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St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia

St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, the former imperial capital, has retained the appearance of a great 19th century European metropolis. This glorious maritime city , built on the shores of the Baltic , called “a window on Europe”, has the beauty, which lies in a magic blend of Russian and West European architecture and art.

Admire the beautiful architectural whole of the Palace square with the Winter palace , enjoy the magnificent view of St.Isaac cathedral, walk down the main thoroughfare Nevsky prospect, stroll along Neva river embankments, visit the Peter - Paul Fortress - everywhere you will be struck by the beauty, harmony and charm of this city.

Must see places

The State Hermitage Museum and Palace Square
The Peterhof. State Museum-Reserve
The Amber Room at the Catherine Palace. Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve
The Spit of Vasilievsky Island
Savior on the Spilled Blood
St Isaac’s Cathedral
State Museum of the History of St Petersburg

Our excursions

Founded by Peter I in 1703, St. Petersburg, often called the Venice of the North. Take a cruise along St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals, crossing the city in various directions with over 360 bridges connecting the islands of the city. This overview of the former capital of Imperial Russia provides the opportunity to observe the ornate architecture and learn some of the city’s fascinating history.

HIGHLIGHTS
Cruise along St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals (max 65 minutes)
Free time for photo stops
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 25
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:120

You will cruise along the Neva River viewing the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Summer Gardens, and Cruiser Aurora. The embankments of the Fountain River allow views of Sheremetev Palace, Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, the belfry of St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the Mariinsky Theatre. The Moika River will provide views of the Yusupov Palace; St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the world’s third largest domed cathedral; and the monument to Czar Nicholas I, who reigned from 1825-1855.

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, boasting the world’s finest art museums and opulent palaces. Depart pier/hotel on a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg. Drive towards the Spit of St. Basil’s Island with a brief stop at the Rostral Columns. Pass the Admiralty, the city’s architectural center with its golden spire that is one of St. Petersburg’s most renowned emblems.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing tour
Photo stop near St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Photo stop near Palace Square
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:120

Passing via Senate Square, make a brief stop at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Make a brief stop at Palace Square; then continue past the Field of Mars, a burial ground for victims of the revolutions and civil war. Drive along Nevsky Prospect, passing the Moscow railway station, Anichkov Palace, Alexandrinsky Drama Theatre, Our Lady Kazan Cathedral and the House of Books before returning for a late lunch.

This introduction to the city of St. Petersburg will show you interesting aspects of the city. Depart by bus to the city center. You will visit the Hermitage Museum. Although begun as separate buildings, the Winter Palace and the Hermitage are now effectively one. The collection occupies six historic buildings including the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Czars.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to The Hermitage Museum and General Staff Building
Photo stop at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Lunch at your own expense
DURATION
6 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

Full of precious objects and dozens of Impressionist masterpieces, the collection numbers three million items from prehistoric to modern times. Walk out of the museum to the Palace Square, the central square of the city. Take a short walk along the Moika River, via the yard of the Pushkin Museum, to observe a monument to the famous poet. Continue walking with stop at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Continue along the Griboyedov Canal to Malaya Konushennaya, a popular pedestrian street full of cafes and restaurants where you may get lunch at your own expense. Pass the House of Books, St. Catherine’s Church, and the Public Library before rejoining the bus to return to the ship.

See St Petersburg through the eyes of a local, as you walk through quiet side lanes, peek into courtyards of old apartment buildings and ride the Saint Petersburg Metro. The Metro is one of the deepest metro systems in the world; it serves two and a half million passengers daily. In addition, you’ll visit Kuznechny Market, considered to be one of the best in quality and selection. The vendors will try anything to get you to taste their wares in order for you to buy, so haggle furiously as you shop the merchants and get a taste of local life.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing tour
Metro ride
Kuznechny market visit
Lunch at your own expense
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

Nowadays the Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world possessing a great collection of Western-European paintings. You can visit the Hermitage Museum in early time and avoid most of the lines. The State Hermitage Museum occupies six magnificent buildings along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg.

