Essential Russia

Moscow, Suzdal, Veliky Novgorod, Pscov, St Petersburg

From $5900 per person in low season
From $6300 per person in high season

based on 9 nights & daily experiences

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per person price based on 2 people traveling 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 colorful 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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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 theaters 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 jewelry 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)


  • Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Evening Performance

    Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre has been enthralling audiences since the 18th century, and now is your chance to enjoy an opera or ballet performance at the world-famous theater. Sit back and appreciate the show amidst historic and ornate surroundings.

  • Moscow Full-Day City Tour

    Step inside the Kremlin, head underground to secret Metro lines and take photos of St Basil’s colorful and iconic domes. You will also get the chance to appreciate Russian art in two of the city’s museums on this comprehensive tour of Russia’s capital.

  • Moscow to Suzdal via Vladimir

    Explore the Golden Ring cities of Vladimir and Suzdal, home to a fine collection of historic architecture including the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius in Vladimir and the kremlin in Suzdal. Step back in time in Suzdal and enjoy quaint, picturesque Russia.

  • Museum of Cosmonautics

    Head into space at the Museum of Cosmonautics and journey through Soviet and Russian space travel. Located in the striking monument to the Conquerors of Space, its rooms hold all sorts of space paraphernalia, including the Soviet moon rover, Lunokhod.

  • Pogankini Palaty, Izborsk and Pechory

    Take a tour through Russia’s history by visiting the ancient treasures of Pogankini Palaty and ruined fortress of Izborsk. The gold onion domes of Pechory’s monastery are home to 12 churches and are surrounded by old, monastic hermit caves.

  • Sergiev Posad Monastery Visit

    Visit the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius monastery in Sergiev Posad. The monastery has a collection of cathedrals, churches and chapels, and its striking blue and gold onion domes and white-stone buildings are architectural masterpieces.

  • St Petersburg and Hermitage

    Discover some of the world’s most treasured antiquities and art at the State Hermitage Museum. The museum is home to works by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the Russian Emperor’s finest jewelry. Also visit the Palace Square and Peter and Paul Fortress.

  • State Russian Museum Visit

    The State Russian Museum has one of the finest collections of Russian art through the centuries. Housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace buildings, take a journey from ancient classics to contemporary designs.

  • Suzdal Tour

    Amble around the charming Golden City of Suzdal. Visit the kremlin to see the striking blue domes of the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, and take a step back in time at the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life.

  • Tsarskoe Selo Half-Day Tour

    Visit the vast parks and impressive palaces of Tsarskoe Selo. Baroque masterpiece, Catherine Palace, is the centerpiece with its exquisitely decorated rooms. You will also see the world-famous Amber Room on a private visit.

  • Veliky Novgorod Tour

    Veliky Novgorod is the Birthplace of Russia and a center of ancient treasures. Visit one of the oldest kremlins in Russia and see the beautiful cathedral of St Sophia before heading to St George’s Monastery, a medieval complex dating back to 1030.

  • Walking tour of St Petersburg

    Discover St Petersburg with a walking tour alongside your private guide. Learn about the city's fascinating history and Russia's unique culture as you pass sights such as the Hermitage, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Winter Palace.

  • WW2 Bunker Tour

    Head underground and discover the history of SCP Taganskiy’s covert military operations during the Cold War. Tour the tunnels and halls where thousands of staff worked around the clock to brief the country’s leaders on the threat of nuclear attack.


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