My Tour Favourites (0)

Real Russian New Year Winter Odyssey

Overview

Prepare for a winter tour like no other this festive period and uncover the true spirit of Russia with our ultimate 19-day winter odyssey. Embark on a spectacular experience starting from Russia’s enigmatic capital, Moscow, before continuing your festive journey into the snow-capped forests of Siberia and beyond. If you are looking for the ultimate festive family get-away this winter, then this Russian odyssey tour is the one for you. This 19-day tour includes several days exploring the main attractions and festive markets of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, snowmobile rides and camping in the Siberian taiga, an exclusive performance of the Nutcracker, and plenty of festive filled activities along the way.

  • Camping in winter taiga forest

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve

  • Sightseeing excursion in Abakan

  • Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

  • Nutcracker ballet performance at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Festive events at the Museum of Living Antiquity

  • New Year Celebrations

  • Moscow Christmas market

  • Visit to the VDNKH park and Space Museum

  • Snowmobile rides and dog sledding in the Siberian taiga

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at the train station or airport and take you to your hotel where you will check in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • River cruise

  • Moskva River Embankment

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Visit to Kolomenskoe

After breakfast you will meet your guide and driver for a unique tour to Kolomenskoe

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Red Square

  • Christmas market

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

Day 3

Kremlin walking tour with Christmas market

Today you will explore the festive streets of Moscow including the world-renowned Moscow Kremlin.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kolomenskoe Park Estate

  • Russian troika horse ride

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Park Zaryadie

  • “Flight over Moscow” attraction

  • Arbat Street

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Armoury Chamber

Day 4

Visit to the VDNKH and the Space museum

Today you will get to see the pride of Russia with a visit to the VDNKH park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • VDNKh

  • Space museum

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Novodevichy Convent

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • City Tour by car

Day 5

Train to Yekaterinburg

You will spend the day on the train to Yekaterinburg.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

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 6

Free time in Yekaterinburg

You will arrive at Yekaterinburg train station late in the evening where you driver will meet you and take you to your hotel ready for check-in. You will have a little bit of free time in the evening to rest, relax and get your bearings.

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 7

Yekaterinburg city tour

Today you will experience an action-packed festive day in Yekaterinburg.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Museum of Jewellery and Stone Cutter Art

  • Team building activity

  • Chapaev banya

  • Masterclass on traditional banya steam

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 8

Snowmobile experience in Komatek and authentic Ural festive dinner

After breakfast you will meet your driver for a morning excursion to Holzan. Here, you will get to hear the stories about the birds unique to the region before enjoying a photo session with wild birds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Holzan Bird of Prey Nursery

  • Snow mobile rides

  • Dog sledding

  • Pelmeni cooking masterclass

  • Tasting of Ural liqueurs

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Private concert of classic music

Day 9

Train to Novosibirsk

After breakfast you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver to begin the journey back to Yekaterinburg train station where you will catch the train to Novosibirsk, your next destination. You will spend the evening on the train.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia with the flair and charm of a provincial town. It is an important commercial hub in the region, hosting one of the best and largest universities in Russia which has shaped the identity of the city. The city is home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (NOVAT), considered one of the best musical and theatre groups in Russia.

Day 10

Free time in Novosibirsk

On arrival in Novosibirsk, you will meet your driver at the train station and be taken to your hotel where you will check-in.

  • Lunch

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 11

Nutcracker ballet performance and New Year’s celebrations

Today you will explore the spectacular sights and sounds of Novosibirsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Snowmobile ride on the frozen Ob River

  • Traditional Russian wooden banya

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Nutcracker performance

  • Siberian New Year Celebration

Day 12

Novosibirsk city tour

Today you will get plenty of time to relax after an action-packed night of festivities.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Walking Tour

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

Day 13

Visit to the Museum of Living Antiquity

After breakfast you will meet your guide and head to the Museum of Living Antiquity in nearby Alekseevskaya Sloboda. Here, you can take part in folk performances, festive games, cooking masterclasses and so much more. You will even get the chance to have a small lesson in Siberian food preparation accompanied by a glass of wine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Museum of Living Antiquity in Alekseevskaya Sloboda

  • Petruska theatre performance

  • folk performance near the New Year Tree

  • Masterclass

  • Free Time

Day 14

On the train to Abakan

After a very early breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and meet your driver for the transfer to the rail station for the train to Abakan.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

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 15

Arrival in Abakan

After arriving in Abakan, you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel for an early check-in where you will have some time to refresh and have some breakfast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Sayan Mountains

  • Camping experience

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Siberian Taiga

A large ecoregion situated in the heart of Siberia; the Siberian Taiga is a vast region stretching over 1,500,000 square miles. The East Siberian taiga has a subarctic climate with high continentality and is known for its extremely cold winters and often warm summers. In contrast, the West Siberian Taiga is made up of bog and wetlands. The Siberian Taiga is known for its characteristic deciduous, boreal forests of exquisite natural beauty and remains an area of mystery and fascination worldwide.

Day 16

Hike to the Bridge of Love

After breakfast, you will spend the day around the campsite before going on a 2 ½ hour hike to the well-known suspension bridge known as the ‘Bridge of Love’.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Hiking experience

  • Bridge of Love

  • Camping experience

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 17

Visit to a nearby Khakassian village

Today you will leave the Snow Leopard campsite and continue your journey to Shushenskoye village

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Khakassian Village

  • Khurtuyakh tas monument

  • Khakassian culture

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographical Museum

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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 18

Exploring the Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by an enlightening day exploring the Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve, a real Siberian village of 19-20th centuries.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographical Museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • National Museum of Khakassia

  • City Tour

  • Free Time

Day 19

Departure from Abakan

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Abakan and meet your driver for the departure transfer to the airport or railway station where this 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.

You may also like

Not quite found what you are looking for? Real Russia are committed to finding you the best tour for your needs. Whether you are after an activity-packed immersive experience or a relaxing vacation with plenty of free time, we have you covered. Here, is a list of tours you may also like, hand-picked by us based on your chosen theme and dates.