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5* New Year in St Petersburg
4 days / 3 nights
Make your New Year really special by celebrating it in the magnificent city of canals and unique architectural beauty, St Petersburg. Enjoy your stay at one of the best hotels of the city, Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel 5*, and meet the new year with an extravagant New Year Concert and Gala Dinner. Awe at the spectacular glittering fireworks and the romantic charm of the Venice of the North which you will never forget.
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
- Rocco Forte Astoria Concert and Gala Dinner
Highlights of the tour:
Day 1, St Petersburg
Upon arrival in St Petersburg, transfer to the 5* Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel in the heart of the city.
Day 2, St Petersburg
Take advantage of the fantastic location of your hotel, the perfect base for exploring what St Petersburg has to offer. In the evening, join in the New Year celebrations at a lavish Gala Dinner and a unique Concert complete with traditional Russian entertainment and fantastic views. Meal Included: Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 3, St Petersburg
Enjoy your final day in bustling St Petersburg and spend the day at leisure. Meal Included: Breakfast.
Day 4, St Petersburg
Bid farewell to St Petersburg as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. Meal Included: Breakfast.
Subject to availability
The 5* New Year Tour is available on enquiry basis.
Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a perfect holiday for you.
Direct flight from London included in the price subject availability and reconfirmation*
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IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the
order of excursions
If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence,
contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package
Included in price:
• 3 nights accommodation at the 5* Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel based on two people sharing a twin/double room, B&B basis
• Arrival and departure airport transfers
• New Year Gala Dinner with live music and entertainment (Welcome cocktail in Yusupov Palace; A private tour of the ceremonial halls of the
palace; A unique concert in the Home Teatre of the palace; Opera soloists of Mariinsky Teatre: Dmitry Voropaev and Maria Bayankina; Transfers
to and from the palace; A luxurious dinner at Astoria Restaurant accompanied by live music)
• International Direct flights from London (optional)
• Full visa support
• Travel Insurance
• Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
Ring in the New Year in palatial style by Astoria Hotel: a private concert by Mariinsky Theatre
singers in the interiors of the Home Theatre of Yusupov noble family!
Astoria Hotel and the legendary Yusupov Palace invite guests to spend the New Year’s eve in truly luxurious style: stay in one of the beautiful rooms, attend a unique concert in the Home Theatre of the palace, and have a midnight champagne toast at the lavish dinner in Astoria Restaurant. On December 31, 2018, the elegant guests will gather in the magnificent lobby of the famous hotel, to be comfortably transported to one of the most beautiful palaces of St Petersburg. The celebratory evening will start off with a welcome cocktail with an array of exquisite appetizers from the Chef – from king crab mini chouquettes with apples and celery to white almond and cucumber gazpacho with a golden drop, accompanied by Louis Roederer champagne. The guests will then be invited to a private tour of the ceremonial halls of the palace, will hear about its dazzling history and have their photos taken on the main staircase, and then follow into the beautiful Home Theatre. The Home Theatre of Yusupov Palace has a long and glorious history of private concerts for select guests. Musical salons and theatre plays would bring together famous and high-ranking guests, often times including members of Russian royal family. At all times the stage of the Home Theatre was given to the most prominent artists of the époque: composer and piano player Franz Liszt, ballerina Anna Pavlova, opera singer Fedor Shalyapin, poet Sergey Esenin. This New Year eve, performing for the privileged guests will be soloists of Mariinsky Theatre Dmitry Voropaev and Maria Bayankina.
Dmitry Voropaev is one of the prominent tenors of our time, the laureate of the Operalia World Opera Competition founded by Placido Domingo. Apart from Mariisnky Theatre, he also performs on the best opera stages of the world: from Austrian Graz to London’s Wigmore Hall. Maria Bayankina is a permanent participant of the Moscow Easter Festival directed by world famous Valery Gergiev and festivals by Denis Matsuev. She performs in Mariinsky Theatre concerts in Italy, UK, Sweden, Austria, France. The New Year’s Eve concert program will include arias from the world famous operas, lyrical and passionate romances, which will create a unique festive atmosphere in the magic ambiance of the Home Theatre.
After the concert, the guests will be taken to Astoria Restaurant for the luxurious dinner and New Year celebration, accompanied by live music. The seven course menu by Executive Chef includes duck liver Baluchon with sea urchin and hazelnut vinaigrette, seared Dublin Bay prawns with smoked egg plant caviar, smoked corn cream with foie gras and Jerusalem artichoke pelmeni, lobster medallions with coral and lemon butter and rice cream. Frozen blueberries with Beluga vodka granite will be served to cleanse the palate before the main course, where one can choose between the roasted turbot with garlic spinach and champagne & sevruga caviar reduction or slow seared veal chop with creamy morels and Anna potatoes. After President’s speech, the chiming clock countdown and champagne toast, the dessert will be served: tangerine, coffee and chocolate sphere by Executive Pastry Chef Yulia Ivanova. After the dinner, the guests are welcome to follow to the Lichfield Bar and Rotonda Lunge to enjoy cocktails and music and watch the celebrations in the city center through the panoramic windows.
Cocktail Reception at Usupov Palace (menu 2019/20)
Dollar Coin Duck “rillette”, white grapes, sisho leave
Smoked Salmon “Tartine”, black caviar pearl, pickles onions leave
King crab mini “Chouquette”, apple & celery “remoulade”, Katsuobushi dip
White almonds & cucumber gazpacho, golden drop
Burgundy slow cook beef tails, foie gras royal, horseradish punch
accompanied with Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
Astoria Restaurant New Years Eve (menu 2019/20)
1 course (cold starter)
Duck liver Baluchon, sea urchin & hazelnut vinaigrette
2 course (hot starter)
Seared Dublin bay prawn, smoked egg plant caviar, curcuma & cumin
3 course (soup)
Smocked corn cream, foie gras & Jerusalem artichoke pelmeni, chervil reduction
4 course (light main course)
Lobster medallions, coral and lemon butter, rice cream
5 course (sorbet)
Frozen blue berries, Beluga granite
6 course (choice if main dishes)
Bone roasted Turbot, garlic spinach, Champagne & Sevruga caviar emulsion
Slow seared veal chop, creamy morel, Anna potatoes, “Perigueux” jus
7 course (dessert)
Mandarin, coffee and chocolate sphere
Beverages for Dinner
Welcome reception with "Kir Royal"
Midnight glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier
White wine Dr. Loosen Riesling, Germany
Red wine Chateau Le Bourdieu Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, France
Beluga Noble Vodka
Coffee and Tea selection