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The Golden Ring of Russia - (9N/10D)

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Description

Golden Ring cities, Moscow and St Petersburg group tours are made up of travelers from many different cities or countries who join together to experience a journey through Russia’s most iconic locations enjoying special group rates: discover the marvels of Russia and make new friends traveling for an affordable price! Guaranteed departures for groups of 4 or more traveling from any one city, the package holiday includes accommodation in Moscow and St Petersburg for 7 nights in 4* central hotels, accommodation in Suzdal and Yaroslavl for 2 nights in 4* central hotels, city sightseeing tours in all the included destinations and the support of an English-speaking guide for the full visit program.

The 10-day group tour includes: Sergiev Posad - Vladimir - Suzdal - Kostroma - Yaroslavl - Rostov Veliky - Moscow - St Petersburg

4 STARS COMFORT: Vedensky, Park Inn Nevsky, Sokos or similar in St. Petersburg; Novotel Center, Holiday Inn or similar in Moscow. In the category are included hotels that have quality standards similar to the 4 star European hotels.

Itineary

DAY 1: Arrival in Moscow
Upon arrival, or driver will meet you in Moscow International Airport arrival lobby and escort you to the hotel.

DAY 2: Sergiev Posad and Vladimir city tour: the Trinity Lavra of San Sergius
Departure from Moscow to Sergiev Posad. Upon arrival you will start the visit a guided tour of the grand complex of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church, and to its wonderful cathedrals. You will take lunch at a local restaurant and depart to Vladimir. The Vladimir city tour will include a stop at the impressive Golden Gate, the only remaining evidence of the city’s once magnificent fortifications; a visit to the architectural jewels of the XII-XIII centuries: the Dormition Cathedral (Assumption Cathedral), the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, the Cathedral of the Nativity Monastery; a visit to the Museum of Crystal. Transfer to Suzdal and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 3: Suzdal and Kostroma city tours: the Suzdal Museum of Wooden Architecture
The visit to this town-museum focuses on its major symbols starting from the XI-XV centuries: the Kremlin, the Museum of Wooden Masterpieces, an open air museum of great ethno-anthropological importance from the XVIII-XIX centuries. In winter the visit to the Museum is replaced by an excursion to the Monastery of Saint Euthymius. Departure to Kostroma at 12 p.m., arrival and lunch. City excursion at 4 p.m.: a visit to the Ipatiev Monastery (Hypatian Monastery), the most important artistic monument founded between the XIII and XIV centuries, and its interior; a visit to the Trinity Cathedral. Departure to Yaroslavl, one of the most ancient towns of the Golden Ring, founded in 1010, full of churches, monasteries, and beautiful buildings in Baroque and Neoclassical styles. This ancient town is a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Arrival in Yaroslavl and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 4: Yaroslavl and Velikiy Rostov: the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour
Visit to the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, one of the most important monuments of the XII century, the Church of Elijah the Prophet, XVII century (in winter the visit to the church is replaced by the Museum of Icons). Departure for Velikiy Rostov at 11:30 a.m., arrival at 12:30 p.m., lunch. The city excursion starts from the Kremlin, dating from the XVII century and no doubt the most beautiful of the region, and continues with a visit to the museum where you can admire the rare and valuable collection of icons, paintings and miniatures in enamel by local artists. Departure for Moscow, arrival at 7.30 p.m., meet with the driver and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel, overnight. Moscow is a capital and the main economic and financial center of Russia. The city was founded by Juriy Dolgorukiy in 1147. You will be surprised by its wide architectural and cultural variety.

