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Winter Romance and New Year Fun in the Russian Capitals (CB-10)

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2-14 people
8 days
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St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg
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Celebrate New Year 2022 in Russia! This eight-day holiday is a very special city break offering you the chance to join the Russians for their unrivalled New Year celebrations. Combining elegant, romantic St Petersburg with modern, vibrant Moscow, you’ll enjoy the festive spirit in two of the country’s most enthralling cities. This unforgettable tour, taken against a charming backdrop of snowy winter cityscapes, includes a full sightseeing programme and some specially selected seasonal activities such as a magical trip to the ballet and a troika ride.

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St. Petersburg
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Museum of Political History of Russia Guided TourThe State Museum of the Political History of Russia, former the State Museum of Revolution, was created on October 9, 1919, by decree of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers and the Red Army Deputies. Among the initiators were prominent figures in the Bolshevik Party and the narodnik (populist) movement, and representatives of the intelligentsia. By the mid 1920s it had a unique collection of revolutionary banners, an extremely valuable collection of leaflets of the different political parties, posters, and objects from that period.
3 hours | £60 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | £70 per person

Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Our driver will be waiting for you in arrivals at St Petersburg’s airport with a Go Russia sign board ready to transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)
Troika Ride around Catherine`s Palace
Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
Today’s programme takes us 25km south of St Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo, home to two magnificent palaces set in extensive grounds. Alexander Palace was home to the last family of tsars. Neighbouring Catherine Palace, where we will visit, is a lavish, Italian-designed Baroque masterpiece. Its legendary Amber Room features exquisite mosaic panels which have been painstakingly recreated following the loss of the originals in World War Two. Outside the palace, you’ll enjoy an atmospheric ride in a troika, a traditional Russian horse-drawn sleigh. Later, you’ll head to Nikolaevsky Palace for a performance of the colourful folklore show, “Feel Yourself Russian” where you’ll be able to listen to traditional Russian folk songs, admire the flamboyant costumes and watch engaging dances from the country’s different provinces.
Day 3
St. Petersburg City Tour by Car
Mikhailovsky Theatre
Dignified St Petersburg, seemingly frozen in time since the days of the Tsars, is the most European of all Russian cities and the focus today is on exploring the city known as the “Venice of the North”. You’ll take in the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Christ's Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood) as well as paying a visit to the Aurora, the ship whose cannon on Lenin’s orders gave the signal to begin the Great Social Revolution. In the afternoon, free time has been set aside for independent sightseeing or shopping. The highlight of your evening will surely be tonight’s ballet performance in one of St Petersburg’s many delightful theatres. Note that schedules are released approximately two months in advance and tickets are subject to availability; transfers to the theatre are not included.
Day 4
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Of the six buildings that form the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the Winter Palace is perhaps the best known. The Hermitage was once the home of the Tsars. Its buildings house an extensive and unmissable collection of over 3 million works of art from a host of famous names including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Van Gogh and Monet. Together with the paintings, you’ll be able to see icons, old coins and opulent jewellery, creating a memory you’ll treasure long after you return home. Later, our driver, holding a Go Russia sign, will collect you from the hotel lobby to transfer you to the railway station for your overnight train to Moscow. You’ll have the option of travelling in first or second class, and for the most discerning customer, we recommend the luxurious Grand Express’ compartments.
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Train: St. Petersburg - Moscow
Day 4
Grand Express: St. Petersburg - Moscow
For demanding travellers who prefer to travel in particular comfort, Russian railways now offer a luxury travel option to discover a style fit for a Tzar! The introduction of a new train, the “Grand Express”, on the Moscow-St. Petersburg line is changing current assumptions about comfortable rail travel which is comparable in standard to that of a good hotel. Indeed, the “Grand Express” is a real hotel on wheels that features spacious sleeping compartments with toilets, showers, air-conditioning, wide sofas, LCD TV, DVD-players and WI-FI. “Grand Express” train also has standard 9 compartments carriages of 1st and 2nd class. More details.
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | £80 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | £125 per person
Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided TourKolomenskoye is a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy. Kolomenskoye also hosts traditional festivals during all major holidays.
4 hours | £80 per person
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command CentreWe invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.
3 hours | £95 per person

