Russia: Land of the Czars

St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Golden Ring
Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set

Russia: Land of the Czars route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Moscow, Russia
Depart: St. Petersburg, Russia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural exploration, city walking tours, and easy country walks


  • 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
  • Insiders’ experiences including private lunch with an artisan and dinner with a family in their dacha

Trip of a lifetime. Couldn’t be better.Nancy H.—Soda Springs, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  Future dates have not been set for this trip, but you can see the “Itinerary at a Glance” and the “Full Detailed Itinerary” below (there may be small changes to the itinerary for the future departures, and prices will be finalized closer to departure). Contact us to receive early notification of the trip dates. These special trips fill very quickly once the exact dates are set!

Our journey into Russia is a true insider’s discovery, with our native-born Trip Leader sharing a side of the country few travelers ever experience. In intriguing Moscow, our explorations lead to fascinating Novodevichy Convent and enormous Red Square—the heart of Russia. Our route through historic towns along the Volga River, including lunch with an artisan in the countryside, provides an intimate look into medieval Russia. In romantic St. Petersburg, you’ll discover the treasures of the famed Hermitage, experience the resplendent Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace, and cruise canals by private boat. Dining with a local family in their dacha (summer home) caps off our extraordinary adventure!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3

Our explorations of alluring Moscow bring you to St. Basil’s Cathedral, whose artistic treasures include Faberge’s bejeweled eggs, the Tretyakov, the world’s largest collection of Russian art, and Izmailova Park, with its flea market full of Soviet memorabilia.

Days 4-6
Sergiev Posad / Rostov / Yaroslavl / Plyos / Suzdal

In Sergiev Posad, explore blue-domed Trinity Monastery, and in Rostov, view its ancient Kremlin, a sweeping ensemble of monasteries and churches. After a boat excursion on the Volga River in Yaroslavl and a walk through the birch forests surrounding Plyos, you are welcomed to lunch in a private home. In ancient Suzdal, a gorgeous country town of wood-and-stone houses, dine with a local artisan and sample mead, the ancient honey wine.

Days 7-11
St. Petersburg / Pushkin

The Hermitage’s astounding art collection begins our exploration of St. Petersburg. You’ll take a private boat ride on the city’s legendary canals, and visit the Usupoff Palace where Rasputin met his end. Catherine’s Palace has been expertly restored after being destroyed during World War II, and you’ll see the unforgettable Amber Room. Our farewell dinner is with a Russian family in their dacha. Depart on Day 11, or join our Baltic States extension.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 1+, Easiest. This is a relaxed cultural adventure, with walks 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

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Moscow, Russia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Moscow Sheremetyevo  (Airport code: SVO)
Moscow Domodedovo (Airport code: DME)
St. Petersburg, Russia
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
St. Petersburg, Russia (Airport code: LED)

Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

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

The Marriott Grand is a modern, spacious and well maintained hotel, close to the metro stations and about 15-minute walk to the Kremlin and Red ...
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Ring Premier Hotel

Ring Premier Hotel

Day 4 (1 night), Yaroslavl, Russia

In Yaroslavl, the gem of the “golden ring” towns, the Ring Premier is a modern, air-conditioned facility with all the facilities of a ...
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Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), 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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Hotel Helvetia

Hotel Helvetia

Days 7 to 10 (4 nights), St. Petersburg, Russia

Once used as the Swiss embassy, the Helvetia is a beautifully appointed 19th century building that retains the charm and ambiance of an old St. ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Katya Puzyreva

From the most distant reaches of the Russian Federation to Mongolia, and from the vast terrains in China and Iran to 19 states in the US, Katya Puzyreva has experienced varying stretches of cultures around the globe. Yet it’s in her native Russia where she finds her roots. “When I introduce travelers to Russia’s history, I’m fascinated by the things that bring the human touch to history,” she says. “I hope to make my travelers enthusiastic about Russian history, art, and culture.” With a Master’s Degree in Journalism and English Interpretation from St. Petersburg University, she is somewhat of a walking encyclopedia of Russian history. When not guiding, Katya enjoys ballet, spending time in nature, and marveling at the hand-painted porcelain produced at the 250-year-old Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, where she lives.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

Russia: Land of the Czars, August 29-September 8, 2014
Russia: Land of the Czars, June 13-23, 2014
Russia: Land of the Czars, May 16-26, 2014
Russia: Land of the Czars, August 30-September 9, 2013
Russia: Land of the Czars, May 17-27, 2013
Russia: Land of the Czars, August 31-September 11, 2012
Russia: Land of the Czars, May 18-29, 2012
Russia: Land of the Czars, June 17-28, 2011
Russia: Land of the Czars, May 20-31, 2011

Client Testimonials:

Katya was a superb guide. She was kind, considerate, patient, well-prepared, pleasant, and extremely knowledgeable. Dr. Peter M., Palo Alto, CA
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya was organized, knowledgeable, patient, and very good at navigating through big venues such as the Hermitage and Catherine's palace. She shared a lot of her own family experience and thoughts about modern-day Russia that I really appreciated for a better understanding of their culture and current society. Nancy V., Santa Barbara, CA
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya had thorough knowledge of history of czars with lots of interesting individual stories to make the personalities come alive. She also answered questions about Soviet history and more recent events with sensitivity. Carlyn P., Raleigh, NC
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya was an excellent guide, very conscientous and knowledgable. Mark H., Soda Springs, CA
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya is one of the best guides I've ever had. Marian B., New York, NY
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya was great. She is such a professional and extremely knowledgeable. Shirley R., Springfield, MO
Russia: Land of the Czars
Katya Puzyreva is by far the best Wilderness Travel guide or guide of any travel organization that I have had the experience of knowing in over forty years of overseas travel. She was patient, enthusiastic, punctual, polite, and unbelievably intelligent. Jerry D. T., Laredo, TX
Land of the Czars

Client Comments

Trip of a lifetime. Couldn’t be better. Nancy H., Soda Springs, CA The trip far exceeded our expectations and we are recommending it to all our friends. The dinners with the Russian families were the hgh point of the trip. Francisco L., Makati City, Philippines This is one of the most interesting Wilderness Travel trips I have ever been on, and highly recommended for anyone wishing to get a feel for the real Russia. The Russian history seen and experienced was inspirational and fascinating. Jerry D. T., Laredo, TX The access to Russian locals, including dinners at local houses, made this tour exceptional. Beverly R., Lawrenceville, NJ
I came home with a good sense not only of Russian history and art, but with an idea of what it's like to live in Russia today. I particularly liked the meals with local families—a nice way to talk with people about their current lives. M. Satinsky, Durham, N.C. This was my second trip with WT and I didn’t think anything could rival the first, but this trip did. The highlights were the three dinners in family homes, meeting Russians, and learning about their lives. Virginia H., Salinas, CA Our Trip Leader was absolutely charming, knowledgeable, enthusiastic. We loved having her leading a trip in her own country. Nair and Antonio R., Miami, FL