Capitals Through the Ages Tour

9 Days 8 Nights via Golden Ring Cultural All Year
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  A trip from Moscow to St Petersburg via Vladimir and Suzdal is perfect for those who want to see the sights of these different cities in a short amount of time. In Moscow, the current Russian capital, you will visit the Kremlin, Red Square and the best stations of the fantastic Moscow Metro. By visiting Vladimir you will see the mediaeval capital of Rus and nearby Suzdal is known as an open-air museum for the amount of old buildings which have survived there. In St Petersburg, you will see the luxurious halls of the Winter Palace and the exquisite architecture of the most European city in Russia, which was once capital of the Russian Empire.

  For this tour we offer a wide range of optional excursions so that you can see what is most interesting for you.  You will not be accompanied with a guide when travelling on the route, but local guides will take you on excursions in the cities themselves. At your request and for an additional fee, we can add a guide to accompany you on the whole route. The tour begins in Moscow and ends in St Petersburg.


Moscow → Vladimir → Suzdal → St Petersburg

 Total distance of the tour: 1122km  -  1042km |  80km


 

 DAY1 | MOSCOW

 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to your hotel.

  A driver with a sign saying   will wait for you in the arrival area of the airport. Free time in the city, although if you arrive in the morning we can organise an excursion on this day.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • MOSCOW •

  Moscow by Night Tour.
  • An evening excursion around the main sights of Moscow including Victory Park, Red Square, the viewing platform at Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Convent, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Garden Ring and Moscow City.​

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 10400 10920 11700 12800


 DAY2 | MOSCOW - CITY TOUR - KREMLIN

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Walking tour around central Moscow. The main sights on the tour are:
  • Red Square – one of the most famous squares in the world, famous for St Basil’s Cathedral which is one of the most recognisable symbols of Russia.
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum – where the body of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the World Proletariat, still lies, embalmed in a glass box.
  • GUM – a famous shopping centre located on Red Square.
  • Aleksandrovsky Gardens – gardens which run along the northern wall of the Kremlin.
  • Zaryadye Park - this new park showcases the natural landscapes of Russia, while also featuring museums and a concert hall.
  • Lubyanka KGB Building – an impressive building once home to the KGB; it is now the headquarters of the Federal Security Bureau.
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – the largest place of worship in Russia, it was rebuilt in the 1990s after the original was destroyed on the orders of Stalin.
  • Ulitsa Arbat – a popular pedestrian street which has souvenir shops and many bars and restaurants.

You will also have the following excursions around:

  • Moscow Kremlin - you will go inside the famous fortress which is now home to the Russian president and will see the Tsar Canon, Tsar Bell and go inside the Kremlin’s cathedrals.
  • Moscow Metro – you will go to the most beautiful stations of the metro system which is often said to be the most beautiful in the world.

 Duration: 8 hours | Transportation: by metro

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • MOSCOW •

  Guided Tour of St Basil's Cathedral  
  • One of the most recognisable symbols of Russia and one of the most famous churches in the world. In its history it has survived attempts by both Napoleon and Stalin to have it destroyed. Inside it consists of several small chapels connected by staircases.

Tour availability: daily except Wednesdays

 Duration: 1 hour 

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3250 4420 6110 7800

  Guided Tour of the Romanov's Chambers
  • One of the oldest surviving stone buildings in Moscow. The chambers are separated into women and men sections which have been recreated to give visitors a feeling of the life of nobles in mediaeval Russia.

Tour availability: daily except Tuesdays

 Duration: 1 hour

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3120 4160 5720 7280

   

  Guided Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre
  • An excursion to one of the most famous theatres in the world. You will see not only the main stage but also behind the curtains.

Tour availability: daily except weekends and August

 Duration: 1h30 

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 13650 13650 15340 18720


 DAY3 | FREE DAY IN MOSCOW

  Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in Moscow. You can spend this day either exploring Moscow by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of Moscow.

 Recommended optional excursions:

  Excursion to Sergiev Posad    
  • Visit one of the holiest places in Russia, where thousands of pilgrims comes daily to pay homage to the shrine of St Sergius of Radonezh. Excursion with a local guide.

Tour availability: daily

 Duration: 6-7 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 14300 15600 19500 23400

  Yasnaya Polyana Excursion
  • Yasnaya Polyana excursion – an excursion to the favourite place of Russia’s greatest writer - Lev Tolstoy. It is where he created many of his masterpieces and where he is buried.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: about 12 hours |  Transportation: by train and by private car.

