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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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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival you are transferred to your centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.
St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
5

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.

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
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.

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

Following breakfast, you meet your guide-driver in 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.

Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal
4

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.

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
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.

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 Kremlin and its famous Armoury Chamber.
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.

St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow
5

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.

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
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.

Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Boat Ride
Museum
Boat ride
Today you explore the legendary Hermitage Museum that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci and El Greco in the halls of the Winter Palace.
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.

Day 10
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour

After breakfast you head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace - a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife.

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.

Grand Hotel Europe, Saint Petersburg
5

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.

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;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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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