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  • Duration
    15 days
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This 15 day tour encapsulates the standout sights of Moscow and St. Petersburg plus the highlights the Golden Ring: Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad - a group of medieval towns to the northeast of Moscow. Ancient Kremlins, onion-shaped domes, an incredible wealth of culture, history and art, Matryoshka Russian dolls and wooden architecture is just a small part of what awaits you on this unforgettable tour.
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    Max Group Size: 18
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    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Classic Russia tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly to Russia via Dubai
    Day 1: Fly to Russia via Dubai

    Fly to Moscow, the capital of Russia, for a 3-night stay. Travel via Dubai where you’ll spend 2-3 hours in transit.

  • Day 2
    Day 2: Moscow

    Land in Moscow and transfer to your hotel. On arrival at the Moscow Domodedovo International Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel this evening where you can meet your group and learn more about travelling in Russia.

  • Day 3
    Day 3: Moscow

    This morning take part in a walking tour seeing the city’s main sights: St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, The Kremlin plus the Armoury and Diamond Fund, the GUM Department Store and Gorky Park. Continue along the classy Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street and visit the Bolshoi Theatre (the best known theatre in the world and home of the famous ballet and opera companies) and the Monument to Karl Marx. Visit the Lubyanka Prison Building; a notorious former prison and home of the ex-KGB headquarters. Stroll along Nikolskaya Street which is one of the oldest streets in Moscow.

  • Day 4
    Day 4: Moscow

    In the morning continue touring this grand city visiting the Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, Stalin’s Seven Sisters, Eliseyevskiy Delicatessen, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red October Arts District. Enjoy dinner at a Georgian Restaurant and enjoy some sundowner drinks at a local bar for magnificent views over the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Moskva (Moscow River).

  • Day 5
    Moscow / Suzdal
    Day 5: Moscow / Suzdal

    Today you will take a cruise on the Moscow river seeing some of Moscow’s famous sights, go underground and take part in a metro tour and shop at the colourful Izmailovo Markets. Board an early afternoon express train to Vladimir to tour the town visiting the Assumption Cathedral, the Vladimir Museum and the Cathedral of St Dmitry. Travel onto Suzdal arriving in the early evening.

  • Day 6
    Day 6: Suzdal

    Today you’ll tour the fairy-tale town of Suzdal. Suzdal only has a population of around 10,000 and managed to avoid the Soviet-town development, thus has retained its country village feel with many of the roads remaining unpaved with livestock roaming the streets. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant due to its rustic, country feel combined with its medieval monuments.

  • Day 7
    Plyos, Elk Farm, Yaroslavl
    Day 7: Plyos, Elk Farm, Yaroslavl

    This morning visit Plyos. Plyos is one of the smallest Golden Ring destinations at just 3 sq km. It’s a tranquil town of old wooden houses and hilly streets winding down to the Volga River. Moving on you’ll visit the Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm. Founded in 1963, this research farm breeds European elk for their nutrient-dense milk, considered beneficial for various stomach ailments. A guided tour includes a bag of carrots to feed to these gentle creatures. Arrive in Yaroslavl in the late afternoon and check into your hotel.

  • Day 8
    Day 8: Yaroslavl

    This morning take part in a walking tour of the town visiting the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, the Magic & Time clock house, John the Baptist Church and participate in a Master Matryoshka (Russian Dolls) painting class. Enjoy lunch and a free afternoon where you can relax on the main square or in your hotel. Later, dine at a traditional Golden Ring restaurant.

  • Day 9
    Sergiev Posad
    Day 9: Sergiev Posad

    Transfer via road to Sergiev Posad visiting the picturesque lakeside town of Pereslavl-Zalessky. The town is a popular dacha (summer country house) getaway for Muscovites and its attractions are scattered around a large area. While here visit the 14th century hilltop Goritsky Monastery and the Assumption Cathedral. Arrive in Sergiev Posad and tour the town.

  • Day 10
    St Petersburg
    Day 10: St Petersburg

    Travel by train back to Moscow and then take the fast train to St Petersburg arriving in the afternoon. Tour some of the sights in the late afternoon including Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Later have dinner by one of the cities famous canals.

  • Day 11
    St Petersburg
    Day 11: St Petersburg

    This morning tour the ‘Russian Versailles’ at Peterhof, have a traditional Russian lunch in a Siberian forested lodge, visit Catherine’s Palace to swoon at its lavish Rococo interiors like the replica of the incredible Amber Room and enjoy a boat trip along the Neva River seeing some of St Petersburg main sights.

  • Day 12
    St Petersburg
    Day 12: St Petersburg

    This morning visit the stunning pink pastel-coloured State Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. The Hermitage fully lives up to its sterling reputation and your visit will be one of the highlights of your tour. Later, visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral where you can climb the 262 steps to the kolonnada (colonnade) around the drum of the dome, providing superb city views.

  • Day 13
    St Petersburg
    Day 13: St Petersburg

    Start the day by visiting the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre from the outside and Smolny Cathedral. Later, visit the Monument to Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square, stroll through the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars, visit the Bronze Horseman, the General Staff Building and Palace Square. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel where you can freshen up, enjoy a farewell dinner and in the evening transfer the 30 minutes to the St Petersburg airport for your flight to Australia.

  • Day 14
    Day 14: Flight

    Spend the day in the air.

  • Day 15
    Land in Australia
    Day 15: Land in Australia

    Land back in Australia early in the morning where your trip finishes.

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Places Visited: Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Plyos - Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm – Yaroslavl – Sergiev Posad – St Petersburg

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