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UNESCO Heritage in Russia: Moscow, Novgorod, Kizhi, St. Petersburg (CB-30)

Group size
2-14 people
Season
Summer
Duration
10 days
Departs
Saturday
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St. Petersburg
Countries
Russia
Cities
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Petrozavodsk, Veliky Novgorod, Kinerma
Price
from £1,495
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With 26 UNESCO heritage sites in Russia it would take quite a long time to visit them all. However you could see even four of them in this ten day tour: Moscow with its Kremlin complex, medieval Novgorod the Great, St. Petersburg - Russia’s cultural capital and Kizhi - an open-air museum with the oldest wooden church in Russia built without a single nail! We complete our journey in a traditional Karelian Kinerma village enjoying calm and unhurried rural way of life.

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Moscow
Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | £75 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | £125 per person
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | £80 per person

Day 1 – Saturday
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
On arrival in Moscow, our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday
Moscow City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
At first Moscow might seem overwhelming, but our orientation tour will help you see the bigger picture, taking you to the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (view from outside), the New Maiden's Convent (view from outside) with its fascinating cemetery and the Moscow State University, from where you can admire panoramic views of the city and spot its major landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to linger in Red Square, taking a guided tour which encompasses the brightly-domed St. Basil's Cathedral, the world-renowned Lenin Mausoleum, the expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and the Kremlin.
Day 3 – Monday
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Underground Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
The Kremlin is the residence of the Russian president and once was the home of the Tsars. Beautiful Cathedral Square inside the Kremlin, once the place where Moscow’s main streets converged, takes its name from the three golden-domed cathedrals enclosed within its walls: the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Cathedral of the Archangel and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. Nearby you’ll be enthralled at the collections within the Armoury Museum, featuring everything from Faberge eggs to antique weaponry. Later today, we’ll visit the Moscow Underground, no ordinary metro system. Here, lavish decoration in the form of marble, mosaics, stained glass and bronze sculptures will make you think you’re somewhere much grander than a mere public transport system, and then make you wonder why no one’s copied it. Tonight you’ll take an overnight train to Novgorod, so our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby when the time comes to take you to the station. The safe and comfortable train with all mod-cons will pull into Novgorod early the next morning.
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Train: Moscow - Veliky Novgorod
Day 3 – Monday
Night train: Moscow - Veliky Novgorod
Overnight train travel to Novgorod the Great. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows, are provided for each berth. The compartments also have personal reading lights, a big window and a small table. There is ample storage space for luggage within the compartment. Two bathrooms in every carriage contain a sink with running hot / cold water and a toilet. Cabins can be locked from the inside, and attendants keep a very close eye on what is happening in their carriage. Arrival in Novgorod early in the morning. The journey time is approximately eight and a half hours.
Novgorod the Great
Day 4 – Tuesday
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Novgorod Kremlin Guided Tour
Yaroslav`s Courtyard in Great Novgorod
Yuriev Monastery Guided Tour
Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture Guided Tour
As you arrive at Novgorod the Great, our driver will be waiting to meet you with a Go Russia sign board on the platform for your transfer to the hotel. Later you have a guided tour of Novgorod Kremlin. Novgorod the Great (Velikiy Novgorod in Russian) is one of the oldest towns in Russia, founded in the 9th century. The Kremlin in this historic city is traditionally known as the Detinets, a masterpiece of the medieval age with the oldest palace in the country. The Chamber of the Facets, as it’s called, dates back to 1433 and served as the meeting hall of the Russian archbishops. We’ll move on to Yaroslav’s Courtyard, the area around the Trade Mart, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Church of St. Procopius and the Church of the Myrrh-bearing Women. It was named after the Grand Prince of Novgorod and Kiev, Yaroslav the Wise, who managed to unite the two principalities for some time under his rule in the 11th century. Yuriev Monastery is our next stop, a UNESCO world heritage site situated on the left bank of the Volkhov River near the outflow of Lake Ilmen, close to Novgorod. Finally, we will visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture, which contains twenty or so characterful wooden buildings dating from the 14th to 16th centuries, including churches, homes and mills.
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Novgorod the Great - St. Petersburg

