8 days

Treasures of the Tsars

Treasures of the Tsars

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Red Square and the multi-coloured onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral

The Hermitage and canals of the 'Venice of the North’ - UNESCO World Heritage-listed St Petersburg

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  • This is the perfect tour of Russia's glorious past. Surround yourself with culture, history and breathtaking architecture and get beneath the surface of a country that for so long guarded their treasures from the west.


    Day 1 - Moscow

    • Zdrastvutye! Welcome to Russia.
    • You will be collected from the airport on arrival. Your adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm. Please ask at reception for details of the meeting, keep in mind that you will need to have your insurance details with you at this meeting.
    • Your tour leader will arrange dinner at a traditional Russian restaurant after the meeting.
    • The great city of Moscow has survived centuries of revolution and seen Russia through some of its most turbulent years, from the days of the tsars through the communist era to the growing pains of democracy. Beneath its modern veneer - a sign of Russia's recent embrace of capitalism - Moscow is a fascinating, historic city with a wealth of sights to see.
    Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Moscow

    • Head to iconic Red Square with a local guide. This beautiful cobbled city square is framed by St Basils Cathedral, the opulent GUM Department store, the imposing walls of the Kremlin and the fairy-tale building of the State Historical Museum.
    • Visit Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution which ushered in the era of communism, at his austere mausoleum on Red Square.
    • Please note that on occasion Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square may be closed to the public during regular opening hours without prior warning.
    Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar

    Day 3 - Pereslavl Zalessky, The Golden Ring

    • This morning we take a private transfer to the Golden Ring town of Pereslavl Zalessky (approx 3 hour drive). The Golden Ring (Zolotoe Koltso) comprises of a dozen medieval towns northeast of Moscow that once formed Russia’s political, spiritual and cultural heartland. Enjoy a city tour of this ancient town in the afternoon.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Pereslavl Zalessky, The Golden Ring

    • In the morning we depart by private transfer to visit a unique Railway Museum located about 20km west of Pereslavl Zalessky.
    • We will then travel onwards (approx 1 hr) to visit Rostov Veliky, one of the oldest Golden Ring towns in the country. We will enjoy a local Lunch in Rostov Veliky, take a walking tour around this picturesque town and in the afternoon transfer back to Pereslavl Zalessky for the night.

    Day 5 - St Petersburg

    • Today we rise early for our longest travel day. We begin our journey back to Moscow by private transfer (approx 3 hours) and then board the Sapsan fast train which brings us to the beautiful St Petersburg.
    • Truly one of Europe's finest cities, built of baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty, St Petersburg was built by the Russian tsar Peter the Great and his legacy will clearly be felt as you explore its enigmatic streets and visit its showcase cathedrals and museums.
    • For many the highlight of St Petersburg is the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's premier art collections housed in the former imperial Winter Palace. Please note that the Hermitage is closed on Mondays, and in the high season (May-Sep) there can be very long queues. In order to avoid waiting it's possible to book tickets online in advance: www.hermitagemuseum.org
    • (Please note this trip does not include tickets to the Hermitage, passengers wanting to visit the Hermitage could do so on Day 8 (departure day) or after the tour, if passengers are extending their stay post tour).
    Domina Prestige Hotel or similar

    Day 6 - St Petersburg

    • We join our guide for a walking tour today and get to know the city through the eyes of a St Petersburg resident. It is a tour without a fixed itinerary, where the travellers and the guide discuss a route on the day with the aim to see and do what other tourists don't. Step off Nevsky Prospect and discover bridges, rivers and canals of the city of Saint Peter. See the grandeur of it's palaces and quays, the charm of old back streets and quiet lanes, and the marketplaces of the 300 year old Russian Imperial Capital. Learn personal stories of the city legends, monarchs, artists, nobles and commoners such as Peter the Great and Catherine right through to the times of Lenin and post-Soviet era.
    • This evening we take a night-time boat tour of the canals and waterways with a local guide to see the architecture from a unique perspective.
    Domina Prestige Hotel or similar

    Day 7 - St Petersburg/Peterhof

    • Today we will take a day trip to the stunning Peterhof Palace, located just outside of St Petersburg city. Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens and was once a formal garden built for Peter the Great. Transfer back to St Petersburg for the final evening of the tour and farewell dinner with the group.
    Domina Prestige Hotel or similar

    Day 8 - St Petersburg

    • The tour will come to an end after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. An airport transfer is not included, however your tour guide will be hand to help should you require assistance.
    • We advise travellers wishing to visit Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room to extend their stay in St Petersburg a day or two in order to have time to do this activity independently.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Accommodation: 7 nights comfortable Hotel
    • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    • Arrival transfer
    • Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package. Please see our Tipping section of these trip notes for more information.
    • Red Square, Mausoleum and Kremlin Tour in Moscow, Day trip to Peterhof, Walking tours in St Petersburg, Pereslavl Zalessky and Rostov Veliky. Evening Boat Cruise in St Petersburg, Railway Museum near Perslavl Zalessky
    • Russian visa support

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information


    Most visits to Russia are trouble-free, but petty crime does happen in cities. Be alert to the possibility of mugging, pick pocketing and theft from vehicles or hotel rooms. Be wary of groups of women and children who beg. In St Petersburg there have been reports of street crime where tourists have been specifically targeted. These crimes are carried out by well-organised gangs. Be aware of pickpockets in the main tourist areas and around the main railway concourses. A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then “finds” the money and asks if it is the tourist’s or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation. Bogus police officers have harassed and robbed tourists. If you are stopped always insist on seeing identification. Avoid openly carrying expensive items, or anything that might easily identify you as a tourist. Avoid walking about late at night alone. If you are travelling by overnight train in a sleeping compartment, store valuables in the container under the bed or seat.  Incidents of violence in major cities are usually linked to criminal/business activities and are not usually directed against foreign visitors. Political rallies may occur in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places across Russia.

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Trip Code PCRH
Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Moscow, Moscow, Russia
End City: St Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Style: Small Group

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