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Winter in Russia
Russia - Trip code RUW Winter Activity
Days 9
Price from Call us
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

This winter trip begins in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, before heading north to explore the lesser-known Republic of Karelia. Here discover the UNESCO-Listed wooden churches on Kizhi Island by hovercraft and explore the Kivach Nature Reserve.

  • Moscow and St. Petersburg - Explore each city, including the Red Square and the world famous Hermitage Museum
  • Dog - sledding - Spend time with the huskies and experience dog-sledding in the snow laden forest
  • Kinerma - Experience traditional Karelian life in this tiny village which has been voted the most beautiful in Russia
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 8

    Lunch: 3

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Boat

    Train

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    Accommodation

    6 nights standard hotel

    2 nights simple overnight train

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    12 - 18

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow and check in to hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival there may be time to explore some of Russia's capital independently.

Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world, yet the historic centre is a relatively compact and easily navigable area with fascinating architecture around every corner. Our hotel is situated a few minutes\ walk from the Partizanskaya metro station making it easy to travel in to the historic centre, reaching Red Square in approximately 15 minutes. Next door to our hotel are a flea market and the Vernissage where folk crafts and antiques are on sale.

If you're booking your own flights then please ensure that you let us know whether you're arriving into Domodedovo International or Sheremetyevo International Airport so we can arrange your transfer accordingly.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Orientation tour of Moscow including Red Square; overnight train to St. Petersburg

The day begins with a guided tour of Moscow using the metro as our method of transport around the city. This also allows the chance to see some of the impressive underground metro stations, adorned with decorative artwork on the walls and huge chandeliers. Our tour will take us through the particularly grand Komsomolskaya and Novoslobodskaya stations, en route to sites including the Kremlin and Saint Basil's Cathedral. The tour of Moscow will end in Red Square, where locals go about their daily business wrapped up against the Russian winter, and at this time of year it may be possible to witness the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral in the snow.

For lunch you may wish to visit the canteen in the famous GUM department store. The store was the main shopping mall during Soviet times, and is worth a visit to see the large architecturally stunning hallways. The Soviet-style canteen has a large array of tasty foods to warm you up including authentic dishes; warm up on the classic Borscht soup that can be found across Russia and Eastern Europe, or try the Pelmeni dumplings.

After lunch we will travel to some of the more outlying areas of Moscow in a private bus, including Lenin Hills where we should get a great panoramic view of the city. We will also pass by the UNESCO-Listed Novodevichy Convent and Cemetary, considered one of Moscow's most attractive monasteries with its red walls and golden dome.

There is some free time later this afternoon and early evening to have some dinner, before taking the overnight train to St. Petersburg. We will be travelling on the famous Red Arrow Train, which during Soviet times carried the Communist Party elite between Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and has been operating since 1931. The train has been kept in its original style, so it's a unique experience and like taking a step back in time to an era when train travel was at its prime. The accommodation is in four-berth compartments with bedding provided. The overnight train we plan to use for this holiday departs at 23.20 and arrives to Petrozavodsk at 06.50 the following day.

Accommodation:

Grade: Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Orientation tour of St. Petersburg

After arriving in St. Petersburg and fuelling up on breakfast, a local guide will join the group to begin exploring the city by bus.

St. Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad, was founded by Peter the Great as his 'Window on the West'. Built on the Neva River, the city is considered Russia's cultural capital and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its intricate architecture, and picturesque bridges crossing the river.

St. Petersburg has a wealth of history for us to uncover, and we begin this morning as we visit many of the sites of historical importance. The tour will take in Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour of the Spilled Blood.??

After the tour we will check-in to our hotel, and the afternoon has been left free to relax or explore the city independently.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Visit the Hermitage Museum; overnight train to Petrozavodsk

Today begins with a visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most prestigious art galleries in the world, showcasing the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Velázquez, Rubens and Rembrandt, as well as contemporary pieces by Matisse and Picasso. Founded by Catherine the Great in the late 18th Century, the Hermitage collection is so large that if you were to see all the works on display and stop for one minute at each, it would take approximately 9 years. The afternoon and early evening have been left free to explore the city and have dinner.

This evening we leave St. Petersburg behind as we board an overnight train heading north to Petrozavodsk, where we enter the Republic of Karelia. The accommodation is in four-berth compartments with bedding provided.

Accommodation:

Grade: Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Visit the rural village of Kinerma and explore Petrozavodsk

The Karelian region is renowned for its charming wooden villages, churches, and its countryside full of lakes, rivers and forests. Situated on the shores of the ice-covered Lake Onega, the city of Petrozavodsk will be our base for the next three days.

