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Incredible Russia: Moscow – The Golden Ring – St Petersburg

Let’s get a fantastic and rich experience in our tour combining Moscow, cities of Golden Ring, and St Petersburg. Our tour gives a great overview of the most famous cities of Russia and takes you back in time to medieval Russia when the Tsars ruled. You will spend 3 days exploring cultural and historical sights of Moscow – the bright Russian capital, and afterward start the tour along with the set of beautiful, ancient and mysterious cities of Golden Ring not far from Moscow – Sergiev Posad, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Plyos, Suzdal and Vladimir cities. On top of that, you will have 4 days in Saint Petersburg – a wonderful city on the Neva river and a former capital of Russia. The cradle of the Russian fleet, the capital of culture, St Petersburg is widely considered to be the most beautiful Russia’s city.
Enjoy your vacations with TUI!

Route: Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Rostov – Yaroslavl – Kostroma – Plyos – Suzdal – Vladimir
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Tour type: Group
Physical difficulty level: Medium
Age: No limits
Meal plan: Bed&Breakfast
Languages: English/ French/ Spanish/ German
Starts from: 1470 EUR

Day 1. Moscow
Arrival to Moscow
Transfer to the hotel
Check in
OPTIONAL:
You may also get our optional night-time guided tour around Moscow and visit of the Observation deck “Panorama 360”. This is the highest observation deck in Europe located on the 89th floor of the Federation Tower of Moscow City. PANORAMA360 is a full member of the World Federation of Great Towers. There are many entertainment zones on the observation deck which are unique. For example, highest ice-cream and chocolate factories in the world, an interactive tablet served as a guide with augmented reality feature (available in Russian, English and Chinese), 3D-quest and amazing 360-degree panoramic view of Moscow. There you will also find a restaurant, a mini-cinema and a gift shop.

Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the lobby
Sightseeing tour
Walking tour to the Red Square and Moscow Kremlin
Visit of the Cathedral Square and the Assumption cathedral
Return to the hotel
OPTIONAL:
You may enjoy your free time for the rest of the day or in order to make your evening unforgettable we are glad to offer you to visit one of the shows of the great Russian circus.
This is a magical experience for people of all ages coming together to see some fantastically unbelievable acts. Its impressive auditorium is an enormous 36 meters tall and can seat up to 3,400 people. The circus building contains all the necessary technology and equipment to make its daring and varied range of acts possible. The floor of the main auditorium is an impressive 18 meters deep and features five interchangeable rings, which are used for the various horse, water, ice and animal acts featured in each performance.
You may enjoy your free time for the rest of the day or in order to make your evening unforgettable we are glad to offer you to visit one of the shows of the great Russian circus.

Day 3. Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the lobby of the hotel
Metro tour
Visit magnificent Tretyakov Gallery.
Guided walk down the main pedestrian street of Moscow – The Old Arbat
Return to the hotel by metro or enjoy your free time in the city center for the rest of the day.
OPTIONAL: We would like to invite you for a 2,5-hour Radisson Royal boat cruise. This is a great opportunity to combine the joy of watching the wonderful city views with gastronomical pleasure during the dinner. On the cruise passengers will enjoy the most remarkable sights of Moscow: the Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, monument to Peter I, St. Basil’s Cathedral, University and other symbolic monuments. Moreover, you will be offered high quality catering service with delicious food prepared straight on board. Available all year round. Departs from pier «UKRAINA» Hotel» at 8 p.m. A ’la carte menu is not included to the ticket cost. Every guest can get mp3-audioguide, which is available in several languages.

Day 4
Day 4. Moscow, Yaroslavl
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out
Meeting with the guide at the lobby of the hotel
Transfer to Sergiev Posad
Visit to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad.
After free time for lunch (on your own) transfer to Rostov
Visit to the Enamel Museum
Transfer to Yaroslavl
Check in

Day 5. Yaroslavl, Kostroma
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the lobby
City tour of Yaroslavl
Transfer to Kostroma
After free time for lunch on your own you will start observing tour of Kostroma
Transfer to the hotel and check in

Day 6. Kostroma, Suzdal
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the lobby
Transfer to Plyos
Sightseeing tour to Plyos
In the afternoon after the lunch on your own the guide will transfer you to Suzdal
On the way to Suzdal there will be a short stop in Ivanovo. You will be able to look around the city and take photos.
Arrival to hotel in Suzdal and check-in

Day 7. Suzdal, Vladimir
Breakfast at the hotel
Сheck out and
Meeting with the guide at the lobby of the hotel
Suzdal city tour
Visit Suzdal’s Monastery of St. Euthymius
Visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture
Transfer to Vladimir
Vladimir city tour which includes the Assumption Cathedral, the Dmitrievsky cathedrals and the Golden gates
Free time
Later in the evening the night train to Saint Petersburg.
To 20h30 the guide will transfer you to the train station.
21h58 train Vladimir – St Petersburg

