Cradle of Russia

A journey to Eastern Europe’s three capitals - Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev is an unforgettable contrast of the extraordinary (ballerinas, Fabergé eggs and St Basil’s Cathedral) and of controversy (the fall of the Romanovs and remnants of the Soviet era). The journey is very pleasant. Passing through deep Russian forests, small villages and endless fields your trip between cities will be an unforgettable experience. This small group tour is peppered with ancient fortresses, palaces, churches and wooden villages.
Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 10 days

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Day 1: Kiev, arrival

Welcome to Kiev, one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe. Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Day 2: Kiev, sightseeing tour

Meet your professional guide at your hotel and explore the main world-renowned historic attractions like St Sophia, Golden Gates, Andrew's Slope and Andrew Church. Enjoy a great cultural potential, delicious lunch and welcome dinner at one of the best traditional Ukraine restaurant. Then, admire a scenic ride back to your hotel.

Day 3: Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra

Get a head start on your day to enjoy Kievo Pecherska Lavra, one of the oldest, most important and largest monastery complexes. With your friendly and knowledgeable guide admire Ukrainian Baroque architecture with stucco work and numerous icons. Walk throw the central street Kreshatik and beautiful Independence Square. Have a tasty traditional lunch. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 4: Tour to Pirogovo, flight from Kiev to Moscow

Hop aboard your coach at your hotel in the morning and relax on a scenic drive to Pirogovo, a neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital city, home to an outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. After tasty lunch settle into your seat on the coach and drive to the airport. Meet your friendly guide at the airport in Moscow and travel to the hotel.

Day 5: Moscow, Red Square and Kremlin

Your professional guide will take you from the hotel on fantastic 8-hour sightseeing tour of Moscow covers world-famous Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, Vorobyovy Gory Park and astonishing Cathedral of Christ the Savior. After delicious traditional lunch in one of the best local restaurants explore Kremlin territory and Armoury Chamber. Travel back to your hotel and have a welcome dinner at 8 p.m.

Day 6: Moscow, visit to Tretyakov Gallery, arrival in St. Petersburg
Meet your guide at your hotel and have a short metro-ride to Tretyakov Gallery, one of the greatest museums in the world. After the tour transfer by metro to the railway station and relax on your travel to St Petersburg on board the high-speed train Sapsan. Travel with a guide to the hotel in St Petersburg.
Day 7: St. Petersburg, city tour
Meet your guide at your hotel. During 6-hours visit the city’s architectural highlights like to Peter and Paul's fortress, St Issac's Cathedral and Church on Spilled Blood, learn about incredible Russian history and enjoy tasty lunch. Finish your tour at your hotel.
Day 8: St. Petersburg, visit to the Hermitage

After meeting your guide at the hotel enjoy a 4 hour-guided tour of the astonishing Hermitage Museum and admire one of the finest art collections in the world. Take an optional tour and visit the world-famous Diamond room, $105/person (should be booked at least one month before the tour). Then transfer back to your hotel.

Day 9: Petersburg, Peterhof

Early in the morning enjoy a scenic ride to the UNESCO-listed Peterhof, incredible summer residence of Russian tsars. Enjoy a 6-hour tour with you friendly guide in amazing park with numerous fountains and gilded statues. Visit the Grand Summer Palace, the best-preserved imperial palace in Russia. Have a delicious dinner at your hotel at 8 p.m.

Day 10: St. Petersburg, departure

Your private driver will take you to the airport.

What's included

  • Free Russian visa support (Russian invitation) for all our clients.
  • Airport transfers;
  • Quality hotels in Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg (see reviews below);
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • Museum entrance fees and special no-line admission;
  • Tours and lunches according to the itinerary
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Economy tickets on high-speed "Sapsan" train from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Economy flight from Kiev to Moscow.
Not included in the price

Other airfares (from your home city to Kiev and from Moscow back home) are not included.

Price

Price packagePrice per person
Early bird special 2015

A discounted price for early bookings made for any tour date in 2015.

US$ 2,815Save US$ 148.15
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Regular price 2014

Price is valid for all dates in 2014

US$ 2,909Save US$ 153.10
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Single traveler
US$ 3,949Save US$ 207.85
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Hotels

Hotel Rossi, St. Petersburg
Featuring a classic, 19th century design, this boutique hotel is by the Fontanka River, within a quarter mile of Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor Metro and Ostrovsky Square. The Rossi Boutique Hotel has individually decorated rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and antique-style furnishings. All s... Show more
Khreschatyk Hotel, Kiev
Located in the centre of Kiev on Khreschatyk Street, BestHotels Khreschatyk Street area offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Guests can use the fully equipped kitchens. Various cafes, bars and shops are a 5-minute walk from BestHotels Khreschatyk Street area. Maidan Nezalezhnosti Squ... Show more
Marriott Courtyard Moscow
The Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Centre is in the heart of Moscow, within a 10-minute walk of Red Square and the Kremlin. The hotel's classic-style non-smoking rooms have a flat-screen TV, minibar and work desk.A buffet breakfast is served in the Terraneo Restaurant. The Flat Iron Restaurant s... Show more

* Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Visa

Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is amazingly opulent, garishly grandiose and truly historic. The cathedral's sheer size and splendour guarantee its role as a lovely landmark. This gargantuan cathedral was completed in 1997 – just in time to celebrate Moscow's 850th birthday. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour sits on the site of an earlier and similar church of the same name, built in the 19th century to commemorate Russia's victory ov... Read more
Moscow : Moscow Subway
Moscow's Metro stations together amount to the most beautiful public transport facility in the world. Visitors to Moscow should not miss taking a ride on this glorious underground rail system, and exploring the stations. Each one has its own distinct aesthetic identity, variously adorned with Realist artworks, chandeliers, ornate pillars and marble floors. Moscow's metro caters to two and half billion passenger rides per year, making it the secon... Read more
The Armoury Chamber - a treasure-house, it is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex, and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The Armoury Cha... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It possesses a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces which span a period of a thousand years. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. Nowadays it contains more than 170,000 works by Ru... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage
The Hermitage is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, f... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as "the capital of fountains", is reason enough to go to Russia and admire its unique fountains and palaces. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic... Read more
Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
The interior is the most astounding aspect of Kyiv's oldest standing church. Many of the mosaics and frescoes are original, dating back to 1017–31, when the cathedral was built to celebrate Prince Yaroslav's victory in protecting Kyiv from the Pechenegs (tribal raiders). While equally attractive, the building's gold domes and 76m-tall wedding-cake bell tower are 18th-century baroque additions. It's well worth climbing the bell tower for a b... Read more
The architectural monument Golden Gate is one of the rare objects that survived till present days. Primordially Golden Gate served as a fortificationconstruction that was built in 9th century. Yaroslav the Wise, Prince of Kyiv, was the initiator of its building. It was his plan to make them one of the four fortification gates that surrounded Kyiv and protected it from the invaders. Read more
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra(Kiev Cave Monastery) is a unique monastery complex, which is included in UNESCO world heritage list. It was visited by more than 43 millions of tourists from all over the world. Read more
Situated around 12 km south of Kiev, the Pirogovo open-air museum is one of the best in Ukraine. Numerous villages are scattered around the large grounds, each representing a different region of the country. Visitors are free to wander in and around windmills, peasant huts, churches and barns. Read more
Rare in its beauty and grace, the St. Andrew's Church, stands on a hill in the historic center of Kyiv. It is one of the most famous Orthodox temples in the Ukrainian capital. This amazing construction, rightfully considered to be a real work of art, is among the most remarkable of the city’s landmarks. Read more
Former USSR : Kiev
Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine and one of the oldest cities in Europe, dating back to more than 1500 years. It has a very interesting, rich and very ancient history. City of Kiev was founded in the 5th century and has always occupied a special place in the history of Eastern Europe, was also a political and cultural capital of Kievan Rus in the 10th and 12th century, was the cradle of Christianity in the Russian Empire in the 17th and 18th c... Read more

Reviews

Alexia Ohns
United States
16 Jul 2014
Our tour was WONDERFUL! Irina was so great!!!! I will definitely send you photos and a much longer evaluation when we have better internet service. But for now, please know we were very satisfied with both Irina and our driver Andrey. All 10 days were a truly wonderful adventure and it was hard to say goodbye to Russia today.

Thank you! We will take some time in the next days to put our thoughts and feedback together and send them to you.
Roben Gunt
Canada
02 Jun 2014
We are just back from our trip.

It was wonderful. We were so well looked after, enjoyed every day, and felt it to be one of the best trips we have had.
We enjoyed the attention to detail, quality of the hotels and generally had little to worry about.

Thank you so much for all your help. We will be recommending this trip to our friends and family, and will definitely book with UVisitRussia again in the future.
Jonah Brads
United States
22 Apr 2014
Overall an excellent super tour with super guide. Really gives you taste of historic Russia + present culture / life in a short space of time. I was in Russia for 7 days and saw wonderful places and pieces of history.
Darina Cizoski
Germany
08 Apr 2014
Sorry, but coming home from a trip means that there is always a lot of work waiting for you!
We had a wonderful trip, the weather was perfect, the Hotels en flights were good organized. Our guides were helpful and perfect on time.
Our friends traveling with us were very positive also.
I received excellent service from your company and I would recommend it to my friends.
Rayane Silva
Belgium
19 Dec 2013
Thank you so much, I really enjoyed my trip, and Karina was excellent it suited my needs for the time, I filled in a form at the time of leaving, with Karina, she was very helpful.
So thank you very much for making everything so special.
Juliana Burke
United States
26 Sep 2013
I have had an awesome trip in Russia, and partly it is due to your service that make things easier for me.

I do know that I can save money by doing all these and the tours by myself especially due to the fact that I can speak and read Russian, but if I have to choose again, I will undoubtedly still utilize your service. Your tour guides are very professional and knowledgeable, I learned a great deal from them. For all of the tours (3 in totals), I have enough time to do what I want, and not have to deal with any of the "shopping trap" (tours that include time to shop and talk to sellers that never "let go").
David Mudy
France
20 Jul 2013
Just wanted to let you know that our recent visit to Russia was fantastic! The group tour was a very enjoyable introduction to this amazing country and our tailor-made tour went brilliantly. All the arrangements went according to the excellent schedule you had drawn up for us. The flights, drivers and guides were all perfectly arranged. My wife and I had the most wonderful time and loved every minute of our stay.
Thank you so much for all your attention. We will certainly recommend UVisitRussia to all our friends.
Victor do Amaral
Italy
12 Mar 2013
This holiday was one of the best we have ever had. The tour itinerary was excellent. Our guide Daria was superb, she looked after us four old pensioners really going out of his way to help and organizing the little extras we wanted. The hotels were of a high standard throughout and the food was nice.(No tummy problems at all).
Our second week was brilliant. Got to start saving up for the next trip.
Renata Paulista
Brazil
18 Jul 2012
Thanks a lot for the tour arrangement. I really enjoyed them, especially the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. I met a lot of great people and friends in that group. Russia is a very beautiful country with a lot of great people (including you). I hope I can spend more time there. There are still a lot to explore. Like mentioned before, I would like to go back again, and we will hopefully meet then.

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