Discover the two faces of Russia on our 10 day Moscow, St. Petersburg & Golden Ring Tour Package. You'll experience both medieval Russia's peaceful village life and the hustle and bustle of its modern cities.
Moscow, St. Petersburg & Golden Ring Tour Package: 10 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
You'll be met as you arrive at Moscow airport before being taken to the hotel where you'll spend your first night - welcome to Russia!
Day 2: Vladimir - Suzdal
We'll wake up bright and early and set off for the station to take the high-speed train to Vladimir through the charming Russian countryside. In Vladimir, we'll stop for breakfast and drive to Suzdal, the most beautiful city in the Russian Golden Ring. We'll explore the Kremlin, its many churches and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. You'll also have some time to shop for souvenirs in its quaint shops.
At lunchtime, we'll be welcomed by a local family and have the opportunity to have lunch with them and try some traditional products, such as medovukha or honey beer. We'll spend our second night in a hotel in Suzdal.
Day 3: Bogolyubovo - Vladimir
After breakfast, we'll hit the open road and head to Bogolyubovo, a picturesque village situated at the confluence of the Nerl and Klyazma rivers. Here, we'll admire its monumental complex, which houses a monastery, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin and the Palace of Prince Andrei Bogolyubov. Then, we'll go to the Church of the Intercession, which has remained almost completely intact since its construction in the 12th century. When the river rises, it creates a remarkable visual effect that makes the church seem to float in the air.
The second part of the day will be spent visiting Vladimir, another one of the beautiful cities in the Golden Ring. Here, we'll see the cathedrals of St. Demetrius and the Assumption, and the famous Golden Gates, the ancient entrance to the city which has been declared a World Heritage Site. After this tour, we'll take the high-speed train to Moscow and head to the hotel for the night.
Day 4: Moscow
Ready to explore Russia's capital? We'll start by visiting its main attractions: the Red Square, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Novodevichi or the New Maidens' Monastery. Later on, we'll stop in front of St. Basil's Cathedral, an iconic symbol of the city. We'll end the panoramic tour with a beautiful view of Moscow from the observation deck of Moscow State University. From this unique viewpoint, you'll be able to see the Victory Park, the Luzhniki Stadium and the Kremlin's golden domes.
We'll then stroll around the exterior of the GUM department store's shops, the Kazan Cathedral and the Kremlin. Finally, we'll visit Lenin's mausoleum, where we'll learn about the fascinating history behind the founder of the Soviet Union.
Day 5: Moscow
The second day in Moscow will be spent visiting one of its most representative places: the Kremlin. This is where the Tsars used to live and is now the residence of the current president of Russia. We'll learn all about the history of ancient Russia, Ivan the Terrible and the Romanovs. We'll also visit the Armoury Museum, where we'll see ancient weapons and goldsmith's items as valuable as the famous Fabergé eggs, of which there are more than 50!
Our next stop will be the Moscow Metro, an incredible underground museum where you'll see the mosaics, stained glass, marble and sculptures that decorate its ancient stations. We'll then return to the hotel to collect our luggage and head to the station for the night train to Novgorod the Great, which will take 8 hours 30 minutes.
Day 6: Novgorod the Great
Rise and shine! We'll pull into Novgorod the Great's train station in the morning and then get taken to our hotel. Novgorod is one of the oldest cities in Russia, having been founded in the 9th century. This spectacular place is also known as the Hidden Jewel. The city has its own Kremlin, which houses the oldest palace in the country, built in 1433. We'll take a fantastic guided tour of the Yaroslav Court, where we'll see Gothic and German palaces, and the Yuriev Monastery, which is a World Heritage Site.
To round off our sixth day, we'll visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum. This museum is dedicated to wooden architecture, and boasts all kinds of wooden structures, from churches to windmills. We'll then spend the night in a hotel in Novgorod.
Day 7: St. Petersburg
After breakfast, we'll go to Novgorod station and hop on a train to St. Petersburg. Once we've arrived, we'll start a tour of Russia's most aristocratic city with a visit to its most iconic monuments: the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Cathedral of St. Isaac and the beautiful Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Then, we'll go to the cruiser Aurora, the legendary ship that marked the beginning of the Russian revolution. After seeing the Aurora, we'll go to the hotel where we'll spend the night.
Day 8: St. Petersburg
The second day in St. Petersburg will be spent visiting the Hermitage Museum. This spectacular place houses an important collection of over 3 million works of art, for which we'll need the whole morning to do it justice. The museum is situated inside the Winter Palace, the former official residence of the Russian Tsars until it was attacked by the Bolsheviks after Bloody Sunday and converted into the seat of the Provisional Government.
In this historic building, you'll see landmark works of art by master painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Raphael, as well as Impressionist paintings, sculptures and imperial jewels. Once the guided tour is over, you can stay in the museum to explore its rooms at your own pace, the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you choose.
Day 9: St. Petersburg
After a hearty breakfast, we'll leave the city and head for Peterhof, a palace in the outskirts of St. Petersburg used as an imperial summer residence.
We'll stroll through its beautiful 18th century parks and fountains as we marvel at the history of this amazing place. After this visit, we'll return to St. Petersburg where you'll be able to spend the rest of the final day at your leisure.
Day 10: St. Petersburg
After breakfast, we'll drive you to St. Petersburg airport in time for your return flight.
The tour includes 8 nights' bed and breakfast in 3 or 4 star hotels and 1 second class night train ticket between Moscow and Veliky Novgorod. Train compartments are shared, up to a maximum of 4 people. The planned hotels are as follows:
- Moscow: Ibis Centro Bakhrushina 3*, Marriot Courtyard 4*.
- Suzdal: Suzdal Inn 3*, Pushkarskaya Sloboda 4*.
- Novgorod: Intourist Novgorod. Standard room (3*) or deluxe room (4*).
- St. Petersburg: Nevsky Grand 3* or M Hotel 3*, Petro Palace 4*.
If you don't want to share a train compartment with other people, you can pay an extra fee. Please let us know the comments when making your booking and we'll send you a request to pay this extra cost.
Accommodation in 3-star hotels
Adults in a double roomUS$ 1,672
Adults in a single roomUS$ 1,840
Children between 12 and 15 years oldUS$ 1,589
Children between 5 and 11 years oldUS$ 1,254
Children between 3 and 4 years oldUS$ 836.80
Children under 3 years oldUS$ 417.80
Accommodation in 4-star hotels
Adults in a double roomUS$ 1,788
Adults in a single roomUS$ 2,071
Children between 12 and 15 years oldUS$ 1,710
Children between 5 and 11 years oldUS$ 1,341
Children between 3 and 4 years oldUS$ 894.70
Children under 3 years oldUS$ 446.70
* The price varies based on the chosen date
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
Pick up at Moscow airport.
Transfer to St. Petersburg airport.
Minibus and day train transport.
Night train between Moscow and Novgorod.
8 nights' accommodation with breakfast in 3 or 4 star hotels.
English speaking guide.
Visa processing fees.
Lunches and dinners.
When to book?
You can book up until 15 days before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
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Frequently asked questions
Q - Do I need a visa for this 10 day tour?
A - You'll need to check with the consulate in your respective country to find out if you need a visa and what the procedures are. For citizens of Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, our provider can arrange the visa on your behalf. For every other country, you'll have to apply for the visa on your own, but our provider will always supply you with the required official documents and review your visa application forms before you submit them to the consulate.
Q - Do I need to take out travel insurance for this trip?
A - Before leaving on your trip, you should take out insurance. Coverage should include emergency medical expenses, personal accident and repatriation. In addition, we recommend including luggage insurance, personal liability insurance and cancellation insurance.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.