Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Nesting dolls are filled with tradition and colorful design. And now students can appreciate them in a whole new way when they create their own. They’ll meet with an expert Matryoshka designer and learn the history of nesting dolls and their traditional designs. Everyone gets their own dolls and paints them. Students are then served a traditional Russian tea break and get to take their dolls home with them as a souvenir.
Discover typical Russian specialties during your food tour of Dorogomilovsky Market in the heart of Moscow. Expand your palate when you try delicious local foods such as and borscht, blini and solyanka and learn the traditions behind how they are produced. Perhaps you'll come away with a new favorite food!
Students share some of the most impactful and rewarding moments of their educational tour experience, teachers share the level of quality and care they get from ACIS, and tour managers share a bit of the magic they witness as they facilitate learning and a love of new cultures for ACIS groups across the globe.
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Arrive in Moscow, Russia's cosmopolitan capital, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore.
A full day of sightseeing allows you to contrast old and modern Moscow. First visit the wonders of the Red Square, starting with the Kremlin and the Armoury, one of the oldest museums of Moscow. Then Lenin's Mausoleum shows you the embalmed body of the Soviet Union founder, before you turn towards the unmistakable onion domes of St. Basil's Church, erected by Ivan the Terrible in the mid-16th century. Next pop into the famous GUM department store. After, take a unique Moscow Metro Tour to see see the oldest and the most beautiful of these exquisitely designed, lavish underground "marble palaces." Finally, walk down Old Arbat, a pedestrian-friendly area that's one of the city's oldest streets and historically where many craftsmen had set up shop. Dinner tonight is at a Georgian restaurant.
Today visit Sergiev Posad, known as Zagorsk during the Soviet era. A fortified monastery city with blue and gold cupolas highlighted against striking whte walls, this old Russian pilgrimage spot is a sight you'll never forget. You'll tour the medieval buildings of the famed 14th century Troitse-Sergeiva Lavra, the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church. Then tap into your creative side during a
Matryoshka dolls painting lesson. Learn about the history behind these unique nesting dolls and the traditional designs used to decorate them before each painting your own to take as a souvenir. As your dolls are drying, enjoy a traditional Russian tea break. Return to Moscow for the evening.
In the morning, uncover Moscow's culinary culture with a guided
food tour and tasting at Dorogomilovsky Market. Sample your way through local eateries and shops purveying borscht, blini, solyanka and other traditional dishes. Then head to the train station for the high speed train to St. Petersburg.
Today explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Sightseeing includes the Aurora battleship, whose guns signaled the beginning of the revolution in 1917. You also see St. Isaac's Cathedral and the equestrian statue of Peter the Great, St. Basil's Island and the Piskarovskoe Cemetery. This afternoon you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great to secure Russia's outlet to the sea.
This morning visit Palace Square where you'll tour one of the finest museums in the world, the Hermitage, which includes the Winter Palace, formerly the center of government under the tsars. In the halls you'll find a collection of art rivaled only by the Louvre or the Uffizi. An afternoon excursion takes you to Petrodvorets, the huge country palace of Peter the Great, which was built to resemble Versailles. (In the event that Petrodvorets is closed, a visit to Pushkin will be substituted.)
Today is free to explore and stroll along the main boulevard in St. Petersburg (Nevsky Prospekt). The architecture along the main street is lavish and the street is fascinating, separated at various intervals by canals.
Depart for the USA.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $270Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $225Add to Tour