Private Russia Tour | Wonders of Russia | Firebird Tours ®
Lake Baikal, Russia
Moscow, Russia
St. Petersburg
Catherine's Palace, Saint Petersburg
Moscow, Russia

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Overview

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia! Enjoy the best of Moscow, including the Red Square, the Kremlin, and the treasure trove of fine art - the Tretyakov Gallery. Immerse yourself in genuine Russia as you explore Irkutsk nearby Listvyanka Village, Taltsy Museum, and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal. Continue to St. Petersburg, often referred to as Venice of the North, and take in the beauty of the Hermitage, Peterhof Parks, and Catherine's Palace.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels: 10 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel: 2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    Cable car ride
    2 flights between cities
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    5 guided city tours with private transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    14 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activity: Russian banya
  • MEALS
  • 12 breakfasts
    3 lunches

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located 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.

Breakfast is included

Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

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 free.

Breakfast is included

 

Day 3
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour

Following 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 free.

  • Optional tour: Moskva River Boat Ride & Moscow by Night Tour​​​

Breakfast is included

Day 4
Panoramic City Tour & Flight to Irkutsk

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and 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 Moscow airport for your flight to Irkutsk.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Irkutsk City Tour

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to a hotel where you have some time to rest after the overnight flight. 

In the afternoon you are transferred to a city restaurant for lunch. Then you embark on a guided tour around the most remarkable Irkutsk attractions. During the tour, you explore the historical part of the city, including the Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of our Savior and the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the Polish Roman Catholic Church. Then you walk through a beautiful Kirov Square and a central Karl Marks Street that will lead you to the Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals.

After the tour the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 6
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

Following breakfast, you check out and meet your driver who takes you right to the Lake Baikal shore.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka. During the tour, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy traditional Russian banya at your hotel.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 7
Trip to Taltsy Village

After breakfast, you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

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

  • Optional tour: Lake Baikal Cruise

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 8
Flight to Saint Petersburg

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for your flight to Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival, your driver transfers you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included

Day 9
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & the Savior on Spilled Blood

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 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 Palace and the Mikhailovsky Theater.

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

  • Optional tour: Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show, Nikolaevsky Palace

Breakfast is included

Day 10
St. Petersburg City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg with your private driver.

You start the day with a drive along the Summer Garden, and after crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora. Afterward, 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 day 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 returning to your hotel you see some other major sights as the Mariinsky Theater, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

  • Optional tour: Rivers & Canals Boat Ride, St. Petersburg

Breakfast is included

Day 11
Trip to Peterhof

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).

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

Breakfast is included

Day 12
Trip to Pushkin

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

Day 13
Departure

This is the final day of your trip. Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you enjoyed all Russian cities 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


Included

10 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels, 2 nights in a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals as per itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Economy class flight tickets Moscow - Irkutsk and Irkutsk -  Saint-Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • A fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • Traditional Russian banya experience on Lake Baikal;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide;
  • Unveil the history of the priceless Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which required a quarter-century reconstruction;
What to Know
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • 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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,498
Deposit $900
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,998
Deposit $1,000
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,498
Deposit $900
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,998
Deposit $1,000

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