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, or the fairy-tale architecture of Gethsamane Skete. Want a little bit of everything? You’ll find it in Russia.
Day 1 Saint-Petersburg
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Saint-Petersburg (1B)
Get to know St Petersburg with a morning walking tour visiting some of the city's highlights.
Saint Petersburg Walking Tour
Day 3 Saint-Petersburg/Sortavala (1B)
Enjoy a free morning in the city. Opt for a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and Armoury or explore on your own. This afternoon, drive to Sortavala (Karelia).
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 4 Sortavala/Petrozavodsk (1B, 1L)
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 local traditional Karelian pie, "Kalitki". End the day in Petrozavodsk.
Ruskeala Quarry Walk
Kinerma Walking Tour
Karelian Cooking Class
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Petrozavodsk (1B, 1L)
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.
At the Talvi Ukko centre in Chalna, stop by the tea house for lunch, then attend a woodworking masterclass. End your day with a visit to the residence of Father Frost (Karelian Santa) and the Gornitsa Snow Maiden.
Kivach Waterfall and Nature Reserve
Talvi Ukko Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 80km)
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 76km)
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 20km)
Day 6 Petrozavodsk/Moscow (1B)
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.
Kizhi Island Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
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.
Matryoshka Painting Class
The Sergiev Posad Lavra and Monastery
Arrive at the train station in Moscow and transfer by private bus to Sergiev Posad.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 73km)
Day 8 Sergiyev Posad/Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy (1B, 1L)
Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalesskiy 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 lunch and spend some time at the lake beach swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at a local guest house.
BBQ with Local Family
Pereslavl-Zelesskiy Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Pereslavl’-Zalesskiy/Moscow (1B)
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.
Tour of Alexandrov Kremlin
Day 10 Moscow
Enjoy an orientation and walking tour of Moscow, visiting Metro & Old Moscow alleys & red square. In the afternoon, enjoy free time exploring the city.
Red Square Visit
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.
Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour
Day 12 Moscow
Depart at any time.