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 24960 35880 40170 50310

  Star-City Excursion

  • The international cosmonaut training centre. Every cosmonaut who goes to the International Space Station must undergo a training programme here. If you are lucky you will even see real cosmonauts going about their training. Due to the strategic importance of this object this excursion requires additional confirmation from the Russian Security Department and must be booked 45 working days in advance.

Tour availability: Daily except weekends

 Duration: 5-6 hours |  Transportation: by private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 25350 27300 31200 35750

  Leninskie Gorki Excursion
  • The estate where the founder of the USSR - Vladimir Lenin - spent his last few years and where he died and was embalmed for the first time. During the excursion  you will learn how the Soviet leader came to power and about life in the USSR.

Tour availability: Daily except Mondays

 Duration: about 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car.

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 18720 20020 23270 26650

  Kolomenskoe Estate Excursion 
  •   A visit to the former country residence of the grand princes of Moscow and the early Russian tsars such as Ivan the Terrible. The highlight of the estate is the UNESCO-protected Ascension Church which is unique as it is the first Russian church to feature a tent-dome and represents a break with the traditional Byzantine architectural style and the beginning of a distinct Russian architectural style.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by metro

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 9880 11960 14040 15470


 DAY 4 | VLADIMIR - SUZDAL

 Morning transfer from your hotel to Moscow’s Kursky Railway Station. The driver will wait for you in the reception of the hotel with a sign saying .

 Lastochka express train to Vladimir.

 Duration: 2 hours


Arrival in Vladimir and transfer to the starting point of the excursion. The driver will meet you outside your carriage with a sign saying .

 City tour of Vladimir – Vladimir was once the mediaeval capital of the Russian state and so is an important city in terms of Russian history. The highlights of this tour include:

  • Dormition Cathedral - the main cathedral of the city. For over 200 years this cathedral held the revered Our Lady of Vladimir Icon, which Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky brought from Vyshgorod in Ukraine to Vladimir. The icon was later transferred to Moscow and can now be seen in the Tretyakov Gallery. According to legend, the icon was created by Luke the Evangelist.
  • Golden Gates - a rare monument of Russian 12th century defensive architecture and all that remains of the walls which once surrounded Vladimir.
  • St Demetrius’ Cathedral - one of the most remarkable monuments of mediaeval Rus. It was built in the 1190s as a palace temple of Grand Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest of Vladimir and is decorated on the outside with engravings of plants and animals, while the interior still retains fragments of frescos by Andrey Rublev.

 Duration: 2 hours |  Transportation: by car

 Transfer from Vladimir to your hotel in Suzdal.

 Distance: 40km

 Night in Suzdal.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • VLADIMIR •

  Guided tour of Bogolyubovo 
  • Bogolyubovo is famous due to its place in Russian history and for having one of the most beautiful churches in Russia - the Intercession Church on the Nerl. Please note that to get to the church you need to walk about 1km as the surrounding area is protected by UNESCO and no cars are allowed.

        

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3250 4680 4940 6240

 Duration: 2 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

  Russian Banya Experience
  • Russian Banya – the banya (a traditional Russian steam room) occupies a special place in traditional Russian life. All visitors should try a real Russian banya if they get the chance and what could be better than going to a traditional banya in the picturesque city of Suzdal. At the banya you will be provided with a towel, sheet, aromatic tea and homemade jam. You could also even order in advance shashlyk (Russian kebab), tea from a samovar, a traditional homemade Russian meal and, weather permitting, the chance to refresh yourself after the heat of the steam by jumping into a pile of snow or into freezing water through a whole cut in the ice. Can you imagine a more Russian experience?!

