Our partner, travel agency SmartTrips, is offering you a unique tour programme: ‘Acquaintance with Russia’:
Moscow - Vladimir - St. Petersburg
Our tour introduces you the main aspects of Russian culture, traditions, cuisine and, of course, family relations. We help you to explore this new world, to understand the expectations of your Russian girlfriend and her principles when it comes to raising children and running a home. All of these factors often play a key role in building harmonious and happy family relationships. In addition, we invite you to visit the three most famous and arguably most beautiful cities in Russia, each of which has a completely different vibe and feel. No matter how much or how little you already know about this wonderful country, this will certainly be a trip to remember!
Our tour can be tailored to suit your own needs and interests. You can choose a full tour programme, opt to attend just the first block (Moscow), or just attend for the second block (Moscow – Vladimir). You also have the option to invite your Russian girlfriend to join you on your journey. Costs for this can be negotiated on an individual basis.
Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Travel from the airport to the Grand Belorusskaya Hotel (travel independently by Aeroexpress; ticket included in the tour price).
19.00 - Dinner at the Gambrinus restaurant, serving Russian, Czech and German cuisine, with an introduction to Russian cuisine.
21.00 - 24.00 - Night bus trip through Moscow.
Day 2: Moscow
9.30 - 12.30 - Walking tour in the centre of Moscow, taking in the most beautiful metro stations.
13.00 - 16.00 - Family lunch – a visit to a typical Moscow apartment where you’ll have the chance to meet the owners, learn more about family traditions, attitudes to seniors, children, home, dinner, and much more.
16.00 - 20.00 - Free time (meal not included). We can recommend several different restaurants for an evening meal.
20.00 - 22.00 - Optional walk around the VDNH, including information on the park and a brief introduction to the Soviet period.
Day 3: Moscow
10.00 - 13.00 - Trip to the Izmailovo, a walk through the complex “Russian Courtyard” shopping arcades offering a range of souvenirs; excursion to the Vodka Museum with vodka tasting and an introduction to Russian holidays.
13.00 - 16.00 - Free time.
16.00 - 18.00 - Visit to a typical Moscow kindergarten and secondary school, with an introduction to the Russian education system and the principles of raising children in a Russian family.
18.00 - Free time.
Day 4: Departure to Vladimir
10.00 - Departure from the hotel to the Kursk railway station.
11.00 - Departure by high-speed train to Vladimir. Travel time is 1 hour 40 minutes.
12.40 - Arrival in Vladimir. Accommodation in the Rus hotel.
13.00 - 15.00 - Free time and lunch. We can recommend several restaurants, with the option of a group dinner at a Georgian restaurant, combined with an introduction to the national cuisine of the former USSR.
15.00 - 18.00 - Walking tour of Vladimir, including the church and monastery. An introduction to the significance of religion in Russia, church customs, and religious traditions and holidays.
18.00 - Evening at a Russian ‘banya’ spa with tea from a ‘samovar’ and ‘shashlik’ on the grill.
Day 5: Vladimir, evening departure to St. Petersburg
10.00 - 14.00 - Culinary master class – we will prepare a Russian lunch in the Roulet studio.
14.00 - Free time.
21.00 - Departure to the railway station.
21.45 - Departure by passenger train to St. Petersburg. Travel time is 11 hours.
Day 6: St. Petersburg
09.05 - Arrival in St. Petersburg.
10.00 - Accommodation in the Elephant hotel.
11.00 - 14.00 - Walking tour of the city centre.
14.00 - 18.00 - Free time.
18.00 - Meet at a cafe at the Mariinsky Theatre, with an introduction to theatrical traditions in Russia and the Russian ballet.
19.00 –21.00 - Visit to the Mariinsky Theatre.
Day 7: St. Petersburg
10.30 - 12.30 - Visit to the Russian Museum to become acquainted with Russian painting traditions.
12.30 - 15.00 - Free time.
15.00 - 17.00 - Walk along the canals of St. Petersburg, with an introduction to the perfect romantic date, including customs involving flowers, gifts, etc.
17.00 - Free time.
20.30 - Optional visit to the Literary Cafe on Nevsky with an introduction to Russian poetry and literature.
Day 8: St. Petersburg
9.30 - 11.30 - Visit to the Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery with an introduction to the USSR’s involvement in the Second World War, the blockade of Leningrad, Russian patriotism and the celebration of Victory Day.
11.30 - 16.00 - Free time.
16.00 - 20.00 - Optional trip to the countryside by commuter train with an introduction to the Russian summer cottage, a trip to the village shop and a ‘country picnic’.
Day 9: Departure from St. Petersburg
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