Golden Ring Towns, St.Petersburg and Moscow

Golden Ring Towns, St.Petersburg and Moscow

The group tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg in combination with famous Golden Ring Towns forms unforgettable experience of discovering Russian cultural heritage and great national spirit. Besides the magnificence of two Russian capitals, disclose the countryside places with their rich history and well-preserved old-style country life.

Guaranteed departure dates 2020:

Apr 05
May 17
Jul 19
Aug 09
Sep 06
Oct 04

Inclusions:
  • 4 nights in 4* hotel in St.Petersburg
  • 3 nights in 4* hotel in Moscow
  • 1 night in 4* hotel  in Yaroslavl
  • 1 night in 4* hotel Sokol 4* in Suzdal
  • 1 night in 4* hotel in Moscow
  • Breakfasts and lunches daily
  • High Speed Train ticket from Saint Petersburg to Moscow
  • Transport services as per the program
  • English-speaking licensed guide as per the program
  • Meals and entrance fee as per the program
  • Visa support letter (scan) if required
Highlights in Saint Petersburg:

Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof Palace and Park, St. Isaac’s and Kazan Cathedrals, Church of the Savior on Blood, Neva River and Canals cruise

Highlights in Moscow:

Red Square, Kremlin and Alexander Garden, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Arbat Street, Metro Tour

Golden Ring Towns:

Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl, Suzdal, Bogolyubovo, Vladimir

Day 1) St.Petersburg

  •  ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
  • TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 2) St.Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
CITY TOUR
Saint Petersburg Vasilievsky Island

During the tour, you will be taken to the most precious monuments of the city’s rich history and original architecture carefully preserved as the world cultural heritage. You will be able to hear amazing stories and to take fine pictures of the main architectural and historical sites like Nevsky prospect, the Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilievsky Island, St. Isaac Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Senate Square and the Palace Square. The 3-hour sightseeing tour will allow you to get a brief but bright impression of Saint Petersburg.

PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
Peter and Paul Cathedral 

Peter and Paul Fortress is the place of birth of Saint Petersburg, here began the foundation of this beautiful city.  Today it is home to several museums, which exhibit to everyone the splendid history of Saint-Petersburg’s foundation and growth. Here you may visit main museums like the Peter and Paul cathedral – the tallest building in the city center and the burial place of members of the Imperial family – the Grand Ducan Mausoleum, the Boat house, the Artillery Armory, the Mint, Engineering and Commandant’s house, guardhouse and many others. The fortress also used to be a political prison as you may see during a visit to its casemates, in the XIX in became the main political prison of Russia.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
SAINT-ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL
St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest church in Saint-Petersburg. Its construction took 40 years, and today it remains one of the most impressive buildings in the city center. Inside the cathedral, which also holds services, you may visit an exhibition telling the incredible story of its construction, represented with the authentic historical documents, plans and models. You will be impressed by its magnificent interior

NEVSKY PROSPECT WALKING TOUR
Nevsky Prospect

Nevsky prospect has always been the main street of the city, it remembers many important historical events. On both sides the street is surrounded by architectural masterpieces, keeping their own unique history. During this tour you will see the treasures of Saint Petersburg – Anichkov bridge decorated with sculptures, Catherine’s garden and monument in front of the Alexandrinsky theatre, Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop, Church of the Savior on blood, Kazan Cathedral, Royal square with Hermitage, Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral at the left side, and much more. On the way you will meet street musicians, artists, actors and even clowns, which will let you feel the unique creative atmosphere of the city. Even Russian Emperors liked to take a walk along Nevsky prospect – today you will follow their steps!

KAZAN CATHEDRAL
Kazan Cathedral

The Kazan Cathedral was built in 1811 and is usually associated with Russia’s victory over Napoleon in 1812. Its monumental construction was designed in Russian classical style, but it also carries resemblance to great St. Paul cathedral in Rome. Such resemblance was made on purpose – emperor Pavel the First wanted his city to be close to stylish Italy. All 96 columns of cathedral look at the Nevsky Street and greet people walking in the center of Saint Petersburg with its elegant beauty. Museum, which is situated inside of the cathedral, displays many relics from the Patriotic war, including banners and the heart of Field-Marshal Kutuzov. You are guaranteed to see these relics as well as spectacular Orthodox Church services. Moreover, the small park near the cathedral is the finest place to feed little birds from your hand and blend with locals.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 3) St.Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
PETERHOF (PALACE AND PARK)
Grand cascade in Peterhof

Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 34 kilometers from St.Petersburg, spectacular Peterhof attracts thousands of tourists with its parks, palaces and, mainly, fountains. Among the suburban parks, Peterhof is probably the most famous for its fountains and is thus frequently compared to Versailles. ‘The Samson’ of the Grand Cascade is the most powerful and magnificent one and thus has been made a symbol of the park. As a former residence of the Emperors, Peterhof is also the home of several palaces with the Grand Palace as its main landmark. It had been destroyed by the Nazis and then carefully restored as to exhibit the splendor of the Royal way of life. You will see the halls, brightly decorated with gold, marble and numerous mirrors. The beauty of Peterhof, its marvelous fountains and palaces has left nobody indifferent, and you will probably be no exception.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
CRUISE BY NEVA RIVER AND CANALS
Moyka river with boats

Saint-Petersburg is aptly called “North Venice”: a boat tour on its rivers and canals is an absolute must-do there. Breathtaking views from the water and bridges over the city architecture are really worth seeing. During this tour you will see all the main points of interest of Saint-Petersburg from water and hear the stories about its most famous bridges such as Anichkov bridge and Bridge with Golden Gryphons. You will travel along the canals and see such jewels of the city as St. Isaac Cathedral, The Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and other places than will mesmerize you and make your visit to the city unforgettable.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 4) St.Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
HERMITAGE. WINTER PALACE (MAIN COLLECTION)
The Hermitage museum of art and culture

It is hard to imagine a trip to Saint Petersburg without visiting one of the most famous museums worldwide – the State Hermitage. Its priceless collection occupies 5 historical buildings of which the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian Royal family – is the most remarkable. Its rooms, decorated with marble and gold provide a fine background for the treasures of the Hermitage. You might be surprised to know that the collection of this unique museum contains over 3 million exhibits including the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael and other famous artists; however the collections of the Egyptian, Oriental and Ancient Greek art should not be missed as well. You will be literally overwhelmed by the beauty of the museum and will never forget this magnificent and legendary place.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON BLOOD
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

This church commemorates the assassination of the Emperor Alexander II. It is situated on the very place where he was deadly wounded by terrorists. To visit this memorable place you need to walk to the city center by the Griboedov canal, after one minute of walk from Nevsky street you’ll be stunned by the beauty of its colorful domes and unusual to foreign eye Russian style of architecture. Today the church attracts numerous visitors as a museum thanks to its finest decorations and colorful mosaics.  When you walk inside the building – you almost travel to another dimension, where every part of the ceiling and walls is painted with beautiful patterns and pictures from Christian history.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 5) St.Petersburg, Moscow

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
  • TRANSFER TO THE RAILWAY STATION
  • SAPSAN TRAIN SAINT PETERSBURG – MOSCOW (2ND CLASS)
  • TRANSFER FROM THE RAILWAY STATION
  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 6) Moscow

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
CITY TOUR
Moscow Kremlin 

Moscow is the capital of Russian Federation and represents a unique set of old architecture masterpieces and modern high-tech buildings. If you want to know more about the history of the Russian capital, you need to take this City tour! In only a few hours, you will have a glimpse of its main landmarks, such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, the Victory Park, the White House, the Arbat, Cathedral Christ-the-Saviour, the observation platform of Sparrow hills, Lomonosov University and much more! It is an interesting and efficient introduction to Europe’s biggest city.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
CHRIST THE SAVIOUR CATHEDRAL
Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Revisit the key cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Its significantly dramatic past is an integral part of the history of Russia. Consecrated in 1883 to commemorate the victory over Napoleon, the original was torn to the ground by the Soviet government in 1931 and replicated in 2000. Today, it is the biggest Orthodox cathedral in Russia, providing enough room for up to 10,000 people. You will see valuable artifacts inside such as war relics and centuries-old icons and enjoy sweeping views of the city center.

METRO TOUR
Moscow Metro

If you wonder why Moscow metro is considered one the most beautiful in the world, this tour is for you! It constitutes a vast museum of underground palaces with impressive interiors, statues and reliefs, monumental and decorative compositions (paintings, mosaics, stained glass and painting) and numerous labyrinths. During the tour you will visit the most remarkable stations like Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Kievskaya and others, with the experienced guide who will bring you a full insight into their fascinating history.