Draw Bridges Night Tour by CarLike Venice, St. Petersburg is spread across a lot of big and small islands and it's hard to walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge! St. Petersburg has the largest number of bridges of any city in the entire world. With a total of 539 bridges (315 in the historical centre alone), not even Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam can beat the city’s total! And more than 20 of all bridges are drawbridges. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Petersburg have become an integral part of the city.
2 hours | £125 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | £110 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | £70 per person
St. Petersburg Boat Trip with an Audio-guideA new perspective on St. Petersburg can be gained from water-level and the boat trips visit some areas of the city that might not be reached on ground. The looming silhouettes of the bridges, the grandeur of the waterways, the granite embankments with their various piers and slipways, the 18th and 19th century palaces and parks on the banks of the Neva and the canals, architectural landmarks in the form of the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals, visible from a long way off - all this contributes to the unique appearance of the "Venice of the North". The boat trip is with a recorded audio-guide.
1 hour | £25 per person

Day 5 – Wednesday
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Local suburban train: Veliky Novgorod - St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg City Tour by Car
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the lobby of the hotel to take you to the railway station where you’ll catch a local suburban train to St Petersburg. Your destination is beloved of many visitors, the most European of any Russian city, with a calm and soothing vibe. The city is criss-crossed by a network of canals and waterways which have earnt it the epithet, Venice of the North. Among the many unmissable sights you’ll see today, you’ll enjoy the Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Christ's Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood). Lenin chose the city to signal the start of the Great Social Revolution when he ordered that a cannon on the cruiser Aurora be fired.
Day 6 – Thursday
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
Once home to the Tsars, the two hundred metre long Winter Palace stretches along the banks of the Neva River. These days, the building forms the opulent backdrop for the Hermitage Museum’s enormous collection of works of art. There are over three million pieces to admire, with the modern European section one of the most popular, containing paintings by Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh and more. As there are pieces dating from the Stone Age, whatever your taste there’ll be something that delights you in this unforgettable place.
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St. Petersburg
Day 7 – Friday
Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park Ensemble)
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Our day begins with a trip out to St Petersburg’s suburbs to visit Petrodvorets, one of the most splendid summer palaces in Russia. Founded in the early 18th century by Peter the Great, as well as the delightful palace you’ll be able to take a stroll around the gardens with their elegant landscaping and ornamental fountains. In the evening you’ll depart for the railway station; our Go Russia driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and see you onto the overnight train to Petrozavodsk.
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Train: St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk
Day 7 – Friday
Night train: St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk
You will travel on a comfortable fast train to Petrozavodsk. Both 1st (2 berth) and 2nd (4 berth) compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals. Arrival in Petrozavodsk early in the morning.
Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Kinerma
Day 8 – Saturday
Petrozavodsk Walking Tour
Visit to the Ethnographic Museum
Hydrofoil: Petrozavodsk - Kizhi
Kizhi Open-air Museum Guided Tour
Hydrofoil: Kizhi - Petrozavodsk
Transfer by car / minibus: Petrozavodsk - Kinerma
Cooking class of baking traditional Karelian pies
Our English-speaking guide will meet you at Petrozavodsk railway station when you arrive early this morning. Today you will have a guided city tour around Petrozavodsk, or Peter’s Factory. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as part of efforts to win the Great Northern War against Sweden, its picturesque setting on the shore of Lake Onega makes this a favourite with travellers. With its vibrant student life and European ambience you will definitely enjoy the pretty Karelian capital. We’ll pay a visit to the Ethnographic Museum where you will learn about the distinct culture of the Karelian people. After taking a ride in a hydrofoil, we’ll explore Kizhi Island. Its UNESCO-listed open air museum has over eighty fascinating buildings to discover, including the 1714 Church of the Transfiguration which has 22 domes and the oldest wooden church in Russia, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus. Dating from the 14th century, its whole structure was built without a single nail. Our final stop is at Kinerma village where we’ll have an evening cooking class to find out how to bake kalitki, tiny pasties made with rye flour and a choice of delicious fillings including mushrooms, cheese and berries.
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Kinerma - Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg

Draw Bridges Night Tour by CarLike Venice, St. Petersburg is spread across a lot of big and small islands and it's hard to walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge! St. Petersburg has the largest number of bridges of any city in the entire world. With a total of 539 bridges (315 in the historical centre alone), not even Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam can beat the city’s total! And more than 20 of all bridges are drawbridges. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Petersburg have become an integral part of the city.
2 hours | £125 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | £110 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | £70 per person
St. Petersburg Boat Trip with an Audio-guideA new perspective on St. Petersburg can be gained from water-level and the boat trips visit some areas of the city that might not be reached on ground. The looming silhouettes of the bridges, the grandeur of the waterways, the granite embankments with their various piers and slipways, the 18th and 19th century palaces and parks on the banks of the Neva and the canals, architectural landmarks in the form of the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals, visible from a long way off - all this contributes to the unique appearance of the "Venice of the North". The boat trip is with a recorded audio-guide.
1 hour | £25 per person

