Trip Overview

Russian Winter Fairytale

Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 4 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Have a magical experience in beautiful winter Russia. Two capitals, Saint Petersburg & Moscow, are glorious in a white and crispy blanket, as well as Murmansk, and provide unforgettable experiences, including Northern Lights seeking, a Russian troyka horse ride, meeting Saami people, and more!

Russian Winter Fairytale

12 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$3,878
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 4 Reviews

Have a magical experience in beautiful winter Russia. Two capitals, Saint Petersburg & Moscow, are glorious in a white and crispy blanket, as well as Murmansk, and provide unforgettable experiences, including Northern Lights seeking, a Russian troyka horse ride, meeting Saami people, and more!

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

Since ancient times magnificent Moscow has been Russia’s political and economic center and witnessed numerous historical events that have shaped this stunning city in the form we see it today.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the stunning Moscow, the great capital of Russia! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

You can spend the rest of the day free, relaxing in your comfortable rooms or beginning your Moscow discovery on your own.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

Today is the beginning of your exploration. After delicious breakfast, meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and start an amazing 8-hour city tour around the most outstanding Moscow landmarks.

While on tour, you'll see the amazing Red Square with the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, which you can explore from inside, as well as visit the famous GUM and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

After a lunch stop in a city restaurant, you continue to an incredible Moscow icon - the Kremlin. Inside the Kremlin walls, you see the famous Armoury Chamber with an extraordinary collection of crown treasures, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch included.

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Day 3
Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Tour

Have a refreshing breakfast in your hotel and set off on an exploration of one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. During a short ride, you enjoy the amazing decorations of the stations.

Next, you continue with a guided tour to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery. Behold the famous masterpieces of the most iconic Russian artists as Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Enhance your visit to the vibrant Russian capital by staying in one of the most remarkable accommodations in the city, the Courtyard by Marriott. Boasting a fantastic location right in the city center (not far from such striking Russian landmarks as the iconic Kremlin and Red Square), the property invites you to enjoy impeccable comfort, top-class service, and, of course, great accommodations.

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Moscow
Murmansk
2hrs 20 min

After your driver transfers you to the airport, you will hop on a modern comfortable plain. Prepare to travel from the stunning Russian capital to the country's northern part, Murmansk, in about 2 hours. Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and takes you to the hotel.

Murmansk, Russia

Murmansk

second destination

Ever dreamed of discovering the Russian Arctic? Seto off on a journey to the magnificent Murmansk to explore Russia's north, learn about the country's war history, and hunt the Northern Lights!

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Russian Cooking Class & Flight to Murmansk

This is your last day in Moscow. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and go on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia.

Stroll to a local market to buy fresh products together with a professional English-speaking chef and learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht, traditional pelmeni dumplings, and thin blini pancakes.

After the tour, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to the northern Russian city of Murmansk. Upon arrival, your private driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your hotel for check-in. The remaining part of the day is free.

Breakfast and cooking class included.

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Day 5
Murmansk Sightseeing & Northern Lights Tour

Energize with tasty breakfast and then meet your local guide to have a 4-hour city tour of Murmansk.

During the tour, you visit the memorial complex Alesha commemorating the defenders of the Soviet polar region during the Great Patriotic War. You get to rise to the observation platform, opening incredible views of the Murmansk city center. The next point is the monument "Zhduschaya" which symbolizes a woman waiting for her sailor husband. Also, you visit the memorial complex dedicated to the tragic events that took place on the Kursk Submarine, see the Spas on Water church and the lighthouse. A definite highlight is a 1-hour guided visit to the famous Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker.*

After the tour, you return to the hotel. And later in the evening, you set sails for a mesmerizing activity, the hunt for Northern Lights**. Beautiful winter sceneries together with the colorful Northern Lights will be remembered for a lifetime! At about 2 a.m. you return to the hotel.

*Note: a tour of Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker is not guaranteed and may be unavailable during your visit.
**Depending on the weather conditions, the Northern Lights seeking tour can be rescheduled for the next day with a higher possibility of witnessing the Aurora Borealis.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour

In the morning, have a nice breakfast and meet your guide to start a tour to the Snow Village located in the foothills of the Khibiny Mountains. You'll have about 2 hours to explore the unique Snow Derevnya Complex on your own. The place is huge and its territory encompasses a snow labyrinth, beautiful snow and ice sculptures, as well as a visitor's center and a gift shop. You have about two hours to explore the village on your own.

