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Grand Russia UNESCO Tour

Season:All year round
Duration:13 days
Grade:Easy This tour fits any age and fitness level
Destinations:Moscow Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad Moscow Kazan St Petersburg Veliky Novgorod St Petersburg
Rate:from $3,440 USD per person

If heritage and local culture are what you seek when you travel, then look no further than our Grand Russia UNESCO Tour, covering 10 out of 19 UNESCO World Heritages Sites of Russia in Moscow, St Petersburg, Golden Ring, Kazan & Veliky Novgorod. On this 13-day adventure into fascinating Russia's history you will travel with us to explore world famous museums, unique medieval monuments, iconic small ancient towns. Get deep cultural insight and experience the real Russia!

  • In-depth cultural exploration: treasures of Russian culture through millenia of history

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Dates & rates

from Moscow to Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad by bus

from Moscow to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan to St Petersburg by airfare flight, economy fare economy

Rate from: $3,440 USD



  • 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel of your choice, hand-picked by our staff for their excellent amenities and central location
  • 3 nights Moscow, 1 night Suzdal, 1 night Kostroma, 2 nights Kazan, 4 nights St. Petersburg
  • 1 night on board the train Moscow - Kazan
  • NOTE: Kostroma 4* hotel is included in 3* package


  • Full breakfast at the hotels (exсept Day 1)
  • 6 lunches: 1 lunch in Yaroslavl (Russian pancake Maslenitsa Experience), 1 lunch in Vladimir, 1 lunch in Suzdal (degustation of Medovukha with Russian pirozhki), 1 lunch in Kazan, 1 lunch in Bolgar, 1 lunch in Veliky Novgorod
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Moscow to Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad by bus

  • from Moscow to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to St Petersburg by airfare economy

  • Meet & greet at the airports/train stations
  • Private return airport/train station transfers
  • Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)
  • Metro pass in Moscow
  • Transportation to/from Veliky Novgorod


  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES we're visiting: Moscow Kremlin & Red Square, Kolomenskoe, Novodevichy Convent, historic center of St Petersburg, Trinity Sergius Lavra (Sergiev Posad), Bolgar, Kazan Kremlin, historic monuments of Novgorod, historic center o
  • Vladimir half-day (4 hours) guided tour: the Dormition Cathedral, the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy
  • Bogolyubovo half-day (3 hours) guided tour: the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River
  • Suzdal and Kostroma full day (8 hours) guided tour: Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, Museum of Wooden Architecture (Kostroma), Ipatievsky Monastery, the Museum of Flax and Birch Bark (time permitting)
  • Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Spassky Monastery, the Church of Elijah the Prophet, the Residence of Maslenitsa, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a Bear monument
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of Moscow; Highlights include Moscow Kremlin (visiting the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre (outside), metro tour
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, Stalin's skyscrapers tour, Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of Kazan: Highlights include the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Old Tatar village
  • Bolgar full day guided tour: Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex including the Bolgar ancient settlement, Museum of the Bolgar Civilization and enter the White Mosque
  • 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
  • Veliky Novgorod full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kremlin, the Cathedral of St. Sophia, Yaroslav's Court, the St. George's Monastery, the Wooden Architecture Museum

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 guide on how to apply for your visa

We value your comfort

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • 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. Tips already included
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Maximum group size 20 people


    Cinda George, USA: Discovery Russia 13 day Grand Russia Unesco Tour

    We recently returned from the 13 day Grand Russia Unesco Tour. We primarily booked this trip because very few travel groups offer such a complete itinerary (including Golden Ring and Kazan//Bolgar). We were very pleased with this tour - it was intense and left very few hours of relaxation, but the amount of things we were able to see, experience and learn about were extensive. We were lucky to have an incredibly proficient guide, Yuri. His knowledge of the Golden Ring and Moscow especially was 'above the norn'. The city guides in other places were very good too. If you are serious about learning about and experiencing more than the typical Moscow/St. Petersburg tour, you should consider Discovery Russia.

    Cheryl Moran, Australia: Great tour for seniors couple

    My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Russia, organised by Discovery Russia. We chose to do a private tour of just under 3 weeks, which included St Petersburg, Kazan, the Golden Ring cities and Moscow.

    From the time we arrived late at night in St Petersburg, everything went so smoothly. Discovery Russia didn't miss a beat. The hotels were all very centrally located and met our expectations but we especially loved the Savoy Hotel in Moscow. Every driver and tour guide was on time, cheerful and helpful. The guides were highly educated speakers of English but two guides in particular stood out (probably because we spent the most time with them) - Darya in St Petersburg and Yuriy in the Golden Ring and Moscow. Both were very knowledgeable and made the history come alive, both were able to communicate on a range of subjects, and at no time did either give the impression of following a script.

    The friendly 24/7 on ground support from Kristina was of great comfort, but things were so well organised, we had no need for the assistance she offered us each day. The tour we planned with Jenny was very intensive but also took us to many different locations. We had a wonderful time, saw lots of amazing sights, found the Russians we met to be welcoming and helpful, and felt safe and supported throughout.

    We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Discovery Russia very highly. Cheryl, Sydney, NSW

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