Russian Orthodox Christmas: experience with locals!

Russian Orthodox Christmas: experience with locals!

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from 2250 ₽



4 hours

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Russian Orthodox Christmas comes on the 7th of January. We invite you to experience this holiday in a company of friends on any winter day. We will start from visiting Russian Orthodox Church and giving you the short introduction to the Orthodox Christmas. Then we will tell how Christmas was celebrated in Russian villages many years ago, and what Kolyadki are. And in the end we will enjoy fun fortune telling, finding out what expects you in the next year (only good things!). All these will be accompanied with Russian tea-drinking with traditional snacks and sweets. Absolutely unique and truly Russian cultural experience, warm and friendly atmosphere, that’s what we guarantee. Join us!

Tour highlights:
— Experience what Russian Orthodox Christmas is like (on any winter day).
— Visit Russian Orthodox Church and explore its basic traditions
— Participate in old Russian Christmas tradition — Kolyadki
— Participate in Christmas fun fortune telling
— Enjoy Russian tea-drinking ceremony
— And of course feel like being a part of Russian family and just the best friend!

Route & Description:

We will start with visiting Russian Orthodox Church and giving you an idea about the traditions of religion, explaining why Christmas is celebrated in the different date what this celebration was like many years ago and how it is celebrated now. After finishing this part we will participate in a very old Russian Christmas tradition — Kolyadki. This tradition somewhat reminds of “trick or treat” tradition on Halloween, but has its Russian color. People dress to the costumes, sing songs and come to their neighbors to ask for treat, wish each other prosperity for upcoming year. We will teach you songs people used to sing for Kolyadki and tell you more about this ritual. Then you will have a chance to participate in a fun fortune telling, which is done during the Christmas week. Nowadays no one persuade it seriously, but it has a lot of entourage and mystery around, which makes it very special time. Enjoy it along with Russian tea-drinking with traditional Russian snacks. It will be truly unique experience! You will get a pleasure to experience Russia through eyes of us, locals, we will share our stories and give you the local perspective on Russian cultural traditions and life in the country!

Regular ticket
Offer for group of 1-2 persons 4500 ₽ per person
Offer for 2 persons 2250 ₽ per person
Offer for 3 persons 2250 ₽ per person
Offer for 4 persons 2250 ₽ per person
What is included in activity:

- food and beverages
- guide service

Activity schedule:

in any winter day!

Activity book period:
You can book tour up to 36 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed:
Directions to meet your guide:

Pushkinskaya Square

How long your tour will be:
4 hours
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Emily C.

We are very grateful for your hospitality during our visit to Moscow. We all enjoyed seeing the beautiful and interesting sights there, especially those gorgeous Museum and perfect local tours.
Thank you very much for sharing the unique culture and history of Russia with us. The food was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We feel very fortunate to have tasted those traditional Russian delicacies, and so do the perfect vodka we have ever tried.

almost 2 years ago

David B.

I don't know where to start ...
We met on a stormy winter day charming girl dressed a pink coat. She took us on a fascinating tour of galleries and walls of graffiti,designers studio's and introduced us art scene of this amazing city.The area was once a wine factory and have a lot of fascinating spots and cozy restaurants.The guide was very professional and smart. We had a good time walking the streets of Moscow and revealing secret spots that you'll never get there alone.
After all she left us a lot of recommendation for our next days, including the most trandy restaurants and interesting places to visit.
Highly recommended tour for those who interested to see real Moscow.

about 2 years ago

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It was a great experience I would recommend it to everyone!

over 2 years ago

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Olga was great and this was an awesome experience. She was friendly and interesting to talk to, and walked us through the different dishes step by step. She also did the hard prep work for some of it before we got there so we had plenty of time to finish up and sit down and enjoy the meal. The recipes and some additional information we talked about were emailed to us soon after our cooking class. Olga also helped me buy tea at a nearby shop for someone who requested it. We had a great time and hope to find ourselves in Moscow again to do another tour with Olga.

over 2 years ago

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My mother and I enjoyed the Russian cooking experience with Olga in December 2014. She is welcoming, accommodating and SO much fun. I enjoyed learning about Russian food and culture from a native, and even my 60-year-old mother felt at home with Olga. It felt like having dinner with an old friend. I would recommend her tours to anyone in Moscow!

over 3 years ago


Blini Reizen is a Dutch touroperator who offers trips to the former Soviet-Union. We always advise our clients to book excursions with a local guide: to view the country and it's people with different eyes and to get information they otherwise wouldn't get to know (easy). Two of our travellers (2 sisters, who had a special reason to visit Moscow), found Olga’s tours at this website and decided to book 4 of them through our agency. They were happy with both the tours and the guide, I quote: "the first two days we had Olga as a guide. Punctually she picked us up at our hotel. A funny, friendly and flexible girl with humor, who speaks English very well and knows a lot to tell about history, art and tourist locations. She also told us a number of anecdotes. She showed us very nice places and restaurants that we would never have found without her ".
Af for Blini Reizen: we found Olga very pleasant to work with: she is accurate, flexible, cooperative, interested and always tried to find the best solutions for the clients. We would surely recommend this tour!

See also the review left by the 2 sisters (PV).

almost 4 years ago

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