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Russia is magical in the winter. Take a Russian winter tour and experience a real life fairy tale.

Leave the crowds behind and discover the warmth of Russia on our Russian winter tours.

Winter Fairy Tale

Tour can be started either in Moscow or in St. Petersburg

One of the best times to visit Russia is winter. The idea of a cold, harsh Russian winter that comes to mind is far from the truth. At this time of year, all of Russia becomes festive and full of activity, the streets and parks turn into wonderlands of snow and frost with families out and about strolling and taking in the beautiful nature.
Young and old are skiing, ice skating and sledding. The theaters and museums are open and are less crowded than during other seasons. The Mariinsky Ballet and Opera and the Bolshoi Ballet are in the middle of their seasons while in the summer, they are usually away from Russia on foreign tours.
Winter is also the time of the most important and liveliest Russian holidays, New Years Eve followed by Christmas and then the Old New Year celebration.
Winter is truly the best time of year to experience the true warmth of the Russian people and enjoy Russian culture. There is nothing better than coming in out of the cold back to your warm Russian hotel or a café and having a cup of hot tea with strawberry jam! Now, that is Russia!

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Day 1 - Saint-Petersburg
Winter Fairy Tale

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Winter Fairy Tale

Arrival in St. Petersburg
On arrival in St. Petersburg you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. Your St. Petersburg tour begins right away as on the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique and beautiful city. Welcome to St. Petersburg, the former capital of Imperial Russia, home of the Tsars and one of the world's most beautiful and romantic cities. St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The city has seen its share of historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the palace coup and murder of Tsar Pavel, the intrigues of Catherine the Great, the assassination Tsar Alexander II, the influence of Rasputin on the Russian royal family, the Revolution of 1905 and the October Revolution of 1917 which brought the communists to power. During WWII, the city then known as Leningrad, went through a harrowing two and a half year blockade and siege by the Nazi invaders resulting in the deaths of over 1 million of its citizens.

Today, St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest city with a population of over 5 million. It is also known as the center of Russian art, culture and literature пїЅ former citizens included Pushkin and Dostoevsky just to name a few. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful palaces and monuments including the Winter Palace.
The city is also known as the Venice of the North because of its location on various islands in the Neva River and its many canals and bridges. St. Petersburg is home to the world famous Hermitage Museum which contains one of the world's largest collections of art including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso as well as many other old masters and impressionists. We are sure that you will find St. Petersburg one of the most if not the most fascinating places you have ever visited.
Welcome to this most beautiful and mysterious of cities.

Day 2 - Saint-Petersburg
Winter Fairy Tale

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Breakfast at the hotel

Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with all of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg´s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city´s most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace. You will then proceed to Vasilevsky Island - the area of the city that Peter the Great originally planned to be the city center. This island juts out into the Gulf of Finland - reminding you of St. Petersburg´s close proximity to the sea and maritime history. The tour will include a visit to St. Isaac´s Cathedral, the fourth highest cathedral in the world with a splendid interior and whose cupola holds over 100 kg of gold. You will then proceed to the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. While there, you will visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Tsars from Peter the Great onward. You will then be taken back to your hotel to relax.

Lunch at a local restaurant (optional)

Visit to the Hermitage. In the afternoon we will head to one of the greatest and largest art museums in the world - the Hermitage. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage´s treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others. We will spend 3 hours at the museum, however, to view the collection in its entirety would take almost 15 years, spending 8 hours a day in the museum and taking one minute to examine each exhibit.
 

Day 3 - Saint-Petersburg
Winter Fairy Tale

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Peterhof.
Peterhof ( Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art - a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was used as an exquisite summer residence by the Russian Tsars. You will visit the Grand Palace - the largest and the most famous palace of the residence which was often used for gala receptions.
After this you will proceed to the Lower Park (Nizhny Park) which is a genuine masterpiece of landscape design. There are several small palaces and pavilions on the park territory, such as the Monplaisir, Catherine´s Block, Marli, Hermitage, the Bath Block and many more. If you are ready to walk a lot you will also enjoy a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland.
Lunch - Traditional Russian Meal in a small Russian village of Shuvalovka.
After a great meal, guests will be invited to try their hand at folk art. Under the guidance of experienced masters they will learn blacksmithing, sculpting and painting on clay or wood. All hand made works created by the participants of workshops can be taken home.

Day 4 - Saint-Petersburg
Winter Fairy Tale

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Breakfast at the hotel
After a good breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo).
The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian emperors. It is a fascinating monument of the world´s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 hectares on which are located over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures designed by masters of the Venetian school such as P. Baratta, A. Tarsia and D. Bonazza. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine´s Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and decorative bronze sculptures. The Palace also contains the Amber Room- a truly unique work of craftsmanship пїЅ a room made entirely of amber. The room was looted by the Nazi's during WWII but luckily most of its pieces were recovered. The room was fully rebuilt in 2003. Tsarskoye Selo was also the main residence of the last Tsar Nicolas II and his family.

