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With the current COVID Pandemic we are planning the tour with safety of our passengers in mind and will work with our partners to ensure that all health guidelines are adhered to. We are also looking at supplying masks and sanitizer for all of our clients. With the 2021 World Juniors in Edmonton being held in a bubble due to the pandemic the schedule for future World Juniors has changed. Edmonton/Red Deer have been awarded the 2022 World Juniors that were originally scheduled for Gothenburg, Sweden. That World Juniors has been shifted to 2024 but the 2023 WJ will remain in Novosibirsk, Russia and we will have a Canada Fans World Junior Tour to the event in Novosibirsk.
We hope to launch our WJ2023 packages in late November 2021 and have a Launch Party in Edmonton at that time.
WE ARE WORLD JUNIORS TOUR EXPERTS and will endeavour to make the tournament in Novosibirsk an exciting and memorable World Juniors experience. The tournament in Russia will run from December 26th, 2022 to January 5th, 2023. This is a hockey fan's trip of a lifetime that will also include great sightseeing, special events, souvenirs, gifts and many extras.
We will have a VERY LIMITED number of places available so it is important that you get on our PRIORITY LIST to receive our Azorcan WJ2023 Newletters and emails to ensure you get an advance opportunity to register. If you have registered in the past for our Priority List then you will still be on it so there is no need to register again unless you have new contact information. If you are a past participant on one of our World Juniors tours you are automatically on our Past Participant section of the Priority List so there is no need to register for the Priority List.
We will start to register fans in late 2021 with a deposit. First opportunity will go to past participants, with a short window to register, then everyone else on the priority list before we open up the tour to the general public. Please see our REGISTRATION section for more information.
Be sure to subscribe to and listen to our CANADA FANS WORD JUNIOR PODCASTS for great updates and information.
This will be our fifth group tour to the World Juniors in Europe. We had great tours to Pardubice & Liberec (Czech 2008), Malmo (Sweden 2014), Helsinki (Finland 2016) and Ostrava & Trinec (Czech 2020). I would like to thank the 300 fans that joined us in the Czech Republic in 2020.
I look forward to seeing you in Russia!
Azorcan Global, President
Azorcan World Juniors 2023 Packages
The tournament will run from December 26, 2022 to January 5, 2023 and we have multiple package options that we are considering. We should have our options, costs and tour registration available late in 2021. We anticipate the size of the group will be smaller than we took to the Czech Republic and we will limit the number of passengers so please do not delay at the time of registration.
At this time we may be offering only one package that leaves Canada on around the 19th or 20th of December and returns on the around the 9th or 10th of January to Canada. The groups size will be about 80-90 passengers.
Pre WJ 2023 Tournament in ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
We will have a departure dates prior to the tournament that will include sightseeing in St. Petersburg, Russia and continuing to Novosibirsk on the 24th. We will celebrate Christmas in Novosibirsk.
We will have a hotel in central Novosibirsk reserved for our group and will have local english speaking guides on each bus. Our experienced staff from Canada will be there as well throughout the tours.
Post WJ 20203 Tournament in MOSCOW, RUSSIA
After the tournament we will be flying to Moscow for a few days of sightseeing prior to returning home. It will be Orthodox Christmas on January 7th.
We have sections on this webpage about our PODCASTS, the city of NOVOSIBIRSK, the WJ2023 host ARENAS, plus SIGHTSEEING and EVENTS while we are in Novosibirsk plus sightseeing PRE TOURNAMENT in St. Petersburg and POST TOURNAMENT in Moscow.
A brochure explaining all packages and pricing will be sent to past passengers first in their registration window followed by all remaining priority list members in late 2021. Please see the the REGISTRATION section for more information.
Azorcan World Juniors 2023 Tour Includes
Return airfare from Canadian gateways to Europe.
(a price without air will be available)
(3-4 star hotel with single, double or triple occupancy)
Bus transportation for all transfers, games and events.
Sightseeing tours as outlined in the itinerary.
Breakfast daily plus some additional meals.
Christmas Day Party including dinner.
(for those joining us at Christmas)
New Years Day Gala Party.
(includes dinner and live entertainment)
All-inclusive travel insurance.
(Canadian residents only, option to decline)
Tickets to all games listed in the itinerary.
(Canada round robin games & other round robin games)
(Both Quarterfinals in the arena Canada plays)
(Both Semi-Final games and both Medal games)
Assistance of a local english speaking guides.
