- It’s time to let go of the stereotypes you might have about Russians.
- Taste farm-to-table food accompanied with local wine and spirits.
- Challenge yourself to learn the Russian alphabet.
- Plunge yourself into the experience of living in Russia.
- Explore the rich history of the country.
- Discover contemporary Russia through its cuisine.
- Visit the must-see sites in Moscow, Suzdal, and St. Petersburg.
Centrally located luxury 5* hotels
Museum entrance fees
Highly-educated expert guides
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, wine tasting, 2 dinners with wine, culinary class or black caviar tasting, welcome drink, daily bottled water
High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (business class)
Comfortable train from Moscow to Vladimir and back
All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers
Luggage handling in/out
Visa support, registration fees
|Occupancy||Double (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)|
|Number of guests in the party||1 guest, 2 guests, 3 guests, 4 guests|
Day 1 FRI (Sep 24, 2021): Welcome to Russia
You arrive in Moscow. You will be escorted to your hotel. Feel free to have a welcome drink during check-in.
You will stay at the centrally located 5* hotel Lotte.
Day 2 SAT (Sep 25, 2021): Moscow Highlights – Dinner a la Russe
Today you will step inside the Kremlin walls. The Kremlin is an old fortress, the most important historical and political center of
Russia. Today, it is also the seat of the Russian president. View the beautiful Cathedral Square and look into the main Cathedrals.
Then step into Red Square to view the world-famous landmarks, including the magnificence of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the exquisite Savior Tower, the Kremlin walls, the bustling GUM department store, the State Historical Museum, and Lenin’s mausoleum. Explore new urban Zaryadye park and admire the breathtaking view of Moscow from the Soaring Bridge.
Have some time on your own at the Gastronomical center, taste local dishes with a modern twist.
Admire the Art Nouveau design of historical Metropol Hotel and view the Bolshoi Theatre.
In the evening, you will enjoy a luxurious dinner a la Russe at the famous Cafe Pushkin, and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 3 SUN (Sep 26, 2021): Art and Culinary
Take a Metro (subway) ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations. Next, visit the Old Tretyakov Gallery – housing a collection of Russian art from the 12th to the 20th century. Stroll through a local neighborhood, and experience the atmosphere of Moscow as you explore shops, cafes, and restaurants.
As you are served an elegant lunch, discover and taste local wines – Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot. Challenge yourself to learn the Russian alphabet, so you can read local traffic and street signs.
You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the evening program.
Optionally, entertain yourself with the Russian National Folklore Show (the schedule is subject to change, tickets and transfers to/from the venue are not included). Or enjoy fine cuisine at the Sakhalin Restaurant located 88 meters above the ground in the historical center of Moscow.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with wine tasting
Day 4 MON (Sep 27, 2021): Golden Ring - a Trip to Ancient Towns
It’s time to discover the variety of traditional Russian cuisine. Enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient castle (Kremlin) in Suzdal and try tasty local specialties like kulebyaka, pirozhki, rasstegai, and vatrushka. Play the game “guess the dish,” and try to pronounce its name. Indulge in a shot of nalivka (a local alcohol drink) to help you guess. Tour Suzdal’s Kremlin, built in the 10th century.
Later, travel to the charming ancient town of Vladimir, to see unique examples of Russian architecture and fresco paintings of the 12th century. In the evening board the train to Moscow. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 TUE (Sep 28, 2021): St. Petersburg - First Glance
After breakfast and checkout you will be driven to the Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan. Today you arrive in St. Petersburg. We will take you on a marvelous culinary journey, to dine on dishes typically served in the northern capital.
Next, we will tour of city landmarks such as the incredible Peter and Paul Fortress and the beautiful Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.
When, enjoy a careless and relaxing cruise by private boat and get carried away by the sweet sound of the city canals and Neva river waves!
Later, check in to your luxuorious 5* hotel located on St. Isaac’s Square.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 WED (Sep 29, 2021): Hermitage and CoCoCouture
After breakfast, go to the Palace square. Take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander Column and Winter Palace. A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists. Explore the halls of the Winter Palace including Peter’s Thone room.
Enjoy lunch at the CoCoCouture restaurant. As NY Times put it, CoCoCo offers updated, farm-to-table takes on traditional Russian cuisine. The dishes are served with a theatric flair and will convert the staunchest nonbelievers. Complete immersion in Russian history. Learn about the New Holland Island – a modern recreational space, and a cultural heritage from the times of Peter the Great.
Optionally, in the evening, enjoy the Gala Reception at the Romanov Dynasty Palace (the schedule is subject to change, tickets and transfers to/from the venue are not included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 THU (Sep 30, 2021): Peterhof Fountains and Farewell Dinner
Today it’s time to experience the royal lifestyle of the 18th century. Let us take you on an unforgettable tour of the wonders of the Peterhof Palace and Park, along with the famous, stunningly elegant Grand Cascade fountain. It is beautiful in the summertime!
In the afternoon we will recommend several choices from the best restaurants on Rubinshtein street, renowned for its variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs, and wine bars, with diverse cuisines that cater to every taste. Ask Petersburgers about the best place to eat on Rubinshtein, and you will get about 30 different answers!
Arrange to have some time on your own in the center of the city.
This evening take part in a culinary class OR enjoy black caviar tasting. Bring home a treasure trove of memories, which will last a lifetime.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with culinary class or black caviar tasting
Day 8 FRI (Oct 1, 2021): Return Home
Departure transfer for your onward flight.
Moscow, Golden Ring & St. Petersburg – 8-Day Luxury Journey
September 24 – October 1, 2021
Double room $4,550 per person
Solo traveler $5,950
Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or more and save $50-$100 per person
Deposit: 10% of the price
Final Payment: 45 days prior to departure
45 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price
45-31 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
30-8 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
7 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price
- Strelka Tours reserves the right to alter the sequence of activities or replace an activity that becomes unavailable for a comparable one.
- Strelka Tours reserves the right to unilaterally change the prices in proportion to the change in the exchange rate.
- The rates may vary during holidays and not valid during trade shows, forums, summits and etc. The final rate and terms will be set at the time of booking.
- Payment with MasterCard or Visa will incur +3%, American Express +4% to the prices.
The luxurious Lotte Moscow Hotel, located on Novinskiy Boulevard, in the very heart of Moscow. The hotel boasts some of the most spacious rooms among the city’s 5* hotels. It offers various facilities including Mandara Spa center, fitness club with sauna and swimming pool. First-class dining options bearing internationally renowned brand names are featured at the hotel. International flavours at Lotte Hotel promise an extraordinary experience. Lotte Moscow Hotel is a part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the largest luxury hotel, resort & spa collection.
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Lotte St. Petersburg
Lotte St. Petersburg Hotel, located in the downtown St. Petersburg on St. Isaac’s Square, features elegant rooms, equipped with smart technology and state-of-the-art facilities. It offers the guests four exquisite gastronomic concepts and the award-winning world-known Mandara Spa with four native Balinese therapists, dedicated to providing the most luxury experience. As one of the winners of the annual Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards, the hotel has been recognized for the second consecutive year for it’s outstanding service and exceptional accommodations.
Click here to view the Lotte St. Petersburg Hotel safety policy (anti-COVID-19 measures).