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Russia in winter? “Absolutely,” says our Urs Hofmann, champion of this celebratory rail journey to the Arctic Circle. “This trip is for travelers in search of the extraordinary. You’ll ride a luxury train into the planet’s far northerly reaches to ring in the new year with an aurora borealis light show.” Along the way, there’s time to explore the beguiling cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as charming villages—all alight with holiday festivities, which more than make up for the missing daylight this time of year.
You begin with a couple days in St. Petersburg spent wandering lively streets decorated for Rozdestvo (Russian Christmas) and taking in splendid palaces and possibly a ballet. On New Year’s Eve, board the elegantly appointed Golden Eagle and embark. The guest astronomer hosts a discussion about the Northern Lights before tonight’s gala dinner, complete with caviar and music.
Now in 2014, toast the new year—and crossing into the Arctic Circle—with champagne. Then keep your eyes out for colorful flourishes in the sky as you explore the seaports of Murmansk and Arkhangel. Onward to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-town of Vladimir and captivating Suzdal, a wonderland of onion-domed churches. Before arriving in Moscow, you’ll have enjoyed typical Russian villages, Christmas markets, a choral performance by monks, and a sleigh ride.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1:
arrive St. Petersburg
- Day 2:
St. Petersburg at your leisure
- Day 3:
St. Petersburg tour, board Golden Eagle, embark north
- Day 4:
traveling north, New Year's Eve gala dinner and music
- Day 5:
champagne at Arctic Circle, on to Murmansk, watch for Northern Lights
- Day 6:
tour Arkhangel, sky gazing
- Day 7:
visit Veliky Ustyug
- Day 8:
Vladimir and Suzdal
- Day 9:
Moscow sightseeing, overnight in hotel
- Day 10:
depart for home.
this itinerary can also be done in reverse.