Classic: Backroads of Russia: Saint Petersburg - Moscow (ARSM)
Countries Visited: Russian Federation Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Get to know Saint Petersburg on a walking tour, Visit the monastery and forests of Valaam Island, Take a cooking class in the village of Karelian, Let creativity flow with a Matryoshka painting class, Shop, eat, and wander around the Red Square
Russia is the world's largest nation, which means there's no shortage of things to see or do here. With us, you won't just stick to the main sights in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Head beyond these two cities to see Russia's quieter side in the villages of Petrozavodska and Kizhi Island, or the cluster of ancient towns known as the Golden Ring. Discover standout landscapes like Ruskeala National Park's marble canyon, or the fairy-tale architecture of Gethsamane Skete. Want a little bit of everythings You'll find it in Russia.
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|Day 1||St. Petersburg||Day 1 Saint-Petersburg|
Arrive at any time.
|Day 2||St. Petersburg||Day 2 Saint-Petersburg (1B)|
Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the citys highlights. Included Activities: Saint Petersburg Walking Tour
|Day 3||Sortavala||Day 3 Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala (1B)|
Enjoy a free morning in the city. Opt for a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and Armoury or explore on your own. This afternoon, drive to Sortavala (Karelia). Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 4||Sortavala||Day 4 Sortavala (1B, 1L)|
Take a boat to Valaam Island and visit the sacred sites of the monastery, Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of the Resurrection, and fairy-tale Gethsemane Skete. Enjoy lunch on the island of a typical meal from the monastery. Included Activities: Valaam Island Boat Tour
|Day 5||Petrozavodsk||Day 5 Sortavala/Petrozavodsk (1B, 1L)|
In the morning, transfer to Ruskeala to visit stunning marble quarries, the source of stone for St.Petersburg palaces. Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma and enjoy a walking tour of the village. Learn to cook a local traditional Karelian pie, "Kalitki". End the day in Petrozavodsk. Included Activities: Ruskeala Quarry Walk Kinerma Walking Tour Karelian Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 6||Petrozavodsk||Day 6 Petrozavodsk (1B)|
Take an early morning drive to the boat for a trip to Kizhi Island. Visit the wooden village and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful lake. This evening, board an overnight train to Sergiev Posad. Included Activities: Kizhi Island Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Sergiyev Posad||Day 7 Moscow/Sergiyev Posad|
Arrive into Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad. Explore the sacred Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery. Later, participate in a Master Matryoshka painting class. Included Activities: The Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery Matryoshka Painting Class Transport: Arrive at the train station in Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad. Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Pereslavl'Zalesskiy||Day 8 Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl'-Zalesskiy (1B, 1L)|
Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalesskiy and enjoy a guided city tour. Opt to visit one of the many historical museums in the city. Drive to the shore of the lake for a BBQ lunch and spend some time at the lake beach swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at a local guest house. Included Activities: Pereslavl-Zelesskiy Guided Tour BBQ with Local Family Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 9||Moscow||Day 9 Pereslavl'-Zalesskiy/Moscow (1B)|
After breakfast drive to Alexandrov. Enjoy a guided tour of Alexandrov Kremlin, the former residence of Ivan the Terrible. In the afternoon, drive to Moscow. Included Activities: Tour of Alexandrov Kremlin
|Day 10||Moscow||Day 10 Moscow|
Enjoy an orientation and walking tour of Moscow, visiting Metro & Old Moscow alleys & red square. In the afternoon, enjoy free time exploring the city. Included Activities: Red Square Visit
|Day 11||Moscow||Day 11 Moscow|
In the morning, take a leap into the past with a guided tour of the historical Moscow Kremlin & Armoury. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the city. Included Activities: Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour
|Day 12||Moscow||Day 12 Moscow|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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