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Spirit of Russia Festive Christmas Experience

Overview

Get into the festive spirit this Christmas and New Year with this ultimate seasonal sensation ‘spirit of Russia’ experience. Spend twelve festive-packed days around some of Russia’s most exciting destinations from the Russian capital of Moscow to the revolutionary city of Yekaterinburg, ending with Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia. If you are looking for a unique get-away this Christmas and New Year, then look no further. This tour offers plenty of festive fun for family and friends. This 12-day experience includes a tour of the Kremlin and Christmas markets around Moscow, a snowmobile ride through the Siberian taiga forest, various local cooking and crafting masterclasses, and of course, plenty of souvenir shopping.

  • Festive events at the Museum of Living Antiquity

  • New Year Celebrations

  • Nutcracker ballet performance at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Snowmobile experience in the Siberian taiga

  • Kremlin and Red Square tour

  • Visit to the VDNKH park and Space Museum

  • Traditional banya steam masterclass

  • Christmas market

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

  • Free Time

  • Optional excursions

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Kremlin walking tour with Christmas market

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Red Square

  • Armoury Chamber

  • Christmas market

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Visit to Kolmenskoe

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kolomenskoe Park Estate

  • Russian troika horse ride

  • Park Zaryadie

  • “Flight over Moscow” attraction

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Free Time

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

  • City Tour

  • Novodevichy Convent

  • Transfer to 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 5

Train to Yekaterinburg

You will spend the day on the train to Yekaterinburg.

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

Masterclass at the Chapaev banya

After arriving at Yekaterinburg train station, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel for check-in. Lunch will be spent in the panoramic restaurant Vertikal.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Chapaev banya

  • Masterclass on traditional banya steam

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

Day 7

Snowmobile experience in Komatek and authentic Ural festive dinner

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver for a morning excursion to Komatek where you will get the chance to take part in a wide range of winter activities including snow mobile rides, dogs sledding, winter fishing, a relax in a heated gazebo, and BBQ.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Snow mobile rides

  • Dog sledding

  • Team building activity

  • Pelmeni cooking masterclass

  • Tasting of Ural liqueurs

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Private concert of classic music

  • Food & Drink Experience

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 8

Arrival in Novosibirsk

After arriving in Novosibirsk, you will meet your guide who will take you to your hotel for check-in.

  • New Destination by Train

  • Free Time

Day 9

Full day of festive fun followed by New Year’s Eve celebrations

After breakfast, you will embark on a thrilling snowmobile ride where you will cross the frozen Ob River and a snow-covered forest where you can get excellent atmospheric photos. Professionals will be on hand with hot tea to keeps spirits alive in the cold weather, followed by a steam in a traditional Russian wooden banya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Snowmobile ride on the frozen Ob River

  • Traditional Russian wooden banya

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Nutcracker performance

  • Siberian New Year Celebration

Day 10

Novosibirsk city tour

Today, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast after a fantastic evening of partying.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Walking Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 11

Visit to the Museum of Living Antiquity

After breakfast, you will visit the Museum of Living Antiquity in Alekseevskaya Sloboda, here the life and life of old-time peasants in Siberia are recreated. You will be able to take part in various celebrations including: a folk performance near the New Year Tree, games with Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, souvenir making masterclass, and enjoy a Petruska theatre performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Museum of Living Antiquity in Alekseevskaya Sloboda

  • Petruska theatre performance

  • folk performance near the New Year Tree

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Masterclass

  • Free Time

Day 12

Departure from Novosibirsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Novosibirsk and have the rest of the day free to do some last-minute exploring or souvenir shopping. In the afternoon you will meet your driver for the departure transfer to the airport or railway station where this tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • 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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