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New Year’s Eve at Catherine Palace

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Russia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: December - January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6890 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6980 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Highlights:
- St. Petersburg and Moscow City Tours
- Tour of Hermitage Museum
- WPeter and Paul Fortress
- Cave Monastery
- St. Isaac's Cathedral
- Alexander Nevsky Abbey
- Tsar's Ball in Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo
- Troika Ride
- Kremlin & the Armory Museum
- Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
- Russian Ballet
- Novodevichy Convent.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 : St. Petersburg. Arrival in St.Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure for rest and relaxation. Welcome dinner with cocktail.

Day 2 : St. Petersburg. This morning you will have a city tour. En route, you will enjoy the sights of this gorgeous city – Czar Peter the Great’s “Window to the West.” Only 300 years old, the city was built by Czar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You’ll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. In the afternoon tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St. Isaac’s Cathedral (constructed 1818-1858), the largest in the city. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey.

Day 3 : St. Petersburg. Today enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. Lunch in the City. A late evening drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg: You will meet in magnificent Catherine Palace, which hosts the Ball with the authentic atmosphere of unequaled pomp.

A true romance and splendor of the Imperial traditions of festivities will be felt by the guests while they are brought back to the times of a bygone era. Inside the Palace the Russian hussars, Prince and Princess provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for the royalty. The Ball starts in the ballroom of the Catherine Palace. The Court Ballet greets the guests with a polonaise, followed by the official announcement of the dinner by Prince and Princess.

The specially created menu features traditional Russian caviar, blinis and European-style dishes, complemented by carefully selected wines and champagne. Midnight is celebrated with pomp, a bell concert and fireworks in the park. The extravaganza continues through the morning of the New Year with Russian Folklore and Cossack Show as well as Gypsy songs with wild dancing and singing by the performers.

Day 4 : St. Petersburg, Moscow. This morning enjoy the Troika Ride. Afternoon transfer to the train station for your day train trip to Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the rail station and transferred to your hotel. Dinner at the Hotel.

Day 5 : Moscow. After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. This afternoon delight in a visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy the evening performance in one of the best theaters of Moscow.

Day 6 : Moscow. This morning's tour takes you to the heart of the city – the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel – "Kremlin" means "fortress" – houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. Visit Novodevichy Convent. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th- and 17th-century architecture.

Day 7 : Moscow. Bid farewell to this exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Promotional: Book and deposit before February 1st and get $500 off per double cabin.

Price Includes:
- Two meals per day
- 6 nights deluxe hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg and Moscow, including all taxes
- Comprehensive sightseeing (listed below)
- Services of English-speaking guides in St. Petersburg and Moscow
- Ground transportation by first-class motor coach
- Ticket to the Tsar’s Ball
- Day train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Note: Single supplement is $1750.

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