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Classic Russia

Moscow, the Golden Ring & St. Petersburg


Start Date:
June 2, 2020  
 Trip Coordinator (TC):
 Jill Nanney
End Date:
June 12, 2020  TC email:
Full Package Price: 
$4,395 per person
 Asst. Trip Coordinator (ATC):
Land Package Price:  n/a  ATC email:  n/a
Single Supplement: n/a
 Final Payment Date:
 Fri., Feb 28, 2020
Deposit: $300 per person  Resort Pass Affiliation:  n/a
Total Participants:


Embrace the beauty of tradition and well-preserved history as you travel through Russia’s most incredible cities!

Saint Basil's Cathedral
  • 11 days - 3 nights in Moscow, 2 nights in the Golden Ring (Suzdal), 4 nights in St. Petersburg.
  • Tour highlights:
    • Moscow: Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin, Tretyakov Gallery.
    • Golden Ring: Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture (preserves traditional peasant villages for people to see how Russians lived, worked and worshiped in the 17th to 19th centuries), Lunch with a Local Family.
    • St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum, Vodka Tasting in Museum of Russian Vodka, Peterhof’s Palace, St. Cathrine Palace and more!

Matryoshka Dolls
  • Round-trip air from IAH via Lufthansa Airlines; taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • 14 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees.
  • English-speaking tour guides throughout.
  • Note: You will need a Russian Visa – currently $160.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday June 2, 2020 - USA – RUSSIA

Your magical journey to Russia begins as you depart Houston today on your overnight flight. Your flight will leave at 3.55pm from Houston on Lufthansa airlines and arrive the following day around 5.15pm (Wednesday) in Moscow, with about a 4.25hour layover in Frankfurt for the flight connection.

Day 2 - Wednesday June 3, 2020 – MOSCOW

Arrive in Moscow, a beautiful city filled with palaces, cathedrals, beautiful bridges over canals, spacious squares and wide streets. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located hotel. After a welcome meeting, check-in and attend a welcome dinner at the local Chekhov restaurant. Accommodation (D).

Day 3 - Thursday June 4, 2020 - MOSCOW
In the morning, you will visit the Old Tretyakov gallery which is a unique museum where one will have the perfect chance to get acquainted with the best examples of Russian art. Enjoy a tour in the halls devoted to Russian icon painting, where you will learn the painting techniques of the old masters and admire medieval masterpieces while listening to the fascinating stories about them.  In the afternoon, visit the Russian handicraft centre-Izmaylovo, famous for its open-air souvenir market. Here is an opportunity to browse or to buy a great variety of traditional Russian craft objects- famous matryoshkas, wood-carving goods, porcelain, birchbark items, Russian Army uniforms and more! Here you will partake in a Matryoshka (the famous Russian nesting dolls) painting class! Evening at leisure.  Accommodation in Moscow (B).

Day 4 - Friday June 5, 2020 - MOSCOW

Begin the day with an early entrance tour of the heart of the city and country – the Kremlin. You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within its walls: 15th century cathedrals, a bell-tower, Patriarch’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the Armoury. The Armoury has a fantastic collection of insignia of Imperial power, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses and a unique collection of imperial carriages. In the afternoon, enjoy a Moscow city tour, passing the main streets and boulevards of the ancient city. You will see all the major landmarks: Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Sparrow Hills and New Maiden Convent. The next stop is the Metro, as Moscow’s underground is not only the fastest means of transportation in Moscow, but also a unique architectural ensemble. Major stations built in the 1930s look like palaces richly decorated with marble, mosaic and semi-precious stones. Learn about the thrilling “underground palaces” during a tour of the oldest and most beautiful metro stations.   Accommodation in Moscow (B/D).

Day 5 - Saturday June 6, 2020 - MOSCOW - VLADIMIR – SUZDAL

After breakfast, Drive to Vladimir. The history of Vladimir goes back over one thousand years and preserves examples of white-stone medieval architecture along with buildings from the 16-20th centuries. Unique memorials still remain – Cathedrals of Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedral. You will see the famous Golden Gates (1158-1164) located close to town centre. Visit the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl river (Bogolubovo). You will have lunch at the Duke Vladimir then continue to Suzdal, check in at the hotel in Suzdal (B,L).


