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DAY 1:: ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW
Welcome to Russia – An unforgettable journey awaits you in this land of fascinating culture and rich history! This journey begins as you pull out of the airport with your English-speaking guide and private driver. Your guide will give you an introduction to Russia and Moscow on the drive to your hotel. If you are up for it, you may have time to do some exploring on your own this evening, to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Moscow. Regardless, have a great first night of sleep, and prepare for your trip of a lifetime!
DAY 2:: MOSCOW
Your first full day in Russia will not disappoint, as you experience the must-sees for anyone traveling to Russia: Red Square, the Kremlin, and of course the famous St. Basil’s cathedral and its onion domes. Standing in the middle of Red Square, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the weight of both history and modernity surrounding you: the Kremlin walls, Lenin’s Tomb, Gum Mall. You will have a guided tour inside the world-renowned Kremlin, seeing the Armory and its fascinating collection of national treasures. Finally your tour will take you to the New Maiden Convent and a view of the city from Sparrow Hills.
DAY 3:: MOSCOW
As you adjust to the hustle and bustle of Moscow life, today you’ll enjoy a meandering stroll through Moscow’s world famous Space Museum, where you will see the space race through Soviet eyes and much more. After lunch, your guide will tour you through Moscow’s world-famous metro system, which is a like museum in and of itself. You’ll cap off the day with a stroll down Arbat St., once the home to some of Russia’s most creative authors and artists, where you’re sure to find some of those must-have souvenirs to take home to friends and family. Tonight, you’ll board the overnight train that will take you to St. Petersburg.
DAY 4:: ST. PETERSBURG
You’ll kick off the day with a tour of the Hermitage Art Museum. You’ll enter 30 minutes before the doors officially open in order to see some of the best displays before the crowds spill in. This is the 2nd-largest art museum in the world behind only the Louvre. After lunch your guide will give you a tour of St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia. You’ll quickly notice why St. Petersburg is called the “Venice of the North.” The architecture and design of buildings and the city feels very “European.” You’ll have a guided city tour visiting some of St. Petersburg’s icon-ic architecture: the Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. You’ll have time to check out the St. Petersburg nightlight tonight, if you so choose.
DAY 5:: ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, you’ll continue your tour of beautiful St. Petersburg, by exploring one of Russia’s most famous palaces from Imperial times, the Petergof Palace. It really feels like going back in time as you wander through these incredible grounds. You’ll surely enjoy your lunches in St. Petersburg, as your guide helps you choose Russian favorites to satisfy your appetite: borscht (beet soup), plov (rice dish), oliviye (veggie/egg salad), and more. Next, experience St. Petersburg from the perspective of its vast network of waterways on a canal boat tour. Along the route you’ll see many of St. Petersburg’s monuments from the imperial age. St. Pete is in the far north of Russia, so no matter what time of year you visit, be prepared for a cool (if not icy!) breeze to be sweeping in from the Baltic Sea!
DAY 6:: ARRIVAL IN NORTH CAUCASUS – MT. ELBRUS VALLEY
This morning you’ll fly to a totally different world within Russia! After flying into the Caucasus Mineral Waters airport (MRV), enjoy the scenic drive to Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. Your guide will brush you up on the history of the Balkar people along the way, among whom you will be spending the next few days. Once you have completed the breathtaking drive to Mt. Elbrus, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore the area and take in the views around you. Don’t blink, because you will have risen 7,000 feet above sea level on this 3 hr. drive without even noticing! Breathe in the fresh mountain air and relax under the beautiful, clear night sky.
DAY 7:: MT. ELBRUS
Today is dedicated to Mt. Elbrus, the gem of the North Caucasus. After breakfast, you will as-cend up 3 levels of cable cars to 14,000 feet (3,800 meters), base camp for Elbrus’s aspiring mountaineers from all over the world. Even in the middle of the summer heat, you will want to dress warm, as it can snow at base camp in August. You won’t want to rush today, as you soak in the majestic views of the Caucasus range all around you. Perhaps your time on the mountain will inspire you to return one day to climb it? After lunch check out Elbrus’s charming souvenir markets, full of tempting local goods, including Caucasus Papakha hats, beautiful hand-knit slippers, shawls, and tasty local jams. Wrap up this memorable day at Elbrus with a local Balkar family in their home for dinner, trying their famous cheese-filled hichini dish and airan, a yo-gurt-like drink sure to fill you up.
DAY 8:: MT. ELBRUS VALLEY
Wake up to a stunning North Caucasus sunrise high in the mountains. This morning you will explore one of Elbrus’ enchanting valleys on horseback – the Terskol valley. You’ll find the scenery breathtaking. At the head of the valley hangs one of Elbrus’ many glaciers. After lunch your driver and guide will take you to the mountain city of Tirnauz. It was once famous across the Soviet Union for its Tungsten mines that run deep into the Caucasus mountains. Here you’ll get a tour of the city and the now abandoned mines. Afterwards you’ll be wowed by a lively and energetic Caucasian music and dance performance called the “Lezginka”.
DAY 9:: PYATIGORSK
Enjoy a slow morning in your last hours in the heart of the Caucasus; sleep in, soak in the views, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast with some mountain tea. Can you believe it?! This is your final full day in the North Caucasus. You will have much to reflect on, on your drive to Pyatigorsk. Once checked into your hotel, grab a quick nap if you’d like and prepare for an after-noon walking tour of the city. Pyatigorsk is famous for its health resorts, mineral waters and hot springs. Visitors come from all over the former Soviet Union to rest and improve their health. You’ll have the opportunity to take a drink from one of the natural mineral water springs that are said to have many healing properties.
DAY 10:: DEPARTURE
It’s with much sadness that we will leave the beautiful Elbrus region and head back to the Mineral Waters airport. As you reflect on all the spectacular beauty you saw at Mt. Elbrus and in Moscow and St. Petersburg, now is a great time to begin planning your next trip to Russia!
All Our Tours Include:
- Private English-Speaking Guide
- Premium Quality Hotels
- Informative Historical Tours
Experience Russia Pricing:
|Tour Level||2 People||3-4 People||5-6 People|
|Classic / Mid-range||$4,195||$3,385||$2,825|
For single rooms, a single supplement fee will be applied.
Contact us for larger group pricing.
3-4 people at a 3-star level
Quick Tour Overview
Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow
Day 2 – Moscow
Day 3 – Moscow
Day 4 – St. Petersburg
Day 5 – St. Petersburg
Day 6 – Arrival to North Caucasus
Day 7 – Mt. Elbrus
Day 8 – Mt. Elbrus Valley
Day 9 – Pyatigorsk
Day 10 – Departure
- 10 Days Private Transportation
- English speaking guide
- 9 Nights – Authentic Russian hotels
- Meal in a Local Home
- Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
- Guided Tours
- Russian Banya/Sauna Experience
- All Entrance Fees
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