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Overview

This Winter Tour will introduce you to Russian Christmas and New Year’s Eve traditions and history. You will meet Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), who has a magic bag that can predict the future. This magic bag also carries lots of traditional Russian sweets and chocolates for you to try! You will take part in a winter game called 'Snow Fun' and discover how Russians spend time during their long and glorious winters – you will come to know why we love this season so much. During Snow Fun, you will visit the Ice Palace, play street games, try some Russian mulled wine and have some uniquely Russian winter fun with expert and cheerful guides in Moscow.

Apart from our special winter feature, our tour includes visits to classical attractions in both cities, introducing two equally amazing Russian cities with deep histories, amazing museums, monuments, parks and theatres. You will visit the Moscow Kremlin with its Orthodox Cathedrals, Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, Red Square and Tretyakovskaya Gallery, where you will be introduced to the works of famous Russian artists from the 11th to early 20th century. You will visit Moscow Underground and realize why the stations are considered architectural monuments. You will be captivated by the architecture of Imperial Saint Petersburg with its river canals, Hermitage Museum, Faberge Museum and many other sights worth seeing.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Moscow

Welcome to Russia and let us start the Russian winter holidays from Moscow. Moscow is a fashionable cosmopolitan city with more than 12 million inhabitants of more than 100 different nationalities living and working together. We are glad you are here to explore multinational city combining a great variety of cultures and traditions forming a unique atmosphere of the former Soviet capital.

You will meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Upon the arrival at the hotel, you will be welcomed by a very special person called Father Frost, Russian Santa. He would like to tell you something very important and treat you with some Russian traditional gifts.

 

Day 02:  Explore Moscow (6 hours tour)

This morning you will have a walking panoramic tour around the city centre. Varvarka street, Nikolskaya street and of course a visit to the Red Square where you will have enough time to explore the area with your guide.  Visit Alexander Garden, Kremlin Walls, Red Square, Mausoleum Building, GUM and many other sightseeing places.

After lunch, we will have a traditional tour of the Kremlin. The magnificent Moscow Kremlin is the sacred heart of the Russian Federation and the most ancient part of the city. It is the historic, social and political centre of Moscow. It is the starting point from where Moscow grew into a megalopolis, and it is where all Russian leaders have lived and worked. You will see the Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, visit the Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Michael's Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral.

Then, you can proceed to visit Yeliseev Grocery Store at Tverskaya Street or walk along beautifully decorated Stolechnikov and Christmas Lane by yourselves or travel back to the hotel accompanied by your guide using Moscow Underground.

 

Day 03:  Explore the city on foot (6 hours tour)

Post breakfast you will be met by your guide and taken for a tour around The Moscow Underground railroad network, commonly called the Moscow Metro, a masterpiece of art and architecture. In this tour, we visit several train stations, that look like palaces with amazing statues, murals, mosaics, colorful marble, and ornate chandeliers. You will then proceed to Moscow Mosque, the central biggest Muslim centre in Russia.

After lunch at the Mosque banquet hall, you will travel by Underground to visit the world famous Tretyakov Gallery which contains works of Russian art from the 10th century up to the present. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublev, Kandinsky, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.You will have a choice to stay in the city centre or to be accompanied to the hotel by your guide this afternoon.

Each district of Moscow from December 18 till January 14 turns into a part of a winter festival with unique art objects, exciting street shows and concerts, master classes on cooking and decoration, traditional food and unusual souvenirs. At 7 p.m. your guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel for a Snow Fun Game. During Snow Fun, you will visit the Ice Palace, play street games, try some Russian hot herbal drinks and have some unique Russian winter fun.

 

Day 04: Explore Saint Petersburg

After breakfast you will check-out from the hotel, meet your guide and have a transfer to the train station.  We are travelling to Saint Petersburg today. With a population of 6 million people, Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It was founded in 1703 by the Tsar Peter the Great, the country’s greatest reformer who opened Russia to Europe. It was also the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 till 1918.  You can see and feel the heritage of Russia’s historical monarchy in its streets, parks, monuments, museums and citizens.

Upon the Arrival to Saint Petersburg, you will be met by the guide and have a lunch at the Georgian restaurant. Post lunch, you will have a panoramic driving tour around the city

Afterward, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, you might plan to head out on the town or enjoy a Christmas hot drink in a bar or café or at our hotel. During the journey, you can choose our optional tours like 'Folklore Show at Nikolaevsky Palace' or a night at the Russian Ballet.

 

Day 05:  (5 hours tour)

Post breakfast we take you to the Hermitage Museum in Winter Palace. It houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. Then, we will visit Peter & Paul Fortress and the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740. In the early 1920s, it was still used as a prison and execution ground by the Soviet government.

