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Mighty Russia: Moscow, Novgorod & St. Petersburg (CB-23)

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2-14 people
All year
8 days
St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod
from $1,445
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For those wishing to explore beyond Russia’s two largest cities, this eight day tour is the answer. As well as vibrant, bustling Moscow and aristocratic, elegant St Petersburg, this itinerary includes a chance to visit historic Novgorod the Great. All three cities have influenced the economic, political and cultural development of modern Russia and together form an intriguing journey of discovery which offers the visitor an insight into this fascinating country’s history, religion and unique traditions.

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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 | $95 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 | $145 per person
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star CityStar City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.
6 hours | $235 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 | $100 per person
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command CenterWe invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.
3 hours | $115 per person

Day 1 – Saturday
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Our driver will be waiting for you in arrivals at the airport holding a Go Russia sign board ready to transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday
Moscow City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
Russia’s captivating capital will be our focus today. We begin with a drive through its boulevards and avenues for an orientation tour taking in Red Square, the Russian Orthodox cathedral of Christ the Saviour (view from outside) and the New Maiden Convent (view from outside) where the remains of many famous Russians are interred. The panoramic view from the Moscow State University enables us to appreciate the city’s geography, from Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill to the Olympic Luzhniki stadium and of course, the distant golden domes of the Kremlin. We return to the center for an in-depth guided tour of Red Square, where you will explore brightly-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. Correctly known as the Cathedral of the Intercession, its popular name associates it with a ragged prophet who foretold the Moscow fire of 1547. We’ll continue our sightseeing with a walk along the expansive facade of the GUM department store, pretty Kazan Cathedral and the Kremlin towers. No visit to Red Square can be complete without a stop at Lenin’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of the founder of the Soviet State. Seeing the embalmed body of this iconic figure will be a memorable part of your tour.
Day 3 – Monday
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Underground Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Today we take you inside the Kremlin, the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. The Kremlin’s Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov and the early Romanovs loom large. We’ll explore the Armoury Museum which has been a storehouse for the Kremlin’s weaponry since the early 16th century. A museum for over two centuries, you’ll follow in the footsteps of millions of tourists to discover such exhibits as the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the helm and armour of Boris Godunov, a collection of over fifty Faberge eggs, works in gold, silver and other precious metals as well as antique weaponry. Leaving the Kremlin, we’ll take a tour of the incredible Moscow Underground, whose sculptures, marble, mosaics and stained glass make this the most beautiful metro system in the world. Back at the hotel, our driver will collect you to transfer you to the railway station for an overnight train to Novgorod the Great. The safe and comfortable journey in well-equipped compartments will take around eight and a half hours.
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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
Arriving in Novgorod the Great early in the morning, our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board on the platform and transfer you to the hotel. Velikiy Novgorod is a hidden gem; founded in the 9th century it’s one of Russia’s oldest towns. Located close to St Petersburg it has its own Kremlin; traditionally known as the Detinets, it contains Russia’s oldest palace, dating back to 1433, as well as its oldest bell and clock towers. Included in our program is a guided tour around Yaroslav’s Courtyard, named after the Grand Prince of Novgorod and Kiev, Yaroslav the Wise. Yaroslav’s Courtyard included Gothic and German Courts where rich merchants from across Russia and the cities of the Hanseatic League lived while staying in Novgorod. UNESCO-listed Yuriev Monastery on the bank of the Volkhov River is also on today’s itinerary, one of Russia’s oldest, founded in 1030. Finally we’ll make a stop at the nearby Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture. There are over twenty wooden buildings brought here from across the Novgorod region, among them wooden churches, dwelling houses 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 | $145 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 | $80 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 | $75 per person
Museum of Political History of Russia Guided TourThe State Museum of the Political History of Russia, former the State Museum of Revolution, was created on October 9, 1919, by decree of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers and the Red Army Deputies. Among the initiators were prominent figures in the Bolshevik Party and the narodnik (populist) movement, and representatives of the intelligentsia. By the mid 1920s it had a unique collection of revolutionary banners, an extremely valuable collection of leaflets of the different political parties, posters, and objects from that period.
3 hours | $80 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 | $130 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 | $90 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".
