Onion-domed churches, medieval
monasteries, traditional crafts and
beautifully unspoilt countryside
characterise the string of ancient
settlements to the north-east of Moscow,
known as the Golden Ring. Starting in
Moscow, take a detour via these quaint
towns and villages en route to
St Petersburg – the final stop on the tour.
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Morning flight from London to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
This morning, join a guided tour of Gorki Leninskiye, a large museum complex set up in the estate where Vladimir Lenin lived until his death in 1924. This afternoon, return to Moscow for a sightseeing tour including Red Square, the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) for views of the city. (B)
After breakfast, take a tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury and admire its Unesco-listed architecture including the magnificent gold-domed cathedrals, the colossal Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, the Grand Palace and other historical buildings. Afternoon transfer to the train station for departure to Suzdal. On arrival in Suzdal, transfer to the Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel (standard room in wooden house). (B, D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Suzdal, including the Kremlin, the Cross-Vaulted Chamber, Cathedral of Nativity and the Spaso-Efimievsky monastery, famous for its delightful bell ringing. The morning concludes with a visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture (summer departures) and the Gold Room (winter departures). After an included lunch, proceed by road to the town of Vladimir for a tour including a visit to the Assumption Cathedral or St Demetrius Cathedral. Continue to the town of Bogolyubovo to view its outstanding medieval monuments. After dinner, transfer to the station for first class rail travel overnight to St Petersburg in a two-berth compartment. (B, L, D)
Arrive this morning in St Petersburg. You will be met by your guide and taken on a city sightseeing tour including the main street of Nevsky Prospect, the Admiralty, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood and Anichkov Bridge. In the afternoon visit Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of the new capital set up by Peter the Great. Admire the historic buildings and the cannon, which has a 150-year-old tradition of firing at noon, and the Trubetskoy Bastion, where rebellious poets, writers and other prominent personalities were incarcerated during the days of imperialist rule. Continue to the Domina Prestige Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
This morning, visit the world-renowned Hermitage museum and its enormous collection of artwork. Your guide will ensure you see the best of the exhibits. (B)
Take a guided tour this morning to Pushkin, home to the majestic Catherine Palace with its Grand Hall of gilded wood carvings and mirrors, the Dining Room and its magnificent porcelain dinner service, and the beautiful Amber Room. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.
Based in 3-, 4- & 5-star accommodation.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. The maximum number of passengers per departure is between 20 to 25. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Intourist and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
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Opened in 2011, the Domina Prestige Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of St Petersburg with St Isaac's Cathedral, only 2 minutes' walk from the hotel. The hotel enjoys a picturesque setting on the banks of one of St Petersburg's many canals, the exterior of the hotel gives guests the impression of a classical property but the interior offers avant garde design philosophy with brightly coloured rooms featuring the latest in modern amenities.
Features: 108 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, fitness centre including sauna and hamman.
Room amenities: Satellite television, minibar, safe, air conditioning, Wi-Fi,...
This modern glass-fronted property offers comfortably furnished rooms. The hotel is located in the business district of Moscow, 15 minutes' drive from Red Square and the Kremlin. Mendeleyevskaya metro station is located opposite the hotel and allows easy access to many of Moscow's best attractions.
Features: 255 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, fitness centre.
Room amenities: Satellite television, air conditioning, minibar, Wi-Fi,...
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel is located beside the Kamenka river in Suzdal. Built in a village style with a number of wooden chalet style buildings on two floors, this hotel should be considered tourist class. Room amenities include an en suite bathroom, minibar, television, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving traditional Russian...
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