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Discover Russia - 9 Days

Discover the charms of Russia, from the vodka bars of St. Petersburg to the opulent treasures of the tsars in Moscow.
Come discover the charms of Russia on this exciting getaway. 

You’ll see the best of St. Petersburg and Moscow, strolling past candy-coloured cathedrals, opulent summer palaces and cruising through canals that remind you of a glorious imperial past. Set out to feast with locals, step into metro stations that resemble palaces and travel back to the glory days of the Tsars.  And all throughout, you'll feel at home, drinking vodka, shopping and making tons of memories with new friends.
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Duration
9 Days

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₹182,135
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 Moscow : Just Like In The Movies

Rainbow-colored domes. Vodka bars. The KGB. Moscow thrills and delights by turn.

Why take this trip with us

Experiences

Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.

Accomodation

Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

Safety

Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.

Guide

Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.

Transport

Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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Itinerary

St Petersburg

Welcome to Russia. Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport to your hotel and check in. Later tonight you'll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out.

Peterhof or Catherine Palace

St Petersburg is known as the 'City of Tsars' and today we head out of the city to explore one of the tsars' lavish palaces. We visit Peterhof Palace and its beautiful gardens on the Gulf of Finland in the summer (May to mid October) and in the winter we visit Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). Often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles’, Peterhof is famous for its beautiful gardens which are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations, with spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine's Palace it's the exterior and lavishly decorated interior that is the highlight and the famous Amber room is simply spectacular, bedecked in gold and amber. 

This evening you have the opportunity to join in on some optional excursions including a night at the ballet or a Cossack show. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.

St Pete's sightseeing

St Petersburg – Moscow. Today we take in the highlights of the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Travelling by bus we make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few stops will be made along the way to see the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. We then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and the ornate Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We also pay a visit to the spectacular Church on Spilled Blood. After a hearty lunch we enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in the beautiful Winter Palace - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. 

This evening we board our overnight sleeper train bound for Moscow.

Red Square & Kremlin

This morning we arrive into Russia’s capital. Taking the metro, we will make our way to the legendary Red Square for the start of our walking tour. Here we will take in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. We also tour the mighty Kremlin, with a guided walk through the grounds to see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar Bell - which is the largest bell that never rang! If open, you can pay your respects to the grandfather of Communism at Lenin’s mausoleum. Remainder of the day is at leisure. 

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join some of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. Optional excursions are subject to availability and can be booked and paid for locally.

Optional Bunker Tour

Those who have booked our optional Inside a Soviet Bunker Tour Add-on will head 65 metres underground this morning and explore the fascinating Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. The rest of the day is free to explore amazing galleries, museums, plenty of cafes, shops (including the GUM department store for high rollers) and bars all within walking distance.

Suzdal

Moscow - Suzdal. This morning we travel by train from Moscow to Vladimir and then transfer to Suzdal, a picturesque Golden Ring town loaded to the hilt with ancient buildings, stunning medieval architecture and an astounding number of churches and monasteries. With pretty meadows and livestock grazing freely along country lanes, Suzdal has the relaxed feel of a small pastoral village. 

We take a walking tour around the centre of Suzdal, where we'll see Suzdal Kremlin, Market square, Alexander monastery, Pokrovsky Monastery and Rizopolozhensky monastery. We'll also explore the remarkable Museum of Wooden Architecture which has a reconstruction of an ancient Russian village from Ivan The Terrible’s time. This afternoon you can enjoy a traditional Russia banya (sauna) and if you get too hot you can always jump in the river to cool off!

Kostroma

Suzdal - Kostroma - Yaroslavl. The next stop on our tour of the Golden Ring is the historic city of Kostroma which sits on the banks of the Volga River. We'll enjoy a bus tour of the city and visit the fairytale land of the Snow Maiden's museum. Here we'll explore the mansion, learn all about Russian fairy tales and visit the chilly ice-room where you can enjoy ice cocktails at the ice bar. From Kostroma we travel on to Yaroslavl for the night.

Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl - Moscow. After breakfast today we get to test our artistic skills at a wood painting class in the grounds of one of city's oldest monasteries and you can take your artwork home as a souvenir! Then we explore Yaroslavl, a historic UNESCO-listed city which sits on the confluence of two rivers and has a skyline crowded with onion-shaped domes and imposing spires. Yaroslavl is the biggest and most modern Golden Ring town that we visit. On a bus tour of the city we'll see the Assumption cathedral, the remarkable 16th Century Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Theatre square and more. We'll also visit The Residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Maslenitsa, which is an interactive museum with colourful wooden buildings. Maslenitsa (Butter Week) is a Russian folk festival where people eat traditional pancakes called blinis and you'll have the opportunity to sample a tasty blini at the museum. 

This afternoon we travel by train back to Moscow, where we'll spend our final night in the Big Smoke.

Moscow

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Hotel check out and make your own way to the airport.

Inclusions

 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)

 8 nights 3 star hotels

 Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

 Specialist Russian guides at local sights

 All relevant transfers and transportation on tour

 Russian banya (sauna) experience in Suzdal

 1 overnight train from St Petersburg - Moscow in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen

 Guided sightseeing - Moscow, St Petersburg, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl

 Airport arrival transfer on day 1

 Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys

 A traditional wood painting class in Yaroslavl

Not Included

 International flights and visa

 Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

 Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

 Entrance Fees: USD$85-95pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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17 Mar 2020 - 25 Mar 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

6+ Spots left

₹209,455

₹182,135 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


07 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

6+ Spots left

₹209,455

₹182,135 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


28 Apr 2020 - 06 May 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

4+ Spots left

₹209,455

₹182,135 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


19 May 2020 - 27 May 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

6+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


16 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

5+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


14 Jul 2020 - 22 Jul 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

6+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


28 Jul 2020 - 05 Aug 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

5+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


11 Aug 2020 - 19 Aug 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

5+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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25 Aug 2020 - 02 Sep 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

5+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


08 Sep 2020 - 16 Sep 2020

9 Days / 8 Nights

4+ Spots left

₹217,850

₹189,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


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On The Go Tours are an award-winning provider of unforgettable travel tours and tailor-made holidays. From Egypt to Ecuador, Myanmar to Madagascar, we love helping you see the world your way, unlocking the finest sights and experiences the world has to offer. From humble roots taking intrepid travelers budget-style to Egypt, we now enjoy the privilege of taking tens of thousands of customers to over 60 exciting countries around the world on all sorts of budgets. Whether you’re after culture, adventure, or just want to kick back and relax, our outstanding local guides get you to the heart of your destination and deliver truly authentic experiences.  One thing remains, however, and that is our commitment to authentic and accessible cultural experiences in the very heart of our destinations.


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