Russia in Depth

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $4,046 per person
Close up view of St. Basil's cathedral, Moscow, Russia

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  1. Day 1 Welcome to St. Petersburg

    Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  2. Day 2 St. Petersberg Sightseeing

    Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  3. Day 3 Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil

    Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  4. Day 4 The Hermitage Museum

    Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces.The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  5. Day 5 High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow

    Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  6. Day 6 Moscow, a Russian Revelation

    Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. Explore Moscow with Insight Choice. Choose between visiting an ornate metro station with your Local Expert or alternatively, take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park and enjoy great views of your surroundings.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  7. Day 7 Moscow and The Kremlin

    In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  8. Day 8 To Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl

    At 07:45 meet your Travel Director at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow and depart for Sergiev Posad. Visit some of the colourful churches of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Journey to Rostov-the-Great and explore its ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel. Continue to Yaroslavl where a delicious dinner is served at a riverside restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl.
  9. Day 9 Kostroma and Suzdal Experience

    During your sightseeing of Yaroslavl, see the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.Travel to Kostroma to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
  10. Day 10 Exploring Suzdal

    Explore Suzdal with Insight Choice. Choose between meeting an Orthodox priest and learn about the ancient art of icon painting or alternatively, visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic Home-hosted lunch with a meal typical of the region.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
  11. Day 11 On to Vladimir and return to Moscow

    Journey to Vladimir to see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures. Visit a Matryoska Doll making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own.Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  12. Day 12 Farewell Moscow

    Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included
  • Complimentary transfers from St Petersburg airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day
  • Complimentary transfers to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day
  • If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way

Top Rated Highlights

  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great's Summer Palace, bursting with cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • St Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Sapsan Train: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedral's and the Armoury Chamber when you venture inside the Kremlin.
  • Sergiev Posad : The main attraction is the famous Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Among the colourful collection of churches here, visit the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals.
  • Rostov the Great: Explore the ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel.
  • Yarosavl: Visit the green-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
  • Kostroma: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral.
  • Vladimir: See the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. See the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius.

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