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.
Personalized Moscow Night Tour by Night Discover Moscow by night! Explore beautiful illuminated sights of the capital of Russia with a local guide leading the way. Stroll around Pushkin Square and along the ‘Boulevard of Flowers’ while listening to stories about the poet Pushkin. Admire the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the floodlit Zariadie Park with its unique floating bridge. Take a walk through the iconic Red Square where you can gaze up at the whimsical 16th-century Basil’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Orthodox Art. Get a glimpse of the monument to the prince and founder of Moscow, Yury Dolgoruky, on Tverskaya Street. Continue to drive around the historical and cultural center of the city its numerous theatres, museums and memorials. Finish up the evening with a drink and a bite to eat in one of the city’s lively pubs. (Duration: 2 hrs; Evening Departure: 2000 to 2200 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; Don’t forget your camera.)
Personalized Kremlin & Armoury Tour Discover the imperial splendor of the Moscow Kremlin and the Armoury Chamber Museum! With a local guide leading the way, head to the Armoury Chamber, which is part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and preserves precious items of the State dating back to many centuries. Walk past ancient exhibits of State regalia and vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church Hierarchs. The huge boots of Peter the Great and some of the famed Faberge eggs are special highlights. Continue on towards the Moscow Kremlin, which was the home of the Russian tsars, and is currently the seat of the President of Russia. Visit beautiful architectural monuments within the Kremlin walls, including the Assumption Cathedral where the tsars were crowned and the Cathedral of Archangel Michael where the grand princes were buried. Learn about the history of the great Russian rulers from your guide as you walk around the complex. (Duration: Half Day; Flexible Timings between 1000 and 1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Entrance to the Territory and Armoury Chamber Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; Don’t forget your camera; Please note that the complex is closed on Thursdays.)
Russia’s Golden Ring is a band of pretty little historical towns that lie to the east of Moscow. This is the realm of the Russian Orthodox Church, with its characteristic golden domes.
Personalized Tour of Sergiev Posad En route from Moscow to the Golden Ring, take a detour at the charming little town of Sergiev Posad. Accompanied by your local guide, and drive out on a sightseeing trip to the working Orthodox monastery of St. Sergius Lavra. The architecture of the monastery is typical of Russia’s late medieval era, with its militaristic features. Visit a traditional church, such as the Church of Lavra and admire the famous Russian icon of The Trinity by Andrei Rublev. Or drop by the Cathedral of the Assumption, which houses the tomb of the Tsar Boris Goudounov. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in time hear the church bells ringing from the towering belfry of the Trinity Cathedral. After exploring the splendid monastery complex, enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local eatery, relishing the hearty fare. (Duration: Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals included: Lunch; For special dietary needs, please inform us ahead of tour; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Personalized Carriage or Horse-drawn Sleigh Ride Enjoy an old fashioned ride through Suzdal City on a horse-drawn carriage or a winter sleigh. Meet your local guide in your hotel and drive down to your waiting carriage, or snow sleigh in case its winter time. Whether enjoying your horse-drawn ride in the summer or cozily bundled up in a blanket in the winter, get an intimate view of the town’s landmark sights as you drive past. Note the town’s charming Slavic cottages, rolling hills and flowering meadows as you roll along. Return to your hotel after the ride. (Duration: 1.5-2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please dress comfortably).
Personalized Experience of Traditional Meal in Countryside / Personalized Experience of Traditional Russian Meal Make the most of this opportunity to enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal in the countryside. Meet your local guide in your hotel at the appointed hour and drive down to the beautiful rural landscape surrounding the Golden Ring. Pick up fun and interesting trivia on Russian life and the erstwhile Soviet Union from your guide. Once you reach the pretty little village, prepare to be warmly greeted by your local hosts to their family home. Join your gracious hostess at her table, laden with hearty traditional dishes, all home cooked on a Russian stove. Relish the taste of fresh seasonal produce, homemade cheese, curds and sour cream, while enjoying the company of your local hosts. After a satisfying meal and even more satisfying conversation, drive back to your hotel. (Duration: 2.5–3.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals included: Lunch or Dinner; For special dietary needs, please inform us ahead of tour).
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 Highlights of the State Museum in St Petersburg Schedule an appointment with art, history and architecture in St Petersburg! Visit the sprawling State Hermitage Museum, spread over six historic buildings in St Petersburg including the the Winter Palace, the Hermitage Theatre and the General Staff Building. Exploring the full collection of more than 3 million pieces of artwork would take the better part of a year, but your experienced guide will escort you through the most important and notable highlights of the museum during your visit. Marvel at the work of Italian and Spanish masters and explore the delicate symmetry of Rembrandt’s most celebrated pieces. Travel back in time to view prehistoric art and works from the Egyptian and Scythian dynasties, all the way through to magnificent collections of Western European paintings and sculptures by da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussain, Manet and Renoir, among others, displayed in the 400 halls of the museum. (Duration: Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Timing: 1030 hrs onwards; Closed on Mondays, Jan 1& May 9; Includes: Entrance fees, Guide; Fitness Level: Easy)
Personalized Caviar Experience Enjoy a sensory feast with exclusive caviar tastings and varied Russian spirits. Settle down amid the elegant environs of Sadko Restaurant as your guide outlines a brief history of this highly prized appetizer. Under spectacular Murano chandeliers, treat your tastebuds to a culinary extravaganza as you learn to note the specialities of salmon, pike and sturgeon caviar. A bouquet of spirits ranging from blinis, brut and vodka to homemade liqueurs makes for the perfect accompaniment to your caviar platter. (Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Timing: Flexible from 1200 – 2000 hrs; Tour includes services of English/German speaking guide, tastings & snacks; Fitness level: easy; Guests are requested to inform ahead in case of allergies or special dietary requirements)
You will be transferred from your hotel to St. Petersburg airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,590 /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 7 days / 6 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Moscow – St. Petersburg
All activities as listed :
Moscow: Personalized Moscow Night Tour by Night
Moscow: Personalized Kremlin & Armoury Tour
Golden Ring: Personalized Tour of Sergiev Posad
Golden Ring: Personalized Carriage or Horse-drawn Sleigh Ride
Golden Ring: Personalized Experience of Traditional Meal in Countryside / Personalized Experience of Traditional Russian Meal
St. Petersburg: Personalized Tour of Highlights of the State Museum in St Petersburg
St. Petersburg: Personalized Caviar Experience
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