Christmas in Moscow: A Winter Wonderland Tour (5 days, 4 nights)

Moscow

City Tours

Welcome to a world filled with sparkling snow, fur hats, and enchanting city streets. In winter, Moscow and all of Russia are in mid-celebration of New Year’s Eve parties (Dec. 31st), Christmas Eve (Jan. 6th), and Orthodox New Year’s Eve (Jan. 13th). If you are interested in a true local experience with less foreign tourists, this is a tour for you. The Christmas lights of Moscow are sure to impress (the city definitely goes all out to welcome the holiday season), just please keep in mind the dates on which Russians celebrate these seasonal holidays. And by the way, New Years is the most important of them all…and the biggest party!

PACKAGE DETAILS

Are you worried about the cold? Don’t be! We have you covered with warm transportation from your arrival at the Moscow airport. Our chauffeur will take you directly to your hotel where you can familiarize yourself with the city. Today, you make your own schedule, finding something that interests you or taking one of our local recommendations. The next few days are going to be filled with activities.

Few cities look as stunning as Moscow in the wintertime. Our Classical City Bus Tour will show you the most popular sites in a comfortable and informative excursion. Imagine the home of one of the most famous opera houses, The Bolshoi Theatre, dusted in snow, its famous sculpture of a four-horse chariot standing proud above the entry. From here we will see the extravagant shopping street Tverskaya and the more historic pedestrian-walkway, Nikolskaya. After that, Kutuzovsky Avenue will offer views of the Hotel Ukraina, one of the 7 famous skyscrapers commissioned by Stalin, standing alongside the Moscow River. Nearby and also on the river’s banks, we will see the statue of Peter the Great, Gorky Park, and The White House.

During the winter, the magical feeling of entering the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is even greater than usual. The warm light of the prayer candles inside contrasts the winter light outside. It’s a special place in a special location, situated immediately after a bridge over the Moscow River, making for amazing photographs. Also on our list of sights for the day is Novodevichy Convent, Moscow State University (which until 1990 was the tallest building in Europe), and an amazing lookout point at Sparrow Hills.

For a taste of local life and for what may be a huge surprise in the realm of arts and culture, we head to the Moscow Underground Metro. Our tour guides will explain the significance of each stop and point out the artistic and architectural highlights within a public transportation system that looks more like a museum! For example, one station has 32 stained-glass panels with gorgeous designs and another has 76 socialist-realist statues of characters from the Soviet Union.

As for the late afternoon and evening, you will have some free time to explore at your leisure or simply rest up for the next day.

Red Square, the heart of Moscow, is even more stunning in winter. Crowds of locals flock to see special events and walk pedestrian side streets jam-packed with Christmas lights of all shapes and colors. Even the Uncle Scrooge of the family will be impressed by the intricacies of their design and the sheer quantity lining the street. All of this joyful celebration is happening right in front of the historic red wall of the Kremlin. Our tour guides will take you around the grounds, answering all of your burning questions about the history of Russia, in the most ideal setting to do so. A sure highlight is the Armoury chamber right next to the palace, where you can see jewels and costumes of the opulent Tsars and the ornate weapons used to defend them.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is located just beyond the walls of the Kremlin. It’s a one of a kind architectural wonder whose design was inspired by the flames of a fire and one of the most famous landmarks in the whole country. Here you can also ask our friendly guides any questions about Russian religious practices and traditions, or learn about icons and their meaning.

Note: The time of visit to the Kremlin will be specified by the guide beforehand.

Soviet times in Russia were extremely different from the contemporary age we live in today. Many absolutely unbelievable stories and characters come from this distinct epoch, all of which you will hear about on our KGB Tour. The KGB was Russia’s secret police, you will visit their former headquarters and other key sights as we piece together some of the hidden history of Moscow. Also included is a visit to a victim’s memorial. And, if Soviet history doesn’t interest you, no problem! Alternative Moscow tours are also possible.

After an informative morning, your afternoon should be a relaxing change of pace. We offer two choices—a pub crawl or our Mystic Moscow Tour. Have you ever wondered how Russians party? Come walk the cold streets at night, warming up with a few drinks and friendly smiles at local watering holes along the way on our pub crawl. We custom tailor this tour according to special events, live music, and the season.

Those less interested in nightlife can attend the Mystic Moscow Tour. On this tour we will unravel the deeper mysteries of Moscow’s history, focusing on eccentric characters, spiritual phenomena, and quirky architecture. Expect the unexpected!

Wake up to a delicious breakfast and take your time checking out. Our tour guides are passionate about their country, so you are virtually guaranteed to have had an unforgettable experience, learning quite a bit along the way. A departure transfer is available to take you onto your next destination.

PRICES

Dec 1st, 2020 – Dec 24th, 2020, Jan 4th, 2021 – Feb 3rd, 2021

Shared Double 3-star – 578 USD
Single 3-star – 723 USD

Shared Double 4-star – 811 USD
Single 4-star – 1009 USD

Dec 25th, 2020 - Jan 5th, 2020
Shared Double 3-star – 752 USD
Single 3-star – 939 USD

Shared Double 4-star – 1055 USD
Single 4-star – 1312 USD

*Please note that prices are per person. If you are travelling in a group, but wish to have a private room, add the “private supplement” to your group cost. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about rates for large groups.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Centrally located 3 or 4-star hotels, with the option to upgrade to 5-star.
  • A delicious breakfast every morning in the hotel
  • Both airport and metro station transfers
  • All transportation as detailed in the tour itinerary (bus, car, metro)
  • Tour guides who speak your language
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Entry tickets, according to the itinerary

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • All related costs of your visa to Russia
  • Your airline tickets. We will take care of airport transfers, but leave it to you to pick out the flight that suits you best for a price that matches your personal budget.
  • Travel insurance. Please buy at your own discretion.
  • Some optional side-tours and entry to performance arts events

If you have any special requests, please let us know! We can accommodate a wide range of personal interests, extra adventures, world-class performances, and our tour dates are totally flexible.

HOW DO I BOOK A TOUR?

Once you decide on a tour, a deposit of 30% will be required in order to reserve it. Then, the whole tour must be fully paid one month prior to your arrival in Russia.

CAN I CANCEL?

Yes! If you cancel more than 2 months before your departure, you will incur a 15% cancellation fee. When cancelling with 15-60 days’ notice, the fee will raise to 30% of the value of the tour. And finally, no refunds are given within 15 days of the start of the tour.