 Duration: 2 hours

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 4000 4000 6000 7000


 DAY 5 | SUZDAL 

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  City tour of Suzdal - Suzdal is perhaps the highlight of the Golden Ring, as the whole city is an open-air museum thanks to it being practically unspoiled by modernisation and industrialisation. On this excursion you will visit:

  • Suzdal Kremlin - this is the oldest part and historical core of the city. Although the kremlin's walls no longer stand, parts of the earthen mound fortifications do remain. The buildings inside the kremlin are now used as museums.
  • Nativity Cathedral (1222) – the kremlin’s cathedral is the Nativity Cathedral and the current version stands on the place of an 11th century version which was built on the orders of Vladimir Monomakh. The interior features stunning frescos as well as a necropolis where the sons of Yury Dolgoruky have been interred along with several members of various noble families from Suzdal.
  • Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery (1352) – this is the largest monastery in Suzdal and with its large fortified walls it is often mistaken for being the Suzdal Kremlin. Today it is a museum with various exhibitions including its main cathedral with its amazing frescos.
  • Museum of the Wooden Architecture and Peasant life – this collection of wooden buildings, including churches and windmills, from various parts of European Russia is one of the best of architectural museums in Russia. It now resembles a village in itself made up of beautiful examples of 17th - 19th century wooden buildings which have been brought here to protect them from fire or from being dismantled.
  • Trading Rows (1812) – Suzdal’s set of trading rows are still used for their original purpose and a souvenir market is held outside where you can buy a whole range of souvenirs, including bottles of the mead for which Suzdal is famed.

 Duration: 3½ hours |  Transportation: by a private car

 Free time in Suzdal.

 21:00 | Transfer from Suzdal to Vladimir Railway Station. 

 23:00 | Premium train to St Petersburg | Night in the train


 DAY6 | ARRIVAL IN ST PETERSBURG 

 10:16 | Arrival in St Petersburg and transfer to your hotel - a driver will wait for you in next to your carriage with a sign saying 

  Aftenoon city tour around St Petersburg by car. The highlights of the tour are:

  • Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral - one of the city's most famous landmarks with its instantly recognisable semi-circular colonnade with 96 columns.
  • Peter the Great Monument (The Bronze Horseman) - the most famous monument in St Petersburg and one of its most recognisable symbols. It was a gift from Catherine the Great to the city.
  • Field of Mars - a memorial field where many revolutionaries were buried and also where the first eternal flame in Russia was ignited.
  • Rostral columns - symbols of the city which were used as lighthouses up until 1885.

 The city tour also includes:

  • Excursion around Peter and Paul Fortress – the original point of foundation of St Petersburg which later served as a prison for political prisoners. Its cathedral is the resting place for almost all Russian monarchs after Peter the Great. 

 Duration: 4 hours |  Transportation: by a car

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • ST PETERSBURG 

  St Petersburg by Night Excursion.
  • Twilight is a great time to see St Petersburg and the wonderful panorama of the Neva opening up to the Strelka and Peter and Paul Fortress. Plus it is only at night that you can see one of St Petersburg’s most famous spectacles – the opening up of its bridges. This event attracts lots of tourists daily, especially around the Dvortsovy, Troitsky and Blagoveschesky Bridges.

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 8060 9750 10790 11700

 DAY7 | HERMITAGE - SAVIOUR CATHEDRAL

 Breakfast in the hotel.

  Guided Tour of the state Hermitage:

  • The State Hermitage  is one of the most famous art galleries in the world which receives over 3.5 million visitors a year. It is located inside the Winter Palace which was once the official residence of the Russian emperors and empresses. Many of the palace's 365 rooms are filled with sculptures and paintings of world-renowned artists of all ages, although quite often the interior of the palace outshines even these masterpieces. It is said that if you stand next to each of the exhibits or pictures for a minute, it will take eight years of your life to see everything. Our guide though knows shortcuts and will take you to the must-see exhibitions and rooms so you won’t need to stay there that long!

  Guided Tour of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral.

  • The collection of mosaics making up the interior of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. Mosaics cover all of the interior of the cathedral, and the production of these masterpieces delayed the completion of the work on the cathedral by ten years! Famous Russian masters such as Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Belyaev, Kharlamov, Zhuravlev and Ryabushkin participated in producing sketches for the mosaics. Even the iconostasis consists of mosaics.

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: walking excursion 


 DAY8 | FREE DAY IN ST PETERSBURG 

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in St Petersburg. You can spend this day either exploring St Petersburg by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of St Petersburg.

 Recommended optional excursions:

  Peterhof Palace and Park tour 
  • Peterhof Palace and Park - the fountain complex of Peterhof is one of the best in the world. It was built as a Russian answer to Versailles. Its fountains come in a whole range of designs and size, from the main, massive cascade to a small fountain in the form of a tree which squirts water on unsuspecting guests. 

