Golden Ring of Russia
Slutdestination: Saint Petersburg
Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this 8-day journey-wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and locals will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlins in the cities along the Golden Ring and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The onion-domed churches dotting the skylines of rural villages coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are waiting to be discovered.
Private van, public bus, train, metro
Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
Admire St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, marvel at the Kremlin Armoury treasures, visit Golden Ring churches and monasteries, relax at Lake Nero, explore St Petersburg's back streets and ornate buildings
Kremlin and Armoury guided tour (Moscow). Kremlin tour (Suzdal). Monastery and folk village tour. Church visits (Yuriev Polski). Kremlin visit (Rostov). Yaroslavl guided tour. St Petersburg walking tour. Peterhof visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Moscow
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Moscow
Enjoy a Kremlin and Armoury guided tour. Opt to visit museums and galleries, take a Moskva River boat cruise, or check out Lenin's Mausoleum.
Day 6 Saint-Petersburg
Arrive in St Petersburg and take a guided walking tour of the city with a visit to Peterhof. With free time, visit churches, galleries, and shops along Nevksy Prospekt.
Day 7 Saint-Petersburg (1B)
Spend the day exploring the city or riding the deepest metro in the world. Opt for a canal cruise to see more of the city.
Day 8 Saint-Petersburg (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 3 Moscow/Rostov (1L)
In the morning, travel to Sergiyev Posad which is famous for its Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later, continue on to Rostov.
Day 4 Rostov/Suzdal (1B)
Visit the Rostov Kremlin - a must see in the Golden Ring of Russia. Travel on to Yaroslavl and enjoy a guided tour of the city before continuing on to Suzdal for the night.
Day 5 Suzdal/Saint-Petersburg (1B)
Visit bucolic Suzdal with an included Suzdal Kremlin tour. Visit a folk village museum and monastery. Opt to taste local mead (honey beer). En route to Vladimir, stop in Bogolubovo to see the famous Pokrova-na-Nerli. Overnight train to Saint Petersburg.