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Itinerary for Russian Capitals & Golden Ring Escorted Group Tour

Russian Capitals & Golden Ring Escorted Group Tour

This wonderful guided tour visits St Petersburg and Moscow as well as the Golden Ring of Russia's ancient capitals. This tour is a superb opportunity to see the very best that western Russia has to offer, and for lovers of history and architecture this tour is a must.

From the splendour of the imperial heart of Russia; St Petersburg, to its dynamic and vibrant capital Moscow. You will visit the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sergiev Posad, one of the ancient capitals Vladimir, with its beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the ancient fairytale town of Suzdal.

9 nights * 4 star hotels * Optional tours & day trips * Departure dates May - August * Escorted group tour * From 1117 EUR pp

DAY 1 (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL ST. PETERSBURG

Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
 

DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title 'The Venice of the North'. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian 'champagne' and snacks.

 


DAY 3 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti. 

 


DAY 4 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow 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 to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar.

 

DAY 5 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. 

 


DAY 6 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW

The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. 


DAY 7 (MONDAY): MOSCOW - VLADIMIR - SUZDAL

Today we start our journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We first drive through scenic Russian landscapes to Vladimir, one of the ancient capitals of Russia. During the city sightseeing tour we visit the Assumption Cathedral and see the St. Demetrius Cathedral, both World Heritage sites and the Golden Gate. In the late afternoon we continue to Suzdal and check-in at the Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad**** or similar. 
 

DAY 8: (TUESDAY): SUZDAL

Dating back almost a thousand year Suzdal is a small fairy-tale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During the optional whole day tour we discover all the treasures of Suzdal including the Kremlin, the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral.
 


DAY 9: (WEDNESDAY): SUZDAL - BOGOLYBOVO - MOSCOW

This morning we drive to the nearby village of Bogolyubovo to admire the glare white light single-domed Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. The church is built on a small hill, on a river meadow, in all its clarity and beauty it stands like a candle, growing out over the expanse of the meadow. We drive back to Moscow and in the afternoon we check-in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar. 
 

DAY 10: (THURSDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE

Optional transfer to the airport.
 

Overview

DEPARTURE DATES 2020

Tour departure date - Tour end date

19th May - 28th May 2020
9th June - 18th June 2020
30th June - 9th July 2020
14th July - 23rd July 2020
28th July - 6th August 2020
11th August - 20th August 2020


TOUR INCLUDES

9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
9 x buffet breakfast
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
Personalised welcome package
Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin, the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir & the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo
Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary 
Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow one way (2nd class) 
Portage at hotels and railway stations

Notes

HOTELS

St. Petersburg - Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Moscow - Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar
Suzdal - Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad**** or similar

OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose your preferred tours!

Transfer airport to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky: EUR 70.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 90.00 for private minivan (4-7 pax) 
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 80.00 pp
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 65.00 pp 
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp
Guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp 
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 55.00 pp
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: EUR 80.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya to airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 pax)
Half board (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 255.00 pp

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HOW IMPRESSED WE WERE WITH THE ORGANISATION OF OUR TRIP

We had a fantastic holiday and everything went very smoothly. We were also lucky enough, albeit through a vehicle fault, to meet up with Jurga. Her husband was our guide on the day out in Riga but unfortunately the car developed a problem. Jurga came out with another vehicle. It was great to meet her having had so many e-mail conversations. It was good to be able to say how impressed we were with the organisation of our trip. It was really well put together and all of the guides were very good and knowledgeable. Bearing in mind the length of time we spent with them we had no hitches. We learnt a lot from the trip and enjoyed hearing the guides' stories.

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We appreciated all your good advice on the itinerary. It was a great idea that we go to St. Petersburg via Helsinki (a very cool city!)...the ferry and high-speed train were efficient and quite comfortable. The choice of hotels suited us perfectly...thanks for placing us so centrally in each city. The hotelin Tallinn was the most luxurious, but even at the more modest places in Vilnius and Riga, the location and the warm and helpful hotel staff made our stays delightful. And the manor housewas remarkable. Every one of our drivers and guides exceeded our expectations. The walking tours were informative, meaningful, and great fun.

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I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!

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RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017


OUR WONDERFUL TRIP TO THE BALTICS AND ST PETERSBURG

At last I’m getting back on our wonderful trip to the Baltics and St. P. It all went great. We particularly enjoyed and were impressed by Linas in Lithuania. He’s an endless source of info and a lot of fun. Jurga was terrific and we did make a requested last minute change in St P which she handled with great efficiency. I think her management skills, task and choices were perfect for us in the Baltics. She isa consummate professional. So in closing on this rambling feedback, your company did not disappoint and I will recommend you to anyone I know who plans to visit the Baltics. I will also recommend the Baltics.

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