Best of Historical Russia

13 days/
12 nights
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14
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Cultural Guided tour History
Tour code: MSP-13

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Day 1. Moscow (D)

Arrival in Moscow, the capital of the Russia. Bus transfer to the hotel.
Welcome dinner with folk show. Overnight in Moscow.

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Arrival in Moscow, the capital of the Russia. Bus transfer to the hotel.
Welcome dinner with folk show. Overnight in Moscow.

Day 2. Moscow – Kremlin (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Moscow to see its main historic architectural and cultural monuments (approx. 3 h.) During the tour you will visit Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Moscow to see its main historic architectural and cultural monuments (approx. 3 h.) During the tour you will visit Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin, the Diplomatic Village, Triumphal Arch and much more. The tour will be finished at the Red Square, the so-called heart of the capital.
Lunch at restaurant.
Visit of Kremlin and it’s cathedrals (2 h.) Moscow Kremlin – one of the largest and most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world, which includes visits of Archangel’s and Annunciation Cathedrals, the Armory, seeing an exhibition in the Assumption belfry and admire the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, famous masterpieces of the Russian casting.
Overnight in Moscow.

Day 3. Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow Metro and Arbat (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Sergiev Possad (70 km from Moscow, approx. 6 h) – the city founded around the sacred place of the Russian land and the World Cultural Heritage sight – the Trini

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Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Sergiev Possad (70 km from Moscow, approx. 6 h) – the city founded around the sacred place of the Russian land and the World Cultural Heritage sight – the Trinity Sergius Lavra, which is Trinity Sergius Lavra monastery named respected Russian saint Sergius.
Transfer back to Moscow. Lunch.
Afternoon continues with discovering other highlights of Moscow – its famous Metro and Arbat street (approx. 3 h.) This tour introduces the history and architecture of the Metro subway system and includes travels by Metro to see the most famous stations that are uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues and marble staircases. The tour proceed to Old Arbat street, one of Moscow’s oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible’s secret police to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian bohemian life.
Overnight in Moscow.

Day 4. Moscow – Vladimir – Bogolyubovo – Suzdal (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Suzdal (230 km from Moscow).
Stop at Vladimir, City tour of Vladimir includes cathedral of Dormition, a unique monument of the white-stone architecture, monument to Prince

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Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Suzdal (230 km from Moscow).
Stop at Vladimir, City tour of Vladimir includes cathedral of Dormition, a unique monument of the white-stone architecture, monument to Prince Vladimir, Golden gates, which was built in the early XII century by Prince Andrei Bogolubsky and used as the main military tower of the fortress in ancient times, Cathedral of Saint Demetrius.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Further drive to Suzdal. Stop at Bogolyubovo on the way, the residence of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky built between 1158 and 1165 at the mouth of the Nerl River. Russian Orthodox Christians believe that Bogolyubovo was founded on the spot where Andrei Bogolyubsky saw a vision of the Virgin Mary who appeared to him in a dream-like vision holding a scroll in Her right hand, and commanded him to build a church and monastery on the place of the vision. On this spot the Church of the Intercession of Neri was constructed. Today the church is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Transfer to Suzdal. Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Suzdal.

Day 5. Suzdal – Kostroma (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Suzdal, often called the Russian Mecca. Sightseeing tour will take you to the oldest part of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity, the Golden Gates, the Archb

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Suzdal, often called the Russian Mecca. Sightseeing tour will take you to the oldest part of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity, the Golden Gates, the Archbishops´ Chambers, a large architectural masterpiece, which houses a unique collection of historical and archaeological objects, including the Cross-Vaulted Chamber.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Further drive to Kostroma.
Overnight in Kostroma.

Day 6. Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Uglich (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning City tour of Kostroma, which includes Epiphany Cathedral, that was the first stone edifice in the city, the Church of the Resurrection in the Grove and the Ipatievsky monastery

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning City tour of Kostroma, which includes Epiphany Cathedral, that was the first stone edifice in the city, the Church of the Resurrection in the Grove and the Ipatievsky monastery with its’ beautiful frescoes at the Trinity Cathedral painted by the famous Kostroma master, Guri Nikitin.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Departure to Uglich. Stop at Yaroslavl, the ancient Russian town which stands on a high, steep bank of the Volga river, surrounded by forests. Short city tour, including visit to the Savior Transfiguration Monastery, which is the main sight of the city. Tour continues with the visits at  the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Church of Nicola Idein. These churches have some of the Golden Ring´s most impressive frescoes.
Further drive to Uglich.
Overnight in Uglich.

Day 7. Uglich – Tver (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Uglich, one of the most famous ancient Russian city, situated on the bank of the Volga River. During the city tour you will visit the most important historical and

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Uglich, one of the most famous ancient Russian city, situated on the bank of the Volga River. During the city tour you will visit the most important historical and cultural sights, including Kremlin, church of Tsarevich Dmitry “on blood”, the Transfiguration Cathedral.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Further transfer to Tver, an old city of Russia, situated at the confluence of the Volga and Tvertsa Rivers.
Overnight in Tver.

