ITINERARY

16 days / 15 nights

Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Plyos – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov – Sergiev Posad – Saint Petersburg – Peterhof – Pushkin – Karelia – Petrozavodsk

Experiences: 1

Ages: 0 – 75+

Starting Point: Moscow

Ending Point: Saint Petersburg

Introduction

Best Russia Tours & Vacation Packages! This is the best tour of the heritage of Russia. You have a unique opportunity to visit 13 cities of Central and North Russia, to get acquainted with its culture, way of life, local people, to taste traditional Russian cuisine and see incredible nature. Discover the diversity of the Great Country!

DAY

Meeting at the airport upon arrival. Transfer to the hotel in the center of the city. Free time to relax. Optional: Walk in the center

9:00 Breakfast at the hotel. At 10: 00 - 15:00 The walk through the Red Square. The Red Square remains, as it has been for centuries, the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world bear the weight of history to the extent that it does the central square of Moscow. From 16th-century St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the world's most famous architectural pieces, to the constructivist pyramid of Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia's turbulent and intriguing past. Afterwards you will visit the Kremlin and the Armory Chamber. The Moscow Kremlin is considered a symbol of Russian statehood. The architectural ensemble ``Moscow Kremlin and Red Square`` is included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The Armory Chamber, a treasure, is part of the Grand Kremlin Palace complex. At 15:30 Lunch (not included). Free time. At 20:30 - 23:00 Crusade through the Moscow River with dinner. At 23:00 Transfer to the hotel.

9:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Today is the day of cultural development. At 10:00 - 13:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby of the hotel you will enjoy a tour of art history to the Tretyakov Gallery. The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is one of the largest museums in Russia with more than 100,000 works of art (icons, paintings, graphics and sculptures) covering the entire history of Russian art. Its collection of Russian realism from the second half of the 19th century is the best in the country. At 14:00 - Lunch in a traditional restaurant ``Taras Bulba`` (not included). Free time. At 19:00 The spectacular night with visit of the Big Theatre (Bolshói Theatre) is one of the biggest in Russia and one of the most important opera and ballet theatres in the world. (entrance fees not included)

9:00 Breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 - Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Then in the subway you will visit VDNH. The National Economy Achievement Exhibition is the largest exhibition, museum and recreational complex in the world, one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia. The exhibition opened on August 1, 1939. The territory of VDNH is home to many architectural masterpieces, constructions of large and small parks, including unique fountains, with 49 objects of the Exhibition that are recognized as monuments of cultural heritage. Next we will visit the Museum of Cosmonautics is one of the largest scientific and historical museums in the world. The history of the museum began in the second half of the 20th century, when the monument to the conquerors of space appeared on the map of Moscow in 1964. After that, we will climb the Ostankino TV Tower, the highest structure in Europe and Russia (540 m). Where you will be able to see Moscow from a bird's eye view and have lunch there if you wish (in the cafe or restaurant ``Seventh Heaven`` - lunch is not included). Transfer to the hotel.

