Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery

10 days from $6,010 per person*
  • Explore the historic Golden Ring with a private guide, including Sergiyev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal.
  • Enjoy a private tour of Moscow, including the famous Kremlin.
  • Behold the marvelous splendor of royal residence, Peterhof.
  • Take in some of the over 600,000 pieces of art at the Hermitage Museum.
  • Featuring expertly selected 4* accommodations.
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Feel the allure of Russia as you drive past whitewashed walls of once-fortified cities, their golden spires and onion domes marking the horizon as bells ring out from soaring belfries announcing long ago tales.

Immerse yourself in 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. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed accommodations that offer first-rate service and exceptional style. While in Moscow, your private guide will lead you around the signature city sights, offering insight as you discover the imposing fortifications of the Kremlin, Red Square, the opulent Saint Basil's Cathedral, and more. Continue to the famed Golden Ring, northeast of Moscow. The ancient towns which form the Ring all host unique architecture and monuments from the 12th-18th centuries, and were critical in the formation of the renowned Russian Orthodox Church. Take the high speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg to see the Hermitage Museum boasting works of art for da Vinci, Michelangelo and Picasso, and discover St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the stunning Peterhof Palace, with its pristine gardens and gilded statue-lined fountains. This exceptional journey will be one you won’t soon forget. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Invitation Letter for Russian Entry Visa
    • Russia - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Private Tour - City Tour with Kremlin, Armory Chamber and Diamond Fund (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Private Tour - Christ the Savior Cathedral, Novodevichy, Arbat Street & Metro (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Moscow to Suzdal
    Moscow to Suzdal
    • Private Transfer - Moscow - Suzdal [with Sergiev Posad & Vladimir Tour] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Suzdal to Moscow to St. Petersburg
    Suzdal to Moscow to St. Petersburg
    • Private Transfer - Suzdal - Moscow [with Suzdal Tour] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Train - Moscow - St. Petersburg [High Speed Sapsan Train, 3.5 hrs ] - Business Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
  • Day 6 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Private Tour - City Tour with Peter & Paul`s Fortress & St. Isaac's Cathedral (7hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Private Tour - Hermitage Museum with Diamond & Gold Rooms (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Private Tour - Pushkin & Peterhof (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Yusupov Palace (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Moscow

Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will help you with check-in, as well as walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary, and answer your questions.

After securing your trip with Kensington Tours, you'll be provided with a Letter of Invitation for your Russian entry visa, along with additional important travel documents.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Ararat Park Hyatt (5*)

The Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow (5*) is located in the very heart of Moscow, just a few minutes’ walk from iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and within the immediate vicinity of the famous Bolshoi Theater. With 208 tastefully furnished rooms and suites on a quiet residential street, the timeless Arart Park Hyatt caters to the discerning traveler seeking privacy and elegance, helping to distinguish it from other luxury hotels in Moscow. Step out onto the rooftop and drink vodka as you gaze across Moscow from the Conservatory Lounge & Bar, recognized as one of the best bars in the world by Architectural Digest for its panoramic views over the city and outstanding contemporary design.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Moscow
Moscow
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel
Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel

Day 2: Moscow

Set out on a full-day must-see highlights tour of Moscow with a private guide and vehicle. Have your camera ready to capture snapshots of the city’s iconic sights such as the historic Bolshoi Theater, the former KGB building from where the notorious Soviet enforcement agency once operated, and the Sofia Embankment with the imposing Kremlin looming across the river. No visit to Moscow is complete without a walk in Red Square, the most famous plaza in all of Russia. Recognized together with the Kremlin as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll stroll this vast cobblestone square, gazing upon  the city’s most recognizable landmarks; the colorful onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the red walls and towers of the Kremlin (office of the Russian president), the Lenin Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum, and the famous GUM department store. Visit the Kremlin’s Armory and Diamond Fund, and learn about the influence of the Russian Tsars and the mind-blowing stockpiles of gold, diamonds and precious jewels they amassed. On display here is a collection that may not be topped anywhere else in the world.

