Celebrate an Unforgettable Christmas in Russia!

Strelka Travel details sights, sounds, and attractions in once in a lifetime offer

How long have you wished to do something more memorable over the holidays? If it’s money, travel, or time, then it’s time to contact Strelka Travel.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to spend Christmas in Russia! Walk the festive and lively streets of Russian capitals over the course of an 8-day December rendezvous with one of the most beautiful countries in all the world.

  • Take advantage of luxurious 5-Star hotels
  • Dine every day in a carefully selected restaurant
  • Enjoy sights and lights of festive Moscow
  • Unwrap your gift from Strelka travel on a boxing day
  • Visit Christmas markets which blot all of the streets
  • Learn to cook traditional Russian New Year’s dishes
  • Take a sleigh ride near historical Catherin’s Palace
  • Ice skate on Red square
  • Make long-lasting friendships with your group mates
  • Relax in an authentic Russian steam bath, or a “banya” as an option. 
  • Enjoy fine caviar with blini pancakes and Russian vodka!

 

It’s time you make a New Year’s resolution to explore the beauty of Russia.

 

Accommodations
5-star hotels

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated expert guides

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 Gala dinners

Exclusive experiences

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg 

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers

Whisper technology enhanced touring

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Christmas Gift!

Not included

Air tickets

Evening performance tickets and transfers

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)
Number of guests in the party1 guest, 2 guests, 3 guests, 4 guests
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Day 1 FRI (21 Dec): Arrival in Moscow

You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.
This evening you can relax with the group, have a warming welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.

 

Accommodation:  InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

 

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Day 2 SAT (22 Dec): Admire the Crispy and Festive Moscow

Moscow is lavishly decorated and lit up during the New Year’s period. You will have a chance to feel its winter spirit. Step into Red Square and find yourself at a lively Christmas market where you can find lots of delights from the Xmas decorations to traditional pastry. View the famous landmarks including St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s mausoleum. Drive around Kremlin and see the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history. Reach the Novodevichy Convent – the “Convent of the Broken Hearts.” Visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) to learn more about the World War II from the Russian perspective.

After lunch continue the exploration with the exclusive visit to Old English Court – after the museum is closed for public it is welcoming you for the private tour kindly arranged by the museum curator.

In the evening enjoy a Festive dinner a-la Russe and taste vodka with black caviar!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

 

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Day 3 SUN (23 Dec): Soak up the Russian Art of all times and styles

After breakfast, take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations. Then visit the Old Tretyakov gallery – the main museum housing a collection of Russian art from the XII to the XX century, including the icon painting.

After lunch, take a walk in the Park of Arts Muzeon with the statues of disgraced leaders. To complete the art tour, visit the New Tretyakov Gallery a premier venue for Russian contemporary art.

In the evening as an option you may check the ice at the largest open-air skating rink in the city in Gorky park or visit the famous Sanduny baths- Russian steam sauna where traditionally visitors are suggested to enjoy, wash, relax and pamper themselves with all possible bath procedures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

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Day 4 MON (24 Dec): Kremlin Day - Christmas Eve

Enter the Kremlin walls to discover the country’s past and present. See the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel’s Michael cathedral. Take the picture with the biggest Christmas tree in Russia located at the Cathedral square – it is wonderful!

Visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

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Day 5 TUE (25 Dec): Rail to St. Petersburg - The City of Tsars and Revolutions

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. You will be offered meals on board.

Upon arrival to St Pete join the tour of the northern capital of Russia. View the Palace square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column and the Hermitage. Continue further to the can’t be missed St. Isaac’s cathedral, Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, Bronze Horseman – statue of Peter the Great and the splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. See the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703.

Learn about the Great October Revolution in Russia. View the famous Cruiser Aurora and learn more about the head of the Revolution, the Bolsheviks’ mastermind аnd Soviet people’s idol for many decades – Vladimir Lenin.

After the tour you will check in to your hotel.

In the evening walk along the Nevsky prospect, elegantly decorated for the New Year!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Astoria Hotel 

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Day 6 WED (26 Dec): Imperial Treasures and Boxing day

Unfold a little Christmas present from Strelka travel team and let the magic begin. It’s time to go out of town to discover Catherine’s palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room.

Then have some Russian winter fun – ride the horse sledge!  

After lunch visit the Faberge museum established by Viktor Vekselberg. One item you might admire is the world’s largest collection of priceless Easter eggs that Faberge created for the Imperial family.

You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the evening program. The most popular Christmas ballet in Russia is the Nutcracker by Petr Tchaikovsky. You will have a chance to enjoy this magnificent performance (the schedule is subject to change).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Astoria Hotel 

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Day 7 THU (27 Dec): From Ancient Art to Contemporary

After a leisurely breakfast admire the main Christmas tree in the city at the Palace square. A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse.

After a lunch-break admire the Impressionist Gallery at the restored General Staff building.

Take some time to explore the city on your own, visit Christmas markets, enjoy coffee and meals.

This evening take part in a culinary class followed by Russian style dinner with your fellow travelers. Learn to cook traditional New Year’s dishes!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Accommodation: Astoria Hotel

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Day 8 FRI (28 Dec): Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

8-day tour Dec 21-28, 2018

Prices

2 Guests in Double room $4,300 per person

4 Guests in Double rooms $3,450 per person

Single supplement $1000

 

Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or 5 and save $50-$100 per person!
Try the best price offer today. Book now!

 

Payment Conditions:
Deposit: 10% of the price
Final Payment: 30 days prior to departure

Cancellation Fees: 
31 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price 
30-21 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
20-11 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
10 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price

 

  • 4 nights in Moscow at the 5-star InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

This modern luxury hotel located on Tverskaya street is putting you in the vibrant heart of the city. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Kremlin and Red Square.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3 nights in St. Petersburg at the 5-star Astoria Hotel

A city landmark since 1912, Hotel Astoria has hosted many eminent guests, including dancer Isadora Duncan and poet Sergei Yesenin. This luxury hotel is situated directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre.