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Harbin Ice Festival & Maslenitsa

Tour Type: Small group Season: January - FebruaryDuration: 29 daysGroup tour dates: 02 Feb 2020 - 01 Mar 2020Cities: Harbin Ulan-Ude Irkutsk Lake Baikal Krasnoyarsk Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Golden Ring Moscow St Petersburg Grade: EasyTour suitable for any age and level of fitness.Rate from $6,463 USD per person

This exclusive month-long tour will take you from China to St. Petersburg via winter steppes of Mongolia, Siberian and key Russian cities across Asia and Europe. Attend the world-famous Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, spend the Maslenitsa week exploring Moscow & St. Petersburg. Travel back in time visiting the oldest Russian towns. Explore rich history of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Accommodation, train tickets, transfers and guided tours in the cities are included

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Choose your package

from Harbin to Ulan-Ude

from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk

from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal

from Lake Baikal to Krasnoyarsk

from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg

from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod

from Nizhny Novgorod to Golden Ring

from Moscow to St Petersburg




  • Centrally located hand-picked hotels
  • 2 nights Harbin // 2 nights Ulan-Ude // 3 nights Lake Baikal/Irkutsk // 2 nights Yekaterinburg // 2 nights Krasnoyarsk // 2 nights Kazan / 1 night Nizhny Novgorod // 1 night Vladimir // 1 night Suzdal // 1 night Yaroslavl
  • 3 nights in Moscow // 4 nights in St. Petersburg
  • 4 nights on board


  • Full breakfast in the hotels (except Day 1)
  • 3 lunches: Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Russian lunch in Taltsy with tea and honey degustation // Tatar cooking master-class with lunch in Kazan
  • 2 lunches in local restaurants in Vladimir and Suzdal
  • Russian pancake Maslenitsa Experience in Yaroslavl (lunch)
  • Degustation of Medovukha in Suzdal
  • Group tour: welcome dinner


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Harbin to Ulan-Ude

  • from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk

  • from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal

  • from Lake Baikal to Krasnoyarsk

  • from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg

  • from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod

  • from Nizhny Novgorod to Golden Ring

  • from Moscow to St Petersburg

  • Meet & greet at every location
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg


  • Harbin full day (8 hours) guided tour: Harbin Ice Festival
  • Ulan-Ude full day (8 hours) guided tour: Atsagatsy Datsan & Buryat village // Ulan-Ude full day (8 hours) guided tour: Ivolginky Datsan & Old believers village
  • Irkutsk full day (8 hours) guided tour: Taltsy Open Air Siberian Museum with Matryoshka painting master class and interactive program Tea in Russia & Great Tea Way with tea degustation, Irkutsk historical downtown, St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square
  • Listvyanka full day (8 hours) guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Chersky Stone observation point, local souvenir market
  • Krasnoyarsk full day (8 hours) guided tour: the chapel of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnits Communal Bridge, Krasnoyarsk dam (Hydroelectric Power Station) // Full day (8 hours) guided tour to Natural Krasnoyarsk Stolby Reserve
  • Yekaterinburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Church of All Saints, Museum of minerals, the Ipatiev House, Europe-Asia border, Pyzhma military museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-chak museum, Old Tatar village
  • Nizhny Novgorod day (6 hours) guided tour: the Kremlin, historic downtown
  • The Golden Ring guided tours: Vladimir: the Assumption Cathedral, St Demetrius Cathedral, Golden Gates, Museum of Crystal // Yaroslavl: the Residence of Maslenitsa // Suzdal: Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of St. Euthymius
  • The Golden Ring guided tours: Rostov the Great: the Rostov Kremlin, master class on national crafts // Bogolyubovo: the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters, Moscow metro tour
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: The Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoye Estate and the traditional Maslenitsa festivities, VDNKh
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room, Maslenitsa Celebration

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions
  • Russian visa & Chinese visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa) is provided free of charge

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  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
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  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

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