Day 8. Saint Petersburg
09h38 Arrival in Saint Petersburg
The breakfast at a restaurant
St Petersburg city tour
After the free time for lunch (on your own) you will explore the Peter and Paul fortress and its remarkable sights.
After the excursions you will be transferred to the hotel for check in

Day 9. Saint Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the lobby
Visit to the Hermitage Museum
Visit to the Isaaс Cathedral. You will have some free time to go up the endless stairs right to the top of its Colonnade and get rewarded by spectacular panorama view of the city.
Return to the hotel

Day 10. Saint Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide in the lobby
Transfer to Pushkin (also known as Tsarskoye Selo)
Walk around the park ensemble
Visit to Catherine Palace and its world-famous “Amber room”.
Return to the hotel

Day 11. Saint Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out
The driver will pick you up at the reception at the appointed time and will take you to the airport of your departure

HOTELS Standard 3* / Superior 4*
Days 1-4 Moscow
• Standard Hotel Category: IBIS Paveletskaya or Holiday Inn Express or Izmailovo Gamma or similar 3*
• Superior Hotel Category: Garden Ring or Izmailovo Delta or Caterina city or similar 4*
Days 4-5 Yaroslavl
• Standard Hotel Category: Alesha Popovich or similar 3*
• Superior Hotel Category: Ring Premier or similar 4*
Days 5-6 Kostroma
• Standard Hotel Categor: Snegurochka or similar 3*
• Superior Hotel Category: Ya-Hotel or similar 4*
Days 6-7 Suzdal
• Standard Hotel Category = Sokol or similar 3*
• Superior Hotel Category = Nikolaevsky Posad or similar 4*
Days 8-11 St Petersburg
• Standard Hotel Category = Station hotel, Bristol hotel, Dashkova Residence hotel or similar 3*
• Superior Hotel Category = Harbor hotel, Moscow hotel, Catherine Art hotel or similar 4*

included:
  • Accommodation
    3 night’s accommodation in Moscow
    1 night’s accommodation in Yaroslavl
    1 night’s accommodation in Kostroma
    1 night’s accommodation in Suzdal
    1 night in train Vladimir – St Petersburg
    3 night’s accommodation in St Petersburg
  • Hotel registration fee
  • Meals
    9 Breakfasts in hotels
    1 Breakfast in restaurant in St Petersburg
  • English-speaking guide services (guides, speaking other languages are also available on request, their rates may vary depending on a language)
  • All transfers according to the program
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary
not included:
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Guide do not accompany guests during the arrival/departure transfers from/to the airport Day 1 in Moscow & Day 11 in St Petersburg.

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Description of sights, excursions and activities

Moscow

The City Centre of Moscow
Our guide will take you through Red Square, Alexander Garden, The Bolshoi theatre, Christ the Savior cathedral, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills observation deck, Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Hill + Victory Park, Stalin skyscrapers, main streets, and squares.

The Kremlin tour
The Kremlin tour – most of the inner Kremlin territory is open for visitors. It’s home to an ancient ensemble of architecture comprising of temples and cathedrals, palaces and picturesque squares. The territory of the Moscow Kremlin is a town inside a city, growing and developing through centuries, it carefully preserves the memorable objects of traditional Russian architecture of XIV—XX centuries.

The Tretyakov’s State Gallery
The Tretyakov’s Gallery is one of the biggest and most famous Russia’s art galleries. Its gorgeous collection represents more than 1300 Russian art masterpieces of XI – XX centuries from pre-Mongolian icons and mosaics to landscapes, portraits, and historical paintings – all giving complete overview of Russian fine art.

Moscow Metro tour
Moscow Metro tour: A wonderful cascade of underground palaces, decorated with mosaics and sculptures, made by the greatest artists of all time. Semiprecious stones generously scattered on the surfaces of walls, paleontological curiosities, and other unusual pieces turn the Moscow metro stations into the living objects of art. Make sure you have a lot of free space for photos on your devices!

Old Arbat Street
Old Arbat – the place where a lot of great writers, poets, and artists used to live in the past. Arbat is not just a street: this is a live and ongoing performance with sculptures and monuments, street artists and musicians, souvenir shops, museums, and concert halls. Old Arbat is an integral part of the Russian culture.

Near Moscow

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
It is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow and currently is home to over 300 monks.

The Golden Ring

City tour Rostov
First mentioned in the chronicles in 862, Rostov was an outstanding center of early medieval Russia. In 1207 Rostov became the capital of a princedom, which remained under Tatar rule in the 14th and the 15th centuries. Surviving buildings in the city include the kremlin, the Cathedral of the Assumption (1230), the 15th-century Terem Palace, and the 17th-century White Palace (Belaya Palata). Modern Rostov maintains a traditional handicraft of enamel on metal.

