ST. PETERSBURG, THE GOLDEN RING, AND MOSCOW
Embrace the beauty of tradition and well-preserved history as you travel through Russia’s most incredible cities on this guided tour with airfare included. In St. Petersburg, you’ll tour the State Hermitage Museum, enjoy a vodka tasting, view the city from a canal cruise, and more. The architecture of the cathedrals and buildings will blow you away. Experience the Golden Ring as you travel to its quaint Russian towns, and take a day to explore Suzdal and have lunch with a local family. Admire the medieval architecture with a visit to Vladimir, and then head into Moscow where you’ll discover the Kremlin, Red Square, Old Tretyakov gallery, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and other top sights. End the trip by getting creative with a Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) painting class!
- 4 nights in St. Petersburg
- 2 nights in the Golden Ring (Suzdal)
- 3 nights in Moscow
- Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)
- Vodka Tasting in Museum of Russian Vodka (St. Petersburg)
- Peterhof’s Palace (St. Petersburg)
- Wooden Architecture Museum (Golden Ring)
- Lunch with a Local Family (Golden Ring)
- Red Square (Moscow)
- St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow)
- Kremlin (Moscow)
- Izmaylovo Souvenir Marketing with Matryoshka Painting Class (Moscow)
- Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)
- Round-trip international airfare from New York via Lufthansa or Swiss Airlines
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations in First Class hotels
- Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
- 14 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- English-speaking tour guides throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your unforgettable trip to Russia begins as you depart New York today with an overnight flight.
Arrive St. Petersburg
Welcome to Russia! Arrive in St. Petersburg, a beautiful city filled with palaces, cathedrals, beautiful bridges over canals, spacious squares and wide streets. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located hotel. After check-in and a short rest, attend a welcome dinner. Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky or similar (D)
After breakfast, enjoy early-access to the Hermitage, the world’s second biggest museum. Today, the museum has over 2 million exhibits. The exhibitions are diverse with works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, an impressive collection of impressionists and the largest collection of the Titans in existence. Afterwards, enjoy a vodka tasting and a guided tour of the Museum of Russia Vodka. The museum tells us about the drink which has been an integral and essential attribute of Russian life for centuries. Your tour will continue with a visit to Peter & Paul’s fortress, founded in 1703…
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head to Peterhof, or “Peter’s Court,” for a special early opening of the Grand Palace. Peterhof dates back to 1715 and is the former summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Most famous for its stunning golden fountains, the palace grounds are also home to several buildings and parks. This afternoon, experience St. Petersburg from the water, on a private canal ride. As you cruise along, relax and enjoy the unique view of St. Petersburg. (B)
Today is at your leisure to explore the city known for its art and culture. Consider an optional half-day tour to the Church of Spilled Blood & St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This landmark church was commissioned by Alexander III in 1182 to honor the memory of his father Alexander who was assassinated the previous year. It was built to resemble St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow – hence it’s stunning exterior – and is open now as a museum of mosaics. St. Isaac’s Cathedral stands out in the Saint Petersburg’s skyline and is the largest cathedral in the city. It…
St. Petersburg/Moscow/Golden Ring (Suzdal)
Today, take the Sapsan (high speed) train to Moscow. On arrival in Moscow, enjoy lunch before the journey through the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring of Russia is amidst plains, lakes and marshes with scattered old Russian towns. Life here is completely different from the big cities and an opportunity to see true Russia. Arrive in Suzdal in the evening and check into the hotel. Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad or similar (B,L)
Today, explore Suzdal. The entire town is a museum which has hardly changed for the past two and a half centuries. First, visit the Monastery of St. Euthymius which was founded in the 14th century and grew in importance in the 16th and 17th centuries after donations from Vasili III , Ivan V and the Pozharsky family, a noble dynasty of the region. Among the buildings erected during this period were the Assumption Church, the bell tower , the surrounding walls and towers, and the seven-domed Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. Continue to the Suzdal Kremlin, the oldest part of…
Golden Ring (Suzdal)/Vladimir/Moscow
After breakfast, explore Vladimir en route to Moscow. The history of Vladimir goes back over one thousand years and preserves examples of white-stone medieval architecture along with buildings from the 16-20th centuries. Unique memorials of XII still remain – Cathedrals of Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedral. You will see the famous Golden Gates (1158-1164) located close to town centre and visit one of the museums on your choice: “The Old Vladimir” museum or Museum of Rock Crystal. Visit the magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral, designed as a sepulcher for grand princes…
Begin the day with an early entrance tour of the heart of the city and country – the Kremlin. You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within its walls: 15th century cathedrals, a bell-tower, Patriarch’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the Armoury. The Armoury has a fantastic collection of insignia of Imperial power, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses and a unique collection of imperial carriages. In the afternoon, enjoy a Moscow city tour, passing the main streets and boulevards of the ancient city. You will see all the major…
In the morning, you are welcome to visit the Old Tretyakov gallery which is a unique museum where one will have the perfect chance to get acquainted with the best examples of Russian art. Enjoy a tour in the halls devoted to Russian icon painting, where you will learn the painting techniques of old masters and admire medieval masterpieces while listening to the fascinating stories about them.