Day 6 - Sunday June 7, 2020 – SUZDAL

Today, explore Suzdal. The entire town is a museum which has hardly changed for the past two and a half centuries. First, visit the Monastery of St. Euthymius which was founded in the 14th century and grew in importance in the 16th and 17th centuries after donations from Vasili III, Ivan V and the Pozharsky family, a noble dynasty of the region. Among the buildings erected during this period were the Assumption Church, the bell tower, the surrounding walls and towers, and the seven-domed Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. Continue to the Suzdal Kremlin, the oldest part of the Russian city dating from the 10th century. Together with several structures in the neighboring city of Vladimir, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. Visit the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, which preserves traditional peasant villages for people to see how Russians lived, worked and worshipped in the 17th to 19th centuries. For lunch, enjoy a meal with a local family. This evening, enjoy at leisure. (B,L).


After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Moscow. On arrival in Moscow, enjoy lunch at “Bon App” restaurant before the journey through the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring of Russia is amidst plains, lakes and marshes with scattered old Russian towns. Life here is completely different from the big cities and an opportunity to see true Russia. Arrive in St Petersburg and transfer from the train station to the hotel for check-in.  Accommodation in St Petersburg. (B,L).

Hermitage Museum

Day 8 - Tuesday June 9, 2020 - ST PETERSBURG

After breakfast, enjoy early-access to the Hermitage, the world’s second biggest museum. Today, the museum has over 2 million exhibits. The exhibitions are diverse with works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, an impressive collection of impressionists and the largest collection of the Titans in existence. Your tour will continue with a visit to Peter & Paul’s fortress, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, and the oldest building in St. Petersburg. Until 1917, the fortress was mainly used for holding political prisoners, such as Dostoevsky, Lenin’s brother Alexander, and Peter the Great’s own son, Alexei.  At the heart of the fortress is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, with its landmark gold spire, where all of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary leaders were buried, apart from Peter, Ivan IV and Nicholas II. Drop off in Nevsky for free time and lunch at leisure. Afterwards, enjoy a vodka tasting and a guided tour of the Museum of Russia Vodka. The museum tells us about the drink which has been an integral and essential attribute of Russian life for centuries. Possible date for the evening at a ballet event or on day 10 (ballet dates not yet published). (B)

Day 9 - Wednesday June 10, 2020 - ST PETERSBURG

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head to Peterhof, or “Peter’s Court,” for a special early opening of the Grand Palace. Peterhof dates back to 1715 and is the former summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Most famous for its stunning golden fountains, the palace grounds are also home to several buildings and parks. This afternoon, experience St. Petersburg from the water, on a private canal ride. As you cruise along, relax and enjoy the unique view of St. Petersburg then visit of St Isaak. St. Isaac’s Cathedral stands out in the Saint Petersburg’s skyline and is the largest cathedral in the city. It adorns impressive exteriors and beautiful interiors and is a landmark in the city. In the evening, you will go see the Nikolayevsky Posad Folk show. Accommodation in St Petersburg (B)

Church Of The Spilled Blood

Day 10 - Thursday Jun 11, 2020 - ST PETERSBURG

Today, you will explore the Tsar village, the Catherine palace and its parks and the church of the Spilled Blood. Tsarskoe Selo, in the town called Pushkin near St. Petersburg, is one of the area's most impressive sights. The palace complex of Tsarskoe Selo (which means “Tsars' Village” in Russian) includes attractions that are popular draws on their own: the Catherine Palace and parks, the Alexander Palace and parks, and associated outbuildings that have been restored or renovated into exhibition spaces. The entire complex is a part of the UNESCO-protected Russian World Heritage site and will dazzle you with its beauty so completely, you'll be seeing tsars! and you will cover the most iconic monuments and the must see in St Petersburg. Potential date for the Ballet evening or in day 8. Accommodation in St Petersburg (B)

Day 11 - Friday June 12, 2020 - ST PETERSBURG – USA

Following breakfast, very early transfer to the airport for your early return flight to the USA that would leave St Petersburg around 5.55 am with Lufthansa airlines, connecting to your trans-Atlantic flight in Frankfurt around 10 am (2 hours layover) to arrive back home in Houston around 1.50 pm the same day. (B)

Featured Hotels

Hotel Azimut Olympic 4****

18/1 Olimpiisky prospekt,

127055 MOSCOW


Art hotel Nikolaevsky Posad

Ulitsa Lenina, 138,

Suzdal, Vladimirskaya oblast’, Russia, 601293


Marriott Courtyard Vasilievsky hotel  4**** or similar**

2 line of Vasilievsky Island 61/30

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197701

All photos courtesy of SmarTours

Trip Coordinator: Jill Nanney



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Tuesday, June 02, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020

Russian Federation
Jill Nanney
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