New Year’s in St. Petersburg with Moscow and Suzdal

Nobody loves New Year’s Eve like the Russians do – it’s the most festive holiday of the year, with parties, presents, and champagne toasts. This celebratory tour revolves around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, with Moscow merrymaking and a visit to 12th century Suzdal to round out the festivities, admiring ancient churches and enjoying a traditional sleigh ride.

10 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Premier Series:
    St. Petersburg to Moscow

Overview Itinerary

Imaginariachile Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Attend a performance at a renowned St. Petersburg theater
    Enjoy a memorable ballet or opera performance at one of the renowned theaters of St. Petersburg, where some of the world’s finest dancers, composers...
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  • Toast the New Year at a private St. Petersburg New Year’s Party
    Toast the New Year and new-found friends at a private St. Petersburg New Year’s Party with Russian hosts....
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  • Take an exhilarating sleigh ride in UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal
    Visit UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal to admire the snow-tipped onion domes crowning some of the first churches and monasteries in Kievan Rus; then...
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  • Take a peek backstage at a famous St. Petersburg theater
    Enjoy a backstage tour of a famous St. Petersburg theater and learn about some of the legendary performers who have graced its stage....
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Why Travel with Imaginariachile on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen Imaginariachile to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Imaginariachile affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-5: St. Petersburg, New Year’s Celebrations

An elegant champagne reception greets you in St. Petersburg. Then for four days, explore this 300-year-old imperial capital envisioned by Peter the Great, visiting the Gold and Malachite Rooms at the Winter Palace, majestic St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Usupoff Palace. Join a backstage tour at one of St. Petersburg’s premier theaters before enjoying an evening ballet or opera performance.

Ring in the New Year at a late-night dinner in a Russian home, feasting, raising toasts and singing songs. After a day to rest and explore, board the afternoon express train to Moscow.


  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Backstage tour of a prestigious theater
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Day 6: Moscow

Why end might Moscow as few travelers have, at its most graceful and serene, resting beneath a blanket of fresh snow. Survey the cemetery at UNESCO-listed Novodevichy Convent, where some of Russia’s luminaries are buried, and perhaps take an evening walk on Red Square. Explore the medieval Kremlin, including the Armory Museum where Russia’s treasures are guarded.


  • Moscow, Russia’s capital and most important city
  • 16th century Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, where luminaries such as Gogol, Chekhov, Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbacheva and Boris Yeltsin are buried
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Days 7-10: Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow

Visit the 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir, where street traffic still passes under the Golden Gate, rebuilt by Catherine the Great. Drive to little Suzdal, once the grand capital of several medieval principalities. Admire its 16th century churches, their vaulted ceilings lit by flickering candles, with the unearthly beauty of Russian hymns filling the air. Return to Moscow to visit the splendid Tretyakov Gallery, encompassing Russian art from the 11th century to the present.


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal”
  • Vladimir’s 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption with its twelve blue and gold gilded domes
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-16 Travelers $5,695
  • Single Supplement $995

2019 Dates

  • December 29-January 7
  • $5,695
  • Max 16 Travelers

Group Size

Small Groups – Never more than 16 travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in 4-5 star hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow and the best available in Suzdal.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners. A few dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking Imaginariachile Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. Imaginariachile will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by vehicle (size of vehicle depends on group size), and by high-speed day train from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and other service personnel.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with Imaginariachile handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

Imaginariachile's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

Imaginariachile recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most Imaginariachile programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Extend your stay in St. Petersburg or Moscow, or let Imaginariachile arrange an extended program in Eastern or Central Europe, the neighboring Baltics, or Ukraine. All of Imaginariachile’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please Imaginariachile for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are from superior to deluxe class, it is important to keep in mind that Russia may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect. Please note that accommodations in Suzdal are the best available.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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