Winter and Holiday Tour Extravaganza in Russia, Poland, and Central Europe

Winter and Holiday Tour Extravaganza in Russia, Poland, and Central Europe

Ever considered traveling to unconventional places during an unconventional season? It’s time you did: Russia, Poland, and Central Europe are at their most regal in winter under a blanket of fresh snow, and other travelers are few.

The lines at the museums are nonexistent, and people talk to you on the street as they go about their daily lives. There’s lots to do for both grownups and kids in the frosty cities and crisp countryside.

Celebrate an unconventional and adventurous winter holiday with MIR

MIR has 30 years of specialty travel experience and we know how to do winter in Russia, Poland, and Central Europe right.

Here’s what awaits you on a one-of-a-kind winter trip with MIR:


Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in St. Petersburg

Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in St. Petersburg is a classic journey to Russia’s economic and cultural capitals of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as a few days spent in the Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal, and takes place over the most festive time of year – New Year’s. It’s the favorite holiday of the year, replete with parties, presents and champagne toasts.

No one loves New Year’s like the Russians do. This celebratory tour includes:

  • Ringing in the New Year in a private St. Petersburg home with newfound friends.
  • A night at the opera or ballet at one of the St. Petersburg’s prestigious theaters.
  • A sleigh ride through Suzdal.

Experience the beauty of a Russian winter, visit grand palaces, museums and churches, discover Russia’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions, and explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tour Details and Photos:Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in St. Petersburg


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Christmas Traditions of Poland

MIR’s small group tour, Christmas Traditions of Poland, is a rich wintry journey that brings you close to the warm heart of Poland’s long-standing customs:

  • Learn how to make traditional Polish-style pierogi, Poland’s national dish, with your own private chef.
  • Gather with a Polish family in their home for a traditional Wigilia, the Christmas Eve vigil and dinner, where you can sample 12 different traditional dishes.
  • Browse the brilliant stalls of Krakow’s Christmas Market, looking for hand crafted ornaments, traditional costumes and seasonal treats.
  • Drive into the foothills of the Tatra Mountains to discover the timber architecture and savory cuisine of the Polish highlanders, or gorale.
  • Take a tour of one of Krakow’s small factories where Poland’s famous hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments are created.
  • After a brisk sleigh ride, warm yourself at a bonfire, roasting kielbasa and enjoying a festive tasting of Polish vodka and hot mulled wine.

Tour Details and Photos:Christmas Traditions of Poland


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Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land

Glide across seven time zones by deluxe train between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land rail journey by private train. This fascinating Russian odyssey features tours of nine locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Russia’s Golden Ring and Siberia’s Lake Baikal.

Frozen in winter, Lake Baikal is the perfect location to experience the thrill of an ice ride. Choose an exciting snowmobile ride or opt to ride a dog sled. Try your hand at ice fishing and enjoy the freshly caught fish quick-smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm – delicious!

Relax in the comfort of Russia’s most exclusive private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, on the eastbound departure which travels from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Tour Details and Photos:Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land


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Arctic Explorer by Private Train

Join a band of rail voyagers on this unconventional rail journey offering, Arctic Explorer by Private Train. Venture above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights in the warmth and comfort of a private train. Head north from frosty St. Petersburg and cross the Arctic Circle near the Norwegian town of Kirkenes, squarely within the Aurora Borealis Zone.

During this journey aboard the comfortable Golden Eagle private train:

  • Chase the Northern Lights through the tundra.
  • Visit the cool Snow Hotel, built of snow and furnished with ice sculptures.
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style, complete with champagne and caviar.
  • Stop in the ice-free Arctic port of Murmansk,  the Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal, and end in magnificent Moscow
  • Visit four fabulous UNESCO Sites along the way.

Tour Details and Photos:Arctic Explorer by Private Train


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New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

On the New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train rail journey, enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel as you glide in style on a circular route from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to a date with a brilliant New Year’s celebration in magnificent Vienna, Austria.

Continue through the hip Czech Republic and green and friendly Slovakia, stopping in the medieval city of Kosice, declared a European Capital of Culture in 2013, and ultimately arriving back where you started, in beautiful Budapest. Encounter four countries and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next.

During this journey aboard the comfortable Golden Eagle private train:

  • Tour Budapest’s Royal Palace, the largest baroque palace in Hungary, used by Franz Josef of Austria as his opulent summer home in the 19th century
  • Visit the Helikon Castle Museum, its 111-room main building once home to one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Hungary’s history
  • Take a walk in the heart of Old Town Vienna, the Innere Stadt, admiring its main religious edifice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, as well as many of Vienna’s most renowned sights, such as the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Burgtheater, the University, and the fabulous Hofburg Palace
  • Explore Prague’s famous 14th century Charles (Karel) Bridge, as well as the old Jewish Quarter with its seven synagogues – remnants of the old Jewish settlement
  • Attend a performance at the grand Prague National Theater, symbol of the Czech National Revival
  • Admire Kosice’s Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, a 15th century gothic building that is the largest church in Slovakia

Tour Details and Photos:New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train


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Private Family Tour to Russia

Experience the highlights of a real Russian winter on a family-friendly holiday celebration. Ice skating in the middle of the city, a descent beneath Moscow to visit Stalin’s Secret Bunker, a private New Year’s Eve get-together in a St. Petersburg home, and warm welcomes at world-class museums, restaurants and performances are all featured in a holiday package for your family to unwrap at its leisure.

Leave the planning to MIR and enjoy a trip of a lifetime this holiday season. Special family features available on our private tours include (but aren’t limited to):

  • An exclusive tour of the Gold Rooms of the Hermitage Museum
  • Red Square and the Kremlin’s Armory Museum, where the czars’ collection of Fabergé eggs is on display
  • A performance of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, at a world-class Russian theater such as the Mariinsky or the Bolshoi
  • Ice skating at a special winter rink set up on Red Square
  • Izmailovo Market, bursting with Russian handicrafts, Soviet memorabilia, amber jewelry and lacquer miniatures
  • A ride on a horse-drawn sleigh through a countryside village

Call 800-424-7289 for more information or complete our quick Custom Travel Inquiry form.


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 (Top photo: A sleigh ride across a frozen Lake Baikal. Photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin)

PUBLISHED: June 14, 2019

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