Moscow, the famous capital of Russia and the erstwhile Soviet Union, immediately brings to mind majestic images of the Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil’s Cathedral. Standing by the Moskva River, the great city takes its name from it.
Group Backstage Tour of The Bolshoi Theatre Get a unique behind-the-scenes look into the Bolshoi Theatre! Dating back to 1825, the Bolshoi Theatre with its classical facade features a columned portico crowned by the carriage of Apollo. The second-largest theatre in Europe, the iconic Triumph of Moses play was performed during its inauguration. Walk along the halls and corridors of the theatre with a local guide who will take you through the history and architecture of the Bolshoi. Head backstage for an exclusive peek into what goes into the making of the performances. Witness a brief rehearsal and see how the costumes are stored before visiting the underground Beethoven Hall and the numerous stages above. A stroll around the souvenir shop and costume exhibit ends this enriching tour. (Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs; Morning Departure; Shared Activity & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Entrance Fee Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear. Don’t forget your camera; Please note that the tour only runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The maximum capacity per group is 15.)
Personalized Kremlin Complex Tour Explore the majestic Kremlin and its unique history! Originally the home of the Russian Tsars and church patriarchs, it is currently the seat of the President of Russia. With a local guide leading the way, enter the Kremlin walls and marvel at masterpieces of Russian architecture, while your guide takes you through the history of the Russian rulers. Look out for the Assumption Cathedral, which was once the main cathedral of Russia where patriarchs were buried and tsars were crowned. Visit the beautiful Cathedral of Archangel Michael, where the princes and tsars of Russia were buried. Walk through the complex and see many other highlights including museums, gardens and palaces. (Duration: Half Day; Flexible Timings between 0930 and 1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Entrance to the Territory and One Cathedral Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; Don’t forget your camera; Please note that the complex is closed on Thursdays.)
Personalized Moscow Tour with Tretyakov Gallery Discover the magnificent history of Russian art and culture on a city tour and visit to Tretyakov Gallery. Originating from the personal art collection of famous Moscow industrialist, Pavel Tretyakov, the Gallery boasts of more than 1,00,000 works of art. Explore elegant halls showcasing paintings and sculptures by 18th century Russian artists and Old European Masters. The Gallery is particularly famous for its treasure of medieval Russian art, including pre-Mongol artifacts and religious icons from the 11th to 17th centuries. (Closed on Mondays; Duration: Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Timing: Flexible during 1000 – 1700 hrs; Tour includes entry fees, services of English/German speaking guide & Transport)
Lake Baikal is one of the world’s deepest lakes and oldest geographical features, formed millions of years ago. It is believed to contain almost a fifth of our planet’s unfrozen fresh water.
Personalized Tour of Listvyanka and Baikal Museum This all-day tour is a relaxed way to explore the area around Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and Listvyanka, a lakeside village that is known as the ‘Baikal Riviera’. On the drive from Irkutsk stop at Taltsy, an open-air ethnographic museum that showcases the architecture and culture of the people who lived in Pribaikalye in the 19th and the early 20th century. Enjoy a walking tour of Listvyanka that will take you to the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker and the local souvenir and fish markets. Stop at the Shaman Rock, a subject of popular myths and legends. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before checking out the Baikal Ecological museum. Take a cable car ride to the Cherskiy Rock observation platforms, with their views of the southern part of Lake Baikal and, if the weather is clear, of the Khamar-Daban mountain range on the opposite shore. (Duration: Full Day; Timings: 0900-1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Includes: English speaking guide and Entrance Fees; Meals: Set menu lunch; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance)
Personalized Tour of Circum-Baikal Railway Discover the architectural wonder that is the Circum-Baikal Railway line on this full-day excursion. Built by Russian engineers and skilled Italian, Turkish and Chinese masons at the turn of the last century, it formed part of the old Trans-Siberian Railroad but was cut off when the Irkutsk dam was built in 1957. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction, showcasing railroad architecture from tunnels and galleries to bridges and viaducts. Your journey will begin in Kultuk village and end at Port Baikal, a distance of about 84 km. Since the train only goes one way, you will be driven from Irkutsk to Kultuk Station to start your journey. The train has several stops along the way so you can view the original constructions and learn about the history and unique peculiarities of the Railway. It is one of the most scenic ways to explore Lake Baikal. Alight at Port Baikal, take the ferry to Listvyanka and then return to Irkutsk. (Duration: Full Day; Timings: 0730-2030 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Includes: English-speaking Guide and Train Ticket; Lunch included; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance. Note: only available from April to September)
