Russia history and culture holiday

“Travel the Golden Ring, through some of Russia’s most ancient towns, as you make your way from Moscow to St. Petersburg. This 10-day small group tour brings Russia’s fascinating history and culture to life.”

Highlights

Golden Ring | Moscow | Sergiev Posad | Suzdal | Vladimir | Lubyanka Square | Guided tour of Moscow Metro | Red Square | Overnight train to Novgorod the Great | Novgorod Kremlin | Yuriev Monastery | Train to St. Petersburg | Guided tour of Hermitage Museum | Guided tour of Tsarskoe Kelo | Catherine Palace |

Description of Russia history and culture holiday

From Moscow to Sergiev Posad to Suzdal and Vladimir, then on to Novgorod the Great and finally St. Petersburg, this tour takes you around the iconic Golden Ring, and by doing so traces the historic, religious and cultural development of Russia.

Sergiev Posad is the home of Russia’s Patriarch, and is where the Holy Trinity can be found, one of Russia’s great monasteries. You’ll overnight nearby, in the beautiful museum-city of Suzdal, with its churches, monasteries and markets – a pleasure to explore the following day, before you move on to Vladimir. Once a medieval capital, Vladimir’s treasures include the Golden Gates, Assumption Cathedral and the Cathedral of St Demetrius.

Returning to Moscow, you’ll enjoy an enthralling guided tour of the capital, including Lubyanka Square and the fabulous Moscow Underground, which surely is the most unique metro system in the world with its mosaics, stained glass and bronze sculptures. Red Square, a must-see landmark, is surrounded by magnificent architecture including the Kremlin towers, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum.

From Moscow you’ll take an overnight train to Novgorod the Great, one of the oldest cities in Russia, where you’ll explore the Novgorod Kremlin, Yaroslav's Courtyard and the Yuriev Monastery before continuing on to St. Petersburg.

A world apart from the hectic pace of the capital, St. Petersburg is a truly beautiful city and a delight just to walk around for a few hours. On the itinerary here, guided tours of the Hermitage Museum, formerly the Tsar’s Winter Palace and its incredible art collection, and Tsarskoe Selo, which would put even the Palace of Versailles to shame with its majestic architecture.

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2019: 28 Mar, 4 Apr, 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 25 Apr, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 27 Jun, 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 18 Jul, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec, 19 Dec, 26 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Russia history and culture holiday

Environment

We see promoting tourism and facilitating business travel as a great way to encourage understanding and interaction between different cultures and peoples, and open up new opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive and develop, learning from and about each other.

Of course, travel and tourism can also have a negative impact on any destination, so we use our position as the UK’s leading outbound travel agency to Russia and the countries of the CIS in a number of positive ways:

• We support renovation projects for the many cathedrals and churches which feature prominently on most tourists’ itineraries. We use a portion of the entrance fees charged to access many of the major tourist sights to support the renovation and upkeep of some of the country’s most important historical buildings and landmarks, not just for the benefit of future generations of tourists and locals, but for mankind as a whole.
• We also highlight the fact that new Metro stations, along with many of the more recent parks and other facilities in cities like Moscow, are created using recycled or reclaimed material, reducing the use of valuable natural resources. By promoting these facilities, our customers are better able to support the ecologically-responsible approach of the city authorities and help spread such environmentally beneficial practices.
• Many of our city sightseeing tours involve getting around on foot or by Metro. The is not just an environmentally friendly way for tourists to see the sights and come into contact with local people; it supports the continued growth of the Metro system in Moscow and other major cities as a more sustainable alternative to private car use. Promoting greener transport options in this way helps to relieve the ever-increasing strain on our urban spaces and keep our cities “breathing”.
• Our tours allow sufficient free time for customers to discover their chosen destinations at their own pace. Our tour guides always promote the use of Metro systems, bicycles, Segways and other green transport modes whenever the opportunity arises.

Community

• We also support a number of “street greening” schemes, which aim to break up the urban landscape wherever possible with plants, trees and other landscaping projects to bring nature back into the city.

• We only use local guides and suppliers, and encourage Russian students to develop their hospitality skills and practise English through the services we provide to our customers, thus helping grow the economy and develop the next generation of industry providers.

RNTO has always taken a responsible approach to the services it provides. We are ever mindful of the fact that, unless we can provide a sustainable approach to travel and tourism, we are endangering the future of our industry and, ultimately, our own future survival as a company. With a thoughtful, innovative approach on our part and the understanding and support of our customers, we believe we can ensure that future generations continue to take advantage of the same travel and leisure opportunities that we ourselves are fortunate enough to enjoy today.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I really enjoyed talking with the guides, of course the sights are amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure the bills are new with no tears or ink marks

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Travel by train was good. I think using local guides was great

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Everything went very smoothly picked us up at the right time and help us out if we needed something extra. Some of the hotels are better than the others but all very clean, breakfast very filling and when lunch was provided it was very good all in all my trip was great...

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