Assistance of Azorcan staff members.
All taxes and fees.
Azorcan “Canada Bears” tour special tournament jersey.
Azorcan's tour souvenirs and special tournament gift.
Tour shop with additional items for purchase.
Azorcan pre-departure and tournament podcasts.
Access to our hidden WJ2023 information webpage.
Azorcan Launch Party in Edmonton in November 2021.
Azorcan Kick Off Party in Edmonton in November 2022.
Azorcan Tour Proposal Does Not Include
Beverages at lunch or dinners.
Meals not included in the itinerary.
Gratuities for guides and bus driver.
Free time activities.
Tickets to other optional matches.
Russian Visa - your responsibility to attain an entry visa.
Remember to get on the WJ Priority List to receive our tour brochure with pricing in late 2021. We will not offer the tour to the general public until all previous passengers and priority list members have had an opportunity to register.
Azorcan's Canada Fans World Juniors 2023 Russia Podcasts
Listen to our CANADA FANS WORLD JUNIORS 2023 RUSSIA podcasts as we gear up to the tournament. Episodes will start in the fall of 2021 with information about the tour, destinations, registration, tournament information and events.
Listen to GROUP TRAVEL EUROPE for information on Azorcan upcoming tours, destination information, special guest interviews and great travel tips. Some Group Travel Europe podcasts will feature some of the destinations on the WJ2023 Tour.
World Juniors 2023 Registration Information
The tournament will run from December 26th to January 5th and we have multiple package options that we are considering. We should have our options, costs and tour registration available late in 2020. We will keep the size of the group similar to what we had in the Czech Republic as we still want to have that personal touch with our Canadian fans on the tour.
We will have a VERY LIMITED number of places available so it is important that you get on our PRIORITY LIST to receive our newletters about the World Juniors and to make sure you get an advance opportunity to register. If you have registered in the past for our Priority List then you will still be on it so there is no need to register again unless you have new contact information. If you are a past participant on one of our World Juniors tours you are automatically on our Past Participant Priority List so there is no need to register for the Priority List.
I expect that we will be very close to selling out early as we have received and continue to receive a large volume of Priority List registrants during and after the World Juniors in Czech.
Tour Brochure And Registration Form
Every past participant and priority list member will recieve an email and a physical package by mail with the tour brochure and registration form. The brochure will contain our various package options with departure and return dates plus the cost per person based on the number of people in a room. The tour registration form will be included along with instructions on how to register. A non-refundable deposit of $ 500 will guarantee your spot on the tour. There will be information on possible refunds in case of cancellations due to Covid. We will not hold any spots without a deposit and completed registration form.
First Registration Window - Past Participants
All of our past World Junior participants from 2014, 2016 and 2020 will have an exclusive window to register and guarantee their spots. This window will be only for our past participants. Past participants will be able to register family members and friends at this time. Once the window has ended we will open it up to our priority list members.
Second Registration Window - All Priority List Members
After our past participants window is closed we will have a registration window for all Priority List Members. In the past we have gone through the priority listname by name until we were sold out. We are changing that for the WJ2022 Tour. All Priority List members can reserve their spots as soon as the window opens on a first come first served basis with spots confirmed as soon as we receive the registration form and deposit.
Third Registration Window - All Members Of The Public
Once the Priority List members window has closed we will advertise all remaining spots to the general public until we fill the tour.
WJ2023 Tour Launch Party In Edmonton - November, 2021
We will have a WJ2023 Tour Launch Party in Edmonton on a Saturday in November 2021 for past tour participants and Priority List members. We will send out an invitation email when the time comes.
About the 2023 World Juniors
This is the 3rd time that Russia has hosted the World Juniors, the 5th if you include the Soviet Union, and the first time that Siberia will host. This will be our fifth group tour to the World Juniors in Europe. We had great tours to Pardubice & Liberec (Czech 2008), Malmo (Sweden 2014), Helsinki (Finland 2016) and Ostrava & Trinec (Czech 2020).
The WJ2023 tournament will be held in Novosibirsk, Russia from December 26th to January 5th. Here is the tournament format.
The WJHC Tournament has 10 participatiing countries who are placed in two groups of 5. The teams in each group are determined by the results of the previous tournament. Each team will play the other four teams in their group.