Personalized Tour of Ust-Orda Settlement Get acquainted with Buryat culture and its traditions of Buddhism and Shamanism on this half day trip from Irkutsk. Ust-Orda is about 45 miles from Irkutsk. It is the capital of the Ust-Ordynskiy Buryat Autonomous Okrug, and the centre of an ethnic Buryat enclave. Explore an ethnographic park called Zolotaya Orda, or Golden Horde. The park contains permanent exhibitions of artists and artisans whose work can be purchased as souvenirs. Visitors can watch or even participate in games and cultural activities. Try shooting a Buryat bow or being part of a folk dance. You can choose to take a masterclass in cooking traditional Buryat dishes, a handicraft class, a dancing class or even a wood painting class. There is a contact zoo, where you can pet yaks, sheep, horses and goats. You can even meet a traditional Shaman, whose main purpose in the community is healing, especially psychological illnesses. (Duration: Half Day; Time: 0900-1700 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Includes: English-speaking Guide, Folklore Program; Meeting with a Shaman; Meal included; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance)
St. Petersburg, the impressive capital of Tsarist Russia, reflects the tumultuous history of a complex land through the years. It was rechristened Leningrad during the Soviet era, only to return to its original avatar.
Personalized Tour of Russian Museum of Art and The Marble Palace Immerse yourself in Russian art, for a day! The Russian Museum of Art in St Petersburg is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Russian artwork. Originally conceived by Tsar Alexander III, who bought the Mikhailovskiy Palace to house the museum, it has come to include 400,000 pieces of art in the palace as well as two additional wings. As you walk through the vast museum, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer size of this massive collection, all the more impressive since artworks from all periods are presented in a single space. After you’ve had your fill of the classics, your next stop is the The Marble Palace for more contemporary art. Originally built for Count Grigoriy Orlov, who died before its decoration was finished, The Marble Palace has been part of the State Russian Museum. It houses a permanent collection of modern art, including canvases by Andy Warhol and other pop art pioneers. (Duration: Full Day; Timing: 1030 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Closed on Tuesdays, Jan 1 & Dec 31 2020, and May 9, 2022; Includes: Entrance Fees and Guide; Fitness Level: Easy)
Personalized Tour of Peterhof in St Petersburg with Hydrofoil Ride Have an imperial day at the home of Peter The Great! Choose to arrive or depart by sea, like the monarch was known to do, but via hydrofoil rather than royal yacht! The palace and park at Peterhof (also known by its Russian name of Petrodvorets) was built by Peter the Great, inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. In many ways, Peterhof is grander in scale and vision. The magnificent gardens in the park surrounding the palace are yours to explore, as are the world-famous system of fountains, including the superlative Grand Cascades, installed by Empress Elizabeth, Peter The Great’s daughter. Unfortunately destroyed by invading German soldiers in WW2, Peterhof was eventually rebuilt and reopened to the public beginning in 1945. By 1952 Peterhof could be explored in all its former Imperial grandeur, and it welcomes you with open arms to drink of its luxurious history. (Duration: Full Day; Timing: 1030 to 1800 hrs; Private Activity with Shared Hydrofoil Ride & Transfers; Availability: Closed on Mondays, Last Tuesday of each month and on Jan 1 & May 9. Fountains do not function from mid-Oct through end-Apr; Includes: Guide, Entrance Fees, Hydrofoil Ticket; Fitness Level: Easy)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to St. Petersburg airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,690 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Moscow – Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal – St. Petersburg via Moscow
All activities as listed :
Moscow: Group Backstage Tour of The Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow: Personalized Kremlin Complex Tour
Moscow: Personalized Moscow Tour with Tretyakov Gallery
Lake Baikal: Personalized Tour of Listvyanka and Baikal Museum
Lake Baikal: Personalized Tour of Circum-Baikal Railway
Lake Baikal: Personalized Tour of Ust-Orda Settlement
St. Petersburg: Personalized Tour of Russian Museum of Art and The Marble Palace
St. Petersburg: Personalized Tour of Peterhof in St Petersburg with Hydrofoil Ride
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
All transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above