Silver Ring of Russia with Moscow and St Petersburg

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  While the famous Golden Ring of Russia Tour takes you through cities to the north-east of Moscow that once made up the Vladimir Principality, this Silver Ring of Russia Tour will show you a region of Russia to the north-west of Russia, surrounding St Petersburg, that was once under the influence of the Novgorod Republic. On this tour to Russia, you will travel to Moscow and St Petersburg and visit two of the most ancient and beautiful cities in the country - Novgorod Veliky and Pskov.

  Pskov - this ancient city is just a little younger that Novgorod Veliky. The city is scattered with old churches and cathedrals and in the morning you can hear the bells toll.  The heart of the city is the Pskov Kremlin, which is also known as the Krom. Its centrepiece is the magnificent Trinity Cathedral which in turn is famous for its 42-metre iconostasis consisting of nine tiers. During this tour of Pskov, you will also visit the nearby settlement of Izborsk, which is famous in Russian history as the place where the viking Truvor, the brother of the semi-legendary founder of Russia, settled.

Map of Moscow and St Petersburg via the Silver Ring tour  Novgorod Veliky - despite meaning ‘new city’ Novgorod is in fact one of the oldest in Russia and it was here that the history of the Russian state begins and such famous historical figures as Yaroslav the Wise and Aleksandr Nevsky were once prince here. Novgorod was once located on one of Europe’s most important trade routes and it became rich from the furs and other luxuries provided by the forests of the Russian North. The city also has the oldest cathedral in Russia - St Sophia’s Cathedral. It is also one of only a few Russian cities that survived the destruction of the Mongol-Tatar invasion. The main site here is the Kremlin, which is also known as the Detinets. It is the oldest surviving structure in this historical city.

  During this Silver Ring of Russia Tour you will also visit Staraya Russa - a place of pilgrimage for Dostoevsky fans. The author loved to spend summer in this quaint city and wrote several of his most famous works here.

  Of course this trip to Russia would not be complete without visiting the two major cities of 21st century Russia: Moscow and St Petersburg. During the excursions of Moscow and St Petersburg you will see the main sights - several of which even have a historical link with Novgorod and the Silver Ring.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg

 Arrival in St Petersburg and 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.


DAY 2 | TOUR OF ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg

 Breakfast at the hotel.

 Panoramic city tour of St Petersburg including an excursion to the Peter and Paul fortress. The highlights of the tour are:

  • Nevsky Prospekt – St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare.
  • Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral – Russia’s equivalent of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome complete with a large colonnade.
  • The Field of Mars – a memorial established after the Russian Revolution.
  • Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral (exterior) – a beautiful cathedral somewhat reminiscent of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral, built on the site of the assassination of Emperor Alexander II.
  • St Michael’s Castle (exterior) – a residence built for Emperor Paul, where he was subsequently assassinated.
  • Anichkov Bridge – one of St Petersburg’s most beautiful bridges decorated with four statues of youths taming wild horses.
  • Bronze Horseman – an equestrian statue of Peter the Great which has become a symbol of the city.
  • St Isaac’s Cathedral – the largest cathedral in St Petersburg, the current version dates from 1818 and features a huge dome.

 The city tour also includes: 

  • Guided tour of the 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: 4h |  Transportation: By private car 

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • ST PETERSBURG •

  Boat cruise around St Petersburg canals (from May till October)
  • St Petersburg is a city of canals and bridges which has earned it the name of the Venice of the North. A boat trip allows you to see the city’s main sights from a whole new angle.

 Duration: 1½ h.

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 6110 8060 10270 12740

DAY 3 | CATHERINE PALACE

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Guided tour of the Catherine Palace – one of the architectural masterpieces of the style known as Russian baroque which was popular in the mid-18th century. It is one of the most stunning imperial palaces located outside St Petersburg (over 100kg of gold were used to decorate it). It is widely known for its Amber Room which is decorated entirely with amber, although the current version is a replica, since the original was lost in the Second World War. 

