Hidden Gems of Russia
Travel to and see some of the most beautiful but unknown parts of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the mysterious, mysterious lands of Chechnya and beyond in the Caucasus Mountains!
See for yourself why clients are calling their private trip to Russia “amazing”…..
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW
Welcome to Russia! An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and get you settled safely into your hotel; dinner is included upon your arrival. 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 for the first time: Red Square, the Kremlin, and the famous metro. 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, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb, Gum Mall. You will have a guided tour of Moscow’s highlights, including going inside the world-renowned Kremlin, and experiencing first-hand the world’s deepest underground metro, and some of its unique architectural designs at each stop.
DAY 3 – MOSCOW
s you adjust to the hustle and bustle of Moscow life, today you’ll enjoy savoring some of Russians’ most treasured landmarks: the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Kolomenskoe National Park and Museum, being two of them. The Kolomenskoe property has existed in some form since the 14th century and played a major role in several Russian Tsar’s lives during the 17th and 18th centuries. After lunch, enjoy what is sure to be a highlight of your time in Russia’s capital city, a guided boat-tour through the heart of Moscow. After your final dinner in beautiful Moscow, prepare for a classic local experience: taking an overnight train to St. Petersburg! Russia has an incredible cross-country train system, and you surely won’t forget this experience of a lifetime. You may even make some new friends with your Russian bunk-mates!
DAY 4 – ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast on the train, your guide will meet you at the train station, and give you a guided city tour of St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia. You’ll quickly notice why they call St. Petersburg, the “Venice of the North.” The architecture and design of buildings and the city is very “European” in feel. After lunch, you’ll have guided tours of the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in the 18th century, and the world famous Hermitage Art Museum, the 2nd largest in the world, only behind the Louvre. St. Petersburg has done an amazing job of preserving the beauty of many of its ancient sites, as you will notice. You’ll have time to check out the St. Petersburg nightlife tonight, if you so choose.
DAY 5 – ARRIVAL TO NORTH CAUCASUS – INGUSHETIA
This morning you’ll fly to a totally different world within Russia! After flying into the Vladikavkaz airport, this morning’s drive may feel like you are going back in time, into a land that you didn’t know still existed today. Welcome to Ingushetia, the land of the Towers. Up until WWII, many Ingush families lived for centuries in their families’ complexes of towers, which dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Although uninhabited today, these tower complexes remain standing all over Ingushetia, turning an already beautiful land into something magical. Although you’re still in Russia, today you are probably beginning to grasp what a diverse place it is both geographically and ethnically. You’ll stay in the scenic Armkhi ski resort hotel tonight, nestled in the mountains less than 10 miles from the border with Georgia.
DAY 6 – INGUSHETIA MOUNTAINS
If you enjoyed what you saw yesterday, today may be the highlight of your trip. We will spend the day exploring more of Ingushetia’s untamed mountain landscape, visiting ancient sites along the way. One of the Caucasus’s most ancient churches is located in Ingushetia, over 700 years old. For those with a camera and photographic eye, these two days in Ingushetia will be sure to capture your imagination as one of the world’s most beautiful hidden regions. Your time here would not be complete without experiencing the hospitality of a local Ingush family, trying their tender, boiled lamb meat in the comfort of their home. If you haven’t learned yet, guests are treated like “kings” in the North Caucasus, and we hope you sense the genuine gratitude of all your hosts, that it was their honor to have you in their home.
DAY 7 – GROZNY, CHECHNYA
Say goodbye to memorable Ingushetia, as today you will enter yet another part of the North Caucasus, perhaps its most unique republic, Chechnya. On the way to Chechnya, you’ll have lunch in Inigushetia’s capital, Magas, one of the world’s newest cities, which broke ground in 1995. Magas has a beautiful but sobering memorial to the history of the Ingush nation, specifically their deportation to Central Asia in 1944. Soon after leaving Magas, you’ll enter Chechnya. The capital Grozny is very beautiful and safe, having been completely rebuilt after the wars of the 1990s and early 2000s, with more foreigners visiting every year. Chechens pride themselves on their hospitality towards guests, and so we are excited to introduce you to this land and people.
DAY 8 – CHECHNYA
This morning you’ll make one final excursion into the Caucasus mountain range, to Lake Kezenoy Am, the largest and deepest lake in the North Caucasus. The panorama is truly stunning on a clear day. At over 6,000 feet above sea level, Kezenoy Am is tucked away at the far southeast corner of Chechnya, sharing a border with Dagestan. Maybe on your next visit to the Russia you’ll have a chance to venture further east to Dagestan, home to more than 35 distinct languages! Tonight is your final evening in Grozny; the city shines at night with the beautiful mosque and surrounding park on display.
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE
Enjoy your final morning in Chechnya as you see some of the attractions of this famous city in Russian and Caucasus history. You’ll get an amazing view of the surrounding countryside and mountain range from the top floor of the Grozny-City skyscraper. You’ll of course spend extra time at Grozny’s “Heart of Chechnya” mosque, the largest mosque in all of Europe. Prepare to be amazed by the exquisite designs of the domes from within, as well as the reverence with which worshipers come and go. Sadly, you’ll be saying goodbye to the North Caucasus and Russia today, after 9 full days of seeing the country’s hidden gems. We hope it whet your appetite to come back again, to see more of all Russia has to offer!
All Our Tours Include:
- Private English-Speaking Guide
- Premium Quality Hotels
- Informative Historical Tours
Hidden Gems of Russia Pricing:
|Tour Level||2 People||3-4 People||5-6 People|
|Classic / Mid-range||$4,195||$3,185||$2,845|
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 – Arrival to North Caucasus – Ingushetia
Day 6 – Ingushetia Mountains
Day 7 – Grozny, Chechnya
Day 8 – Chechnya
Day 9 – Departure
- 9 Days Private Transportation
- English speaking guide
- 8 Nights – Authentic Russian hotels
- Meal in a Local Home
- Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
- Guided Tours
- All Entrance Fees
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What you’ll see on the Hidden Gems of Russia