Day 8. Tver – Veliky Novgorod (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Tver.
Tver is an old city of Russia, situated at the confluence of the Volga and Tvertsa Rivers, on a active way between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. City is rich o

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Tver.
Tver is an old city of Russia, situated at the confluence of the Volga and Tvertsa Rivers, on a active way between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. City is rich of historical and cultural attractions. During the city tour you will stroll along Volga embankments and bridges, and see the most important sights, like memorial of Athanasius Nikitin, the church “White Trinity”, the Imperial Road Palace, the white stone of Christ monastery.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Further transfer to Veliky Novgorod.
Stop for the visit at open-air Museum of wooden architecture “Vitoslavlitsy”, which displays a unique collection of original full-size wooden structures dating back to 16th through 19th centuries – churches, chapels and residential houses (Izbas).
Arrival and overnight in Veliky Novgorod.

Day 9. Veliky Novgorod – St. Petersburg (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning City tour of Veliky Novgorod.
Veliky Novgorod, often called as a city-museum of Old Russia, one of the most ancient cities of Russia, founded in the IX-X centuries. Because of m

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Breakfast at hotel. Morning City tour of Veliky Novgorod.
Veliky Novgorod, often called as a city-museum of Old Russia, one of the most ancient cities of Russia, founded in the IX-X centuries. Because of many outstanding monuments of medieval architecture and painting including old churches, temples and cathedrals, that have been preserved in the city. The sightseeing tour includes visits to Yuriev Monastery with its St George Cathedral and the old Novgorod Kremlin with its Cathedral of St Sophia – one of the greatest monuments of old Russian architecture.
Further transfer to St. Petersburg.
Dinner and overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 10. St. Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress (B, L)

Breakfast. Morning panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg (approx. 3 h.), also called as “Northern Venice”, to see the famous Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the City, the Kazan Cathedral, t

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Breakfast. Morning panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg (approx. 3 h.), also called as “Northern Venice”, to see the famous Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the City, the Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty with its gilded top, the largest Church in St. Petersburg – the Blood Church and stop by the ensembles of Palace Sq. with Winter Palace, Hermitage and Alexander Column and Mariinsky Palace.
Visit at the Peter and Paul Fortress (approx. 1, 5 h.) – the oldest construction in Saint Petersburg and put up for fortification purposes but never been attacked. Founded by Peter the Great, who himself took part in the construction of the building, enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, the golden Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Lunch at restaurant.
Afternoon visit to the Hermitage (approx. 3 h.), one of the largest and most important art museums in the world. Its art collections include more than 3,000,000 masterpieces and represent the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 11. St. Petersburg – Peterhof – Tsarskoye Selo (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Peterhof, the former summer residence of Russian tsars near St. Petersburg (29 km from St. Petersburg). The “Russian Versailles” is known for its elegant ga

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Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Peterhof, the former summer residence of Russian tsars near St. Petersburg (29 km from St. Petersburg). The “Russian Versailles” is known for its elegant gardens, magnificent Castles and numerous fountains and cascades.
Lunch at restaurant.
Excursion to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and visit the Catherine Palace with the legendary Amber Room. Tsarskoye Selo is Rastrelli’s masterpiece and one of the best examples of Russian baroque, which include Peterhof with the finest residences Tsar of Russia.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 12. St. Petersburg – Boat tour – St. Isaac’s Cathedral (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning boat trip in Neva River and canals (approx. 1,5 h.) Getting around St Petersburg by boat is one of the best ways to enjoy a romantic sightseeing in the city of rivers and canals

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Breakfast at hotel.
Morning boat trip in Neva River and canals (approx. 1,5 h.) Getting around St Petersburg by boat is one of the best ways to enjoy a romantic sightseeing in the city of rivers and canals. The combination of fascinating architecture and water in St. Petersburg, as well as in Venice, has a special charm.
Afternoon visit of St. Isaac’s Cathedral (approx. 1,5 h.): the largest Church in Russia and one of the finest architectural works and capable accommodate about 10,000 people.
Dinner in the city centre with folk show.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 13. St. Petersburg (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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itinerary

  • Day 1. Moscow
  • Day 2. Moscow - Kremlin
  • Day 3. Moscow - Sergiev Posad
  • Day 4. Moscow - Vladimir - Bogolubovo - Suzdal
  • Day 5. Suzdal - Kostroma
  • Day 6. Kostroma - Yaroslavl - Uglich
  • Day 7. Uglich - Tver
  • Day 8. Tver - Veliky Novgorod
  • Day 9. Veliky Novgorod - St. Petersburg
  • Day 10. St. Petersburg
  • Day 11. St. Petersburg - Peterhof - Tsarskoye Selo
  • Day 12. St. Petersburg
  • Day 13. St. Petersburg
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