Moscow, the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg

Discover where Russian art, architecture and culture began. In between the urban centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, experience the Russian countryside. The oldest and loveliest churches in Russia, Sergiev Posad’s wooden crafts and Fedoskino’s glowing lacquer boxes all put a shine on Russia’s Golden Ring.

11 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Cultural Series:
    Moscow to St. Petersburg

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Watch a matrioshka doll take shape
    Tour a Sergiev Posad workshop where nesting matrioshka dolls are painted by hand....
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  • Trace the path of the Romanovs and Ivan the Terrible
    Walk in the footsteps of the Romanovs and Ivan the Terrible as you trace Russian history in the towns and villages of the Golden Ring....
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  • Experience Russian hospitality in a private home
    Venture inside a private Russian home for a traditional home-cooked meal of Russian specialties such as blini and borscht....
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  • Appreciate Russian artistic traditions at a center for lacquer miniature painting
    Appreciate Russian artistic traditions with a visit to a center of authentic lacquer miniature painting in Fedoskino, where the art was perfected....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Moscow

Begin in Moscow, the political and economic center of Russia. Explore the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Armory Museum and UNESCO-listed Novodevichy Convent with its famous cemetery.

Highlights

  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
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Days 3-4: Vladimir, Suzdal, Plyos, Kostroma

Set out through the Russian countryside, passing clusters of dachas and tiny villages. Stop at Vladimir and Suzdal to see the UNESCO-listed 12th and 13th century churches. Drive to Plyos and enjoy authentic Russian cuisine in a private home. In 12th century Kostroma, visit the Romanov family chambers.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal”
  • Vladimir’s 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption with its twelve blue and gold gilded domes
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Days 5-7: Yaroslavl, Rostov, Sergiev Posad, Fedoskino

Visit historic Yaroslavl and admire the red brick churches decorated with ceramic tiles crafted by members of the town’s renowned posad, or craft center. Stop in Rostov, a beautiful old city celebrated for its immense kremlin. Pause at Sergiev Posad to admire its 14th century monastery and learn about matrioshka doll-making. Visit the Museum of Lacquer Miniatures in Fedoskino, namesake of the hand-painted lacquer boxes made here. Return to Moscow and board the afternoon train to St. Petersburg.

Highlights

  • Yaroslavl’s historic town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 12th century Spassky (Savior) Monastery on the Volga River
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Days 8-11: St. Petersburg

Spend three exhilarating days in St. Petersburg, dipping into the riches of the Hermitage, touring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, wandering the imperial estate of Peterhof with its gilded fountains and admiring the expertly restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace.

Highlights

  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Peter and Paul Fortress, the earliest structure in St. Petersburg
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 11 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-16 Travelers $5,995
  • Single Supplement $1,095

2017 Dates

  • May 26-June 5
  • July 7-17
  • September 1-11
  • $5,995
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never more than 16 travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in superior tourist class hotels.
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners. A few lunches or dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your flight arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout the itinerary by private vehicle (vehicle size depends on group size).
  • Train tickets, Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Hydrofoil tickets, St. Petersburg to Peterhof, one-way (return by vehicle).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international air fare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Extend your stay in St. Petersburg or venture to Petrozavodsk and Kizhi Island. MIR can also arrange for an extended program in Western Russia, nearby Baltics, and Ukraine. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are superior tourist class, please keep in mind that some aspects of the tourism infrastructure in Russia are not up to the standards North American travelers expect. Services are improving in the region; however you may encounter problems with bureaucratic service, road conditions and availability and quality of public restrooms.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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