A Taste of Russia


  • 10 days

  • The Baltics and Russia

  • Active pace

tour : 6970

Overview

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You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on your affordable tour of Russia. Begin sightseeing in the capital city of Moscow with the iconic Kremlin complex, Red Square, the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum and a glimpse into everyday life at the Danilovsky market. You’ll also learn how to paint your own Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls.

Travel to the pretty town of Klin to see historic Russian Christmas decorations at the local museum where you will be able to create your own to take home, as well as the Tchaikovsky House-Museum – home of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. You’ll stop in Tver for a traditional evening of Russian dining, after visiting the Goldwork Embroidery Museum and the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery.

Next, your escorted budget vacation in Russia will lead you to the city of Novgorod with its opulent St. Sophia Cathedral, St. George’s Cathedral, and an open-air wooden traditional Russian village.

Your budget travel vacation to Russia concludes with your 3-night stay in splendid St. Petersburg. You’ll discover the magnificent architecture, culture, and history of this amazing port city – founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Explore the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral – which served as a jail which held the likes of Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and the Tsar’s son Alexei.

The local guide will show you the main sights and bring the city’s history back to life, and you will be able to choose from many sightseeing options. Your exciting affordable tour of Russia will be an experience like no other. Your thoughts will often return to your memories of Russia with love for a long time to come.

Highlights

MOSCOW
Guided city tour including Metro tour, Kremlin, Armoury and Danilovsky Market; Matryoshka masterclass
KLIN Visit the Christmas Decoration Museum and Tchaikovsky House Museum
TORZHOK Visit the Goldwork Embroidery Museum
LAKE VALDAYSKOYE Visit the Valday Iversky Monastery
NOVGOROD Guided visit of the Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral and wooden architecture museum
ST. PETERSBURG Guided city tour and Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral visit

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Russia’s exciting capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MOSCOW.

Day
2

Guided sightseeing this morning reveals just what makes Moscow so special—from the fortified KREMLIN complex and ARMOURY MUSEUM in the heart of the historic city to the iconic onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the splendid Moscow METRO, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace. Get a taste of local life at the DANILOVSKY INDOOR MARKET.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MOSCOW.

Day
3

At the MATRYOSHKA MUSEUM, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted—and learn how to paint your own. Enjoy some free time to have lunch, and maybe visit the flea market or the vodka museum in the neighborhood before returning to the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MOSCOW–KLIN–TVER.

Day
4

Leave Moscow and travel northwest, stopping in pretty Klin. Discover the historic CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home. Then, explore the TCHAIKOVSKY HOUSE-MUSEUM, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893. See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours. Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

TVER–TORZHOK–NOVGOROD

Day
5

Start the day with a visit to the GOLDWORK EMBROIDERY MUSEUM in Torzhok, famous for its delicate gold-wire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing. Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox VALDAY IVERSKY MONASTERY, founded in 1653. Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important center of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles. Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 177 mi/ 285 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

NOVGOROD

Day
6

Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its KREMLIN (city center) and magnificent ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL with its ancient frescoes, bronze 12th-century Magdeburg Doors, and five onion domes. Then, explore a recreated old Russian village with traditional izbas (homes), chapels, farmyards, and more at the OPEN-AIR VITOSLAVLITSY WOODEN ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM. Visit ST. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, dating back to 1119.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NOVGOROD–ST. PETERSBURG.

Day
7

Depart Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city’s palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
8

An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendor, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS AND CATHEDRAL, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners, including the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG.

Day
9

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. The museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world. You may also choose a canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
10

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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