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Soul of Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow and Golden Ring of Russia (hotel is not included)

See the best of Russia on the tour to St.Petersburg, Moscow and the world-famous route through ancient Russian cities known as "The Golden Ring." Great historical and architectural treasures of Russian national culture and art are concentrated in the cities of the ring. This tour includes such gems of Russian architecture as Winter Palace, Admiralty, St.Isaac's Cathedral and Peterhof in Saint-Petersburg and Kremlin, Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, St.Basil's Basilica in Moscow.
Duration: 8 days

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Day 1: Saint-Petersburg
Enjoy the Grand Tour of Saint Petersburg, which offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of Saint Petersburg most famous sites - beginning with visiting of the neo-classical splendour of St.Isaac's Cathedral, geometry of the Palace Square, visiting the oldest construction of Saint Petersburg - Peter & Paul's Fortressand the Cathedral - the burial vault of Romanovs' family. The tour includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world - The State Hermitage Museum Museum - to finalize your excellent introduction to St.Petersburg.
Day 2: Peterhof and St.Petersburg
Come and discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore The Grand Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Peterhof is perhaps St. Petersburg's most famous and luxurous Imperial estate. The Grand Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park. The palace at Peterhof sits amidst an enormous park, adorned with fountains, statues and pavilions. In the evening enjoy the folk show 'Feel yourself Russian' in Nikolaevsky palace. Discover traditional Russian dance and music throughout this wonderful evening! You'll also have the opportunity to savor in a buffet of delicious gourmet food and drink. There is no doubt, without the folk show "Feel yourself Russian" your visit to Russia wouldn't be complete! This show is the unique opportunity to experience the history and spirit of Russia throughout one evening.
Day 3: Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Amber Room
Unlock the secrets of the world wonder - the Amber room on a half-day tour to the magnificent baroque - style Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoe Selo) in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). Feel the spirit of the eras of the powerful empresses- Elizabeth and Catherine walking though the gilded amphelade of the numerous ballrooms and imperial halls, amazing with the luxury of their decoration. All Russian monarchs lived, worked, granted audiences, arranged diplomatic receptions for foreign ambassadors, gala balls and masquerades in the gorgeous halls of the palace. Depart on an overnight train to Moscow.
Day 4: Moscow
Arrive in magnificent Moscow early in the morning. Today the capital of Russia is one of the biggest cities of Europe with the population over 13 million people. Moscow is a political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre, from which power and might of theRussian state developed. Enjoy an orientation City Tour "Dedication to Moscovites". The main streets and squares of the city, world known sights of the capital. During this tour you will see old and modern Moscow, center of the city including Red Square and Alexander Garden, Moscow Kremlin. Church of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Convent, Arbat street, KGB. Splendid architectural ensembles and historical monuments, beautiful streets and embankments and will enjoy the panorama of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills. Take a walking excursion "Red Square, Kremlin & Cathedrals". Moscow The Kremlin will charm you with the beauty of its architectural ensemble and Kremlin cathedrals and churches will impress with richness of their interiors. Inextricably linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the The Kremlin was the residence of the Great Prince and also a religious centre. At the foot of its ramparts, on Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments. Visit the Armory Chamber. Depart to Vladimir in the evening.
Day 5: Golden Ring of Russia: Vladimir and Suzdal
Drive to Suzdal, the most beautiful and best preserved town on the Golden Ring. Tour sights include the Kremlin of Suzdal and Assumption Cathedral, Church of Resurrection, the Spaso-Efimiev Monastery, Spaso-Transfiguration Monastery, the Museum of Wooden Architecture. No other town possesses as many splendid pieces of Russian architecture of different epochs whilst retaining its original character and appearance. The hilly green town is very seductive, walking around is a pleasure, the monasteries and old beautiful churches offer dream views. Enjoy a half-day sightseeing in Vladimir, an ancient historic Russian town located on a tributary of the Volga. Vladimir bears the name of its founder, Prince Vladimir Monomach. The city dates back to the 10th century and some of the highlights are the Golden Gates and the Byzantine Assumption Cathedral and numerous frescoes of Andrey Rublev. among countless other treasures you will pass by on your city tour.The Cathedral of Dmitry has a wondrously festive look with its intricate lace of carved stone bas-reliefs. There are many more interesting sights here, but the town appeals because of its peaceful atmosphere and its big contrast with large cities.
Day 6: Golden Ring of Russia: Kostroma
Arrive to Kostroma in the morning. Kostroma was firstly mentioned in the cronicles in 1237. It was the first stop of Mongol-Tatars on their way to sacking Yaroslavl in 1238. Contemporary Kostroma is a picturesque city with a strong historical atmosphere. Lunch at the local restaurant. Kostroma city tour - visit to the Ipatiev Monastery - a real miracle of architecture, the Romanov's Palace, Trade Galleries. Kostroma played a particular role in Russian history as the birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty. In 1613, the boyars gathering at the Ipatiev Monastery blessed the young Mikhail Romanov to become the Tzar of Russia. Kostroma has preserved its peculiar image of a Russian city. It is also famous for its Fire-Watch Tower (the symbol of the town) and ancient churches like the Church of the Resurrection.
Day 7: Golden Ring of Russia: Yaroslavl
Drive to Yaroslavl, founded in 1010, and explore one of Russia's most beautiful cities. You will take a sightseeing tour, which includes a visit to the Spassky monastery (Saviour monastery), that was founded in the 12th century. The main church of the monastery is also the oldest building in Yaroslavl: Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Savior Transfiguration cathedral), which is almost 500 years old (the foundation is 800 years old). It was built very skilfully in the best traditions of Russian architecture of the time.
Day 8: Golden Ring of Russia: Rostov, Pereslavl and Sergiev Posad
Arrive to Rostov the Great, an ancient Russian town located on the Nero lake. The history of this place started 4 thousand years BC, when the first tribes stayed next to the lake. Now it is a small town (32 thousand inhabitants), with old buildings and authentic Russian architecture. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ancient Kremlin. Inside the Kremlin, there's an archelogocal museum, where you can see what they found in the earth, just where you stand. You can figure out how it was from the Stone Age to the last century: stone knives, relics of a drakkar, the first stone of a convent. Drive to Pereslavl-Zalessky and explore this ancient town. Tour sights include the Red Square, Spaso-Preobrazhensky cathedral - the oldest building, located in the heart of Pereslavl, - and the Church of Mitropolit Peter. Depart to Sergiev Posad and enjoy the tour to this historic town, which is home to the stunningly-beautiful Trinity Monastery of St Sergiev. Sergiev Posad is one of the oldest seats of the Russian Orthodox Church and is one of the most important pilgrimage towns in the country. The monastery was a formidable fortress in the 16th Century and today is a working monastery and clerical school. The crowning glory of its celebrated architecture is the five-domed Assumption Cathedral, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Russia. Among the treasures of the Lavra is the famous icon, The Trinity, by Andrei Rublev. Return to Moscow in the evening.

