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Russian New Year's Extravaganza Tour

8 days
7 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$2,150.00 (Superior Tourist)
$2,750.00 (Deluxe)
$3,050.00 (Superior Deluxe)

Dates:

Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 05, 2017 

Hotels:

Superior Tourist Category:
Budapest 4**** or similar
Dostoyevsky 4**** or similar

Deluxe Category:
Metropol 5***** or similar
Domina Prestige 5***** or similar

Superior Deluxe Category:
Ritz Carlton 5***** or similar
State Hermiatge Hotel 5***** or similar

 

Included:

3 nights in Moscow
4 nights in St Petersburg
High-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg
Daily Breakfast and 3 Lunches
Private Sightseeing Tours
English speaking tour guide
Transportation by private car
All entrance and admission fees
Airport / Train station / Hotel transfers by private car
Folk show, Troika Ride, Vodka Tasting, Russian Banya

Highlights & Experience:

TOURS AND VISITS:

Moscow City Tour 
Novodevichiy Monastery 
Red Square, and Kremlin
Armory Tour 
Metro Tour 
Tretyakov Gallery 
City Tour of St. Petersburg 
St. Isaac Cathedral 
Peter and Paul Fortress 
Private Hermitage Tour 
Tour to Pushkin 
Catherine Palace with Amber Room
Petergof
Museum of Russian Vodka with Tasting
Russian Troika Ride
Foklore show with snacks and champagne

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Moscow (December 29)

This Russian Winter tour introduces you to the most exiting time in Russia - New Year's celebration. While for many people the frenzy of the biggest holiday is subsiding, in Russia this is just the beginning of a 2-week-long holiday. During the Soviet times, when Christmas was non-existent, its traditions were transplanted to New Year's. Today in addition to regular New Year's Russians celebrate old Russian Christmas and old Russian New Year's.

Welcome to Moscow! Upon arrival, after clearing passport control and customs proceed to the arrival area to meet our representative. You will be assisted to your vehicle and transferred to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Free time to relax, explore the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurant. Overnight in Moscow.

Day 2  : Moscow (December 30)

Moscow City Tour [3H] & visit to Tretyakov Gallery [4H]

Our Russian tour begins with the City tour of Moscow. This is a general overview of the city and its main areas within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring: Red Square, Kremlin, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat and Zamoskvorechje. The tour will get you acquainted with the city and its main landmarks: Red Square and Kremlin, St. Basil's Church, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Luzhniki, the White House, Moskva River and others. You will drive to the Sparrow Hills, 6 km south-west of the Kremlin, topped by the Moscow University skyscraper, for the best panoramic view of the city.

Your next visit is to the famous Tretyakov Gallery - a national treasury housing the largest and most distinguished collection of Russian art in the world. The gallery was named after Russian entrepreneur Pavel Tretyakov, who donated his house, where the Gallery is still located, surrounding buildings and almost 2000 works of Russian art from his own private collection to the city of Moscow at the end of the 19th century. The collection grew overtime and now features over 100,000 Russian works from medieval icons, including the ones by famous Andrey Rublev. Overnight in Moscow (B, L)

Day 3  : Moscow (December 31)

Metro Tour & visit to Kremlin, Cathedrals and Armory [4H]

Today we will explore Moscow Metro - one of the most beautiful and efficient subway systems in the world carrying. It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was not to create just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify the socialism and its achievements. You will visit the most amazing stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art - making it look more like a museum than a subway.

In the afternoon you will explore a fairy tale Red Square that is especially charming in winter with all this sparkling snow covering the bright domes of the St. Basil's Cathedral and see the brightly illuminated exteriors of the GUM. Inside Kremlin the main landmarks are three Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel Cathedrals dating back to the 15-16th centuries, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets and Terem Place. Your tour will include a visit to the Armory, that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, handforged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

Tonight is New Year's Eve and time to celebrate, Russian-style! Venturing back towards Red Square you will join the crowds of locals and travelers alike, ready to ring in the New Year. With a magic atmosphere and a spectacular firework show illuminating the distinctive cupolas of St Basil’s Cathedral above the frosty square, this will be a party to remember! Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 4  : Moscow - St. Petersburg (January 1 )

New Year's Day

Enjoy a free day to relax in Moscow or visit the a local Banya - the Russian equivalent of a sauna. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station for express train "Sapsan" to St. Petersburg. The driver will meet you at the train station in St. Petersburg and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 5  : St. Petersburg (January 2)

St. Petersburg City Tour & Vodka Tasting [8H]

After breakfast you meet your guide in the morning for a city tour of St. Petersburg – Venice of the North. The city is known for its elegant buildings and stately palaces, intricate bridges and amazing museums, historical monuments, royal palaces and parks. On your tour you will drive by many landmarks such as Schmidt Bridge, Strelka with Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Palace Square with Winter Palace and Alexander Column, Bronze Horseman - the famous monument to Peter the Great, Admiralty, Canal Griboyedova, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral & many others.

During the tour you will visit the gorgeous St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood which stands on the site where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded, and the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. 

Later visit the Museum of Russian Vodka where you learn how vodka has been made and consumed over the ages and then have the chance to try out several different vodkas and traditional Russian snacks. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 6  : St. Petersburg (January 3)

State Hermitage Art Museum [4H]

Today you will visit the State Hermitage Art Museum occupying six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, former royal residence built in 1754 - 1762 according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It is extended by the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage collection consists of over 3,000,000 works of art and presents the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. In the evening, enjoy the Folk-Show performance “Feel like a Russian” with light snacks. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 7  : St. Petersburg (january 4)

Trip to Pushkin & Troika Ride [6H]

After breakfast tour to outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin. Pushkin's palaces and parks were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. The main landmark is the truly magnificent Catherine Palace designed by Rastrelli and named after Elizabeth’s mother, Peter the Great's second wife Catherine. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia’s famous poet who used to study here. The Palace is surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens with fascinating decorative architecture. Later this day you enjoy a traditional Russian amusement - a famous Russian troika ride. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 8  : St. Petersburg (January 5)

Transfer to the airport

After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight. We hope you've enjoyed your tour & that you return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips. (B)