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‘Silver Necklace of Russia’ Tour with Golden Ring

Overview

Embark on a journey through Western Russia and discover the unique and often tumultuous history that make Russia what it is today! Visit three of Russia’s capitals Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan, before touring the UNESCO-heritage sites of Russia’s famous Golden Ring. If you want to go beyond the typical Moscow and St Petersburg tour and delve deeper into the legacy of Russia, then this tour is the best choice for you. This 9-day three capitals and Golden Ring experience includes city tours around Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vladimir, and spectacular guided tours of the museums and monasteries that adorn Russia’s Golden Ring.

  • City tour of Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan – the Capital of Tatarstan

  • Exploring the St. Trinity Monastery of St. Serguis of Radonezh in Sergiev Posad

  • Tour to the UNESCO Island Town of Sviyazhsk

  • Suzdal Kremlin with Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ visit

  • Walking tour of Vladimir with Assumption Cathedral

Itinerary

St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 1

Arrival in St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! Your guide and driver will meet you at the scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station) and take you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

St Petersburg city tour

After Breakfast, you will kick off your experience with a full day St Petersburg city tour on foot and by car.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Walking Tour

  • Nevsky Prospect

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Admiralty

  • City Tour by car

  • Peter and Paul Fortress

  • Field of Mars

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Free time in St Petersburg

After breakfast you will have the morning to do some last-minute exploring in St Petersburg or take one of our optional half-day excursions.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

Kazan

Kazan is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in the South-East of Russia and was considered a crucial trade and political center from the Late Middle Ages onwards. It has become a popular tourist destination with famous attractions including the Kazan kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque, known to be one of the largest mosques in Russia.

Day 4

Kazan city tour

You will arrive in Kazan at around 14:00, where you will be picked up from the railway station by your driver and taken to your hotel to check-in and freshen up.

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Millennium Park

  • Tatar village ‘Tugan Avylym’

  • Ekiyat puppet theater

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • Kul Sharif Mosque

  • Syuyumbike Tower

Day 5

Visiting the UNESCO island town of Sviyazhsk

Today, you will embark on an exclusive journey to Sviyazhsk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Breakfast

  • Private Tour

  • Sviyazhsk Island

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Volga River

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 6

Moscow city tour

Today, you will embark on a blended tour of Moscow, the last of the three capitals and current capital of Russia!

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Tsar Cannon

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Lenin’s mausoleum

  • Poklonnaya and Sparrow Hills

Day 7

Free time in Moscow

Today, you will have free time to explore the Russian capital for yourself! If you are stuck for things to do, why not check out our range of optional Moscow excursions?

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Golden Ring

The Golden Ring refers to the chain of Medieval towns to the North and East of Moscow including Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Rostov, Kostroma, and others. The region is one of Russia’s oldest routes and has become a popular tourist hotspot due to its beautiful landscapes, churches, and ornate architecture. The Golden Ring contains several UNESCO designated sites dating between the 12th and 17th centuries.

Day 8

Begin your Golden Ring tour in Vladimir

After an early morning breakfast, your driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to Vladimir.

Continue your Golden Ring Tour in Suzdal

Later in the afternoon, you will head to Suzdal where you will begin a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the architectural masterpieces of the Kremlin dating back to the 10th century, the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, and the 13th century Golden Gate. The tour will continue with a visit to the unique Museum of Wooden Architecture, where you will walk along the street with wooden peasant’s houses and old Russian churches of the 16-18th centuries.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Golden Gate

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Assumption Cathedral

  • Andrei Rublev frescoes

  • Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ

  • Suzdal Kremlin

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination

Day 9

Exploring the St. Trinity Monastery of St. Serguis of Radonezh in Sergiev Posad

After enjoying a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will check-out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for the transfer to Sergiev Posad. In the town there is the largest active monastery in Russia – the St Trinity Monastery. This has been the main pilgrimage center in Russia for more than 600 years, founded by outstanding Russian statesman and the most venerated Russian saint, Sergius of Radonej.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Trinity-Sergius Monastery

  • Expert Guide

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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