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Russia Highlights - (7N/8D)

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8 days 7 nights

Description

Experience

Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - a land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades. Experience the grandeur of Moscow, the beauty of Russia's ancient capitals Suzdal and Novgorod, and the grace of St Petersburg. Visit the intricately detailed cathedrals, historic monuments, age-old treasures and romantic landscapes of this great nation, and find the heart of enigmatic Russia.
 
 WHY WE LOVE THIS TRIP

 

  • Red Square has long been at the heart of Russian history – visit the austere mausoleum of Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution, contrasting with the eye-bulging treasure collection in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum
  • Discover the secrets of Russia’s oldest kremlin in Novgorod and see the Millennium Monument, which tells the story of 1,000 years of Russian history
  • Share in traditional tastes with a visits to the homes of our local friends in Suzdal & St Petersburg for a hearty home cooked meal, piles of pancakes and endless cups of tea
  • Experience the joys of train travel as we traverse by high-speed Sapsan train and on an overnight sleeper from Moscow to Novgorod.
  • Encounter the legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great while exploring the enigmatic streets that showcase the many palaces and museums of St Petersburg

 

 

Itineary

Day 1 
MoscowOpen or Close

Zdrastvutye! Welcome to Russia. The great city of Moscow has survived centuries of revolution and tumult, from the days of the tsars through the communist era to the growing pains of democracy. Beneath its modern veneer – a sign of Russia's recent embrace of capitalism – Moscow is a fascinating, historic city with a wealth of sights to see. There’s so much to see and do in Moscow that it’s worth arriving a few extra days before the start of the trip. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm at the hotel today, where your insurance and next of kin details will be collected. Please also have two copies of your passport, visa and migration cards ready. Your leader will collect one; the other is for you to keep on you at all times whilst on the trip. After the meeting, your leader will organise an optional meal so you can enjoy your first taste of delicious Russian cuisine with new friends.
Meals: None

Day 2 
Moscow - Suzdal

Travel by private bus to Suzdal (approximately 4 hours). The town is a main stop on Russia’s legendary Golden Ring, the circle of ancient and former capitals that played an important part in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church and that hold the memories of significant events in Russian history. The fairytale-feel historic small town of Suzdal is filled with contrasting examples of early Russian architecture, where onion-domed monasteries stand next to lovingly decorated wooden cottages. Here there are opportunities to drink mead by the riverside with a symphony of cathedral bells in the air, and peek inside the crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys. You’ll stay in a guesthouse in one of Suzdal's quiet streets. Some rooms are twin share, while others are triple or quad share or interconnecting rooms. There’s a shared toilet and bathroom on each floor, and you have access to a spacious kitchen and group dining area. On occasion, the group may stay in different guesthouses that will be located nearby. Tonight you’ll have a chance to try heart home cooking at the home at one of our local friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 
Suzdal - Moscow

Get to know the Suzdal a little better today with a walking tour of this ‘open-air museum’. Take in the sights – the grandeur of the Kremlin, the carved stonework of the Cathedral of the Nativity, the trading square, market and monasteries (approximately 3 hours total). If there’s time, walk along the banks of the river, spanned by wooden footbridges and then pop in to a local cafe for tea, bliny (pancakes) with caviar or the Suzdal specialty of medovukha, a honey-based spiced mead. Transfer to Vladimir by private van (approximately 30 minutes) and then take the super modern high speed Sapsan train to Moscow (less than 2 hours). Return to the hotel by metro. Spend the evening back in Moscow – maybe wander around the famous Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral by night if you haven't already.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 
Moscow/Overnight Train

Visit the mausoleum of Russia’s most famous revolutionary – Lenin. He was the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution that ushered in the era of communism, and you will join the sometimes long queue lining up to visit his austere eternal resting place on Red Square. Then enter the Kremlin grounds with a local guide, home to the oldest and most important churches in the country, and where many Tsars and Tsarinas are laid to rest. Walk through the soaring towers and cathedrals of the political and spiritual heart of Russia before entering the Armoury Museum, home to an eye-bulging former royal collection of ambassadorial gifts, Faberge eggs, coronation robes and glittering jewels. This evening board an overnight train to Novgorod (approximately 8 hours) from Moscow's Leningradskiy railway station.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 
Novgorod

Arrive early morning in the oldest city in Russia, and see how well-preserved architectural treasures linger as echoes of medieval times and glories of the past. As the former capital of ancient Russia, Novgorod is often seen as the cradle of modern Russian civilisation. Explore the city's sights on foot with your local guide. The city's foremost attraction is the graceful Kremlin on the banks of the Volkhov River. Inside there are museums and the Cathedral of St Sophia, as well as the amazing Millennium Monument, which tells the story of 1,000 years of Russian history. On the opposite bank of the river are quiet shady streets, the graceful ruins of Yaroslav's Court, and other echoes times gone by. In your free time here you might like to check out the Yurev Monastery on the shores of Lake Ilmen, visit the Wooden Architecture Museum just outside of town, or catch a performance at the Philharmonic Hall. In the summer you can also relax on the little riverside beach, or take a boat trip on the Volkhov River for glimpses of the quiet countryside surrounding Novgorod. Tonight, maybe join your leader and plenty of friendly locals for a refreshing steam and wash at the public banya (bath house) – no trip to Russia would be complete without experiencing this custom.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 
St Petersburg

Travel by private bus from Novgorod to St Petersburg, one of Russia’s most celebrated cities (approximately 4 hours). Truly one of Europe's finest cities, the living museum of St Petersburg is a blend of baroque European architecture and Russian royal history, built by the Russian tsar Peter the Great, whose legacy can be felt in its enigmatic streets and showcase cathedrals and museums. After arriving and checking in, visit the home of our local friends and have a tea party Russian-style. Not all family members speak English, but with your leader on hand to interpret and their warm hospitality, you'll be feeling like one of the family in no time. These families live in St Petersburg's communal apartments, which date from Soviet times. Such apartments and their way of living have ceased to exist in other Russian cities, but they are still common in St Petersburg. This is a truly unique local experience that you won't find anywhere else.

