Explore Russia and get to see the interesting contrast between its biggest cities, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as well as its peaceful villages - Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Vladimir and Suzdal. Day 1
You'll be taken on a tour of St. Petersburg, where you'll see the city's most famous sites - from the neo-classical splendor of St. Isaac's Cathedral and the geometry of the Palace Square, to the oldest construction in Saint Petersburg - the Peter & Paul's Fortress and its Cathedral - the burial vault of Romanov family. After the tour, have a rendezvous with the Tsarina herself at the waxwork exhibition "The Imperial Family of Romanovs." Enjoy an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine.
In the afternoon, you'll visit the State Hermitage - Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg.Day 2
Peterhof and Saint Petersburg
Discover Peterhof, St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial Estate. Located on the seashore, the Grand Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
In the evening go to Nikolayevsky Palace Restaurant where you will discover traditional Russian dances and music during an elegant reception. Day 3
Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)
Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room on a half-day tour in the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). The Catherine Palace enchants and delights everyone.
Depart on an overnight train to Moscow. Day 4
Go on an orientation tour around the city, and take in the main streets and squares of the city. During this tour you will see old and modern Moscow, the center of the city including Red Square and Alexander Garden, the Moscow Kremlin, Church of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Convent, Arbat Street, and KGB. The splendid architecture, historical monuments, and beautiful streets and embankments will allow you to enjoy the panorama of Moscow from a vantage point on top of Sparrow Hills.
Take a walking tour around Moscow afterwards. Moscow Kremlin will charm you with the beauty of its architecture and the Kremlin cathedrals and churches will impress you with the richness of their interiors. Walk to Red Square and see St. Basil's Basilica, one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments. You will get to visit the Armory Chamber.
Depart for Vladimir in the evening. Day 5
"Golden Ring of Russia" Vladimir and Suzdal
Drive to Suzdal, the most beautiful and best preserved town within the Golden Ring. See the Kremlin of Suzdal, Assumption Cathedral, the Church of Resurrection, the Spaso-Efimiev Monastery, Spaso-Transfiguration Monastery, and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. No other town possesses as many splendid pieces of Russian architecture from different epochs while still retaining its original character and appearance. The hilly green town is very seductive, and walking around is a pleasure, as the monasteries and beautiful old churches offer dream views.
Proceed to Vladimir, an ancient historic Russian town located on a tributary of the Volga. Vladimir bears the name of its founder, Prince Vladimir Monomach. The city dates back to the 10th century and some of places you will see are the Golden Gates, the Byzantine Assumption Cathedral, numerous frescoes of Andrey Rublev, and the Cathedral of Dmitry.Day 6
"Golden Ring of Russia" Kostroma
Arrive at Kostroma in the morning. It is a picturesque place with a strong historical atmosphere. Have lunch at a local restaurant then visit the Ipatiev Monastery, the Romanov's Palace, and the Trade Galleries. Kostroma played an important role in Russian history as the birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty. Kostroma is also famous for its Fire-Watch Tower (the symbol of the town) and ancient churches like the Church of the Resurrection. Day 7
"Golden Ring of Russia" Yaroslavl
Drive to Yaroslavl, founded in 1010, and explore one of Russia's most beautiful cities. Go on a sightseeing tour, which includes a visit to the Spassky monastery (Saviour monastery) and the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Savior Transfiguration cathedral), the oldest building in Yaroslavl, which is almost 500 years old (the foundation is 800 years old). It was built very skilfully in the best traditions of Russian architecture of the time. Day 8
"Golden Ring of Russia" Rostov, Pereslavl and Sergiev Posad
Go on to Rostov the Great, an ancient Russian town located on the Nero Lake. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ancient Kremlin. Inside the Kremlin, visit the archaeological museum.
Drive to Pereslavl-Zalessky and explore this ancient town. See the Red Square, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral and the Church of Mitropolit Peter.
Then depart for Sergiev Posad and enjoy a tour around this historic town, home to the stunningly beautiful Trinity Monastery of St Sergiev. Sergiev Posad is one of the oldest seats of the Russian Orthodox Church and is one of the most important pilgrimage towns in the country.
Return to Moscow in the evening.
- 7 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel
- Half board (continental breakfast and lunch) in St. Petersburg hotel
- 4 breakfasts in Moscow and the Golden Ring villages
- 15 excursions
- Transportation by car or mini-van
- 2nd class train fare from St. Petersburg to Moscow
- Guide assistance
- Entrance fees
- Meals and drinks not in tour itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- German, Italian, French or Spanish-speaking local guides are available upon request and for an additional fee.