Russian Capitals and Historic Towns

St. Petersburg & Moscow + the ancient cathedral cities of the "Golden Ring"
Transfiguration Cathedral Suzdal, Russia © Pixabay

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.

Itinerary

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 Azimut Smolenskaya 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

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.

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 Azimut Suzdal or similar.

Day 8 Suzdal: Kremlin, Cathedral and Wooden Architecture

Dating back almost 1,000 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 Azimut Smolenskaya or similar.

Day 10 Moscow Departure

Private transfer from hotel to the airport and end of arrangements.


2021 departures: 
15 June
13, 27 July
10 August

Notes:

Maximum Group Size: 45 persons

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    St. Petersburg & Moscow + the ancient cathedral cities of the "Golden Ring"
  • Tour Category

    Escorted
  • Duration

    10 days

    Departures

    Jun - Aug

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      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 a multi-lingual 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: 4hr excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including Amber Room; folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; 4hr excursion to Peterhof Palace including Grand Palace; 3hr visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3hr St. Petersburg canal cruise, 3hr Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3hr Moscow by Night tour, 8hr Sergiev Posad tour, 6hr 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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