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Christmas in Moscow

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The Russian capital’s festive colour

Though the Russian Orthodox Christmas remains two weeks away, the week before New Year, when western celebrations are in full flow, is a marvellous time to visit mighty Moscow. As the city streets erupt in a riot of colour and lights, and the markets bustle with visitors, you'll be able to experience this great European capital at its romantic winter best. Take a guided tour of Moscow's world-famous sights, spend time wandering the markets and illuminated streets, and join us to celebrate Christmas with a special champagne lunch in a Moscow restaurant.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen hotel
  • Dinner on Christmas Eve
  • A Christmas Day champagne lunch in a Moscow restaurant
  • A guided tour of Moscow
  • Entry to the Kremlin grounds and cathedral
  • Return flights from the UK to Moscow
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per person

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Moscow, meet your tour manager and transfer to your chosen hotel. Settle in to your room, and perhaps enjoy a drink at the bar before you head out for dinner – you'll find an enticing choice of restaurants to consider right on your doorstep, wherever you choose to stay.

  • Today's guided tour brings to life this, one of the world’s great cities. See Red Square, where multi-coloured, onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s eerie Mausoleum and the great Victorian pile of GUM (the former State Department Store and now a glittering shopping mall complete with dazzling decorations) look out over the vast space to the colourful stalls of Moscow’s largest Christmas market.

    Encircling Red Square, like rings on a tree-trunk or the layers of a Russian doll, you'll find the rest of the city’s central areas, each vying to outdo the others with its extravagant festive decorations. A giant Christmas bauble adorns Manezh Square, while Tverskoy Boulevard is transformed into a wintertime paradise for children of all ages.

    The rest of your day is left free. Browse the markets on Red Square, warmed by a gluhwein or vodka, visit a museum or wander the city's shops and stores. Unlike most European cities, Moscow remains fully open over "our" Christmas, meaning you can enjoy a full day of sightseeing and shopping before beginning your celebrations with dinner at your hotel this evening.

  • After the chance to swap presents, this morning, we'll head out for a second included guided tour. Our destination is the mysterious citadel of the Kremlin. Behind its turreted walls you'll discover a fascinating enclave of imposing – and off-limits – government buildings like the Senate House and the Presidium, the vast State Kremlin Palace concert hall, as well as beautiful squares, churches and palaces. See the three cathedrals of the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel – the last containing the Tombs of the Tsars – and the Ivan the Great Belltower, the Kremlin’s tallest structure. Neither the monumental Tsar Bell or Tsar Cannon have ever been used, while the ornate facade of the Armoury Palace hints at priceless treasures hidden within.

    After a fascinating morning, sit down for a glass of champagne and a Christmas lunch at a Moscow restaurant, before spending the afternoon as you see fit.

  • Spend today relaxing or making the most of your time in Moscow, or join our festive optional excursion. Take a short horse-carriage ride through the winter wonderland of Kolomenskoye Tsaritsyno, the former Royal estate in the south of the city, before enjoying lunch washed down with a vodka tasting at one of Moscow's popular restaurants.

    Make the most of your final evening in Moscow, tonight, and soak up the atmosphere as the city readies itself for its own Christmas – still a few days away, on 7th January.

  • Bid “do svidanya” to Moscow and your hotel, today, as your return to the airport to catch your flight home at the end of a wonderful - and very different - Christmas holiday.

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Hotels

Holiday Inn Lesnaya, Moscow

This modern hotel is conveniently located for the restaurants of bustling Lesnaya Street, and is just 300 metres from a Metro stop.

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Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow

In the heart of Moscow's Tverskoy district, this truly grand hotel has an art deco finish.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

  • Please note that visas are required for travel on this tour. The visa application process requires you to appear in person at the Russian embassy in either Edinburgh, Manchester or London. We will send you full application details, including your invitation letter, approximately eight weeks prior to your holiday. Please note that you can not obtain your visa until you have received your invitation letter from us. The cost of the visa is approximately £110 per person if obtained directly. The cost is approximately £187 per person if using the services of our preferred visa agency – CIBT. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the visa expiration date.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
  • If you'd like to join any of the optional excursions on this tour, please be aware that they are only available in advance and that it will not be possible to book them once you arrive on holiday.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. This includes reversing the itinerary. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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