Day 5
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Breakfast in a local cafe
Early check-in in the hotel
Moscow City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
On your arrival in Moscow, our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the end of the platform. You’ll enjoy a traditional Russian breakfast in a nearby cafe before an early check-in at the hotel. Later you’ll have an included city tour by car, pausing to discover some of Moscow’s most iconic sights: Red Square and the 16th century Cathedral of St. Basil, the Russian Orthodox cathedral of Christ the Saviour with its tragic history and the fascinating cemetery at New Maiden’s Convent. Stopping near the Moscow State University, you’ll have a panoramic view of the city with the Olympic Luzhniki stadium in the foreground and the golden domes of the Kremlin in the distance. Finally, we’ll take you on a guided tour of the Moscow Underground. More than just a public transport network, the Moscow Metro’s stations are resplendent with decadent marble, mosaics, stained glass and sculptures.
Day 6
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Metro Guided Tour
Today, we return for a closer look at Red Square. It takes its name from the Russian word for red which once meant beautiful, and we’re sure you’ll think it’s aptly named. You’ll recognise the familiar domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, be intrigued by Lenin’s embalmed body at the Mausoleum and be impressed by the scale of the GUM department store which occupies almost the whole of one side of the square. With our included excursion to the Kremlin’s grounds and cathedrals, you’ll have the chance to delve into the interiors of the former residence of the Tsars. In Cathedral Square, you may even sense the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs. Inside the Armoury Museum, you’ll almost be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the collection of treasures, including such exhibits as the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the helm and armour of Boris Godunov, over fifty Faberge eggs, priceless antique weaponry and many other works made of precious metals and stones.
Day 7
Moscow by Night City Tour by Car
Our night tour showcases the best of the city’s unique cultural and historical sites, many of which are illuminated after sunset. Together with your guide, you’ll explore Moscow’s tourist highlights by car, making frequent stops to continue sightseeing on foot.
Day 8
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby ready to transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

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A quick line to say thank you for such a great trip over the New Year. We had a great time and have been really impressed by Go Russia. Everything went according to plan, transfers were on time, tickets were where you said they would be, we had great seats to the ballet and the size of our group was perfect...
We booked our holiday very late, leaving staff little time to organise visas etc but they did this with speed and efficiency. Lovely being able to travel with such a small group.
Everything about the trip was excellent. We enjoyed everything. The hotels were terrific and the planned activities in St. Petersburg especially were wonderful. Trains, guides, hotels were as described and tours were excellent. Service from Go Russia was outstanding and available at all times.
I loved every detail on our trip it was truly magical!
The guide in St. Petersburg was exceptional. The guide in Moscow was also good. The group of 13 English speakers was a joy. No one was rude or pushy or obnoxious. We felt blessed!
The guides were excellent, especially Natasha who had a huge depth of knowledge. Sergei was equally knowledgeable but less compelling. The amount we covered was great. The ballet and folk shows were very good fun
Sergei the tour guide in Moscow was excellent, knowledgable, clearly passionate about his country and keen to share this with us. He went out of his way to assist ie ordering food for us, making recommendations taking us to extra sites he really made our stay in Moscow and we would be very grateful if this could be recognised/ passed onto him thank you The hotels were in excellent locations.
We were MORE THAN pleased with our tour. Thank you very much. We don't hold GoRussia responsible for there not being enough snow for the St Petersburg sleigh ride. A most acceptable alternative was arranged.
The trip was unforgettable, to actually be standing in Red Square was quite something and so many beautiful buildings to see in both cities. The organised excursions were great, The Nutcracker was wonderful as was the visit to the Summer Palace at Puskin, the Moscow Metro is quite unbelievable! Its just a shame that we didnt have more free time to see other sites. The hotels were both very good, and the whole organisation of the trip is to be applauded.
We had a fantastic time in Russia and we thank Go Russia for the superb organisation - everything ran like clock-work. Our fellow group members were all very friendly and we had a lot of fun... The experience of visiting these two cultural cities is unforgettable and we will certainly be recommending Just Go Russia to our friends.

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