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FROM: R27,900 pp

Discover the age-old allure of Russia on this 7 day tour of Moscow and The Golden Ring. Travelling from the capital to the countryside, where golden spires and the onion shaped domes of colourful monasteries dot the horizon, explore the historic and enchanting towns of Suzdal, Yaroslavl and Kostroma.

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Itinerary
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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Take in the highlights of the capital on a walking tour, visiting Moscow's famous Red Square, home to the historic GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral
Experience the delights of rural Russia in the picturesque riverside town of Suzdal. See the ancient Kremlin and UNESCO Listed monasteries, visit the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture and sample a traditional Russian banya (sauna)
Uncover the Golden Ring town of Kostroma, with its ancient churches and monasteries, and visit the Snow Maiden's house with its Ice Room and Ice Bar
Take a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia’s political power house. Stroll around the grounds of this fortified complex, visit the Kremlin's cathedrals and see the mighty Tsar Bell
Visit the quaint riverside city of Yaroslavl with its impressive skyline of onion shaped domes. Explore the city on a coach tour and enjoy a wood painting class

Included

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
6 nights 3-4 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Moscow, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
A traditional wood painting class in Yaroslavl
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
Specialist Russian guides at local sights
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
Russian banya (sauna) experience in Suzdal

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Moscow

Thursday. At the airport in Moscow you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening dinner is served at the hotel from 6- 9pm.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Dinner

Day 2

Red Square & Kremlin

Meet your guide in the lobby at 08.30 this morning for an informative welcome meeting. Then we take the metro and make our way to the legendary Red Square for the start of our walking tour. Here we will take in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. We also tour the mighty Kremlin, with a guided walk through the grounds to see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar Bell - the largest bell that never rang! If open, you can pay your respects to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin’s mausoleum. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

The Kremlin

If you have booked the optional Inside a Soviet Bunker Tour Bolt On then we will head 65 metres underground and explore the Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. The rest of the day is free to explore amazing galleries, museums, plenty of cafes, shops (including the GUM department store for high rollers) and bars all within walking distance. During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Suzdal

Moscow - Suzdal. This morning we take the train to Vladimir and then transfer to the picturesque Golden Ring town of Suzdal. Dating back to 1024 with stunning medieval architecture and an array of churches and monasteries, Suzdal is a major religious centre in Russia. Suzdal, with its pretty meadows and livestock grazing along the grassy lanes, retains the feel of a small pastoral village, despite the host of impressive buildings and a population of over 12,000 people.

We take a walking tour around the centre of Suzdal, where we'll see Suzdal Kremlin, Market square, Alexander monastery, Pokrovsky Monastery and Rizopolozhensky monastery. We'll also explore the incredible Museum of Wooden Architecture which has a reconstruction of an ancient Russian village from Ivan the Terrible’s time. This afternoon you can enjoy a traditional Russia banya (sauna) and if you get too hot you can always jump in the river to cool off!
Overnight: Suzdal  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Kostroma

Suzdal - Kostroma - Yaroslavl. Today we travel on to Kostroma, a historic city which sits on the banks of the Volga River and forms part of Russia's Golden Ring. We see the city sights on a bus tour and visit the fairytale land of the Snow Maiden's museum. Here we'll explore the mansion, learn all about Russian fairy tales and visit the frosty ice-room where you can enjoy ice cocktails at the ice bar. From Kostroma we travel on to Yaroslavl for the night.
Overnight: Yaroslavl  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl - Moscow. The skyline of Yaroslavl is crowded with onion-shaped domes and imposing spires with churches hidden around every corner. After breakfast today we get to test our artistic skills at a wood painting class in the grounds of one of the city's oldest monasteries and you can take your artwork home as a souvenir! Then we explore the city on a bus tour where highlights include the Assumption cathedral, the remarkable 16th Century Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Theatre square. We'll also visit The Residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Maslenitsa, which is an interactive museum with colourful wooden buildings. Maslenitsa (Butter Week) is a Russian folk festival where people eat traditional pancakes called blinis and you'll have the opportunity to sample a tasty blini at the museum. This afternoon we travel by train back Moscow where we'll spend our final night in the capital.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Moscow

Wednesday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Hotel check out and make your own way to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing. If a roommate cannot be found the single room supplement will apply.

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Extra Prices

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Post Accom - Moscow
R900
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Pre Accom - Moscow
R900
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Izmailovo Delta Hotel, Moscow

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The 4 star Izmailovo Delta Hotel forms part of the huge Izmailovo Gamma Delta complex, which was built to accommodate guests and participants of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Offering comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities, the complex also boasts 16 restaurants and bars serving Russian and international cuisine, a SPA, gym and swimming pool, in addition to shops, a bank and post office. Conveniently located with the Partizanskaya Metro Station just 350 yards away, it's a quick 10 minute metro ride to Red Square where you can take in the highlights of the capital. The hotel is also ideally located for souvenir shopping, with the famous Izmailovo Market just a short stroll away.

Stromynka Hotel, Suzdal

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Stromynka Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the picturesque town of Suzdal. This charming, centrally located hotel is just a short stroll away from the historic Suzdal Kremlin and the Pokrovsky and Alexandrovsky Convents. The cosy guest rooms are typical of rural Russia, made of wood and simply furnished. Modern comforts include free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen TV and a minibar. After a day of sightseeing guests can relax in the lounge or those feeling a little livelier can demonstrate their singing ability at the hotel's karaoke bar.

Alyosha Popovich Dvor Hotel, Yaroslavl

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Alyosha Popovich Dvor Hotel is a colourful property whose design was inspired by traditional Russian folk tales. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with plush furniture and gorgeous fabrics. In the restaurant, guests can feast upon authentic Russian cuisine, which can then be washed down by a pint of fresh beer. When it comes to relaxing, visitors can while away the hours in the onsite sauna or take a dip in the Finnish baths. The hotel is conveniently located in the historical centre of Yaroslavl, just steps from the nearest bus stop.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Moscow
Ends
Moscow
Departs
May - October
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3-4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
The pretty rural skyline of Suzdal with some of the many churches that make the town famous
View of the Church of Voskresenie in the Grove in Kostroma
An aerial view of the city of Yaroslavl with its neat urban layout, green parks and towering churche

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