Russia: Land of the Czars

Moscow, the Golden Ring, and St. Petersburg

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 1+ (Easiest) according to our trip grading system. This is a cultural trip with easy to moderate walks, and you will need to be comfortable on your feet for up to 8 hours a day.


This trip includes visits to gardens, museums, and city sites, and the majority of the walks will be on paved surfaces. There will be a few walks along dirt paths and around hilly areas, and some city streets have stone blocks. Tennis shoes are adequate.


The weather in Moscow and St. Petersburg is surprisingly mild, with average daytime temperatures in the 60°Fs and 70°Fs. However, temperatures can vary wildly from sunny and warm to rainy and overcast, dipping as low as the 40°Fs. May to September is generally the best season to visit Russia. Note that in summer, it can often be very hot, sometimes in the high 80°Fs.


Our accommodations are in nice, modern hotels with historic charm. Please note that the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.


Breakfast will be served at the hotels. Lunches will be at cafes or local family homes. Dinners are at local restaurants or on your own. The cuisine is a mixture of European and Russian, including hot and cold soups and Pelmeni (a traditional savory pastry consisting of a meat filling wrapped in dough, similar to a dumpling or pierogi).


Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). We will also take the metro on one day of the trip, and if you attend any optional theater performances, you will need to take a taxi on your own.

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.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.