Winter in Moscow & St Petersburg

Jan 6 - 20, 2019

Tour Leader

Michael Carr
  • Tour Info
  • Inclusions


Winter has a special place in Russian culture, permeating its literature, performing arts and national story of triumph through hardship. This new 15-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, Fabergé Museum and Tretyakov Gallery, and its cutting-edge contemporary and performing arts scene.


  • The significance of winter in Russian culture, from Orthodox Christmas to cityscapes immortalised by Russia’s literary giants
  • Russia’s incredible history from imperial power, to revolution and beyond
  • Vast repositories of fine and decorative arts in Russia’s incredible array of museums and galleries
  • Rivalry with the West: from the tsars to distinctively Russian movements in modern and contemporary art
  • The art of the palace: from the might of the Kremlin to Catherine the Great’s country retreats


  • Marvel at the treasures housed in the State Armoury and Diamond Fund
  • Orthodox Christmas and the joy of the festive season
  • The frescoed cathedrals of the Kremlin, site of the coronation and funeral processions of the Tsars
  • A private tour with a curator through exhibitions at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 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 limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Your Tour Leader

Michael Carr is an art dealer and historian with over 20 years’ experience in handling major Australian and international paintings and sculptures.


Day 1: Arrive into Moscow.

Days 2–3: Tour Red Square. Admire the decorated Metro stations and wander through Gorky Park.

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

Days 5–7: See the Tretyakov collections, Kremlin, State Armoury and Diamond Fund. Visit the Tolstoy House Museum and Novodevichy Convent.

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 Oranienbaum.

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Getting There

Emirates has daily flights to Moscow and returning from St Petersburg. 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.

Online Booking

Winter in Moscow & St Petersburg Jan 6 - 20, 2019

Fields marked with a * are required.

  • Travellers Details

    Number of passengers

    Please select the number passengers that will be travelling.

    • Passenger 1

      Person 1

      Male Female
    • Person 2

      Male Female

    I am travelling with

  • Travel Plans

    Air Travel

    Pre and Post Tour Travel

  • Booking Conditions
  • Deposit Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your place on tour

Register your Interest

A detailed itinerary for this tour is not yet available, and as such we're not accepting bookings for this tour at this time. If you would like to be notified when places become available, please register your interest. We will email you an itinerary as soon as it’s available.

Join Waitlist

There are currently no places available on this tour. A place on the waitlist is not a confirmed place on tour. If you would like to be notified if a place becomes available on tour, please register your details below.

Online Booking

Jan 6 - 20, 2019
$10,795per person, twin share (land content only). $1,675 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour Leader

Michael Carr

Limited Availability

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed below if you wish to make a booking.

Limited AvailabilitySearch Our Tours

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)

Stay In Touch

Become an ADFAS Traveller. You will receive a quaterly newsletter, email updates, lecture series and special offers delivered electronically.