Russia's Imperial Capitals & Ancient… (trip)

Russia's Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villages

  • Airport, Russia near Moscow
  • Culture & Nature
“Trip was wonderful – even better than expected. Hotels, food, guides, itinerary were really outstanding. MIR did an excellent job… ”
Russian Federation, Europe

from $5,995* per person11 DaysJune, July, September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
Discover where Russian art, architecture and culture began. In between the urban centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, experience the Russian countryside. The oldest and loveliest churches in Russia, the classic Slavic harmonies of Rostov's bells, Sergiev Posad's wooden crafts and Fedoskino's glowing lacquer boxes all put a shine on Russia's Golden Ring.

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Russian Federation, Europe

3 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: L. Rady located in El Dorado Hills, CA USA
    Trip was wonderful – even better than expected. Hotels, food, guides, itinerary were really outstanding. MIR did an excellent job from start to finish. We loved it!

  2. Reviewer: D. Burton located in Milford, DE USA
    The best trip I have ever taken” Favorite part of the trip? “Contacts with families, people and wonderful and knowledgeable guides.
  3. Reviewer: E. Coyne located in Orinda, CA USA
    I was surprised & overwhelmed by the beauty of the art and architecture in the museums, churches, cathedrals, monasteries & palaces. MIR’s guides were outstanding, knowledgeable, and so considerate of each person’s comfort and enjoyment – a real joy to be with them for they all in their own way went the extra mile.

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: K. Knack located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.

  • Reviewer: The Tobys located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    …It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations….

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.

  • Reviewer: The Repkos located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We don’t know where to start – a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    …We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstanding…We have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination – wonderful history, magnificent sites we can’t say enough about MIR and Russia.

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.


Days 1-2: Moscow

Begin in Moscow, the political and economic center of Russia. Explore the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Armory Museum, and UNESCO-listed Novodevichy Convent with its famous cemetery.

Days 3-4: Vladimir, Suzdal, Plyos, Kostroma

Set out through the Russian countryside, passing clusters of dachas and tiny villages. Stop at Vladimir and Suzdal to see the UNESCO-listed 12th and 13th century churches. Drive to Plyos and enjoy authentic Russian cuisine in a private home. In 12th century Kostroma, visit the Romanov family chambers.

Days 5-7: Yaroslavl, Rostov, Sergiev Posad, Fedoskino

Visit historic Yaroslavl and admire the red brick churches, decorated with ceramic tiles crafted by members of the town's renowned posad, or craft center. Stop in Rostov, a beautiful old city celebrated for its bells and its immense kremlin. Pause at Sergiev Posad to admire its 14th century monastery and learn about matrioshka doll making. Visit the Museum of Lacquer Miniatures in Fedoskino, namesake of the hand-painted lacquer boxes made here. Return to Moscow and board the afternoon train to St. Petersburg.

Days 8-11: St. Petersburg

Spend three exhilarating days in St. Petersburg, dipping into the riches of the Hermitage, touring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, wandering the imperial estate of Peterhof with its gilded fountains, and admiring the expertly-restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace.

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