The next part of today is the part where you need energy. After exploring the Snow Village, you go on a 25-km (15 mi) snowmobile tour. In about 1.5 hours you travel along the glacier valley of Kukisvum to the Kukisvumchorr Path that connects the South and North parts of Khibiny. The finish is at the Serdtsevidnoye Lake, from where one can get a good view onto the Kuniyok River valley. On your way back you do a speed circle on the thick ice of Maly Vudyavr lake.

After a wonderful pursuit, you have lunch in a local restaurant and then are transferred back to Murmansk by car and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 7
Husky Park & Saami Village Tour

Meet the morning with appetizing breakfast, then join your guide in the hotel lobby to go to the wonderful Husky Park. Here you are provided with an exciting opportunity to meet the beautiful blue-eyed dogs and learn more about the breed. As well as enjoy a refreshing 5-km (3 mi) Husky dog ride.

In the afternoon you get to know the Saami people: learn about the daily life and history of the Saami culture and visit the enchanted alleys idols of four elements - fire, earth, water, air, and five magical icons of love, happiness, luck, fate, and health. Then you are invited to have a traditional meal in a national cafe and try local dishes. Get familiarized with the Saami reindeer, huskies, foxes, and rabbits and even get a chance to feed a deer. Experience reindeer sledging, traditional Saami games, and take pictures in the national clothing of the Saami people.

After the tour, you are transferred back to the hotel.

Breakfast and lunch included.

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4-star hotel
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Finding a great place to stay is an essential part of planning a perfect vacation. We strive to give our clients the best possible experience, so you can rest assured that all tour packages we offer include only the best properties, located near the top tourist attractions of the city.

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Murmansk
Saint Petersburg
1 hrs 50 min

Enjoy a short flight from the Russian North to the country's cultural gem, Saint Petersburg. Sit back in your cozy seat and relax during your 2-hour flight.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

third destination

Russia is definitely among the most unique countries. The second capital of this immense country, Saint Petersburg, is often called Russia's "cultural" heart.

5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
4 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Flight to St. Petersburg

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the airport for the flight to the Russian second capital, Saint Petersburg. When you arrive, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel, the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
St. Petersburg City Tour

Today is dedicated to an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg. Following breakfast, you meet your guide and set off to the fascinating streets of St. Petersburg.

While on tour, you get to see the gorgeous St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood which stands on the site where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded, and the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses of Romanovs dynasty.

You are then invited to an afternoon tea in Astoria where you have a wide choice of Russian sweets, crapes with sauces, traditional Russian meat pirozhki, sandwiches and cookies, as well as coffee and tea.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Evening banya
    Get an authentic experience in one of the oldest banyas in the historical center of Saint-Petersburg. Enjoy a Russian sauna on firewood and learn about the customs of a bathhouse, use "veniki" (birch branches), and try "kvas".

Breakfast, appetizers, and tea included.

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Day 10
Trip to Pushkin, Troyka Ride & Russian Vodka Museum

See the riches of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) on today's tour to the city's outskirts. After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you there to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace. It is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour, you take a walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

Later this day you enjoy a traditional Russian amusement - a famous Russian troika ride.

Next, you visit the famous Russian Vodka Museum - the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Learn interesting facts about the drink's history, culture, and drinking traditions and enjoy a tasting of different types of vodka.

After the tour, you return to St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and Vodka tasting included.

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Day 11
Visit to the Hermitage Museum

Legendary Hermitage Museum is your today's destination! Have a delightful breakfast and then meet your guide at the hotel lobby to set off on a fascinating exploration. The museum houses the unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Thomas Gainsborough. Find in the halls of the Winter Palace!

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Departure

This is the final day of your unforgettable winter Russia exploration. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and then are transferred to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed your journey to Russia which will be lifelong memories. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel Superior Room, St. Petersburg
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Boasting an excellent location in the heart of renowned Russia's second capital, mesmerizing Saint Petersburg, the Corinthia hotel is a perfect place to stay for those who appreciate style and comfort. It offers spacious and stylish guestrooms, equipped with everything you need for a nice stay and a good night's sleep.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Murmansk, and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals as per itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Cooking class with professional English-speaking chef;
  • Economy class flight tickets Moscow - Murmansk, Murmansk - St. Petersburg;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your professional local guides and drivers;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Take part in a cooking class of the authentic Russian cuisine;
  • High likelihood of seeing the Aurora Borealis dancing over your head in the Nothern lights seeking tour;
  • Feel like a true Russian on a troyka ride around the scenic winter park, followed by a vodka tasting in the Vodka Museum.

What To Know

  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket and warm clothes are a must
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
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