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.
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
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.