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Trip idea in Russia

Christmas in Russia

Cost

from £1,730 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

10 days

Experience Russia decked in wonderful Christmas lights on this festive 10-day tour. Dive into the traditions of Orthodox Christmas and find out why New Year's Eve is the main holiday for locals. All the must-visits are covered, such as Moscow Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery and the famous Moscow Underground. Visit St Petersburg for real winter spirit and see the gorgeous Catherina and Peterhof palaces. Meander the city with an expert local guide showing you off-the-beaten path sights. Finally discover the real winter landscapes with visits to the Golden Ring cities; Suzdal and Vladimir, which are small and charmingly historic. Note - Christmas takes place in Russia on January 7th, with New Year celebrations on December 31st-January 1st and January 13th-14th. Decorations and activities are present throughout December and January.

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Moscow

Day 1 - Moscow

  • Visa information for Russia
  • Arrival transfer from Moscow airport to your hotel
  • Time at leisure in Moscow at Christmas and New Year
Moscow

Day 2 - Moscow

  • Explore central Moscow at Christmas time
  • St. Basil's Cathedral (winter)
  • State Historical Museum (winter)
  • Lenin's Mausoleum (winter)
  • The GUM Department Store
Moscow

Day 3 - Moscow

  • Tretyakov Art Gallery: private tour
  • Moscow Underground Tour
Moscow

Day 4 - Moscow

  • Traditional meal with a local family
  • Practise skating in Gorky Park
Vladimir, Suzdal

Day 5 - Vladimir, Suzdal

  • Private car transfer from Moscow to Vladimir
  • Explore Cathedral Square at Christmas time
  • Golden Gates in Vladimir
  • ​Church of the Intercession on the Nerl​ - in winter
  • Private transfer from Vladimir to Suzdal
Suzdal, Moscow

Day 6 - Suzdal, Moscow

  • Visit Pokrovsky Convent (winter)
  • Visit to ​Monastery of Saint Euthymius (winter)
  • Walking around trading rows and local market
  • Tour to Suzdal Kremlin
  • Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Private transfer from Suzdal to Moscow
St. Petersburg

Day 7 - St. Petersburg

  • Transfer from your hotel in Moscow to the railway station
  • Fast train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Walking St Petersburg Tour at Christmas
St. Petersburg

Day 8 - St. Petersburg

  • Excursion to the Hermitage
  • Home cooked St Petersburg and local market
St. Petersburg

Day 9 - St. Petersburg

  • Guided tour to the Faberge museum
  • Artistic Saint-Petersburg

Day 10

  • Transfer from St. Petersburg to the airport