Essential Russia (trip)

Essential Russia

  • Airport, Russia near Moscow
  • Culture & Nature
“Our MIR Tour Manager was an absolute delight. Knowledgeable, pleasant, great sense of humor. Russia is hard to put into… ”
Russian Federation, Europe

from $2,895* per person7 DaysYear-round
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
A compact and compelling survey of Russia's political capital, Moscow and its cultural capital, St. Petersburg, this tour communicates the character of Western Russia in a succinct and meaningful series of experiences. Admire imperial palaces, enjoy traditional food and crafts, and get a sense of today's Russia on the animated streets of its great cities.

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Locations visited/nearby

Russian Federation, Europe

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: S. Herbert-Forton located in Cantonsville, MD USA
    Our MIR Tour Manager was an absolute delight. Knowledgeable, pleasant, great sense of humor. Russia is hard to put into words - what a country! What amazing people. So much history, so many struggles, and so much beauty. I felt like a sponge trying to soak up everything. I greatly appreciated being able to choose a tour that focused so well on my interests in art and history.
  2. Reviewer: K. Glick located in Libertyville, IL USA
    Well planned, we were kept busy with sight seeing and cultural events. Guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. I cannot praise [the tour managers] enough. They were great.

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

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.


Days 1-3: Moscow

Begin in Moscow, Russia’s flourishing capital city. Recognize the simple beauty of Red Square, framed by the elaborate cupolas of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the red brick Kremlin wall. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery and the Armory Museum, housing Russian treasures.

Board the overnight train, itself a quintessential Russian experience, on its way to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s imperial capital.

Days 4-7: St. Petersburg

mmerse yourself in the opulence of Catherine’s Palace and Pavlovsk. Wander the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s great museums, a feast of celebrated artwork, antiquities and historical artifacts. At Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof, admire the glistening marble and granite fountains that adorn the Lower Park. Just off Nevsky Prospekt, discover the magnificent blue and gold cupolas of the Church of the Savior on the Blood.

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