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Russian Capitals and Golden Ring Tour

10 days
9 nights

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Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:

$ 1,160.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,700.00 (single occupancy)

Supplement for Jun 20 - Jul 29:
$150.00 (double occupancy)
$150.00 (single occupancy)

Prices for Jul 04 - Jul 13:
$116,000.00 (double occupancy)
$170,000.00 (single occupancy)

 

Dates:

Jun 20, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017 
Jul 04, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017 
Jul 18, 2017 - Jul 27, 2017 
Jul 25, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017 
Aug 01, 2017 - Aug 10, 2017 
Aug 08, 2017 - Aug 17, 2017 
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Hotels:

St. Petersburg - Sokos Vasilevsky 4*
Suzdal - Nikolayevskiy Posad 4*
Moscow - Holiday Inn Lesnaya 4*

Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.

Included:

9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
9 x buffet breakfast
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
Personalised welcome package
Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin, the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir and the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo
Service of English -German speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of Italian - Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours 
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
Portage at hotels and railway stations

Itinerary:

Day 1  : TUESDAY - St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting and orientation on your Russian Capitals and Golden Ring tour.

Day 2  : WEDNSDAY - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a splendid city with famous imperial palaces and museums. Its Neva River and  many canals have given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. On a morning city tour we get acquainted with all the famous landmarks of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and many more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Pushkin with the impressive Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, which disappeared during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

Day 3  : THURSDAY - St. Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an grand masterpiece of Peter the Great era, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, enjoy an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Day 4  : FRIDAY - St. Petersburg to Moscow by fast train

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg river cruise. Around noon transfer to the train station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the evening we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** or similar.

Day 5  : SATURDAY - Moscow

Moscow is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The  changes over the last decade have transformed the city to one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the world. The city sightseeing tour includes the famous Russian landmarks: the Red Square with Kremlin, Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and exploration of the famous Moscow Metro. In the afternoon participate in an optional excursion to the Kremlin grounds and visit to one of its three famous cathedrals. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 6  : SUNDAY - Moscow

Today is reserved for  optional excursions. In the morning you can participate in a tour of Novodevichy Convent, a 16th century ensemble of golden domes, one of the city’s most beautiful architectural landmarks full of history and cultural treasures. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is Moscow‘s most prestigious resting place after the Kremlin. The balance of the day is reserved for an optional excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery with its outstanding collection of Russian artists. Optional visit to the Old Russian Circus in the evening.

Day 7  : MONDAY - Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Suzdal

Our Russian tour continues to the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We will drive to Sergiev Posad to visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. Continue through scenic Russian landscapes to Vladimir, one of the ancient capitals of Russia. We will see the World Heritage sites of the Assumption Cathedral,  St. Demetrius Cathedral, and the Golden Gate. In the late afternoon we continue to Suzdal and check-in at the Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad**** or similar.

Day 8  : TUESDAY - Suzdal

Dating almost a thousand year back  Suzdal is a small fairytale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During the optional whole day tour we discover all the treasures of Suzdal including the Kremlin, the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 9  : WEDNESDAY - return to Moscow

Today we drive to the nearby village of Bogolyubovo to admire the glare white light single-domed Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. The church is built on a small hill, on a river meadow, in all its clarity and beauty it stands like a candle, growing out over the expanse of the meadow. We drive back to Moscow and in the afternoon we check-in at Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** or similar.

Day 10  : THURSDAY

Optional transfer to the airport.

Notes:

Optional Services and Tours

Rates are per person in USD:

Transfer airport to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky: USD 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons)
4-hour excursion to Pushin and visit to Catherine Palace: USD 85.00
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: USD 65.00
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: USD 90.00
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: USD 60.00
Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: USD 50.00
3-hour guided canal cruise: USD 60.00
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: USD 30.00
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: USD 60.00
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: USD 95.00 pp
Visit to Old Russian Circus: USD 85.00
6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: USD 95.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya to airport: USD 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons)
Half board (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): USD 320.00