At 09:00 Meeting with guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Vladimir. Vladimir has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the most valuable treasures of international heritage. Visit of the city: the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Cathedral of Saint Dmitriy, the Golden Gate. Time for lunch (not included in the price). Transfer to Suzdal. The Suzdal Kremlin and one of the 5 monasteries of Suzdal (monastery of the Savior-Eutimio) are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage. To feel the charm of Suzdal, you must walk through the narrow streets, wooden houses built in the nineteenth century, to see the reflections of the whitish walls, the golden domes and blue skies in the calm waters of Kamenka And enjoy the timbre. Panoramic visit of Suzdal: visit of the Monastery of San Eutimio with the Cathedral of San Salvador, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and the Kremlin, mini concert of bells. At 19:00 Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 Meeting with guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Plyuos. The famous artist Levitan wrote here in Plyos about 200 paintings and studios that now adorn the best museums in the country. City tour. Then transfer to Kostroma: it conquers everyone with its charming provincialism and surprises with the richness of traditions that have been preserved, has many historical and architectural monuments and always pleases guests with magnificent views. Time for lunch (not included in the price). Panoramic visit of Kostroma: (including the exteriors of the Church of the Resurrection in Debre and the Monastery of the Epiphany), territory of the Monastery Ipatievsky with the interior of the Cathedral of the Trinity *. At 19:00 Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 Meeting with guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Yaroslavl. It is the main contender for the title of the capital of the Golden Ring of Russia and the oldest city of the Volga with a thousand years of history, whose places of interest have been awarded a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit of the city: city (including the church of the interior of the Prophet Elijah), Monastery of the Transfiguration of the territory of the Saviour. At 13:30 hours for lunch (not included in the price). Time for leisure. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 meeting with guide. Transfer to Rostov. Rostov Veliky is one of the oldest Russian cities in the region of Yaroslavl, on the shores of Lake Nero. Its history goes back more than 11 centuries. The first mention of the city in the annals refers to the year 862. Visit the territory of Rostov Kremlin, museum of enamel. Time for lunch (not included in the price). Transfer to Sergiev Posad. The main attraction of Sergiev Posad is the Holy Trinity of St. Sergius Lavra, which is still a functioning monastery. City tour. At 16:30 transfer to Moscow. Arrival at the train station. Departure to St. Petersburg. Night in the train.

A sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia, the Russian port city on the Baltic Sea coast, which for two centuries was the capital of the Russian Empire: Nevsky prospect, the fortress of Peter and Paul (outside), St. Isaac's Cathedral (outside), St. Petersburg University (outside), Kazan Cathedral (outside). At 14:00 Return to the hotel. At 18:00, transfer to the Nikolayevsky Palace to enjoy the folkloric show at the monumental Nikolayevsky Palace. Dinner included. At 22:00 Return to the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Russian Heritage Tour at the Hermitage Museum. The state hermitage collection includes more than 3 million works of art and artifacts of world culture. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, applied works of art, archaeological artifacts and numismatic objects. Lunch. Then boat ride along the canals of St. Petersburg. At 17:00 Return to the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Tour to Peterhof. One of the most famous and popular attractions for visitors to St. Petersburg, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as ``Russian Versailles``, although many visitors conclude that the comparison impairs the grandeur and scope of this majestic estate. After the tour Transfer to the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Tour to Pushkin. Pushkin was founded in 1710 as an imperial residence called Tsarskoye Selo and received the status of city in 1808. This museum complex includes Catherine's Palace, Alexander's Palace and other associated buildings and parks; it is a major tourist attraction in the area and is included in the list of monuments protected by UNESCO. At 15:00 transportation in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel at dawn. Then departure to Karelia Republic. The land of the lakes and magic nature. At 10:00 - Old Ladoga. Tour of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress. Ladoga is a sacred place for all Russian people. Now Ladoga has become the Old Ladoga, but the fortress has been revived in all its former grandeur. In its territory are open modern museums. In the corridors of the museums, along the walls, we invite you to walk along with the local guide. At 13:30 - Arrival at Alexander-Svirsky Monastery. Lunch in the refectory of the monastery. At 14:30 - Excursion to the monastery of Alexander Svirsky. On the eastern coast of Ladoga, near the border with the Republic of Karelia, the Holy Trinity Monastery Alexander-Svirsky is almost 500 years old, a sacred place and the center of dissemination of Russian culture in the northern lands of karelos and vepsov. At 18:30 - Arrival in Petrozavodsk. Walk through the city. The capital of Karelia - Petrozavodsk is located on the western shore of Lake Onega. This city is the same age as St. Petersburg, and also, like St. Petersburg, was founded by Peter First. At 19:30-20:00 - Check in, dinner and rest.

