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

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

With 26 UNESCO heritage sites 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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Day 1
Saturday - Moscow
Arrival Transfer 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
Moscow City Tour. Red Square, St. Basil’s, Lenin Mausoleum
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 - Moscow
Kremlin Grounds and Cathedrals. Armoury. Departure to Novgorod the Great
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 enthrallled 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 after a journey of around eight and a half hours.
Day 4
Tuesday - Novgorod the Great
Exploring Novgorod
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.
Day 5
Wednesday - Novgorod the Great - St. Petersburg
Departure to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg City Tour
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 - St. Petersburg
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)
Once home to the Tsars, the two hundred meter 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.
Day 7
Friday - St. Petersburg
Petrodvorets - Palace, Fountain and Park Ensemble. Departure to Karelia
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. You can choose to travel in two-berth or four-berth compartments for the comfortable ride; the train has a dining car for your evening meal.
Day 8
Saturday - Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Kinerma
Petrozavodsk Walking Tour. Kizhi Island. Traditional Cooking Class
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 favorite with travelers. 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.
Day 9
Sunday - Kinerma - Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg
Walking Tour of the Village. Departure to St. Petersburg
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 - St. Petersburg
Departure for 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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All our hotels have been carefully selected and personally tested by Go Russia product development team. They have been chosen for their central location, available facilities, tastefully designed interiors, and friendly service and customers’ feedbacks. Please note all our hotels are recommended on Tripadvisor and have above average ratings. On all our city-break tours we also offer evening meals and early-check / late check-out option in hotels as well as extra nights.
Hotel Marriott Courtyard 4*
The Courtyard by the Marriott Moscow City Centre is a brand new full service property yet safe, tranquil and residential, located right in the heart of town between Tverskaya and Nikitskaya streets, surrounded by residential buildings and the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory.  It is an ideal place to stay, whether you are on business or leisure, since the hotel is only 10 minutes walk from Kremlin, Red Square, City Hall, and the Old Arbat; all major Moscow business centers and several embassies are within easy reach.Learn more
Hotel Petro Palace St. Petersburg 4*
Petro Palace is a brand new, superior 4* hotel in St. Petersburg, established in 2005 which offers the best location and superb amenities. It occupies a building of historical and cultural significance, the former residence of Baron Von Schtaal. The hotel is renowned for its central location, just steps away from the major landmarks of the city: Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. All standard rooms are designed in modern style and feature queen size, king-size or twin beds. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, internet, telephone, interactive and satellite TV, a safe and a mini bar. Swimming pool is free of charge: 07:00 – 11:00, outside these hours a fee applies.Learn more
Moscow Ibis Center Bakhrushina Hotel 3*
Part of the Ibis collection, the Moscow Center Bakhrushina Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a value hotel with facilities you can trust. Situated within the meander of the Moskva River, it’s centrally located a half hour stroll from Red Square or the Kremlin and within easy reach of the Paveletskaya metro station.Learn more
Hotel Nevsky Grand St. Petersbrug 3*
Hotel Nevsky Hotel Grand is ideally located in the center of St. Petersburg, and within easy walking distance of the famous landmarks of St. Petersburg - such as Hermitage; Kazan, St. Isaac's and Savior on Spilled Blood Cathedrals; Russian museum. The hotel features elegant interior and cozy homelike atmosphere. The hotel’s 135 guest rooms and 5 suites are designed in the modern style with a touch of antique, complimented by the technological amenities, including telephone, free WiFi, interactive satellite television, safe, air-conditioning system. There is a hall on every floor with soft drinks, coffee and tea, open 24 hours a day.Learn more
M-Hotel St. Petersbrug 3*
Located in the Golden Triangle District, the 3 star M-Hotel is convenient for many of St Petersburg’s attractions including being just a twenty minute walk from the Hermitage Museum. In addition, it is well connected to public transport; the nearest Metro station, Nevsky Prospect, is only a two minute walk away. The hotel’s rooms and suites are bright and airy, furnished in a comfortable fashion. WiFi is available throughout the hotel at no additional cost.Learn more
Hotel Intourist Novgorod the Great 3*
Intourist Hotel is situated in the historical center of Veliky Novgorod on the bank of the river Volkhov, among numerous monuments of the ancient architecture. The hotel is 10 minutes walk from the central Kremlin Park and 3 kilometers from the bus as well as railway stations. Guests can visit tourist places like the Kremlin, Yuryev Monastery, Museum of Wooden Architecture and Drama Theatre. There are 116 rooms in the hotel. All rooms are equipped with TV set, telephone, radio. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, conference hall, business center, currency exchange, post office, souvenirs, parking, luggage room, hairdresser, laundry service.Learn more
Guest House Kinerma Village
Located in historic Kinerma, a small village found midway between Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga, this little guest house is a good choice for visitors wishing to stay in a typically Russian wooden house. Kinerma is as much an open air museum as a village, its collection of traditional wooden structures showcasing the best of Karelian architecture. 
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  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
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  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. 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.
  5. “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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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All transfers and pickups were done on time. The guides were very helpful when required.
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