HIGHLIGHTS
Three hours visit to the Hermitage Museum including entrance to the General Staff building
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 120

The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. The buildings of the museum are real chef d’oeuvres both in terms of architectural value and inner décor: the majestic state halls are stunning! Full of precious objects and dozens of Impressionist masterpieces, the collection numbers three million items from prehistoric to modern times. On this introductory tour, you will visit the picture gallery including paintings by Rafael, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, and many others. You will also visit staterooms of the Winter Palace

The 18th-century witnessed several great ladies on the Russian throne. Most famous was Catherine II, often called “The Great.” Married to Peter III, Catherine did everything in her power to become the Empress of Russia. She was able to find talented people who shared her aspirations and thus fulfilled her plans. Drive approximately 1.5 hours via motorcoach to Tsarskoye Selo to visit the magnificent Catherine’s Palace.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Catherine’s Palace in Tsarskoe Selo
Entrance to the Peterhof lower gardens
Three-course lunch included
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 9
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:80

A guided tour will include the Great Hall, Knights’ Banqueting Hall, State Dining Room, Amber Room, Picture Gallery, Blue Drawing Room, Chinese Blue Drawing Room, Choir Anteroom, church, and bedroom. After a lunch at one of the most beautiful restaurants the tour will be continued in the Peterhof’s Lower gardens with their magnificent fountains.

Peterhof, or Peter’s Court, is a jewel of Russian art. Founded by Peter the Great on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland at the beginning of the 18th century, Peterhof is a town of parks, palaces, and fountains. Once the former summer residence of the Russian tsars, the residence opened to the public following the 1917 Revolution and is an extremely popular site.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Grand Palace
Entrance to the Lower Gardens
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

There will be an opportunity to explore the interior of the Grand Palace including Throne Hall, Partridge Room, Portrait Gallery, Chinese Study, and Study of Peter I. Also visit the Lower Gardens and view the Grand Cascade, recently restored to its former glory with 142 jets of water from 64 sources.

A system of multiple fountains and waterfalls with an abundance of gold sculptures below the Grand Palace forms the Lower Park, which has recently been opened to the public after restoration works. View the cascade of 129 fountains from the terrace. Most famous of them is the Samson Fountain, from which a jet of water rises 66 feet into the air.

Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg and made it Russia’s capital. He intended for St. Petersburg to be an important symbol of his project to “Europeanize” Russia and make it a great European power. This tour of “his” St. Petersburg focuses on his conception and its gradual realization. You will begin with a panoramic drive along the Neva Embankment. After a 30 minutes panoramic ride by hydrofoil you will arrive in Peterhof with its commanding view of the Gulf of Finland.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Monplaisir Palace
Entrance to the Lower Gardens
Three-course lunch included
DURATION
7 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

You will tour Monplaisir, Peter’s favorite Peterhof residence, and enjoy a walk in its famous gardens. After your tour, transfer to a local restaurant to enjoy some local Russian cuisine before transferring back to your ship at the conclusion of lunch.

Within the stately halls of the renovated Shuvalov Palace on the banks of the Fontanka river, Russia’s first Faberge Museum has been established. The unique collection belongs to the cultural historic Link of Times Foundation set up by the billionaire Victor Vekselberg. The collection contains about 4,000 works of decorative and fine art: gold and silver jewelries, paintings, porcelain and bronze.

HIGHLIGHTS
1,5 hour at the Faberge Egg Museum
DURATION
3 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

The gem of the museum is the collection of Faberge Easter Eggs, purchased in 2004 from the heirs of the American tycoon Malcolm Forbes by Mr. Vekselberg for over $100 million! The centerpiece of the new Fabergé museum in St Petersburg is the Imperial Coronation Egg, which was created in 1897. Inside the golden egg is a miniature representation of the 18th century carriage that transported the new Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Nicholas II, to her coronation ceremony. The red velvet of the seats was recreated in enamel, while the windows were fashioned from rock crystal. The Empress' monogram is visible on the top of the egg.  

For more than 30 years, the matriarchs of the imperial family were presented with 50 such eggs – exquisitely crafted confections of gold, jewels and enamel. Today, the remaining 42 Fabergé Easter Eggs are beautiful memento mori of a fallen empire, 9 of which are reason alone to visit the new Fabergé museum in St Peterburg.

Yusupov Palace is one of the four palaces in St. Petersburg owned by the Yusupov family in the 18th and 19th centuries. The palace has gone down in history as the place where the notorious Rasputin was murdered by members of the court in December 1916 on account of his influence over the Tsarina.

HIGHLIGHTS
Yusupov Palace Excursion
DURATION
3 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

The tour of the palace will take you through the gala halls and living chambers, as well as to the room displaying the wax figure of Rasputin. Apart from numerous elegant halls and chambers, the Palace possesses a private theatre, sumptuously decorated in the Baroque style.