City tour Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl is believed to have been founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav I (the Wise). You will discover the history of Yaroslavl and admire the gorgeous view over the point of the split between the rivers of Volga and Kotorosl, examine the local Assumption Cathedral, walk down the newly renovated (in honor of 1000th city anniversary) Volga embankment, and explore the unique architectural ensemble of the Central part of Yaroslavl, included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

City tour Kostroma
Kostroma is Moscow’s age-mate and the oldest jewelry center as well as the biggest port on the river Volga. Kostroma is the cradle of the Romanovs dynasty. It was in the Ipatievsky monastery of Kostroma that Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov hid from Godunov’s disfavor. Magnificent Ipatievsky monastery (the Trinity Cathedral and the Romanov boyars chambers) is the main landmark of Kostroma. Our tour also includes an excursion to Epiphany-Anastasia convent, keeping the miraculous icon of the Theodore Icon of Our Lady (XIII century), painted around 1239 and glorified by great miracles and healings.

City tour Plyos
Located 395 kilometers away from Moscow, Plyos is a tiny town – one of the smallest in Russia. With a population of 2500, the town has nine churches, five museums, a theater, and a handful of multicolored wooden houses scattered across the wooded slopes of hills and ravines. Narrow streets lead down to the Volga. Plyos is closely associated with the artist Isaak Levitan, who has several paintings featuring scenes of the city’s picturesque embankment along the Volga.

City tour Suzdal
This ancient town reminds an open-air museum embracing nearly as many as 200 historical monuments including numerous constructions with the status of UNESCO world heritage site. The first record of Suzdal in the chronicles dates back to 1024. Today Suzdal is the rich center of medieval Russian heritage. We will walk around its main attractions – the Kremlin, Pokrovsky Monastery and Pushkarskaya Sloboda are the ones among them.

City tour Vladimir
The ancient capital of North-Western Rus and one of the most popular Golden Ring towns, carefully preserving a number of amazing monuments of the traditional medieval white-stone architecture of Russia. First of all, it comes to the three of the main sights of the place, included in UNESCO World Heritage Objects list: the Golden Gates, the Cathedral of St. Dimitri and the Assumption cathedral.

Saint Petersburg

City tour St Petersburg: is considered to be «the northern capital» as well as the capital of arts of Russia. Countless museums and imperial palaces and beautiful canals. White nights in early summer as a bonus. St. Petersburg was founded in 1703, when Peter the Great seized control of the land surrounding the river of Neva during a protracted war with Sweden. Peter pursued his dream of a northern capital. It took enormous efforts and a significant number of lives to translate the dream into reality. But finally, in 1712 St. Petersburg became the capital and people started coming here on their own account. The best European artistic, literary and musical talents were welcomed and encouraged to settle down in the new growing city where foreign architects, mainly Italian, built fantastic palaces and awe-inspiring churches. St. Petersburg, envisaged by Peter as Russia’s ‘Window to the West’, was moving towards fulfilling its earlier promise in a fast pace and shortly after acquired the state of the cultural capital of Russia which has been kept ever since in spite of any political and social changes.

Peter and Paul Fortress
The fortress is the first settlement and the cradle of the city. It used to be a prison and used to serve as a place of imprisonment for many famous politically engaged personalities.
Nowadays it includes the Cathedral of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul, Commandant’s House museum representing the history of the city, the Engineer’s House, Museum of Space Exploration, the Mint and the Printing Workshops, Trubetskoy Bastion Prison the Neva Curtain Wall archway and more.

Kazan Cathedral
is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg. The cathedral is the monument to glory of Russian arms was intentionally built in a way to resemble St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The construction took nearly a decade to be completed, later on the Cathedral has become one of the major landmarks of the city and the country in general.

Isaac Cathedral
is the second-highest Orthodox church in the world, 101.5 meters high, behind the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of Moscow that reaches 103 meters. There were more than 40 different minerals used for its decoration. The plinth was covered with granite, the walls and floors of the interior of Russian, Italian and French marbles, the columns of malachite and lapis lazuli. In the dome of 21.8 meters in diameter, around 100 kilos of gold were used. Originally it was built as a cathedral but was turned into a museum by the Soviet government in 1931 and has remained a museum ever since.

The Hermitage
Russia’s most famous palace and museum, is located within a complex of several buildings along the riverbanks right in the city-center. The general exhibition contains millions of art works: paintings, sculptures, archaeological pieces, numismatics objects and other artefacts.

Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)
was the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility. Tsarskoye Selo forms one of the World Heritage site. You will walk around the majestic Catherine palace (once the summer residence of the Russian tsars and now a museum) and the surrounding park which is a masterpiece of landscape arts and see the d Amber Room – a reconstructed chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg. Constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the original Amber Room was dismantled and eventually disappeared during WW II.

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