Hidden Gems of Russia

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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!


Today you will 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. Tonight, you’ll board the overnight train that will take you to 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 guid-ed city tour visiting some of St. Petersburg’s iconic 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 nightlife tonight, if you so choose.


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! Tonight, you’ll board the overnight train that will take you to Moscow.


This morning you’ll fly into a totally different world within Russia! After landing in Vladikavkaz, 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. For many centuries, Ingush families lived in their families’ complexes of towers, which dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Although uninhabited to-day, 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.


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 most ancient churches in the Caucasus 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. This night you will spend in the capital city of Ingusehtia, Magas. Take a stroll along the central walking street where crowds gather to enjoy the warm summer evenings.


Say goodbye to Ingushetia, as today you will enter yet another part of the North Caucasus, perhaps its most unique republic: 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. Once you’ve arrived in the late morning, you’ll have a city tour and acquaint yourself with the local Chechen customs and traditions. You’ll 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. It truly is an architectural masterpiece.


You’ll make your “final” Caucasus mountain excursion today into Chechnya’s Argun Gorge. The famous towers Ushkaloe Pakoch await you in the village ItumKali, an incredible sight, built in-to the side of a huge rock face. The drive is beautiful as you rise through Chechnya’s rolling hills into the towering cliffs of the gorge. Soak in your final encounters with ancient Caucasus towers and fortresses as you visit restored complexes in the villages Kale and Pakoch.


Sadly, you’ll be saying goodbye to the North Caucasus and Russia today. We hope it’ll whet your appetite to come back again, to see more of all Russia has to offer! Fly out of the local Grozniy airport (GRV), through Moscow, and back to wherever you call home.

All Our Tours Include:

  • Private English-Speaking Guide
  • Premium Quality Hotels
  • Informative Historical Tours
  • Breakfast

Hidden Gems of Russia Pricing:

Tour Level2 People3-4 People5-6 People
Classic / Mid-range$3,535$2,945$2,595
Affordable Luxury$3,965$3,245$2,895
* All prices are in US Dollars, per person.
For single rooms, a single supplement fee will be applied.
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