15 DAYS ●
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This 15 day tour encapsulates the standout sights of Moscow and St. Petersburg plus the highlights the Golden Ring: Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad - a group of medieval towns to the northeast of Moscow. Ancient Kremlins, onion-shaped domes, an incredible wealth of culture, history and art, Matryoshka Russian dolls and wooden architecture is just a small part of what awaits you on this unforgettable tour.
Experience the grandeur of Moscow which boasts a history that spans 8 centuries
Visit the fairy-tale town of Suzdal which has a population of around 10,000
Visit the tranquil town, which Isaac Levitan, Russia's most celebrated landscape asrtist painted in the 19th Century.
Built in 1423, this place is a window into the age-old belief system that has provided Russia with centuries of spiritual sustenance.
Our Classic Russia itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Moscow, the capital of Russia, for a 3-night stay. Travel via Dubai where you’ll spend 2-3 hours in transit.
Land in Moscow and transfer to your hotel. On arrival at the Moscow Domodedovo International Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel this evening where you can meet your group and learn more about travelling in Russia.
This morning take part in a walking tour seeing the city’s main sights: St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, The Kremlin plus the Armoury and Diamond Fund, the GUM Department Store and Gorky Park. Continue along the classy Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street and visit the Bolshoi Theatre (the best known theatre in the world and home of the famous ballet and opera companies) and the Monument to Karl Marx. Visit the Lubyanka Prison Building; a notorious former prison and home of the ex-KGB headquarters. Stroll along Nikolskaya Street which is one of the oldest streets in Moscow.
In the morning continue touring this grand city visiting the Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, Stalin’s Seven Sisters, Eliseyevskiy Delicatessen, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red October Arts District. Enjoy dinner at a Georgian Restaurant and enjoy some sundowner drinks at a local bar for magnificent views over the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Moskva (Moscow River).
Today you will take a cruise on the Moscow river seeing some of Moscow’s famous sights, go underground and take part in a metro tour and shop at the colourful Izmailovo Markets. Board an early afternoon express train to Vladimir to tour the town visiting the Assumption Cathedral, the Vladimir Museum and the Cathedral of St Dmitry. Travel onto Suzdal arriving in the early evening.
Today you’ll tour the fairy-tale town of Suzdal. Suzdal only has a population of around 10,000 and managed to avoid the Soviet-town development, thus has retained its country village feel with many of the roads remaining unpaved with livestock roaming the streets. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant due to its rustic, country feel combined with its medieval monuments.
This morning visit Plyos. Plyos is one of the smallest Golden Ring destinations at just 3 sq km. It’s a tranquil town of old wooden houses and hilly streets winding down to the Volga River. Moving on you’ll visit the Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm. Founded in 1963, this research farm breeds European elk for their nutrient-dense milk, considered beneficial for various stomach ailments. A guided tour includes a bag of carrots to feed to these gentle creatures. Arrive in Yaroslavl in the late afternoon and check into your hotel.
This morning take part in a walking tour of the town visiting the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, the Magic & Time clock house, John the Baptist Church and participate in a Master Matryoshka (Russian Dolls) painting class. Enjoy lunch and a free afternoon where you can relax on the main square or in your hotel. Later, dine at a traditional Golden Ring restaurant.
Transfer via road to Sergiev Posad visiting the picturesque lakeside town of Pereslavl-Zalessky. The town is a popular dacha (summer country house) getaway for Muscovites and its attractions are scattered around a large area. While here visit the 14th century hilltop Goritsky Monastery and the Assumption Cathedral. Arrive in Sergiev Posad and tour the town.
Travel by train back to Moscow and then take the fast train to St Petersburg arriving in the afternoon. Tour some of the sights in the late afternoon including Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Later have dinner by one of the cities famous canals.
This morning tour the ‘Russian Versailles’ at Peterhof, have a traditional Russian lunch in a Siberian forested lodge, visit Catherine’s Palace to swoon at its lavish Rococo interiors like the replica of the incredible Amber Room and enjoy a boat trip along the Neva River seeing some of St Petersburg main sights.
This morning visit the stunning pink pastel-coloured State Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. The Hermitage fully lives up to its sterling reputation and your visit will be one of the highlights of your tour. Later, visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral where you can climb the 262 steps to the kolonnada (colonnade) around the drum of the dome, providing superb city views.
Start the day by visiting the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre from the outside and Smolny Cathedral. Later, visit the Monument to Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square, stroll through the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars, visit the Bronze Horseman, the General Staff Building and Palace Square. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel where you can freshen up, enjoy a farewell dinner and in the evening transfer the 30 minutes to the St Petersburg airport for your flight to Australia.
Spend the day in the air.
Land back in Australia early in the morning where your trip finishes.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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