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Grand Russia UNESCO Tour

Tour Type: group or private Season: All year roundView full info: Save (PDF)Duration: 13 daysGroup tour dates: 05 May 2020 - 17 May 202002 Jul 2020 - 14 Jul 202005 Sep 2020 - 17 Sep 2020Cities: Moscow Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad Moscow Kazan St Petersburg Veliky Novgorod St Petersburg Grade: EasyThis tour fits any age and fitness levelRate from $3,099 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 Moscow, St Petersburg, Golden Ring, Kazan & Veliky Novgorod on this 13-day adventure into fascinating Russia's history. 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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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 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: $3,099 USD
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: $3,099 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)
  • 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

Meals

  • 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

Transportation

  • 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)
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Transportation to/from Veliky Novgorod

Sightseeing

  • Vladimir half-day (4 hours) guided tour: the Dormition Cathedral, the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy, the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery
  • Bogolyubovo half-day (4 hours) guided tour: the ruins of Prince Bogolyubsky’s castle with its Staircase Tower, the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin and 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, Ipatievsky Monastery, the Museum of Flax and Birch Bark
  • 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
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters, Moscow 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
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: 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
  • St Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof, the Peter & 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 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
  • Group tours are 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

    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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