In the afternoon, visit the Russian handicraft centre-Izmaylovo, famous for its open air souvenir market. Here is an opportunity to browse or to buy a great variety of traditional Russian craft…
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and head to the airport for your return flight back to the USA. (B)
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your visit to Russia more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.
St. Petersburg: Church of Spilled Blood & St. Isaac's Cathedral
- St. Petersburg
- From approx. 55 Euros Per Person
Explore the Church of Spilled Blood & Yusupov Palace on a half-day tour. The landmark church was commissioned by Alexander III in 1182 to honor the memory of his father Alexander who was assassinated the previous year; the altar was built on the very place where his blood stained the cobblestones. It was built to resemble St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow- hence it’s stunning exterior- and is open now as a museum of mosaics. St. Isaac’s Cathedral stands out in the Saint Petersburg skyline and is the largest cathedral in the city. It adorns impressive exteriors and beautiful…
Folklore Show Kostroma
- From approx. 60 Euros Per Person
This incredible dance show, performed by the Russian National Ballet Company, is an aesthetic journey into Russia’s deep history. The program includes a varied mix of traditional national dance and contemporary ballet pieces.
Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
- St. Petersburg
8-Ya Liniya V.o., 11-13,
Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197701
Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad
Ulitsa Lenina, 138,
Suzdal, Vladimirskaya oblast’, Russia, 601293
Holiday Inn Moscow- Tagansky
Ulitsa Simonovskiy Val, 2,
Moskva, Russia, 109044
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Russia are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart New York||Arrive in New York|
|2019: May 24, Jul. 12, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sep. 20||Lufthansa||4:00PM||2:00PM|
|2019: Jun. 21||Swiss/Lufthansa||6:00PM||2:00PM|
|2019: Jul. 26||Swiss/Austrian||4:00PM||2:30PM|
|2019: Sep. 27||Lufthansa||4:00PM||3:30PM|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Please note that the above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline!
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only starts upon independent check in at St. Petersburg hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at the Moscow hotel on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Please note that smarTours will provide the invitation letters for the specific dates of our tour. If you plan on arriving earlier or staying in the country after the end of our tour, you will be responsible for securing your own invitation letter for the extra time spent in the country.
PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens require a visa to enter Russia. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements.
Since obtaining a visa requires an invitation letter (which we will secure), we arranged for “CIBT” to facilitate the visa process for you. Please click here to download instructions and forms. If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT at 1-800-406-1523. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time. You should check with CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions and rates before submitting your paperwork. We suggest that you apply for your Russia visa 60 to 45 days before departure. Please note that if you wish to request an individual invitation letter (instead of the group invitation letter that we will provide) there will be an extra charge for doing so. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS & FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please advise us in writing should your address change.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s in May, 60’s in June and September, 60’s and mostly 70’s in July through August. Nights will be cooler.
CREDIT CARDS & LOCAL CURRENCY
The official currency in Russia is the Ruble. However, during your visit, you will find that many places may accept cash payment in euros and US dollars in addition to rubles. Visa and Mastercard (not American Express) are accepted at most places- which must have a chip in the front and a 4 digit PIN number- similar to a debit card). Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.