08:00 - Breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 - Kivach Reserve and waterfall, Nature Museum. Kivach Falls: the second largest, after the Reinskiy, a flat waterfall in Europe. Located on the river Suna in the central part of Karelia. Around it is the nature reserve of the same name. At 11:30 - Visit the Old Girvas Volcano. An extinct ancient volcano is located in the Girvas Park: 2.5 billion years ago, lava flows erupted on the earth's surface and volcanic bombs were thrown into the sky with a diameter of more than 1 meter. The volcano is a monument of international importance. At 12:30 - Visit to the mystical mountain - Sampo. The famous Kalevala rune mountain of Sampo is a rocky hill on the west coast of Konchezer. Sampo, in Karelian-Finnish mythology, is the only miraculous object of its kind with magical power, which is the source of happiness, well-being and abundance. From the mountain there is a magnificent panorama of the forests and the islands of Konchezer, which extends for 30 km. Mount Sampo is considered a place of power, there grows a tree of desires: a powerful pine, making a wish, you need to hang a piece of your clothes or a ribbon. Attention. Under adverse weather conditions, the ascent to the mountain can be cancelled. Also keep in mind that the ascent is done on foot and requires some physical effort. At 14:00 - Visit to the first Russian seaside resort ``Marcial Waters`` and lunch. The first Russian tourist centre, founded by Peter I in 1719 on the basis of ferrous mineral sources, was inaugurated on 20 March 1719 by the decree of Peter I. The first Russian tourist centre, founded by Peter I in 1719 on the basis of ferrous mineral sources, was inaugurated on 20 March 1719 by the decree of Peter I. Here you can collect natural mineral water of varying degrees of mineralization. At 16:30 - Transfer and visit to the Husky dog kennel. A northern sled kennel of Eskimo breeds awaits you. An experienced kayur will guide you through the kennel, introduce you to all its inhabitants and tell you many interesting stories about huskies and others. Then you can chat, take pictures with Huskies, Malamutes and other breeds. At 19:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk. Dinner and rest.

08:00 - Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ruskeala Mountain Park from Petrozavodsk. At 11:00 - Pueblito de Karelia - Kinerma. In 2 hours from Petrozavodsk, in the middle of the taiga of Karelia, the small village of Kinerma was established, its inhabitants made it one of the most interesting places of Karelia. In 2016, Kinerma was recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Russia. It is important. The tour is conducted by local residents, who do not always have the opportunity to take groups, the arrival in Kinerma may not be made on some of the trips. For the same reason, this tour is not included in the price of the tour. 12:00 - Departure to the mountain park Ruskeala. Kiryavalahti Bay The road will wind there like a snake on the edge of Lake Ladoga, revealing amazing views of the Ladoga skerries. At 14:00 - Stop at Ruskeala Akhvenkoski Falls. They are located on the Tohmayoki River. These are small but picturesque waterfalls in a forest river. Walking trails are placed around the waterfalls, from where an ecological route is made with a rope suspension bridge over the waterfalls. At 15:00 - Ruskeala Mountain Park. Guided visit and free time. About the park: this is a natural monument complex, and the museum of mining in Russia and Finland under the open sky, and a large tourist complex with a variety of entertainment for tourists. The center of the park is Marble Canyon, a huge lake on high marble benches. At 19:00 - Stop at the company's trout farm. At 23:00 - Estimated time of return to St. Petersburg.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transportation at the hotel.

What's included

  • Accommodation

    At 3-4* hotels according to the itinerary

  • Meals

    According to the itinerary

  • Transport

    Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary
    Train ticket (Moscow – St. Petersburg) is included

  • Excursions

    Interesting sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides
    Entrances fees

  • Visa

    Visa support service (invitation)

  • Support

    Emergency line support during the trip

  • Other

    All taxes and fees

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight

    International flight.

  • Meals

    Other meals what not include in the program

  • Drinks

    All beverages

  • Insurance

    Your insurance

  • Transport

    Additional transport what not include in the program

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional tours and services

  • Other

    All personal expenses

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  • start: Sunday 09/01/2019
    end: Thursday 10/31/2019
    status: seats left 4
    price: € 3170

Optional Excursions

Russian Opera at Bolshoi Theater at night. Price depends on performance! Price is from EURO 150 per ticket.

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