Discover the Best of Russia over 9 days from St Petersburg to Moscow, including the Golden Ring!
Start off with the culture-rich St Petersburg and the incredible Hermitage museum. Hop on board an overnight train to Moscow, the vibrant heart of Russia. Witness the might of the Kremlin and beauty of St. Basil’s Cathedral before embarking on a cultural adventure through the famous Golden Ring! Discover ancient capitals decorated with beautiful monasteries, onion-domes and wooden cottages. Explore the impressive ancient towns, ‘open-air museums’, that have shaped Russian history, religion and culture over centuries.
An architectural masterpiece with the combination of baroque, classical and modernist styles. This church was built where Tsar II Alexander was assassinated.
Also one of the largest museums in the world, this breath-taking complex from the 14th century includes 5 palaces, 4 cathedrals, the Kremlin Wall and Towers.
Explore the fascinating history of the Red Square, visit the spectacular Kremlin and let the architecture of the St. Basil’s Cathedral leave you speechless.
Get surrounded by the glorious monuments of the cultural capital of Russia; discover the Nevsky Prospect, Church of the Spilled Blood, Hermitage, and many more.
The Red Square
The Red Square
The Red Square is the heart of Moscow, home to Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb and the number one witness of Russia’s history.
Day 1: St.Petersburg
Welcome to Russia! Keep your eyes peeled at St. Petersburg airport for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Freshen up and meet in the lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards, join the group for a walk and have an optional group dinner to mingle. Your tour leader can also recommend some local bars to enjoy a drink with your new travel buddies.
Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
Optional Activities: Group Dinner
Day 2: St. Petersburg - City tour incl. the Hermitage
The amazing city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and was previously Russia’s capital. The city is built around a series of bridge-connected canals and rivers and our day starts with the city tour includes a drive along the main street, Nevsky Prospect, giving us a solid introduction to this beautiful city and a few stops at Church on Spilled Blood (exterior only)Then we have guided visit of the treasure-filled Hermitage Museum.
Included Activities; Guided St.Petersburg Tour & Hermitage Museum
Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
Meals ; Breakfast
Day 3: St. Petersburg (opt. Tsars Route tour)
Today you have a free day to explore this magnificent city on your own, make the best of it! You can take on some optional activities such as the Tsar's Route tour with lunch. The route visits to Peterhof Garden and Catherine Palace during summer months (May to October) or Pavlosk Palace and Catherine Palace in winter months (October to May). Later this evening, board the overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow and rest up. Overnight train in a sleeping cabin accommodation.
Optional Activities: Tsar's Route, Folklore Show
Day 4: Moscow City Tour, Red Square
Time to embark on a city tour of Moscow. Launch a guided walk tour through Moscow’s heart, meeting the amazing Red Square and Kremlin Palace. Ask your local guide all your questions on the history, challenges and the culture of Russia. The city offers amazing galleries and museums and plenty of cafes, shops and bars. After the city tour you, if you're still hungry for more, you have the option to join a tour of the World War II Museum. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours. You can roam the main shopping streets, try out local dishes or explore the fancy nightlife.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Kremlin Palace, Moscow Metro Tour & Old Arbat's Walking
Optional Activities: Tretjakov Gallery, World War II Museum
Day 5: Moscow, Kremlin Palace, St Basil's, Arbat Street
Start off the day with a guided walk throughout the grounds of Kremlin and soak in mighty government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar bell. Stroll down the road to reach the stunning St Basil’s cathedral and the Red Square. Capture a mental picture to last forever, the multi-coloured domes create a breath-taking sight for all travellers. Continue down Arbat street; one of the oldest surviving streets of the capital and home to many historical Russian figures.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Moscow, Red Square & St. Basil Cathedral
Optional Activities: Moscow By Night
Day 6: Moscow, Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy
Hop on board for the astounding Golden Ring of Russia! Pass through Sergiyev Posad and arrive in Pereslavl-Zalesskiy as you start the cultural adventure with a guided city tour. Visit one of the many historical museums and sites in town, before driving to the lakeside for a BBQ lunch. If it's warm enough, you can swim by the lake beach and relax.
Day 7: Pereslavl-Zalessky, Suzdal
Suzdal is a prime example of contrasting and complementing styles of Russian architecture. A main stop on Russia's famous Golden Ring, it's one of the sites that have played a major role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Witness lovely wooden cottages alongside picturesque onion-domed monasteries. Roam the narrow alleys with tiny charming churches and try some local mead on the riverside.
Day 8: Suzdal, Vladimir, Moscow
Time to discover the magical town of Suzdal with pros as you start off with a walking tour of this 'open-air museum' without walls. Take in the majestic and impressive sites as the Kremlin, Cathedral of Nativity, trading square and charming monasteries. If there is time to spare, walk the riverside decorated by wooden bridges and try out some local delicacies! As you fill up with Russia history, hop on board for Vladimir, a former capital of medieval Russia. See its UNESCO sites as the Golden Gates, St Demetrius’ Cathedral and the Dormition Cathedral, true masterpieces of old Russian architecture. Drive to Moscow for the night and have a final taste of the Red Square and Kremlin before a few final vodka shots.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Suzdal
Day 9: Moscow
Have your final breakfast on us and start bidding farewells to your travel mates before checking out of the hotel (11:00). Time to start counting days for your next adventure with Travel Talk!
All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers not wishing to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement needs only be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. The supplement must be paid in addition to the tour fee. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.
All prices are per person, based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers not wishing
to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to
availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement needs only be paid if the
passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. The supplement must be paid in addition to
the tour fee. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date,
regardless of any changes made to the original booking.
The tour price covers the following services:
4 star hotels and 4 bed sleeper cabin accommodation in the train
From St. Petersburg airport to the Travel Talk hotel (on day 1)
Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus and train
Services of experienced guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism
What is not included in the tour price?
Meals not stated in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gestures
Entrance fees to the sights and museums
Other services not stated in the itinerary
Hotels are subject to change depending on the group size.
OKTIABRSKAYA HOTEL - ST. PETERSBURG
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, a 2-minute walk from the Nevsky Prospekt and Vostania Metro Station. Hotel Oktiabrskaya offers modern rooms with stylish interiors, and free Wi-Fi.
IZMAILOVO DELTA HOTEL - MOSCOW
This hotel is located near Moscow Izmailovsky Park, The Partizanskaya Metro Station is only 150 m away.
PERESLAVL HOTEL - PERESLAVL ZALESSKIY
Pereslavl hotel is in center of the town, very close to Krasnaya Square, this hotel has sauna where you can enjoy after a long day, relaxing.
ECO HOTEL SUZDAL INN - SUZDAL
This hotel is centrally located hotel, it offers spa to it’s guests, it’s in walking distance to The Suzdal Museum of Wooden Architecture
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