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The Snowball

6 days  |  St Petersburg to Moscow  |  from $1,249  |   Guaranteed Departure

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this Christmas or New Year! With fun and good cheer unwrap St Petersburg and the nation’s capital - Moscow.

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Day 1
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  

Welcome to Russia and the start of your winter holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening our welcome meeting will take place, where you'll meet the rest of your group and tour leader. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy - maybe head to the bar for a few drinks or the hotel coffee lounge.

Day 2
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

This morning a driving tour will give us an introduction to 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 book optional evening excursions such a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet. All optional excursions are subject to availability, and are booked and payable locally.

Day 3
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

St Petersburg - Moscow. 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 beautiful Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). At Catherine Palace the exterior and the interior of this lavishly decorated building really catch the eye - particularly the spectacular Amber room. 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.

Meeting back at the hotel at an agreed time, we gather our bags and travel to the railway station for our overnight journey by train to Moscow.

Day 4
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

An early morning arrival will bring us into Moscow where we will head to our hotel for check-in. This afternoon we will ride the capital’s efficient Metro to Red Square, for a walking tour. Here we will see the fantastical St Basil’s Cathedral, the iconic Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore more of Moscow. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open ‘til very late! 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.

Day 5
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

This morning we head back to Red Square to pay our respects to Lenin - the grandfather of Communism, at his eerie mausoleum. It is here that his embalmed body has lain in state since his death in 1924. Later we will continue to the Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of political might, where we will enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or perhaps visit one or two of the city’s plentiful museums. Alternatively we offer an optional guided tour of a formerly top secret Cold War bunker today.

Day 6
Breakfast

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out.

Tailor-made accommodation

No-frills or fancy, historic, quaint or quirky, we offer accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

On all our quotes we will provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels using our 'On The Go' categories below. Accommodation can range from western-style hotels and resorts to charming boutique or heritage properties, cruise boats, desert camps, jungle lodges and other styles of accommodation unique to the region.

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!

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.

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.

Trip Highlights

St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End
Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral
St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo

What's Included

5 breakfasts and 1 lunch
1 overnight train St Petersburg - Moscow (open sleeper cabin) including bed linen
Guided sightseeing - St Petersburg, Pskov, Pechory and Moscow
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour leader (for groups of 6 or more)
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
4 nights 3 star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
Specialist Russian guides at local sights

What's Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: $70-80 USD
International flights and visa

Russia - more than beat expectations!

Mandy Reeve

Well worth the money. Fantastic trip + very memorable!

Erin Wallace

Tour guide was great with lots of good information.

Mark Dougherty

It was fantastic. Our tour guide was amazing, he knew everything, was smart, lovely and she really made the trip!

James Peach

We travelled with On the Go on the 6 day Snow Ball tour for Christmas 2010. We had a fantastic guide (Zhenya) who took most of the stress and difficulty out of travelling in Russia – we really appreciate how amazing and organised she was – and having a guide gave us some great insights into life in Russia that we would not have otherwise had. All the hotels and travel was very comfortable, and in all our dealings with them On the Go were helpful and professional. We would highly recommend doing this tour through On the Go.

Miss Anita Legge

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. All our group tours are guaranteed to depart subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.

2015

Date
Price / Person
Single Supp.
 
$1249
$1778
 
$1249
$1778

2016

Date
Price / Person
Single Supp.
 
$1249
$1778
 
$1249
$1778

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
4 Berth Sleeper Train Upgrade St Petes - Moscow
$119
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Tour Details
Starts
St Petersburg
Ends
Moscow
Departs
24 & 27 Dec 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for groups of 6 or more
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 1

Russia - more than beat expectations!

Mandy Reeve
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