russia tour: Russian Capitals and Historic Towns

Escorted
St Petersburg & Moscow + the ancient cathedral cities of the "Golden Ring"
10 days
May - Aug
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On this tour visit the marvellous Imperial city of St Petersburg, then the heart of old Russia, Moscow. Continue to the ancient towns of Suzdal, Vladimir and Bogolyubovo, which together form part of the Golden Ring. These historic Russian towns are famed for their monasteries, cathedrals and traditional architecture, known as the White Monuments.

Day 1 Arrive St Petersburg
Private transfer from the airport to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar; check-in and early evening welcome meeting with your tour escort & fellow guests.

Day 2 St Petersburg: Imperial City Tour & Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room 
St. Petersburg's Imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title, Venice of the North. On your morning sightseeing tour, become acquainted with all the city's splendours: the Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of the Bleeding Saviour, Nevsky Convent and more. Afternoon visit to Zarskoye Selo with impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. Evening visit to Nikolaevsky Palace to seen an exciting traditional Russian folklore show, including some Russian drinks and snacks.

Day 3 St Petersburg: Peterhof Palace & Hermitage Art Museum
Morning excursion to Peterhof Palace - an uncontested masterpiece of Peter the Great's time, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade, Water Avenue and wonderful parks. Afternoon visit to world-famous, treasure filled Hermitage Art Museum - a truly wonderful way to end your exploration of this magnificent city. Tonight, you may like to join the optional  Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.

Day 4 St Petersburg - Moscow: Canal Cruise and Fast train to Moscow
Early morning guided channel cruise along the meandering waterways. 
Around noon, we transfer to the 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 in Moscow; accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.

Day 5 Moscow: Kremlin, Cathedrals, Metro & River Cruise
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 one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. Morning sightseeing includes all the highlights of this vast city - Red Square with the Kremlin, Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and the Kremlin grounds including one of the cathedrals. Afternoon visit to the famous Moscow Metro including the stations along the Ring Line, followed by a guided stroll along famous Arbat Street, is offered. Evening 'Moscow by Night', tour which includes an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 6 Moscow: Sergiev Posad & Russian Circus
Full day excursion to Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the country.This year the monastery celebrates the 700th anniverary of St Sergius. Evening excursion, a fun visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 7 Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal: Cathedrals
Today we start out along the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We first drive through scenic landscapes to Vladimir, one of the land's ancient capitals. Here, during our sightseeing tour, we visit the Assumption Cathedral and see St. Demetrius Cathedral, both of which are World Heritage Sites, before arriving at the Golden (city) Gate. Late afternoon arrival in Suzdal; check-in at Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad or similar.

Day 8 Suzdal: Kremlin, Cathedral and Wooden Architecture
Dating back almost 1000 years, Suzdal is a small fairytale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During today's full day excursion, discover local treasures including the Kremlin, Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 9 Suzdal - Bogolyubovo - Moscow: Church of the Intercession and White Monuments
This morning we drive to nearby Bogolyubovo village to admire the white stone, single-domed Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. Standing on a small hill, in a meadow, this UNESCO Listed church is also part of the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal collection. Following our visit, we return to Moscow; afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.

Day 10 Moscow Departure
Private transfer from hotel to the airport and end of arrangements.

2018 departures: 05 Jun;   17, 24, 31 Jul;   07, 21 Aug

2019 departures: 21 May;   18 Jun;   02, 16, 30 Jul;   20 Aug   

Maximum group size: 45 persons

Includes: 9 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice; entrances to Peter-and-Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg), the Kremlin (Moscow), Assumption Cathedral (Vladimir) and Church of the Intercession (Bogolybovo); services of English-speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout itinerary; One way train ticket St Petersburg-Moscow 2nd class; portage at hotels; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being: 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including Amber Room; folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; 4 hour excursion to Peterhof Palace including Grand Palace; 3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3 hour St Petersburg canal cruise, 3 hour Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3 hour Moscow by Night tour, 8 hour Sergiev Posad tour, visit to Russian Circus, 6 hour tour of Suzdal.

Excludes: Russian Visa; optional special dinner being Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti; half board at hotels (9 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2935.00
Single AUD$ 3754.00

The prices shown here are for 2018.  Please ask for 2019 prices. 

Includes: 9 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice; entrances to Peter-and-Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg), the Kremlin (Moscow), Assumption Cathedral (Vladimir) and Church of the Intercession (Bogolybovo); services of English-speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout itinerary; One way train ticket St Petersburg-Moscow 2nd class; portage at hotels; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being: 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including Amber Room; folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; 4 hour excursion to Peterhof Palace including Grand Palace; 3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3 hour St Petersburg canal cruise, 3 hour Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3 hour Moscow by Night tour, 8 hour Sergiev Posad tour, visit to Russian Circus, 6 hour tour of Suzdal.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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