Discover mystique, tradition and flair between Moscow and St Petersburg

Experience the festive spirit – and spirited festivities – of the Russian New Year on this special Russian Highlights adventure. See Moscow’s famous Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral under a layer of snow and vodka-toast the old year out with a Russian family, then toast the New Year in with champagne. See the glittering treasures of the Armoury Museum, visit the Russian Santa’s residence in Veliky Ustyug and be shown the sights of grand St Petersburg. This small group trip offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Russia during this special time of the year.

Start
Moscow, Russia
Finish
St Petersburg, Russia
Countries
Russia
Themes
Explorer
Code
WBSW
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
357kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Admire the treasures on display in the Armoury Museum
  • Marvel at Peter the Great's architectural legacy
  • Share a New Year's vodka toast with a Russian family in Suzdal
  • Visit the Russian Santa's home in Veliky Ustyug
  • Visit a communal apartment in St Petersburg and have a tea party and pancakes with a local Family.

Itinerary

Learn why the city of Moscow is one of the greatest capitals in the world - a place where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious free enterprise. Explore the Kremlin and witness its huge collection of imperial treasures, including exquisite Faberge eggs and ceremonial regalia. Walk among the cathedrals and museums within the Kremlin walls and get a glimpse of Lenin in his eternal resting state. While here, be sure to visit Moscow's metro stations - these lavishly decorated 'Palaces of the People' are unlike any others in the world.
Travel to ancient Suzdal. Marvel at this glittering former capital, which forms part of Russia’s legendary Golden Ring. Wander past decorative wooden cottages and peek inside the crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot. In the evening, help your homestay hosts put together a traditional Russian feast and see out the New Year with a celebratory vodka. Enjoy some free time in Suzdal, why not visit the Kremlin, explore the local market or stave off the cold with some tea and mead in a café.
As well as being a very attractive town in its own right, Kostroma is revered as the official birthplace of Snegurochka – companion of and assistant to the Russian Santa Claus. Located on the Volga River, the town features some classic examples of traditional architecture, the beautiful St Ipaty Monastery and an impressive array of museums.
Arrive in the small provincial town of Veliky Ustyug, the official hometown of Ded Moroz (Russia’s Santa Claus). Enjoy a tour of the town with a local guide, taking in its sights. Be on your best behavior for a tour of the Ded Moroz residence, and perhaps do some gift buying yourself from the local handicrafts workshop.
Complete the final leg of the journey to St Petersburg. Get to know the ins and outs of this magnificent city on a guided walking tour that will includes some of its lesser-known attractions as well as the mainstays. Drop into a local family’s home for a traditional tea party and perhaps attend an Orthodox Russian church service – it is Christmas Eve after all. In the free hours before this trip concludes, why not visit the Hermitage Museum and see incredible art collection or, for a final dose of mystery and intrigue, see the ghoulish oddities on display in the Kunstkamera.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Metro, Private Bus, Underground/Subway
Accommodation
Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Act Evening cultural performance
  • Act Visit to Father Frost House
  • Ipatievsky Monastery Entrance
  • Kostroma Wooden Architecture Museum and Ipatievsky MonasteryEntrance
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Saint-Petersburg Walking Tour
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family

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