MIR Corporation, which has specialized in Russia travel for more than 25 years, has announced that it is offering exciting winter tours. Options include ice fishing on frozen Lake Baikal, New Year's celebrations at Catherine's Palace, and traditional sleigh rides – all to be experienced via the Trans-Siberian railway in the winter.
The MIR small group tour, "Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year's in St. Petersburg with Moscow and Suzdal", runs from December 29 2013 to January 7, 2014, and is priced from $5,595 per person. For four days, explore this 300-year-old imperial capital envisioned by Peter the Great, visiting Alexander's Palace, the Gold and Malachite Rooms at the Winter Palace, majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the Usupoff Palace. Join a backstage tour at one of St. Petersburg's premier theaters before enjoying an evening ballet or opera performance.
Meanwhile, MIR's "Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land" route is a luxury private train adventure between Moscow and Vladivostok (or vice versa), an option for experiencing this multicultural region. The nearly 6,000-mile long route of the original Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok is the longest single train ride in the world.
On the 15-day eastbound "Trans-Siberian Express Winter Wonder Land" journey, tour Moscow's treasures (Red Square, Kremlin or Tretyakov Gallery), then settle in aboard the luxury private train and cross the forests of Siberia into the vast and sparsely populated regions of Eastern Russia. Along the way, visit Suzdal's snow-tipped onion dome churches; experience an authentic Russian banya (steam-bath) at a forest resort; enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy countryside; visit with Orthodox Old Believers; wind along the majestic frozen shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal; explore UlaanBaatar of the Mongolian steppe; and finish this journey in the seaside city of Vladivostok. Vladivostok to Moscow is a reverse tour option.
The Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land Route aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express luxury private train features two departures - eastbound Moscow to Vladivostok, February 23 to March 9, 2014, or westbound Vladivostok to Moscow, March 7 to 21, 2014, with prices starting at $15,495.
For more information, visit MIR Corporation at http://www.mircorp.com.