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FRSM - Festive Russia

Experience the frosty and festive delights of Russia in winter and visit the home of Father Frost, Ded Moroz, in remote and picturesque Veliky Ustyug, a true winter wonderland experience. Coincide your visit with either Western or Orthodox Christmas and you may even receive a gift.


Group size
Tour Provider Sundowners Overland
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,365
Start Location
St. Petersburg, Russia
End Location
Moscow, Russia
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
1 to 15
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
19 Dec 201830 Dec 2018availableAUD $3,385
02 Jan 201913 Jan 2019availableAUD $3,385
16 Jan 201927 Jan 2019availableAUD $3,365
18 Dec 201929 Dec 2019availableAUD $3,385
01 Jan 202012 Jan 2020availableAUD $3,385
15 Jan 202026 Jan 2020availableAUD $3,385
16 Dec 202027 Dec 2020availableAUD $3,385
Days 1-2 : St. Petersburg
Few places are as evocative of a Christmas card as St. Petersburg's pastel architecture covered in a layer of snow. The canals are frozen and the air crisp, but you will receive a warm welcome at the start of your journey.
Days 3-5 : Vologda
From there we travel to Vologda, a pretty 12th century town where the houses are dripping in crenellated wooden architecture reminiscent of the lace the region is famous for.
Days 6 - 7: Velikiy Ustug
The fairy tale continues at the home of Father Frost. Wander the streets full of festive spirit and maybe purchase a memorable decoration to take back to your own Christmas tree. Visit the home of Ded Moroz and his granddaughter, Snegurochka, who helps deliver the presents.
Days 8 - 10: Yaroslavl
Leaving behind Father Christmas we venture to Yaroslavl, a UNESCO World Heritage city situated on the Golden Ring of Russia and one of the best preserved in the region. Founded in 1010 the centre is dotted with the onion domes like no other place in Russia.
Days 11-13: Moscow
Our final stop is in Moscow. Time your journey to be in the capital for New Year's Eve for an outstanding display of fireworks or enjoy the holiday fun of ice skating and winter markets around the Kremlin complex. Whilst hard to outdo all that we have seen so far, St. Basil's standing resplendent in the snow in Red Square will be a fitting lasting memory of your journey.