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Slow Travel Discovery
It’s fair to say, we will no longer travel the same way in 2021. We will chose to stay away from crowds, pick small groups trips over crowded group tours, we’ll prefer to see the unusual rather than the classic postcard landscapes. We will travel the slow way, taking in more, appreciating the culture and locals...just in case we won’t get a chance to do so again for a while. We invite you to explore Moscow and the Golden Ring the different way! Our new Slow Travel Tour will take you places, you would’ve never see on a traditional group tour! Explore the parks of Moscow, the forgotten alleys and streets of the capital, travel to Yaroslavl to explore the undiscovered Golden Ring. Travel the new way and see more.
MOSCOW • Yaroslavl • MOSCOW
DAY 1 MOSCOW
Welcome to Moscow! Our driver will wait for you at the airport and will transfer you to the 4* hotel. Check in and use the free time you have to explore the city on your own or book an optional tour.
OPTIONAL: Evening boat trip on the Moscow river: go on a trip along the Moscow river aboard a comfortable and modern boat! Be amazed at the stunning views of all the iconic sights of the mesmerizing Russian capital. Be ready for an unforgettable evening.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 2 MOSCOW
After breakfast at the hotel, head from the meeting with your guide in the hotel lobby. Today, you’ll have a walking tour of Moscow alleys (2h). The alleys of the historical centre of Moscow do not fall into the list of main attractions described in guidebooks. You’ll never see crowds of tourists; they prefer to stay on the many large streets and squares in the capital. However, what gives Moscow its character, are exactly the quaint alleys, forgotten by the tourists! The tour will help you disconnect from the typical rash of the metropolis and see a different Moscow, peaceful and slow. The tour ends near one of the Central metro stations. Next: Free time. Our recommendations for the slow travel exploration:
*Take a walk through the Krutitskoe farmstead in the afternoon (very easy to get there by metro: metro station Krestyanskaya Zastava / metro Proletarskaya, Krutitskaya st., 11, 13)
The Krutitskoe farmstead is a place where every stone tells a story. It seems so unlikely that in the centre of a modern metropolis, these majestic ancient walls and ancient paving stones of the XIII century could be preserved. The entrance to the courtyard is free, and here you can admire the Holy gate with unique old Russian frescoes, the tower, the ascension Church, the Small assumption Cathedral and the arches of the bell Tower.
*For lunch we recommend to go on foot (1.5 km) or by metro to Taganka Pancake house (metro station Taganskaya, Vorontsovskaya st., 8). Taste simple yet delicious national cuisine and savour the authentic Soviet flavour. Pancake house is legendary in the capital; it’s been preparing the main signature dish for more than 50 years! The situation has changed little during this time, and the prices have remained more than fair. In addition to pancakes, it serves salads, cutlets, dumplings and other hits of Soviet cuisine.
*In the evening, head to the Vorobyovy Gory and admire the lights of Moscow at night from the observation deck (very easy to get there by metro: metro station Vorobyovy Gory/ metro University, 28B Kosygina street). The observation deck on Vorobyovy Gory is located in close proximity to the main building of Moscow State University - the famous Stalin’s skyscraper. An incredible panorama opens up in front of you! A true hallmark of the city. The site is located at an altitude of about 200m above sea level, on the edge of the highest hill. The site is surrounded by a picturesque forest, it resembles a huge balcony overhanging the city. From there, you’ll see the centre of Moscow. Later, you can go down to the Luzhniki stadium by a new cable car that connects the two banks of the Moscow river (check prices at the ticket office). Return to the hotel by metro (metro station Vorobyovy Gory/Sportivnaya) / or by a taxi.