Russian cuisine is one of the richest in the entire world. On this tour, salads and soups, pickles and pies, will be wholeheartedly prepared especially for you. This food reveals the secrets of the centuries-old cuisine, which absorbed the best of each nation, who populated the territory of Russia. In order to better understand the Russian soul we offer you to visit Russian vodka museum and taste Vodka, known as typical Russian drink and cold starters, called zakuska.

HIGHLIGHTS
Vodka tasting
Zakuski tasting
Three-course lunch included
Russian tea ceremony
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

After visiting the Museum of Russian Vodka, mouth-watering lunch will be waiting for you at one of the local restaurants. Russian traditional lunch is hard to imagine without the richness of borsch with sour cream, the soup which originates from Ukraine. It is made with beetroot as the main ingredient, giving it a deep reddish-purple color. At the end of the excursion, enjoy traditional tea, served in samovar (a heated metal container traditionally used to boil water in Russia) with variety of pies (pirogi), bagels, jams (varen’e), honey, and lemons.

Russian orthodox churches bear their crosses high in the sky of St. Petersburg. Some of the churches remain active and have been able to keep their holy icons, while others became museums, cultural centres, and storehouses. Today you will visit St. Petersburg’s most remarkable churches, many of which have been fully restored. After visiting St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, which was built from 1740-1773, you will take the metro to Alexander Nevsky Abbey to visit Tikhvin Cemetery and view the edifice of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the St. Vladimir’s Cathedral
Metro experience
Entrance to the Alexander Nevsky Abbey (Tikhvin Cemetery; Holy Trinity Cathedral)
Entrance to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Entrance to the St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Three-course lunch included
DURATION
9 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:120

You will have a St. Petersburg metro experience. The Metro is one of the deepest metro systems in the world; it serves two and a half million passengers daily. Finally, you will visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and climb the colonnades at St. Isaac’s Cathedral before returning to the ship/hotel.

Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg and made it Russia’s capital. He intended for St. Petersburg to be an important symbol of his project to “Europeanize” Russia and make it a great European power. This tour of “his” St. Petersburg focuses on his conception and its gradual realization. You will begin with a panoramic drive along the Neva Embankment, which takes us past the Winter Palace to Peter and Paul Fortress. You will visit the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, which also contains the tombs of Peter I

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Peter and Paul Fortress (incl. Cathedral of Stains Peter and Paul)
Entrance to the Peter’s Log Cabin
1 hour canal cruise
Three-course lunch included
Entarnce to the Monplaisir and Lower Gardens in Peterhof
DURATION
10 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

and later Romanovs. You will continue to Peter’s Log Cabin, his first home. The next point is 1 hour canal cruise which could let you to see unique beauty of the city before a stop at the local restaurant. After 1.5 hours drive you will arrive in Peterhof with its commanding view of the Gulf of Finland. You will tour Monplaisir, Peter’s favorite Peterhof residence, and enjoy a walk in its famous gardens.

You may wish to pop into one of the major shopping centres located around the main street of St. Petersburg, the Nevsky Prospekt. See the modern or historical stores renovated to the highest standards of the 21st century! Visit a typical food market where one could find fruit, vegetables, home-made dairy products, meat, honey, etc. You can buy, or even taste, some delicious products.

HIGHLIGHTS
Food Market
Grocery store
Department store
DURATION
6 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:120

Next, visit a newly restored, exquisite, grocery store. Kupetz Eliseev store is located in the heart of Nevsky Prospekt. Here, one can enjoy a selection of exquisite pastries, homemade chocolates, meat and fish delicacies, wines, and cheeses, to name just a few. The historical building, in Art Nouveau style, will impress with both its exterior and interior. Finally, visit a historical department store renovated to the highest standards of the 21st century (offering clothing, shoes, and accessories of top brands). During this tour, your guide will explain what it was like in the “old” times, trying to buy food and clothing compared to today.

One more exciting experience awaits you today! You will take a relaxing boat ride along the Neva River. Neva cruise reveals the unique beauty of the city. The tsars commissioned the best architects to participate in the construction of St. Petersburg, which later came to be known as the "Venice of the North.” The elegant embankments, ornate bridges, exquisite palaces and mansions could be best seen from the water.

