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Russia under snow

Saint-Petersburg – Veliky Novgorod – Moscow

Excursions to the snow-covered cities of Russia with Christmas decoration of streets and squares, Christmas and New Year festivities and famous Russian hospitality – that's why you need to go to Russia in winter. This unique winter tour is designed in such a way that you can visit not only the capitals of Russia Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in winter illumination and Christmas tree decorations, get acquainted to the old Veliky Novgorod, but also so that you feel real Russia with the authentic atmosphere of New Year's cities and the expectation of a miracle in the air. This tour is valid from 2 pax and program in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish is available.
*For groups of less than 5 pax we reserve the right to use public transportation on short distances.
**Groups of different languages can be combined in one bus with individual guides.
*** Please always consider a single supplement in case you need a single accommodation.
*The program is preliminary. The organizers reserve the right to replace the excursion blocks with similar ones, without changing main waypoints.

7 days / 6 nights

Day Place Program
1

Saint Petersburg

Transfer from airport / railway station to the hotel, check in. Evening bus city tour “Lights of the New Year's city”. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
2

Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour “New Year's fairs in Saint-Petersburg”. Time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit to the Hermitage Museum. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel. Optional: Ice skating at the outdoor city skating rink in “Sevkabel Port”.
3

Veliky Novgorod

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to Veliky Novgorod. Winter city tour of Veliky Novogorod with a visit to the Kremlin. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch in a local cafe. Excursion to the museum of folk wooden architecture “Vitoslavlitsy”. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
4

Veliky Novgorod

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. A trip to the Christmas tree toy factory in the village of Krestsy (Novgorod region). Time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch in a local cafe. Excursion program Novgorod handicraft. Birch bark weaving workshop. Time for dinner (meal is not included). Optional: Dinner in a local cafe. Transfer to the railway station. Night train Veliky Novgorod – Moscow.
5

Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in. Breakfast at the hotel. Kremlin + 1 Cathedral tour. Time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch in a local restaurant. Moscow Christmas Trees bus city tour with Russian Santa Claus. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel. Optional: Winter boat trip along the Moscow River on the Radisson motor ship.
6

Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion and interactive program “Russian Winter” in one of the Moscow estates. Time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch in a local cafe. Evening bus city tour “Lights of the New Year's Capital”. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
7

Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to the airport / railway station.

Program

Saint Petersburg

1 Day

Transfer from the airport / railway station to the hotel, check in.

Evening bus city tour “Lights of the New Year's city”.

During the New Year holidays, Saint-Petersburg is especially beautiful: the streets of the city are flooded with bright lights of garlands, elegant squares in festive decoration create a magical atmosphere. During our city tour, the guide will share interesting facts from the history of New Year and Christmas traditions, and you will be able to take pictures for memory against the background of the festively decorated streets of Saint-Petersburg. You will have time to see many sights and beauties of the city.

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Saint Petersburg

2 Day

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour “New Year's fairs in Saint-Petersburg”.

The Northern Capital delights visitors with magnificent landscapes every season. If you happen to be here in winter, then you are certainly in luck. In winter, Saint-Petersburg is transformed: the Neva is covered with ice, frost covers monuments and buildings, which creates a unique image of the city. To see the city fairs, the main streets, bridges, palaces under the cover of snow is a dream of many tourists.

Time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch in a local cafe.

Visit to the Hermitage Museum.

We invite you to visit the Hermitage Museum. With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety at last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit. The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance, as well as possessing outstanding collections of works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. Visitors should also take advantage of its excellent Greek and Roman antiquities collection and its exhibits of Siberian and Central Asian art. Not least among the attractions of the Hermitage is the museum itself, with its fine interior decoration and architectural details.

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

OPTIONAL

ICE SKATING AT THE OUTDOOR CITY SKATING RINK IN “SEVKABEL PORT”

Sevkabel Port is a project to transform the historical “gray belt” of the Harbor of Saint-Petersburg into a public cultural and business space. Sevkabel Port opened in September 2018 and continues to develop. The pedestrian embankment with a view of the Gulf of Finland, which was opened by Sevkabel Port, is a new business card of the city. Every winter, the most romantic outdoor ice rink in Saint-Petersburg with a panoramic view of the sea is open on its territory.

Veliky Novgorod

3 Day

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Transfer to Veliky Novgorod.

Winter city tour with a visit to the Kremlin.

Veliky Novgorod is a popular tourist destination in winter. During this period, one of the oldest cities in Russia looks especially authentic: the Kremlin rampart under the snow, fairgrounds with folk amusements and warming drinks, frosted heads of churches. There are much fewer tourists in the winter city, which means that you can fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Medieval Russia. During the tour, you will find: the Sofia side, a walking tour of the Kremlin, the Detinets – “the stone chronicle of Novgorod”, the Saint-Sophia Cathedral, the Saint-Sophia Belfry, the monument to the 1000th anniversary of Russia, a theatrical interactive tour on the territory of the Yaroslav's courtyard, and many others.

Transfer to the hotel. Check in.

Time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch in a local cafe.

Excursion to the museum of folk wooden architecture “Vitoslavlitsy”.

Four kilometers from Veliky Novgorod there is an amazingly beautiful village where no one lives – the museum of folk wooden architecture, the architectural and natural reserve of Vitoslavlitsy. On the threshold of the hut, you will be met by the hostess in a suit characteristic of the Novgorod village of the last century, smiling and talkative. She will show the yard and the vegetable garden, the hayloft and the cattle stalls, explain the purpose of all the items. On the gallery near the house, the masters will offer you souvenirs made of birch bark and wood, show you how to work with these materials. Twice a year, on Christmas and Whitsunday, holidays are held in Vitoslavlitsy. In winter, they ride down ice slides and on sleds, songs sound, ritual actions are played out.

