(Moscow, Suzdal, St. Petersburg)
Discover the land of the czars, revolutionaries, dissidents, vodka and caviar on this private tour of Russia. Experience the legendary history, majestic art, captivating culture and architectural treasures that make it one of the world’s most fascinating countries. Tour Moscow’s Kremlin, Red Square, Saint Basil, Novodevichi Monastery and Tretyakov Gallery. Continue to the famous Golden Ring, a ring of cities northeast of Moscow. These cities formerly comprised of the region known as Zalesye. Ancient towns, they also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserved in the memory as one of the most important and significant events in Russian history. The towns have been called "open air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. Take high speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg to see the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, St. Peter and Paul’s fortress, St. Isaac Cathedral, Pererhof and St. Catherine palaces. This trip is the perfect match for people looking to explore main cities and the countryside of Russia. During the tour you will have private assistance with an English speaking guide, vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Moscow with a private vehicle, Driver and an Assistant.
A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
Peter 1 Hotel (4*) is located in the historical and cultural centre of the city, within walking distance from the Red Square and the Christ of the Saviour Cathedral. The Big Theatre, State Duma, Manezhnaya Square as well as the State Tretjakov Gallery are some of the major attractions near the property. The hotel is housed in a six-storey building and was constructed in the late XIX century. In 2005-2006 the hotel was totally renovated, and today is considered to be a modern hotel of the highest quality, while effortlessly combining its historial vestiges. The property has 133 spacious and originally decorated rooms.
Enjoy a full day city tour of Moscow. View the panorama of the Kremlin from the Sophiskaya Embankment, Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, Christ The Savior Cathedral, New Arbat Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, view of St. Basil Cathedrals, Kremlin Walks, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square and shopping. Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Armoury Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia and unique art. (Entrance inside Kremlin Walls and Armoury Chamber included in tour price).
Novodevichy Convent was founded at the beginning of 16th century. The complex consists of 15 buildings, surmounted by golden domes. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was part of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I. For several years, it was even used as a place of imprisonment for disgraced women from noble families. Visit the interesting cemetery, a charming sight, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the Twentieth century inner city. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The museum represents the history of Russian art from the ancient periods. Its superb collection consists of numerous icons, paintings, sculptures and graphics. Entrance fees to the Monastery and Gallery are included in the tour price.
Enjoy a Russian country side drive (74 km) to Sergiev Posad, a lovely provincial town of Russia whose life centred around the monastery. An overwhelming panoramic view of the Holy Trinity from the "Pancake" Hill. Explore the unique monastic ensemble of Russian Orthodoxy from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and witness a functioning monastery with 200 monks, 300 novices and an Ecclesiastical Academy on its grounds. Here, the finest choirs of Russia can be heard at services in any of the 5 churches open to the public. A flea market in front of the Holy Gates offers souvenirs and other memorabilia. Enjoy a private tour to Vladimir from Moscow. Drive to Vladimir cosidered part of the "Golden Ring", the name for a popular tourist route connecting ancient towns north-east of Moscow. During this tour visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the Golden Gates, Vladimir's unofficial symbol, Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedrals. The city is also home to several award winning museums, art galleries and theaters; a number of world-class performing groups, artists, and artisans, and several first rate institutions of higher learning. Entrances to the sightseeing mentioned are included in the tour price.
Wonderfully placed in the heart of the city and offering cosy lodging, the Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*) welcomes all types of travellers for a memorable stay.The hotel is ideally placed in Lenin Street. Museum of Wooden Architecture and Kremlin are the attractions that are close to the hotel.The hotel boasts 156 guest rooms that are spacious and equipped with basic requirements for a comfortable stay.
Enjoy a day tour to Suzdal, part of the "Golden Ring", known for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12-17th centuries. Recognized as a leading museum of architecture, the town is fabulously rich in ancient cathedrals and monasteries, bell-towers and churches, one and two-story wooden and brick buildings. The Kremlin, the Monastery of the Deposition of the Holy Robe, the Nativity Cathedral and the Intercession Cathedral are the most popular places of interest. Suzdal is truly a town-museum distinguished for its fidelity to ancient traditions. Entrance fees in Kremlin with Krestovaya Palata and the Intercession Monastery is included in the tour price. Optional: Wooden Architecture Museum and Icon Museum (entrance fees not included).
Enjoy a train station transfer with private vehicle/driver and guide.
Watch the changing landscapes on your fast speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg, departing in the afternoon.
Enjoy a private train station transfer with vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
Located in St. Petersburg, the Ambassador Hotel (4*) is a unique complex, combining a modern building with an architectural gem from the 19th century. The hotel has 255 air-conditioned bedrooms that are comfortable and provide a homely ambience. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, the Ambassador hotel offers a room catering service for your convenience. In adhering to culinary traditions, the onsite restaurants are renowned for high standards and exceptional style. Despite the stylistic differences of the hotel's facades, the interiors are all in the classical style. Guests have access to gymnasium, sauna and swimming pool as well as beauty salon, currency exchange point and newspaper stand.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St Petersburg, ride along its main streets and prospects. Drive along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, Monastery of Alexander Nevsky, with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried. View the Hermitage Museum, the Chamber of Curiosities, St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman» unveiled in Senate Square. Drive by Summer GardenStop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame lit in the centre of the monument to victims of revolutions and wars, at the Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood at its background, one of the most unusual monuments of Russian Orthodox. Drive through the Square of Arts with the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Continue to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, It is the forth largest domed cathedral in the world, one of the best samples of the world monumental sculpture and one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people. It took 40 years to construct this fascinating temple. The dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral now dominates the city skyline. Entrance fee to St. Isaac Cathedrals is included in the tour price.
Enjoy a private guided 5hr tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stair-way, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists, as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, Picasso and others. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Gauguin and others. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture and wonderful European art. (Entrance fee to Hermitage Museum is included in the tour price).
Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the Catherine Palace's construction, and will get to know about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during the World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain and park is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. Learn from your private guide about the fate of the palace and the parks during the World War II, see the pictures representing the palace and in process of restoration works. Walk through the various fountains of different sizes and shapes in the lower Park, and admire the beautiful gardens. Return to hotel. Entrance fee to Peterhof Palace is included in the tour price.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in St Petersburg.
Depart from St. Petersburg international airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Russia for the most up to date visa information.
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