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 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
328kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience a mesh of communist and capitalist cultures in the city of Moscow
  • Discover imperial treasures in the Kremlin
  • See Lenin in his eternal state
  • Explore medieval Russian capitals in the Golden Ring
  • Sip mead among sweeping meadows in Suzdal
  • Travel to Russia's oldest city, Novgorod
  • Admire tsarist treasures in the Hermitage
  • Take a guided tour of cultural attractions in St Petersburg
  • Be treated to a Russian tea party
  • Steam up in a public bath house

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 other in the world.
Farewell Moscow and travel to ancient Suzdal. Marvel at this glittering former capital, which forms part of Russia’s legendary Golden Ring. Wander past decorative wooden cottages and peek inside crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot. Perfect local specialties in a hands-on cooking lesson before winding down with a glass of medovukha - a light alcoholic drink made from honey - while watching the shadows lengthen across the weathered city walls. Return to Moscow before relaxing aboard a northbound overnight train.
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.
Complete the final leg of the journey to St Petersburg. Join a guided tour and hear tales about the colourful characters who are associated with each historical attraction in St Petersburg. Later, be a special guest of a local family for a Russian tea party. Before heading home, perhaps spy famous works of art in the Hermitage Museum or, for a final dose of mystery and intrigue, visit the Kunstkamera, home to a collection of Peter the Great's ghoulish oddities.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Taxi
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Moscow - Red Square
  • Novgorod - Public Banya
  • Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
  • St Petersburg - Boat tour
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family
  • Suzdal - Cooking class
  • Suzdal - Guided walking tour

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