What's included

    St. Petersburg:
  • 4 excursions by car, 1 show;
  • 1 lunch on the 1st day;
  • Transportation by car or mini-van: 1st day - 3 hours, 2nd day - 5 hours, 3rd day - 5 hours;
  • 2nd class train fare from St. Petersburg to Moscow: (1st class upon request);
  • Guide assistance: during all the tour activities;
  • Entrance fees: all the visits according to the tour itinerary.
    Moscow and Golden Ring:
  • 11 excursions;
  • 4 nights accommodation in Vladimir (2 nights), Kostroma (1 night) and Yaroslavl (1 night): 3-star hotels, twin rooms;
  • 4 breakfasts on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th days of the tour
  • Transportation by car or mini-van: all the time of the tour;
  • Guide assistance: during all the tour activities;
  • Entrance fees: all the visits according to the tour itinerary.

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
Moscow : Golden Ring
One of the most fascinating regions in Russia is the famous 'Golden Ring' of cities to the northeast of Moscow. This ancient heart of Russia with its old whitewashed city walls and venerable onion-domed churches created the world's definition of medieval Rus. In this enchanted region - which has remained relatively untouched by tourist crowds - time stands still. The main currents of history ignored these cities, leaving towns such as Vladimir, S... 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
The Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow's most beautiful cloisters, is nestled in the southwest of Moscow where the Moskva River bends to form what looks like a peninsula. It is an amazing architectural monument, and also the greatest of city's attractions, second only to the Kremlin. It is a peaceful retreat from the bustling Moscow. The Novodevichy Convent, built in the 16th and 17th centuries in the so-called Moscow Baroque style, was part of a... 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
Moscow : Arbat Street
In every city steeped in history there is always a street which attracts tourists like a magnet. This is a place filled with spirit of its own, while buildings bordering it and side-streets stemming from it each have a story to tell. In Moscow it is Old Arbat or simply Arbat – one of oldest and most popular walking streets. Today Arbat is as important landmark as Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre and St. Basil Cathedral. Read more
Moscow : Sparrow Hills
Sparrow Hills, formerly known as Lenin Hills between 1935 and 1999, is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River and one of the highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or 60–70 m (200–230 ft) above the river level. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum 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 w... 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
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... 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 : Amber room
The Amber Room is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg. Often hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world," it is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. When Peter the Great met Frederick William I in November 1716 to mark the conclusion of an alliance between Russia and Prussia, the King gave the Emperor gifts that included the Amber Study. Peter wrote at the time to Empress ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Golden Ring : Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl makes a lasting impression on people from all parts of the world. Yaroslavl is possibly one of the most ancient settlements of Russians on the Volga River. An ancient legend says that construction began on the city's fortress on the site where Yaroslav the Wise slew a bear. The fortress quickly became a vibrant city on the crossroads of trade routes. Today, Yaroslavl is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and the unofficial c... Read more
Golden Ring : Kostroma
Kostroma is a major tourist centre, and part of the "Golden Ring of Russia", and one of the prettiest towns on the Volga. Kostroma has more than a two-century history. The city was founded in 1152 by prince Jury Dolgoruki. It was a centre of the events of national importance, a birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty, as in 1613, Mikhail Romanov became the Tzar of Russia in Ipatiev monastery in Kostroma. Kostroma city is not only famous for its ar... Read more
Golden Ring : Rostov the Great
Known since the 9th century Rostov the Great is one of the oldest city of Russia and one of most interesting stops of the Golden Ring tour. This fascinating town, whose very stones embody the inexhaustible genius of Russian masters, has retained for us a heritage which arouses deep emotions and enriches everyone who appreciates artistic accomplishments of past ages. The exceptional role of this town in the development of Russian culture and its u... Read more
