A Taste of Russia (6970)

10 Day Tour from Moscow to St. Petersburg

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You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on your affordable tour of Russia. Begin sightseeing in the capital city of Moscow with the iconic Kremlin complex, Red Square, the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum and a glimpse into everyday life at the Danilovsky market. You’ll also learn how to paint your own Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls.

Travel to the pretty town of Klin to see historic Russian Christmas decorations at the local museum where you will be able to create your own to take home, as well as the Tchaikovsky House-Museum – home of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. You’ll stop in Tver for a traditional evening of Russian dining, after visiting the Goldwork Embroidery Museum and the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery.

Next, your escorted budget vacation in Russia will lead you to the city of Novgorod with its opulent St. Sophia Cathedral, St. George’s Cathedral, and an open-air wooden traditional Russian village.

Your budget travel vacation to Russia concludes with your 3-night stay in splendid St. Petersburg. You’ll discover the magnificent architecture, culture, and history of this amazing port city – founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Explore the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral – which served as a jail which held the likes of Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and the Tsar’s son Alexei.

The local guide will show you the main sights and bring the city’s history back to life, and you will be able to choose from many sightseeing options. Your exciting affordable tour of Russia will be an experience like no other. Your thoughts will often return to your memories of Russia with love for a long time to come.
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 Tour Highlights

MOSCOW
Guided city tour including Metro tour, Kremlin, Armoury and Danilovsky Market; Matryoshka masterclass
KLIN
Visit the Christmas Decoration Museum and Tchaikovsky House Museum
TORZHOK
Visit the Goldwork Embroidery Museum
LAKE VALDAYSKOYE
Visit the Valday Iversky Monastery
NOVGOROD
Guided visit of the Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral and wooden architecture museum
ST. PETERSBURG
Guided city tour and Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral visit

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 lunches: 4 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Novgorod

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Russia’s exciting capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 MOSCOW

Guided sightseeing this morning reveals just what makes Moscow so special—from the fortified KREMLIN complex and ARMOURY MUSEUM in the heart of the historic city to the iconic onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the splendid Moscow METRO, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace. Get a taste of local life at the DANILOVSKY INDOOR MARKET.

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Day 3 MOSCOW

At the MATRYOSHKA MUSEUM, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted—and learn how to paint your own. Enjoy some free time to have lunch, and maybe visit the flea market or the vodka museum in the neighborhood before returning to the hotel.

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Day 4 MOSCOW–KLIN–TVER

Leave Moscow and travel northwest, stopping in pretty Klin. Discover the historic CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home. Then, explore the TCHAIKOVSKY HOUSE-MUSEUM, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893. See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours. Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km

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Day 5 TVER–TORZHOK–NOVGOROD

Start the day with a visit to the GOLDWORK EMBROIDERY MUSEUM in Torzhok, famous for its delicate gold-wire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing. Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox VALDAY IVERSKY MONASTERY, founded in 1653. Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important center of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles. Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 177 mi/ 285 km

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Day 6 NOVGOROD

Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its KREMLIN (city center) and magnificent ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL with its ancient frescoes, bronze 12th-century Magdeburg Doors, and five onion domes. Then, explore a recreated old Russian village with traditional izbas (homes), chapels, farmyards, and more at the OPEN-AIR VITOSLAVLITSY WOODEN ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM. Visit ST. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, dating back to 1119.

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Day 7 NOVGOROD–ST. PETERSBURG

Depart Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city’s palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 km

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Day 8 ST. PETERSBURG

An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendor, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS AND CATHEDRAL, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners, including the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Day 9 ST. PETERSBURG

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. The museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world. You may also choose a canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.

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Day 10 ST. PETERSBURG

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Moscow
St. Petersburg

Moscow

Moscow By Night

Moscow By Night

Discover the magic and dramatic beauty of Moscow at night! See the city's most famous icons and monuments--all lit up and dressed to impress!

Price Range: $$

St. Petersburg

Russian Folklore Show

Russian Folklore Show

Enjoy a captivating Russian folklore show featuring fiery dances, traditional songs, and authentic costumes at one of St. Petersburg's grand historic palaces.

Price Range: $$

St. Petersburg Canal Cruise

St. Petersburg Canal Cruise

Experience the magnificence of St. Petersburg from the water on this riveting cruise along the city's charming network of canals.

Price Range: $$

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

Marvel at the art treasures contained in the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest palaces.

Price Range: $$

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