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car or on boat

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 17210 20410 26520 31330

  Day tour to Veliky Novgorod 
  • Novgorod Veliky is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It is located in the north-west of the country on River Volkhov and Lake Ilmen. The city’s history is inseparably linked with major events over the course of the Russian nation-state. It was once centre of the important Novgorod Republic, whose prince was elected by local nobles. The Republic became a prize fought over by neighbouring principalities and was very unruly and independent at times. It was also an importance religious and trade centre, acting as a connection between Rus and the West via the Hanseatic League. Over the centuries the city has been protected by a large and sturdy kremlin, which in turn proved a stronghold in the defence of the country as a whole. The kremlin is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Duration: 12 hours |  Transportation: by train

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 16680 25430 30410 40460

  Oreshek Fotress (only from May to October)
  • This monument of mediaeval Russian defensive architecture is located on the source of the Neva. It was founded by Novgorodians in 1323 but from 1612 it was held by the Swedish until it was recaptured by Peter the Great in 1702. Having lost its strategic significance, it later became a prison for high profile prisoners. Imprisoned here were Yevdokia Lopukhina (Peter the Great's first wife), Emperor Ivan VI, several Decembrists, members of the People’s Will organisation (including Lenin’s brother who was executed here) and Polish nationals who fought for Polish liberation. Between 1941 and 1943 a small garrison at the fortress were able to hold out here and protect the Road of Life from the Nazis for over 500 days. Therefore many famous events in Russian history have a connection with this fascinating fortress.

 Duration: about 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car and by boat

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 18590 21450 27040 31590

  Red tour
  • This tour is dedicated to the Russian revolution and the figures who played a part in it. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Political History where you will learn the details of one of the critical moments in Russian history.
  • You will also visit the Alliluev Memorial Apartment where Lenin sought refuge and where Stalin also lived at the beginning of his political career. The apartment also serves as an example of typical housing for a qualified Petrograd worker in the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In addition you will visit Sergey Kirov Memorial Apartment Kirov, Kirov was a close associate of Stalin whose murder marked the beginning of the Red Terror – mass repression which resulted in the death of around 1 million people. This apartment gives you an impression of how the Soviet elite lived just after the revolution. 

Tour availability: from Friday to Sunday

 Duration: about 7 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 21060 26390 33540 38740

  Best Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

            

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 15340 19630 23660 28730

  Guided tour of Zoological museum and Kunskamera
  • This guided tour will show you the most interesting natural history museums in St Petersburg: the Zoological Museum and the Kunstkamera. The Zoological Museum is the oldest zoological museum in Russia and has over 30,000 exhibits on display ranging from the smallest mollusc up to an enormous blue whale. When not on loan to other museums, the museum is home to Dima and Masha the baby mammoths which were discovered relatively well preserved after millennia spent in the permafrost of Siberia.
  • The Kunstkamera was the first museum to be opened in Russia. It has a unique collection of artefacts which tell the history and everyday life of various peoples of the world. There is also a section on rare birth defects and anomalies, with the unfortunate babies and animals preserved in jars (it was hoped that people would become less superstitious if they became more aware of birth defects). In addition the early-18th century building in which the Kunstkamera is located is a monument in itself and has become the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 4 h |  Transportation: walking

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 12350 13000 20670 21320


 DAY9 | DEPARTURE FROM ST PETERSBURG

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

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  • Individual excursions according to the programme.
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Transfers in a private car according to the programme.
  • Second class tickets for the high-speed train from Moscow to Vladimir
  • Second class tickets for the Premium train from Vladimir to St Petersburg
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
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  • Meals (except for breakfast where stated).
  • Tips for the guides and drivers.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Evening performances such as the ballet at the Bolshoi.
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  • The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Optional excursions should be booked before the start of the tour to schedule the itinerary.
  • Transportation in Moscow, where travel by metro is designated, can be changed to a car upon request, but please note that the transport situation in Moscow is not very good, so you could get stuck in a traffic jam.
  • Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
  • During state holidays and celebrations, Red Square may be closed (either partially blocked off or completely closed).
  • The price of the tour may be increased during the period of the White Nights (11JUN-10JUL) and when the International Economic Forum (end of May or beggining of June) is being held in St Petersburg. Please check the price when booking.
  • In cities of the Golden Ring where there are no 4 or 5 star hotels, the calculation includes hotels of 3 or 4 stars.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to mid-October and from December to mid-March.

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FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%

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