A Taste of Russia

Price per person
from £1,851

Price based on
London Heathrow
14th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • Russia

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

From riding the metro in Moscow and painting Matroyshka dolls in Sergiev Posad, to following in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky in Klin, prepare for a journey of cultural discovery on this interactive city adventure.

At a glance


  • Moscow Visit the Kremlin, St Basil's Basilica and other highlights on a guided city tour.
  • Sergiev Posad Join a nesting doll masterclass after exploring the Matryoshka museum.
  • Klin Browse personal artefacts belonging to Tchaikovsky at the Tchaikovsky House Museum.
  • Torzhok Admire stunning displays of gold-wire embroidery at the Goldwork Embroidery Museum.
  • St Petersburg Visit the sprawling Peter and Paul Fortress on a sightseeing excursion.
A Taste of Russia map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Services of a local representative
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

From riding the metro in Moscow and painting Matroyshka dolls in Sergiev Posad, to following in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky in Klin, prepare for a journey of cultural discovery on this interactive city adventure.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

UK - Moscow

Day
1

Fly to Moscow where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening.

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 travellers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
3

Included excursion to picturesque Sergiev Posad with its 14th-century Trinity-Sergius Monastery— the Russian Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican. With its imposing white-stone façade and blue and gold onion domes, this is one of the loveliest monasteries in Russia. Then, at the Matryoshka Museum, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted—and learn how to paint your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow - Klin - Tver

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tver - Torzhok - Novgorod

Day
5

After breakfast leave for the nearby town of Torzhok, best known for its gold-wire embroidery. See intricate handiwork displays at the Goldwork Embroidery Museum, before moving on to the Valday Iversky Monastery. Later, continue your journey to Novgorod where you will enjoy an authentic Russian dinner at a local restaurant to end the day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Novgorod

Day
6

Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its Kremlin (city centre) 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, and visit St. Georges Cathedral, dating back to 1119

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Novgorod - St Petersburg

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
8

An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners. Its most famous inmates included Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and Peter the Great’s own rebellious son, Alexei. This afternoon, consider joining our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. Housed in Peter’s magnificent former Winter Palace on the banks of the Neva River, today the museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
9

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. You could explore on your own, or join the optional excursions to the flamboyant blue and white Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Russian tsars, and to the Fabergé Museum, founded to repatriate Russia’s lost cultural treasures, including the rare imperial Fabergé eggs. You could also choose to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure at a vodka tasting and dinner at the Vodka Rooms.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today with breakfast in the morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Moscow - Holiday Inn Simonovsky 

Tver - Hotel Osnabruck

Novgorod - Park Inn

St Petersburg - Sokos Olympia Garden 

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