 After the tour you will visit another masterpiece of St Petersburg architecture - the Cathedral on the Spilled Blood.

 Duration: 8h |  Transportation: By private car


DAY 4 | PSKOV

  Morning transfer to the railway station.

 Express train to Pskov.

 Duration: 3 hours

Upon arrival in Pskov a transfer to the hotel. 

 Afternoon tour of Pskov:

  • Trinity Cathedral - this 17th century cathedral is the holiest place in Pskov and served as the burial vault for the city’s princes and religious leaders. The cathedral’s iconostasis is amazing in terms of its style and scale.
  • Pskov Krom and Fortress Walls - the Pskov Kremlin is often called the Krom. It dates from the 11th century and, including the surrounding fortified walls, the whole complex makes up one of the largest and most formidable fortresses in Europe. Over the centuries it has been subjected to at least 26 sieges. Unlike the red brick Moscow Kremlin, the Pskov Krom is made out of white stone.
  • Dovmont’s City -  this is the name given to the foundations of  buildings which arose in the 13th century just outside the Krom, when the prince of Pskov was a baptised Lithuanian prince called Daumantas - known as Dovmont in Russian. 
  • Great (Velikaya) Tower - this 16th century structure is the largest in the whole kremlin with a perimeter of more than 90 metres. It is also known as the Trinity (Troitskaya) Tower.
  • Pogankin Chambers - this building is a marvel of 17th century architecture and once belonged the Pskov merchant Sergey Pogankin. The enormous building consists of three parts - a three-storey structure, a two-storey one and finally a single-storey section.

 Duration: 4h |   Transportation: By private car


DAY 5 | IZBORSK AND PECHYORY MONASTERY

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Excursion to Izborsk - the oldest settlement in the Pskov Region.

  • Izborsk Fortress - this fortress dates from the 14th century and is considered one of the oldest in Russia. Although partly ruined, it retains its original planning, having never been reconstructed since its foundation to protect the western borders of Rus.
  • Lukovka Tower - this is the oldest structure of the fortress, dating from the 13th century.
  • Slovenskie Springs - this group of 12 natural springs flows into Lake Gorodischenskoe. Following the Baptism of Rus, the springs were called the 12 Apostles.
  • Truvor’s Gorodische - this is the name given to an ancient settlement where the original Izborsk fortifications once stood until they were rebuilt over a kilometre away in the present day location. 

 Transfer to Pechory.

Distance:23km

 Tour of Pechory’s Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery - this is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia and one of the best preserved. In includes a cave complex and its name Pechersky means cave - which in turn led to the name of the city that developed around the monastery.

  • Dormition Church - this is the main and oldest church in the monastery and dates from the 15th century. Found here is the entrance to the monastery’s cave complex which runs for almost 200 metres and has seven passages and three necropolises.
  • The “Bloody Path” - this path from the Holy Gates to the cave is where, according to legend, Ivan the Terrible carried the body of the monastery’s Abbot Kornily, who was killed by the tsar in a fit of rage. 

 Evening transfer to the railway station.
 Train to Staraya Russa.

 Duration: 3 hours

Upon arrival in Staraya Russa - transfer to your hotel.


DAY 6 | STARAYA RUSSA

Staraya Russa

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Tour of Staraya Russa - one of the oldest cities in Russian located on the route that connected the Novgorod Principality to Kiev. The main sights if the city are:

  • Resurrection Cathedral - this is the city’s main cathedral and most famous symbol. The pretty building stands in equally pretty surroundings on the River Polist.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky House-Museum - the great Russian writer spent eight summers in Staraya Russa and the house here was the only one owned by him. The city and its inhabitants also inspired several characters in Dostoevsky’s work. He wrote the novels Brothers Karamazov and Demons here. 
  • Staraya Russa Resort - this is the biggest natural spring complex in Europe. The water rises up from the depth of 118 metres to a 10-metre high fountain! 
  • St George’s Church - this church was built in 1410 and survived campaigns by the Swedes and the Lithuanians, who left it in tact. It was renovated in the 18th century, but its original form was not drastically changed. The church holds one of the largest icons in the world - the Our Lady of Staraya Russa, which dates from the 1570s.

