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‘Cultural highlights of Russia’ Winter Tour
This 13-day experience includes several days in a campsite in the Siberian taiga, visits to the ancient villages of Siberia, a fascinating glance into the history of the Romanovs, and a few days in the Russian capital of Moscow.
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
St Basil’s Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin and Red Square
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where you can stay
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Green Park Hotel
Maxima Panorama Hotel
Grand Avenue Hotel
Green Park Hotel
Maxima Panorama Hotel
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- English speaking guide (other options available)
- Entrance fees to museums (as part of the tour)
- Food and drink (as mentioned in the tour itinerary)
- Full board meals (Day 2-12)
- Masterclass in the art school
- Permit to national parks and reserves
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Transport (as specified in the tour itinerary)
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- Food and drinks (unless specified)
- International train / plane tickets
- Optional excursions and activities
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Russian visa
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
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- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
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