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Backroads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow

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.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ARSM/205414
  • Starts: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • Finishes: Moscow, Russia
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Saint-Petersburg
  • Sortavala
  • Petrozavodsk
  • Moscow
  • Sergiyev Posad
  • Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy

Itinerary

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Day 1: Saint-Petersburg

Arrive at any time.

02

Day 2: Saint-Petersburg

Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the city's highlights.

03

Day 3: Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala

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).

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Day 4: Sortavala

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.

05

Day 5: Sortavala/Petrozavodsk

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.

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Day 6: Petrozavodsk

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.

07

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.

08

Day 8: Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy

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.

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Day 9: Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy/Moscow

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.

10

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.

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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.

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Day 12: Moscow

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-on: Karelian Cooking Class, Kinerma Hands-on: Matryoshka Painting Class, Sergiyev Posad Local Living: BBQ with Local Family, Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy
    • St Petersburg walking tour
    • Valaam Island boat tour
    • Ruskeala Quarry walk
    • Kinerma walking tour
    • Karelian cooking class
    • Kizhi Island tour
    • The Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery tour
    • Matryoshka painting class
    • Pereslavl-Zelesskiy guided tour
    • Barbecue with local family
    • Tour of Alexandrov Kremlin
    • Red Square visit
    • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), guest house (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, overnight train, boat
    Group Leader
    • CEO
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Tour Highlights:
  • Get to know St Petersburg on a walking tour
  • Visit the monastery and forests of Valaam Island
  • Take a cooking class in the village of Karelian
  • Let creativity flow with a Matryoshka painting class
  • Wander around the Red Square