Russia: Land of the Czars route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5895  
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
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Highlights

  • 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


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

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.

References

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Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

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
Moscow

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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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

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

 

Departures

2015
May 15-25, 2015
Jun 19-29, 2015
Aug 28-Sep 7, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5895 (10-16 members)
$6295 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $1240
Forced single supplement: $1040
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Extension Costs
Baltic States Extension
   from: $2595

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guide
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Land transportation, express evening train Moscow-St. Petersburg on Day 8, performances, and sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • Airport transfers for those arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 11

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare,  transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, optional ballet or opera performance, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

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

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Estonia

Baltic States Extension

Experience of the Old World Charm of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

Cultural Adventures, Walking
7 days  -  Level 1+

Latvia

Baltic States Extension

Experience of the Old World Charm of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

Cultural Adventures, Walking
7 days  -  Level 1+

Lithuania

Baltic States Extension

Experience of the Old World Charm of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

Cultural Adventures, Walking
7 days  -  Level 1+

Russia

Baltic States Extension

Experience of the Old World Charm of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

Cultural Adventures, Walking
7 days  -  Level 1+

Ukraine

Client Comments

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 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 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.
The access to Russian locals, including dinners at local houses, made this tour exceptional. Beverly R., Lawrenceville, NJ 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 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