Where will you be celebrating on New Year's Eve? Ring in the New Year in Russia's capital city, then journey off the beaten track for some alpine fun and a steamy banya in Pskov before heading north to beautiful St Petersburg.
29 December 2019. 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 you'll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out.
Overnight: Moscow | Dinner
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
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.
This evening we head into the city to ring in the New Year amongst the crowds. While Red Square is certainly one of the most popular places to count down to midnight, it can also get extremely busy making it often difficult to find a place. But fear not, there are plenty of other exciting activities happening around Moscow’ capital city, whether it’s watching the fireworks as they light up the night sky over Christ the Savior Cathedral from Patriarshy Bridge, heading to one of the concerts on Tverskaya Ulitsa or dancing in the New Year in one of the city’s trendy bars or clubs.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast
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
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
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
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
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 of the 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
06 January 2020. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
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.
Izmailovo Gamma Delta , Moscow
Formerly part of the Olympic Village at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Divided into two wings, Gamma and Delta - the 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
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.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and loved our tour guide. At times the tour did feel a bit rushed but of course there is never enough time to see and do everything. Our tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We appreciated that she always laid out the plans for the day ahead of time so we knew what to expect. Would definitely recommend the tour to friends and family. ”