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Jewels of the Golden Ring of Russia 2017

Category: Group Tours

 

 

 



The tour provokes a true sense of Real Russia,

and provides a taste of the two great Russian

capitals! 

 

 

Frequent departures, Year-round

 

 

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

      while visiting the historical Vladimir and Suzdal

               

 

Itinerary:


Moscow (2 nights) - Day train - Vladimir & Suzdal (1 night) - 1st class overnight train (1 night) - St. Petersburg (3 nights)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary Overview: 
 

Day 1   Arrive in Moscow
Day 2   Moscow. Sightseeing (B)
Day 3   Moscow. Sightseeing. Day train to Vladimir /Suzdal (B,D)
Day 4   Suzdal & Vladimir, Sightseeing. Night train to St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
Day 5   Arrive in St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 6   St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 7   St. Petersburg. Sightseeing (B)
Day 8   Depart St. Petersburg (B) 


 


 

Tour Features:

Accommodations at central 4 & 5-star hotels:
      in Moscow: the Novotel Moscow Centre ****
      in Suzdal: the Pushkarskaya Sloboda ***(*)
      in St. Petersburg: Sokos Palace Bridge *****

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:
     - A 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, 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   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dates & Prices, 2017:

  

Guaranteed Departures, Year round

  Departures, 2017: 

 

 

January 28, 2017

$ 2,175

February 11 

$ 1,975

March 25

$ 1,975

April 22

$ 2,175

May 20 *

$ 2,345

June 10 *

$ 2,345

July 15 *, 22

$ 2,175

Aug 05, 26

$ 2,175

Sept 23

$ 2,175

October 14, 21

$ 1,995

November 03

$ 1,975 

December 23, 2017

$ 2,175

 

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 28, 2017: 



 

Celebrate New Year in Russia:

Special Departure: December 23, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Day-By-Day Program:


DAY 1   SAT | Arrive in Moscow
You will be met and transferred to the Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel **** for a 2 nights' stay

DAY 2   SUN | In Moscow. Sightseeing
Today start with a panoramic city tour of Moscow that includes a drive along the fashionable Tverskaya Street, Moscow rive 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.

In the afternoon visit 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 (B)

DAY 3   MON | In Moscow | Sightseeing
Tour of the Kremlin Grounds and a visit inside the spectacular Armoury Museum. A guided walking tour along the Old Arbat, the main pedestrian stretch in downtown Moscow. A Metro train ride, with a tour of Moscow subway stations. In the evening, a day express train to Vladimir, dep 4.35 pm arr 6.50 pm. From Vladimir you will be transferred 45 km to Suzdal. Check-in at the Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel (or similar) for an overnight (B)

DAY 4   TUE | Suzdal & Vladimir | Night Train to St. Petersburg
Sightseeing of Suzdal, a living museum and the crowning jewel of the Golden Ring region, with over 200 historic monuments and some of the most striking churches in Russia. Visit the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Nativity, the Efiemsky Monastery with bell ringing, and the museum of Wooden architecture. The number and variety of stunningly beautiful churches and monasteries here is just astounding. The town still retains a peaceful provincial feel. Suzdal is a real feast for tourists eyes.
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, 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 (B,L,D)

DAY 5   WED | Arrive in St. Petersburg, Sightseeing
After breakfast depart by public bus service to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to downtown Sokos Palace Bridge ***** for a 3 nights’ stay.
Your city tour today will introduce you to the beautiful views of the elegant St. Petersburg. Also included is a visit inside the historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress where Russia’s all Emperors lie buried

DAY 6   THU | St. Petersburg, Sightseeing
8.30 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

DAY 7   FRI | A trip outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin
Today travel outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin to visit exquisite Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room (B)

DAY 8   SAT | See You Again, St. Petersburg
After breakfast your tour ends

 

 

 

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