ITINERARY

14 days / 13 nights

Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Plyos – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov – Sergiev Posad – St. Petersburg – Peterhof – Sochi

Experiences: 1

Ages: 0 – 75+

Starting Point: Moscow

Ending Point: Sochi

Introduction

This is the best tour of the heritage of Russia. You have a unique opportunity to visit 10 cities of central Russia, to get acquainted with its culture, way of life, local people, to taste traditional Russian cuisine. Discover the diversity of the Great Country!

DAY

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center and the rest of the day will be free to explore the beauty of capital - Moscow. On day one the meals are not included so you can have a taste of Russian cuisine of your taste in the city.

Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Meeting with guide at the lobby. Sightseeing walk around the Red Square. 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 Moscow’s central square does. From the 16th Century St. Basil’s Cathedral – one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world – to the constructivist pyramid of Lenin’s Mausoleum, Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia’s turbulent and intriguing past. After you will visit Kremlin & Armory Chamber. The Moscow Kremlin is considered to be a symbol of the Russian statehood. The architectural ensemble “The Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square” is included into the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Armoury Chamber, a treasure house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex. At 15:00 return in hotel. Free time. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Meeting with guide at the lobby. Art history tour to Tretyakov Gallery. The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100 000 works of art – icons, paintings, graphics and sculpture – spanning 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. Then you go down to the underground metro and get acquainted with the history and beautiful stations of the Moscow Subway. At 14:00 return in hotel. Free time. Overnight at hotel.

09:00 Meeting with guide at 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 Assumption, the Cathedral of Saint Dmitriy, Golden Gate. Time for lunch (not include in the price). Transfer to Suzdal. The Suzdal Kremlin and one of the 5 Suzdal monasteries (Savior-Euthymius monastery) are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity. To feel the charm of Suzdal, you need to walk through the narrow streets, built-up wooden houses of the XIX century, to see reflections of the snow-white belfry walls, gold domes and the blue of the skies in the calm Kamenka waters and enjoy the bell chime. Panoramic tour of Suzdal: visit of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius with the Cathedral of Saint Salvador, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and the Kremlin, mini concert of bell-ringing. At 19:00 Check-in in the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 Meeting with guide at the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Yaroslavl. Is the main contender for the title of the capital of the Golden Ring of Russia and the oldest city on the Volga with a thousand-year history, whose sights have been awarded a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit of the city: city (including the church of Elijah the Prophet's interior), Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour territory. At 13:30 Time for lunch (not include in the price).Time for leisure. Check-in in the hotel. Overnight at 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 Yaroslavl Region on the shore of Lake Nero. Its history goes back over 11 centuries. The first mention of the city in the annals refers to the year 862. Visit of the Rostov Kremlin territory, museum of enamel. Time for lunch (not include in the price). Transfer to Sergiev Posad. The main attraction of Sergiev Posad is the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, which is still a functioning monastery. Visit of the city. At 16:30 Transfer to Moscow. Arriving to the Train Station. Departure to St. Petersburg. Night in the train.

Arriving to St. Petersburg. Breakfast in the local traditional cafe. Sightseeing tour of the city: Nevsky prospect, the Peter and Paul Fortress (outside), St. Isaac’s Cathedral (outside), St.Petersburg University (outside), Kazan Cathedrale (outside). At 14:00 Return in hotel. At 18:00 the transfer to Nikolayevsky Palace for enjoy Folk Show at the monumental Nikolayevsky Palace. At 22:00 Return in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 Meeting with guide at the lobby of the hotel. Russia heritage Tour in the Hermitage Museum. The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects. Then Boat Ride on channels of St. Petersburg. At 17:00 Return in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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

Breakfast at the local hotel will be followed by a Sightseeing tour - «Sochi is a famous Russian resort», the observation tower on Big Akhun Mount and a picturesque panorama of the city from a bird's-eye view. Stalin’s Dacha is not compulsory but if you interested then maybe you will also like to visit a Matsesta Spring which is also optional. (not included to the tour price). Day will be followed by a Lunch at the local Caucasian restaurant after which you will Visit the Sochi Dendrarium and have a Walk around historical Centre of Sochi (Sea Port, The Cathedral of Michael the Archangel, Primorskaya embankment, the Winter Theater) to feel the city character. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

After tasty Breakfast at the hotel you will take part in a refreshing Ecotour - «The Harmony of Nature». Afterwards you will be moved to the Matsesta Agricultural Complex ``Eco-Farm Ekzarcho`` which is located in the mountains at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level where you will meet different breeds of horses inside the stable, excursion to goat farm, and participate in goatlings feeding with milk from a bottle. Eco-Farm provides Tasting of Dairy products of own production with several types of cheese from goat and cow's milk, local food - tasting matzoni. Horse walk to the mountains of national park will be optional, but we strongly recommend it. (not included to the tour price). Visiting Matsesta tea factory with a 40 hectares tea plantation area, where you will learn about the technology of processing tea leaf. To finish the day you will be offered with Tasting of the May black and green tea with honey and pancakes.

After the Breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to a Sightseeing tour - «Sochi is the Host City of Olympic winter Games». The world-famous settlement of Krasnaya Polyana lies only 50 km from the seashore, up in the Caucasus mountains, in the valley of the magnificent Mzymta river, and it welcomes its visitors on an astounding journey along the highway that crosses the breathtaking canyons and gorges. Mountain resorts of Krasnaya Polyana: Gorki Gorod, Rosa Khutor, Gazprom Laura; Cable Way trip, Ethno Complex «My Russia». You will have a delicious Lunch at the local restaurant after which will be transferred to the Imeretinskiy district to have a ride on golf cars around the Olympic park. Ice-skating arena «Iceberg» is optional but always a good idea. as well as a Fountain show. (not included to the tour price)

Last day will not be least! Breakfast at the hotel and a Check-out. After you can take part in Extreme tour «At high speed & at high altitude». You will visit the most modern motorsport venue in Europe that every year hosts an FIA Formula One World Championship round. Feel the atmosphere of the Formula 1 races at the Sochi Autodrom. Race Taxi - to enjoy the speed sitting on the co-driver`s seat is optional for adrenalin lovers (not included to the tour price). Visiting the AJ Hackett Sky Park Sochi which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world is breathtaking. Length - 439 meters at an altitude of 207 meters above the Mzymta river. Activities you can participate in are: Bungy 69, Bungy 207, Sochiswing, Megatroll, Zipline (not included to the tour price). Lunch will take place at the restaurant with a panoramic view. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Sochi.

What's included

  • Accommodation

    At 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.
    Flight St.Petersburg - Sochi (from 85 euro)
    Flight from Sochi

  • 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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    price: € 2950
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    end: Friday 09/13/2019
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    price: € 2950

Optional Excursions

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

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