Russian Festival Maslenitsa
Maslenitsa festival – exciting winter culture holiday!
Celebrate the end of winter with locals and try some delicious Russian cuisine. Join a tour dedicated to the ancient Slavic Maslenitsa festival – exciting winter culture festival! It lasts for a whole week and brings vivid colors not only to the look of the city but also to the menus where you will find hundreds of tasty pancakes (or Bliny).
During the first days of your trip, you will get to know the major sights and most impressive attractions of the capital of Russia. This is the time of year when the city is freeing itself from the grips of winter and heading towards spring. This is what Maslenitsa festival is all about! We will take in the joy and spirit of the holiday by walking around festively decorated streets. But the biggest event is for the dessert. The grand finale will await you in the heart of the Golden Ring – Suzdal. Attend the last day of Maslenitsa festival. This is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to dive into Russian culture and see life here through the eyes of a local.
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- See all the major highlights in Moscow: Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM department store, Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya Street.
- Get an insight into the pearls of Russia – the Kremlin and the Tretyakov gallery.
- Visit an Eco Husky Park and ride a Husky sled.
- Try Russians’ favorite winter activities: ice skating or tubing.
- Learn the history and all the fun facts about the capital of Russia. Visit the true jewels of the Golden Ring.
Maslenitsa Festival Tour Plan:
Day 1: Welcome to Russia
Time to start your winter holidays! We will be waiting for you at Moscow airport and help you with the hotel check-in. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to go for a relaxing walk around the city center or warm up with a cocktail at one of Moscow’s bars. ExploRussia’s team will give you the best recommendations so that you can really enjoy the first hours spent in snowy Russia!
Day 2: Getting acquainted with the national pride and having fun as a local
Begin your day with a fascinating tour of the Kremlin, the center of Russian power and politics, currently the official residence of Russia’s President and previously home to grand dukes and tsars. Visit the mystic Orthodox churches located on the Kremlin’s territory, and (optionally) the fascinating Armory Chamber, which hosts an impressive selection of ancient state regalia, tsars’ festive clothes and the world’s largest collection of Russian ceremonial arms.
After this, you will take part in a classical winter activity – ice-skating in the Hermitage garden! You will take home a great memory – not only because of its dynamic fun, but also of the marvellous setting. It is easy to fall in love with the Hermitage garden in winter – full of lights, music, and smiling faces with rosy cheeks. After one hour of skating you will warm up and relax in a local café over traditional Russian herbal tea and Russian pastry! Or participate in tubing rides in one of the biggest parks of Moscow. This adventurous activity will get your adrenaline pumping and revive childhood memories!
Day 3: The pride of the capital and the beauty of nature
In the morning, go on a guided tour around the center of Moscow and see its most important landmarks. You will walk around Red Square and see the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the beautiful State Historical Museum. Pass by Nikolskaya street to see the stunning Bolshoi Theater, which is also the world’s biggest ballet company. Walk further along Tverskaya Street to discover picturesque churches, secret yards and colorful decors. Hear fascinating stories about Moscow the capital of Russia, its history and everyday life. In the early afternoon grab lunch like a local at the traditional Russian cafeteria in the GUM Department Store (located on Red Square). From the top floor, you also get the best views of GUM’s rich and stylish interiors.
After that, get into a car and head to the Eco Husky Park, where we will start with a little excursion around the wonderful Ethno Park. To get better acquainted with the culture of the Northern nations, you will visit the traditional houses called Yaranga, participate in national games and ceremonies, try delicious herbal tea, listen to ethnic songs and finally go for a ride with the most lovable dogs – huskies! Not only will you get to experience a unique and fun activity but you will also get to take photos and play with the huskies!
Day 4: Aesthetic pleasure
This day will allow you to feel the artistic side of Moscow and even get inspiration for your own art!
First of all, we will visit the Tretyakov Art Gallery that hosts a unique collection of Russian art, ranging from early religious paintings to modern compositions. The world-famous museum also shows grand works of artists from around the globe and has something to suit all tastes.
After lunch you will take a boat ride on the partly frozen Moscow river. Some of the great things to see during this boat trip are the Moscow-city skyscrapers, impressive modern buildings constructed during Soviet Russia time which still prop up the sky above the capital. Along with this, you will see many historical buildings of old Moscow. If you are fond of photography, this is the perfect chance to take some amazing shots. Otherwise, just enjoy the wonderful view.
Day 5: Big Maslenitsa Festival in Suzdal
Suzdal is a small must-see town near Moscow that represents traditional Russia. You will be amazed by the medieval fortresses, churches and traditional wooden houses. This is the place where we will experience the peak of Maslenitsa festival– exciting winter celebration of the soon-to-come end of winter.
Today we will witness authentic games, listen to folk music and see traditional dances. Be ready for sparkling snow and horse sleigh rides. Of course, we will try various types of delicious Bliny (Russian pancakes), symbols of the sun during this holiday. We can also try a shot of Russian vodka or Medovukha (Slavic mead). The fair takes place in the city center surrounded by medieval buildings, adding to the atmosphere of the event and allowing you to feel its authenticity.
Overnight in Suzdal.
Day 6: Jewels of the Golden Ring
Today enjoy Suzdal’s main landmarks: the Suzdal Kremlin, Archery Chambers, Nativity Cathedral and Museum of Wooden Architecture. Suzdal is a small city, but it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Walking around, you will feel like in a fairy tale.
After Suzdal, we will explore Vladimir and its wonderful sights. Visit Cathedral Square with the Assumption and Dmitriev Cathedrals, which date back to the 12th century. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from a panorama point. Visit the old Water Tower, which for many centuries supplied the city with water. See the famous Golden Gates of the city – the arch, formerly the entrance to the city, is now a monument to its architecture.
Next thing you will visit the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. Dating back to the 12th century, the tiny church is situated in the middle of a field. The place of absolute quiet creates a very special atmosphere.
Transfer to Moscow.
Day 7: Farewell
Check out from the hotel
Transfer to the airport
And if want to get to know Russia and Russians better and to see more places take our Trans-Siberian Railway tour.
Departurepick-up from the hotel in Moscow or airport
Departure Timewill be confirmed after the booking
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable clothing, shoes, hat, warm clothing depending on the season.
Includedaccommodation in 3* or 4* hotels with breakfastAirport TransfersPersonal GuidePrivate tours in cities
Not Includedentry fees in museumsFood and BeveragesTrain stations transfersTrain tickets