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Historical tour: Moscow, Golden Ring and St Petersburg

  • Moscow Vladimir Suzdal Plyos Kostroma Yaroslavl St. Petersburg
  • Between the power of Moscow and the charm of St Petersburg, the Golden Ring immerses you in the history of the ancient princely cities with their sparkling domes and alabaster walls.

day 1 - Moscow
day 2 - Moscow
Voyage Russie, Moscou - Place Rouge
Place Rouge
Visite Moscou - Cathédrale Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux
Cathédrale Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux
Voyage Russie, Moscou - Cathédrale du Christ Saint Sauveur
Cathédrale du Christ Saint Sauveur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with your guide for a panoramic tour of the city by transport: Discovery of the Red square, the St-Basil's cathedral, the GUM, the Kremlin, the Bolshoy theatre, the Manege square, the Tverskaya street and then the "Mount Vorobievy" (or mount of sparrows) with its superb panorama and finally the view of the novodevichiy convent. Then, a visit to the famous St-Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square. 

Free lunch and guided tours in the afternoon, of your choice:
Option 1 - Tretiakov Gallery
Option 2 - Izmailovo souvenir market and Kremlin
Option 3 - the Metro and the cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 3 - Moscow
Voyage Moscou - Kremlin
Kremlin
Voyage Moscou - Canon du Kremlin
Canon du Kremlin

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided visit to the Kremlin and its cathedrals (by foot with your guide): Former residence of the czars, the country's largest and most famous fortress, the Kremlin is a collection of palaces and cathedrals, some of which date back to the 15th century. Its walls are also home to as many as 54 burials of former czars and many other curiosities (In option: visit to the Kremlin Armoury).

Free lunch and afternoon (In option: Radisson cruise on the Moskova river).

Free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 

day 4 - Vladimir - Suzdal
Vladimir - Cathédrale de la Dormition
Cathédrale de la Dormition
Vladimir - Cathédrale de la Dormition
Cathédrale de la Dormition
Voyage Russie, Anneau d'or, Vladimir - Vue panoramique de Vladimir
Vue panoramique de Vladimir

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure by the fast train to Vladimir. You will be welcomed at the Vladimir station by your driver.

Guided visit of Vladimir: the Cathedral of Dormition, the Cathedral of St-Dimitry dating from 1197, and the Golden Gate.

Transfer to Suzdal, free time for lunch and afternoon to discover the city (In option: Visit of Bogoliubovo and its cathedral).

Free time for dinner, and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 5 - Suzdal - Plios
Voyage Souzdal - Kremlin de Souzdal
Kremlin de Souzdal
Voyage Souzdal - Paysage pittoresque Souzdal
Paysage pittoresque Souzdal
Voyage Plioss - Panorama
Plioss

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with your french-speaking guide.

Guided tour of Suzdal by foot (3h): The Kremlin, the wooden architecture museum, the monastery of Saviour St-Euthymius. The city of Suzdal is a museum in itself as it presents an intact image of the Russian history. It has many churches and other religious buildings and a lush green countryside in the summer. 

Free lunch. Transfer to Plios (2h30) and check in at the hostel.

Free time for discovery and visit of Plios, village of the Golden Ring and very popular holiday destination for many popular artists like Levitan and Repin. 

Dinner and overnight stay at the hostel.

day 6 - Kostroma - Yaroslavl
Voyage Plioss - Cathédrale de la Résurrection
Cathédrale de la Résurrection
Voyage Kostroma - Monastère Ipatiev
Monastère Ipatiev

Breakfast at the inn.

Free time. Then transfer to Kostroma (1h30) in the late morning. Meeting with your guide at the Ipatiev monastery, which you will visit. Panoramic tour of Kostroma. The city was not available for foreigners until 1991 and retained its 19th century style.

Free lunch. Departure to Yaroslavl (80km-ride).

