Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia
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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.

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Trip Highlights

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, St Basil’s Cathedral and Gorky Sculpture Park
St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End
Pskov & Pechory- riverside kremlin, cathedral and 14th century monastery in these towns near the Estonian border
St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace


8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners (including a Welcome Dinner on day 1)
7 nights 3 star hotels
Specialist Russian guides at local sights
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
Winter pursuits - ice skating, cross-country skiing in Pskov
1 overnight train from Moscow - Pskov in a 4-berth cabin including bed linen
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour guide
Guided sightseeing - Moscow and St Petersburg
All relevant transfers and transportation on tour
Russian banya (sauna) experience

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: USD$40-50pp, paid in local currency


Day 1


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

Day 2

City Tour & Ice Skating

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

Day 3

New Year's Eve

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

Day 4

New Year's Day

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

Day 5


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

Day 6

Pechory Monastery

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

Day 7

The Hermitage

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

Day 8

St Pete's Sightseeing

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

Day 9

Last day in St Pete's

06 January 2020. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out.

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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.

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USD $115
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Pre Accom - Moscow
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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

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 - 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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Asteria Hotel, St Petersburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set on the banks of Fontanka River, Asteria Hotel enjoys a prime location in the city centre just a few minutes walk from St Petersburg's famous Nevsky Prospekt. This 3-star hotel features a restaurant and bar, plus free WiFi throughout the property.

Harbor Club Hotel, St Petersburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Well-located in St Petersburg, the Harbor Club Hotel can be found on a quiet street, yet only a short walk from the bustling city centre. Its guestrooms feature modern décor, with spacious ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities including air conditioning. You’ll also find a shared lounge and bar, as well as an on-site restaurant serving tasty European cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy a continental or buffet breakfast or, if you’d prefer, there is also the option of dining in the comfort of your hotel room.


Travellers have rated this tour as 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

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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.

• Submitted 09 Jan 2019

This was not my first trip to Russia but I booked it for the convenience of the New Year arrangements. Therefor, I went 'off-piste' a bit, contacted some a Russian friends and went exploring independently, particularly in a Moscow, a city I know and love. However, I certainly enjoyed many if the group excursions and had a great time at actual New Year. Our guide Daria was superlative - very knowledgeable, highly efficient and great fun. The group gelled well, largely thanks to her.

• Submitted 10 Jan 2017

Our tour guide was excellent. Her Command of the English language was brilliant and she was very knowledgeable

• Submitted 09 Jan 2017

Kate was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and wanted to make sure that everyone was happy with the trip. Managing people and opinions cannot be easy and she did it with ease!

• Submitted 15 Jan 2016

Had the most amazing trip to Russia, would definitely visit again!

Daniel Jones • Submitted 04 Jan 2014

Tatyana, our tour guide was amazing - helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, she was worth her weight in gold :-)

Laura Pritchard-Jones • Submitted 04 Jan 2014

Both tour guides were excellent. Very knowledgeable, kind & friendly. Great trip - very good impressions of Russia.

Jodie Lieffring • Submitted 17 Jan 2013

I just want to say that Katya was an excellent guide. Her knowledge and passion for Russia is undeniable. She made my Russian experience more memorable than I could have ever imagined!

Carrie Maracle • Submitted 16 Jan 2013

Tatiana and Katya have been incredible. They made us feel so welcome, looked after us and are very knowledgeable about the history of Russia. I loved it!

Adele Thain • Submitted 03 Jan 2013

Katya is an excellent guide. Well organized, friendly, warm & knowledgeable.

Red Square at New Years was very well managed. Wonderful job!

I also enjoyed the train journey with very friendly Russians :)

Peter Dickson • Submitted 03 Jan 2010
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In Brief

Trip Type
St Petersburg
29 Dec 2019 & 29 Dec 2020
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
Kremlin on the water in Pskov, near Pechory
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg

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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.

Lauryn Gazzia
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