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13 Day Tour of Russia - Back in the USSR

The best of Russia - St Petersburg, ancient Vladimir and Moscow - enduring capital of all Russia, plus one of the Baltic beauties - Estonia - a former union member which boasts the beautiful capital - Tallinn.

Russia - St PetersbergDay 1
Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Wanting more time in St Petersburg? This is the trip! Meet and Greet group arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport. We register our hotel stay and check-in. Tonight, around 2000hrs, our tip-filled Welcome Meeting takes place. Rest of evening free. Your trip leader will recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out.
Overnight - St Petersburg

Day 2: St Petersburg – breakfast
A city coach tour offers us an overview of the city. We then enjoy a guided visit at the Hermitage - which houses a gargantuan art and antiquity collection. The rest of the day is free to enjoy St Pete’s your way. Most of the city sights are dotted along and just off the main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt. St Petersburg has an inspiring cafe, bar and music scene, so perhaps indulge.
Overnight - St Petersburg

Day 3: St Petersburg - breakfast
Free day. If you purchase the pukka pass day 3 will include additional guided sightseeing inclusive of transport. The timetable of events will incorporate a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress on the Petrogradskaya Side, St Isaac’s Cathedral - one of the world’s largest cathedrals, the Summer Gardens at Peterhof or Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo and a guided tour and lunch.
Overnight - St Petersburg

Day 4: St Petersburg – Vladimir – breakfast
Free day in the city of tsars. Stock up on souvenirs at Gostinny Dvor, the city’s premier department store on Nevsky or just relax. Tonight, we travel to Vladimir.
Overnight - train

Day 5: Vladimir – breakfast
Good Morning Vladimir! Checking into our hotel, we then travel beyond Vladimir to Suzdal. Packed with awesome buildings and churches, the little settlement of Suzdal is one of Russia’s most beautiful towns. Explore the town mostly on foot, we visit the 11th century Kremlin, some impressive cathedrals and a wood–carving museum. Later, we’ll treat ourselves to a steamy experience at a Russian banya (sauna). We’ll then tuck into a vodka and a Russian lunch. Back in Vladimir, the city that gave way to Moscow as Russia’s capital we’ll explore the town founded in 1108. Later tonight, dinner at the hotel.
Lunch, dinner & overnight – Vladimir

Day 6: Vladimir – Moscow – breakfast
This morning, we drive to Moscow. Arriving around 1300hrs, we’ll check-in, before riding the Metro to Red Square from where we undertake a guided walk. In Red Square, feast your eyes on the wildly coloured turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral - an enduring Russian symbol. Remains of day free.
Overnight – Moscow

Day 7: Moscow – breakfast
This afternoon, with our guide, we can visit Gorky Park and Sculpture Park. Gorky Park is a light-hearted amusement park in summer whilst Sculpture Park houses redundant statues of Soviet notables from the days of Communism including Lenin, Stalin and Brehznev. Alternatively, see Moscow your way. There are plenty of galleries, museums, cafes and bars.

Day 8: Moscow – breakfast
Today, in Red Square, if open, we can pay our respects for free to Lenin, the father of Communism, who lies in state in his granite mausoleum. We enjoy a guided walk where we’ll see numerous governmental buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell. The rest of the day is free. Izmailovsky flea market is worth a visit. It offers a sprawling collective of stalls hocking everything from Soviet Red Army memorabilia to bootleg CDs, fluffy hats and Matryoshka dolls.
Overnight - Moscow

Day 9: Moscow – Tallinn - breakfast
Free day to pursue what ever takes your fancy in Moscow. Tonight, we travel north by train to Tallinn, Estonia.
Overnight - train

Days 10 - 11: Tallinn – breakfast
Arriving into Tallinn, we transfer to our hotel where after breakfast we enjoy a city tour. Sparkling with kaleidoscopic history, culture and architecture, Tallinn - the capital of the Northernmost and smallest of the Baltic has a rich maritime tradition. Tallinn is a walker-friendly city and offers an enchanting mix of church spires, medieval turrets and cobblestone streets in it’s World-Heritage listed Old Town. On day 11, we continue our discoveries in the Old Town, where we stroll the fascinating narrow streets and alleyways which give way to medieval towers, churches and shopfronts that were once the preserve of wealthy merchants. We also take in the upper part of the Old Town known as Toompea where we view the Parliament Building and some churches.
Overnight (2) - Tallinn

Day 12: Tallinn - St Petersburg - breakfast
Hotel check-out. Free day to enjoy Tallinn your way. Tonight, we travel by bus to St Petersburg.
Overnight - bus

Day 13: St Petersburg
Arrival in St Petersburg. Free time (provision to leave your luggage at a secure luggage facility). Later - departure to St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport. (If not flying British Airways, do not arrange to depart St Petersburg earlier than 1300hrs)

*It’s possible to finish at Tallinn on day 12 (at no additional cost), and exit from Tallinn as and when you wish. If you wish to end your tour at Tallinn, please advise us. Please note, no transfer is provided on day 12 or beyond, when concluding at Tallinn.

This tour runs year round - during both summer and winter months. The itinerary detailed here is based on following our summer route for the 1st 8 days. In the winter months, we follow our ‘Vodka on Ice’ itinerary. This means that we do not visit Vladimir on days 5 and 6, but Pskov instead.

Whats Included?

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner * 9 nights 3 star superior tourist class hotels * 2 nights train St Petersburg - Vladimir & Moscow - Tallinn (4-berth sleeper cabin) inc bed linen * 1 night bus - Tallinn - St Petersburg * Airport arrival and departure transfer* Guided sightseeing - St Petersburg city coach tour, Hermitage at Winter Palace, Vladimir/Suzdal, Moscow walk, Moscow Kremlin * Russian banya (sauna) experience * Tallinn - sightseeing - (combination walking/coach touring) * Moscow Metro travelcard * English speaking tour leader (local tour guide in Tallinn - subject to groups of 6 or more) * Relevant transfers on tour * Russian visa service

Airport transfers only included if flying by British Airways and travelling on the scheduled tour start/finish dates

£649 GBP per person (Single Supplement - £179) - BOOK NOW

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