After disembarking the train and having breakfast at a local restaurant, we'll visit the tiny rural village of Kinerma. Here we can see original Karelian wooden architecture and it was voted one of Russia's most attractive villages. A very small number of people still live here permanently, continuing to live and farm the land using traditional methods. In the winter months the snow-capped wooden roofs create a true winter wonderland atmosphere. Here we see a living example of traditional Russian settlement, and also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Smolensk at the heart of the village. We'll have tea and homemade berry pies in a wooden Karelian house.

We drive on to Karjala Husky Park where we'll have a masterclass on how to cook the local Karelian speciality of lohikeitto soup made with salmon, potatoes and leeks. We'll then get to taste our soup along with meat and potato dishes that will be served in a tchum; the traditional tent dwelling used by the reindeer herders from the north western Siberia, and it's covered in reindeer hide to protect from the harsh winters.

Arriving back in Petrozavodsk this afternoon we explore the city and become acquainted with the history of the capital of Karelia. Petrozavodsk was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 initially as an iron factory and quarrying centre; the name Petrozavodsk literally meaning 'Peter's factory'. Today the city has fine examples of 18th century Neo-classical architecture, and this tour will visit the main sites including Lenin Square and the surrounding historical buildings, Kirov Square, and take a walk along the lakefront promenade where we can see monuments that have been gifted to the city over time. With strong ties both culturally and linguistically to neighbouring Finland, Petrozavodsk has been described as a Russian city with a dash of European influence.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Travel by hovercraft to see the UNESCO-Listed wooden churches on Kizhi Island

This morning we board a hovercraft travelling to Kizhi Island in the centre of Lake Onega. During the Soviet Union, various pieces of wooden architecture were collected from around the country and brought to Kizhi for preservation purposes. Today this collection exhibits nearly 100 wooden structures showcasing true examples of traditional Russian wooden architecture, symbolised by their octagonal shapes, spires and topped with magnificent domes. During our visit we will see the Kizhi Pogost; a UNESCO-Listed wooden church - one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world. While the structures here are considered some of the most beautiful in the country, this architecture can be seen used in day to day life during our time in the Karelian region.

After spending time exploring the island, we visit the local café in the harbour where a traditional herbal tea-tasting will be put on with Karelian pasties, also known as kalitka. After warming up, the hovercraft travels back to Petrozavodsk where we are free for the remainder of the afternoon.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Try dog-sledding and visit the Kivach Nature Reserve

This morning we drive to the Nordic Husky Farm. After an introductory briefing, we spend time getting acquainted with the beautiful huskies, learning some facts about their breed and characters. The musher will advise on how to harness the dogs and how to control the sledge. The sledding route follows approximately three kilometres through the snowy forest. At one time two or three sleighs will be out, while the rest of the group walk with the guide and look out for the huskies and sleighs in the distance.

After a barbecue lunch at a nearby café we'll continue onwards to Kivach Nature Reserve where the natural beauty of the region becomes apparent, especially in winter. Visit the impressive frozen Kivach waterfall surrounded by snow covered pine forest, and learn more about the local flora and fauna at the museum and dendarium - Botanical Park.

Next we drive onto Marcial Waters where the first ever Russian spa was created. In the Soviet times it was the best sanatorium in Karelia and still today it is a very popular place. Whilst at the spa we'll have the chance to taste the waters that are reputed to have healing properties. We'll also visit the ancient Church of Saint Peter, which was designed by Peter the Great.

Return to Petrozavodsk this evening you are free to have dinner in one of the many restaurants that serve creamy fish soups, meat stews and hearty mushroom dishes, followed by a glass of Karelian balm; an alcoholic drink infusing 30 types of berries and herbs.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Free time in Petrozavodsk, and travel back to St. Petersburg

After a busy day yesterday, today has been left free to enjoy the city of Petrozavodsk and our last chance to soak up Karelian culture, before meeting back at the hotel in the late afternoon to take the fast train back to St. Petersburg, approximately a 5 hour journey.

During the day you may wish to visit the National Museum of the Republic of Karelia, where thousands of historical items tell a story of this region; the history, culture, and nature of the Russian North.

Accommodation:

Grade: Standard Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Trip ends in St. Petersburg

The trip ends in St. Petersburg this morning, after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Country information

Russia

Climate

In European Russia snows usually start in November and stay till late March/early April, when a great thaw occurs with temperatures ranging from about 5°C in October and April to -15°C in January.

