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Way of the Tsars

Tour Type: Small group Season: All year roundView full info: Save (PDF)Duration: 16 daysGroup tour dates: 13 May 2020 - 28 May 2020 09 Sep 2020 - 24 Sep 2020 27 May 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 17 Jun 2021 - 02 Jul 2021 02 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 15 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021 Cities: Moscow Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Vladimir Suzdal Rostov the Great Yaroslavl Sergiev Posad Moscow St. Petersburg Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $3,110 USD per person

Russia has long, incredible and turbulent history. Discover the essence of Russia on this thrilling 16-day journey from Moscow to Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, the Golden Ring towns and St Petersburg. See Russia's rich culture through the ages and follow the paths of all the Russian Tsars from separated ancient Kingdoms till the fall of the huge Russian Empire. Enjoy Russia's peaceful and scenic beauty on this comprehensive tour, featuring as many as 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Mighty Moscow, stunning St Petersburg, ancient Golden Ring towns, surprising Kazan & ancient Nizhny Novgorod at Volga River banks

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from Moscow to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by train fare first class economy

from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train fare high speed intercity sitting train, 4 hours ride, standard fare economy

RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN TRIPLE ROOM: $0 USD
Rate from: $3,110 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel of your choice, hand-picked by our staff for their excellent amenities and central location
  • 1 night Kazan // 1 night with early check-in Nizhny Novgorod // 1 night Vladimir // 1 night Yaroslavl // 1 night Suzdal // 4 nights in Moscow // 4 nights in St. Petersburg
  • Note: 5* accommodation is not available in Yaroslavl and Suzdal
  • 2 nights on board

Meals

  • Full breakfast at the hotels (exсept Day 1)
  • 4 lunches: Lunch after master class on cooking the national Tatar food // Degustation of Medovukha (lunch) in Suzdal // Lunch in Rostov the Great // Russian pancakes experience in the Residence of Maslenitsa (lunch) in Yaroslavl
  • Russian tea ceremony in Gorodets (on Day 4)
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner

Transportation

  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Moscow to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by train fare economy

  • from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train fare economy

  • Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort. 1st class: one place in 2-seats compartment. 2nd class: one place in 4-seats compartment
  • Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)
  • Private return airport/train station transfers
  • Meet & greet at the airports/train stations
  • Metro pass for Moscow & St. Petersburg

Sightseeing

  • Moscow 5 hours guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), Moscow metro tour, St. Basil’s cathedral with the guided tour inside
  • Sviyazhsk half-day (4 hours) tour
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kul Sharif Mosque, the Kazan Kremlin, Old Tatar Sloboda // Nizhny Novgorod full day (8 hours) guided city tour // Gorodets full day (8 hours) guided city tour
  • Guided tour to the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir // Guided tour to the Suzdal Kremlin
  • Tour of Rostov Kremlin and exhibition of Finift (Rostov painted enamel)
  • Guided tour of Yaroslavl including visiting the Residence of Maslenitsa // Guided tour to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad
  • Moscow half-day (4 hours) tour: walking tour in the downtows, Red Square, GUM, KGB building
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and the guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, Stalin's skyscrapers tour
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of St. Petersburg; Highlights include the Royal Palace of Peterhof, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, boat cruise
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all included sightseeing attractions (except optional)
  • Russian Visa supporting documents, including an official visa invitation letter, and step-by-step guides on how to apply for your visa

We value your comfort

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • 24/7 support before and during your trip with us
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Maximum group size 22 people

    CHECK OUT WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT TRAVELLING WITH US

    Ernesto, USA: China, Mongolia and Russia in 27 days.

    choose Discovery Russia because I found a complete itinerary that I was looking for with China, Mongolia and Russia in only 27 days. Excellent service with reliable local tourist guides that know very well their region in particular and the country in general.

    Recommended to adventurous travelers that want to deepen in Chinese, Mongolian and Russian cultures/history using the train as main transportation. The best was to participate during hand on hand activities such as Tatar cuisine or painting at the Gorodets.

    Visiting the main palaces and museums in St Petersburg requires more time. That’s the reason to get back in another time to visit specific places and continue learning, enjoying the beauty and all that the city offers. Thanks to Tatiana and Andrei for their service, dinner at the end of our trip was amazing. I hope to travel with Discovery Russia again in the nearest future.

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