1 hour | $35 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. You’ll transfer to the railway station where a local suburban train will take you to St Petersburg. Russia’s aristocratic former capital is as far removed from Moscow as another big city could get: elegant, calm and packed full of historic buildings and interesting museums in contrast to the modernity and energy of the Russian capital. The city’s many waterways earn it the moniker of the “Venice of the North”. You’ll tour its most unmissable sights: the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of Christ's Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood) and the famous cruiser Aurora whose cannon signalled the beginning of the Great Social Revolution more than 90 years ago on Lenin’s orders.
Day 6 – Thursday
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
If there’s one thing you can’t miss during a trip to St Petersburg, then without question it’s the Hermitage. Once the residence of the Russian Tsars, its Winter Palace is now one of the world’s best art museums. An architectural delight in itself, there are over three million works of art in its collection. They range from masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci to mesmerising paintings by the French Impressionists, sculptures to icons, antique coins to divine jewelry. The Hermitage is without doubt an unforgettable place to visit.
Day 7 – Friday
Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble)
Today’s program begins with a half-day tour to the most magnificent of St Petersburg’s summer palaces, Petrodvorets, located in the city’s suburbs. This delightful palace, fountains and parkland ensemble was founded at the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great. The estate is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries.
Day 8 – Saturday
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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Year of travel
Travel dates Excluding flights Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/10/2023 - 06/17/2023 $1,645 $295 / $555 $95 book now
06/17/2023 - 06/24/2023 $1,645 $295 / $555 $95 book now
06/24/2023 - 07/01/2023 $1,645 $295 / $555 $95 book now
07/01/2023 - 07/08/2023 $1,645 $295 / $555 $95 book now
07/08/2023 - 07/15/2023 $1,645 $295 / $555 $95 book now
07/15/2023 - 07/22/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
07/22/2023 - 07/29/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
07/29/2023 - 08/05/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
08/05/2023 - 08/12/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
08/12/2023 - 08/19/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
08/19/2023 - 08/26/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
08/26/2023 - 09/02/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
09/02/2023 - 09/09/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
09/09/2023 - 09/16/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
09/16/2023 - 09/23/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
09/23/2023 - 09/30/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
09/30/2023 - 10/07/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
10/07/2023 - 10/14/2023 $1,545 $255 / $555 $95 book now
10/14/2023 - 10/21/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
10/21/2023 - 10/28/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
10/28/2023 - 11/04/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
11/04/2023 - 11/11/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
11/18/2023 - 11/25/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
12/02/2023 - 12/09/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
12/16/2023 - 12/23/2023 $1,445 $125 / $555 $95 book now
Travel dates Excluding flights Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/10/2023 - 06/17/2023 $1,845 $555 / $555 $95 book now
06/17/2023 - 06/24/2023 $1,845 $555 / $555 $95 book now
06/24/2023 - 07/01/2023 $1,845 $555 / $555 $95 book now
07/01/2023 - 07/08/2023 $1,845 $555 / $555 $95 book now
07/08/2023 - 07/15/2023 $1,845 $555 / $555 $95 book now
07/15/2023 - 07/22/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
07/22/2023 - 07/29/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
07/29/2023 - 08/05/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
08/05/2023 - 08/12/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
08/12/2023 - 08/19/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
08/19/2023 - 08/26/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
08/26/2023 - 09/02/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
09/02/2023 - 09/09/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
09/09/2023 - 09/16/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
09/16/2023 - 09/23/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
09/23/2023 - 09/30/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
09/30/2023 - 10/07/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
10/07/2023 - 10/14/2023 $1,745 $475 / $555 $95 book now
10/14/2023 - 10/21/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
10/21/2023 - 10/28/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
10/28/2023 - 11/04/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
11/04/2023 - 11/11/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
11/18/2023 - 11/25/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
12/02/2023 - 12/09/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now
12/16/2023 - 12/23/2023 $1,545 $275 / $555 $95 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  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.
  6. Discouns for children.
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It was great to be able to add extra days and yet still have transfers. All our guides were excellent.
We had a really lovely time in Russia. The Tour guides were excellent especially Elena in Moscow and Helen in St Petersburg. We did not know what to expect but Moscow was amazing and St Petersburg was wonderful. The Go Russia guides were very helpful from the time we arrived at the Airport until we left. The guide in Moscow was very good and waited until we got on to the correct carriage on the Midnight Express which was very helpful. We cannot praise Go Russia enough and will recommend to our friends.
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