Trip Overview

Northern Lights

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Private tour to Russia
Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and enjoy traditional Russian winter activities like Troyka ride in a winter park. Then make your way to the inspiring Karelia region to see the Kizhi and majestic Marble Canyon, and continue to Russia's distant north for witnessing the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class of traditional borsch, afternoon tea with pancakes, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

Northern Lights

12 days5 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$4,678
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and enjoy traditional Russian winter activities like Troyka ride in a winter park. Then make your way to the inspiring Karelia region to see the Kizhi and majestic Marble Canyon, and continue to Russia's distant north for witnessing the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class of traditional borsch, afternoon tea with pancakes, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 8-hour city tour around the most outstanding Moscow landmarks.

Day 3
Russian Cooking Class & Train to St. Petersburg
Tasting
Tasting
Transfer
Transfer

In the morning after breakfast you check out and go on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia. Together with a professional English-speaking chef you go to a local market and learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min

Sit back, relax and enjoy a short train ride between two Treasure cities in Russia. The high-speed Sapsan train will provide the highest level of comfort and shortest travel duration.

Saint Petersburg

second destination
3 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
St. Petersburg City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg. You are then invited to an afternoon tea in Astoria.

Day 5
Trip to Pushkin, Troyka Ride & Russian Vodka Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you go to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace, enjoy a traditional Russian amusement - a famous Russian troyka ride and visit the famous Russian Vodka Museum.

Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Transfer to Sortavala
Museum
Museum

Following breakfast you check out. You meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum. After lunch you board a train that takes you to Sortavala, a town in the beautiful region of Russia, Karelia.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Saint Petersburg
Sortavala
5 hrs 10 min

Hop on a train and head towards the north and arrive in the fascinating region of Russia - Korelia. Enjoy the comfort and views of Russian countryside during your five-hour ride.

Sortavala

third destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Ruskeala Mountain Park & Marble Canyon
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel. This day is dedicated to exploring the stunning Ruskeala Mountain Park together with your guide. After lunch in a local restaurant you are transferred to Petrozavodsk.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

car
Sortavala
Petrozavodsk
3 hrs 40 min

Your private driver takes you on a scenic drive along the beautiful Karelia region. Enjoy the picturesque views during your trip, witness spectacular countryside including breathtaking lakes and green pine forests.

Petrozavodsk

fourth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Kizhi Island Tour
Day tour
Day tour

Today after breakfast you check out from the hotel and board a hovercraft that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island, where you explore its famous Pogost including the 22-domed Transfiguration Church.

Piter Inn Hotel, Petrozavodsk
4

The modern-looking Piter Inn Hotel is a nice property and a great place to stay during your Russia vacation. It offers 180 comfortable rooms equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay, including flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms.

train
Petrozavodsk
Murmansk
18 hrs 20 min

Buckle up, you have a long journey ahead of you! Make sure to bring an interesting read or a deck of cards to play with fellow passengers, and make your 18-hour train journey to the north of Russia even more enjoyable.

Murmansk

fifth destination
4 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Murmansk & Northern Lights Tour
City tour
City tour

Upon arrival to Murmansk, you have a private transfer to the hotel. In about 2 hours meet your local guide to have a 4-hour city tour of Murmansk. Later in the evening, you go Northern Lights seeking.

Day 10
Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast meet your guide and start a tour to the Snow Village. Located at the foot of the Khibiny Mountains, the unique Snow Derevnya Complex boasts a large territory.

Day 11
Husky Park & Saami Village Tour
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you go to the Husky Park and go dog sledding. In the afternoon you are taken to the territory of the Saami settlement to meet the locals.

Day 12
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Russia Northern Lights tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sortavala, Petrozavodsk and Murmansk;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals as per itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Regular class train tickets St. Petersburg - Sortavala;
  • Roundtrip hovercraft tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi Island - Petrozavodsk;
  • 1st class tickets for the Arctica train Petrozavodsk - Murmansk;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your professional local guides and drivers;
  • Touch history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Take part in a cooking class of the authentic Russian borsch, traditional pelmeni (dumplings) and thin blini pancakes;
  • Feel as a true Russian on a troyka ride around the scenic winter park, followed by a vodka tasting in the Vodka museum;
  • Witness the untouched beauty of the Karelia at the Ruskeala Mountain Park and the Marble Canyon;
  • Experience the unforgettable trip on the hovercraft over the frozen lake on your way to Kizhi Island;
  • High likelihood of seeing the Aurora borealis dancing over your head in the Nothern lights seeking tour.

What To Know

  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and warm clothes are a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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