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Discover Russia - 9 Days - Valid: Feb to Sep.21

Discover Russia - 9 Days - Valid: Feb to Sep.21

St Petersburg, Russia

From: R 33,900.00
Per Person Sharing
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    From: R 33,900.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #9427
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Valid From

    16th of February 2021 (Tuesday)
  • Valid To

    26th of September 2020 (Saturday)
  • Expires

    31st of August 2020 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Wanting to get a glimpse of Russia? This 09 day package is just the answer...

You will take in the highlights of St Petersburg - city of the tsars and Moscow - the dynamic capital, before getting off the beaten track and exploring Russia's historic Golden Ring towns of Suzdal, Kostroma and Yaroslavl. Loaded to the hilt with beautiful architecture, golden spires and onion-domed monasteries, with picturesque countryside to boot, the Golden Ring is one of Russia's most enchanting destinations.

Trip Highlights

St Petersburg - City of the Tsars. UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End

St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace (visited in winter) or the gardens of Peterhof (visited in summer)

Yaroslavl - Quaint riverside city with an impressive skyline of onion shaped domes. The 16th century Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour and a wood painted class

Moscow - Russia's capital city. UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, and St Basil’s Cathedral. Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour.

Suzdal - Picturesque town with traditional wooden architecture. Kremlin, UNESCO Listed monasteries, picturesque rural surrounds, the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture and sampling a traditional Russian banya (sauna)

Kostroma - Ancient churches, monasteries, market streets and a visit to the Snow Maiden's house with its Ice Room and Ice Bar

Set departures between 16 February & 26 September 2021

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1 - St Petersburg

Tuesday. Welcome to Russia. Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and check in. Later tonight you'll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out. 
Overnight: St Petersburg - Dinner

Day 2 - Peterhof or Catherine Palace

Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof Palace which we visit from May through to mid-October are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations, with spectacular gold fountains. In winter we visit Catherine Palace or Pavlosk Palace who's exteriors and interiors are lavishly decorated and really catch the eye – Catherine Palace’s lavish Amber room is a real highlight! 

This evening you have the opportunity to join in on some optional excursions including a night at the ballet or a Cossack show. There may even be the chance to try your hand at preparing Russian cuisine with an interactive cooking class. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.
Overnight: St Petersburg - Breakfast

Day 3 - St Pete's Sightseeing

St Petersburg - Moscow. We start today's touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we'll head out of the city to explore the beautiful gardens of Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). 

St Petersburg – Moscow. This morning a driving tour provides an introduction to the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Travelling by bus we will make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few stops will be made along the way to see the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. We then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses much of the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We will also pay a visit to the impressive Church on Spilled Blood. Later, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

This evening we board our overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow. 
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Red Square & Kremlin

This morning we arrive into Russia’s capital. Taking the metro, we will make our way to the legendary Red Square for the start of our walking tour. Here we will take in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. We also tour the mighty Kremlin, with a guided walk through the grounds to see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar Bell - the largest bell that never rang! If open, you can pay your respects to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin’s mausoleum. Remainder of the day is at leisure. 

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight:Moscow - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Optional Bunker Tour

We head 65 metres underground and explore the Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. The rest of the day is free to explore amazing galleries, museums, plenty of cafes, shops (including the GUM department store for high rollers) and bars all within walking distance. During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.
Overnight: Moscow - Breakfast

Day 6 - Suzdal

Moscow - Suzdal. This morning we travel by train from Moscow to Vladimir and then transfer to Suzdal, a picturesque Golden Ring town loaded to the hilt with ancient buildings, stunning medieval architecture and an astounding number of churches and monasteries. With pretty meadows and livestock grazing freely along country lanes, Suzdal has the relaxed feel of a small pastoral village.

We take a walking tour around the centre of Suzdal, where we'll see Suzdal Kremlin, Market square, Alexander monastery, Pokrovsky Monastery and Rizopolozhensky monastery. We'll also explore the remarkable Museum of Wooden Architecture which has a reconstruction of an ancient Russian village from Ivan The Terrible’s time. This afternoon you can enjoy a traditional Russia banya (sauna) and if you get too hot you can always jump in the river to cool off! 
Overnight: Suzdal - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Kostroma

Suzdal - Kostroma - Yaroslavl. The next stop on our tour of the Golden Ring is the historic city of Kostroma which sits on the banks of the Volga River. We'll enjoy a bus tour of the city and visit the fairytale land of the Snow Maiden's museum. Here we'll explore the mansion, learn all about Russian fairy tales and visit the chilly ice-room where you can enjoy ice cocktails at the ice bar. From Kostroma we travel on to Yaroslavl for the night. 
Overnight: Yaroslavi - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 - Yaroslavi

Yaroslavl - Moscow. After breakfast today we get to test our artistic skills at a wood painting class in the grounds of one of city's oldest monasteries and you can take your artwork home as a souvenir! Then we explore Yaroslavl, a historic UNESCO-listed city which sits on the confluence of two rivers and has a skyline crowded with onion-shaped domes and imposing spires. Yaroslavl is the biggest and most modern Golden Ring town that we visit. On a bus tour of the city we'll see the Assumption cathedral, the remarkable 16th Century Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Theatre square and more. We'll also visit The Residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Maslenitsa, which is an interactive museum with colourful wooden buildings. Maslenitsa (Butter Week) is a Russian folk festival where people eat traditional pancakes called blinis and you'll have the opportunity to sample a tasty blini at the museum.

This afternoon we travel by train back to Moscow, where we'll spend our final night in the Big Smoke.
Overnight: Moscow - Breakfast

Day 9 - Moscow

Wednesday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Hotel check out and make your own way to the airport. 
Breakfast

Set departures between 16 February & 26 September 2021

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 8 nights 3 star hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
  • Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Specialist Russian guides at local sights
  • All relevant transfers and transportation on tour 
  • Russian banya (sauna) experience in Suzdal
  • 1 overnight train from St Petersburg - Moscow in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen 
  • Guided sightseeing - Moscow, St Petersburg, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1
  • Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
  • A traditional wood painting class in Yaroslavl 

Set departures between 16 February & 26 September 2021

Single supplement for solo travellers - R7900.00

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Entrance Fees: USD$85-95, paid in local currency
Package Conditions:

Set departures between 16 February & 26 September 2021

**Excludes a Tipping Kitty of USD$40-50 (paid in local currency) & entrance fees of USD$60-70 (paid in local currency)

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel ie visas, innoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports

St Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject located in Northwestern Federal District of Russia on the Neva River at the east end of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.

On May 1, 1703 Peter the Great took the Swedish fortress of Nyenskans and the city Nyen on the Neva river. On May 27, 1703 (May 16, Old Style) he founded the city after reconquering the Ingrian land from Sweden in the Great Northern War. He named the city after his patron saint, the apostle Saint Peter. The city was built under adverse weather and geographical conditions. High mortality rate required a constant supply of workers. Peter ordered a yearly conscription of 40,000 serfs, one conscript for every nine to 16 households.

Saint Petersburg experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are typically cool, humid and quite short, while winters are long, cold, but with frequent warm spells. The average daily temperature in July is 22C (72 F), summer maximum is about 34C (94F), winter minimum is about -27 C (-17 F).

The majestic appearance of St. Petersburg is achieved through a variety of architectural details including long, straight boulevards, vast spaces, gardens and parks, decorative wrought-iron fences, monuments and decorative sculptures. Such as the Summer Garden and Winter Palace. The largest cathedral in the city is St Isaac's Cathedral (18181858); it is the biggest gold-plated dome in the world.

St Petersburgs restaurant scene is becoming more exciting than ever, having truly banished bland Soviet versions of traditional dishes - both imperial and peasant - to the dustbin of history. Restaurants range from cosy caf-bistros to lavish multi-roomed halls befitting of royalty.

St Petersburg has a vibrant, varied nightlife ranging from opera and ballet to nightclubs, rock concerts, jazz clubs, and acid house raves. However, the scene is constantly changing - new venues open, old ones close. So the best advice is to check the weekly listings in the St Petersburg Times. Most of the decent nightlife is in the city centre. Bars open from 1100 and start closing around 2400, although some remain open until 0200 or 0400.
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Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 22 June 2020.

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