Gardens and pavilions of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3595  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Moscow, Russia
Depart: St.Petersburg, Russia
Lodging: 9 nights hotels
Meals: Eight breakfasts and two lunches included
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to Moderate


  • Visit Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin, with its treasures including Faberge’s bejeweled eggs
  • Discover Old Russia in history-filled medieval towns along the Volga River
  • Explore romantic St. Petersburg, capital of the Czars, with its palaces and Hermitage Museum

We had a wonderful trip. The itinerary was perfect and each one of the three local guides that we had were excellent.Gilda F.—Miami, FL

Choosing the Right Trip

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Explore Moscow, Russia’s Mother City, where Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Armory Museum offer a magnificent introduction to the grand sweep of Russian history, then head into the “Golden Ring” of medieval towns with onion-domed churches rising along the Volga River, including the Holy City of Suzdal, founded in 1024. For a grand finale, an overnight train ride brings you to stunning St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s creation, one of the most charming cities in Europe, laced with graceful bridges set amidst 18th century buildings have earned it the name “Venice of the North.” You’ll explore St. Petersburg’s leafy parks, romantic palaces, including Catherine the Great’s magnificent 18th century home, and the peerless Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art collections. Your Private Journey includes your own English-speaking guide and private car with driver.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Please note: Due to the availability of some hotels, Day 1 of this itinerary must be a Friday.

Days 1-3

Your explorations of Moscow include St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, with its artistic treasures including Faberge’s bejeweled eggs, and the Tretyakov, the world’s largest collection of Russian art. At night, a performance at the opera or ballet is a delightful option.

Days 4-5
Sergiev Posad / Suzdal

Journey out to the renowned “Golden Ring” cities in the scenic Volga River region. En route to ancient Suzdal, visit Sergiev Posad, a town that grew around the Trinity St. Sergiev Monastery, founded in the 1340, and the 12th century city of Pereslavl Zalessky. Suzdal is a gorgeous country town of wood-and-stone houses. Savor the heritage of this 10th century gem, with its posad (old trading quarter) and delicate wooden churches. The next day, visit the city of Vladimir to see the graceful 12th century Cathedral of St. Demetrius, with its masterfully carved exterior and take the overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Days 6-10
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, for 200 years the capital of the czars, is unique in its beauty, with miles of canals linked by graceful bridges and exquisite 18th century architecture. Explore the Hermitage Museum, visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the first structures ever built in St. Petersburg, tour Catherine’s Palace and the gardens at Peterhof. Depart on Day 10, or join our Baltic States Extension.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 1+, Easy to Moderate. This is a relaxed cultural adventure, with walks on the cobbled streets of medieval towns that should be “easy-to-moderate” for the average active traveler. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 PM.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

May to September

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$3595 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $440
Lodging upgrade from: $225 (select cities only)

Discount for groups of 4 or more, please call for details.

Note: The single supplement fee applies to hotels only. The overnight aboard the train on Day 5 is in a twin shared compartment.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Local English-speaking guides throughout
  • Accommodations as noted, based on double occupancy
  • Eight breakfasts and two lunches included
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted
  • All applicable taxes and entrance fees

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, meals not specified (BLD) in this itinerary, optional excursions, airport departure taxes, internal airfare, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Hotels in Moscow

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Moscow, Russia

In Moscow, we stay at one of the following properties:

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Day 4 (1 night), Suzdal, Russia

With modern rooms as well as “gingerbread” log cabins separated by cobbled pathways, this hotel is in a peaceful setting on the banks of ...
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Moscow-St. Petersburg Train

Moscow-St. Petersburg Train

Day 5 (1 night), Moscow, Russia

On this privately operated train (either the Grand Express or the Red Arrow), you will have a private, air-conditioned compartment with two lower ...
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Hotels in St. Petersburg

Days 6 to 9 (4 nights), St. Petersburg, Russia

In St. Petersburg, we stay at one of the following properties:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.