The trip started in Moscow, where we spent a few days visiting the most famous sites including the Kremlin and St Basils, We also took in Russian art and the fabulous underground and our guide even let us go 'off piste' and we saw Tolstoys house and Chekov's grave at our request. We then took a short train ride (1.5 hrs) to Vladimir for a city tour and a short drive to Suzdal where we were introduced to the amazing wooden architecture of the area and also some beautiful churches and monasteries. Our next destination was Kostroma to see the glorious Ipatyev Monastery and the sun came out too! Next on the list was Yaroslavl which mixes the old and new and a fabulous view of the Volga. The same guide took us to Rostov, the old capital of Russia. Then we had an overnight train to St Petersburg. The journey takes 12 hours and is an experience in itself. Fortunately our guide was there to make sure we were in the right place at the right time. St Petersburg was our final destination and is a stunning, bustling modern city that blends the beauty of Venice and its canals with the grandeur of Paris. With a trip to the Winter Palace and also Peterhof it was difficult to decide which was the most beautiful. We were also very fortunate to be in St Peterburg for Russia Day so we got to see the parade down the Nevsky Prospect.