ARBAT STREET
Matrioshka souvenir

Arbat Street is one of the oldest streets in Moscow. Originally it was a part of an important trade route and was home to a large number of craftsmen. In the 18th century Arbat became one of the most prestigious living areas in Moscow and then a place for the intelligentsia and artists to live. In soviet times young people used to held their meetings and protests here. The street nowadays reflects these eventful periods with its elegant buildings, a museum in the house of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, a lot of nice shops, cafés and restaurants, an entire wall dedicated to the pioneers of Russian rock and the impressive building of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 7) Moscow

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
RED SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Kremlin and Cathedral of St. Basil at the Red Square

Even if you have seen this place and its landmarks dozens of times, it will be a breathtaking experience to see it in real life. During the walking tour, you will have the time to take pictures of this 73,000 square meters brick-paved square surrounded by the Kremlin Walls, Lenin’s Tomb, St Basil’s Cathedral, Resurrection gate, GUM superstore and the Russian State Historical Museum. Turn to the left, and find yourself in one of the oldest urban public parks in Moscow – Alexander Garden. It keeps a lot of valuable architectural monuments: Kutafia tower of the Kremlin, Italian grotto, an obelisk to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, as well as sculptures, fountains and mosaics based on popular fairytales. The guide will tell you about the numerous of important historical events, which took place on the Red square and bring you all around it to discover from different points of view.

KREMLIN (TERRITORY AND CATHEDRALS)
Cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin

Visit one of the most well-known sights of Moscow – the Kremlin with its red brick walls and 20 towers holding their own unique history. Since its first construction in 1156 as a wooden fortress by the order of Grand Duke Yuri Dolgoruky, it has been rebuilt several times. The current appearance was formed in 1495 by the best architects of Russia and Italy. Today Kremlin is the residence of Russian President and the main symbol of the country, revered by all of its citizens.

ALEXANDER GARDEN
Fountain Four Seasons of the Year

Founded in 1812, Alexander Garden is one of the oldest urban public parks in Moscow. It lies along the Kremlin’s western wall and consists of three separate gardens: Upper, Middle and Lower Garden. There are a lot of valuable architectural monuments in the gardens: Kutafia tower of the Kremlin, Italian grotto, an obelisk to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, as well as sculptures, fountains and mosaics based on popular fairytales. The biggest essential sight is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier near to the entrance to Red Square. Don’t miss a guard change ceremony which takes place in front of the eternal flame every hour!

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
FREE TIME

The city has significantly changed in recent decades: after its communist past, it has emerged as one of the most advanced international cities of Russia. Today it offers a huge variety of interesting sights and entertainment opportunities. There are more than 60 museums awaiting to be explored, beautiful parks, streets, restaurants in the capital. Moscow leaves nobody indifferent, and remains mysterious and magnetic for all its guests. Use your free time to explore it!

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 8) Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
  • TRANSFER: MOSCOW – SERGIEV POSAD
CITY TOUR
The great Trinity monastery in Sergiyev Posad

Covered by numerous beautiful golden cupolas Sergiev Posad is one of the real treasures of the Golden Ring route. This city tour gives you an opportunity to see all the most magnificent monuments in one day! During this tour, we will discover The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a unique monastery complex and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. This monastery was built in 1340 by Serge de Radonège, an iconographic monk and the Saint Patron of Russia. It is also here were is buried Boris Godounov, the adventurer became “the Tsar of all Russia”.

TRINITY LAVRA OF ST. SERGIUS

Founded in 1337, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the most important attraction of Sergiev Posad and is the biggest Ortodox Monastery in Russia. During the tour you will have a walk around its vast territory and discover the set of ancient buildings: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Assumption cathedral, The Church of St. Zosima and Savvaty Solovetsky – the total amount is more then 50! The Trinity lavra was a witness of many historical events, from the baptism of Ivan the Terrible to the war in XVII century against Polish-Lithuanian troop in which 3.000 people fought against 30.000 warriors and won the war. With our guide, who will tell you about all these events, you discover the numerous legends about this wonderful monastery.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
  • TRANSFER: SERGIEV POSAD – PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY
GORITSKY MONASTERY OF DORMITION
Goritsky Monastery in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Goritsky Monastery of Dormition was founded in the first half of the 14th century under Ivan Kalita. It received the most famous name from the location on the hill “Goritsa”. There was nothing left from the ancient wooden buildings, since in 1382, the army of Tokhtamysh destroyed Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, and along with it, Goritsky Monastery as well (rebuilt in 1392). The monastery has its own museum. Its complex is considered one of the largest museums in Russia. In many respects its rich collections were gathered again, thanks to the efforts of the founder, the famous historian and researcher Mikhail Ivanovich Smirnov (1864-1949). Now the collection has more than 80 thousand exhibits, most of which are unique.

