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Russian Capitals New Year
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: St. Petersburg, Moscow

Tour Overview
Ring in the New Year by Russia’s charming former and current capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Start your tour in St. Petersburg, world-famous for its imperial palaces and museums. Explore the city’s renowned splendors and experience real Russian winter adventure in a troika ride. Take a high-speed train to Moscow through snow-clad landscapes along the Volga River. Discover Moscow’s prestigious architecture, including iconic monuments such as the Kremlin, the Red Square, and onion-domed cathedrals.

Day 1 –  Arrival St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to Hotel Ambassador**** or Similar check-in, welcome meeting, optional welcome dinner at the hotel


Day 2 –  St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. When the city is covered in snow it has a special romantic atmosphere. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendors of the city: the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional visit to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations, after we continue to Pavlovsk and experience real Russian winter adventure in a troika ride. (B)


Day 3 –  St. Petersburg

The morning is offered optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening we enjoy an optional fabulous Russian New Year Gala at the hotel. (B)


Day 4 –  St. Petersburg

The optional tour this morning offers a visit to a holy mass in the Orthodox Kazan Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most venerated icons in Russia, and a visit to the Yusupov Palace, once a residence of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Russia. The Palace on the Moika River was built in the middle of the 18th century and impresses with magnificence of decoration and style as well as its historical past. In the evening enjoy an optional farewell dinner at Restaurant Demidov. (B)


Day 5 –  St. Petersburg, Moscow

Morning at leisure, around noon we go to the Moscow railway station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless snow-cladded Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the evening we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Mercure Arbat Moscow**** or similar. (B)


Day 6 – Moscow

Moscow, the Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the famous Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Kremlin grounds, where we see Ivan the Great Bell Tower and visit one of the cathedrals. The evening offers an optional ice-breaker cruise on the Moscow River to admire the illuminated center of Moscow by night. (B)


Day 7 –  Moscow

The morning offers an optional excursion to Novodevichy Convent, a 16th century cluster of sparkling domes, one of the city’s most beautiful groups of buildings and full of history and treasures. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is Moscow‘s most prestigious resting place after the Kremlin. The balance of the day is reserved for an optional excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery with its outstanding collection of French impressionists. The evening offers an optional dinner at Restaurant on the 29th floor of one of the seven famous high-rises of Moscow. (B)


Day 8 –  Moscow

Transfer to the airport. (B)

 


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Departure: December 2021 – January 2022
2021/22
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Dec 29 - Jan 05 1270 1820
Optional Tours Price Person
Welcome dinner at hotel 60
6-hour visit to Zarskoye Selo and Catherine’s Palace and troika ride in Pavlovsk Palace parks 130
3-hour visit to Hermitage Art Museum 70
3-hour visit to Kazan Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress 65
Farwell dinner at Restaurant Demidov 70
3-hour excursion to Kremlin and visit to a cathedral 70
3-hour ice-breaker cruise on the Moscow River 65
4-hour excursion to Novodevichy Convent: EUR 55.00 pp 80
3-hour visit to the Tretyakov Gallery: EUR 45.00 pp 65
Farewell dinner at Restaurant Buono: EUR 60.00 pp 85

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • 3 hour St. Petersburg sightseeing tour and 3 hour Moscow sightseeing tour
  • Entrance to Moscow metro
  • Service of English and German speaking local guide
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking local guide
  • Service of French and Portuguese speaking local guide
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg – Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Porterage at hotels and railway stations

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