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Kolomenskoe & Suzdal comibination vs 1 extra day in St. Peter


Mar 12th, 2017, 03:01 AM
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Kolomenskoe & Suzdal comibination vs 1 extra day in St. Peter


This year, we as a group of about 8 are visiting Russia in Sept.
A few years ago, we did Moscow (3nights) - Suzdal (1nigh)- St. Petersburg (5nights) stay. I felt that it would've been great to spend another night in Suzdal as with 1 night it felt like a very packed and long day (Moscow >Vladimir > Suzdal). I hoped to get 10 nights this year, but as I am going over our budget, it just won't work. So I have to stick to the same 9 nights in Russia.

Now the dilemma is whether I should keep 1 night in Suzdal as last time OR take one night out of St. Peter stay (5 nights meaning 4 full days for St. Peter VS 4 nights meaning 3 full days).

I've never been to Kolomenskoe before. And I cannot tell whether my plan of slower and deeper sightseeing in Vladimir + Suzdal and a visit to Kolomenskoe is worth giving up a full day in St. Peter (I felt that 4 full days there was just right)

Getting around between Moscow - Suzdal is not easy due to the horrendous traffic I keep hearing about, even with a charter bus. Also, the trains are not running as often as I'd like them too. Looking at the idea of spending 2 nights in Suzdal, this is what I have come up with:

Day 1 / depart Moscow @ 9.00h > Visit Sergeev Posad + Lunch > Transfer to Suzdal via Yuriev Poliskiyi with a photo stop > Arrive at Suzdal ca. 18.00h. Check in. Dinner. Rest.
Day 2 / 08.30 depart for Vladimir via a stop at Church of the Intercession on the Nerl > Vladimir sightseeing + Lunch > return to Suzdal for sightseeing > Dinner . Rest.
Day 3 / 08.30 depart for Vladimir to catch an express train at 09.45am for Moscow > Arrive at 11.30 > Lunch > bus to Kolomenskoe to see Church of the Ascension > high-speed train SAPSAN to St. Peter at 17.30h > arrive at 21.30 . Check in / rest.

That would leave us exactly 3 days in St. Peter (plus few hours on day 4 before departure). And I feel that I am shortcutting St. Peter.

I'd appreciate hearing some opinions regarding Kolomenskoe & Suzdal/Vladimir in depth vs more of St. Peter.

Thank you!
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Mar 12th, 2017, 03:12 AM
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Should have added the rest of the itinerary (using a charter bus):

Day 1 / arrive Moscow @ 16.30 > Check in. rest. (3nights in Moscow)
Day 2 / City tour : Sparow Hill, Moscow University, visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, early dinner, 19.30h - 22.00h Spasskaya Tower Military band festival
Day 3 / Full day around Kremlin (Armoury, Diamond fund) w/lunch in between, windowshopping at Eliseevskyi, Russian Banya, dinner
Day 4 / Sergeev Posad + Suzdal (2nights in Suzdal)
Day 5 / Vladimir + Suzdal
Day 6 / Vladimir > Kolomenskoe > St. Peter (4 nights in St Peter)
Day 7 / Hermitage (3-4hours) , boat trip after lunch (1hour), Issac Cathedral
Day 8 / Tsarskoe Selo palace and park (horse carriage ride) after lunch Church of the Savior on Blood, Ballet / Opera
Day 9 / Peterhof fountains (no palace), after lunch Yusupov Palace, farewell dinner , midnight - 2am Night boat tour to see the bridges being drawn
Day 10 / after check out , Peter & Paul Fort, lunch, 15.30h Flight back through Moscow
Day 11 / home.

Whew, that is a very packed program. We will be hiring guides to keep us on track and will have a minibus. but yes, lots of long days especially with Opera/ Ballet and Night boat ride.
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