Back Roads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow

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Overview

Russia is the world’s largest nation, which means there’s no shortage of things to see or do here. With us, you won’t just stick to the main sights in Moscow and St Petersburg. Head beyond these two cities to see Russia’s quieter side in the villages of Petrozavodska and Kizhi Island, or the cluster of ancient towns known as the Golden Ring. Discover standout landscapes like Ruskeala National Park’s marble canyon. Want a little bit of everything? You’ll find it in Russia.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saint-Petersburg

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Saint-Petersburg

Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the city's highlights.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala

Enjoy a free morning in the city. Opt to visit the Hermitage Museum or explore on your own. This afternoon, drive to Sortavala (Karelia).

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Sortavala/Petrozavodsk

In the morning, transfer to Ruskeala to visit stunning marble quarries, the source of stone for St Petersburg palaces. Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma and enjoy a walking tour of the village. Learn to cook a traditional Karelian pie, "Kalitki," and indulge in local cuisine for lunch. End the day in Petrozavodsk.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Petrozavodsk

This morning, head out for a guided tour of Petrozavodsk, named after Peter the Great. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then spend the afternoon exploring old-growth Russian forests on a walk through the Kivach Waterfall and Nature Reserve. Transfer back to Petrozavodsk for the night.

Walk through the Kivach Nature Reserve, a 10-hectare park with hundreds of plant and animal species unique to this Russian region. Visit its namesake waterfall, the inspiration for a famous Russian poem that led Emperor Alexander II to build a road to Kivach.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Petrozavodsk/Moscow

Take an early morning drive to the boat for a trip to Kizhi Island. Visit the wooden village and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful lake. This evening, board an overnight train to Sergiev Posad.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Moscow/Sergiyev Posad

Arrive into Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad. Explore the sacred Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery. Later, participate in a Master Matryoshka painting class.

Day 8: Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl-Zalessky

Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalessky and enjoy a guided city tour. Opt to visit one of the many historical museums in the city. Drive to the shore of the lake for a BBQ dinner and spend some time at the lake beach swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at a local guest house.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Pereslavl-Zalessky/Moscow

After breakfast drive to Alexandrov. Enjoy a guided tour of Alexandrov Kremlin, the former residence of Ivan the Terrible. In the afternoon, drive to Moscow.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Moscow

Enjoy an orientation and walking tour of Moscow, visiting Metro, Old Moscow alleys and the Red Square. In the afternoon, enjoy free time exploring the city.

Day 11: Moscow

In the morning, take a leap into the past with a guided tour of the historical Moscow Kremlin & Armoury. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the city.

Day 12: Moscow

Depart at any time.

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