There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Russia Experience.

Days 1-2 St Petersburg

ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 3 Suzdal

Stroll medieval streets filled with quaint cottages and see crumbling cathedrals in dazzling Suzdal, a former Russian capital within the legendary Golden Ring. Get creative during a matreshka (nesting Russian doll) painting lesson and learn how to cook delicious local specialities in a family home.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 4-5 Nizhniy Novgorod

Marvel at how the 16th-century kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod dominates the banks of the Volga. Learn about Soviet Russia on a visit to the Sakharov Museum, which honours a nuclear physicist who opposed the oppressive regime. During free time, whiz along the river by boat to Gorodets painter's colony.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 6-7 Kazan

Listen to the sounds of the Tatar language floating through the historic streets of Kazan, capital of the Tatarstan Republic. Enjoy a guided tour of eye-catching Kul Sharif Mosque, which features blue-tiled domes and white-tiled facades.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 8-10 Yekaterinburg

Hear the tragic tale of the Romanovs, the last Russian royal family, in the city where they were exiled and finally executed - Yekaterinburg.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 11 Tobolsk/Pokrovskoye

Discover beguiling weather-frayed houses and meandering lanes in Tobolsk's Old Town.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 12-13 Tyumen/Trans Siberian Railway

It's time to climb aboard the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, the perfect place to relax and watch Russia's scenery fly by or share cups of tea and a chat with the locals.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 2

Days 14-15 Moscow

Delve into the complex layers of Moscow's turbulent past. Visit history-laden Red Square, colourful St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the imposing Kremlin and the fascinating Armoury Museum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1