The two 5th place teams will play a best of 3 series. The winning team will remain in the World Championships in 2024. The loser will be relegated to the Division 1A tournament in 2024 and will be replaced by the Division 1A champion from 2023.
Quarter Finals Round
The 1st place teams in each group will play the 4th place teams in the other group while the 2nd place teams will play the 3rd place teams in the othe group. The winners move on to the Semi Finals while the losers are eliminated.
Semi Finals and Medal Games
The Semi Final winners will play in the GOLD Medal game while the two losers will play in the BRONZE Medal game.
World Juniors 2022 Tournament Schedule
Coming in the Spring 2022.
Our WJ 2023 Host City Is Novosibirsk, Russia
Novosibirsk is located in Siberia and is about a four hour flight from Saint Petersburg and a three and a half hour flight from Moscow. Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg and has a population of about 1,600,000. It is located on the Ob river in western Siberia. Novosibirsk, which translated means "New Siberia," was founded in 1893 on the Ob river as the crossing point of the future Trans-Siberian Railway. The Ob river is the seventh longest river in the world (3,700km), originates in the Altay Mountains and flows into the Arctic Ocean. The Gulf of OB in the north is the world's longest estuary. People seldom speak English, but with the increase in the Trans-Siberian tourist industry they've become used to foreigners and are generally helpful.
Novosibirsk, which was originally named Novonikolayevsk, grew quickly into being a major transport, commercial and industrial centre. The city was ravaged during the Russian Civil War but recovered in the early days of the Soviet Union and was given it's current name in 1926. Under Stalin, Novosibirsk became a major industrial centre in Siberia and following WWII many factories relocated here from Western Russia. The city is now the headquarters to many Russian companies including Aerospace, Nuclear Energy, Generators, Textile Machinery, Agricultural Machinery, Electronics, Semiconductors, Metallurgy and Metal Working. In the 1950s, the Soviet Government directed that a centre for scientific research be built in what was now Novosibirsk, and in 1957, the multi-facility scientific research complex of Akademgorodok was constructed about 30 km south of the city centre. The city expanded rapidly, reaching a population of one million in 1962.
The Novosibirsk Zoo is a world-renowned scientific institution as well as a popular tourist attraction. The zoo has over 11,000 animals from 738 species and is an active participant in thirty-two different captive breeding programmes for endangered species. Since 2016, the Center of oceanography and marine biology "Dolphinia" has been part of the zoo. On average, around 1.5 million people visit the zoo each year.
Winter temperatures in Novosibirsk are cold. The average high in December is around -11°C and the average low is -19°C. The average high in January is around -12°C and the average low is -21°C. The climate in the December or January usually has around 80% relative humidity, and the city is often cloudy at that time but frequent snowfalls are light. On the rare coldest days the temperatures can reach -30C to -35°C.
The Novosibirsk Metro opened in 1985 and city is also served by a comprehensive tram, trolleybus and bus system. It also has a collective ride share taxi service called "Marshrutkas" and a waterbed system that runs in the summer months. The city airport, Tolmachevo Airport, is the busiest in Siberia and serves over 4 million passengers a year.
New Year's Eve is one of the most celebrated days in Russia and Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th according to the Julian calendar. The old Orthodox New Year is also celebrated on January 14th. The is an ice sculpture exhibition every winter.
The Ice Sports Palace Sibir and the new Novosibirsk Arena
The entire tournament will be held in Novosibirsk. The major arena will be the new Novosibirsk Arena, which is currently under construction, with a capacity of 10,600 fans. The second arena is the Ice Sports Palace Sibir, it has been the home of the local KHL team, HC Sibir Novosibirsk, since it opened in September 1964. The Ice Sports Palace Sibir will undergo a renovation prior to the event and has a capacity of 7,500 fans.
We will not know where Canada is playing until the groups are announced following the 2022 WJ in Edmonton and Red Deer. It is safe to assume that Russia’s pool will be playing at the new arena and there is no guarantee that Canada will be in Russia's pool.
Since we will be staying in a central hotel and both arenas are in Novosibirsk there is no problem if you want to skip our transfer to the games or the transfer back to the hotel on your own after the game.
Sightseeing and Events during the 2023 World Juniors
Day Trips From Novosibirsk
We have not finalized the trips but we will definitely be going to Omsk and to Tomsk.
Enjoy the Christmas markets in Omsk and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Omsk is famous for the Vrubel Museum of fine arts, the Omsk Drama Theatre and ornate cathedrals.
