Classic Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow & the Golden Ring

  • $3299
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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!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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)

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

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)

St. Petersburg

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…

St. Petersburg

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)

St. Petersburg

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)

Golden Ring


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…

Depart Moscow/USA

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.



The trip to Classic Russia was a very special tour. SmarTours did a wonderful job in trip which included St. Petersburg, Moscow and two villages in the Golden Ring, Vladmir & Suzdal. The guides were excellent and the day trips very interesting and enlightening. The accomodations were good and the meals very satisfactory. I would highly recommend this tour of Russia to anyone who is interested in exploring the fascinating country. Kudos to SmarTours for an excellent job . Spasibo!

Maritza G

This was my first experience with SmarTours and I am already looking forward to the next. The itinerary was well thought out. Our group was a little big (39) but I had the pleasure of getting to know interesting, nice and wonderful people from all walks of life in this group and that alone was well worth the trip. The hotels were comfortable and the food was great. There were so many highlights from our outstanding , competent, patient and knowledgeable guides, especially Eleana (St. Petersburg) and our Director Natasha (Moscow) to all of the beautiful sights of this wonderful country and the generous people who inhabit it. St. Petersburg for me was a beautiful enigma - an Italian city in the wrong place. The architecture is very aesthetic . After one day I was ambivalently walking the town as I learned about its history and how impactful of a country it is. There are plenty of palaces, museums if you like baroque and classicism style in art. Vladímir/Suzdal has to be a stop on any trip to Russia. I don’t have words to express how stunning and truly amazing it is to visit some of these gorgeous sights which remain honest and genuine. I was also fascinated by the Russian culture and the mystic history of the Tsars. Additionally, the Red Square is unforgettable and wonderful, the Kremlin cathedrals are very impressive.Honestly I cannot think of a way this could have been better. I definitely recommend this trip to others.

Paul E

I recently completed SmarTours maiden voyage to Classic Russia and I was very impressed. The tour was organized so well and completed smoothlessly and flawlessly. The tour leader, Natasha was wonderful and the local guides extremely knowledgeable with very good English. Visiting St. Petersburg & Moscow is a must for any visitor to Russia. When these cities are included with areas in the Golden Ring, Suzdal & Vladmir, one can be rewarded with a real taste of what Russia is like. The accommodations were really good with the meals very satisfactory. The bus transportation was good and the train ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow on the Sapsan high speed line was very comfortable. Kudos to SmarTours for putting together a first-rate tour of Classic Russia. I would highly recommend this SmarTours trip to anyone interested in visiting Russia. I don't believe that you will be disappointed.
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