NEW YEAR 2020 IN RUSSIA with Exclusive Gala Ball at Grand Duke Vladimir Palace

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. Nobody loves New Year’s Eve like the Russians do, so spend New Year’s making merry in the home of new Russian friends. It’s the most festive holiday of the year, replete with parties, presents and champagne toasts. As a highlight of the tour – attend the New Year’s Ball in the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir in St.Petersburg - the solemn ball, based on centuries-old traditions.

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$4,859

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • 4 nights in St. Petersburg (Hotel 1913 year 4-star or similar)
    • 3 nights in Moscow (Hotel Budapest 4-star or similar)
    • Daily Breakfast, 1 Gala dinner in Moscow, 1 Gala Dinner in St.Petersburg at New Year’s Eve
    • New Year's Ball in the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir in St.Petersburg
    • Private Sightseeing Tours
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Transportation by private car
    • Airport pick up in St. Petersburg / Airport drop off in Moscow / Train station / Hotel transfers by private car as per the itinerary
    • Visa invitation
    • High-speed Sapsan train tickets from St. Petersburg to Moscow (2nd class)
    • Entrance and admission fees as per the itinerary
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
    • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Gorky House of Scientists of Russian Academy of Sciences
    • Entry/Admission - Moskovskiy Vokzal, Parkovka U Platformy
    • Entry/Admission - Moscow Kremlin
    • Entry/Admission - Armoury Chamber
    • Entry/Admission - Moscow Metro
    • Entry/Admission - Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin international airport
    What's excluded :
    • Meals not specified as included in the itinerary.
    • Single supplement charge, if requested or required
    • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, email, laundry, alcohol, excess baggage, etc)
    • Gratuities to Guide / Driver
    • Visa/passport fees, airport departure fees
    • Expenses incurred as a result of delay, modification or extension of a tour due to causes beyond UVisitRussia’s control
    • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
    • Internal airfare
    • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    • Entry/Admission - Red Square

  • Day 1: WELCOME TO ST. PETERSBURG

    Stop At: U Visit Russia, St. Petersburg Russia
    Upon arrival, after clearing passport control and customs proceed to the arrival area to meet U Visit Russia representative. You will be assisted to your vehicle and transferred to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Free time to relax, explore the magnificent city centre on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants.

    Overnight in St. Petersburg.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in St. Petersburg.

    Day 2: ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM. EVENING “NUTCRACKER” BALLET PERFORMANCE

    Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia
    Morning sightseeing includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral and Decembrists' Square.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
    Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia
    Visit the State Hermitage Art Museum occupying six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, a former royal residence built in 1754 - 1762 according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Put together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage collection consists of over 3,000,000 works of art and presents the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

    The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theater, Iskusstv ploshchad, d. 1, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
    In the evening make your way to one of the best ballet and opera theatres of St. Petersburg to admire the world-famous Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" classical ballet in two acts, starting at 19 pm. The driver will come at 18 pm to your hotel to pick you up and bring to the theatre. After the performance, the driver will get you back to the hotel.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in St. Petersburg.

    Day 3: THE CITY OF TSARS

    Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia
    In the little town of Pushkin, visit Catherine’s Palace with your guide. A ‘Golden Enfilade’ of suites lead to the restored Amber Room, a truly unique and spectacular chamber solely decorated with amber panels, gold leaves and mirrors.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia
    Later, cross the Neva River to Peter and Paul Fortress, where St. Petersburg’s foundation stone was laid in 1703. With a Local Expert, visit the fortress to see the imperial tombs of the Romanov rulers and learn the secrets of Russian history.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in St. Petersburg.

    Day 4: NEW YEAR’S EVE

    Stop At: Gorky House of Scientists of Russian Academy of Sciences, Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 26, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
    This day is free to walk around the city and prepare for the evening celebration - the solemn New Year's Ball. At 20:00 enjoy a super special highlight – New Year Ball at the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir! The staterooms are laid out for a “royal” banquet. World-class soloists from the leading theaters of St. Petersburg perform memorable melodies from famous operas and popular operettas. While being served gala dinner take in the masterful performance of the ballet dancers and national Cossack dance ensemble and get ready for a dance program and New Year celebration.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in St. Petersburg.

    Day 5: HIGH-SPEED SAPSAN TRAIN TO MOSCOW

    Stop At: Moskovskiy Vokzal, Parkovka U Platformy, Nevsky pr., 85Д, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191036
    In the afternoon board your high-speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay.
    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Moscow.

    Day 6: EXPLORING THE KREMLIN

    Stop At: Moscow Kremlin, Moscow 103132 Russia
    In the afternoon, explore the inside the Kremlin - the main landmarks are three Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel Cathedrals dating back to the 15-16th centuries, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, etc.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Armoury Chamber, Dvortsovaya St., 1R, Moscow 103073 Russia
    Your tour will include a visit to the Armory Chamber, that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Moscow.

    Day 7: MOSCOW OVERVIEW AND METRO TOUR

    Stop At: Red Square, Moscow 109012 Russia
    Start in the Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Moscow Metro, Moscow Russia
    During your stay, you will visit Moscow Metro, see the most amazing stations, looking more like a museum rather than a subway. Explore Moscow Metro - one of the most beautiful and efficient subway systems in the world carrying. It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was not to create just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify socialism and its achievements. You will visit the most amazing stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art - making it look more like a museum than a subway.

    After having some free time, proceed to enjoy delicious food, great wine or vodka and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Gala Dinner at the restaurant near Bolshoi Theater.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Moscow.

    Day 8: DEPART MOSCOW

    Stop At: Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin international airport, Khimki, Moscow Oblast, Russia, 141400
    Departure day. Airport drop-off.

    Today you have to say Goodbye to Moscow. We hope you've enjoyed your tour & that you return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Airport pick up in St. Petersburg / Airport drop off in Moscow Airports
    • Pulkovo Airport, Pulkovskoe sh., д. 41, лит. ЗИ, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196140
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • DRESS CODE FOR THE NEW YEAR BALL: Ladies: Evening dress / Gentlemen: Formal wear. there is not strict "black-tie" or "white-tie" requirement; however casual wear is not allowed.
    • You can leave the Ball earlier than 3 am, if you want, just contact the driver.
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P183

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