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Welcome to Russia’s famed historical heartland! Airport arrival transfer, hotel check in and overnight.
Today enjoy a guided tour of Moscow’s most famous sites - in Red Square see the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral and if open, pay your respects to Lenin at the mausoleum. This afternoon explore the grounds of the mighty Kremlin - Russia’s powerhouse, visit its gold domed cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Armoury, where you can see incredible jewels and ancient artifacts.
Driving onward to Vladimir, the city which gave way to Moscow as Russia’s capital. Tour the impressive defensive fort, the beautiful Assumption Cathedral with amazing frescoes and the famous Golden Gate. This afternoon we head to the beautiful, rural Suzdal. Exploring the town mostly on foot, see the enchanting wooden houses, medieval churches and the Assumption Refractory and prison
Today, travel to Kostroma, known as the ‘Cradle of the Romanov dynasty’, as it was home to first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty. Take a guided tour of this 12th century town which sits on the banks of the Volga River. Visit the Epiphany and St Ipathy Monasteries, see the frescoes inside the Trinity Cathedral and wander around Susanina Square.
This morning drive to Yaroslavl, which was founded by a Kievan prince. The main attraction is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour - founded in the 12th century, it was one of Russia’s richest and most fortified monasteries by the 1500’s. Other sights of interest on the tour include the beautiful frescoes in the churches of St. Nicholas Nadein and Elijah the Prophet.
Today enjoy the sights of the lakeside town of Rostov Veliky. This historic town is rich in ancient architecture, with many monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Dominating the central square is the impressive 16th Century Assumption Cathedral and between the square and the lake is the Kremlin, which has eleven beautifully ornate towers and is home to several elaborately decorated churches and palaces. This afternoon travel onward to Moscow.
Your tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...