Surely the most magical time of year should be spent in a magical location. And from the city lights of Novosibirsk to the natural beauty of Lake Baikal and the gorgeous architecture of Irkutsk, there is nowhere quite so perfect as Siberia for a sparkling New Year’s celebration. Stay in luxury accommodation and enjoy a true Russian experience, from traditional folk performances to classic operas. Sample humble, honest peasant dishes and dine on the finest authentic cuisine, sipping vodka and champagne. Discover historic buildings and enjoy exhilarating, snowy sleigh rides through beautiful forests. Catch midnight fireworks from a city rooftop and party all night for a truly unforgettable start to a new year.
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Arrive in the winter wonderland of Novosibirsk city; meet your driver at the airport to be whisked off to your hotel. At the exclusive DoubleTree by Hilton, enjoy a glass of champagne upon check-in and relax. After a traditional Russian lunch, visit the friendly inhabitants of the zoo before a tour of the city’s attractions. Explore the Folk Center before dinner and relax back at the hotel.
After breakfast, head out into the snowy countryside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride, surrounded by beautiful trees and make a stop for lunch. Visit the charming village of Kolyvan and its distinctive wooden houses and get in the festive spirit with a sing song and a stiff drink on the coach back to the hotel. Gather at 11pm in your glad rags to see in the New Year at nearby Nebo, a rooftop restaurant with an excellent view of the fireworks, and party until you drop.
Spend a leisurely morning with a well-deserved lie-in at the hotel. After lunch and check-out, transfer to Novosibirsk station to board the train. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as it glides past your comfortable cabin and relax.
Arrive in the pretty city of Irkutsk and meet your waiting driver for the remainder of your journey. Arrive in Listvyanka as the evening draws in and head to the comfortable Krestova Pad hotel. After check-in, indulge in a sumptuous champagne dinner.
Start an action-packed day with breakfast at the hotel, and head into the Siberian forest for an exhilarating snowmobile or zoom across the icy Baikal Lake (around 80 minutes away) on a husky-driven sleigh ride. Enjoy a traditional lunch of smoked Omul fish with a luxurious twist of caviar pancakes, washed down with mulled wine. Later climb up Chersky Rock for stunning views of Lake Baikal after which you’ll be ready for a steam in a Russian Banya. Later, relax with dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast and check-out, head back to Irkutsk, stopping off at the open-air architectural ethnographic museum to see folk performances. After lunch, head to the traditional village of Ust Orda to meet the mystic Shamans and discover local history in the village museum. Enjoy a traditional dinner at Metelitsa restaurant before you check in to your luxurious Irkutsk hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott.
After breakfast at the Courtyard, check out and meet your guide for a tour of the beautiful city of Irkutsk. Take in all the sights and explore the ancient cathedral before lunch. In the afternoon, fly to Novosibirsk where your driver will meet you and take you straight to the DoubleTree hotel. In the evening, head to the Opera House with your guide, to enjoy a breathtaking performance.
Wake up to an early breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton and, after checking out, meet your driver to head to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination, after an unforgettable New Year holiday.
Doubletree by Hilton is a four-star hotel in Novosibirsk, ranking among the best places to stay in what is Russia’s third-largest city. The large, modern hotel is located right in the heart of the city, although the actual road is slightly quieter than the nearby busy streets. Doubletree is just a short walk away from the famous Opera Theatre, and also a handful of other major tourist attractions in Novosibirsk. Most of the rooms and suites here present excellent city views from the large windows, which also allow light to flood into the spacious rooms during the day. The range of double and twin rooms here come fully furnished with a long list of facilities including a 32-inch LCD TV, a mini-bar, a safe, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Those upgrading to a suite can enjoy the added luxury of a refrigerator, adjacent dining area, and additional queen-sized pull-out sofa. The on-site restaurant, Paris, serves a buffet breakfast every morning from 7am and stays open until late serving international food. The hotel also has a large swimming pool, fitness center and various business facilities.
This luxurious five-star hotel was only opened in 2014, and now stands as one of the top places to stay in the central Russian city of Novosibirsk. Marriott really is a global name you can trust, and this Novosibirsk branch is no exception; expect a great location, stylish and spacious rooms and a whole host of onsite facilities and amenities. Located in the heart of the city, Marriott Hotel Novosibirsk is just steps away from the metro, shops and major attractions in the city such as the popular Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet. The hotel caters for many different types of guests, such as travelers making their way through Siberia on the train, and this is also a popular choice for business guests with its conference room facilities. In terms of leisure opportunities, Marriott Novosibirsk boasts an excellent rooftop bar with great views across what is Russia’s third-largest city. There’s also a large, all-day international restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast in the morning and a varied menu throughout the rest of the day.
Situated on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Baikal and lying in the shadow of the legendary Shaman Stone, this modern hotel really is one of the most impressive places to stay in Listvyanka. The hotel is also near the Angara River affluence,and the surrounding area is rich in fresh natural air, green pine trees and secluded shorelines along the perimeter of the lake. As for the hotel, interiors here feel luxurious yet cozy, with warm wood tones, large comfy beds and modern facilities found throughout the range of 39 rooms and suites. All come with electronic security systems, a local and international telephone connection, WiFi, satellite television, air-conditioning and most have balconies facing the lake. Elsewhere, guests are free to enjoy the hotel’s superb restaurant with panoramic views of Lake Baikal and the Angara River. There’s also an on-site swimming pool, sauna, games room and area for parking. Legend of Baikal Hotel is approximately one hour from the nearest major city of Irkutsk.
Irkutsk is a city full of aging and rundown hotels, but thankfully the recent opening of Courtyard by Marriott addressed this problem, offering modern and comfortable rooms alongside a range of facilities and amenities. Heralded as the best hotel in the city, this three-star hotel has a globally-recognized name that all travelers can trust. Rooms number 208 (including eight suites) and come well-appointed with carpeted floors, large comfy beds, WiFi, satellite television, heating controls and stylish en-suite bathrooms. Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk is also ideally placed in the city center, just a short walk from Kirov Place, the Angara River, a popular drama theater and the art museum. The UNESCO World Heritage Center of Baikal Lake is also around a one-hour drive from the hotel. In terms of on-site amenities, guests are spoilt for choice with a range of dining options including an all-day international restaurant, bar, meeting room and fitness room.