OPTIONAL: Moscow by night with Metro tour with guide and transport
Moscow by night looks like a completely different city. Our excursion is a door to the world of mysteries and adventures. Explore the Red Square, the heart of Moscow, the lively Tverskaya Street with its numerous shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, Victory Park – a huge park-memorial to the Russian victory in the war against the Nazi Germany, decorated with an endless chain of fountains, all coloured at night in bright red. Appreciate the picturesque view on the whole of the city lying below with its peacefully twinkling lights from an observation platform at Sparrow Hills. You will glance into the Moscow underground life visiting the famous metro stations of the capital. The stations of Moscow’s subway system have often been called the people’s palaces; due to their elegant designs and lavish use of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Built during Stalin’s rule, these metro stations were supposed to display the best of Soviet architecture and design and show how privileged the lifestyle of the Russian people was.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 3 MOSCOW
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, explore at your own leisure. Our recommendations:
*In the morning, take a trip to the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve (easy to get to by metro: metro station Kolomenskaya, 39 Andropova Ave.) The Kolomenskoye Museum-reserve is located on the territory of the former residence of the Russian tsars within walking distance from the metro. The Park covers an area of 390 hectares. Its first written mention dates back to 1336. At various times, Vasyli III, Ivan the terrible, Peter I, Catherine II, and Alexander I, all lived here. Today you can walk through the apple orchards, sit on the embankment of the Moscow river and admire the impressive facades of ancient buildings. Like the Church of the ascension, protected by UNESCO, the Church of the Kazan icon Of the mother of God, the wooden Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, as well as the ethnographic complex, which displays unique historical buildings, transported from different parts of Russia. After a walk through the Park, go to the station metro Kolomenskaya or to the station metro Kashirskaya.
*For lunch today, we recommend the restaurant of home cuisine Grabli (easy to get to by metro: metro station Novokuznetskaya, Pyatnitskaya st., 27, building 1)
*After lunch, you could chose to visit the Central parks in Moscow. Visit to the Central Park of Culture and Rest named after Gorky (easy to get to by metro: metro station Oktyabrskaya/ Park Kultury, st. Krymsky Val, 9). The Gorky Park justly bears the honorary title of The Main Park of the country, because it’s Muscovites’ favourite! Gorky Park, founded in 1928, is located almost in the centre of the city, on the Krymsky Val, on the banks of the Moscow river. The modern Park is divided into four parts: the parterre (the official, main part, the Park itself), Museon, Neskuchny garden and Sparrow hills. You can walk along the embankment, rent a bike or a scooter, admire historical buildings, relax by the Golitsyn pond, feed its inhabitants – ducks and sociable squirrels that run up to guests and beg for treats. In addition, the Park offers cuisine for every taste. The greatest concentration of gastronomic joys is waiting for you in the main area of the Park – the Parterre.
*Instead of Gorky Park, you can choose another Central Park – VDNKH (easy to get to by metro: metro station VDNKH, prosp. Mira, 119). The Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy is the largest exhibition, museum and recreational complex in the world! It is at VDNKh that you can see outstanding architectural masterpieces, which together represent a monument to the Soviet era and an example of styles prevailing at different times. Among them are the Worker and Collective Farm Woman monument, the Friendship of Peoples and Stone Flower fountains, the Agriculture, Soviet Culture, Cosmos pavilions and others. The VDNKh complex includes the Ostankino park with an area of 75.6 hectares. This is one of the oldest Moscow parks. The VDNKh Landscape Park is the green heart of the capital. It’is a unique open-air eco-complex. The historical natural landscape is combined with the latest developments in the field of landscape architecture. In terms of style, content, zoning and landscape design techniques, the complex is on a par with the most famous landscape parks in the world. The entrance to the VDNKh Landscape Park remains free. In the park, you can walk along the eco-trail, as well as walk through the Green Maze. You can have dinner right in the Park. There are dozens of cafes, restaurants, food trucks and canteens at VDNH and Ostankino Park. It is impossible to remain hungry at the Main exhibition of the country.
Return to the hotel by metro or taxi.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 4 MOSCOW - YAROSLAVL
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and leave your luggage in the hotel's storage room. Free time. Our recommendations:
*After breakfast, go to the Moscow State University Botanical Garden; the Apothecary Garden (easy to get to by metro: metro station Prospect Mira, prosp. Mira, 26, building 1). Entrance fee is about RUB 300 - check the price at the ticket office. The Apothecary garden is one of the most amazing places in the capital. See the grey walnut and Ginkgo biloba, magnolias and tulips bloom in spring, and turtles living in a pond with water lilies. In the greenhouses, you can admire collections of palms, cacti and orchids, Araucarias and cork trees. It is also an unusual art centre: concerts of classical, jazz and rock music are held right in the greenhouses, and art and photo exhibitions are held in the gallery.
*For lunch, choose one of the cafes or restaurants in the garden.