HIGHLIGHTS
Dinner included
Leisurely cruise on Neva River
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

You will have a chance to see the city at a difference angle and take a few memorable pictures as well. A tasty meal will be a pleasant end of the afternoon! One of the next restaurants will be pleased to host you. But please pay attention that the choice of the restaurant depends on restaurant availability

Volga-Volga restaurant

Specifically for this project the motor ship «Dunaevsky» has been reconstructed and redesigned. The kitchen has been equipped with the most advanced, modern appliances. Traditionally the general space is divided into zones: wardrobe, bar, main hall with comfortable furniture, VIP-zone, and several halls for special occasions. The unique restaurant pleases its guests with delicious cuisine, great atmosphere and mobile setting. Volga Volga will run the Neva River back and forth, rejoicing guests with splendid views of Saint-Petersburg.

River Lounge restaurant

New River Lounge ship came straight from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, one of the most enjoyable and interesting ships with high level of service in St Petersburg. Its advantages - panoramic windows, advanced technology, beautiful interior and excellent cuisine on Board. What could be better than a delicious dinner overlooking the Neva River and St. Petersburg with its unique architecture? In good weather - you can enjoy the sun and the fresh breeze on the open deck.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the St. Petersburg ballet group has been known as the finest example of Russian classical ballet. St. Petersburg theater stages have presented innumerable world-famous pieces of Russian opera and several major works by Glinka, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky.

HIGHLIGHTS
Classical Ballet performance at one of St. Petersburg’s Theaters
DURATION
4.5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:200

World-renown dancers of our century including Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Markarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov began their remarkable careers in these theatres. You will attend a classical ballet performance at Mariinsky Theater or similar location and will be performed in two parts of approximately 50 minutes each. Exact ballet to be announced as soon as the performance schedule is available.

Attend a performance of folk festivity including song, dance, competition, and merry-making. At this folklore show, an orchestra will play traditional and popular music, while dancers in beautiful costumes perform traditional favorites. The show consists of two parts (45 minutes each) and lasts for 1 hour 50 minutes including the break, when guests are offered some fruit, canapes with red caviar, ham, Russian style Salami, cheese, vodka, champagne, red wine, mineral water, juice, beverages.

HIGHLIGHTS
Folkloric performance
Fourchette
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 120

You will sail along the rivers and canals and admire the beautiful baroque and neoclassical architecture of beautiful St Petersburg – at NIGHT. As you travel along, you will pass under a network of drawbridges, many of which are spectacular in the night lighting, particularly the iconic Palace Bridge over the Neva. Interestingly, bridges were not part of the original city plan.

HIGHLIGHTS
1 hour nighttime canal cruise
DURATION
3 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 160

Peter the Great expected citizens to get across the rivers by ferry, and by sleds in the winter. It was only after he died that the more practical system of bridges was designed. Highlights include the Griboyedov Canal, with its colourful bridges; the Fontanka River, which has the beautiful stone Prachechny Bridge; and the Trinity Bridge over the Neva, which is a beautiful Art Nouveau structure, partly designed by Eiffel.
Note: Bring a jacket.

Moscow - the heart of Russia

Moscow is the second largest city in Europe and the capital of Russia. It was also the kernel around which Russia grew and it remains a place of contrasts, where tiny onion-domed churches nestle at the foot of the skyscrapers. It will impress you with majestic Kremlin , lively Red Square, picturesque boulevards with the historical mansions of nobility and grand Moscow City.

Must see places

The Kremlin and Red Square
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
The State Tretyakov Gallery
Novodevichy Convent
Кolomenskoye

Our excursions

In the morning you will be taken for a guided visit to the Kremlin, the heart of Moscow and the headquarters of the Russian President. You will see the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon and visit one of the Kremlin cathedrals. Then you will walk across Red Square and enjoy the view of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the GUM department store. After the lunch at your own expense you will have a guided sightseeing tour of Moscow during which you will see Tverskaya Street, the main street of the city, panoramic views of the Kremlin and the Moskva River and observation platform on Sparrow Hills in front of Moscow State University.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tour
Entrance to the Kremlin
Lunch at your own expense
DURATION
8 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 60

See the bright lights of Moscow at night with this guided evening tour. You will be taken along the vibrant lit streets with several photo opportunities along the way. Experience the night-time atmosphere in the historic city centre and see the beautiful architecture from the famous Sparrow Hills, offering astonishing panoramic views. You’ll be able to see Moscow’s night life with bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos at your disposal.

