Experience rural Russia with a 1 night stay in a country house in ancient Novgorod. After guided touring, there's free time to explore and fun to be had in a banya, before tucking into a tasty home cooked meal!
SAVE 30% when booking a group of 4 or more!
|24 DEC - 01 JAN||USD $1,639||USD $659|
|24 DEC - 01 JAN||USD $1,639||USD $659|
|Supplementary Prices||Twin/Double||Single Supp.|
|4 Berth Sleeper Train Upgrade Moscow - Pskov||USD $109||-|
Make the most of your time away! Listed below are the optional activities that are available on this trip. Please note that you will need to book these prior to travel as we cannot always guarantee availability of these activities once you are on holiday.
|Start the day with a visit to either the gardens of palatial Peterhof, overlooking the Gulf of Finland in the summer OR Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in the winter (Pavlosk Palace is viewed if Catherine Palace is closed). We stop for lunch at the popular restaurant, where we enjoy a hearty meal, before exploring inside the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood.|
|Take a step back in time - enjoy a guided tour of the stunning Royal Residences of the Russian Tsars, located in the outskirts of St Pete's and admire the beautiful Russian countryside on the way. Our Catherine Palace (winter) or Peterhof Gardens (summer) bolt on is available on all tours visiting St Petersburg.|
|Head 65 meters underground to the Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. This mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. Step back in time to the clandestine and tense era of the Cold War and enjoy an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum, followed by a tour of the most luxurious and extravagant of the Stalinist era metro stations with their marble columns and chandeliers all with an English speaking guide.|
|Escape the bustling city of St Petersburg with an overnight stay in a country house in ancient Novgorod. Your visit begins with a tour of the historic Kremlin (Fortress) grounds and the open air museum of Russian wooden architecture. You’ve free time to admire Novgorod - listed by UNESCO as one of the top 100 cities of the world. Why not soak up the views from a leisurely walk along the Volkhov river, visit one of the great medieval abbeys, or wander round the quaint shops and bars.|
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Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Thank you for looking after us here and the hospitality in your country. We have precious memories to treasure.
Alison Lord ,
Great tour. Very capable and friendly tour guide. Thanks
Chad Crawford ,
On the go was good value for money and I loved it! Will go on tour with them again as I felt very safe on the tour.
Rebecca Mcinnes ,
My partner and I booked the Big Russki over Christmas and New Year 2010. Our guide, Ekaterina, really made the tour. She was knowledgable, helpful and a lot of fun. We saw some incredible sights in St Petersburg and Moscow, and also had the chance to experience true Russian nightlife in a provincial town. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is keen to experience a 'real winter' and a culture that is likely to differ greatly from their own.
Miss Marcia Sorensen,
Our guide, Katya, was awesome. She looked out for all of us really well. She was also very funny and answered all our questions.
The tour was a a good pace, great mix of culture and entertainment.
A memoreble holiday for sure.
I had the most memorable Christmas & New Year's ever!
So many highlights... Banya, Soviet Bunker, Kremlin.... and of course the train ride to Pskov - very interesting experience!
Thank you for a wonderful time!
Thank you so much. This was a fantastic tour & I had an amazing time. New Year's in the Red Square was something I will remember and talk about for a long time. I also met some fantastic people, hope to keep in touch with them and even go together on another tour!
Katya was a great guide. Calm under preassure, funny and very informative. She gave great suggestions for places to visit and also bars/restaurants with great food. I had a fun tour, which is an absolute highlight of all my travel experiences.