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Way of the Tsars

Tour Type: Small group Season: May - SeptemberDuration: 16 daysGroup tour dates: 13 May 2020 - 28 May 202009 Sep 2020 - 24 Sep 2020Cities: Moscow Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Vladimir Yaroslavl Suzdal 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 Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train fare high speed intercity sitting train, 4 hours ride, standard fare 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

  • Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)
  • 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 // Russian pancakes experience in the Residence of Maslenitsa (lunch) in Yaroslavl // Degustation of Medovukha (lunch) in Suzdal // 1 lunch in Vladimir
  • 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 Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir 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
  • Full metro/public transport passes in 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 Slobodal // Nizhny Novgorod full day (8 hours) guided city tour // Gorodets full day (8 hours) guided city tour
  • Vladimir and Bogolyubovo full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Dormition Cathedral, the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy, the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery, Intercession Church on the Nerl
  • Yaroslavl half day (4 hours) guided tour: the Residence of Maslenitsa, the main cathedrals // Rostov the Great half day (4 hours) guided tour: the Rostov Kremlin, master class on national crafts
  • Suzdal day (6 hours) guided tour: Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, Museum of Wooden Architecture, master class on national crafts
  • 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
  • St Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof, the Peter & 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 listed attractions (except optional)
  • Russian visa supporting documents (official visa invitation letter and detailed manuals on how to apply for the visa in your country of residence)

Your comfort counts

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia
  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

    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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