New Year’s in St. Petersburg with Moscow and Suzdal

Nobody loves New Year’s Eve like the Russians do – it’s the most festive holiday of the year, with parties, presents, and champagne toasts. This celebratory tour revolves around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, with Moscow merrymaking and a visit to 12th century Suzdal to round out the festivities, admiring ancient churches and enjoying a traditional sleigh ride.

10 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Premier Series:
    St. Petersburg to Moscow

10 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Premier Series:
    St. Petersburg to Moscow

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Attend a performance at a renowned St. Petersburg theater
    Enjoy a memorable ballet or opera performance at one of the renowned theaters of St. Petersburg, where some of the world’s finest dancers, composers...
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  • Toast the New Year at a private St. Petersburg New Year’s Party
    Toast the New Year and new-found friends at a private St. Petersburg New Year’s Party with Russian hosts....
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  • Take an exhilarating sleigh ride in UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal
    Visit UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal to admire the snow-tipped onion domes crowning some of the first churches and monasteries in Kievan Rus; then...
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  • Attend the royal Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace
    Dress to impress and attend the glittering Czar’s Ball at Catherine's Palace, a royal New Year’s celebration amid imperial opulence....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 25 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-5: St. Petersburg, New Year’s Celebrations

An elegant champagne reception greets you in St. Petersburg. Then for four days, explore this 300-year-old imperial capital envisioned by Peter the Great, visiting Alexander’s Palace, the favorite of Nicholas and Alexandra, the Gold and Malachite Rooms at the Winter Palace, majestic St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Usupoff Palace. Join a backstage tour at one of St. Petersburg’s premier theaters before enjoying an evening ballet or opera performance. Ring in the New Year at a late-night dinner in a Russian home, feasting, raising toasts and singing songs. Or opt to don gown and tux and join the crème de la crème at the glittering Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace, where tiered crystal chandeliers illuminate the polished parquet floors as an orchestra invites you to waltz. After a day to rest and explore, board the afternoon express train to Moscow.

Highlights

  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Backstage tour of a prestigious theater
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Day 6: Moscow

Experience Moscow as few travelers have, at its most graceful and serene, resting beneath a blanket of fresh snow. Visit the splendid Tretyakov Gallery, encompassing Russian art from the 11th century to the present.

Highlights

  • Moscow, Russia’s capital and most important city
  • World-class Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art
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Days 7-10: Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow

Visit the 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir, where street traffic still passes under the Golden Gate, rebuilt by Catherine the Great. Drive to little Suzdal, once the grand capital of several medieval principalities. Admire its 16th century churches, their vaulted ceilings lit by flickering candles, with the unearthly beauty of Russian hymns filling the air. Return to Moscow fa visit to Red Square, iconic St. Basil's and the ancient Kremlin, including the Armory Museum where Russia's treasures are guarded.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal”
  • Vladimir’s 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption with its twelve blue and gold gilded domes
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-16 Travelers $5,695
  • Single Supplement $1,095

2014 Dates

  • December 29-January 7 - Plan your New Year's holiday now!
  • $5,695
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-16 Travelers $5,695
  • Single Supplement $1,095

2015 Dates

  • December 29-January 7
  • $5,695
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never more than 16 travelers. Guaranteed!

Please Note

Czar’s Ball tickets are not included; call for prices.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in 4-5 star hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow and the best available in Suzdal.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners. A few dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by vehicle (size of vehicle depends on group size), and by high speed day train St. Petersburg-Moscow.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Extend your stay in St. Petersburg or Moscow, or let MIR arrange an extended program in Eastern or Central Europe, neighboring Baltics or Ukraine. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program.  Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are from superior to deluxe class, it is important to keep in mind that Russia may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect. Please note that accommodations in Suzdal are the best available.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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