White Russian - 7 days land only
|Starting from||R12 400|
|Package Validity||Set departure date 29 DEC 2017. *** South African citizens no longer require visas for travel to Russia ***|
|Ends in||St. Petersburg|
- Arrival airport/hotel transfer
- 6 nights 3* hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily, a lunch & a dinner
- A high speed train ticket from St Petersburg - Moscow
- A Moscow Metro travel card valid for 6 journeys
- Assistance of an English speaking Russian tour guide
- Guided sightseeing in Mosow & St Petersburg
- Touring as per itinerary
** Excludes entrance fees of approximately USD40- USD50 per person
29 December 2017. Welcome to Russia & the start of your winter holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later tonight you'll be treated to dinner with the rest of your group at the hotel, followed by an informative welcome meeting. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour guide can recommend some local bars for you to try out.
Red Square & Kremlin
First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro & make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political & social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within Red Square is the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin & the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Also in Red Square is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge & see Lenin's embalmed body which has lain in state here since his death. This afternoon we will embark on a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of power. Walking through the grounds we’ll see numerous governmental buildings, gold-domed cathedrals & the tsar bell.
During our stay in Moscow there will also be the chance go ice skating in Gorky Park with your tour leader & join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
New Year's Eve
Today is free for you to explore Moscow on your own. Alternatively you can book our Inside a Soviet Bunker bolt-on locally & head 65 meters underground to explore a Stalinist-era bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. See the giant tunnels & enjoy a guided tour of the rooms & secret paraphernalia.
This evening we head into the city to ring in the New Year amongst the crowds. While Red Square is certainly one of the most popular places to count down to midnight, it can also get extremely busy making it often difficult to find a place. But fear not, there are plenty of other exciting activities happening around Moscow’ capital city, whether it’s watching the fireworks as they light up the night sky over Christ the Savior Cathedral from Patriarshy Bridge, heading to one of the concerts on Tverskaya Ulitsa or dancing in the New Year in one of the city’s trendy bars or clubs.
Moscow to St Pete's
Happy New Year! Spend New Year’s Day at leisure exploring Moscow. Why not get some shopping done at the extravagant GUM department store, or head to Izmailova Market. It may not look like it from the outside, but behind the whimsically decorated walls of Izmailova you’ll find one of the best markets in Moscow. Whether you want to pick up some tacky souvenirs, genuine fur hats or some traditional handmade crafts this is the place to go. Plus don't forget to bargain! This evening we board a high speed train to St Petersburg.
Explore St Pete's
Today we see some of the sights of St Petersburg on a driving tour of the city. We will make our way down Nevsky Prospekt - the main thoroughfare & stop for photos at iconic sights such as the Bronze Horseman & St Isaac's Cathedral. Later we will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace. Housing some 2.8 million pieces of art, with collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to Greek vases & a vast & dazzling array of Old Masters, we’ll view the highlights.
During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.
We start today's touring with a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress & the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Then we drive out of town to explore the lavish Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed), an ornately decorated building that really catches the eye - the lavish Amber room is a real highlight. Returning to the city we will enjoy a traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant, & continue with a tour of the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood.