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2019 Jewels of the Golden Ring of Russia, 10 Days

Category: Group Tours

 

 

 

Frequent departures, year-round

 



The tour provokes a true sense of real Russia,

and provides a taste of the two great Russian Capitals 

 

  

 

Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage

      while visiting the historical Vladimir, Suzdal and Yaroslavl

               

 

 Itinerary:


Moscow (3 nights) - Day train - Vladimir & Suzdal (2 nights) - car/van/coach to Yaroslavl (1 night) - 1st class overnight train (1 night) - St. Petersburg (2 nights)  

 

   

Itinerary Overview:  

Day 01

 FRI

Arrive in Moscow, for a 3 nights' stay

Day 02

SAT 

In Moscow, sightseeing (B)  

Day 03

SUN 

In Moscow, sightseeing (B,L) 

Day 04

MON 

Moscow-High Speed train (2 hrs)-Vladimir/Suzdal, 2 nights Suzdal (B,D) 

Day 05

TUE 

In Suzdal, sightseeing 

Day 06

WED 

Suzdal -to- Yaroslavl, by van. Overnight in Yaroslavl (B,D)  

Day 07

THU 

In Yaroslavl, sightseeing. Overnight train to St. Petersburg (B,L,D) 

Day 08

FRI 

In St. Petersburg, sightseeing (B)

Day 09 

SAT 

In St. Petersburg, sightseeing (B) 

Day 10

SUN 

Depart St. Petersburg (B) 

 

 

 


 

Tour Features:

Accommodations at central 3 & 4-star hotels:
      in Moscow: the Holiday Inn Lesnaya ****
      in Suzdal: Suzdal Inn ***(*)
      in Yaroslavl: Ring Premier Hotel ****
     in St. Petersburg: Radisson Sonya Hotel ****

Breakfast daily; three meals in Vladimir & Suzdal
Express day train, Moscow – Vladimir, a regular sitting category
Individual transfers upon arrival in Moscow & departure transfer in St. Petersburg
Major sightseeing in each city, with a licensed English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to sites and museums included in the program


 Sightseeing, Moscow:
- New: out-of-town excursion to Gorki Leninski, the luxurious Country Estate outside of Moscow, rarely visited by foreign tourists. Lunch is included 

 
     - A panoramic city tour of Moscow, with photo stops
     - A tour of the Kremlin territory
     - A guided tour of Czar’s Treasures at Kremlin’s Armoury Museum
     - A tour of the Tretyakov Art Gallery
     - A walking tour of the Old Arbat
     - Moscow Metro stations tour, with a train ride 

 


 Sightseeing, in Suzdal:
     - City tour of Suzdal including the Kremlin territory, Multi-Faceted Chambers, Cathedral of Nativity, Spasso-Efimiev Monastery with bell ringing
     - A Museum of Wooden architecture


 Sightseeing, in Vladimir:
     - city tour of Vladimir including the Golden Gates, the Assumption cathedral or St. Dimitrius  Cathedral
     - the museum of lacquered miniatures 

     - a trip to the UNESCO-listed village of Bogolyubovo, outside of Vladimir
 

 Sightseeing, in Yaroslavl:

- a comprehensive 3-hour City tour of Yaroslavl

 

 

 Sightseeing, in St. Petersburg:
- a panoramic City tour of St. Petersburg, with photo stops
- A visit inside historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress
- An overview tour of the Hermitage Museum (within 3 hours)
- a trip outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin to visit Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Dates & Prices, 2019:

  

2019 Friday Departures, Year Round

 Small Groups format  

January 11, 2019

$ 2,795

February 22

$ 2,795

March 15

$ 2,895

April 26

$ 2,895

May 17 *

$ 2,975

June 21 *

$ 3,150

July 26 

$ 3,075

Aug 09

$ 3,075

Sept 20

$ 2,975

October 18

$ 2,895

November 15

$ 2,795 

December 06, 2019

$ 2,795
   

Tours operate with a minimum of 2 persons traveling together

 

The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person based in twin share.
Dates marked with * fall on the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended
 

 

 

Celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Russia! 


