Moscow & St Petersburg: a winter journey

Jan 9 - 23, 2020
$10,945per person, twin share (land content only). $1,680 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Michael Adcock
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Swap the Australian summer for the charm and the chill of these exceptional cities, visiting when orthodox Christmas is in full swing and when the locals get out and enjoy life.

Winter has a special place in Russian culture, permeating its literature, performing arts and national story of triumph through hardship. This 5-day tour explores the incredible wealth of culture, history and art in St Petersburg and Moscow at a time of year that brings quintessential elements of Russian culture to the fore. Experience Russia at its most magnificent, from the palaces of Catherine the Great, to superb fine and decorative art collections, including the Hermitage, Faberge Museum and Tretyakov Gallery, and its cutting-edge contemporary and performing arts scene.


  • The essence and beauty of Russia in winter
  • The joy of the Russian Orthodox festive season and delight of Moscow’s amazing Christmas lights
  • Cathedrals of the Kremlin, sites of the coronation and funeral processions of the tsars
  • The treasures housed in the State Armoury and Diamond Fund
  • Masterpieces of Russian and European art at the Tretyakov Gallery
  • Art and architecture in St Petersburg, including the Hermitage, Fabergé Museum and the Yusupov Palace
  • The magnificent palaces of Catherine the Great

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Michael Adcock is a social, cultural and art historian with over ten years’ experience in leading residential and study tours for Academy Travel.


Days 1–3: Arrive into Moscow. Tour Red Square. Admire the Christmas decorations and see the Tretyakov collections.

Day 4: Day trip to Kuskovo Park and Estate and Pushkin Galleries.

Days 5–7: Tour the Bolshoi, Kremlin, State Armoury and Diamond Fund. Visit the Tolstoy House Museum and Russian Icon Museum.

Day 8: Travel by fast train to St Petersburg.

Days 9–11: Explore St Petersburg’s extraordinary landmarks, cathedrals, palaces and museums, including a full day at the Hermitage.

Days 12–15: Day trips to Catherine’s palaces at Pushkin, Pavlovsk Park and the surprising collection at the Hermitage Storage Facility.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

The tour begins at our hotel in Moscow and ends at our hotel in St Petersburg. Emirates and Qatar Airways offer the best connections into Moscow and out of St Petersburg from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Jan 9 - 23, 2020
$10,945per person, twin share (land content only). $1,680 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Michael Adcock


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)