Discover mystique, tradition and flair between Moscow and St Petersburg

Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - a land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades. Experience the grandeur of Moscow, the beauty of Russia's ancient capitals Suzdal and Novgorod, and the grace of St Petersburg. Visit the intricately detailed cathedrals, historic monuments, age-old treasures and romantic landscapes of this great nation, and find the heart of enigmatic Russia.

Start
Moscow, Russia
Finish
St Petersburg, Russia
Countries
Russia
Themes
Explorer
Code
WBSR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
318kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Have your breath taken by the beauty of Red Square
  • Discover imperial treasures in the Kremlin
  • See Lenin in his eternal state
  • Explore medieval Russian capitals of the Golden Ring
  • Sip mead among sweeping meadows in Suzdal
  • Experience a millennium of history in Russia's oldest city
  • Be treated to a Russian tea party with a local family
  • Steam up in a traditional Russian bath house
  • Marvel at the opulence and efficiency of the Moscow metro
  • Learn to cook some classic cuisine with local friends in Suzdal

Itinerary

Learn why the city of Moscow is one of the greatest capitals in the world - a place where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious free enterprise. Explore the Kremlin and witness its huge collection of imperial treasures, including exquisite Faberge eggs and ceremonial regalia. Walk among the cathedrals and museums within the Kremlin walls and get a glimpse of Lenin in his eternal resting state. While here, be sure to visit Moscow's metro stations - these lavishly decorated 'Palaces of the People' are unlike any others in the world.
Russia’s former royal capital feels like a fairytale with its brightly coloured onion domes dotting the landscape and cathedral bells ringing out in the streets. Spend some time exploring the narrow streets and wandering past old churches and wooden cottages. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal in the home of one of our local friends.
Stretch your legs on a local-led guided walk of the town, visiting the Suzdal Kremlin, Museum of Wooden Architecture and old trading square. Afterwards, take the high-speed train to Moscow and spend the evening exploring at your leisure. Wander around the famous Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral by night, then indulge in some traditional Russian cuisine in one of the many nearby restaurants.
Explore the famous Kremlin grounds, residence of former tsars and tsarinas and home to some of the most important churches in the country. Visit the Armoury Museum to see the glittering collection of regalia from the world’s richest monarchy, including the confounding Imperial Faberge eggs.
Descend upon the oldest city in Russia and see how well-preserved architectural treasures linger as echoes of medieval times. Travel back in time with a visit to the Millennium of Russia monument and the Cathedral of St Sophia, both concealed within the walls of Novgorod’s riverside Kremlin. Join locals for a refreshing steam at the public banya (bath house) - no trip to Russia would be complete without experiencing this quirky custom.
Travel to St Petersburg and join a guided tour to hear tales about the colourful characters who are associated with each historical attraction in the city. Later, be a special guest of a local family for a Russian tea party. Perhaps spy famous works of art in the Hermitage Museum or, for a dose of mystery and intrigue, visit the Kunstkamera, home to a collection of Peter the Great's ghoulish oddities.
Built on 42 islands, St Petersburg is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’. Spend the day exploring the city, crossing its many rivers and canals at your own pace. Perhaps enjoy incredible views across the city from the colonnade at St Isaac’s Cathedra, or walk along Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s main street. Feeling artistic? Give life to a family of matryoshka dolls in a painting workshop. In the evening, seek out a cosy restaurant for golubsty (a rice and beef mix, rolled in cabbage leaves), potato dumplings or some sweet blinis washed down with a few glasses of vodka.
Your tour of Russia’s highlights ends this morning.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train (bullet)
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - Please note that the Single Supplement does not include the following nights:
Day 3 - Suzdal, Overnight trains

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