Accommodation: Ararat Park Hyatt (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kremlin
Kremlin

Day 3: Moscow

Meet your private guide and vehicle, and make your way to the Christ the Savior Cathedral, the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. A view of its stunning white-and-gold exterior is only trumped by a look inside at its impressively ornate central dome paintings. Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, and walk within the white fortifications of the impressive 15-building complex. Cathedrals, towers, ramparts, and more, Novodevichy is a walk through Russia’s past, as over the centuries it has become the final resting place of prominent Russian nobles, notable authors, and political figures. Head to trendy Arbat Street, the most famous pedestrian shopping street in the country. Stroll the Arbat with your guide, learning about the great fire of 1812, and of famous artists who once called the neighborhood home. Conclude your day with a discovery of the Moscow Metro, a grand relic of the Soviet Union and a source of pride and joy for the city. Each station has a unique decorative motif utilizing mosaics, statues, marble floors and walls, semi-precious stones, and lavish corridors donned with stunning chandeliers.

Please note Novodevichy Monastery is temporarily under renovation and views may be largely obstructed during this process.

Accommodation: Ararat Park Hyatt (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Christ the Savior Cathedral
Christ the Savior Cathedral

Day 4: Moscow - Suzdal

Today you’ll depart Moscow with a private driver and guide toward Suzdal. En route, pass through serene Russian countryside as you make your way to visit Sergiev Posad, a lovely Golden Ring town whose 600 years of history have centered around the monastery. 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 five churches open to the public. Have your guide walk you through the flea market in front of the Holy Gates to scope out souvenirs and other memorabilia. Continue on to Vladimir, another part of the "Golden Ring", and former capital of medieval Russia. While here, visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the five-domed Assumption Cathedral, and the St. Demetrius Cathedral, and the Golden Gates, featuring classical Russian architecture. Conclude the day as you arrive to Suzdal.

Accommodation: Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*)

The Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*) plays out like a Russian fairytale, offering authenticity in the heart of Suzdal, just a five minute walk from the Suzdal Kremlin. By preserving traditional 19th century homes and converting them into a small hotel complex around a central stone building, Pushkarskaya Sloboda creates a unique ambience unlike any other. Boasting a total of 155 unique guest rooms split across the various buildings, Pushkarskaya Sloboda blends boutique with tradition for an unforgettable stay.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Suzdal
Suzdal
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Day 5: Suzdal - Moscow - St. Petersburg

Meet your private guide and vehicle, and depart on a full day tour of Suzdal, considered part of Russia's 'Golden Ring'. Recognized as a leading town-museum due to its preservation of stunning architectural structures dating between the 12th-17th centuries, discover first hand how Suzdal is fabulously rich in ancient cathedrals and monasteries, bell towers and churches, along with other wooden and brick buildings. Visit Suzdal’s prized 11th century Kremlin and its reception hall the Krestovaya Palata, as well as the 16th century Pokrovsky Monastery, a former place of exile for unwanted wives of Tsars.

Watch the changing landscapes through the windows on a high speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours.

Meet your driver and vehicle for a private train station transfer. An English-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you with your connection.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*)

The Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*) occupies an unrivaled setting in St. Isaac's Square at the hub of St. Petersburg's vibrant city center. St. Isaac's Cathedral stands opposite Hotel Astoria, and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away. Mirroring the beauty and heritage of St. Petersburg, the 169 guestrooms and suites at Hotel Astoria are carefully furnished with comfort and tranquility in mind. Contemporary facilities share a harmonious space with elegant décor, luxurious marble bathrooms and, in many rooms, breathtaking views over St Isaac's Square.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria
Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria

Day 6: St. Petersburg

With a private guide and driver, set out on a full day highlights tour of St. Petersburg to get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of the city. Drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect. See Palace Square, the world’s third largest square, with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the General Staff Building, and the Winter Palace complex, home to the UNESCO-listed Hermitage. See the candy-colored domes of the remarkable Church of the Savoir on Spilled Blood, and visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The fourth largest cathedral in the world, the 19th century neoclassical St. Isaac’s Cathedral was constructed to host as many as 12,000 worshippers at once, and its enormous skyline-dominating dome was covered in solid gold at the request of Peter the Great. Experience the dazzling cathedral interior, and don’t miss out on a chance to climb the 250 steps to the colonnade of the dome where you’ll have a magical 360-degree view of the city. You’ll also visit Peter and Paul's Fortress, a Travel+Leisure ‘Thing Not to Miss’, and site where Peter the Great first broke ground for the construction of St. Petersburg. The citadel boasts a 400 foot bell tower, and became the burial site of many Russian tsars and nobles.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral

