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Discover a Russian winter wonderland on this Christmas escape

Discover a Russian winter wonderland on this Christmas escape. See iconic attractions in Moscow, including the Kremlin and Red Square, immerse yourself in the rich culture of UNESCO-listed St Petersburg, and take in a ballet performance on Christmas Day, all while soaking up the enchanting atmosphere of the festive season.

Highlights
  • St Petersburg
  • Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
  • St Petersburg’s Russian Vodka Museum
  • Ballet performance on Christmas Day
  • Moscow
  • The Kremlin
  • The Red Square
  • St Basil’s Cathedral
What’s Included
  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • Visit to the Russian Vodka Museum
    Christmas Day ballet & Kremlin
    Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral
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Moscow and St Petersburg at Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg
St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

To St Petersburg

Fly from London to St Petersburg, the elegant former Imperial capital of Russia. On arrival, transfer to the 5-Star Radisson Blu Royal, in the heart of the culture-rich Tsentralny district, where we experience a traditional Russian welcome ceremony ahead of dinner.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Church Of The Savior, St Petersburg
Church Of The Savior, St Petersburg

Exploring St Petersburg

Spend a magical Christmas Eve discovering the charms of stylish St Petersburg on a full-day sightseeing tour. Take in a wealth of historical monuments and celebrated cultural attractions, including the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, an intricate structure that harks back to an era of Romantic Nationalism, as well as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the final resting place of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Continue to St Petersburg's Russian Vodka Museum where we delve into the nation's defining beverage, discovering the long and fascinating history of the esteemed drink and indulging in a tipple ourselves.

This afternoon, we visit the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, and set in the spectacular Royal Winter Palace. One of the most famous museums in the world, the Hermitage boasts a collection of more than 3 million artefacts, all in an exquisite setting made up of marble columns, crystal chandeliers and stunning mosaic floors. At our hotel this evening, we are treated to a traditional festive dinner accompanied by a celebratory glass of Champagne and wine.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace

Christmas Day in St Petersburg

If you'd like, begin Christmas Day with a visit to a local cathedral to take Mass, with the option of a Catholic or Lutheran service. Continue to Catherine Palace, an elaborate late Baroque palace complex set within expansive gardens. Afterwards, drive to the Pavlovsk Palace for a troika ride, a traditional Russian carriage pulled by three horses, through the crisp frostbitten grounds. This evening, we dine at a local restaurant before taking in an unforgettable ballet performance at one of St Petersburg's world-renowned theatres - an enchanting end to an extraordinary Christmas Day.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 The Kremlin In Winter
The Kremlin In Winter

To Moscow by rail

Bid farewell to the grandeur of St Petersburg today as we embark upon a journey on the sleek and modern Sapsan rail service to Moscow. We journey across rustic farmland and pastoral scenes before arriving in the heart of Moscow, a vibrant, sprawling metropolis which has played a pivotal role in shaping Russia's rich cultural heritage. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before continuing to our hotel, the 5-Star Marriott Grand Hotel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Red Square, Moscow
Red Square, Moscow

Discovering Moscow

We immerse ourselves in centuries of history today on a sightseeing tour of Moscow, a city of contrasts, where old collides with new and stark reminders of the city's long Soviet past juxtapose with a thriving modern culture. Amongst the highlights we discover is the world-famous Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government. Meaning 'fortress inside a city', this imposing UNESCO-listed citadel is surrounded by 18th century towers and is home to magnificent cathedrals, palaces and museums. We also spend time at Red Square, home to many of Russia's noteworthy historical sites including the coral-hued splendour of St Basil's Cathedral and its recognisable onion domes. We celebrate the end of our holiday with a final meal together at our hotel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Flight home
Flights

Farewell to Russia

Our holiday comes to an end after breakfast, when we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London to St Petersburg and Moscow to London
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 5-Star Radisson Blu Royal in St Petersburg and 2 nights at the 5-Star Marriot Grand Hotel in Moscow

Delicious meals included

  • 10 meals including 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners, including 1 special festive dinner on Christmas Day

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of St Petersburg including the Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Visit to the Russian Vodka Museum in St Petersburg with a tasting
  • Christmas Day Mass at a local church
  • Explore Catherine Palace and Park
  • Traditional troika ride
  • Ballet performance on Christmas Day
  • Guided tour of Moscow including the Kremlin, Red Square, and St Basil's Cathedral

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Helen Laverack
Helen
Luke Simpson
Luke
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