  • TRANSFER: PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY – YAROSLAVL
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 9) Yaroslavl, Suzdal

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
TOLGA MONASTERY
Tolga Monastery at Yaroslavl City Region

This monastery is placed in the outlying area of Yaroslavl, on the bank of the Volga River. It was built in 14th century due to a legend of a miraculous appearance. You will visit the Russian Orthodox Tolga Convent, the gateway St.Nicholas Church and Sretenskaya Church made in Moscow Baroque style. During your tour you will relax enjoying a walk in the famous yards of the monastery, very colourful and flowery.

CHURCH OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH
Prophet Elijah’s Church in Yaroslavl

This Church is considered from the tourist the most beautiful and interesting Church in the city of Yaroslavl. It is a jewel of the city and of the ancient Russian Art in general. The most beautiful thing of the Church is its interior with wonderful paintings made by the Masters of the cities of the Kostroma, they will be one of the most impressive and beautiful you have never seen in your life. During the tour you will visit also its bell tower and you will enjoy the “green” environment which surround the Church.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
KREMLIN AND OPEN- AIR MUSEUM
Suzdal Kremlin

Sudzal is one of the most beautiful cities of the “Golden ring”. In this tour you will visit two of the best attractions of this city. During the morning the Kremlin: which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites from 1992. It dates to 10th century and from that time inside it lived all the most influential people: the prince, the archbishop and the high clergy. Joining our tour, you will admire: The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral, The Archbishops Chambers, and museums. In the second part of the day you will visit the open air Museum which includes all the wooden construction from Vladimir Region. Here you will admire the Church of the Transfiguration and the Church of Resurrection. Here are also placed a lot of events and festivals.

  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 10) Suzdal, Bogolyubovo, Vladimir, Moscow

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
  • TRANSFER: SUZDAL – VLADIMIR
BOGOLYUBOVO VILLAGE WITH ENTRANCE TO THE MONASTERY
Bogolyubovo near Vladimir

Situated on the outskirts of Vladimir (200 km from Moscow) Bogolyubovo means “loved by God” in Russian. Bogolyubovo is part of the Golden Ring and preserves finest white-stone monuments.  Let’s join our tour and you will visit The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, probably one of the most beautiful church in Russia since its shape and exterior decoration are perfect. You will admire also the Bogolyubovo convent, it was founded in 13th century but most of its buildings are recent.The most important monument is the remaining part of the Prince’s palace, the Staircase Tower. While visiting these buildings, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and surrounded by a beautiful landscape, our guide will tell you the legend about vision of the Prince Bogolyubsky.

  • LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)
DORMITION CATHEDRAL, CATHEDRAL OF SAINT DIMETRIUS AND GOLDEN GATE
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius 1191 in Vladimir

Today you will visit three attractions that all are listed in UNESCO World Heritage List sites, being a part of White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. For first you will visit the “Dormition Cathedral” which has been the most important and the largest Church of Russia during Medieval period. This place is full of history and really beautiful. You will admire the decorations and frescos inside the Church.  The St. Dimitry Cathedral was built in 12th and restored in 1952. Inside you will see beautiful frescos but the most attractive part of the Cathedral is its exterior which is well decorated and partially covered by carvings. Then you will admire the Golden gate which is a masterpiece of the Russian military architecture of 12th century. Inside you will visit also an interesting museum with exhibition about military history of Vladimir.

  • TRANSFER: VLADIMIR – MOSCOW
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 11) Moscow

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
  • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
  • DEPARTURE FROM THE AIRPORT

 

LAND PACKAGE RATE IN ½ DBL, USD
SERVICES INCLUDED:
  • 4 nights in the hotel Saint Petersburg 4* or similar, in St.Petersburg
  • 3 nights in the hotel Delta Izmailovo 4* or similar, in Moscow
  • 1 night in the hotel Park Inn Yaroslavl 4* or similar, in Yaroslavl
  • 1 night in the hotel Sokol 4* or similar, in Suzdal
  • 1 night in the hotel Delta Izmailovo 4* or similar, in Moscow
  • Sapsan High Speed Train Saint Petersburg – Moscow (economy class)
  • Transport services as per the program
  • English-speaking guide services as per the program
  • Meals and entrance fee as per the program
  • Visa support letter (scan) if required
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
  • Flights
  • Photo and video shooting tickets
  • Meals and beverages except mentioned
  • Russian visa fees
  • DHL delivery service
  • Options
  • Tips
Golden Ring Towns, St.Petersburg and Moscow