Special departure: January 11, 2019 

 

 

Celebrate New Year in Russia:

Special Departure: December 21, 2019 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day-By-Day Program:


DAY 1   FRI  |  Arrive in Moscow
You will be met and transferred to your central Hotel **** for a 3 nights' stay

DAY 2   SAT |  Moscow. Sightseeing

Start off your sightseeing with a visit to the famous Tretyakov Art Gallery, the world class repository of Russian art displayed in world class surrounding. Appropriately enough, this is also the home to the finest collection of Russian icons in the world. 
A guided walking tour along the Old Arbat, the main pedestrian stretch in downtown Moscow. Today also take a tour of Moscow Metro stations, with a train ride (B)


DAY 3   SUN |  In Moscow | Sightseeing
A trip outside of Moscow to the luxurious Country Estate, at Gorki Leninskiye, to visit the famous Museum-Reserve. Lunch is included
Return to Moscow and start your panoramic sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. Tour highlights include the views of the fashionable Tverskaya Street, Moscow river embankment with an iconic panorama of the Kremlin and the Cathedral of the Savior. Take a stroll on the historic Red Square with the splendid St. Basil's Cathedral, GUM store and Lenin's Mausoleum. 
Drive to the Sparrow Hills for the best view of the city with an impressive Moscow State University, riverside Luzhniki Sports complex and New Maiden's Convent. Return to the hotel approx. by 6 pm  


DAY 4   MON |  Moscow -train- Vladimir, transfer to Suzdal 

9 am: check-out from hotel. 10 am: tour of the Kremlin Grounds and a visit inside the spectacular Armoury Museum. 1.30 pm: transfer to rail station for High Speed train to Vladimir, dep 3.30 pm arr 5.19 pm. From Vladimir car / van transfer to Suzdal, check-in at hotel for a 2 nights' stay. Dinner at hotel (B,D)


From Suzdal, transfer to Vladimir to continue sightseeing there. Also on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the town of Vladimir boasts a majestic Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates that you will visit. 

You will also travel to the historical village of Bogolyubovo to view the 12th c. church of Intercession on the Nerl, an architectural masterpiece, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dinner at a local restaurant (B,L,D)


DAY 5   TUE  |  Suzdal, sightseeing | A real Feast for tourists eyes

City tour of Suzdal. Historic small town of Suzdal, is one of oldest and the most charming settlements in Russia. It is proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Suzdal was first mentioned in the year 1024 AD, at the time when even Moscow was a secondary settlement. 

The number and variety of stunningly beautiful churches and monasteries here is just astounding. Often referred to as a living city-museum and the crowning jewel of the Golden Ring region, Suzdal boasts over 200 historic monuments and some of the most striking churches in Russia. Despite its popularity, Suzdal still retains its peaceful provincial feel. And tourists come here for its quiet narrow streets, old wooden houses, unpaved paths by churches with candy-colored domes, cinematic meadows. And a sip of medovukha honey cider for a taste of real Russia.    

Visit the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Nativity, the Monastery of St. Euthymius with Bell ringing, and the Museum of Wooden architecture. Lunch.  

From Suzdal, travel to Vladimir for sightseeing there. Also on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the town of Vladimir boasts a majestic Assumption cathedral, the Golden Gates and a museum of lacquered miniatures that you will visit.  

You will also travel to the historical village of Bogolyubovo to view the 12th c. Church of Intercession on the Nerl, an architectural masterpiece, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dinner. Overnight (B,L,D) 

 

DAY 6   WED  |  Suzdal - Yaroslavl (255 km)

10 am: check-out from hotel and travel by car/van to Yaroslavl, the Heartland of the Golden Ring region. En route visit a private farm, relax and enjoy tea tasting. Upon arrival in Yaroslavl, check-in at the Ring Premier Hotel for an overnight (B,D)

 

DAY 7   THU  |  Yaroslavl, sightseeing 

10 am: a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Yaroslavl. Lunch. Free time. Dinner. 9.30 pm: transfer to rail station for a sleeper train to St. Petersburg, a private 2-berth compartment with 2 lower berths share basis. 
Transfer to rail station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg, dep 23.00 arr 09.45 next morning (B,L,D)

    

Day 8     FRI  |  Arrive St. Petersburg, sightseeing        
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Radisson Sonya Hotel **** for a 2 nights’ stay.
Your city tour of St. Petersburg today will introduce you to the most noteworthy landmarks of this elegant city. Also included is a visit inside the historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress where Russia’s Emperors lie buried

DAY 9    SAT |  St. Petersburg, Playground of the Czars 
9.30 am: Today you will be touring the incomparable Hermitage Museum. One of the most spectacular museums in the world, the Hermitage has a vast collection occupying a grand ensemble of buildings. In the afternoon travel outside of St. Petersburg to suburban town of Pushkin to visit the exquisite Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room (B)

DAY 10  SUN    Depart St. Petersburg         See You Again 
After breakfast your tour ends. Transfer to airport is included

 

 

 

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