RUSSIA – Capital & Countryside 10 days, 9 nights

This SAMPLE programme shows a little of what Russia has to offer your clients.


Suggested travel time in 2018 is the second half of July and August.

(Moscow hosts the 2018 World Cup Football Championship until mid-July)

 Day 1 – Arrival Moscow

 Transfer to hotel (suggested MaMaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka

Evening walk to Red Square (with guide) and dinner in the city restaurant (subject to arrival time)

In case of a late arrival – dinner at hotel

Day 2 Moscow  

Moscow by bike featuring Red Square • St. Basil’s Cathedral • Bolshoi Theater • Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building • Boulevard Ring • Clean Ponds • Vysokopetrovsky Monastery • Stretensky Monastery • Patriarch Ponds • The Conception Convent • Ostozhenka street and Golden Mile • Old Arbat • Leo Tolstoy estate • Merry Garden • Gorky Park • Muzeon • The Cathedral of Christ the Savior • Peter the Great Statue

Lunch in the city restaurant

Visit Zaryadye park

Dinner at hotel

Day 3 Moscow to Irkutsk by air

Transfer to airport followed by an early morning flight to Irkutsk (approximately 8.00am, leave hotel at 5.00am), packed breakfast

Arrival Irkutsk approximately at 6:00pm, transfer to hotel Marriott Courtyard City Centre

Dinner at hotel or a city restaurant

Day 4 Irkutsk to Aya Bay

 Early breakfast at hotel

Approximately 8.00 am departure to Aya Bay, including Irkutsk city orientation tour en route

Comfort stops and lunch en route, drive by Buryat steppes, stop at Yord Sacred Mountain

Arrival Aya Bay, check in at hotel AB

Dinner at hotel

Walk to view point in Aya Bay

Day 5 From Aya Bay to Olkhon Island                             

visit Baidinskaya caves (professional instructors provided)

lunch – at hotel

transfer to boat landing, speed motorboat to the Island of Olkhon

see petroglyphs dating to 4th-7th centuries BC from water

arrival Olkhon, walk to the SaRayskaya Hotel

walk to Cape Burkhan, Russian steam bath at hotel,

dinner at hotel

Day 6 Olkhon Island

boat ride to Cape Khoboy (extreme North of the Island), time at Cape Khoboy

picnic lunch

dinner at hotel

Russian steam bath at hotel (if needed to split the group)

Evening fishing 8.00-10.00pm

Day 7 Back to Irkutsk

Transfer to ferry landing

Ferry to mainland

Lunch at Buryat ethno-village.

Presentation of overtone chanting

Presentation and class of traditional Buryat wrestling

Arrival Irkutsk

Dinner at Hotel Marriott Courtyard or city restaurant

Day 8 Irkutsk to Moscow

 Transfer to airport

Morning flight to Moscow

Arrival to Moscow approximately at 10.30am, bag drop off at hotel

Continuation of the city tour by bus; visit to Kremlin and the Armory museum

Lunch in the city restaurant

Dinner at hotel

Day 9 Kubinka Armoured Force museum and tank drive

Drive to Kubinka armoured force museum, tour of the museum

Tank test drive in Kubinka or Alyabino

Lunch provided – picnic type, kitchen truck

Tour of Moscow subway

Visit to Old Tretyakov Gallery

Dinner in the city restaurant

Day 10 End of programme

Transfer to airport


Types of vehicles included –

Moscow – AC vehicles

Irkutsk – AC vehicles

Olkhon – Russian 4Wd minivan UAZ, no AC

Types of hotels

Boutique hotel in Moscow

Best available in Aya Bay and Olkhon

Best available group hotel in Irkutsk

Types of transportation

Airline – economy class

Ferry boat from Olkhon– open air deck

Fast motorboat to Olkhon – enclosed deck and open air deck

Meals – include water, tea/coffee

Guides – local guides in Moscow, guide throughout Irkutsk-Olkhon-Irkutsk

Entrances per itinerary

Rates include – guide services, ground transportation, motorboat charter, ferry, economy air round trip Moscow-Irkutsk-Moscow, 4 nights Moscow, 2 nights Irkutsk,

1 night in Aya Bay, 2 nights Olkhon island, entrance tickets to museums per itinerary,

Bike rentals, instructor services in Aya Bay, meals per itinerary

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