Lunch at a local restaurant (optional)

In the afternoon, you will be offered to take part in one of our classic Russian cooking courses. You will get the chance to cook an assortment of Russia's most popular, national dishes such as Pelmeni, Russian Blini (pancakes), Schi or Borscht. Once the cooking is finished you will enjoy your meal in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Transfer to the train station

Overnight train to Moscow

Day 5 - Moscow
Winter Fairy Tale

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Winter Fairy Tale

Arrival in Moscow
On arrival in Moscow you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique city.
Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin and one of Russia's leading schools of higher education, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the NaziпїЅs but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see.

Day 6 - Moscow
Winter Fairy Tale

Winter Fairy Tale

Winter Fairy Tale

Breakfast at the hotel
Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Cathedrals.
(Please note that a visit to the Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund is not included in the tour price. It can be added upon request for extra payment).
The Kremlin is a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia´s political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. The Kremlin has always been the spiritual centre of Russia. You will see several ancient cathedrals on its territory the most famous of which are the Assumption Cathedral, the Archangel's Cathedral and the Annunciation Cathedral.
Red Square is just outside the Kremlin´s walls. While walking on Red Square you will admire the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock on the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed), Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.

Lunch at a local restaurant (optional)

Tour of the Moscow Metro system and the Old Arbat street.

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians themselves and visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few.
The tour will then proceed to Old Arbat street, one of Moscow's oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible's secret police, the Oprichina to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian intelligentsia and bohemian life in the capital. You will be told of the street´s interesting history and view the street´s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the street´s many craftsmen.

Day 7 - Moscow
Winter Fairy Tale

Winter Fairy Tale

Breakfast at the hotel
After the breakfast you will be escorted to the Park of Tsaritsino, which is especially beautiful in winter.
The Tsaritsyno Estate is located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate was constructed for Catherine the Great by the Russian architects Bazhenov and Kazakov in a romantic gothic style. The complex includes a landscape Park dated from the end of the 18th century, and a unique system of ponds built between the 16th and 17th centuries. The estate is a unique example of an Imperial summer residence that was never completed and never lived in. The collection of the Tsaritsyno museum consists of approximately 30,000 various exhibits. There are masterpieces of Russian and Western European art from the 18th - early 20th century, including an impressive collection of antique tapestries, Russian and Central Asian folk art, contemporary glassware, ceramics, furniture, paintings and a rich archeological collection.

Day 8 - Moscow
Winter Fairy Tale

Breakfast at the hotel
Check out
Transfer to airport
Say goodbye to Moscow, the capital of Russia and one of the most interesting and colorful cities in the world. We hope to welcome you back to Russia sometime in the future. Do Svidaniya or until we meet again!


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Moscow
3 stars hotels
Arbat House Arbat House
3 stars3 stars3 stars

Located in city center.
Maxima Panorama Maxima Panorama
3 stars3 stars3 stars

Distance from center: 3.5 km
4 stars hotels
Aquamarine Aquamarine
4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars

Located in city center.
Marco Polo Presnja Marco Polo Presnja
4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars

Located in city center.
5 stars hotels
Metropol Metropol
5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Located in city center.
St. Petersburg
3 stars hotels
Kristoff Hotel Kristoff Hotel
3 stars3 stars3 stars

Located in city center.
M Hotel M Hotel
3 stars3 stars3 stars

Located in city center.
4 stars hotels
Golden Triangle Golden Triangle
4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars

Located in city center.
Rossi Rossi
4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars

Located in city center.
5 stars hotels
Corinthia Saint Petersburg Corinthia Saint Petersburg
5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Located in city center.
Domina Prestige St Petersburg Domina Prestige St Petersburg
5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Distance from center: 0.9 km
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Prices in USD per person Total number of travelers
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4 stars full 2596 2173 1778 393
5 stars full 2960 2538 2139 532


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*Prices are per person based on double occupancy in the specific hotel or apartment. You should add single supplement to the price in case you travel in a group but you stay at a single room. If you travel by yourself, please, contact us and we will give you a quote.

Prices include

  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Lunch on 3rd day
  • Visit to folk artists
  • Cooking lesson
  • Transfers according to the program
  • One-way train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg (2nd class, 4-berth compartment)
  • Free visa invitation – the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Prices do not include

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare (we can assist you in booking discount airfare, contact us to find out more or book the discount tickets yourself through our internet ticket office)
  • Optional services as well as theater tickets
  • Lunches (except 3rd day)
  • Travel insurance

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request. We can also mix and match and adjust the accommodation to any hotel of your choice.

Payment policy:
To book a tour, 30% deposit is required at the moment of booking. The trip must be fully paid 31 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:
61 or more days before departure - a fee equal to 15% of the entire package will be charged.
60-15 days before departure - a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
14 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.


Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office. The airline tickets we offer are the cheapest available on the web. Please browse our discount air tickets section to learn more.

Very often travelers coming to Russia have many questions concerning our tours, accommodation, visas, transfers and more. To see the answers to the most frequently asked questions, please consult our FAQ page by clicking here.

Moscow and St. Petersburg Russian winter tours are a great way of seeing Russia without all of the tourists.

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