HIGHLIGHTS
Cruise along St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals (max 65 minutes)
Free time for photo stops
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 25
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:120

You won’t miss out on the famous sites either with haunting views of Red Square as well as the architecture of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Peter the Great Monument. Finally, experience the gorgeous moonlit view of the Sophia embankment on this exciting night-time tour of the city. See more of what Moscow has to offer by seeing its buildings come to life at night.

In the morning you will be taken for a guided visit to the Kremlin, the heart of Moscow and the headquarters of the Russian President. You will see the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon and visit one of the Kremlin cathedrals. Then you will walk across Red Square and enjoy the view of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the GUM department store. After the lunch you will enter the fabulous Armoury Chamber, museum which contains a collection of more than 4,000 items.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tour
Entrance to the Kremlin
Entrance to Armoury Chamber
Entrance to Diamond Fund
Three-course lunch included
DURATION
7 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 60

The treasure of Armoury Chamber consist of crowns, coronation dress of empresses and other regalia of Russian tsars and princes, the world’s largest collection of carriages, ceremonial weapons and arms, Faberge Easter Eggs, the largest collection of gold and silverware created by Russian craftsmen and other artifacts. Then visit the glorious Diamond Fund, sparking with diamonds and royal jewellery to see the beauty of Russian attire. You’ll get a full taste of the culture and amazing history of this country in this walking tour.

And in the end a sightseeing tour will be waiting for you. You will see Tverskaya Street, the main street of the city, panoramic views of the Kremlin and the Moskva River and observation platform on Sparrow Hills in front of Moscow State University.

You will definitely miss an important part of Russian culture, if being in Moscow you miss visiting Moscow metro and Old Arbat. During the excursion you will see most glorious, the oldest and the newest stations of Moscow Metro. All the stations are different; each one has a unique style. Old Arbat Street is a pedestrian street, which attracts millions of visitors every year. It's crammed full with cafes and shops selling souvenirs, vibrant artistic stalls and street performers along the busy street.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tour
Metro ride
DURATION
3 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 60

The worldwide famous Tretyakov Gallery is a symbol and the real treasure of Russian fine art. The Gallery is one of the largest museums in Russia. Now the collection includes about 100.000 pieces and focuses mainly on the Russian art. It is located in one of the oldest areas of Moscow, close to the Kremlin.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to Tretyakov Gallery
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 70

The Gallery's collection includes masterpieces of Russian art and artists who have contributed to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. This is how it was conceived by Pavel Tretyakov, the founder and how it has remained to this day. Main attractions: Russian paintings of the 10th-20th centuries. Andrey Rublev, Feofan Grek, Brullov, Kiprensky, Repin, Savrasov, Verezhgin, Vasnetzov, Ivanov, Tropinin, Kramskoy, Savrasov, Kuindjy, Aivasovsky, Shishkin, Geh, Vrubel, Levitan, Korovin, Serov and others.

Kolomenskoe is a vital part of Russian culture as one of the most exquisite places in Moscow. It is steeped in ancient history with archaeological traces dating back over 2,500 years making the area even more authentic than the Kremlin. The park is tranquil and beautiful and has been a huge part of history housing Grand Princes, Tsars and even Peter the Great.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Kremlin
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 60

There are incredible wooden structures and astounding Churches such as the Church of the Ascension of the Lord which is still one of the most unique churches in the country. Kolomenskoe is right on the banks of the river, making the spot even more peaceful as well as the sights of more churches, golden architecture and the ancient cemetery. It glistens in the sunlight and is magical in the winter and is a must see whenever you choose to visit this fantastic town.

Tsaritsyno is a beautiful park and estate from the late 16th Century when it belonged to Boris Godunov’s sister, Irina Godunova and used to be called Bogorodskoye before becoming Tsaritsyno in 1775 when Catherine the Great bought the estate. In 1984, they built the history and architecture museum and now there is also a gorgeous park and an enchanting forest as well as an art museum, the Biryulyovo Dendropark and a cascade of Tsaritsino ponds.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to the Tsaritsyno
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 60

The palace is also surrounded by pavilions, pergolas, harbours, grottos and decorative bridges as well as a temple and a modern recreation centre with its own delicious restaurant. This estate is full of deep Russian culture and history and is a perfect place to immerse yourself to get the bursting experience of Russian heritage.