Meals: None

Day 7 
St Petersburg

Built on 42 islands, St Petersburg is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’. Spend the day exploring the city, crossing its many rivers and canals at your own pace. Perhaps enjoy incredible views across the city from the colonnade at St Isaac’s Cathedral, or walk along Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s main street. Maybe pop into one of the many bakeries or coffee shops along the way, or head down to Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra where Russia's great musicians and writers like Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky are laid to rest in the cemetery. The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, and houses one of the world's premier art collections. A whole day could easily be spent wandering its halls. Feeling artistic? Give life to a family of matryoshka dolls in a painting workshop. Whatever you choose, the city is easy to get around and your leader can also help you make the most of your free day. On your final evening, perhaps gather together your fellow travellers and seek out a cosy restaurant for a farewell meal.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 
Departure from St Petersburg

Your Russian adventure will come to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. St Petersburg has much to offer, so we recommend that those that wish to see more extend their stay a day or two.

Meals: Breakfast

Package Includes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin share basis for number of nights in the itinerary.
  • Transport as mentioned on the itinerary (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Sightseeing and meals as in the itinerary (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Services of a group leader as described in the Trip Notes.
Included activities
  • Suzdal - Russian Dinner & Traditional Pastry Baking
  • Suzdal - Guided Walking Tour
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family

 

Package Excludes

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

Information

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
18th APR, 2018 25th APR, 2018 US$ 1510
25th APR, 2018 02nd MAY, 2018 US$ 1510
02nd MAY, 2018 09th MAY, 2018 US$ 1510
09th MAY, 2018 16th MAY, 2018 US$ 1585
12th MAY, 2018 19th MAY, 2018 US$ 1510
16th MAY, 2018 23rd MAY, 2018 US$ 1585
19th MAY, 2018 26th MAY, 2018 US$ 1510
23rd MAY, 2018 30th MAY, 2018 US$ 1570
30th MAY, 2018 06th JUN, 2018 US$ 1585
02nd JUN, 2018 09th JUN, 2018 US$ 1510
18th JUL, 2018 25th JUL, 2018 US$ 1570
21st JUL, 2018 28th JUL, 2018 US$ 1570
25th JUL, 2018 01st AUG, 2018 US$ 1650
28th JUL, 2018 04th AUG, 2018 US$ 1570
01st AUG, 2018 08th AUG, 2018 US$ 1570
04th AUG, 2018 11th AUG, 2018 US$ 1570
08th AUG, 2018 15th AUG, 2018 US$ 1570
11th AUG, 2018 18th AUG, 2018 US$ 1630
15th AUG, 2018 22nd AUG, 2018 US$ 1630
22nd AUG, 2018 29th AUG, 2018 US$ 1630
29th AUG, 2018 05th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
01st SEP, 2018 08th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
05th SEP, 2018 12th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
08th SEP, 2018 15th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
12th SEP, 2018 19th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
15th SEP, 2018 22nd SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
19th SEP, 2018 26th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
22nd SEP, 2018 29th SEP, 2018 US$ 1630
26th SEP, 2018 03rd OCT, 2018 US$ 1630
29th SEP, 2018 06th OCT, 2018 US$ 1570
03rd OCT, 2018 10th OCT, 2018 US$ 1570
10th OCT, 2018 17th OCT, 2018 US$ 1570
17th OCT, 2018 24th OCT, 2018 US$ 1570
31st OCT, 2018 07th NOV, 2018 US$ 1570
17th APR, 2019 24th APR, 2019 US$ 1510
24th APR, 2019 01st MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
01st MAY, 2019 08th MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
08th MAY, 2019 15th MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
11th MAY, 2019 18th MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
15th MAY, 2019 22nd MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
18th MAY, 2019 25th MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
22nd MAY, 2019 29th MAY, 2019 US$ 1510
29th MAY, 2019 05th JUN, 2019 US$ 1510
01st JUN, 2019 08th JUN, 2019 US$ 1510
05th JUN, 2019 12th JUN, 2019 US$ 1510
12th JUN, 2019 19th JUN, 2019 US$ 1510
19th JUN, 2019 26th JUN, 2019 US$ 1510
26th JUN, 2019 03rd JUL, 2019 US$ 1510
03rd JUL, 2019 10th JUL, 2019 US$ 1510
10th JUL, 2019 17th JUL, 2019 US$ 1510
17th JUL, 2019 24th JUL, 2019 US$ 1510
24th JUL, 2019 31st JUL, 2019 US$ 1510
27th JUL, 2019 03rd AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
31st JUL, 2019 07th AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
03rd AUG, 2019 10th AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
07th AUG, 2019 14th AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
10th AUG, 2019 17th AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
14th AUG, 2019 21st AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
21st AUG, 2019 28th AUG, 2019 US$ 1510
28th AUG, 2019 04th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
31st AUG, 2019 07th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
04th SEP, 2019 11th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
07th SEP, 2019 14th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
11th SEP, 2019 18th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
14th SEP, 2019 21st SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
18th SEP, 2019 25th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
21st SEP, 2019 28th SEP, 2019 US$ 1510
25th SEP, 2019 02nd OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
28th SEP, 2019 05th OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
02nd OCT, 2019 09th OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
09th OCT, 2019 16th OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
16th OCT, 2019 23rd OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
23rd OCT, 2019 30th OCT, 2019 US$ 1510
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%.

 

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