Day 1 Moscow There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Moscow Opt to visit the Tretiakov Art Gallery, take a Moskva River boat cruise, visit the Space Museum, the Pushkin Fine Art Museum, or Lenin's Mausoleum.
Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral are must-sees.
Prepare to visit cities in the Golden Ring, one of the oldest routes found in Russia, dotted with ancient towns each representing a different historic spirit of the Russian people.
Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour
Day 3 Moscow/Rostov (1L) Golden Ring towns now resemble open air museums, where life is slow and old traditions are kept. Visit the Troitse-Sergiev Monastery in Sergiyev Posad. Have the opportunity to make your own Russian souvenir "matrushka" (Russian painted dolls) before continuing on to Rostov.
Opt to enjoy time on the shores of Lake Nero this evening.
Sergiyev Posad Churches Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 73km)
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 142km)
Day 4 Rostov/Suzdal (1B) Check out the Rostov Kremlin in this fascinating town, whose very stones embody the inexhaustible genius of Russian masters.
Enjoy a guided tour to Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and other highlights in Yaroslavl, before continuing on to Suzdal for the night.
Rostov Kremlin Visit
Yaroslavl Guided City Tour
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 58km)
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 200km)
Day 5 Suzdal/Saint-Petersburg (1B) Suzdal is a quiet pastoral city with dozens of onion-domed churches dotting the skyline. Explore the streets lined with quaint wooden houses and enjoy relaxing by the river. The city square is as charming as they come. Wander past the small church and chat with "babushkas" selling pickled cucumbers and mead (honey beer).
En route to Vladimir, stop in Bogolubovo to see the famous Pokrova-na-Nerli. Overnight train to Saint Petersburg.
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 41km)
Basic overnight train (beds) (10.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Saint-Petersburg Activities in the 'Paris of Russia' include a visit to the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church on Spilt Blood, the Russian Museum, or a rivers and canals boat trip. Make time to enjoy a cup of tea and Russian treats in a local café.
Saint Petersburg Walking Tour
Day 7 Saint-Petersburg (1B) Spend the day exploring the city or riding the deepest metro in the world. Opt for a canal cruise to see more of the city.
Day 8 Saint-Petersburg (1B) Depart at any time.