Day 9 – Sunday
Walking Tour of the Village
Transfer by car / minibus: Kinerma - Petrozavodsk
Local suburban train: Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
The historic village of Kinerma is the place to go to understand more about Russia’s traditional wooden architecture, a feature of the Karelia region. You’ll have a guided walking tour to explore the open air museum where you’ll encounter homes and other structures including an 18th century wooden chapel. Seven of the seventeen wooden buildings here hold the status of monuments of architecture. After your tour, you’ll transfer back to Petrozavodsk from where you’ll catch a local train back to St Petersburg. On arrival, our driver will meet you on the platform; holding a Go Russia sign he’ll take you to your hotel.
Day 10 – Monday
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby ready to transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Year of travel
2022
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
28/05/2022 - 06/06/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
04/06/2022 - 13/06/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
11/06/2022 - 20/06/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
18/06/2022 - 27/06/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
25/06/2022 - 04/07/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
02/07/2022 - 11/07/2022 £1,545 / £1,845 £245 / £755 £115 book now
09/07/2022 - 18/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
16/07/2022 - 25/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
23/07/2022 - 01/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
30/07/2022 - 08/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
06/08/2022 - 15/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
13/08/2022 - 22/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
20/08/2022 - 29/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
27/08/2022 - 05/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
03/09/2022 - 12/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
10/09/2022 - 19/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
17/09/2022 - 26/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
24/09/2022 - 03/10/2022 £1,495 / £1,795 £195 / £755 £115 book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
28/05/2022 - 06/06/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
04/06/2022 - 13/06/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
11/06/2022 - 20/06/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
18/06/2022 - 27/06/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
25/06/2022 - 04/07/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
02/07/2022 - 11/07/2022 £1,695 / £1,995 £415 / £755 £115 book now
09/07/2022 - 18/07/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
16/07/2022 - 25/07/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
23/07/2022 - 01/08/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
30/07/2022 - 08/08/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
06/08/2022 - 15/08/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
13/08/2022 - 22/08/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
20/08/2022 - 29/08/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
27/08/2022 - 05/09/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
03/09/2022 - 12/09/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
10/09/2022 - 19/09/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
17/09/2022 - 26/09/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now
24/09/2022 - 03/10/2022 £1,645 / £1,945 £355 / £755 £115 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  6. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
This trip to Russia has been an excellent introduction for me and I would like to explore more of this beautiful country in the near future. I felt secure in the fact that Go Russia paid attention to detail and no stone would be left upturned regarding scheduling and timings and, of course, processing of the visa.
The tour guides, especially Tatiana in St Petersburg, were excellent. Everything was really well timed and organised. Information and instructions were clear. Support with obtaining visa was really good. Everything was paid for. There were no hidden extras.
Fantastic knowledge of the guides, made the trip much more enjoyable.
Especially good- reliability, guides, flawless organisation, promptness of all staff
Help and availability on chat line very pleasant and accurate. Very helpful support with visa application. Size of (most of the time) small group. Always on time and helpful with theater arrangements. Help on stations to make sure we were on right platform. Transfer to and from hotel back to airport on time and pleasant. Guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg excellent. This all made for a very worry free trip. Full program :) very interesting and informative.
What was so good about this trip and how Go Russia was different from other companies was that you use local guides only and there is no tour leader. This gave us a lot more free time to do what ever we wanted, eat where we wanted and yet still meet other travellers making use of the same local guide.
All transfers and pickups were done on time. The guides were very helpful when required.
I was delighted with the whole package. Everything ran like clockwork. The holiday was made very easy by the way it was organised and I was just able to enjoy it knowing I didn't have to worry about anything.
Everything that you said you would do was carried out as per the itinerary. The guides and transfer drivers were excellent and on time.
Explanations and help in applying for visa. Clear instructions prior to trip. Good flights and connections. All meetings and pick-ups were on time as arranged and we always felt we were in safe hands. The guides were excellent. Helpful, knowledgeable and very interesting.

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