Free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

day 7 - Yaroslavl - Rostov Veliky
Voyage Russie - Yaroslavl - Vue panoramique sur la cathédrale de la Dormition
Cathédrale de la Dormition
Yaroslavl - Vue panoramique
Vue panoramique de Yaroslavl
Voyage Rostov le Grand - Kremlin
Rostov le Grand - Kremlin

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with your guide and depart for the visit of Yaroslavl by foot: the Monastery of St-Saviour, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Admire the white walls and the golden cupolas of the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, the splendid green bulbs of the St-Elias church, the Volkov theater, the first theater in Russia... you will walk on the docks of this city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Free time for lunch. Departure for the visit of Rostov. Finally, your tour takes you to Rostov the Great, the oldest city in the Golden Ring. Rebellious for a long time, the city is today very peaceful, built around a formidable Kremlin which houses a cathedral and two churches. You will admire the splendor and finesse of its silver bulbs.

Return to Yaroslavl to catch the evening train. Free time for dinner and transfer to the train station. Night on the train.

day 8 - St. Petersburg
Voyage Russie, Saint-Pétersbourg - Forteresse Pierre et Paul
Forteresse Pierre et Paul
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Forteresse Pierre et Paul
Forteresse Pierre et Paul

Free breakfast on the train. Arrival in St-Petersburg, meeting with your driver and transfer to the hotel. Check in. Free time for lunch.

Panoramic city tour by transport: Discover the sumptuous capital dreamed of by Peter the Great at the mouth of the Neva. The Decembrists Square, the Admiralty, and Peter and Paul's Cathedral, the beautiful Winter Palace Square, Nevsky Prospekt, the canals and alleys that inspired novelists, the rostral columns, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood ... 

Visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Peter the Great chose this strategic place to found the fortress in 1703. It has several buildings including a splendid cathedral where almost all of the Romanov royal family now rest.

Free time for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 9 - St. Petersburg
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Ermitage
Ermitage
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Ermitage
Ermitage

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with your guide and departure for a guided visit at the Hermitage museum: Jewel of the Russian baroque art, one of the most famous and important museums worldwide. Listed as a UNESCO heritage, it houses treasures from anitiquity and artworks from painters of the Dutch, Italian, Flemish and Spanish schools. A visit, appreciated by tourists for by both the richness in collections and the magnificence of the buildings. 

Free lunch and afternoon for a personal discovery of the city (In option: 1/ Cathedral of Saint Saviour on Blood, 2/ Laure Alexander Nevsky, 3/ Walk on the canals (May-September))

Free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 10 - St. Petersburg
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Palais de Peterhof
Palais de Peterhof
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Tsarskoe Selo
Tsarskoe Selo
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Palais de Pavlovsk
Palais de Pavlovsk

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure by transport for a guided tour of your choice: Pavlovsk Palace and Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) by car or a visit of Peterhof. Free time for lunch at the location.

The village of Tsarskoye Selo : the “Imperial Village” was founded in the 18th century to house the summer residence of the czars. Renamed "Pushkin" after the Revolution, it houses the splendid Catherine Palace. Pavlosk Palace: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pavlovsk is renowned for the splendor of its interiors housing many 18th century pieces of furniture, sculptures, and paintings, but also for the beauty of its English-style park.

Peterhof: The palace of Peterhof was the Russian Versailles. The long canal linking it to the Gulf of Finland allowed guests to reach the palace by boat.

Back to St-Petersburg. Free time for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 11 - St. Petersburg
Voyage Saint-Pétersbourg - Saint Sauveur-sur-le-Sang-Versé
Saint Sauveur-sur-le-Sang-Versé

Free time depending on flight schedules. Transfer to the airport and return flight.

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. Balance payment one month before departure

. The order of the excursions can be modified according the touristic sites or for any other technical reasons  

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. According to the Warsaw Convention, in case of delayed baggage delivery, in the context of air travel, the passenger must personally hand in a written protestation letter to the effective carrier (the air company ensuring the flight, which can be different from the selling company, in case of code-share flights) no more than 21 days after said luggage was given to them 

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. If the cancellation is made more than 30 days before departure, the fee is 100€ 

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. Between 19 and 13 days, the fee equals 35 %

. Between 12 and 9 days, the fee equals 60 %

. If the cancellation is made less than 9 days before departure, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total amount

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