Travel to Russia in Winter: New Year’s Eve in St. Petersburg
Many travelers set off in search of balmy weather and sunny beaches to escape the winter doldrums. But it’s easy to forget that winter has its own unique charms, and perhaps no place is more enchanting during this time of the year than Russia:
- Under a blanket of freshly fallen snow, centuries-old buildings are at their most regal in the dappled winter sunlight.
- Streets are quieter, travelers are few and the usual tourist lines are practically nonexistent, leaving Russia’s magnificent palaces, churches and museums yours to explore.
- And of course no one loves the holidays more than the Russians do: with parties, presents and champagne toasts, it’s the moment everyone’s waited for the whole year long, and you’re invited to share in the festivities.
You can choose from two distinct and memorable ways to celebrate New Years:
- Attend a low-key New Year’s Eve party in a private St. Petersburg home
- Dress to impress at the opulent Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace, a royal New Year’s celebration you’ll never forget (optional, for an additional fee)
On this small group tour, you’ll also see all the essential sights of Western Russia’s classic cities, St. Peterburg and Moscow, and the ancient Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal. Experience the beauty of a Russian winter, discover this country’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions, and explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On our Russian Winter Wonder Land small group tour, travelers will…
- How to Make the Most of Your Time at the Hermitage – An Expert Shares Her Tips
- Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg
- Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty
- The Czar’s Ball: A Luxurious New Year’s Celebration in St. Petersburg
Take a tour of Moscow’s Red Square, home of the iconic onion-domed cupolas of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Moscow Kremlin. Inside the Kremlin’s fortress walls are numerous palaces, churches and the Armory Museum, which displays Fabergé eggs, Russian icons, Catherine the Great’s ball gowns and other priceless national treasures.
- Moscow in Photos: 12 Reasons We Love Red Square and The Kremlin
- Russia’s Royal Treasures in Photos: Kremlin Armory Museum
- Underground Palaces: Moscow Metro Magic
- Travel Like A Local: Moscow’s Markets
- Shopping for Souvenirs in Moscow
- The Bells Toll Again from Moscow’s Kazan Cathedral (videos)
Go dashing through the snow on a horse-dawn sleigh ride through Suzdal. A centuries-old tradition, this exhilarating ride across snowy fields allows you to experience the way people used to travel in the Russia of old, and it’s a fitting way to take in the serene beauty of the countryside.
- Put a Ring on it: Our Favorite Towns in Russia’s Golden Ring
- 6 Favorite Arts and Handicrafts from Russia’s Golden Ring
- Travel Like a Local: Visit a Dacha in the Russian Countryside
- Russian Bells of Suzdal
- Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)
Travel to Russia with MIR
With 30 years of travel experience to Russia, and with affiliate offices in St. Petersburg and Moscow offering on-the-ground support, MIR’s Russian Winter Wonder Land tour makes for the perfect holiday gift that you and yours will never forget.
You can also experience the spirit of a true Russian winter on any of these MIR small group tours and rail journeys by private train:
- Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land Route
- Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights
Chat with one of our destination specialists by email or by phone at 1-800-424-7289 to start planning your travels today.
(Top photo: Outside of Petersburg, in Pushkin, is the royal residence Catherine’s Palace, originally built in 1717 by Catherine I. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish)
PUBLISHED: July 10, 2015