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Dear Traveller,
Are you ready for a Russian winter?
Winter envelopes Russia in haste. Autumn scurries in and out as if trapped in a revolving door, leaving a chill in the air. But don’t write off a trip as the mercury plummets – embrace the cold and experience a full-on Russian winter. Here’s how.
Enjoy the romance of elegant St Petersburg
Northerly St Petersburg looks breathtaking under a covering of snow. Wrap up and take a leisurely stroll canalside, dipping into its many museums and historic buildings when you need to warm up. If you’re planning to visit with a special someone, why not snuggle up under a blanket as you take a ride in a traditional troika through one of the city’s parks?
Book your tickets for a capital performance
Everyone needs to come in from the cold at some point, so why not make it to see a performance at one of Moscow’s world-class theatres. The Bolshoi is staging Rimsky- Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden in mid-December and it’s not too late to get your tickets. If you prefer ballet to opera, they’re following it up later in the month with a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.
Take to the ice under the Aurora Borealis
If your sights are set on exploring the Russian countryside, few activities can be more fun in winter than crossing frozen lakes on the back of a dog sled. Karelia’s beautiful Lake Onego is the perfect setting if you’re hoping to distinguish your mush from your hush. If you’re more of a speed freak, you will love a snowmobile ride. As daylight slips away, you might catch a glimpse of the dazzling Northern Lights.
Set off across Siberia on a train ride to remember
You might think we’ve lost our minds for a minute, but remember the trains that traverse the famous Trans-Siberian route are all well heated, so winter’s an excellent time to enjoy a Russian rail adventure. Look out on the snow from the comfort of your toasty compartment and learn a little about how the locals cope with one of the harshest environments on earth from your fellow travelling companions.
Ditch the Alps this year
Sochi earnt its place on the ski map after successfully hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014. Putin himself skies here in the nearby Krasnaya Polyana resorts and what’s good enough for the Russian president is good enough for us! With long runs easily reached by gleaming gondolas and speedy chair lifts as well as some excellent off-piste skiing, there’s plenty of choice whatever your ability.
Whatever your plans this winter, there’s a Russian holiday that will fit the bill. Why not give us a call and let us help you plan the winter trip of a lifetime?

Celebrate New Year 2018 in Russia!
It is not too late to book our citybreak tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow departing 26 December 2017.
This eight-day holiday is a very special trip 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 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. £1.445 per person incl. flights & visa. And there is still plenty of time to arrange your Russian visa. Read more
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Winter St. Petersburg, Kizhi Island and Karelian Village Discovery Tour (KL-10)
You will start this exciting 7-day tour from the beautiful "Venice of the North", St. Petersburg and then continue to the Russian North to enjoy thousands of frozen rivers and lakes and vast areas covered in snowy fore...
From £945 7 days
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From £1,049 8 days

Snowmobile Safari to the Snowy Domes of Kizhi (KL-05)
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From £1,045 6 days
Dog and Reindeer Sledding in the Russian North (KL-09)
Have you ever dreamed of an adventure holiday in the Russian North in the winter? Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of a journey along the frozen lakes and snowy taiga on dogsleds. You will love the pristine wilderness, the thrill of being...
From £1,295 8 days

Best of Trans-Siberian: Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Baikal - Vladivostok (TS-04)
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From £1,995 14 days
Epic Trans-Siberian: St. Petersburg - Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Baikal - Vladivostok (TS-16)
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