Golden Ring

In the heart of Russia there is a necklace of ancient cities and towns known as “the Golden Ring”. The Golden Ring is a group of medieval towns and cities that form a ring to the northeast of Moscow. These towns played a significant role in early Russian history and in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. These are places of unique cultural and historical value.The towns are full of ancient Russian architecture from the Middle Ages including kremlins (walled fortresses), monasteries, cathedrals and churches.

Depending on the amount of time one has, it is possible to organize one- or two-day excursions to Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad , the main points on the route.

Suzdal

Town of Suzdal (26 km to the north of Vladimir) goes back to the 11th century. Since that time Suzdal has been an important religious centre with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families. Today, the town still features many fine examples of old Russian architecture—most of them churches and monasteries. Suzdal has retained a rural look with unpaved streets, streams and meadows. The medieval architecture in the pastoral setting lends Suzdal a picturesque charm.

Vladimir

Vladimir (200 km to the east of Moscow) is  one of the former medieval capitals of RussiaVladimir (200 km to the east of Moscow) is  one of the former medieval capitals of Russia, with significant buildings surviving from the 12th century. Two of its Russian Orthodox cathedrals, a monastery and associated buildings, the so called White Monuments of Vladimir and SuzdalVladimir (200 km to the east of Moscow) is  one of the former medieval capitals of Russia, with significant buildings surviving from the 12th century. Two of its Russian Orthodox cathedrals, a monastery and associated buildings, the so called White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage .

Troitse – Sergiyeva Lavra in Sergiyev Posad

The  Troitse - Sergiyeva Lavra (the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius) is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church . The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow, and currently is home to over 300 monks. The architectural monuments on the territory of Lavra date back to the 15th - 19th centuries. The Cathedrals, the Refectory, the Hospital, the Seminary and the five - tiered Bell Tower are under Unesco World Heritage protection.

Must see places

The Golden Gate in Vladimir
Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir
The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius in Vladimir
The Suzdal Kremlin
Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life in Suzdal
The Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal
Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad

Our excursions

We offer an easy one day trip to one of the Golden Ring towns, to Sergiev Posad, which is located about 73 km away from Moscow. The town grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries called the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius Lavra, which was established by Saint Sergius of Radonezh. The monastery is included in the UNESCO list of World heritage. The most famous Andrei Rublev's icon - "The Trinity" was created specially for the Trinity Cathedral. After the tour along St. Sergius Monastery and its handsome churches you will have a lunch at the local restaurant.

HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad
Three-course lunch included
DURATION
6 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80

This Golden Ring tour covers 2 ancient Russian towns. You will learn about the towns’ history, traditions, architecture and the people who lived and created there. Although this is only a small section of the Golden Ring, it is probably the most beautiful part. Suzdal is full of old churches, wooden houses and the sounds of bird songs and the ringing of church bells. Sergiev Posad dates back to the XIV century and is one of the oldest and most important towns along the ring.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tours
Entrance to the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad
Three-course lunch included
Entrance to the Suzdal Kremlin
Entrance to the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal
DURATION
1 day tour
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80

This Golden Ring tour covers 2 ancient Russian towns. You will learn about the towns’ history, traditions, architecture and the people who lived and created there. Although this is only a small section of the Golden Ring, it is probably the most beautiful part. Vladimir dates back to the XI century and is one of the oldest and most important towns along the ring. Sergiev Posad dates back to the XIV century and is sometimes called the Russian Vatican.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tours
Entrance to the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad
Three-course lunch included
Entrance to the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir
DURATION
1 day tour
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80

This Golden Ring tour covers 3 ancient Russian towns. You will learn about the towns' history, traditions, architecture and the people who lived and created there. Although this is only a small section of the Golden Ring, it is probably the most beautiful part. Vladimir dates back to the XI century and is one of the oldest and most important towns along the ring. Suzdal is full of old churches, wooden houses and the sounds of bird songs and the ringing of church bells. Sergiev Posad dates back to the XIV century and is sometimes called the Russian Vatican.

HIGHLIGHTS
Sightseeing Tours
Entrance to the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad
Entrance to the Suzdal Kremlin
Entrance to the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal
Entrance to the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life in Suzdal
Entrance to the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir
Meal included
1 night at hotel included
DURATION
2 days tour
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80
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