White Russian - 7 days

FROM USD $1,499

For a truly unique new year’s break, celebrate in Russia’s thriving capital city. Take in Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square before travelling onwards to beautiful St Petersburg, exploring delights such as The Hermitage and Catherine Palace.

Day 1: Moscow
29 December 2015. Welcome to Russia and the start of your winter holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the 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. Spend the remains of the evening at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a few drinks in the bar and get to know your new travelling companions. Overnight - Moscow
Day 2: Red Square & Kremlin
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 Red Square is the iconic 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 is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and see Lenin's embalmed body which has lain in state here since his death. This afternoon we will embark on a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of power. Walking through the grounds we’ll see numerous governmental buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell.

During our stay in Moscow there will also be the chance go ice skating in Gorky Park with your tour leader and join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour. Overnight - Moscow (B)
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An On The Go group keep warm in New Years Eve in Red Square
Day 3: New Year's Eve
Today is free for you to explore Moscow on your own. Alternatively you can book our Inside a Soviet Bunker bolt-on locally and head 65 meters underground to explore a Stalinist-era bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. See the giant tunnels and enjoy a guided tour of the rooms and secret paraphernalia.

For your New Year’s Eve celebrations head to Red Square with your guide to join the crowds 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, you'll be guaranteed to see in the New Year with a bang! Overnight - Moscow (B)
Day 4: Moscow to St Pete's
Happy New Year! Spend New Year’s Day at leisure exploring Moscow. Why not get some shopping done at the extravagant GUM department store, or head to Izmailova Market. It may not look like it from the outside, but behind the whimsically decorated walls of Izmailova you’ll find one of the best markets in Moscow. Whether you want to pick up some tacky souvenirs, genuine fur hats or some traditional handmade crafts this is the place to go. Plus don't forget to bargain! This evening we board our overnight sleeper train, bound for St Petersburg. Overnight - On board train (B)
Palace Square in St Petersburg
Day 5: Explore St Pete's
This morning see some of the sights of St Petersburg on a driving tour of the city. We will make our way down Nevsky Prospekt - the main thoroughfare and stop for photos at iconic sights such as the Bronze Horseman and St Isaac's Cathedral. Later we will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace. Housing some 2.8 million pieces of art, with collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to Greek vases and a vast and dazzling array of Old Masters, we’ll view the highlights.

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)
A lavish golden room in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg
Day 6: Catherine Palace
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 drive out of town to explore the lavish Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed), an ornately decorated building that really catches the eye - the lavish Amber room is a real highlight. Returning to the city we will enjoy a traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant, and continue with a tour of the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood. Overnight - St Petersburg (B, L)
Day 7: St Petersburg
04 January 2016. Our tour comes to an end 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:6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 0
  • Tour Guide: Yes - for groups of 6 or more
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