Discover Maslenitsa with TravelPapa Private Tour Guides!

Nowadays Russian holiday of Maslenitsa is considered one of the most joyful and tasty festivals, dedicated to the welcoming of spring.

As the time passed, the ancient traditional holiday turned into lots of fun and entertainment with traditional music, bright, national clothes, multiple tasty dishes and, of course, blini – the traditional local pancakes - round, yellow and hot as the sun.
Within the jolly festival of Maslenitsa numerous unique entertainments are offered to the holday’s visitors and all the foreign guests, including traditional sledding, decorating the horse sleigh with many colored flowers and bows and its riding, pancakes and other traditional dishes tasting, ancient Russian tradition of fist fighting, which was quite popular in the local villages during the old times and many other interesting rituals and traditions of this wonderful event.

The rituals of Maslenitsa are rather unusual and interesting because they symbolize the end of the long winter and the farewell to this cold season – all the holiday’s rituals are dedicated to the welcoming of spring, new beginnings, opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.
This year the festive Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week, beginning from the 20th of February. Every day of celebrating Maslenitsa is usually dedicated to the separate special rituals of this ancient holiday.
TravelPapa Private Tour Guides offers cheap tours and flights to Russia, the homeland of holiday, so you could explore its largest cities and their most popular tourist sightseeings, learn about the local customs, taste the traditional pancakes, bid the farewell to the long winter and participate in the main event of Maslenitsa – burning of the straw man!
Among all the local tours and excursions in Russia that are offered on TravelPapa Private Tour Guides website, our team has chosen three most basic tours of different duration that will help you know better the great Russian cities, such as the capital of the country, the city of Moscow or, for example St. Petersburg and to see their main sightseeings and unique places with your own eyes. Check them out!

During the tour, each traveler gets the opportunity to enjoy and see totally different perspective of St. Petersburg, including its hidden yards and passages, art lofts, underground clothing stores, degustation of authentic Russian doughnuts, pies and many other things! Besides that, the tour includes and visiting of the most popular “traditional” sightseeings, like Winter Palace, Summer Garden, Mihailovsky Castle and so on.

(Photo by TravelPapa’s private tour guide Elena Zaretskaya)
  Visit the most popular Moscow’s sightseeing the world-wide known Red Square and all of its main sightseeings, including St. Basil and Kazan Cathedral, Zero Kilometer, State Historical Museum and many many other things. Oh, and don’t forget to have a coffee break in a café of the Soviet Times!

(Photo by TravelPapa’s private tour guide Kristina Voytik)

  Explore the very heart of St. Petersburg at a leisurely pace with your local private guide – Natalia Borisova! The tour covers the historical center of the city picking the main highlights and off-the-beaten-path beauty spots. The observation walking tour includes almost all the main St. Petersburg’s sightseeings, like Palace Square, Nevsky Prospect, the Hermitage and its exterior, Rivers and Canals of St.Petersburg, St. Isaak's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, Inner Courtyards and so on.

(Photo by TravelPapa's private tour guide Natalia Borisova)

Besides the usual sightseeing observation, it will be possible to see all the vivid traditions of Maslenitsa Spring Festival with your own eyes, as the celebrations are usually held in the very center of the Russian cities, on its squares and main streets, so that everyone could join this merry entertainment! Got inetersted? Check more offers in Russia and its cities on!


Author: Anastasia Ciolac


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