Our journey into Russia is a true insider’s discovery, with our native-born Trip Leader sharing an invaluable perspective of the country. Our explorations lead from Moscow’s monumental Red Square to the spectacular and well-preserved “Golden Ring” towns along the Volga River, where we get an intimate look into Russia’s medieval heritage. In romantic St. Petersburg, we marvel at the treasures of the famed Hermitage and the resplendent Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace, and cruise its celebrated canals by private boat. Along the way through this intriguing land, we get “inside” Russia with special experiences, including lively lunches with families in their homes in Suzdal and Plyos, and options for the opera or Bolshoi ballet.
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
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.
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.
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.