Golden Ring : Pereslavl-Zalessky
Pereslavl-Zalessky has great attraction as an ancient cultural and architectural monument: it is coeval of Moscow (was founded in 1152), and now is one of the most interesting centers of Yaroslavl region. Not only architectural masterpieces give grounds to include Pereslavl in the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. Many events of Russian history took place within the precincts of and on the land of this old town. Among the silent witnesses of ... Read more
Golden Ring : Sergiev Posad
Sergiev Posad is obviously a town that deserves a special visit. Despite incredible number of old towns in Moscow Region, Sergiev Posad is the only one of them that is always included in the famous Golden Ring excursions. The major point of attraction here is Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, the largest orthodox men's monastery in Russia. Read more
Golden Ring : Vladimir
The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. It is one of the major members of the Golden Ring of communities which have played a significant role in Russian history. Among many other attractions, the city boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more
Yaroslavl starts from the Spassky monastery (Saviour monastery), that was founded in the 12th century at the place where Kotorosl river meets Volga river. The main entrance to the monastery were the Saint gates (Svyatye vorota), that were built in 1516, but were changed since then (the decorations and the small church on top were added in 1621). Read more
Visit Monastery of st Ipaty to see red Romanov chambers that house a historical exhibit and a refectory featuring religious items and old icons. Watch the footage of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family visiting Kostroma in 1913 on a large screen at the entrance. The focal point of the monastery is the Trinity Cathedral, which was built by Tsar Boris Godunov in 1590. It features more than 80 frescoes by a school of 17th-century Kostroma painte... Read more
Next to the bridge across the Volga River there is one of the most beautiful buildings of the city, the multi-domed Church of the Resurrection (1651). This is the only surviving church in Kostroma of the XVII century. It gives the impression of lightness, elegance and gaiety. It is built of bricks and decorated with carved white limestone. Its walls are painted in bright colors of checkered pattern.  Read more
Suzdal : Market Square
The Market Square is a raised stone patio that has been served as Suzdal's trading center for the better part of the millennium. Read more
The Museum of Wooden Architecture keeps numerous examples of old wooden architecture and is considered to be a little corner of classical ancient Russia. Read more
The ancient Kremlin of Suzdal is the place that gave rise to the city. The central street of the city leads there. Even from afar you can see its white-stone walls with bright-green roofs of the buildings. Bright white in the backdrop of the green meadows are the slender silhouettes of churches and the golden domes of ancient monasteries. Read more
Rostov the Great : Rostov-Veliky Kremlin
Rostov-Veliky’s main attraction is unashamedly photogenic. Though founded in the 12th century, most of the buildings date to the 1670s and 1680s. Read more
Pereslavl-Zalessky : Red Square
The Red Square is the heart of the ancient Pereslavl. Here one can see several ancient churches: Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, Vladimirsky Cathedral, Church of Alexander Nevsky, and the Church of Peter the Metropolitan. Read more
Pereslavl-Zalessky : The Transfiguration cathedral
This most ancient Pereslavl temple decorates the historical centre of the town – Red square. It is built in Byzantine style from white limestone and is situated in complex with artificial mound of XII century. Pereslavl Transfiguration cathedral was founded in 1152 by the founder of the town Jury Dolgoruky. It is one of the main sights not only of Pereslavl, but of the whole north-eastern part of Russia. Read more
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl, and currently is home to over 300 monks. Read more
At the time of the reign of Grand Prince of Vladimir Vsevolod the Big Nest, Vladimir-Suzdal Princedom was in the zenith of its glory. “Suzdal Region back in the beginning of XII century was a forsaken north-eastern corner of Russian Land, but in XIII century was already a Princedom that decisively headed up the rest of Russ,” V. Klyuchevsky wrote. And Dmitrievsky Cathedral built by Vsevolod was purposed to signify this rise of Vladimi... Read more
The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir (sometimes translated Assumption Cathedral) was a mother church of Medieval Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is part of a World Heritage Site, the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. Read more
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