Time difference to GMT

+3

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Orthodox Christianit, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism

Language

Russian

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Moscow:
Opera or ballet €50-150.00. This optional is subject to availability and performances may sell out. If there is a particular concert or venue you wish to visit, or you just want to ensure you're able to get a ticket to a performance, then we recommend booking your tickets online directly with the theatre production company before leaving the UK. As we have limited time in Moscow, you may wish to extend your trip pre-trip if seeing the opera or ballet is a must for you.

Kremlin Armoury Museum is €35.00 (€40.00 for groups under 10) with a guide or 700 RUB for entrance only with audio guides available in English.

St. Petersburg:
Saint Peter and Paul Fortress entrance is €25.00.
Yusupov Palace entrance is €28.00.
Alexander Nevsky Lavra (Monastery) entrance is €5.00.

Prices for the above optional trips include guide fee, entrance fee to the site and necessary transport unless it states otherwise.

Opera or ballet €40-180.00. This optional is subject to availability and performances may sell out. If there is a particular concert or venue you wish to visit, or you just want to ensure you're able to get a ticket to a performance, then we recommend booking your tickets online directly with the theatre production company before leaving the UK.

Other entrance fees in St. Petersburg for attraction you may like to visit include:
St Isaacs Cathedral 250 RUB
Church of the Saviour of the Spilled Blood 250 RUB
Cruiser Aurora Museum 450 RUB.

Clothing

In Russia weather conditions can change rapidly - sunshine, drizzle, rain and snow may all occur in the same day. In winter temperatures can drop to -20 degrees centigrade. You'll need to take very warm clothing for outdoor activities, so pack warm layers of breathable fabrics. A good quality heavy duty wind and waterproof jacket and trousers are essential.

We'd also strongly recommend packing thermal underwear, fleece under trousers, a fleece jumper, woolly hat, thick socks, scarf or snood and gloves (and glove liners for when you're taking photos). You may also find ski trousers or salopettes and a ski face/neck mask useful.

Ladies should take a headscarf and ensure their shoulders are covered when entering churches.

Footwear

Bring warm waterproof walking boots that have sufficient grip for icy conditions and are waterproof in case of snow. You may wish to bring a spare pair in case your feet get wet and your boots don't dry out overnight. You may also find a pair of snow boots useful and trainers for using indoors in the hotels.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of luggage and a daysac for personal items.

Equipment

Spare camera batteries can be useful as these do not last long in cold weather. In case of emergency we also recommend that you carry a torch and a first aid kit. Sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen may be beneficial on clear blue sky days as the sun can be very strong. We also recommend bringing your own water bottle to reduce plastic consumption. You may find taking some over shoe ice grips to be of use and walking poles in case of icy conditions.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly you should allow approximately 30 Euros for tips. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

Russia

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£12.00 - 16.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Rouble.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend that you take your money in Euros or US Dollars cash. For US Dollars notes should be in good condition (not torn or marked), issued after 1990 (pre-1990 are often refused) and ideally in small denominations. Euros and Dollars are easily transferable into the local currency, Roubles.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
Cash can be withdrawn both in Moscow and St. Petersburg
Credit Card Acceptance
Local currency (Russian Roubles) can also be drawn on credit cards from ATM's in both Moscow and St Petersburg.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques are accepted in Moscow and St Petersburg but are very time-consuming to change and attract unfavourable exchange rates
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat, Train

Accommodation notes


For the overnight train journeys we will use sleeper carriages with four bunk beds with bedding provided (two beds on floor level and two above) per compartment and with a shared toilet and wash basin in each carriage. There are no shower facilities on board. Luggage is stored under the bottom bunk beds and above the cabin door for the top bunks. There is the possibility that you will be sharing with non-Explore mixed gender clients in the same cabin. You can experience authentic rail travel with the local people and it's a great way of getting from place to place during the night, so you maximise on the amount of time you have in each city during the day to explore. Take snacks, drinks, toilet roll, hand sanitiser and an open mind with you for maximum enjoyment.

Between Moscow and St. Petersburg we will be using the famous Red Arrow Train, which in Soviet times carried the Communist Party elite between Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and has been operating since 1931. The train has been kept in its original style, so it's a unique experience for us and like taking a step back in time to an era when train travel was at its prime.

In Russia the majority of buildings including the hotels still use the old Soviet District Heating System. Large power plants supply both electricity and hot water and from autumn to spring the central heating provided is at a set temperature, which can't be individually adjusted. So this means that it can be hotter inside the hotel bedrooms than you'd expect, but this can't be turned down, so it's best to open a window if you are too warm.

