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2019 Jewels of the Golden Ring of Russia, 8 Days

Category: Group Tours

 

 

 

Frequent departures, year-round

 



The tour provokes a true sense of real Russia,

and provides a taste of the two great Russian Capitals 

 

  

 

Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage

      while visiting the historical Vladimir and Suzdal

               

 

 Itinerary:


Moscow (2 nights) - Day train - Vladimir & Suzdal (1 night) - 1st class overnight train (1 night) - St. Petersburg (3 nights)  

 

   

Itinerary Overview:  

Day 1   Arrive in Moscow
Day 2   Moscow. Sightseeing (B, L)
Day 3   Moscow. Sightseeing. High Speed day train to Vladimir. Transfer to Suzdal for overnight (B,D)
Day 4   Sightseeing in Suzdal & Vladimir. Night train to St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
Day 5   Arrive in St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 6   St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 7   St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 8   Depart St. Petersburg (B) 


 

 


 

Tour Features:

Accommodations at central 3 & 4-star hotels:
      in Moscow: the Holiday Inn at Belarusskaya ****
      in Suzdal: the Pushkarskaya Sloboda ***(*)
      in St. Petersburg: Radisson Sonya Hotel ****

Breakfast daily; three meals in Vladimir & Suzdal
Express day train, Moscow – Vladimir, a regular sitting category
Individual transfers upon arrival in Moscow & departure transfer in St. Petersburg
Major sightseeing in each city, with a licensed English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to sites and museums included in the program


 Sightseeing, Moscow:

- New: out-of-town excursion to Gorki Leninski, the luxurious Country Estate outside of Moscow, rarely visited by foreign tourists. Lunch is included 

 
     - A panoramic city tour of Moscow, with photo stops
     - A tour of the Kremlin territory
     - A guided tour of Czar’s Treasures at Kremlin’s Armoury Museum
     - A tour of the Tretyakov Art Gallery
     - A walking tour of the Old Arbat
     - Moscow Metro stations tour, with a train ride 


 Sightseeing, in Suzdal:

     - City tour of Suzdal including the Kremlin territory, Multi-Faceted Chambers, Cathedral of Nativity, Spasso-Efimiev Monastery with bell ringing
     - A Museum of Wooden architecture


 Sightseeing, in Vladimir:

     - city tour of Vladimir including the Golden Gates, the Assumption cathedral or St. Dimitrius  Cathedral
     - the museum of lacquered miniatures 

     - a trip to the UNESCO-listed village of Bogolyubovo, outside of Vladimir
 


 Sightseeing, St. Petersburg:

- a panoramic City tour of St. Petersburg, with photo stops
- A visit inside historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress
- An overview tour of the Hermitage Museum (within 3 hours)
- a trip outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin to visit Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Dates & Prices, 2019:

  

2019 Saturday Departures, Year Round

 Small Groups format  

January 26, 2019

$ 2,235

February 09

$ 2,175

March 09

$ 2,275

April 20

$ 2,375

May 04 

$ 2,435

May 25*, June 15*

$ 2,575

July 20 

$ 2,435

Aug 03, 24

$ 2,435

Sept 28

$ 2,375

October 12

$ 2,275

November 02

$ 2,275 

December 21, 2019

$ 2,375
   

Tours operate with a minimum of 2 persons traveling together

 

The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person based in twin share.
Dates marked with * fall on the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended
 

 

 

Celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Russia! 


Special departure: January 26, 2019 

 

 

Celebrate New Year in Russia:

Special Departure: December 21, 2019 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Day-By-Day Program:


DAY 1   SAT | Arrive in Moscow
You will be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn at Belarusskaya **** for a 2 nights' stay

DAY 2   SUN | In Moscow. Sightseeing
Today start with a panoramic city tour of Moscow that includes a drive along the fashionable Tverskaya Street, Moscow rive embankment with an iconic panorama of the Kremlin and the Cathedral of the Savior. Take a stroll on the historic Red Square with the splendid St. Basil's Cathedral, GUM store and Lenin's Mausoleum.

Drive to the Sparrow Hills for the best view of the city with an impressive Moscow State University, riverside Luzhniki Sports complex and New Maiden's Convent.

In the afternoon visit the famous Tretyakov Art Gallery, the world class repository of Russian art displayed in world class surrounding. Appropriately enough, this is also the home to the finest collection of Russian icons in the world (B)

DAY 3   MON | In Moscow | Sightseeing
Tour of the Kremlin Grounds and a visit inside the spectacular Armoury Museum. A guided walking tour along the Old Arbat, the main pedestrian stretch in downtown Moscow. A Metro train ride, with a tour of Moscow subway stations. In the evening, a day express train to Vladimir, dep 4.35 pm arr 6.50 pm. From Vladimir you will be transferred 45 km to Suzdal. Check-in at the Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel (or similar) for an overnight (B)

DAY 4   TUE | Suzdal & Vladimir: A real feast for tourists eyes | Train to St. Petersburg 

Sightseeing in Suzdal. Historic small town of Suzdal, is one of oldest and the most charming settlements in Russia. It is proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Suzdal was first mentioned in the year 1024 AD, at the time when even Moscow was a secondary settlement. 

The number and variety of stunningly beautiful churches and monasteries here is just astounding.  

Often referred to as a living city-museum and the crowning jewel of the Golden Ring region, Suzdal boasts over 200 historic monuments and some of the most striking churches in Russia. Despite its popularity, Suzdal still retains its peaceful provincial feel. And tourists come here for its quiet narrow streets, old wooden houses, unpaved paths by churches with candy-colored domes, cinematic meadows. And a sip of medovukha honey cider for a taste of real Russia.   

Visit the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Nativity, the Monastery of St. Euthymius with bell ringing, and the museum of Wooden architecture. 


From Suzdal, transfer to Vladimir to continue sightseeing there. Also on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the town of Vladimir boasts a majestic Assumption cathedral, the Golden Gates and a museum of lacquered miniatures that you will visit.
You will also travel to the historical village of Bogolyubovo to view the 12th c. church of Intercession on the Nerl, an architectural masterpiece, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to rail station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg, dep 23.00 arr 09.45 next morning (B,L,D)

DAY 5   WED | Arrive in St. Petersburg, Sightseeing
After breakfast depart by public bus service to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to downtown Radisson Sonya Hotel **** for a 3 nights’ stay.
Your city tour today will introduce you to the beautiful views of the elegant St. Petersburg. Also included is a visit inside the historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress where Russia’s all Emperors lie buried

DAY 6   THU | St. Petersburg, Sightseeing
8.30 am: Today you will be touring the incomparable Hermitage Museum. One of the most spectacular museums in the world, the Hermitage has a vast collection occupying a grand ensemble of buildings

DAY 7   FRI | Playground of the Czars  
Today travel outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin to visit exquisite Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room (B)

DAY 8   SAT | See You Again, St. Petersburg
After breakfast your tour ends

 

 

 

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