Russia is the world’s largest nation, which means there’s no shortage of things to see or do here. With us, you won’t just stick to the main sights in Moscow and St Petersburg. Head beyond these two cities to see Russia’s quieter side in the villages of Petrozavodska and Kizhi Island, or the cluster of ancient towns known as the Golden Ring. Discover standout landscapes like Ruskeala National Park’s marble canyon, or the fairy-tale architecture of Gethsamane Skete. Want a little bit of everything? You’ll find it in Russia.
Day 1 Saint-Petersburg
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Day 2 Saint-Petersburg (1B)
Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the city’s highlights.
Day 3 Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala (1B)
Enjoy a free morning in the city. Opt for a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and Armoury or explore on your own. This afternoon, drive to Sortavala (Karelia).
Day 4 Sortavala (1B, 1L)
Take a boat to Valaam Island and visit the sacred sites of the monastery, Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of the Resurrection, and fairy-tale Gethsemane Skete. Enjoy lunch on the island of a typical meal from the monastery.
Day 5 Sortavala/Petrozavodsk (1B, 1L)
In the morning, transfer to Ruskeala to visit stunning marble quarries, the source of stone for St.Petersburg palaces. Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma and enjoy a walking tour of the village. Learn to cook a local traditional Karelian pie, "Kalitki". End the day in Petrozavodsk.
Day 6 Petrozavodsk (1B)
Take an early morning drive to the boat for a trip to Kizhi Island. Visit the wooden village and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful lake. This evening, board an overnight train to Sergiev Posad.
Day 7 Moscow/Sergiyev Posad
Arrive into Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad. Explore the sacred Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery. Later, participate in a Master Matryoshka painting class.
Day 8 Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy (1B, 1L)
Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalesskiy and enjoy a guided city tour. Opt to visit one of the many historical museums in the city. Drive to the shore of the lake for a BBQ lunch and spend some time at the lake beach swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at a local guest house.
Day 9 Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy/Moscow (1B)
After breakfast drive to Alexandrov. Enjoy a guided tour of Alexandrov Kremlin, the former residence of Ivan the Terrible. In the afternoon, drive to Moscow.
Day 10 Moscow
Enjoy an orientation and walking tour of Moscow, visiting Metro & Old Moscow alleys & red square. In the afternoon, enjoy free time exploring the city.
Day 11 Moscow
In the morning, take a leap into the past with a guided tour of the historical Moscow Kremlin & Armoury. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the city.
Day 12 Moscow
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