UNESCO Tour | 13-day Private tour to Russia
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UNESCO Tour

Tour rating: 4.8 / 5, Based on 403 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Set off on an outstanding 13-day tour, including complimentary visas and dedicated to Russia's top UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the designated cultural sites from Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, to the Kazan Kremlin and the Historic Center of Saint Petersburg. Plus get an insight of unique UNESCO Sites like the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, medieval monuments of Veliky Novgorod and more!

UNESCO Tour

13 days5 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$4,200
Tour rating: 4.8 / 5, Based on 403 Reviews

Set off on an outstanding 13-day tour, including complimentary visas and dedicated to Russia's top UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the designated cultural sites from Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, to the Kazan Kremlin and the Historic Center of Saint Petersburg. Plus get an insight of unique UNESCO Sites like the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, medieval monuments of Veliky Novgorod and more!

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

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

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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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

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

Suzdal

second destination

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.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 2
Visiting Vladimir & Bogolyubovo
Day tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel. Your private driver picks you up at your hotel in Moscow and takes you 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 and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs.

Your tour then continues to Bogolyubovo, a town located on the outskirts of Vladimir meaning “loved by God” in Russian. This ancient town was founded in 1158 by order of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky. According to a legend, the prince spent the night on this spot and saw Virgin Mary who ordered him to found the settlement and build a monastery. During the tour you get to see the main UNESCO sites of the area: the Church of the Intervention, the ruins of Prince Bogolyubsky’s castle with its Staircase Tower, the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin and the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.

After lunch at a local restaurant, your driver takes you to Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in.​

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Touring Suzdal & Kostroma
Day tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your guide-driver in the hotel lobby. Today you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal which boasts its large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture. During the tour, you visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of classical ancient Russia.

  • Note: while the Monastery of Saint Euthymius is under restoration, the visit is replaced with an Intercession Women Monastery.

You are then transferred to the historic city of Kostroma built at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. Upon arrival, you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a guided city tour that includes a visit to the architectural complex of the Ipatiev Monastery.

Later your driver takes you to your final destination of this day - Yaroslavl. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

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.

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Suzdal
Yaroslavl
3 hrs

Have an enjoyable car ride with a trusted driver along the Russian countryside, taking you to the highlights of the Golden Ring towns and passing and many of the region's breathtaking areas.

Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl

third destination

Yaroslavl is a town of unsurpassed beauty, everywhere is the Volga, and everywhere is history.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Exploring Yaroslavl & Sergiev Posad
City tour

Today after breakfast you explore one of the oldest Russian cities - Yaroslavl. During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration, and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house.

  • Note: the church of Elias the Prophet is open from May 1st to October 1st.

After a break for lunch, your driver 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 the tour, you are transferred to your hotel in Moscow. Upon arrival, you check in and have the rest of the day at your leisure. ​

Breakfast is included.

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Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl
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Providing an exceptional atmosphere of comfort, the Ring Premier Hotel boasts a perfect location near the historic center of Yaroslavl and offers a range of top-notch services and facilities.

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Yaroslavl
Moscow
4 hrs 10 min

This car ride with a trusted driver takes you to the Russian capital, Moscow, from the heart of the Golden Ring. Along the way, you enjoy the countryside views and pass numerous small towns and rural areas.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow

fourth destination

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

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
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 6
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour of 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.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also 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.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board an overnight train that takes you to Kazan in comfort and safety.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

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
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Enjoy the authentic experience of traveling on a Russian train along the Trans-Siberian Railway from the capital of Moscow to the gem of Tatarstan. Travel as the locals do in either a 1st or 2nd class train cabin and take in the views of the Russian countryside.

Kazan, Russia

Kazan

fifth destination

As the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is a glorious city that represents Russia's Tsarist past. With complex palaces, towering churches, and a thriving cultural scene, Kazan is a pure Russian city with incredible beauty and heart.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class
City tour
Master Class
Master Class
Tasting

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival your guide meets you at the train station, and together you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

After some time for rest you explore the historical ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds the tatar for cauldron that beautifully reflects local culture.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 8
Day Tour to Bolgar
Day tour

Today after breakfast you meet your guide and driver to go on a day trip. Together you head to the outskirts of Kazan to see the outstanding Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex located in the Spassky District.

This historical and archeological site is set on the left bank of the Volga River about 140 km from Kazan and is a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex includes the remains of the medieval city of Bolgar, which was the first capital of the Golden Horde in the 13th century. Bolgar is an early settlement of the Volga-Bolgars civilization that existed between the 7th and 15th centuries AD.

During the tour you get to see the main sights of the complex including the Bolgar ancient settlement. You are treated to lunch onsite and get to visit the Museum of the Bolgar Civilization and enter the White Mosque.

After the tour your driver takes you back to your hotel in Kazan. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

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Day 9
Flight to St. Petersburg
Transfer
Free Day
Free day

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your driver, who takes you to the Kazan airport for your flight to St. Petersburg - Russia's beautiful cultural capital often referred to as the "Venice of the North". The duration of your flight is about 2 hours.

Upon arrival, you are met by your driver and taken to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Ramada Kazan City Centre, Kazan
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The cozy hotel Ramada Kazan City Centre is located in the heart of Tatarstan capital, just a 5-minute walk from the central station. Hotel's guests can take advantage of bright air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, an indoor gym, and free parking as well as enjoy the international cuisine at the restaurant.

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Kazan
Saint Petersburg
2 hrs 10 min

Today you take a short plane connection from the capital of Tatarstan to Russia's northern capital, often called "Venice of the north". Your private drivers take you to the airport in Kazan and pick you up in the St. Petersburg airport upon arrival.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

sixth destination

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

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
4 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Museum
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary 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.

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 a short break for coffee, you explore the Palace Square, admire the Admiralty building and have a walk through the Alexander Garden to the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great.

As yet another highlight of the day, you have a tour of the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour

Following 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 with your private driver.

You start the day with a drive along the Nevsky prospect, Russian Empire’s main avenue where you can admire the Kazan Cathedral. You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Theater.

A highlight of the day is a guided tour of the of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

After a drive along the Summer Garden and crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora.

Afterwards, 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.

Before returning to your hotel you see some other major sights as the University Embankment, the Mariinsky Theater and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Day Trip to Veliky Novgorod
Day tour

Following breakfast you meet your driver at the hotel lobby and make your way to Veliky Novgorod which is sometimes called "the Birthplace of Russia". Upon arrival in about 3 hours you are met by your guide and start a sightseeing tour around the city's main attractions.

Veliky Novgorod stands on Volkhov River, the main water way of the famous medieval trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. The city was Russia's first capital in the 9th century, as well as a center for Orthodox spirituality, Russian democracy, literacy and architecture. The city boasts medieval monuments, churches and monasteries.

During the tour you see the city's main attractions including the Kremlin, the Cathedral of St. Sophia, Yaroslav's Court, the St. George's Monastery, and visit the Wooden Architecture Museum.

After lunch you have a transfer back to St. Petersburg. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast and lunch included.

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Day 13
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing tour of Russia's UNESCO treasures. 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 all Russian cities 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.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Kazan and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • 1st class train tickets Moscow - Kazan;
  • Economy class flight tickets from Kazan - 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, Kazan, St. Petersburg
  • Exciting Tatar Cooking Master Class
  • 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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