Departing from: Moscow
Style: Exclusive Tour
HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA
DAY 1 MOSCOW
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to Hotel Metropol (5 star). This evening, meet your guide and fellow tour members for a welcome dinner followed by an evening walk to the heart of Moscow, spectacular Red Square, to see it beautifully illuminated at night.
DAY 2 MOSCOW
Today you will be introduced to the political and economic capital of the Russian Federation and see its iconic landmarks such as the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters, St. Basil’s Cathedral and magnificent Cathedral of Our Saviour. Visit Novodevichy Cemetery, one of the most prestigious resting
DAY 3 MOSCOW
Travel by Moscow’s famous metro and with your guide learn of its history and see the lavishly decorated stations. Take in the splendour of Red Square
DAY 4 MOSCOW – SERGIEV POSAD – SUZDAL
Explore Russia’s countryside as you journey to the historic towns of Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal along the famed Golden Ring. These were the founding towns of modern day Russia and their charming old churches and monasteries paint a stunning image of early Russian art, architecture and way of life. Arrive to the picture-perfect town of Suzdal for check in at Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4 star).
DAY 5 SUZDAL – VLADIMIR – ST. PETERSBURG
Today visit Suzdals 11th century Kremlin and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to beautiful St. Euthimius Monastery. Then, meet a local family and enjoy a traditional lunch in their home, before driving to Vladimir, Russia’s former capital founded in 1108 to see the city’s Golden Gate and Assumption and Demetrius Cathedrals. Return to Moscow to board an evening high-speed train to St. Petersburg enjoying dinner in 1st class comfort. Check in at Hotel Ambassador (4 star).
DAY 6 ST. PETERSBURG
Your introduction to St. Petersburg begins with something exceptional, a visit to the city’s Faberge Museum to see the most
DAY 7 ST. PETERSBURG
Continue uncovering this visually stunning city with a comprehensive tour visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, which houses the burial vault
DAY 8 ST. PETERSBURG
Immerse yourself in St. Petersburg’s imperial past with an excursion to the magnificent Catherine’s Palace and its Amber Room. Then
DAY 9 ST PETERSBURG
Today you visit the renowned Hermitage Museum, located in the imperial Winter Palace, for an introduction to its immense collection of over 2.7 million items of art. After an orientation tour, return to your hotel for a free afternoon, stopping en-route at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. In the evening, join your private cruise along the canals and Neva River of St. Petersburg, followed by a farewell dinner to mark the conclusion of your journey. (B, D)
DAY 10 ST PETERSBURG – HELSINKI
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.