Moscow, St. Petersburg, Golden Ring Small Group Tour
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Treasures of Two Capitals & Golden Ring

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
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Small group tour to Russia

Treat yourself to an all-embracing experience of Russia's two capitals and the ancient Golden Ring treasures. Guided tours with local pros in a group of no more than 14 people, airport transfers, complimentary visas, and central hotels are all part of the package.

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
From
$3,548
Moscow, Russia
1
day
Russia

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

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Day-by-day program
1
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Arrival in Moscow

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.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow

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.

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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, Russia
2
days
Russia

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.

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2
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Trip to Sergiev Posad & Transfer to Suzdal
Following early breakfast and check-out, your guide-driver picks you up at the hotel in Moscow and takes you to Sergiev Posad known as the "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.
3
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Tour of Suzdal & Vladimir and Return to Moscow

After breakfast, you meet your guide-driver 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.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal

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.

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Suzdal
Moscow
3 hrs 20 min
This car ride with a trusted driver along the Russian countryside takes you from the Golden Ring to the capital city, Moscow, and passes and many of the region's breathtaking areas.
Moscow, Russia
3
days
Russia

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

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4
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The Heart of Moscow & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery with Moscow Subway

This morning after breakfast and a welcome meeting with your guide, you go on a wonderful walking tour around the most remarkable landmarks of  Moscow. During the excursion, you visit the renowned Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store, go inside the spectacular St. Basil's Cathedral.

After that, you get to visit the new Zaryadye Park, one of the most interesting sights in the Russian capital. During the tour, you are welcome to take advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities with picturesque views of the historic center of Moscow as a background.

After a quick coffee break, you set off to see one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to the world-famous treasure trove of Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, enjoying the taste of local life and admiring the splendid decorations of the stations. Upon arrival, you have an amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov. 

After the tour, you take a subway ride back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Please, note: In the evening you can join an optional guided Radisson boat ride (226 USD per person) or an optional evening walk with a local guide (130 USD per person).

Breakfast is included.

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Visiting the Kremlin Territory & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons -  the Kremlin. Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 4-hour walking tour.

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

  • Please, note: in the afternoon you can choose to join an optional guided tour of Izmailovo Kremlin and Vodka Museum (292 USD per person).

Breakfast is included.

6
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Panoramic City Tour

The next day, have a delicious breakfast, check out from your hotel, and set off to discover some of the most fascinating sights in Moscow. You start with a tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where you learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Afterward, you continue with a visit to the Sparrow Hills and admiring the views over the magnificent building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of the city!

Today, you also get a chance to drive past the famous Victory park and enjoy a quick photo opportunity near the renowned Triumphal Arch.

After lunch, you are transferred to the train station for your train to St. Petersburg.  Upon arrival to the Venice of the North, you are met by your driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow

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.

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Moscow
Saint Petersburg
4 hrs

Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 4 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, Russia
5
days
Russia

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

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7
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St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

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 St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

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.

Later you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

  • Optional evening activity: Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show
    Enchanting festival of Russian spirit "Feel yourself Russian" is performed by a professional folk ensemble at the Nikolaevsky Palace. Three musicians brilliantly perform folk compositions.

Breakfast is included.

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Tour of the Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary a href="/hermitage">Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace as well as the works of the renowned impressionists in the General Staff Building.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

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

Breakfast is included.

9
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Trip to Peterhof

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.

10
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Trip to Pushkin

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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Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Russia tour! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver 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.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg

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.

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, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Private boat ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Economy 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, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

Russian visa

Russian visa

No-line admission to Russian sights

Top sights

Remarkable downtown hotels

Downtown hotels

Award-winning service

Top-notch service

 
  • Petite group size of no more than 14 people
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Day trips to Peterhof and Pushkin
  • St. Petersburg canals boat ride
  • 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.