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Book by 31 October and secure your 2019 European holiday for just £49pp.
Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £49, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.
Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
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, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian 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 holiday 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 holiday 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 – from the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the Hermitage, to the blue and white Catherine Palace. 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.
Moscow Guided city tour including Metro tour
Sergiev Posad Guided visit Trinty-Sergius Monastery and Matryoshka Museum
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 & Paul Fortress
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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Fly to Moscow where you will be transferred to your hotel.
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 travellers.
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.
An included excursion travels to picturesque Sergiev Posad with its 14th-century TRINITY-SERGIUS MONASTERY—the Russian Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican. With its imposing white-stone façade and blue and gold onion domes, this is one of the loveliest monasteries in Russia. Then, at the MATRYOSHKA MUSEUM, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted—and learn how to paint your own.
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.
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 centre 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.
Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its KREMLIN (city centre) 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.
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.
An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to the PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS and CATHEDRAL, which served as a high security jail for political prisoners. Its most famous inmates included Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and Peter the Great’s own rebellious son, Alexei. This afternoon, consider joining our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. Housed in Peter’s magnificent former Winter Palace on the banks of the Neva River, today the museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world.
A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join the optional excursion to the flamboyant blue and white Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Russian tsars. You may also choose an evening canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Moscow Holiday Inn Tagansky
Novgorod Radisson Park Inn
St. Petersburg Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Vibrant cities, distinct cultures, and unspoiled landscapes … welcome to your Scandinavia affordable tour! You’ll visit the fascinating Nordic cities and most scenic areas as well as some of its smaller and quaint towns. Overnight in Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, Oslo, the Telemark area, Bergen, the Fagernes area, Karlstad, and Stockholm.
As you would expect from a Scandinavia tour, the main feature is breathtaking scenery. Norway is known for its fjords—with their steep and majestic mountains and picturesque villages dotting the landscape. A highlight of this budget-minded Scandinavian tour is a cruise on the Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll also cross the world’s fourth-largest fjord, the Hardangerfjord, by ferry.
Travel through Norway’s Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Stop for photos at Steinsdalsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading waterfall without getting wet. Also, enjoy a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjøsa. In Sweden, drive through the scenic Värmland – home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape. In Denmark, drive across the Great Belt Bridge – one of the world’s longest bridges – and take a ferry from Denmark to Sweden.
On this affordable tour of Scandinavia, spend time in the major cities: Copenhagen, capital of Denmark; Oslo, capital of Norway; Bergen, Norway’s picturesque second-largest city; and Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital. You’ll enjoy an orientation drive of Copenhagen and guided sightseeing excursions of Oslo and Stockholm. Visit Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and take time for a photo stop at Sweden’s Gripsholm Castle – a fairytale castle built in 1537 and set in an enchanting rural setting on the way to Stockholm.
From the fascinating cities and small towns to the breathtaking landscapes, this value-minded Scandinavia tour has it all!
Price based on 12 Oct 19
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Price based on October 12, 2019 - October 24, 2019
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Begin your cruise by wandering Russia's enigmatic capital with the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral. Take a Russian lesson as you journey through Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, and stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui, built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet. And finally take in the highlights of the historic centre of St Petersburg, including the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace Façade and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Price based on 03 Sep 19
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Price based on September 3, 2019 - September 15, 2019
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