In Tomsk you will see landmarks made from the city's famous wooden architecture as well as the university and fortress.
Tours Around Novosibirsk
In Novosibirsk you will enjoy a guided tour of this interesting and beautiful city. The city will celebrate Christmas on January 7th so all the Christmas markets, shopping, decorations and atmosphere will be evident
throughout our stay.
We will visit the scientific town of Akademgorodok and visit one of the many museums in the town.
Novosibirsk has many cafes and restaurants with a diverse choice of culinary styles due to it's
important location on the Trans Siberian Railway.
The snow and ice sculpture festival brings artists from all over.
Azorcan Parties & Events
Great memories are made here.
Sightseeing Prior To The World Juniors - St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg is the former capital of Imperial Russia, it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The city is Russia's second largest city with a population of over 5 million and is known as the Venice of the North because of its location on various islands in the Neva River and its many canals and bridges.
St. Petersburg has been the site of many historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the palace coup and murder of Tsar Pavel, the intrigues of Catherine the Great, the assassination Tsar Alexander II, the influence of Rasputin on the Russian royal family, the Revolution of 1905 and the October Revolution of 1917 which brought the communists to power. During WWII when it was known as Leningrad, it suffered long two and a half year blockade and siege by the Nazi invaders resulting in the deaths of over 1 million of its citizens.
St. Petersburg. It is also known as the center of Russian art, culture and literature with many former citizens like Pushkin and Dostoevsky. On our city tour we will enjoy the city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many beautiful palaces and monuments including the Winter Palace. We will visit the famous Nevsky Prospect boulevard, and pass by numerous beautiful palaces and churches. A highlight is a stop at the ancient fortifications of the Peter and Paul Fortress including the museum of Trubetskoy Bastion prison and different expositions. The Cathedral of Peter and Paul contains the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian Tsars. Next we visit the beautifully decorated St. Isaac's Cathedral which can hold up to 10,000 people.
We will visit the Hermitage Museum which contains one of the world's largest collections of art including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso as well as many other old masters and impressionists.
We will either visit the town of Peterhof, which was a summer residence of the Tsars, with parks, palaces and fountains. The Grand Palace is the largest and grandest while Nizhny Park is a landscape masterpiece with small palaces, pavilions, over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades.
If a tour of Peterhof is not possible at that time of year then we will visit Pushkin (Catherine Palace). The Palace and park was the former country residence of the Russian Tsars. Catherine’s Palace contains exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, arms and decorative bronze sculptures as well as the world-renowned Amber room. The 3 parks of over 600 hectares include over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures.
While in Saint Petersburg there may be a possibility to take in a theatre performance or sporting event.
Sightseeing After The World Juniors - Moscow, Russia
Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi's but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis.
The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets.
On your tour of Moscow we will enjoy a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Old Arbat and much more. You will then proceed to Red Square and visit St. Basil's Cathedral. At the very center of Moscow, beneath the walls of the Kremlin, lies Red Square. Its history dates back to the distant past. Over the centuries, the square has changed its name many times. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1434 as the Trade Square, then, after the devastating fire of 1493, it was renamed Fire Square. In the 16th century, it was called Trinity Square (after the church which formerly stood on the site of St Basil’s Cathedral) and in the 1660s it was given the name “Krasnaya”, which at the time meant “beautiful”, “best” or “main” but today is translated as “red”. While walking on Red Square you will admire the Mausoleum of Lenin (exterior), the clock on the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum (exterior), the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession, also known as the Church of St Basil the Blessed (interior), Kazansky Cathedral (exterior) and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.
We will be in Moscow to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas which will be on January 7th. Moscow is renowned for its Christmas spirit with festive celebrations spanning over 80 sites throughout the city and visitors can enjoy everything from decorated boulevards and exquisite light shows to interactive street performances and bustling Christmas markets. The Kremlin is decorated and has a towering Christmas tree while the main Christmas market is right there on Red Square. The market has a wide variety of stalls to choose from including a range of antiques stalls with Gzhel ceramics and a huge range of food and drink stalls offering Russian delicacies such as Blini as well as traditional German Glühwein to give you that well-needed festive warmth. The market runs from the end of November to the end of February.
While in Moscow you can maybe visit the Bolshoi to see a performance of the Nutcracker, which usually runs until. January 8th. There may also be an opportunity to see a live sporting event while in Moscow.