Celebrate an Unforgettable Christmas in Russia!

Strelka Tours details sights, sounds, and attractions in once in a lifetime offer

How long have you wished to do something more memorable over the holidays? If it’s money, travel, or time, then it’s time to contact Strelka Tours.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to spend Christmas in Russia! Walk the festive and lively streets of Russian capitals over the course of an 8-day December rendezvous with one of the most beautiful countries in all the world.

  • Take advantage of luxurious 5-Star hotels
  • Dine every day in a carefully selected restaurant
  • Enjoy sights and lights of festive Moscow
  • Unwrap your gift from Strelka on a boxing day
  • Visit Christmas markets which blot all of the streets
  • Learn to cook traditional Russian New Year’s dishes
  • Take a sleigh ride near historical Catherine’s Palace
  • Ice skate on Red square or relax in Russian steam bath
  • Enjoy caviar with blini pancakes and Russian vodka!

 

It’s time you make a New Year’s resolution to explore the beauty of Russia.

 

Accommodation
5-star hotels

Lotte Moscow

Lotte St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated expert guides

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 Gala dinners

Exclusive experiences

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (business class with meals)

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers

Whisper technology enhanced touring 

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Christmas Gift!

Not included

Air tickets

Visa processing

Gratuities

Evening performances

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)
Number of guests in the party1 guest, 2 guests, 3 guests, 4 guests
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Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.
This evening you can relax, have a warming welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.

Accommodation:  Lotte Moscow

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Day 2: Admire the Crispy and Festive Moscow

Moscow is lavishly adorned in New Year time and you have a chance to feel its winter spirit. Step into Red Square and find yourself at a lively Christmas market where you can find lots of delights from the decorations to traditional pastry! Visit the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and GUM department store, view the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s mausoleum. Optionally, ice-skate on the main open-air skating rink in the city – right on Red Square!

Explore new urban Zaryadye park and admire the breathtaking view of Moscow from the Soaring Bridge.

Enjoy lunch at the Gastronomical center, taste local dishes with a modern twist.

After, admire the Art Nouveau design of historical Metropol Hotel and view the Bolshoi Theatre. Then we will drive around the Kremlin and enter the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history. Reach the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II, see Moscow University and the Sparrow Hills.

In the evening enjoy a Festive dinner a-la Russe and taste vodka with caviar!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lotte Moscow

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Day 3: Kremlin Day

Today, you will enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. You will see the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel’s Michael cathedral. Take the picture with the biggest New Year tree in Russia located on the Cathedral square – it is wonderful!

Then visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.

Take some time to explore the city on your own, visit Christmas markets and mingle with the locals.

In the evening you will have a chance to enjoy the performance at the Bolshoi Theatre. The most popular Christmas ballet in Russia is the Nutcracker by Petr Tchaikovsky (the schedule is subject to change; tickets are not included and require advance purchase).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Lotte Moscow

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Day 4: Russian Art of all times and styles - Christmas Eve

After breakfast, take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations. Then visit the Old Tretyakov gallery.

After lunch, take a walk in the Park of Arts Muzeon with the statues of disgraced leaders. To complete the art tour, visit the New Tretyakov Gallery a premier venue for Russian contemporary art.

In the evening as an option you may visit the famous Sanduny baths – Russian steam sauna. Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lotte Moscow

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Day 5: Rail to St. Petersburg - Hermitage

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. You will be offered meals on board.

Upon arrival admire the main Christmas tree in the city at the Palace square. Take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column and the Hermitage. A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists. Explore the halls of the Winter Palace including Peter’s Thone room.

Take some time to explore the city on your own, visit Christmas markets, enjoy coffee and meals. In the evening walk along the Nevsky prospect, elegantly decorated for the New Year!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Lotte St. Petersburg

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Day 6: Imperial Treasures and Boxing day

Unfold a little Christmas present from Strelka team and let the magic begin. It’s time to go out of town to discover Catherine’s palace. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room. Then have some Russian winter fun – ride the horse drawn! 

Before the transfer to St. Petersburg, enjoy your Russian-style lunch. Then upon arrival in the city, you will visit the Faberge museum established by Viktor Vekselberg. One item you might admire is the world’s largest collection of priceless Easter eggs that Faberge created for the Imperial family.

In the evening, optionally, enjoy a ballet at one of St. Petersburg theatres – Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky or Alexandrinsky (the schedule is subject to change; tickets are not included and require advance purchase).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Lotte St. Petersburg

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Day 7: The City of Tsars and Revolutions

This morning enjoy the tour of the northern capital of Russia. Admire the impressive St. Isaac’s cathedral, Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. See the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Continue past the most famous church in the city the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.

Learn about the Great October Revolution in Russia. View the famous Cruiser Aurora and learn more about the head of the Revolution, the Bolsheviks’ mastermind аnd Soviet people’s idol for many decades – Vladimir Lenin.

This evening take part in a culinary class and cook traditional New Year’s dishes or enjoy black caviar tasting followed by Russian style dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with culinary class or black caviar tasting  

Accommodation: Lotte St. Petersburg

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Day 8: Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

8-Day Luxury Journey in winter 2021-2022

Double room $4,750 per person

Solo traveler $6,000 per person

Friends & Family Discount – Travel as a group of 3 or more and save $50-$100 per person

 

Payment Conditions:
Deposit: 10% of the price 
Final Payment: 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation Fees: 
61 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price 
60-31 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
30-15 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
14 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price

Important notes:

  • Strelka Tours reserves the right to alter the sequence of activities or replace an activity that becomes unavailable for a comparable one.
  • Strelka Tours reserves the right to unilaterally change the prices in proportion to the change in the exchange rate.
  • The rates may vary during holidays and not valid during trade shows, forums, summits and etc. The final rate and terms will be set at the time of booking.
  • Payment with MasterCard or Visa will incur +3%, American Express +4% to the prices.

 

Lotte Moscow

lotte moscow The luxurious Lotte Moscow Hotel, located on Novinskiy Boulevard, in the very heart of Moscow. The hotel boasts some of the most spacious rooms among the city’s 5* hotels. It offers various facilities including Mandara Spa center, fitness club with sauna and swimming pool. First-class dining options bearing internationally renowned brand names are featured at the hotel. International flavours at Lotte Hotel promise an extraordinary experience. Lotte Moscow Hotel is a part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the largest luxury hotel, resort & spa collection.

Click here to view Lotte Hotels COVID-19 global care & cleanliness Commitment.

Lotte St. Petersburg

Lotte St. Petersburg Hotel, located in the downtown St. Petersburg on St. Isaac’s Square, features elegant rooms, equipped with smart technology and state-of-the-art facilities. It offers the guests four exquisite gastronomic concepts and the award-winning world-known Mandara Spa with four native Balinese therapists, dedicated to providing the most luxury experience. As one of the winners of the annual Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards, the hotel has been recognized for the second consecutive year for it’s outstanding service and exceptional accommodations.

Click here to view the Lotte St. Petersburg Hotel safety policy (anti-COVID-19 measures).