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Moscow - Golden Ring - St. Petersburg

The pearls of ancient Russia
TitleGDS5. Moscow - Golden Ring - St. Petersburg
RegionGolden Ring; St. Petersburg; Moscow;
ActivitiesSightseeing tour;
Duration8 days
Description

During this 8-day tour you will visit the most popular places of Golden Ring region: Vladimir, Suzdal, Bogolyubovo, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and one of the largest centers of Russian Orthodox Church – St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery in Sergiev Posad. This tour is combined with visiting of two Russian capitals - Moscow and St. Petersburg.

DAY 1

Arrival in Moscow. Transfer without guide to the hotel. Accommodation since 14:00.

DAY 2

Breakfast. 3-hour Moscow city tour: Red Square (Cathedral of St. Basil, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, History Museum building, Kremlin towers, Upper Trading Arcades (GUM), Lenin's tomb and necropolis), The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden Convent, The Moscow State University campus and panorama platform on the Vorobiovy (Sparrow) Hills, Moscow boulevards, The Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre and the Metropol hotel. Free time for lunch (to pay on spot). Kremlin grounds tour: Cathedral Sq. – breathtaking architectural ensemble of the 15th-17th cc. including visit of one of cathedrals (the Annunciation Cathedral where Moscow and Russian grand princes and tsars were baptized, the Assumption Cathedral where they were crowned or the Archangel Michael Cathedral where they were buried), Bell the Tsar and Cannon the Tsar – stunning examples of casting of the 16th c., Grand Kremlin Palace (residence of emperors and president’s gala reception quarters), the Senate, the Arsenal and the Palace of Congresses specially built in communist times for XXII Congress of CPSU (1961) fixed new CPSU programme (plan of building of communism by 1980). 1-hour Moscow Metro tour. You will be acquainted with spectacular system of underground public transport with fantastic mosaics, statues, stained glass panels and chandeliers. Return to the hotel by metro. (B)

DAY 3

Breakfast. Meeting with guide at the hotel lobby. Start of guided Golden Ring tour by private vehicle. Transfer to Sergiev Posad (62 km) – a spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery grounds and churches tour. Architectural ensemble of the Monastery reflects all steps of the Russian architecture development. The Trinity Cathedral has an unique iconostasis of Andrei Rublev. The Dormition Cathedral is a sepulcher of the Russian patriarchs. Transfer to Vladimir (202 km). Free time for lunch (about RUR 400; to pay on spot). Vladimir city tour. You will see three great samples of Russian architecture: Cathedral of the Dormition (1157-1160) and Church of St. Demetrius (1194-1197) standing close to the Cathedral and Golden Gates (1158-1164) – white-stoned Arch of Triumph with Church over the Gates. Museum of Glasswork and Miniature Lacquered boxes tour (or visiting the Old Vladimir Museum at the building of old water tower acquainting with the life of the inhabitants of the Russian provincial town in the early 20th c.). Transfer to Suzdal (30 km). Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

DAY 4

Breakfast. Transfer to Bogolyubovo (10 km). This small town was the first stone town of Northern Russia. If weather is good you have a chance to see the only fragment of Russian civil architecture of the XII c. - white stone the Intercession Church on the Nerl River. If weather is not favourable you will visit functioning convent built in the place of prince Andrei Bogolyubsky residence. Unfortunately there is not enough time to visit the both places of interest. That's why we don't guarantee this. Transfer to Suzdal (30 km). Suzdal city tour. Suzdal is one of the oldest and the best-preserved Russian towns. You will see Suzdal Kremlin with the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, the Bishop's Palace (former residence of local clerical sovereigns built in XVII-XVIII cc.), the Monastery of the Saviour and St. Euthimius, the Convent of Intercession, folk wooden architecture open-air museum (or Golden Treasury exposition) and many other places of interest. Free time for lunch (about RUR 600; to pay on spot). (B)

DAY 5

Breakfast. Transfer to Kostroma (179 km). Kostroma city tour. Kostroma is one of the oldest and most beautiful Russian cities. Shopping Arcades was one of the largest marker centers of the late XVIII c. and early XIX c. that was preserved till nowadays. Beautiful local churches add unforgettable flavor to the unique setting of old architecture and picturesque views of Kostroma. St. Hypatius Monastery tour. In 1600 tsar Boris Godunov exiled Fyodor Romanov (then the head of Romanov family) there. His son Mikhail was there when Zemsky Sobor in Moscow elected him tsar (1613). Free time for lunch (about RUR 400; to pay on spot). Transfer to Yaroslavl (76 km). Yaroslavl city tour. Yaroslavl is city of trades and crafts, city of numerous churches striking your imagination with its original beauty: Transfiguration Monastery (XII c.), The Prophet Elijah Church. Free time for dinner (to pay on spot). Transfer to railway station. 22:34 Departure for St. Petersburg by train #45. (B)

DAY 6

11:49 Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting with local guide at rail platform. St. Petersburg city tour: Nevsky Prospect, Neva's embankments, Rostral Columns, buildings of Hermitage museum, the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul (entrance), Senate Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Nicolay I statue, Peter I statue (Alexander Pushkin’s “Bronze Horseman”), Summer Garden, the Field of Mars, Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood built on the place where emperor Alexander II was killed by terrorists on 01.03.1881, Square of Arts, Palace Square with Alexander Column. Free time for dinner (to pay on spot). Hermitage museum tour. Hermitage is one of the largest fine arts museums in the world. Somebody calculated that if a visitor stops only for one minute in front of each exhibit it will take him over 9 years to see all items exhibited. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

DAY 7

Breakfast. Petershof tour: Lower Gardens, Grand Palace. Petershof was designed to the request of Peter the Great to rival the Sun King and his Versailles. 300-acres park on the shore of Gulf of Finland , spectacular fountains, the Grand Palace crowing the hill above fountains and about 20 smaller places and pavilions represent “Russian Versailles” now. (B)

DAY 8

Breakfast. Check-in by 12:00. Transfer without guide to the airport.

Legend:

B- breakfast, L – lunch, D - dinner

The order of the excursions might be changed and some excursions might be changed for equivalent.
DATESRound the year
Price per person, EUR

Tour capacity, pax

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Period in St. Petersburg, hotels/ Kind of vehicle

car

minivan

minibus

01.01-30.04, 01.10-31.12, *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)

1370

1082

974

892

830

776

747

714

01.05-16.05, 03.07-30.09, *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)

1294

1022

914

832

801

749

720

687

17.05-02.07 (White Nights), *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)

1315

1043

936

853

823

770

741

708

01-10.01, 01-30.04, 01-31.10, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn

1585

1310

1246

1163

1071

1025

1002

974

11.01-31.03, 01.11-19.12, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn

1556

1280

1216

1133

1042

996

972

944

01.05-31.07, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn

1684

1408

1344

1261

1170

1124

1100

1072

01.08-30.09, 20-31.12, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn

1644

1369

1305

1222

1130

1084

1061

1033

Included
  • - TWN standard accommodation;

    - meals per programme;

    - service of English-speaking guide and local guides in museums;

    - excursion per programme with entrance fee included;

    - transfers per programme;

    - 2nd class/4-berth compartment train tickets Yaroslavl – St. Petersburg

Not included
  • - international air/train tickets

    - insurance;

    - service of left-luggage rooms

     

    Note:     All the costs are valid at the date of publication and are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking.

Supplements
SERVICE NAME
PRICE, EUR
DISCOUNT AMOUNT
01.01-30.04, 01.10-31.12, *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)
157
01.05-16.05, 03.07-30.09, *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)
182
Visiting Petershof in periods 01.01-22.04 and 17.10-31.12
10
TWN accommodation on train
66
17.05-02.07 (White Nights), *** Maxima Zarya/Irbis, Sokol, St. Petersburg (superior)
198
01-10.01, 01-30.04, 01-31.10, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn
326
11.01-31.03, 01.11-19.12, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn
299
01.05-31.07, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn
414
01.08-30.09, 20-31.12, **** Azimut Olympic Hotel, Nikolayevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda, Pushka Inn
379
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