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Veliky Novgorod

4 Day

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

A trip to the Christmas tree toy factory in the village of Krestsy, Novgorod region.

Every time we look forward to the magic and miracles that the New Year brings with it! Preparation for this event gives joy to everyone. And did you know that in the village of Krestsy, in the Novgorod region, there are real works of art that are so nice to decorate your home in the New Year or give to your family and friends on New Year's Eve. Go on an excursion to Krestsy with us, and you will be pleasantly amazed at what talented and hardworking people live here and create real masterpieces by hand, supporting traditional Russian crafts.

Time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch in a local cafe.

Excursion program Novgorod handicraft. Birch bark weaving workshop.

You will visit various craft workshops of Veliky Novgorod, immerse yourself in the traditions of folk crafts and the life of Russian peasants. You will learn about the technique of weaving from birch bark and the properties of this material, look into the weaving workshop, get acquainted with the symbols of folk costume. You will find a fascinating story of the master about the ancient, original Russian men's craft, and a story about using the skills of traditional women's crafts: weaving, embroidery, lace weaving, gold and bead sewing.

Time for dinner (meal is not included).

Optional: Dinner in a local cafe.

Transfer to the railway station.

Train Veliky Novgorod – Moscow (21:10–05:15 in 2021).

Moscow

5 Day

Arrival in Moscow.

Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in. Breakfast at the hotel.

Kremlin + 1 Cathedral tour.

There are dozens of Kremlins in Russia, but Moscow one has no equal. Because the Moscow Kremlin is not just a historical defensive structure. This is the heart of Russia. The main spiritual and political center of the country. Her pride and glory. The official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Attraction № 1 in Moscow.

Time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Moscow Christmas Trees bus city tour with Russian Santa Claus.

There is no celebration without a Christmas tree. The New Year for adults and children is fluffy twigs of pines and firs, touched by light frost, bright toys, funny round dances and, of course, the good old wizard – Russian Santa Claus, who gives wonderful gifts and fulfills cherished desires. And if there are not one or two Christmas trees, but many? On Red Square, Vorobyovy Gory, Novy Arbat and many other squares and streets of Moscow, where this elegant man-made miracle appeared on the eve of the holidays. Then the celebration becomes even more fun and brighter. We invite you on an unforgettable bus tour, during which you will see all the best New Year trees in the capital.

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

OPTIONAL

WINTER BOAT TRIP ALONG THE MOSCOW RIVER ON THE RADISSON MOTOR SHIP

We invite you to an original winter river walk in the center of Moscow on a comfortable motor ship. During the cruise on the Moscow River, you will enjoy stunning views of the capital's embankments in the evening illumination, as well as the main sights of the city, which you can see from an unusual angle. The ships are equipped with modern climate control equipment and maintain a comfortable temperature.

Moscow

6 Day

Breakfast at the hotel.

Excursion and interactive program “Russian Winter” in one of the Moscow estates.

We invite you to plunge into a real Russian winter in one of the estates of Moscow! Sparkling snow, frosty air, elegant buildings, winter games and fun-is this not a reason to go with us on this fascinating tour? During it, you will be told about the traditions of celebrating such holidays in Russia as Christmas, Yuletide, Epiphany and Maslenitsa. Bright characters, fun interactivity and unforgettable emotions are waiting for you!

Time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch in a local cafe.

Evening bus city tour “Lights of the New Year's Capital”.

A tour of the evening festive Moscow will allow you to fully appreciate the splendor of the capital, its fabulous, amazing and indescribable New Year's atmosphere. During the New Year holidays, Moscow throws off the bustle of the weekday, it is transformed, illuminating its homes, streets, temples with millions of New Year's lights. On New Year's Eve, the central streets and squares of Moscow, Poklonnaya Gora and the panorama of the city from the Sparrow Hills are beautiful! And the history of the capital, full of secrets and legends, is more mysterious than in the daytime. The New Year's capital will charm the most whimsical guest!

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Moscow

7 Day

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Transfer to the airport / railway station.

End of the tour.

Information

Our prices include:
  • Twin/double accommodation in Saint-Petersburg in hotel 4* (Novotel Saint-Petersburg Centre/Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky or similar)
  • Twin/double accommodation in Veliky Novgorod in hotel 4* (Volkhov or similar)
  • Twin/double accommodation in Moscow in hotel 4* (Holiday Inn Tagansky or similar)
  • Breakfasts in hotels
  • Luggage handling in hotels in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow
  • Night train tickets Veliky Novgorod — Moscow
  • Time for lunches on Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Time for dinner on Day 6
  • Excursion program per above with entrance tickets
  • Transport service and all transfers per program
  • Local English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guides or assistants for translation from Russian per program
  • Visa support letter
Supplementary (for prebooking only):
  • Dinner at the hotel in Saint-Petersburg
  • Dinner at the hotel in Veliky Novgorod
  • Dinner at the hotel in Moscow
  • Lunches on Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Dinner in a local cafe in Veliky Novgorod
  • Optional tours
  • Single supplement in hotels
    *Please always consider a single supplement when the number of pax is odd!
  • Accommodation and program in Saint-Petersburg / Moscow before or after the tour
  • Non obligatory insurance of medical, medical transport and other expenses
  • Non obligatory accident insurance
*Should any evens of International or Federal importance coincide with the dates of the tours (such as Economic and Legal forums in Saint-Petersburg etc.), we reserve the right to review the rates and /or offer a non-central hotel as a substitute
**If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides
***Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement

Prices

Please contact us at sales@volgabalt.com for Price List.

* If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides.

** Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement.

For reservations please contact us at sales@volgabalt.com