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A Taste of Russia

Price per person
from £1,884

Price based on
London Heathrow
26th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

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, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian 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 holiday 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 holiday 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 – from the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the Hermitage, to the blue and white Catherine Palace. 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.

At a glance

Moscow Guided city tour including Metro tour

Sergiev Posad Guided visit Trinty-Sergius Monastery and Matryoshka Museum

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 & Paul Fortress

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Services of a local representative
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
Private home pick-up service

Our private 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

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, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian 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 holiday 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 holiday 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 – from the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the Hermitage, to the blue and white Catherine Palace. 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.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

UK - Moscow, Russia

Day
1

Fly to Moscow where you will be transferred to your hotel.

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:

  • 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

Moscow. Excursion to Sergiev Posad

Day
3

An included excursion travels 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

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

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 centre 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.

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. Visit ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, dating back to 1119.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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
  • 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 AND 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

St. Petersburg

Day
9

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join the optional excursion to the flamboyant blue and white Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Russian tsars. You may also choose an evening canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Moscow - Holiday Inn Tagansky

Cosmos clients can find at Holiday Inn Moscow Tagansky functional comfort and relax in a cosy atmosphere flavoured with friendly service and guest-oriented approach. Convenient location in the Tagansky district of Moscow, 10 minutes' drive from Red Square, main cultural sights as well as Business Centers will appeal to both corporate and leisure travellers.

  • Location

    2 Simonovsky Val street, Moscow, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Tver -Osnabruck

The Osnabruck Hotel is located in the historical district of Tver. The first building was opened in November 1997, and the second one - in June 2002. The Osnabruck Hotel features a wellness centre, which comprises a Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna, a plunge pool, a solarium, a massage room, and other facilities.

  • Location

    20 Saltykov-Schedrin street, Tver, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Novgorod - Park Inn Veliky Novgorod

Park Inn by Radisson Veliky Novgorod hotel is the place that combines national Russian hospitality and exceptional service of international hotel brand. The hotel is located in a park area on the shore of the Volkhov River in the historic centre of Veliky Novgorod. The facade of the building is a combination of modern architecture and traditional Novgorod elements - arches and arcades. Through the large panoramic windows, guests can see the spectacular views to the river Volkhov.

  • Location

    2 Studencheskaya street, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

St. Petersburg - Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky

The Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky offers not only unforgettable hotel stays but also provides an ideal location on the beautiful Vasilievsky Island. Our hotel is located just minutes away from St. Petersburg, Russia's most renowned destinations, and features a contemporary backdrop for clients' visit.

  • Location

    Lit. A, 61/30 2nd line, Vasilyevsky island, St Petersburg, Russia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board