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The Soul of Russia

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels! Traverse the ancient Golden Ring towns called "Russian Vatican". Enjoy the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, as well as the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage Museum.

The Soul of Russia

16 days4 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
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$5,312
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels! Traverse the ancient Golden Ring towns called "Russian Vatican". Enjoy the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, as well as the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage Museum.

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Moscow

first destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
5

This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

car
Moscow
Suzdal
3 hrs 20 min

The following morning you have a quick car ride, taking you to the heart of the Golden Ring. Beautiful countryside views included!

Suzdal

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 2
Tour to the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad
City tour
City tour

Following early breakfast and check-out, your private guide-driver picks you up at the hotel in Moscow and takes you to Sergiev Posad known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad. The highlight of the day is a tour lead by a churchman in the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy - the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After a lunch break, your guide takes you to a cozy town Suzdal, and after check-in, you have a free evening to enjoy the atmosphere of provincial Russia.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Tour of Suzdal & Vladimir and Return to Moscow
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring. Suzdal boasts its large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture.

During the tour, you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of classical ancient Russia.

After a lunch break, you are taken to Vladimir to witness unique architectural creations. During your tour around this town, you go inside the Dormition Cathedral that preserves the world famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev dating back to the 15th century. Together with your guide you explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy (exterior) and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs. Once the tour is over your driver takes you to Moscow hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal
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Offering great service and comfortable accommodation, the Nikolaevsky Posad tourist complex is a great value option. It offers comfortable rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms with hairdryers.

Welcome to Suzdal

The ancient town of Suzdal is a must-see while in Russia. Situated near the capital Moscow, it is one of the main stops on the Golden Ring route, providing with some truly picturesque sites

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Suzdal
Moscow
3 hrs 20 min

Discover the authentic towns and landscapes of Russia while on a journey with our experienced driver. During the fast and safe transfer you can enjoy the beautiful views or simply sit back and relax before further exploring. 

Moscow

third destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Moscow Panoramic City Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you enjoy a panoramic Moscow city tour. Today you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store. After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Subway Tour & Moscow by Night
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the nearby subway station to take a short ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life.

Shortly you arrive at the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov. Then you have another quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, you meet your guide and driver to explore the illuminated capital. Your tour starts with a 2.5-hour boat ride (1st class boat tickets are included) along the Moskva river, during which you see the Moscow from a completely different perspective and have an opportunity to enjoy dinner and drinks with amazing views.

Next you enjoy a wonderful panoramic city tour that offers a unique opportunity to see the shining of Kremlin towers, the illuminated St. Basil's Cathedral dominating Red Square, as well as the sparkle of the many streets and avenues of Moscow. See Moscow in absolutely different evening colors! After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Market Tour & Russian Cooking Class
Tasting
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast you meet with our representative. You are taken on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia.

Together with a professional English-speaking chef you first go to a local market to buy fresh local produce. Then during the cooking class you learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht, learn to make traditional pelmeni dumplings and thin blini pancakes.

Breakfast is included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

Welcome to Moscow

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

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Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a short train ride between the two treasure cities in Russia. The high-speed Sapsan train will provide the highest level of comfort and the shortest travel duration.

Saint Petersburg

fourth destination
6 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Train to Saint-Petersburg & Panoramic City Tour with a Boat Ride
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast and check-out, your private driver meets you at the hotel lobby and transfers you to the Leningradsky train station for your departure to Saint-Petersburg. At the train station, you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train (Business class tickets are included) that takes you to Saint Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. A meal onboard the train is included. Upon arrival, you are met by your private guide, who takes you on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg with your private driver.

You start the tour with a drive along the Nevsky Prospect, the Summer Garden, and after crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora.

Afterwards, you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

After a scenic drive along the University Embankment, you have a chance to see the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great.

A highlight of the tour is a guided tour of the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

Before arriving to your hotel for check-in, you see some other major sights as the Mariinsky Theater, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Alexandrinsky Theatre. After check-in, you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and meal on the train included.

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Day 9
Imperial Porcelain Master Class & Vodka Museum Visit
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed with your private driver to the Imperial Porcelain Factory. The Imperial Porcelain Factory, founded in 1744 in Saint-Petersburg, is the first porcelain factory in Russia and the third oldest in Europe. The museum exhibition showcases porcelain pieces and art objects of the Imperial and Soviet times. Here you also take part in a workshop on porcelain painting under the guidance of experienced painters, after which you get to take home a hand-painted souvenir.

Later this day, you have private guided tour of the Russian Vodka Museum and learn more about a significant part of Russia's culture and the favorite nation's distilled beverage. Enjoy the tour and get to know many fascinating facts about the history of vodka, anecdotes and traditions related to this drink. After the tour, you have a tasting of three different vodka shots accompanied by traditional Russian snacks. After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian palatial architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) about an hour south from the center of St. Petersburg.

This striking example of baroque architecture was once gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Later on it serviсed as summer residences to many Russian Emperors and empresses who contributed a lot into its development and further beautification.

