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New Years Red Square

9 days  |  Moscow to St Petersburg  |  from USD $2,199  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Where will you be celebrating on New Year's Eve? Ring in the New Year in Moscow's Red Square, journey through Russia's heartland for some alpine fun and a steamy banya in Pskov before heading north to beautiful St Petersburg.

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Day 1

29 Dec 2015. Welcome to your New Year's holiday in Russia! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of your group and tour leader. Enjoy free time for the rest of the evening - perhaps go for a drink at the bar or a coffee in the lounge.
Overnight: Moscow

Day 2

First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall.

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and pay our respects to the grandfather of Communism whose embalmed body has lain in state here since his death. Later in the day, we can take a journey on the Stalinist-era Metro, to view some of the gold gilded frescoes that adorn many of the stations or go ice skating with your tour leader in Gorky Park.

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Today we'll enjoy a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or there is the opportunity to join us for an optional tour inside a formerly top secret Soviet Bunker (book locally).

Tonight is New Year's Eve and time to celebrate, Russian-style! Venturing back to Red Square we will join the crowds - locals and travellers alike, to ring in the New Year. With an electric atmosphere and a spectacular firework show illuminating the distinctive turrets of St Basil’s Cathedral above the frosty square, this will be a party to remember!
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Moscow - Pskov. Enjoy a free day to relax in Moscow and do as you please. Later this evening, we will travel by overnight sleeper train to Pskov.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Good morning, Pskov! Arriving early in the morning we will embark on a day of alpine fun. Go ice-skating on a frozen lake, or perhaps try your hand at cross-country skiing - a more horizontal approach to the downhill ski. In the afternoon we will defrost in a local banya - the Russian equivalent of a sauna. After steaming up in the banya, the brave among you can run outside to cool down with a roll in the snow! Later we will indulge in a home cooked lunch with a vodka or two. Relax at the hotel in the evening and tuck into a warm dinner.
Overnight: Pskov and Pechory  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Today, a tour of Pskov takes in the riverside kremlin, cathedral and other sights. Later a short drive will bring us to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we will explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, head underground for a tour of the burial caves of this fascinating and still-working cloister. This afternoon we will travel by road to St Petersburg arriving in the late evening.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

This morning a driving tour will give us an introduction to the city of St Petersburg. We will make our way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts and a few photo stops will be made along the way at places such as the magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. Later, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore. Most of the city sights are dotted along and just off the main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt. It’s an easy city to find your bearings and get around. St Petersburg has a spirited restaurant, bar and jazz club scene, plus some of Russia’s best beers.

During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 8

We start today's touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we'll head out to city to explore the beautiful Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). At Catherine Palace its the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the spectacular Amber room is a real highlight! After stopping for a hearty traditional lunch at a local restaurant, we'll continue on for a guided tour of the exquisite interior of The Church on Spilled Blood.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

06 Jan 2016. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Izmailovo Gamma Delta , Moscow
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Formerly part of the Olympic Village at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Divided into two wings, Gamma and Delta - thhe Izmailovo Gamma Delta is part of one of the biggest hotels in the world. The rooms are comfortable and with modern amenities and there is also a number of excellent restaurants plus a gym and swimming pool. On arrival to the hotel guests are often welcomed with chocolate and still bottled mineral water. Well located with good access to transport links.

Dvor Podznoeva, Pskov and Pechory
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in two buildings, the Dvor Podznoeva is a comfortable modern hotel perfect for exploring Pskov. Rooms are spacious and well equipped. The hotel boasts a number of good restaurants including a beer house style one with lots of excellent local specialities. The hotel also offers guest Wi-Fi. Well located just a short walk form the best parts of Pskov.

Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The spacious rooms at Hotel Moscow are simply furnished, with modern amenities and en suite facilities. Many of the rooms boast wonderful views of the Neva River and Alexander Nevsky monastery. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there are five restaurants on site to enjoy delicious International and Russian cuisine. While the Panorama Bar on the 8th floor offers tasty beverages and incredible views of St Petersburg's historic centre. The Hotel Moscow is centrally located just off Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Alexander Nevsky Square Metro Station.

Trip Highlights

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, St Basil’s Cathedral and Gorky Sculpture Park
Pechory - ancient monastery
St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace
Pskov - ancient town near Estonian border
St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End

Included

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
1 overnight train Moscow - Pskov (open sleeper cabin) including bed linen
Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
Winter pursuits - ice skating, cross-country skiing in Pskov
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour leader (for groups of 6 or more)
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
7 nights 3 star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Russian banya (sauna) experience
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
Specialist Russian guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Had the most amazing trip to Russia, would definitely visit again!

Daniel Jones

Tatyana, our tour guide was amazing - helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, she was worth her weight in gold :-)

Laura Pritchard-Jones

Both tour guides were excellent. Very knowledgeable, kind & friendly. Great trip - very good impressions of Russia.

Jodie Lieffring

I just want to say that Katya was an excellent guide. Her knowledge and passion for Russia is undeniable. She made my Russian experience more memorable than I could have ever imagined!

Carrie Maracle

Tatiana and Katya have been incredible. They made us feel so welcome, looked after us and are very knowledgeable about the history of Russia. I loved it!

Adele Thain

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2199
USD $799
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2199
USD $799

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
4 Berth Sleeper Train Upgrade Moscow - Pskov
USD $169
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Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
29 Dec 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1

Had the most amazing trip to Russia, would definitely visit again!

Daniel Jones
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