Grand Tour Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Golden Ring of Russia

11-day trip to Russia with multiple excursions included

Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl’ Zalessky, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Vladimir, Suzdal, Bogoljubovo, St. Petersburg


Travel Program

Day 1    Moscow

Arrival at Moscow airport and private transfer to the hotel. Check-in and overnight.

 

Day 2    Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. City Tour Moscow (external visits only): Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the GUM Department Store, The Lenin Mausoleum, the Russian History Museum, Kazan Cathedral, Russia’s kilometer zero, the walls of the Kremlin, the Square Teatralnaya, at the center of which stands the famous Bolshoi Theater, Lubyanka Square with the KGB building, Tverskaya street - the main artery of the city with the emblematic neoclassical Town Hall, the Library of Lenin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian White House, via Novi Arbat, Sparrow Hills and Moscow State University - the main building being one of seven constructed by Stalin. Finally, the Novodevichy Monastery (entrance included) - one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in the capital, founded in 1524 - with the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk. Ride in the famous Moscow Metro, inaugurated in 1935; a real underground museum! Stops are planned in some of the most beautiful stations which, complete with stucco, stained glass and mosaics, represent the pride of the Russian capital and to which the greatest Russian artists of all time collaborated. The visit will continue above ground with a walk along the famous Arbat pedestrian street, crowded with antique shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes, where you can admire the paintings put on display by artists in search of notoriety. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 3    Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit The Kremlin, the oldest nucleus of the Russian capital, housing numerous religious and secular buildings of Russian history. The Kremlin itself is a fortified citadel closed by a triangle of walls with 20 towers. Among the cathedrals is the famous Cathedral of the Assumption, where the coronation of the Russian Monarch had been held. You will visit the cathedrals and explore the most significant buildings: The Tsar Bell, the czarina of the bells, the palaces of the Presidency of the Russian nation. Also we will pay a visit to the Kremlin Armory - one of the most interesting museums in Russia. The Armory does not store weapons, but instead some of the most precious treasures of the Tsarist and Soviet eras: thrones, scepters, carriages, the famous Fabergè eggs and a collection of gifts presented from foreign ambassadors. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 4   Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Pereslavl Zalessky - Rostov Veliky

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Moscow, arrival in Sergiev Posad and guided visit to the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius - the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Continue to Pereslavl-Zalessky. Arrival in Pereslavl-Zalessky and visit independently (guide not necessary) the Botik of Peter the Great, or the cradle of the Russian Navy - where it is said Peter the Great started his great fleet of ships along Lake Pleshcheyevo. There is the possibility to have lunch in a ship-shaped restaurant along the lake (lunch not included). In the center of Pereslavl you can independently visit the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior, one of the oldest cathedrals of the Golden Ring. Continue to the town of Rostov. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

 

Day 5   Rostov Veliky - Yaroslavl

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and guided tour of Rostov - an ancient Russian city located on the Nero Lake. The region has been settled as far back as 4000 years ago, now being a small city of 32,000 inhabitants, with historic buildings, the Rostov Kremlin, and authentic Russian architecture. After the visit, we continue to Yaroslavl, arrival and guided tour. Founded on the banks of the Volga in 1010 by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise, the city is today one of the most visited tourist centers of the Golden Ring circuit. Its historic center is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Guided city tour with visit to the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Monastery of the Transfiguration. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.

 

Day 6   Yaroslavl - Kostroma - Vladimir

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Kostroma, arrival and meeting with the guide. City tour of Kostroma - sacked by the mongols in 1238, Kostroma is now a picturesque city spread out along green banks of the Volga River. We will visit the Ipatiev Monastery, whose history is deeply linked to the Romanov Tsar family. After the visit, depart for Vladimir. Arrival and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7   Vladimir - Bogolyubovo - Suzdal - St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and guided tour of Vladimir. Vladimir, founded in 1108 when Moscow was little more than a village, by the thirteenth century became one of the most powerful cities of all of Russia as well as the capital for a few decades. Guided city tour with a visit to the Dormition Cathedral and the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. Continue to Bogolyubovo. Visit the Assumption Cathedral and the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin. Continue in the direction of Nerl to visit the Church of the Intercession (1.5 km on foot to reach it). Continue towards Suzdal, located north-east of Moscow. Once the head of a powerful principality, today it is a lovely village with its monuments and the traces of its glorious past. Guided city tour with visit to the Suzdal Kremlin, the Monastery of St. Euthymius, the Museum of wooden architecture and the Cathedral of the Nativity. Departure from Vladimir. Late in the evening, departure by night train from Vladimir to St. Petersburg, overnight on board the train.

 

Day 8   St. Petersburg

Arrival in the morning at the central station of St. Petersburg and meet with the guide. City Tour of St. Petersburg (external visits only): the square of the Rostral Columns, Nevsky Prospect, the Field of Mars, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Visit the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul (the Russian Bastille), on the small island of the hares in the Neva River, with the Cathedral of Peter and Paul included - the tallest building in the city and burial place of all Russian emperors and empresses, from Peter the Great to Alexander III. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 9   St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world, organized by Tsarina Catherine the Great who acquired numerous masterpieces by European painters and erected the "Little Hermitage". Tsar Nicholas I later constructed the "New Hermitage" to house further acquisitions. The museum occupies 4 beautiful buildings along the Neva River, including the Winter Palace. The collections include over three million works of art. Visit to the Fountain Park of Peterhof (half day) - the "Versailles of Peter the Great". Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the park is famous for its water features, with waterfalls and ornate fountains (active only from May to October). The Great Baroque Waterfall is made up of 225 gilded bronze sculptures and 64 fountains. What was once Peter the Great’s summer residence now houses numerous palaces. With a supplement it is possible to take a guided tour of the Grand Palace. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 10   St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the residence and park of Pushkin. Also known by the name of Tsarskoe Selo (the village of the tsars), the Pushkin residence houses a spectacular complex that belonged to Catherine II the Great and is located 27 km south of Saint Petersburg. The 600-hectare park contains two artificial lakes and is full of pavilions, caves and kiosks. The palace, with its very long facade, is one of the most precious architectural examples of Russian rococo and houses the famous Amber Room - a priceless piece of art. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 11   St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg. 


For a quote, send us a message at: info@incoming-russia.eu

It will be necessary to indicate the exact dates of the tour, the number of participants and the accommodation in the hotel rooms.

 

We do not publish the prices of this tour as they are subject to change based on: the chosen hotel (3-4-5 stars), the number of participants (minimum 2 people), the period of visit, the type of car for transfers (standard, business, mini-van) and accommodation by train (1st or 2nd class).

 

Included:

→  3 nights in Moscow;

→  1 night in Rostov Veliky;

→  1 night in Yaroslavl;

  1 night in Vladimir;

→  1 overnight stay by train Vladimir / Saint Petersburg;

→  3 nights in St. Petersburg;

→  Breakfast at the hotel;

→  Transfers to and from airports and to and from stations carried out by private car / minivan;

→  Night train Vladimir / Saint Petersburg;

→  All excursions and scheduled visits made with a local professional English-speaking guide;

→  Transport within the golden ring made by private car or mini-van;

→  Admissions, if any, during the excursions;

→  Visa support (a standard «tourist voucher» issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency)

→  Our 24-hour telephone assistance in English, carried out by our office in Moscow.


Important notes

→  Minimum number of participants is 2 people; 

→  The tour can be done throughout the year (but fountains in Peterhof are active only from May to October);

→  The guides in English are limited in number, therefore requests must be made well in advance

 

Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

General information

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