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Amazing Russia- Golden Ring, Moscow & St. Petersburg- departing 21 August

  • Aug 21, 2012 · 7:00 AM

The Golden Ring is the name given to the chain of ancient towns lying to the north and east of Moscow. These towns contain a collection of architectural masterpieces, set in the charming landscape of central Russia. The Golden Ring is also an opportunity to get acquainted with life of the Russian provinces, unhurried and calm, miles away from the hassle and bustle of the big cities. In one action packed week take the opportunity to see all major treasures of fascinating Moscow and beautiful St. Petersburg together with the most beautiful towns of the Golden Ring. This has long been the most popular tourist route through the Russian provinces.

Day 1 Tuesday 21 August – arrive Moscow overnight

Day 2.Wednesday 22 August -The group will be picked up from the hotel in Moscow in the morning. Transfer to Vladimir. Vladimir city tour: Dormition cathedral (entrance), St. Demetrius cathedral (entrance), Golden Gates. Bogolyubobo tour: Bogolyubovsky monastery, Intercession church on the Nerl river. Transfer to Suzdal.- Overnight

Day 3.Thursday 23 August -Continental breakfast. Suzdal city tour: Kremlin (grounds), Cross-vaulted chambre (entrance), the monastery of Our Saviour and St.Euthimius (chance to enjoy live bell music), Transfiguration cathedral (entrance), museum of wooden architecture (entrance), the convent of Intercession. Transfer to Kostroma. . Kostroma city tour: Resurrection church on the Debra river, Theophany monastery. St.Hipatius monastery with Trinity cathedral. Overnight.

Day 4.Friday 24 August-Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Yaroslavl. Yaroslavl city tour: Transfiguration monastery, the Prophet Elijah church. Free time (optional the Volga river motorboat tour is recommended in summer). Overnight.

Day 5.Saturday 25 August- Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Rostov. Rostov Kremlin tour. Photostop at Pereslavl-Zalessky.Transfer to Moscow.

25th and 26th Hotel in Moscow

Day 6 and 7 Moscow - The classic Moscow of the Romanovs, Leo Tolstoy, ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich is well known around the world: The Kremlin, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Tretyakov


, the Pushkin State Museumand the Conservatorytop most to-do lists. But there's another Moscow — alternately ostentatious, hip, crass, beautiful, elegant, luxurious and fascinating!

Day 7 (evening) – Tuesday 27th August-

Departure to St. Petersburg by evening train

Day 8 and 9- St Petersburg

Saint Petersburgis Russia's second largest city, with a population of 4.7 million perched at the eastern tip of of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River. The city was formerly known as Petrograd , and later Leningrad. This is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's greatest and oldest collections of art, treasure, and antiquities, and one of its most beautiful buildings.

Day 10 – Thurday 30th August – leave St. Petersburg for departure back to London

Total price of trip will be £[masked] and this will include return flights from Heathrow and sharing accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and also train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg. A valid visa is required for Russia and we can apply as a group 6 weeks before the trip. (cost of visa not included in price). If you are interested in reserving a place, please pay a non refundable deposit of £250.00 by 01 February. (on payment of the deposit, please let me have your full name as per your passport) Places will be limited, so please get in touch as soon as possible as I know this trip will be very popular.

Violetta who is one of the organizers of our group will be accompanying the group and speaks fluent Russian and knows Moscow well which is an added bonus!

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  • Theresa

    Hi, If anyone is interested, I have just finished a book with my photos from the Russia trip. If you would like to have a look, go to

    November 10, 2012

  • Theresa

    Had a fantastic trip, so much to see and do. Violetta was a great host, we couldn't have done it without her

    September 4, 2012

  • Sarah

    What an amazing eclectic group! With a fantastic host for whom nothing seemed too much trouble. We were very lucky to be in Russia all together.

    September 2, 2012

  • Beth E.

    It was a great trip with a wonderful group of people, thank you all for making me so welcome, but especially Violetta for all her hard working translating etc, plus immeasurable help whilst trying to enjoy her holiday time too. I'll miss Russia and still have some Roubles left to spend. Made some good friends too (I hope), who'll also be missed.

    August 31, 2012

  • Violetta

    So much to see and to learn. Amazing that we fitted all of it in 10 days. Lovely group as well!

    August 30, 2012

  • Violetta

    If you are checking in online I'm in 50C and there are still some spaces in rows 49-51. Would be good to sit together.

    August 20, 2012

    • antonia

      i am in 50K. my first tube arrives at 6.51am-(I will be 8 min late). If I won't see you outside, I will see you inside.

      August 20, 2012

    • Shelley

      I've checked in with Seat 51D. See you in Zone C tomorrow morning!

      August 20, 2012

  • K

    I don't seem to have made it to the official list but I'm there anyone who lives in SE London/Kent/thereabouts who might want to share an early morning cab to the airport?

    August 20, 2012

  • piyusha

    Does anyone going live in NW London and want to share a cab?

    August 17, 2012

  • Pooja

    what kind of cloths are you girls packing ?

    August 16, 2012

    • Sarah

      Jeans, tshirts, maybe one dress for the evening otherwise nice jeans for the evening with different tops

      August 16, 2012

  • Sarah

    Hi Nena, could you provide me with flight times, please? I want to organise my airport transfers. Thanks

    August 8, 2012

  • Beth E.

    Hi Andrew, I've never woke myself up from snoring, so not sure if I do ;o), but thanks for offering to share, and happy to take up that offer.

    July 3, 2012

  • Andrew

    Hi Beth, as long as you don't snore then I'm fine for sharing a room.

    July 2, 2012

  • Beth E.

    Hi, I'm Beth, live in Oxford and I'm transgendered, MtoF. Thought I'd let you all know before hand so there isn't any awkward moments on the trip.
    There's also something I'd like to ask; at the moment I'm down to pay the single supplement, but would really like to avoid the extra cost so would be more than happy to share a room with either gender, and wondered if there was anyone who'd be OK with that? I quite understand if the answer is no, but hoping it could be a possibilty.

    June 30, 2012

  • piyusha

    Need to confirm dates at work but sounds wonderful

    June 24, 2012

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