Essential Russia

Moscow, Suzdal, Veliky Novgorod, Pscov, St Petersburg

From £5200 per person in low season
From £5500 per person in high season

based on 9 nights & daily experiences

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  • Daily Breakfast

per person price based on 2 people travelling including all accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers and city tours in Moscow, Suzdal, Novogrod and St Petersburg.

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  • Enjoy plenty of time to explore the fascinating cities of St Petersburg and Moscow

  • Discover the main cities of the Golden Ring

  • Visit the oldest Kremlin in Russia

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The main tourist season is between June and August, when the weather is the warmest. Standout seasons to visit Russia are late spring (May or June) and early autumn (September or October), when the city’s parks are filled with flowering trees or colourful leaves.

The deepest, darkest part of winter is undeniably cold but if you are prepared it can be an adventure. Furs and vodka keep people warm and snow-covered landscapes are picturesque. A solid snowpack covers the ground from November to March.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday.


This enchanting tour takes you around the ancient towns of The Golden Ring. Wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden onion-shape domes, pretty wooden architecture, as well as UNESCO-listed sites like Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius in Sergiev Posad and many more.

  1. Days 1-3: Moscow

    Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    You’ll then embark on a city tour, where you’ll see Lenin’s Mausoleum and enter St Basil’s Cathedral, the wonderfully ornamented quincunx of onion domes which is the best-known building in Russia. You’ll then visit the Monument of Peter The Great, Sparrow Hills with the observation platform for amazing views over the city. Then proceed to the Hill of Glory, which is a beautiful memorial complex.

    Next is the Novodevichi Convent with its cluster of sparkling dome and gorgeous turreted wall which was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    You will have your guide and driver at your disposal, head for a shopping spree or visit the unique Museum of Cosmos, which gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved.

    Should you wish, we can also arrange for you to watch the world-renowned Circus Nikulin with the best seat in the house and return transfers to hotel. We can also arrange a unique backstage visit.

    A second day in Moscow will take you to the Visit the Kremlin and the Armory Museum with a vast collection of Imperial Russian artwork, followed by the greatest collection of Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs. You’ll also see The Russian Diamond Fund.

    We will then take you to see some of the best examples of underground Soviet-era architecture on tour of Moscow’s metro stations! Next, you’ll visit The State Tretyakov Gallery, showcasing more than 170,000 works by Russian artists from early religious paintings to modern art.
    You may wish to add an enjoyable evening watching the amazing ballet or opera performances at the one of the greatest theatres in the world, The Bolshoi Theatre.

    Accommodation: Hotel Baltschug Kempinski (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Suzdal

    The following day you’ll depart Moscow where your driver will take you to Vladimir, one of the Golden Ring cities. Here, enjoy a local delicacy lunch in one of the riverside cafeterias, perhaps sampling pancakes with caviar and vodka.

    Vladimir was one of the medieval capitals of Russia and nowadays having 3 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. The Golden Gate, originally a tower over the city's main gate. The Assumption Cathedral, finest piece of pre-Mongol architecture and The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, famous for its white-stone carvings.

    After your tour of Vladimir, drive to the diamond of the Golden Ring cities, Suzdal. Stepping into Suzdal is like stepping back in time, the cute wooden cottages mingling with golden cupolas that reflect in the river. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

    Today, enjoy a tour of Suzdal, visiting the remarkable riverside churches and monasteries dating from the 11th - 13th century, some of which are included in UNESCO World Heritage Listed. Take a tour of the Museum of Wooden Architecture, before enjoying a traditional lunch in a local home. Should you wish, we can also arrange for you to have a cooking lesson.  

    After lunch, you’ll continue your Golden Ring tour with a drive to Sergiev Posad. Visit the Trinity Lavra, which is a unique architectural masterpiece protected by UNESCO World Heritage organization. Sergiev Posad is the birth place of Russian Matreshka’s, you will have some time to do souvenir shopping, before to Moscow. Proceed to the train station to catch your 1st class night train to Veliky Novgorod. 

    Accommodation: Pushkarskaya Sloboda (1 night)

  3. Days 4-5: Take the overnight train to Veliky Novgorod

    Take the overnight train to Veliky Novgorod

    Accommodation: Take the overnight train to Veliky Novgorod (1 night)

  4. Days 5-6: Veliky

    In the morning you’ll arrival at the morning time to Novogrod, which was the first capital of Russia.

    Enjoy tour of the city, visiting the oldest Kremlin in Russia, dating back 864. Visit the cathedral of St. Sophia, which dominates the structure of the Kremlin. Continue to the Yuriev Monastery, a medieval religious complex built in 1030 along the Volkov River. End your tour with visit of the Cathedral of St. George, which will impress you by its size and beauty. 

    Accommodation: Park Inn Veliky Novgorod (1 night)

  5. Days 6-7: Pscov

    Today transfer to Pscov, one of the oldest towns in Russia. Visit Pogankini Palaty, a great example of medieval architecture which houses a rich collection of ancient Russian icons.

    Then continue to Izborsk, which is home to an ancient settlement. Visit the Izborsk Fortress that dates back to the 14th century. You will also get the opportunity to sample the healing waters of Slovensky Springs, also known as the Springs of the 12 Apostles. Then continue to Pechory and visit the amazing Cave Monastery, one of the most famous and oldest still-functioning monasteries in Russia. 

    Accommodation: Old Estate Hotel (1 night)

  6. Days 7-10: St Petersburg

    This morning you will be transferred to St Petersburg by road, taking approximately 4 and a half hours.

    In the afternoon, after arriving into St Petersburg and checking into your hotel you’ll embark on a walking tour along Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main street of the city which features an array of iconic buildings. You will also visit the beautiful St Isaac Cathedral and Church of Spilled Blood.
    You may also choose to go to a folk Show in Nikolaevsky Palace, please ask your travel consultant for more information. 

    This following day you’ll visit the former summer residences of the Russian court Peterhof, visiting the Great Palace and its lovely gardens and fountains. After, you’ll return to the city by hydrofoil.

    For the remainder of you day there are a number of excursions you can choose to do. One option is to visit the magnificent summer residence of the Russian Tsars - the Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace where the Amber Room is considered to be one of the world's wonders. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Russian Museum, whose collection contains more than 400,000 exhibits. The main complex of museum buildings, the Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois Wing, houses the permanent exhibition, tracing the entire history of Russian art from the tenth to the twentieth centuries.

    As an optional extra you can also to to watch the world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet. 

    Your final day in St Petersburg is devoted to a morning visit to the Hermitage, which compares with Louvre or British Museum as a truly world-class museum. You will have a special visit to the Diamond room, where the largest collection of the Russian Emperor's fine jewellery is located.

    After, enjoy Russian lunch with vodka tasting and then relax at Palace Square – the central city square of St. Petersburg.

    Accommodation: The Angleterre (3 nights)


Moscow, Suzdal, Veliky Novgorod, Pscov, St Petersburg

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