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
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES: Moscow Kremlin & Red Square, Kolomenskoe, Novodevichy Convent, historic center of St Petersburg, Trinity Sergius Lavra, Bolgar, Kazan Kremlin, center of Novgorod, Yaroslavl, white stone monuments of Suzdal & Vladimir
Explore Golden Ring: Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad
Discover Moscow & admire medieval Kazan
Feel the striking beauty of St Petersburg, the Venice of the North
Enjoy traditional Russian cuisine and make a Russian souvenir at national crafts master-class
Visit Ipatiev monastery where the Romanov's dynasty took power - and many other great spots on this trip!
See best preserved Russian wooden architecture in Kostroma and try classic Russian mead drinks brewed by ancient recipes
Uncover the secrets of the oldest Russian cities
Day 1, Arrive Moscow
Day 2, Vladimir & Bogolyubovo
Day 3, Suzdal & Kostroma
Day 4, Yaroslavl & Sergiev Posad
Day 5, Discover Moscow
Day 6, Tretyakov Gallery & Kolomenskoe Estate
Day 7, Disxover Kazan
Day 8, Bolgar Tour
Day 9, Arrive St. Petersburg
Day 10, Discover St. Petersburg
Day 11, Peterhof Palace, Fortress & Cruise
Day 12, Veliky Novgorod
Day 13, Farewell
Train 1st class compartment (2-berth) as per itinerary
from Moscow to Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad express train: standard class or a/c bus/minivan
from Moscow to Kazan by train fare first class
from Kazan to St Petersburg flight, economy fare
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
Cinda George, USA: Discovery Russia 13 day Grand Russia Unesco TourWe 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 coupleMy 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.