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 us from fascinating Red Square to the famous flea market at Izmailova Park. We then journey through a series of spectacular and well preserved towns along the Volga River for an intimate look into Russia's medieval heritage. In romantic St. Petersburg, we'll emarvel at the treasures of the Hermitage and the resplendent Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace. Along the way through this enigmatic land, we'll get inside Russia with special experiences including lunch with an artisan in his home in Suzdal and with a local family in Plyos, a serene town on the Volga.
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.
— Nancy H., Soda Springs, CA
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.
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.
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.