New Year's is every Russian's favorite time of year. The cities glow with festooned lights, the wintry sky explodes with gala fireworks, and the theaters and palaces are full of merry-makers enjoying performances and elegant balls. Experience the magic of the holidays in Russia on this extraordinary New Year's program.
Begin in St. Petersburg to explore the Hermitage, home to one of the world's greatest art collections; visit the Peter & Paul Fortress, the final resting place of the tsars; and listen to a choir singing joyous hymns of the season. Other highlights are a troika ride across the snow-covered landscape in a royal park; a visit to a 19th-century palace housing an exquisite collection of Fabergé eggs; and a gala New Year's Eve celebration. In Moscow, see the world-class Impressionists and early modern works at the Pushkin Museum, and enjoy a performance at the legendary Bolshoi. Other highlights include special visits to the Kremlin and to the U.S. Ambassador's home.