The afternoon is free for you to further explore. Most of the city sights are dotted along and just off the main street - Nevsky Prospekt. It’s an easy city to find your bearings and get around. St. Petersburg has a spirited restaurant, bars and jazz clubs.

 

Day 06:  (5 hours tour)

Today we further explore the city centre and its numerous must-see places: the Cathedral of Spilt Blood and Saint Isaac Cathedral. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built in 1883-1907 on the spot where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. It holds the largest number of mosaics in Europe. It is a treasure box, gleaming with precious stones, gold and colorful mosaic mural panels which cover the walls and the dome of the Cathedral. The monumental building of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral was built in 1818-1858 by French architect Montferrand. There are up to 600 pieces of art inside the building including paintings, sculptures and icons.

You will also visit the Museum of Faberge. It contains more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain and bronze. A highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian Tsars.

This afternoon, you have a choice to be transferred back to the hotel or stay in the city centre and have a lunch, you might visit Yusupov Palace or go on a shopping spree at Nevsky Prospect.

 

Day 07: (5 hours tour)

The day is devoted to Pushkin and Catherine Palace. It takes 01 hour to reach this place from Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival in Pushkin, you will have an inside tour of the Catherine Palace, and you will visit the famous Amber Room. This room was built in 1716 as a gift to Peter I from the King of Prussia Frederick William I. The King of Prussia wanted to celebrate peace between his state and Russia and to cement their alliance against Sweden by making such a magnificent gift. The panels of the Amber Room are made from several tons of amber.

We travel back to Saint Petersburg and leave you in the city centre or at the hotel to spend your last day in Saint Petersburg with your friends or family and enjoy the last winter evening in Russia.

 

Day 08: Depart from Russia

Post breakfast, you check out from the hotel. The driver will meet you at the lobby to transfer you to the airport.

Package Rates

Our package ensures that you have a wonderful trip right from the start to the end. The transfers are smooth, the stay is luxurious, the experiences are impeccable and the memories are incredible.

We offer all of the above for 07 nights at a rate starting from AED 7,230 per person.

For enquiries or for customization of your package please contact our holiday experts on 800 372273 or e-mail us at holidays@al-majid.com.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Economy class tickets on Aeroflot
  • Breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 03 nights’ accommodation at the 3 star hotel Izmailovo Delta in Moscow
  • 04 nights’ accommodation at the 3 star hotel Azimut in Saint Petersburg
  • Invitation letter
  • Private airport and city transfers in accordance to the itinerary
  • 6 guided tours, duration 5-6 hours
  • Fees to all museums as per itinerary
  • Interactive game “Snow fun”
  • Train tickets Moscow-Saint Petersburg

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Visa Expenses
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Train ticket from Saint Petersburgh to Moscow
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Surcharge for peak dates applicable on certain dates
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
Rates are in AED currency
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

Cancellation Policy

You or any member of your party may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead passenger must be sent by email to holidays@al-majid.com. For urgent cancellations, please ALSO telephone 04 2222007 or 2212213.
 
In the event of cancellation, there will be supplier charges that you will have to pay ranging from 10% to 100%, and these will be explained to you prior to booking. We encourage you to take out travel insurance, which may cover some or all of the charges depending on the nature of the cancellation.
 
Should you fail to cancel your booking in advance you may also incur a no-show fee in addition to any other supplier imposed charges.
 
Prior to confirming your booking, please ensure that you are aware of all cancellation charges.
Surcharge for peak dates applicable on certain dates
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
Rates are in AED currency
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Economy class tickets on Aeroflot
  • Breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 03 nights’ accommodation at the 3 star hotel Izmailovo Delta in Moscow
  • 04 nights’ accommodation at the 3 star hotel Azimut in Saint Petersburg
  • Invitation letter
  • Private airport and city transfers in accordance to the itinerary
  • 6 guided tours, duration 5-6 hours
  • Fees to all museums as per itinerary
  • Interactive game “Snow fun”
  • Train tickets Moscow-Saint Petersburg

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Visa Expenses
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Train ticket from Saint Petersburgh to Moscow
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions
You or any member of your party may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead passenger must be sent by email to holidays@al-majid.com. For urgent cancellations, please ALSO telephone 04 2222007 or 2212213.
 
In the event of cancellation, there will be supplier charges that you will have to pay ranging from 10% to 100%, and these will be explained to you prior to booking. We encourage you to take out travel insurance, which may cover some or all of the charges depending on the nature of the cancellation.
 
Should you fail to cancel your booking in advance you may also incur a no-show fee in addition to any other supplier imposed charges.
 
Prior to confirming your booking, please ensure that you are aware of all cancellation charges.