Timeless Russia


Discover the Soviet-era monuments of Moscow and the exquisite palaces of St Petersburg before venturing into Russia’s more traditional and ancient past around the Golden Ring. This tour is the perfect introduction to Russia’s unique history.

tour duration 14 Days from
tour price 5,890pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - St. Petersburg (3N) - Veliky Novgorod (2N) - Moscow (2N) - Suzdal (1N) - Vladimir (1N) - Nizhniy Novgorod (1N) - Yoshkar-Ola (1N) - Kazan (2N) UK

Tour Highlights

Explore the Red Square and the Kremlin, the heart of Russia
Enjoy a vodka tasting
Experience the life of the Tsars at the Peterhof Palace
Follow the Golden Ring
Cruise the Volkhov River
Discover the Tatar city of Kazan

Day 1 Fly to St Petersburg
Fly to St Petersburg arriving the same day. Take a short tour of the city by coach and transfer to your hotel to check in. This afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and refresh until your groups’ welcome dinner and vodka tasting at a nearby vodka house, a great introduction to your Russian adventure.
Day 1 Fly to St Petersburg
Day 2 Explore St Petersburg
Immerse yourself in St Petersburg’s extensive variety of culture at the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums. Within the complex is a vast collection of art, antiquities and jewellery and many interesting exhibitions. Included in the tour is a ticket to the heavily guarded Diamond Room in the Treasure Galleries, home to the most valuable collection of artefacts in the world. After lunch visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the first structure to be built in St Petersburg and the birthplace of the city. Within the fortress are the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the former prison of the Trubetskoy Bastion, and many historical exhibitions.
Day 2 Explore St Petersburg
Day 3 Peterhof Palace and Park
This morning travel out of St Petersburg to the majestic Peterhof, a former Tsar’s Palace often compared to the Palace of Versailles. After lunch return to the city stopping en route at the Petrodverets Watch Factory, Russia’s oldest, and now a manufacturer of Raketa watches, traditionally produced for the Red Army and the Soviet Navy. This evening board a cruise on the Neva River where dinner will be served as you admire the beauty of the city lit up at night.
Day 3 Peterhof Palace and Park
Day 4 The birthplace of Russia
Depart St Petersburg for Veliky Novgorod, considered the birthplace of Russia. This small town was where the modern Russian state was founded by Prince Rurik in 869AD. En route visit Catherine’s Palace & Park, a magnificent complex used as the summer residence of the Tsars. Your lunch at a local restaurant will be accompanied by a traditional Russian cooking demonstration. Continue on to Veliky Novgorod.
Day 4 The birthplace of Russia
Day 5 Discover Veliky Novgorod
Take an interactive and theatrical tour of the Flea Market, an interesting and exciting way to get to know this ancient city. Visit Novgorod’s Kremlin and the former princely compound of Yaroslav’s Court, an 18th-century former marketplace and courtyard. After lunch board a private cruise along the peaceful Volkhov River and across the Ilmen Lake with dinner on board.
Day 5 Discover Veliky Novgorod
Day 6 Travel to Moscow
Board a high speed train and journey to Moscow, Russia’s heart and capital city, arriving in the early evening. Take a tour of the city and stop at the viewing deck atop Sparrow Hill for a glass of champagne and widespread panoramic views looking out over the city.
Day 6 Travel to Moscow
Day 7 Red Square and The Kremlin
Enjoy a relaxed morning at leisure. Later, transfer to the old Ukrainian Shinok restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Moscow, entertained by a choir en route. This restaurant offers an authentic and delicious taste of Ukrainian cuisine. In the afternoon stroll through Red Square to reach the Kremlin, both of which were stages during significant historical events. Within the Kremlin you will visit the Armoury, home to plenty of intriguing Russian treasures, weapons and armour, including the chainmail of former Russian Regent Boris Godunov. Enjoy dinner on the Moskva River on board the Radisson Royal Boat with splendid views of the city at night.
Day 7 Red Square and The Kremlin
Day 8 Russia’s Golden Ring
Begin your touring of the ‘Golden Ring’ at the city of Sergiev Posad. Admire the striking blues and golds that decorate the city’s monastery and take a short tour around the city. Enjoy a painting masterclass at a Matreshka Factory and learn about the history and craftsmanship behind these iconic dolls. Continue on to Suzdal, considered the most beautiful of all the Golden Ring towns.
Day 8 Russia’s Golden Ring
Day 9 Sights of Suzdal
This morning, take a tour around the town of Suzdal exploring sights such as the Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius and the Suzdal Kremlin, said to have inspired the Moscow Kremlin. After lunch, continue around the Golden Ring to the town of Vladimir.
Day 9 Sights of Suzdal
Day 10 Explore Vladimir
Behind Vladimir’s Soviet facade is a unique collection of ancient churches and cathedrals set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Oka Valley. Explore the towns’ many monuments and transfer to Nizhny Novgorod.
Day 10 Explore Vladimir
Day 11 Nizhniy Novgorod’s Kremlin
Nizhniy Novgorod sits at the meeting point of the Volga and the Oka Rivers. Consequently, it has been one of Russia’s major trading cities for hundreds of years. Visit the city’s highlights this morning including the Kremlin which towers imperiously on the hilltop over the confluence of the two rivers. In the afternoon transfer to Yoshkar-Ola.
Day 11 Nizhniy Novgorod’s Kremlin
Day 12 Discover Mari-El Culture
The capital city of the Mari-El Republic, Yoshkar-Ola is home to a large population of the Mari ethnic minority. Tour the city this morning, visiting the Resurrection Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church before enjoying lunch at a traditional Mari-El restaurant. Transfer to Kazan, the capital city of the Tatar minority and a melting pot of European and Asian culture where minarets and church belfries are juxtaposed against the city’s skyline. Enjoy a welcome ceremony showcasing the traditional live music of Kazan and take a night tour of this vibrant city.
Day 12 Discover Mari-El Culture
Day 13 Explore Kazan
Visit the UNESCO-listed Kazan Kremlin this morning. The complex is host to numerous government offices, some dating back to the 16th century, parks, museums and religious buildings including the Kul Sharif Mosque. That afternoon, prepare for an experience like no other as you take part in Sabantuy – a traditional tartar celebration. You’ll learn about a truly unique culture as you take part in traditional games and immerse yourself in folk dancing and music. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 13 Explore Kazan
Day 14 Fly Kazan to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same day.
Day 14 Fly Kazan to UK

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £5,590
Single room from £1,140

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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