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Petersburg - Golden Ring - Moscow - 11 Days (CR-01) With its combination of rich history, a varied cultural programme and breathtaking scenery, this tour is a must for anyone wishing to delve beneath the surface of Russia's most intriguing cities.Beginning in St Petersburg, we'll cruise via the Golden Ring to vibrant Moscow, the country's cosmopolitan capital.
Of special interest to visitors is the magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery complex, as well as several majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and the remains of an ancient trading centre.The hotel is set inside an elegant 19th-century building designed by architect Robert Gedike for Count Alexei Orlov-Davydov.It’s no less ostentatious today, with a dramatic and vast marble-floored foyer and lobby characterised by elegant sofas and armchairs, flamboyant chandeliers and a pair of aesthetically pleasing sweeping staircases, all styled by the LEO International Design Group.In complete contrast to the city, today we reach the village of Mandrogi and get out into the Russian countryside.There are many attractive walks to delight, both within the village and through its surrounding woodland.On board, there'll be a cocktail reception giving us the perfect opportunity to mix with our fellow passengers.
Leaving the ship docked in port, we head into St Petersburg today, our destination perhaps Russia's most iconic museum.
We move on to Goritsy, which, despite its diminutive size, plays host to the largest Russian Orthodox Church in the country.
It's name is the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and we'll explore it thoroughly before continuing along the river in the afternoon.
The villagers, proud of their heritage, will put on a show to teach us about their traditions and culture.
Sights which are just begging to be explored include the village's traditional wooden architecture and a museum devoted to that most Russian of drinks, vodka (optional).
Midway through the day we'll enjoy a picnic lunch of traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) served buffet-style.