DAY 5: Guided city tour of Moscow, visit to the Novodevichy Convent and the Kremlin Grounds
City sightseeing tour with stops in Moscow’s top locations: the Red Square, the central square of Moscow and all Russia; the Bolshoy Theatre, one of the most celebrated and famous temples of classical ballet; Tverskaya Street and Moscow’s financial district, the buzzing heart of the city life; the Boulevard Ring; the panoramic point on the Sparrow Hills, next to the famous Moscow State University (Lomonosov University); the Novodeviciy Convent, Moscow’s best known cloister dating back to the sixteenth century. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the Kremlin (grounds and main cathedral). The Moscow Kremlin is a fortress located in the historic center of the city, on Borovickiy Hill. It is the oldest part of the city and one of the most important artistic and historical complexes in the country. Today the Kremlin is the seat of Russia’s national governmental institutions.

DAY 6: Optional Excursions: Sergiev Posad or the Arbat Street and Moscow Metro
Breakfast at the hotel. On your third day in Moscow you will have the chance to either participate in various optional guided tours or to take on Russia’s big capital by yourself, enjoying a full free day in the city. Recommended optional guided tours: visit to the Tretyakov National Gallery, Old Arbat and Moscow Metro walking tour.

DAY 7: Departure to St Petersburg
Free time in the morning. Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to the train station. High-speed train to St Petersburg (Sapsan, 2nd class). Upon arrival, our driver will take you to the hotel.

DAY 8: Guided city tour of St Petersburg, visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage State Museum
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of St Petersburg with stops at Saint Isaac’s square, the Church of the Savior on Blood, which was erected on the place where the Tsar Alexander II of Russia had been killed, Art Square, which owes its name to the numerous museums and theaters in the vicinity, the cruiser Aurora, which is now a floating museum, Nevsky Prospekt, the Smolny Cathedral, built and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and finally, the Field of Mars. Then a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded in 1703, where the city’s history initially began. Visit of the State Hermitage, one of the most important art collections in the world; the building was originally a part of the imperial palace, the residence of the Romanov dynasty for 2 centuries until 1917, the year of the beginning of the October Revolution. Return to the hotel.

DAY 9: Optional Excursions: the summer residences of the Tsars, Pushkin, Peterhof and Plavlosk
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day. Recommended optional excursions to the summer residences of the Tsars: Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace and the Amber room), Peterhof (with its beautiful park and fountains), Pavlovsk (palace and park of Paul I).

DAY 10: Departure from St Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel. After the check-out our driver will meet you in the lobby and take you to the airport. Departure from St Petersburg.

Package Includes

Included:

  • Accommodation in Moscow: hotel DBL/twin room, 4 nights, breakfast included 
  • Accommodation in St Petersburg: hotel DBL/twin room, 3 nights, breakfast included 
  • Accommodation in Suzdal: hotel DBL/twin room, 1 night, full board 
  • Accommodation in Yaroslavl: hotel DBL/twin room, 1 night, full board 
  • High speed express train “Sapsan” one way from Moscow to St Petersburg (4 hours), 2nd class 
  • Transfers: Airport – hotel – train station – hotel - airport 
  • Moscow city tour including the Novodevichy Convent, visit to the Kremlin 
  • St Petersburg city tour including the Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior on Blood, visit to the Hermitage 
  • Private English-speaking guide for all the included excursions per itinerary 
  • Visa support/tourist invitation 

Entry tickets: Moscow Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, Church of the Savior on Blood, Hermitage

Package Excludes

  • Not Included:

    • Over 65 travel insurance supplement: €16 per person 
    • Full visa service 
    • Half Board supplement: € 150 per person 
    • International airfare (included on request) Optional tours and services

Information

GOLDEN RING OF RUSSIA STARS COMFORT  
Dates Double room BB Single supp.    
22/05/18 - 31/05/18 1500 € 510 € - -
29/05/18 - 07/06/18 1600 € 550 € - -
05/06/18 - 14/06/18 1640 € 570 €    
17/07/18 - 26/07/18 1480 € 490 €    
24/07/18 - 02/08/18 1480 € 490 €    
31/07/18 - 09/08/18 1480 € 490 €    
07/08/18 - 16/08/18 1480 € 490 €    
14/08/18 - 23/08/18 1480 € 490 €    
21/08/18 - 30/08/18 1480 € 490 €

 

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