Private Winter Tour to Moscow, Murmansk & Saint Petersburg
Trip Overview

Winter Fairytale in Russia

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Immerse into winter magic! This tour gives you the opportunity to see the scenic Russian winter. The program covers Moscow & Saint Petersburg and their most celebrated highlights. Splendid Murmansk is added between to see the beauty of the Russian north. If you're lucky, catch the Northern Lights, as well as see the Snow Village and Husky Park, meet the Saami people & enjoy a Russian troyka ride.

Winter Fairytale in Russia

12 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$3,878
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 402 Reviews

Immerse into winter magic! This tour gives you the opportunity to see the scenic Russian winter. The program covers Moscow & Saint Petersburg and their most celebrated highlights. Splendid Murmansk is added between to see the beauty of the Russian north. If you're lucky, catch the Northern Lights, as well as see the Snow Village and Husky Park, meet the Saami people & enjoy a Russian troyka ride.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 8-hour city tour around the most outstanding Moscow landmarks.

During the tour you explore a fairy tale Red Square that is especially charming in winter with all this sparkling snow covering the bright domes of the St. Basil's Cathedral, see the brightly illuminated exteriors of the GUM and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Then you explore one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. You go inside the Kremlin walls to visit it's famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, 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
City tour
Museum

Following breakfast you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

Then you enjoy a guided tour to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of 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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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

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Moscow
Murmansk
2h 20 min

Make your way to northern Russia during an enjoyable two-hour flight to Murmansk onboard a comfortable plane.

Murmansk

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

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet with your driver. You are taken on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia.

Together with a professional English-speaking chef you first go to a local market to buy fresh local produce. Then during the cooking class, you learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht, learn to make traditional pelmeni dumplings and thin blini pancakes.

After the tour, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Murmansk. Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight. The remaining part of the day is free.

Breakfast and cooking class included.

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Day 5
Murmansk & Northern Lights Tour
City tour
Day tour

Following breakfast, meet your local guide to have a 4-hour city tour of Murmansk.

Today you visit the memorial complex Alesha in honor of 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. Then you continue to the monument "Zhduschey" connected with the life in the Russian extreme north. 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.*

Later in the evening, you are in for an overwhelming and unforgettable activity as you are going Northern Lights seeking**. Tonight you see fantastic winter landscapes accompanied with magnificent views of the Northern Lights - this is a trip you will remember for years to come! You return to the hotel at about 2 a.m.

  • Note: a visit to the Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker is unavailable on Mondays and Tuesdays. 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
Day tour

Following breakfast meet your guide and start a tour to the Snow Village. Located at the foot of the Khibiny Mountains, the unique Snow Derevnya Complex boasts a large territory that 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.

As a highlight of the day you are invited to go on a snowmobile tour. In about 1.5 hours you travel about 25 km along the glacier valley of Kukisvum to the Kukisvumchorr Path that connects the South and North parts of Khibiny. The tour ends 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 lunch in a local restaurant you are transferred back to Murmansk by car and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 7
Husky Park & Saami Village Tour
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and are transferred to the exciting Husky Park. Here you get to meet the beautiful blue-eyed dogs and learn about this breed. Then enjoy the beauty of winter nature behind a bunch of wagging tails during an exciting Husky dog ride. Your dog sledding distance is of about 5 km, taking in the beauty of the winter forest.

In the afternoon you are taken to the territory of the Saami settlement to meet the locals. During the tour you get to learn about the daily life and history of the Saami people and visit the enchanted alleys idols of 4 elements - fire, earth, water, air and 5 enchanted idols of love, happiness, luck, fate and health. Have a traditional meal in a national cafe and try local dishes such as Lim salmon soup or try local Pacula herbal tea. Get familiarized with the Saami reindeer, husky, foxes and rabbits and even get a chance to feed deer. You also go reindeer sledding, play 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 are included.

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4-star hotel
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Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

Welcome to Murmansk

Murmansk is a large port city located in the furthest northwestern part of Russia.

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Murmansk
Saint Petersburg
1 hr 50 min

After a short 2-hour flight you will see the beauties of the Northern capital of Russia.

Saint Petersburg

third destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Flight to St. Petersburg
Transfer

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out from your Murmansk hotel, your driver takes you to the airport for the flight to Russia's Northern Capital. Upon arrival, your driver meets takes you to your centrally located hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg.

During the tour you visit 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 from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

Later you proceed to the Museum of Russian Vodka where you learn how vodka has been made and consumed over the ages and then have the chance to try out several different vodkas and traditional Russian snacks.

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

Breakfast is included.

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

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that 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 troyka ride.

You are then invited to the famous Russian Vodka Museum - the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Here you get to learn interesting facts about vodka history, culture and drinking traditions and taste different types of this spirit drink.

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

Breakfast, lunch and Vodka tasting are included.

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Day 11
Visit to the Hermitage Museum
Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

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 from St. Petersburg
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing tour! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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5-star hotel
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Stay at the comfortable 5-star hotel and enjoy outstanding service, best location and a wide range of indoor facilities.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Often called "The Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is the crown jewel of world capitals and a city of canals and palaces.

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;
  • Visits to Russian world-famous art museums (the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage);
  • Russian vodka tasting;
  • Russian troika ride;
  • Husky dog sledging;
  • 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

  • Customizable day-by-day itinerary
  • Professional local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Murmansk
  • Entertaining activities, including a Russian cooking class, tasting in the Russian Vodka Museum, meeting the Saami people, visiting a Husky Park
  • Winter activities, including Northern Lights seeking, Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
  • Russian winters are very frosty, especially up north, so have suitable warm clothing.
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