A Taste of Russia

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

From riding the metro in Moscow and painting Matroyshka dolls in Sergiev Posad, to following in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky in Klin, prepare for a journey of cultural discovery on this interactive city adventure.

At a glance

  • Moscow Visit the Kremlin, St Basil's Basilica and other highlights on a guided city tour.
  • Sergiev Posad Join a nesting doll masterclass after exploring the Matryoshka museum.
  • Klin Browse personal artefacts belonging to Tchaikovsky at the Tchaikovsky House Museum.
  • Torzhok Admire stunning displays of gold-wire embroidery at the Goldwork Embroidery Museum.
  • St Petersburg Visit the sprawling Peter and Paul Fortress on a sightseeing excursion.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Services of a local representative
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

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.

Private home pick-up service

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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Overview

From riding the metro in Moscow and painting Matroyshka dolls in Sergiev Posad, to following in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky in Klin, prepare for a journey of cultural discovery on this interactive city adventure.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

UK - Moscow

Day
1

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.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Moscow

Day
3

Included excursion 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tver - Torzhok - Novgorod

Day
5

After breakfast leave for the nearby town of Torzhok, best known for its gold-wire embroidery. See intricate handiwork displays at the Goldwork Embroidery Museum, before moving on to the Valday Iversky Monastery. Later, continue your journey to Novgorod where you will enjoy an authentic Russian dinner at a local restaurant to end the day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Novgorod

Day
6

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, and visit St. Georges 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.

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 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St Petersburg

Day
9

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. You could explore on your own, or join the optional excursions to the flamboyant blue and white Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Russian tsars, and to the Fabergé Museum, founded to repatriate Russia’s lost cultural treasures, including the rare imperial Fabergé eggs. You could also choose to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure at a vodka tasting and dinner at the Vodka Rooms.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St Petersburg - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today with breakfast in the morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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. 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Holiday Inn Tagansky

Holiday Inn Moscow Tagansky has a fine position only a short drive from Moscow city centre. The hotel is situated in the Tagansky district of Moscow near Novospassky Monastery, Krutitsky Courtyard and Pokrov Monastery. Taganskaya Metro Station is a 15-minute walk away.

  • Location

    Simonovsky Val Street 2, Tagansky, 115088 Moscow, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Fitness centre

Osnabruck

Situated in the historic centre of Tver, Hotel Osnabruck includes a spa area with a sauna, small swimming pool and massages. The hotel is within 0.6 miles of the Banks of the Volga River and the Tver Royal Palace.

  • Location

    Saltykova-Shedrina Street 20, 170100 Tver, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna

Radisson Park Inn

ark Inn is located in the new town, less than 1.9 miles from the 11th-century St Sophia cathedral and Novgorod Kremlin.

  • Location

    Studentcheskaya Ulitsa 2A, 173020 Velikiy Novgorod, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna

Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Vasilievsky Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and elegant accommodation housed in a palatial building along the Neva River banks. It is 550 yards from Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, 1 stop away from the Nevsky Prospekt. Popular landmarks nearby include the State University Campus, 0.6 miles away and the Petrovskiy Stadium, a 7 minute walk away.

  • Location

    2-ya Liniya 61/30 V.O., Vasileostrovskiy district, 199178 Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Fitness centre

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