Back Roads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow

Back Roads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • G Adventures

Russia is the world’s largest nation, which means there’s no shortage of things to see or do here. With us, you won’t just stick to the main sights in Moscow and St Petersburg. Head beyond these two cities to see Russia’s quieter side in the villages of Petrozavodska and Kizhi Island, or the cluster of ancient towns known as the Golden Ring. Discover standout landscapes like Ruskeala National Park’s marble canyon. Want a little bit of everything? You’ll find it in Russia.

Russia is the world’s largest nation, which means there’s no shortage of things to see or do here. With us, you won’t just stick to the main sights in Moscow and St Petersburg. Head beyond these two cities to see Russia’s quieter side in the villages of Petrozavodska and Kizhi Island, or the cluster of ancient towns known as the Golden Ring. Discover standout landscapes like Ruskeala National Park’s marble canyon. Want a little bit of everything? You’ll find it in Russia.

Highlights
  • Get to know St Petersburg on a walking tour
  • Learn how to cook a Karelian specialty
  • Take a boat trip to Kizhi Island
  • Let creativity flow with a matryoshka painting class
  • Wander around the Red Square
The Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery tour
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Karelian Cooking Class, Kinerma Your Hands-On Moment: Matryoshka Painting Class, Sergiyev Posad
Tour of Alexandrov Kremlin
St Petersburg walking tour
Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
Red Square visit
Transport
Private vehicle, overnight train, boat.
Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Kinerma walking tour
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation
Hotels (9 nts), guest house (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
Ruskeala Quarry walk
Karelian cooking class
Barbecue with local family
Kizhi Island boat tour
Pereslavl-Zelesskiy guided tour
Matryoshka painting class
Destinations
  • Russia
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Classic
  • Standard
  • 3 - Average
  • New Trips
  • Small Group
Day 1: Saint-Petersburg

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Saint-Petersburg

Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the city's highlights.

Day 3: Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala

Enjoy a free morning in the city. Opt to visit the Hermitage Museum or explore on your own. This afternoon, drive to Sortavala (Karelia).

Day 4: Sortavala/Petrozavodsk

In the morning, transfer to Ruskeala to visit stunning marble quarries, the source of stone for St Petersburg palaces. Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma and enjoy a walking tour of the village. Learn to cook a traditional Karelian pie, "Kalitki," and indulge in local cuisine for lunch. End the day in Petrozavodsk.

Day 5: Petrozavodsk

This morning, head out for a guided tour of Petrozavodsk, named after Peter the Great. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then spend the afternoon exploring old-growth Russian forests on a walk through the Kivach Waterfall and Nature Reserve. Transfer back to Petrozavodsk for the night.

Walk through the Kivach Nature Reserve, a 10-hectare park with hundreds of plant and animal species unique to this Russian region. Visit its namesake waterfall, the inspiration for a famous Russian poem that led Emperor Alexander II to build a road to Kivach.

Day 6: Petrozavodsk/Moscow

Take an early morning drive to the boat for a trip to Kizhi Island. Visit the wooden village and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful lake. This evening, board an overnight train to Sergiev Posad.

Day 7: Moscow/Sergiyev Posad

Arrive into Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad. Explore the sacred Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery. Later, participate in a Master Matryoshka painting class.

Day 8: Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl-Zalessky

Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalessky and enjoy a guided city tour. Opt to visit one of the many historical museums in the city. Drive to the shore of the lake for a BBQ dinner and spend some time at the lake beach swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at a local guest house.

Day 9: Pereslavl-Zalessky/Moscow

After breakfast drive to Alexandrov. Enjoy a guided tour of Alexandrov Kremlin, the former residence of Ivan the Terrible. In the afternoon, drive to Moscow.

Day 10: Moscow

Enjoy an orientation and walking tour of Moscow, visiting Metro, Old Moscow alleys and the Red Square. In the afternoon, enjoy free time exploring the city.

Day 11: Moscow

In the morning, take a leap into the past with a guided tour of the historical Moscow Kremlin & Armoury. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the city.

Day 12: Moscow

Depart at any time.

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Karelian Cooking Class, Kinerma Your Hands-On Moment: Matryoshka Painting Class, Sergiyev Posad
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Kizhi Island boat tour
  • Ruskeala Quarry walk
  • Kinerma walking tour
  • Karelian cooking class
  • The Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery tour
  • Matryoshka painting class
  • Pereslavl-Zelesskiy guided tour
  • Barbecue with local family
  • Tour of Alexandrov Kremlin
  • Red Square visit
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Dates Price Single Availability
22-May-2021 for 11 Nights
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Meals:7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
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