Most of the hotels in the main cities were constructed during Soviet times and so tend to be large and can have ostentatious decor. The hotels we use in both Moscow and St. Petersburg are in this style and are just a short journey by metro from the city centres.

In Moscow our hotel is by Partizanskaya metro station and is approximately 15 minutes from the Red Square. Within walking distance of our hotel is the Kremlin in Izmailovo where you can visit a number of museums and see different Russian architectural styles. Here you'll find the Russian Toys Museum, Russian Fleet Museum and the Russian Vodka History Museum. Next door to here is a flea market and the Vernissage where folk crafts and antiques are on sale. Nearby there's also Izmailovsky Island surrounded by the Serebryano-Vinogradnye ponds. The island contains 18-19th centuries architectural monuments and was created by the second Tsar of the Romanov family. One of the largest city parks in Europe, Izmailovo Park, is also close by.

In St. Petersburg our hotel is situated near to Nevsky Prospekt on the Neva River embankment. The metro station is in the hotel building and it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the Hermitage. Within walking distance of our hotel is Alexander Nevsky Lavra. This monastery complex is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city and the graves of some of Russia's most famous composers and writers including Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky and Glinka.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information


Russia: All nationalities require a single entry visa in order to enter Russia. As part of the visa requirements you will need to obtain a Russian Travel Voucher and Authorisation from the local Russian authorities. Explore will request this on your behalf approximately 8 weeks prior to departure. Please allow a minimum of 5 working days for the travel voucher and authorisation to be processed. Due to the visa processing times, Explore are unable to accept bookings within one month of travel

For British passport holders: All applicants must present themselves in person to the Russia Visa Processing Centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh, on the day of application, to provide biometric information (fingerprints). There is currently no appointment system in place for this new process, so applicants will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. It is likely this will mean lengthy queues and waiting times. The biometric process is not optional, and any applicant who refuses to provide their fingerprints will automatically be refused a visa. This information is not stored and applicants will therefore need to travel to the Processing Centre each time a visa is required. In the event an application is rejected due to inaccurate or incomplete information, fingerprints must be resubmitted as part of the revised application. For more information regarding this process - we recommend contacting the Russian Embassy direct, their website is http://rusemb.org.uk/visa/

It is essential that you provide Explore with the correct passport information at the time of booking, as this will be required in order to request the travel voucher and letter of invite, as well as pre-book any applicable train tickets. Corrections and amendments will incur additional charges, so please double check that the information we have for you is up to date and correct, this includes your passport number, full name as per passport (including middle names), date of birth and place of birth; if customers renew or reissue their passports from the details initially given to Explore, train tickets must be cancelled and purchased again, which involves extra costs and may result in customers being in differing train carriages to the rest of the group. If you intend to renew your passport please let Explore know at the point of booking and please ensure that you have the new passport no later than 8 weeks prior to travel.

You will be required to enter a reference number and a confirmation number on your visa application. These can be found at the top of your authorisation letter under the heading 'Voucher Number'. The 6 digit long number is the reference and the 4 digit number is the confirmation number.

In order for Explore to provide the necessary documentation to support your visa application (i.e. your visa authorisation), all pre and post tour accommodation must be booked through Explore and not booked independently.

Please ensure that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of return to your home country.

All visa information is subject to change regularly, so please check with your local consulate for the most up to date advice for the countries you are visiting. All other nationalities should check with the Russian embassy.

For nationalities that require proof of their travel insurance through Explore as part of their visa application, please contact us for a copy of this.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

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Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Included activities

Please note for many attractions and sites you visit during the tour, you will not be allowed to take coats or bags inside. These will have to be checked into the cloakrooms available and so customers are advised to carry a small bag for wallets/purses, mobile phone, personal docs etc in whilst inside the venue.

Ability to swim

No

Russia

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, polio and diphtheria. Tick-borne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Eastern Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling. The Russian government advises that certain medications must be declared upon entry into the country, and you may also be required to carry a prescription with you. You should consult your local consulate for up to date information prior to travel.

Additional Information

Why book this trip

When you think of Russia, many people picture the famous sights of Saint Basil's Cathedral and The Hermitage in Moscow and St. Petersburg. On this winter trip you will not only discover these highlights, but also head north to the Republic of Karelia, known for its beautiful natural scenery and wooden villages peeking through a layer of snow. Discover a lesser visited area of Russia and explore a true winter wonderland. Picture frozen waterfalls and lakes, dog-sledding with huskies through snow covered pine forest, and eating hot Karelian pies to warm you up from the sub-zero temperatures.

Dates, prices and booking

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