Moscow, the Golden Ring, and St. Petersburg

Overview

Our journey into Russia is a true insider’s experience, with our native-born Trip Leaders sharing the treasures of their homeland. We’ll see Red Square on a nighttime walking tour and hear the shimmering tones of bell ringing in the medieval towns of the Golden Ring. In romantic St. Petersburg, we have a special early admission to the opulent Hermitage, see the famed Amber Room, and enjoy a private boat ride on the atmospheric canals of this World Heritage city. We’ll enjoy the long summer twilight of Russia’s “White Nights,” and our cultural odyssey is filled with unique opportunities to meet Russians and learn about their lives, including lively meals with families in their homes.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Moscow

In cosmopolitan Moscow, we discover St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin Armory, 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.

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

Sergiev Posad is graced by blue-domed Trinity Monastery, and in Rostov, we view its ancient Kremlin, a sweeping ensemble of monasteries and churches. From Yaroslavl, we take a boat excursion on the historic Volga River, and after a walk through the birch forests surrounding Plyos, we are welcomed for lunch in a private home. Ancient Suzdal is a gorgeous country town of wood-and-stone houses, and we dine with a local family and sample mead, the ancient honey wine.

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Days 7-11
St. Petersburg / Pushkin

The Hermitage’s astounding art collection is one of the highlights of St. Petersburg. We’ll take a private boat ride on the city’s legendary canals and visit the Usupoff Palace where Rasputin met his end. In Catherine the Great’s favorite summer palace in Pushkin, we’ll see the unforgettable Amber Room, whose wall panels have been meticulously recreated. Depart on Day 11, or join our Baltic States extension.

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Highlights

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
Special cultural experiences including private lunches with families in their homes

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4795  
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