New Years Red Square - 9 days

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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.

Day 1: Moscow
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
A snowy evening in Moscow
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 (B)
New Years Red Square - 9 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Winter in Moscow outside the Kremlin
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 (B)
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 (B)
A church in the town of Pscov during the winter.
Day 5: Pskov
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 (B, L, D)
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 (B, L)
The Winter Palace glowing in the afternoon sun
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 (B)
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 (B, L)
06 Jan 2016. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Moscow / Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Departs: 29 Dec 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes - For groups of 6 or more
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