In St. Petersburg, MIR guests will either ring in the New Year feasting, raising toasts and singing songs in a Russian home, or at the lavish Czar's Ball in Catherine's Palace where tiered crystal chandeliers illuminate the polished parquet floors and an orchestra invites you to waltz.
For four days, guests will explore the 300-year-old imperial capital envisioned by Peter the Great. They'll visit Alexander's Palace, the Gold and Malachite Rooms, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the Usupoff Palace. An evening ballet or opera performance is another highlight of St. Petersburg.
Next, holidaymakers will board a train and experience Moscow at its most graceful and serene, resting beneath a blanket of fresh snow. They'll visit the splendid Tretyakov Gallery, encompassing Russian art from the 11th century to the present.
A visit to Suzdal, once the grand capital of several medieval principalities, caps off the 10-day tour. Admire its 16th century churches, their vaulted ceilings lit by flickering candles, with the unearthly beauty of Russian hymns filling the air. Return to Moscow for a visit to Red Square, iconic St. Basil's and the ancient Kremlin, including the Armory Museum where Russia's treasures are guarded.
The tour is December 29, 2014 – January 7, 2015 and starts at $5,695. To view the full itinerary, visit http://www.mircorp.com/trip/russian-winter-wonder-land/ or call 800-424-7289.