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‘Cultural highlights of Russia’ Winter Tour

Overview

A fascinating cultural collective exploring the breadth of Russian identity from the decline of the Romanov’s to the lasting legacy of Siberia. This unique winter tour promises to be one of the most exhilarating and fascinating tours of Russia that really allow you to get to grips with the true spirit of this vast country. If you enjoy learning about new cultures and customs and are looking for a Winter break to remember, then look no further. This 13-day experience includes several days in a campsite in the Siberian taiga near Krasnoyarsk, an excursion to the “Shushenskoe” Ethnographical Museum, visits to the ancient villages of Siberia, A fascinating glance into the history of the Romanovs, and a visit to the Russian capital of Moscow.

  • Camping in winter taiga forest

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve

  • Excursion to a Cossack farmstead

  • Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Station

  • Visiting the ancient churches of Yeniseysk

  • Krasnoyarsk city tour

  • 4-hour guided tour of Church-on-the-Blood, Ganina Yama and the secret grave of Romanovs

  • Underground tour

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

Itinerary

Krasnoyarsk

Situated on the Yensei River, Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city has been hailed by Anton Chekov among others, as one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia and even the entirety of Russia. It is best known for the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, an idyllic national park set within rolling hills and rocky outcrops, found just 10km south of the city.

Day 1

Arrival in Krasnoyarsk with city tour

After arriving in Krasnoyarsk, you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Karaulnaya Hill

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Yenisey River

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

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Lesosibirsk

A small town in Krasnoyarsk Krai situated on the Yenisei River, Lesosibirsk is best known for its wood processing plants built after World War II. The town has grown over time to incorporate other close by settlements including Novoyeniseysk in 1989 and the Achinsk–Maklakovo railway connected the area with the Siberian Railway. Lesosibirsk can trace its origins back to the village of Maklakov Lug (Maklakovo) which had existed on the site since the mid 17th century.

Day 2

Yeniseysk city tour

Today, you will head north into region along Yenisey tract to the town of Lesosibirsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Krestovozdvizhenskiy Cathedral

  • Church of Iver women monastery

  • the Saviour Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • authentic Cossack farmstead

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Masterclass

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Yeniseysk

Situated on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Yeniseysk is a small town founded in the early 17th century. The town was the first to be founded on the Yenisei River from which it derives its name and was vital in the Russian colonisation of East Siberia in the 17th–18th centuries. Although the town later dwindled in importance due to the strategic railroad being due south, the Yeniseysk Old Town has been considered a heritage site by the Russian government.

Day 3

Free time in the Siberian taiga

After a camp breakfast, you will have the rest of the morning free to experience camp life. Take walks along the banks of the Yenisey River and traverse the beautiful winter landscapes of the Siberian taiga.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Yenisey River

  • Camping experience

  • Exploring the Taiga

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Transfer to Train

  • Night on the Train

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Shushenskoye Village

A popular village situated at the confluence of the Yenisei and Big Shush rivers, Shushenskoye is best known as the site of Vladimir Lenin’s exile between 1897 and 1900. In 1970 a museum dedicated to Lenin’s time in Shushenskoye was opened and remains a popular destination for tourists along with its beautiful nature reserves. It has since become the site of the Music and Crafts of Siberia festival which takes place every July.

Day 4

Excursion to “Shushenskoe” Ethnographical Museum

You will arrive in Abakan early in the morning where you will stop for breakfast at a local café before departing for Minusinsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Minusinsk city tour

  • Decembrist Museum

  • Sayan Mountains

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographical Museum

  • Camping experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • New Destination by Train

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Abakan

Abakan is the capital city of the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, founded in the 17th century at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan Rivers. The city is home to several important landmarks including the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, “Good Angel of Peace” sculpture, the Park of Topiary Art, and the Khakas National History Museum. Abakan marks an important junction and terminal station on the Abakan-Tayshet Railway.

Day 5

Abakan city tour

Today, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the guesthouse before having some free time to spend as you see fit.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

  • National Museum of Khakassia

  • Khakassian culture

  • Free Time

Day 6

Free time in Abakan

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Abakan. In the evening, you will meet your driver at the hotel and will be taken to the train station where you will catch the overnight train to Yekaterinburg.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer to Train

  • Night on the Train

Day 7

Day on the train

Spend the day on the train to Yekaterinburg. You will have plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russia from the edge of your seat!

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Night on the Train

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Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

Day 8

Romanovs in Yekaterinburg excursion

In the afternoon, you will arrive at Yekaterinburg Passazhirsky Station where your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel to check-in. You will have some time to freshen up before embarking on a spectacular guided tour that explores the history of the Romanov dynasty and their final days.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • History of the Romanov dynasty

  • Monastery at Ganina Yama

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 9

Yekaterinburg city tour

Today, you will discover more about one of Russia’s most influential locations with a fascinating tour of the city where you will get to see all the highlights.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • ‘1905’ Square

  • City Tour

  • Iset River Dam

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Russian Army Square

Day 10

Day on the train

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Yekaterinburg and meet your driver for the transfer to the train station.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Day on the Train

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Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 11

Moscow city tour by car

In the morning, you will arrive at Moscow Kazansky Train Station where your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. After check-in, you will have a bit of time to freshen up.

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Red Square

  • Lenin’s mausoleum

  • Poklonnaya Hill Memorial Complex

  • Moskva River Embankment

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Free Time

Day 12

Moscow Metro tour

Your final day will include plenty of free time to explore the best Moscow has to offer.

  • Breakfast

  • Moscow Metro

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 13

Departure from Moscow

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver who will take you to the airport / train station where your tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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