Moscow, St. Petersburg & Golden Ring Private Tour 2019/20
Trip Overview

The Soul of Russia

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Get a touch of multisided Russia from its ancient Golden Ring towns to the Imperial wonders of St. Petersburg, and, of course, the bustling capital, Moscow. This 4+ star itinerary offers Russian visas, central hotels, and impeccable sightseeing tours with local professional guides. What is more, the itinerary is customizable and can be built around your wants.

The Soul of Russia

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$3,600
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews

Get a touch of multisided Russia from its ancient Golden Ring towns to the Imperial wonders of St. Petersburg, and, of course, the bustling capital, Moscow. This 4+ star itinerary offers Russian visas, central hotels, and impeccable sightseeing tours with local professional guides. What is more, the itinerary is customizable and can be built around your wants.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

car
Moscow
Suzdal
3 hrs 20 min
Enjoy your short car ride with a trusted driver from the Russian capital, Moscow, to the heart of the Golden Ring. Along the way, you enjoy the countryside views and pass numerous small towns and rural areas.

Suzdal

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 2
Tour to the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad
City tour

Following early breakfast and check-out, your private guide-driver picks you up at the hotel in Moscow and takes you to Sergiev Posad known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad. The highlight of the day is a tour lead by a churchman in the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy - the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After a lunch break, your guide takes you to a cozy town Suzdal, and after check-in, you have a free evening to enjoy the atmosphere of provincial Russia.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Tour of Suzdal & Vladimir and Return to Moscow
Day tour

After breakfast meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring. Suzdal boasts its large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture.

During the tour, you visit UNESCO World Heritage Site - the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of classical ancient Russia.

After a lunch break, you are taken to Vladimir to witness unique architectural creations. During your tour around this town, you go inside the Dormition Cathedral that preserves the world famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev dating back to the 15th century. Together with your guide you explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy (exterior) and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs. Once the tour is over your driver takes you to Moscow hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal
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Nikolaevsky Posad is an elegant tourist complex, located in Suzdal and offering top-notch service and luxury accommodation with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini-bars and private bathrooms with hairdryers. The Art hotel also provides an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and sauna.

Welcome to Suzdal

Suzdal is located on the left bank of the Kamenka River 26 km north of Vladimir. It is often called a city-museum of the Golden Ring, as it has preserved its original appearance and boasts an abundance of historical monuments, ancient Russian art and architecture.

Moscow

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the nearby subway station to take a short ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life. Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

Then you have another quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Moskva River Boat Ride & Moscow by Night Tour
    Your tour starts in the evening from 1.5 hours boat ride along the Moskva river. Next you enjoy a wonderful panoramic city tour.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Panoramic City Tour & Cathedral of Christ the Savior
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a panoramic Moscow city tour. Today you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min
Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 3.5 hours. The modern Sapsan bullet train is one of the most time-saving and high-comfort travel options with outstanding onboard amenities and comfortable seats.

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospect, and many other popular attractions.

One of the places you enter today is the St. Isaac's Cathedral, which dominates the St. Petersburg skyline and opens outstanding city views, it's lush interiors and golden dome are very impressive.

Next on your list is an entrance to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, you have a tour of the beautiful and recognizable church which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Theater.

During the tour you also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum
Museum

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.

During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg tour! After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg
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The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Often called "The Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is the crown jewel of world capitals and a city of canals and palaces.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4 and 5 star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to Sergiev Posad Lavra, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Dormition Cathedral, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace;
  • Regular class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Customizable day-by-day itinerary
  • Professional local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, the Golden Ring towns, St. Petersburg
  • Day trips to Peterhof & Pushkin
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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