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Discover a Russian winter wonderland on this Christmas escape

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2019 Tour code: RUX20

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - 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
St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg
Day 2 - 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
Church Of The Savior, St Petersburg
Day 3 - 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
Catherine Palace
Day 4 - 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
The Kremlin In Winter
Day 5 - 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
Red Square, Moscow
Day 6 - 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
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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Radisson Royal Hotel, St Petersburg

Radisson Royal Hotel, St Petersburg

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Marriott Grand Hotel

Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow

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