Armenia & Russia
This 16 day tour highlights Russia's beautiful city of St. Petersburg, "Venice of the North", known for its palaces, monuments and bridges and Russia's robust capital city of Moscow, with its historic Kremlin and Red Square. The tour continues to Armenia, where you will stay in the capital city of Yerevan and take daily excursions to key historic, religious and cultural sites in Armenia.
- St Petersburg City Tour
- Peterhof Palace
- Catherine Palace
- Hermitage Museum
- St. Isaac's Cathedral
- Moscow City Tour
- Red Square & Kremlin
- Moscow Metro
- Tretsyakov Gallery
- Yerevan City Tour
- Garni & Geghart
- Khor Virap & Noravank
- Lake Sevan & Dilijan
- Etchmiadzin & Sartarabd
- Amberd & Oshagan
TransportationSidon Travel contracts only the most experienced and highly respected bus operators and uses only the latest model quality buses available. Transfers to and from the airport included.
AccommodationsSt. Petersburg: Petro Palace, or similar 4 star hotel
Moscow: Savoy Hotel, or similar 4 star hotel
Yerevan: Marriott or Ani Plaza Hotel, 4 star hotels.
SightseeingSightseeing as outlined in the itinerary to be provided. All sightseeing with local guides where applicable.
Tour DirectorThe services of a professional, multilingual tour director will be provided where applicable.
MealsTotal of 22 meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ExtrasMedical Insurance Included.
2020 Armenia & Russia Tour Itinerary
|DAY 1 -|
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 07:
Departure from LA to St. Petersburg. (Airlines and flights TBD).
|DAY 2 - |
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8:
|ARRIVE IN ST. PETERSBURG|
Meet your guide and transfer to the Petro Palace Hotel.
Orientation, meet & greet with fellow tour participants.
Evening free for self-exploration.
|DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:|
PETERHOF & CITY TOUR
WITH PETER & PAUL FORTRESS
|DAY 4 - |
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:
|HERMITAGE MUSEUM & CATHERINE PALACE|
Visit the State Hermitage Museum, which houses works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael and Picasso. After a break for lunch, visit Catherine PAlace & the Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood. B L
|DAY 5 - |
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:
|TRAVEL DAY TO MOSCOW|
Check out from your hotel.
After a short visit to Saint Catherine’s Armenian Church, continue to the Moskovskiy train station.
Depart St. Petersburg at 2:13p on the Sapsan #767A, High-speed train to Moscow.
Arrive at 6.13p and check-in to the Savoy hotel.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant. B D
|DAY 6 - |
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
|RED SQUARE & KREMLIN/
Visit the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and tour St. Basil’s Cathedral.
After lunch, visit the Kremlin Palace and Armoury Museum, oldest museum if Russia with a unique collection of crown jewels. B L
|DAY 7 - |
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:
| TRETYAKOV GALLERY, CHRIST THE
SAVIOR CHURCH, METRO & OLD ARBAT ST. |
Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art.
After lunch, tour the Moscow Metro, visit the Christ the Savior Church and Old Arbat Street. B L
|DAY 8 - |
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:
|ARMENIAN MONASTERY COMPLEX
OF MOSCOW + FLIGHT TO YEREVAN|
Visit the newly built Armenian Apostolic Church.
Continue to SVO airport for your AEROFLOT flight departing Moscow at 4:15pm
Arrive Yerevan the same day. Meet your guide and transfer to the Ani Plaza / Marriott hotel. B
|DAY 9 - |
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:
|YEREVAN CITY TOUR|
Your city tour includes a visit to the Erebouni Museum, the statue David of Sassoun, St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, and the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Monument and Museum. B D
|DAY 10 - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:||AMBERD & OSHAGAN|
Excursion to Amberd Fortress located on the picturesque slope of Mt. Aragats, the highest peak in Armenia. We will also visit Artashavan and the village of Oshagan, burial site of Mesrob Mashtots near Ashtarak. B
|DAY 11 - |
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:
|TSAGHKADZOR, SEVAN & DILIJAN|
Visit the resort town of Tsaghkadzor, a winter paradise and year round tourist destination.
Continue your journey to Lake Sevan. Climb up Sevan peninsula and see ‘Sevanavank’ atop the mountain. The excursion follows into Dilijan, with a visit to Haghartsin Monastery. B L
|DAY 12 - |
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:
Visit Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, with great potential for a revival.
Visit Marmashen Monastery, a 10th c Monastic complex. Enjoy the local catch-of–the-day at a fresh fish-farm and restaurant. B L
|DAY 13 - |
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19:
|GARNI & GEGHART|
Excursion to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia, and the incredible Christian Monastery of Geghart, partly carved out of solid rock between 11-13th centuries. Experience traditional lavash making ceremony in Garni. B L
|DAY 14 - |
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:
Visit the church of the Holy Virgin St. Hripsime.
Pilgrimage to Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first official Christian church in the world, built in 301 A.D. Depart Etchmiadzin to Sartarabad, symbol of Armenian pride and survival.
Visit the Monument and Ethnographic Museum. B L
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:
|KHOR VIRAP & NORAVANK|
Depart Yerevan. Along the way visit the historic Khor Virap Monastery, site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned.
Follow the trip to the Province of Vayots Dzor and visit Noravank Monestery.
Lunch in Vayk.
Return to Yerevan for a Farewell Dinner in the city. B D
|DAY 16 - |
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:
Depart Yerevan, End of tour.
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
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You will visit the following 3 places:
Armenia, a sovereign state in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. It is the only country remaining from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia. It became the world's first Christian country more than 1,700 years ago in 301 AD and has a large Diaspora all over the world. As a former Soviet republic lying in the Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe, Armenia has a rich and ancient culture.
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject (a federal city) of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In Russian literature, informal documents and discourse, the word "Saint" is usually omitted, leaving "Petersburg". The city is often described as the most Westernized city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks, and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg. Talking of churches, Church of the Savior on the Blood is said to be the most beautiful church in St. Petersburg. Built of beautiful mosaic and stonework, the church gives you an indication of how ancient Russia looked like. The church is built at an equally historic spot. This is where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in the year 1881.
Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation - the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. The name Russia is derived from Rus, a medieval state populated mostly by the East Slavs. However, this proper name became more prominent in the later history, and the country typically was called by its inhabitants "Русская Земля" (russkaja zemlja), which can be translated as "Russian Land" or "Land of Rus''. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, plus the Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballet companies.