnificent view of St. Petersburg. 

In the evening, enjoy vodka tasting with dinner! Get to know how to do shots the Russian way (by saying a special toast!) and pair vodka with tasty local dishes. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with vodka tasting

12

Day 12 MON: Return Home

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

12-Day Small Group Journey 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – Monday, August 24, 2020

Double room $5,795 per person

Solo traveler $7015, per person

Optional tank riding and shooting (including lunch, transportation by private car or van and guide’s assistance) – $400 per person. Minimum group size is 2 persons. Duration is 5-6 hours including transportation.

Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or more and save $50-$100 per person

 

Payment Conditions:
Deposit: 10% of the price 
Final Payment: 90 days prior to departure

*Payment with MasterCard or Visa +3%, American Express +4% to the prices

 

Cancellation Fees: 
91 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price 
90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
30 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price

 

Centrally located boutique hotels 

4 nights in Moscow at the boutique hotel Akvarel

Akvarel hotel is located in the very heart of Moscow in the trendy Stoleshnikov lane. It features 24 comfortable rooms, whose interiors showcase modern luxury, functionality, and a high-quality finish. In rooms: special soundproofing, high-speed Wi-Fi-connection, USB-ports and X channels of satellite TV. Everything is chosen to create an atmosphere where you can relax and recharge before your activities in Moscow.

 

3 nights in St. Petersburg at the boutique hotel DOM  

Located in a beautiful 19th-century mansion in the historic area between the embankment of the Fontanka river and the diplomatic district, this boutique hotel is perfectly placed for those who wish to savor the architectural beauty and the artistic treasures of St Petersburg. The masters of the British architectural Project Orange bureau married classic English style with contemporary eclecticism in the interior rooms. In each room, you’ll find velvety textiles of the highest quality, artfully aged mirrors, charmingly and strictly designed black bathrooms with gold plated fittings.