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Highlights
  • Admire st basil's cathedral and red square
  • Marvel at the kremlin armoury treasures
  • Visit golden ring churches and monasteries
  • Relax at lake nero
  • Explore st petersburg's back streets and ornate buildings

Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this 8-day journey—wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and locals will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlins in the cities along the Golden Ring and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The onion-domed churches dotting the skylines of rural villages coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are waiting to be discovered.

Trip Description
Golden Ring of Russia
 
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Golden Ring of Russia

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Awesome! January 2017

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It was an awesome trip. After a week of running and taking trains around Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre -- that week was a awesome break to just relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at agriturismo and had farm-to-table meals every breakfast and every dinner.

This trip called for a lot of hiking -- not recommended for those who do not hike or exercise on a regular basis.
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Well organised. Great guide December 2015

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Lots of fun.

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Great tour guide and overall service December 2015

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Great trip! The best way to see Turkey.

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I had the most magical experience thank you. Especially so , spoilt by having the very best skipper Damir. Through Damir's local knowledge of the Island's, he was able to give us the best possible experience. If I was to go home tomorrow, (& my travel plans are, travelling for some months yet) I would be the happiest woman alive! I rate this adventure, the very best in my life time.Damir's caring thoughts of each & everyone of his passengers needs were to make this sailing trip very special to us all. Our safety & well being was paromount at all times, but always giving us the flexability also. I have already started spreading the word. Thank you so much G Adventures. Warmest regards, Vivienne Nye November 2015

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Fun, fun, wonderful fun. I learnt so much from Damir's wealth of knowledge

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The trip was well planned for maximum experiences, excellent guiding & a truly wonderful country to visit ! November 2015

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I felt that the trip provided a broad coverage of western Turkey - urban & rural, and a real sense of the history of the peoples living there over time - their influence & contribution to the culture & architecture still existing today.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Moscow

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Moscow

Opt to visit the Tretiakov Art Gallery, take a Moskva River boat cruise, visit the Space Museum, the Pushkin Fine Art Museum, or Lenin's Mausoleum. Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral are must-sees. Prepare to visit cities in the Golden Ring, one of the oldest routes found in Russia, dotted with ancient towns each representing a different historic spirit of the Russian people. Included Activities: Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour

Day 3 Moscow/Rostov (1L)

Golden Ring towns now resemble open air museums, where life is slow and old traditions are kept. Visit the Troitse-Sergiev Monastery in Sergiyev Posad. Have the opportunity to make your own Russian souvenir "matrushka" (Russian painted dolls) before continuing on to Rostov. Opt to enjoy time on the shores of Lake Nero this evening. Included Activities: Sergiyev Posad Churches Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 4 Rostov/Suzdal (1B)

Check out the Rostov Kremlin in this fascinating town, whose very stones embody the inexhaustible genius of Russian masters. Enjoy a guided tour to Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and other highlights in Yaroslavl, before continuing on to Suzdal for the night. Included Activities: Rostov Kremlin Visit Yaroslavl Guided City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 5 Suzdal/Saint-Petersburg (1B)

Suzdal is a quiet pastoral city with dozens of onion-domed churches dotting the skyline. Explore the streets lined with quaint wooden houses and enjoy relaxing by the river. The city square is as charming as they come. Wander past the small church and chat with "babushkas" selling pickled cucumbers and mead (honey beer). En route to Vladimir, stop in Bogolubovo to see the famous Pokrova-na-Nerli. Overnight train to Saint Petersburg. Included Activities: Suzdal Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 6 Saint-Petersburg

Activities in the 'Paris of Russia' include a visit to the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church on Spilt Blood, the Russian Museum, or a rivers and canals boat trip. Make time to enjoy a cup of tea and Russian treats in a local café. Included Activities: Saint Petersburg Walking Tour Peterhof Visit

Day 7 Saint-Petersburg (1B)

Spend the day exploring the city or riding the deepest metro in the world. Opt for a canal cruise to see more of the city.

Day 8 Saint-Petersburg (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,999

Price Per Day:

$ 250 per person
 
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour (Moscow)
  • Kremlin tour (Suzdal)
  • Monastery and folk village tour
  • Church visits (Yuriev Polski)
  • Kremlin visit (Rostov)
  • Yaroslavl guided tour
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Peterhof visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, public bus, train, metroOvernight train Yaroslavl to St Petersubrg on day 5 is a standard 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleeper: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. There is enough space for standard sized bag/backpack under bottom bunks and overhead locker up top. Bed lined is provided on all trains. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. There are two train attendants in each carriage - they take care of passengers and clean the facilities. Train has a dining car.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
Hotels (6 nts), Sleeper train (1 nt)
Start City
Moscow
End City
Saint-Petersburg
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. You will require a Letter of Invitation for Russia for this trip in order to get your Russian visa. You must complete the visa information form which will be automatically sent to you via email upon time of booking. Please, note that name in your application should be exactly the same as on your passport. If you have middle name - it should be reflected in the application. 2. Visiting the embassy remember, that Russia is a bureaucratic country. Bring with you a lot of patience and a huge sense of humour, then your experience will be greatly enhanced. 3. On arrival in Russia you will receive a double immigration card, you must fill out both parts and one is taken away upon entry, the other must remain with your passport at all times and you must have it on leaving Russia to hand to the relevant authorities. 4. Booking Theatre tickets in advance: To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg. The most useful sites to check in English are www.mariinsky.ru, www.bolshoi.ru and www.ticketsofrussia.com. 5. Due to the restrictions on changing money in Russia, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condition are accepted for exchange. You might get much lesser rate if notes are not new or look "worn".

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however, they may also be Asian style, consisting of noodles, congee (rice porridge), bread or eggs; this may vary depending on the city we're visiting. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions, food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips, please refer to the meals included and budget information. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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