After lunch, head back to the hotel by metro or taxi to collect your luggage. You will be transferred to the railway station to board the speed firm train Moscow – Yaroslavl. On arrival in Yaroslavl, transfer to the hotel. Check in.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 5 YAROSLAVL
Breakfast at the hotel followed by the meeting with your guide in the hotel lobby. Today, you will head out for a walking tour The undiscovered Yaroslavl (2 h). Out of more than 500 attractions that the city of Yaroslavl has on offer, 354 are located in its historical centre. You will get to know the most interesting ones. You will visit the medieval settlements of Yaroslavl - Tolchkovskaya, Korovnitskaya, Streletskaya, Tveritskaya and others. You will learn about the architectural features of numerous churches, and see those picturesque places where tourists rarely go. The tour ends on the Volga embankment, followed by exploration at your own leisure. Our recommendations:
*Go for lunch to the Tavern on the embankment (Volzhskaya embankment, 17 – you can walk on foot). Here you will taste traditional Russian cuisine, surrounded by the interior of an old tavern
*Take a walk through the Peter and Paul Park (you can get by city bus or taxi). The Peter and Paul Park is a natural and architectural complex that was erected on the territory of the Yaroslavl Great Manufactory, founded in 1772 by decree of Emperor Peter I. A system of five ponds was built in the Park, connecting the stream with the Kotorosl River. There, you’ll see the Church of the apostles Peter and Paul, the only one in Yaroslavl in the style of Peter's Baroque and is a double of the St. Petersburg Church of Peter and Paul. Due to the wide pavement leading to the Cathedral, the Park is also called Yaroslavsky Broadway. Walking around the Park, you can enjoy the incredible beauty of the landscape and take unforgettable photos. Especially noteworthy are the old school, reflected in the mirrored waters of the pond, the elegant spire of the sky-blue temple, which is visible from several points at once, the ruins of brick buildings that are about to be swallowed up by the lush greenery. Return to the hotel by city bus or taxi.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 6 YAROSLAVL - VYATSKOYE - YAROSLAVL
Breakfast at the hotel. Next, you will be transferred to village of Vyatskoye (1 h). Free time (5 h) Enjoy a self-guided walk around the village. Our recommendations:
*Vyatskoe is a small village where there are more than 50 architectural monuments of the XVIII-XIX centuries, so the village is called an open-air Museum. Most of the attractions are located in the heart of Vyatskoe: the architectural ensemble of the shopping square includes houses on Pervomayskaya, Davydkovskaya and Sovetskaya streets. Take a walk around the village, visit the healing springs, admire the beauty and take photos, or you can look into one or more of the numerous museums. Visit the house-Museum of the Vyatka trading peasant, where you will be offered the opportunity to fully transform into the role of residents or household members of the dwelling. You can stand behind the shop and try to sell something to other visitors, or do more pressing things: salting vegetables or working in the garden. Visit the Museum Russian bathhouse in black. In a tiny but very interesting Museum, you will get acquainted with the traditions of Russian bath culture.
*For lunch you can choose one of the local cafes or restaurants.
Next, transfer to the hotel (1 h)
OPTIONAL : Dinner at the hotel OPTIONAL: Dinner with wine tasting (instead of the dinner included in the tour).
DAY 7 YAROSLAVL - MOSCOW
Breakfast at the hotel followed by Free time. Check out and transfer to the railway station to catch the speed train Yaroslavl to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel and check in. OPTIONAL: Dinner at the hotel
DAY 8 MOSCOW
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out and transfer to the airport. End of the tour
*The program is preliminary. The excursion blocks can be replaced with the similar ones, without changing main waypoints
Slow Travel Discovery Tour
8 days/ 7 nights
Book before 31 December 2020 for 10% discount!
Optional Tours Slow Travel Discovery
Price per person
|Evening boat trip on Moskva River||51.34 £|
|Moscow by night and metro tour||62.74 £|
|Dinner in Moscow||25.1 £|
|Dinner in Yaroslavl||17.11 £|
PRIVATE TOUR SUPPLEMENT: chose your own
dates and travel independantly
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IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions
If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package
Included in price:
• Double accommodation in Moscow in 4* hotel (Holiday Inn Tagansky / Novotel Moscow Center or similar)
• Double accommodation in Yaroslavl 4* (Park Inn by Raidisson or Azimut or similar)
• Breakfast in hotels
• Luggage handling in hotels
• Transfer per program on Day 1, Day 4 (two), Day 6 (two), Day 7 (two), Day 8
• Walking of Moscow alleys tour
• Walking tour The Undiscovered Yaroslavl
• Local English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guides per program
• Speed traein Moscow - Yaroslavl - Moscow (economy class)
• Russian Visa support letter
• Pre/Post accommodation and excursion program in Moscow
• Optional excursions (can be prebooked only)
• Optional dinners
• Travel Insurance
• Internationak flights