Day 7: St. Petersburg

Today you’ll set out with a private guide and vehicle on a tour of the Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Travel+Leisure’s top ‘Things Not to Miss’ in St. Petersburg. Spread across four massive buildings, including the renowned Winter Palace, the Hermitage is comprised of nearly 360 rooms in total. View works by Old Masters including Da Vinci (Room 214), Caravaggio (Room 237) and Rembrandt (Room 254), and admire the splendor of the incredible white marble Jordan Staircase, Peter’s Memorial Hall, the Pavilion Hall, and the Military Gallery, featuring hundreds of portraits of generals from the Patriotic War of 1812. Your guide will help navigate you to any specific areas of interest within the vast collection displayed in the museum. Your visit also includes entrance to the exclusive Gold Rooms and Diamond Room of the Treasure Gallery. Stand awestruck in the Gold Rooms, where you’ll see a vast display of gold from Ancient Greece as well as early Eastern cultures, not to mention the world’s best collection of Scythian gold. Let the Diamond Room dazzle you with a collection of priceless gems from the Romanov family, precious diplomatic gifts received by the Russian State, intricate Faberge creations, and more.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum

Day 8: St. Petersburg

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, and 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 consturuction of Catherine Palace and about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. After the tour you will return to your hotel.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace

Day 9: St. Petersburg

Depart with a private guide and vehicle for a half day tour of Yusupov Palace; the former residence of the Russian nobles of the House of Yusupov, located on the River Moika. Refined luxury, splendor of high society, dramatic relationships, and the history of a rich aristocratic family are reflected in the expositions of the 18th century Yusupov Palace, one of the most mysterious places in St. Petersburg. The luxurious decorations of the interiors are dazzling: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, silk clothes and refined furniture. A particular highlight is the cellar of the palace, featuring an exhibition on the life of Grigori Rasputin, a self-proclaimed healer who was assassinated in that very cellar back in 1916, after gaining unfavorable influence over the tsar and tsarina.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*)
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace

Day 10: St. Petersburg

Meet your driver and vehicle for a private airport transfer. An English-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you with your connection.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Ararat Park Hyatt (5*): Moscow

The Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow (5*) is located in the very heart of Moscow, just a few minutes’ walk from iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and within the immediate vicinity of the famous Bolshoi Theater. With 208 tastefully furnished rooms and suites on a quiet residential street, the timeless Arart Park Hyatt caters to the discerning traveler seeking privacy and elegance, helping to distinguish it from other luxury hotels in Moscow. Step out onto the rooftop and drink vodka as you gaze across Moscow from the Conservatory Lounge & Bar, recognized as one of the best bars in the world by Architectural Digest for its panoramic views over the city and outstanding contemporary design.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel
Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel
Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool
Pool

Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*): Suzdal

The Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*) plays out like a Russian fairytale, offering authenticity in the heart of Suzdal, just a five minute walk from the Suzdal Kremlin. By preserving traditional 19th century homes and converting them into a small hotel complex around a central stone building, Pushkarskaya Sloboda creates a unique ambience unlike any other. Boasting a total of 155 unique guest rooms split across the various buildings, Pushkarskaya Sloboda blends boutique with tradition for an unforgettable stay.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*): St. Petersburg

The Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (5*) occupies an unrivaled setting in St. Isaac's Square at the hub of St. Petersburg's vibrant city center. St. Isaac's Cathedral stands opposite Hotel Astoria, and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away. Mirroring the beauty and heritage of St. Petersburg, the 169 guestrooms and suites at Hotel Astoria are carefully furnished with comfort and tranquility in mind. Contemporary facilities share a harmonious space with elegant décor, luxurious marble bathrooms and, in many rooms, breathtaking views over St Isaac's Square.

Moscow, Golden Ring and St. Petersburg Discovery  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria
Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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