Russia Highlights - New Year Overview

Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - from the cultural city of Moscow and to the historic sights in St Petersburg.

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      USD $2,540
      CAD $2,750
      AUD $2,685
      EUR €1,920
      GBP £1,500
      NZD $3,005
      ZAR R26,985
      CHF FR2,325
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-12-29 - 2015-12-31

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. Spend a night in a hotel themed to the snow maiden Snegurochka and 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.

  • Admire the treasures on display in the Armoury Museum
  • Spend a night in a Kostroma guesthouse dedicated to Santa's helper Snegurochka
  • Share a New Year's vodka toast with a Russian family in Suzdal
  • Visit the Russian Santa's home in Veliky Ustyug
  • Marvel at Peter the Great's architectural legacy

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Moscow, Russia
  • Finish:

    St Petersburg, Russia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (7 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Metro, Private Bus, Private minibus, Taxi, Train, Underground/Subway
  • Included activities:

    Evening cultural performance, Ipatievsky Monastery, Kostroma Guided Walking Tour, Kostroma Wooden Architecture Museum, Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour, Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum, Saint-Petersburg Walking Tour, St Petersburg - Tea party with local family, Visit to Father Frost House

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    357kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $2,540
    CAD $2,750
    AUD $2,685
    EUR €1,920
    GBP £1,500
    NZD $3,005
    ZAR R26,985
    CHF FR2,325
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $230
    CAD $250
    AUD $244
    EUR €174
    GBP £136
    NZD $273
    ZAR R2,453
    CHF FR211
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Russia Highlights - New Year Summary

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Days 1-2 Moscow

Whether it's awe-inspiring history, iconic architecture, edgy creative centres or stylish bars and cafes, Moscow delivers on so many levels with a surprise around every corner.

Day 3 Kostroma

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. Tonight's accommodation is in a guesthouse themed around her legend. 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.

Days 4-5 Suzdal

Crumbling churches and charming wooden cottages line the narrow streets of Suzdal, one of the fascinating towns which make up Russia’s historic Golden Ring.

Days 6-8 Veliky Ustyug

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 from the back of a troika (horse drawn sleigh). 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.

Days 9-11 St Petersburg

Simply bursting with intriguing sights and culture, get ready to be wowed by St Petersburg - it's opulent, sophisticated, historic and drop-dead gorgeous.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,540
      CAD $2,750
      AUD $2,685
      EUR €1,920
      GBP £1,500
      NZD $3,005
      ZAR R26,985
      CHF FR2,325
      *
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