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The Soul of Russia

Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews
Small group tour to Russia

Experience major highlights of Moscow & St. Petersburg and add a pinch of ancient Russian history on our extended small group tour of Russian capitals and Golden Ring towns, often referred to as the Russian Vatican. Russian visa processing, best central 5-star hotels, and rich sightseeing tours with local pros in groups of 14 people max.

The Soul of Russia

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Small group tour to Russia
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$3,936
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews

Experience major highlights of Moscow & St. Petersburg and add a pinch of ancient Russian history on our extended small group tour of Russian capitals and Golden Ring towns, often referred to as the Russian Vatican. Russian visa processing, best central 5-star hotels, and rich sightseeing tours with local pros in groups of 14 people max.

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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 legendary 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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St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
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Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.

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 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, 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.

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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.

car
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

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery
City tour
Museum

Today you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 5-hour city tour around magnificent Moscow landmarks.

You start by visiting the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, then observe the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction, and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Later you pay a visit to 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.

In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on the amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

Breakfast and a welcome drink on the boat are included.

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Day 5
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
Museum
City tour

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

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 5-hour walking tour. You start with the Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Moscow Subway & Stalin's Bunker Tour
Museum

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After the Subway ride, you head to the famous Bunker 42 for a private tour. There you explore the bunker, see the imitation of the nuclear missile launch, observe Stalin's office and conference room.

  • Note: descending and ascending from the depth of 65 meters is carried out on foot, so people with disabilities and children under the age of 8 are not allowed to enter the territory of Bunker 42.

Then 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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St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
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Opened in March 2013, this 5-star hotel is situated in the very heart of Moscow, near the famous Red Square, the brilliant Kremlin, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.

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 & Folk Show
City tour
Show

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, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

Then you 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. Then you go inside to the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace. After the show you are transferred back to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Boat Ride
Museum
Boat ride

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, as well as the General Staff building and the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 9
Trip to Peterhof & Tour of the Faberge Museum
Day tour
Museum

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.

The highlight of the tour is a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival you enjoy lunch and your guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

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

Breakfast and lunch are 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. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer

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.

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Grand Hotel Europe, Saint Petersburg
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The Nevsky Prospekt is home to some of the most beautiful sites in the world. The Kazan Cathedral, the elegant Stroganov Palace, dozens of 18th-century churches with varying degrees of extravagance - and the unsurpassed hotel wonder, the five-star Grand Hotel Europe.

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 5-star hotels in Moscow (St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel) and St. Petersburg (Belmond Grand Hotel Europe) and a 4-star hotel in Suzdal;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class 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, Bunker 42, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Faberge Museum, and Catherine's Palace;
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Business 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, the Golden Ring towns, St. Petersburg
  • Visit of Stalin's secret Bunker 42
  • Day trips to Peterhof & Pushkin
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
  • Boat rides in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • 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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