 Duration: 3 hours  Transportation: walking tour

 After the excursion a transfer to Veliky Novgorod.

 Distance: 100km

Night in a hotel in Novgorod Veliky.


DAY 7 | VELIKY NOVGOROD

Veliky Novgorod

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  City tour of Novgorod Veliky - this is undoubtedly the main city on the Silver Ring of Russia Tourist Route.

  • Novgorod Kremlin - this is the oldest set of fortifications in Russia. Nine of the original 13 towers have survived to this day, as well as segments of wall. The towers protect the Lord’s Court (“Vladychny Dvor”) - the residence of the archbishops.
  • St Sophia’s Cathedral - this 11th century structure is the oldest surviving religious building in Russia. Its construction was started in 1045 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, whose son Vladimir was then prince of Novgorod. The white stone building became the main cathedral of Rus and a symbol of Novgorod. Fragments of the original 12th and 13th century  frescos have survived.
  • Vitosavitsy Open-Air Architectural Museum - this is one of the best of such museums in Russia and many old wooden buildings from all over the Novgorod Region have been transferred here for preservation. Many of them date from the 16th century and include residential buildings, churches and workshops.
  • Yuriev Monastery - this monastery is located on the River Volkhov and during its glory years it was the largest in the Novgorod lands. During the Second World War it was used to hold German and Spanish prisoners of war. It is now once again a functioning monastery, although with very few monks.
 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: By private car

 

 Evening transfer to the railway station.

Distance:85km

 High-speed train to Moscow.

 Duration: 3 hours.

 Upon arrival a transfer to your hotel.


DAY 8 | TOUR OF MOSCOW

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  Walking city tour of central Moscow. The highlights of the tour are:

  • Aleksandrovsky Gardens – city gardens located next to the kremlin which have several interesting statues.
  • Red Square – Russia’s most famous and most beautiful square where you will find St Basil’s Cathedral.
  • GUM - the Russian equivalent of Paris’s Galeries Lafayette or London’s Harrods with a Soviet atmosphere and an interesting history.
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum – the resting place of the founder of the USSR.
  • Bolshoi Theatre – one of the most famous theatres in the world.
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral – the main cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • Lubyanka Building – once the headquarters of the KGB, now home to the FSB.
  • Zaryadye Park - thanks to the creation of this wonderful new park in the very centre of Moscow, the beautiful churches of Ulitsa Varvarka are no longer hidden away and new views of the kremlin and river have been opened up.

  ​Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin – the biggest fortress in Russia and Moscow’s main tourist sight. Today it also serves as the official residence of the Russian president. Located inside are the Tsar Bell and Tsar Canon and several cathedrals and churches which act as the resting place for 47 pre-Peter the Great Russian rulers (including Ivan the Terrible and Dmitry Donskoy).

 Duration: 5h |  Transportation: By metro


DAY 9 | VDNKH AND MOSCOW METRO

VDNKH

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Excursion to sights in the capital which will give you an insight into the Soviet era. It includes visits to:
  •  Excursion around VDNKh - the main exhibition centre of the Soviet Union. The complex has many pavilions resembling palaces, which once held exhibitions on every republic in the Soviet Union or on various industries. Today it is a real time capsule of the USSR.
  •  Guided tour of Moscow metro - the most beautiful metro system in the World. You will see the best examples of the Soviet Metro System and learn about its secrets.
 Duration: 4h |  Transportation: by metro

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE MOSCOW

Moscow

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

 

Pskov

  • 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.
  • 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%
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  • Individual excursions according to the programme.
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Transfers in a private car according to the programme.
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  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
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