During the tour, we walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Tour of the Hermitage Museum, Savior on Spilled Blood & Saint-Petersburg by Night Tour
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After a short break for coffee, you explore the Palace Square, have a tour of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Theater.

After the tour, you walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Late in the evening, around midnight, your guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you on an exciting walk to marvel at the city center in absolutely different evening colors and witness the famous drawing bridges. Tonight you get to see the magically illuminated buildings as well as the opening of the most beautifully lit bridges in the very city center that takes place at around 1 a.m. every night from April to November.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Trip to Peterhof
Day tour
Day tour

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you travel with your private guide and driver to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

The highlight of the tour is a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg. Upon your return to the city, your private driver transfers you to the hotel and you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
Day at Leisure & Train to Petrozavodsk
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast and check-out you have some free time to continue exploring the city on your own or sign up for one of our carefully planned optional tours.

In the late afternoon, you have a transfer to the train station for your train to Petrozavodsk. Upon arrival, walk to the hotel for check-in and have a good rest before your trip to Kizhi, planned for the next day.

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg
5

Set right in the heart of the scenic city of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia combines an elegant design and offers impeccable service, providing everything you need for a great stay. All rooms are light and spacious and are fitted with great amenities.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

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Saint Petersburg
Petrozavodsk
5 hrs 10 min

Today you board a Russian train and enjoy a scenic ride towards Petrozavodsk. Get ready to witness some glorious lakes and forests alongside the charming little Russian towns.

Petrozavodsk

fifth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 14
Kizhi Island Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Today after breakfast meet your guide and walk to the pier along the embankment to board a hydrofoil that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island, where some scenes of the Anna Karenina movie were filmed. The duration of the transfer is about 1.5 hours.

Upon arrival, you have a tour of the Open Air Museum Kizhi. During your walking tour, you explore its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills, and ancient Russian wooden houses. After a short lunch stop, you visit a local carpentry restoration center.

In the afternoon after the tour, you depart back to Petrozavodsk and have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Please note: the trip to Kizhi Island is subject to weather conditions. Hydrofoil to Kizhi Island is scheduled from May 15th to October 15th. Hovercraft for the winter period is scheduled from January 15 to April 1st. 

Breakfast is included.

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Day 15
Exploring Karelian Traditional Village Life & Departure to St. Petersburg
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast and check-out, you meet your private guide and driver to continue the journey.

The first stop on the route is a village Manga with its small church of 19th century. Next, you proceed to Kinerma village where you meet a hostess for a welcoming tea ceremony with kalitki (Karelian traditional small pies) and varenye (whole-fruit preserve). One of the highlights of a day is a workshop of making such pies with a hostess.

You also have time to stroll along the village to observe the houses of the 18th and 19th century built in local traditions and enjoy the beauty of Karelian nature before return to Petrozavodsk.

Upon arrival, you have lunch and then you have a tour of the city. Witness the circle square dating back to the 18th century, the Governor's houses and walk along the picturesque embankment. After the tour, you are taken to the train station.

Breakfast and welcoming tea ceremony treats included.

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Piter Inn Hotel, Petrozavodsk
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The modern-looking Piter Inn Hotel is a nice property and a great place to stay during your Russia vacation. It offers 180 comfortable rooms equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay, including flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms.

Welcome to Petrozavodsk

Set gracefully on the shores of Lake Onega, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk is a perfect destination for those wishing to immerse into one of the most picturesque corners of genuine Russia.

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Petrozavodsk
Saint Petersburg
5hrs 10 min

Leave Petrozavodsk behind and make your way towards the always beautiful Saint Petersburg. Enjoy stunning views through the large passenger window.

Saint Petersburg

sixth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 16
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing trip to Russia! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg
5

Set right in the heart of the scenic city of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia combines an elegant design and offers impeccable service, providing everything you need for a great stay. All rooms are light and spacious and are fitted with great amenities.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 4-star hotels in Suzdal and Petrozavodsk;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to Sergiev Posad Lavra, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Dormition Cathedral, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, Moscow subway, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace, Open-air Museum of Kizhi;
  • 1st class tickets for Radisson boat ride on Moskva river;
  • Private boat ride in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Hydrofoil ride from Peterhof to Saint-Petersburg;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Regular class high-speed Lastochka train tickets between St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Discover architectural treasures of ancient Russia on a 2-days Golden Ring tour;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Trace the vital milestones in the history of Russian art by witnessing the masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery;
  • Enjoy unique activities, including a Russian Cooking Class, an Imperial Porcelain Master Class, as well as a guided visit to the Vodka Museum;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide.
  • Explore the wonders of Karelia Region, including the famous Kizhi Island and its wooden Pogost, the city of Petrozavodsk, and a Karelian traditional village.

What To Know

  • Russian climate may be unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers, bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • Debit and credit cards are accepted in most places in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and there are plenty of ATMs if you need some cash for meals and tips.
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service.
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