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Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore its two brilliant capitals and enjoy traditional Russian winter activities like Troyka rides. Then make your way to the inspiring Karelia region and its famous Marble Canyon and after continue to Russia's distant north for an unforgettable opportunity to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. To top it all go snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.
City:
Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Murmansk
Duration:
11 days
Type:
Private tour
From:
$4,155
Next date:
Flexible

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

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.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

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

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Day 3
Russian Cooking Class & Train to St. Petersburg

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.

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Day 4
St. Petersburg City Tour

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

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

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.

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Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Transfer to Sortavala

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.

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Day 7
Ruskeala Mountain Park & Marble Canyon

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.

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Day 8
Kizhi Island 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.

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Day 9
Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour

Early in the morning your train arrives in Kirovsk. You are met by your guide and driver who take you to have breakfast in a local restaurant. Then you are transferred to the Snow Village, where you are invited to go on a snowmobile tour.

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Day 10
Husky Park, Saami Village Tour & Northern Lights

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. At about 10 p.m. you go Northern Lights seeking.

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Day 11
Departure

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.

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Price

$4,155
Deposit $831
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$6,957
Deposit $1,392
Single traveler

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 - Sortevala;
  • Roundtrip hovercraft tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi Island - Petrozavodsk;
  • Arctica train tickets Petrozavodsk - Kirovsk;
  • Transfers Sortevala - Petrozavodsk, Kirovsk - 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, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

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 to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

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

During the tour you explore the fairy tale Red Square that is especially charming in winter with all this sparkling snow covering the bright domes of the St. Basil's Cathedral, which you get to enter and explore from inside too, see the brightly illuminated exteriors of the GUM and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

After lunch in a city restaurant you explore an incredible Moscow must-see icon - the Kremlin. You go inside the Kremlin walls to visit it's famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3: Russian Cooking Class & Train to St. Petersburg

In the morning after breakfast you check out from your hotel and go on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia.

Together with a professional English-speaking chef you first go to a local market to buy fresh local produce. Then during the cooking class you learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht, learn to make traditional pelmeni dumplings and thin blini pancakes.

After the tour you are transferred to the train station where you board a modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4: St. Petersburg City Tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg.

During the tour you visit the gorgeous St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood which stands on the site where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded, and the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

You are then invited for afternoon tea in Astoria where you have a wide choice of Russian sweets, crapes with sauces, traditional Russian meat pirozhki, sandwiches and cookies, as well as coffee and tea.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Optional tour: Evening banya

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour you take a walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

Later this day you enjoy a traditional Russian amusement - a famous Russian troyka ride.

You are then invited to the famous Russian Vodka Museum - the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Here you get to learn interesting facts about vodka history, culture and drinking traditions and taste different types of this spirit drink.

After the tour you return to St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and Vodka tasting are included.

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

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel. You meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

After lunch in a local restaurant you are taken to the train station where you board a train that takes you to Sortavala, a town in the strikingly beautiful region of Russia, the Republic of Karelia. The duration of your trip is about 5 and a half hours.

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to a wooden style hotel located far away from the city life in beautiful natural surroundings. You are invited to have dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7: Ruskeala Mountain Park & Marble Canyon

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.

Ruskeala Mountain Park is one of the brightest and most amazing places of the North Lagoda, visited by thousands each year. During your tour you see the park, famous for its over 200-year history of marble excavations. As a tour highlight you get to see the pearl of the Mountain Park - the Marble Canyon.

After lunch in a local restaurant you are transferred to Petrozavodsk. Upon arrival you check in your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8: Kizhi Island Tour

Today after breakfast you check out from the hotel. Together with your guide you walk to the pier along the embankment to board a hovercraft that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island. The duration of your transfer is about 1.5 hour.

Upon arrival you have a tour of the Open Air Museum Kizhi. During your walking tour you explore its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses. After a tea tasting you visit a local carpentry restoration center.

In the afternoon after the tour you depart back to Petrozavodsk on hovercraft. Upon arrival you are taken to the rail station where you board an overnight Arctica train to Kirovsk.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 9: Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour

Early in the morning your train arrives in Kirovsk. You are met by your guide and driver at the platform who take you to have breakfast in a local restaurant. Then you are transferred to the Snow Village.

Located at the foot of the Khibiny Mountains, the unique Snow Derevnya Complex boasts a large territory that encompasses a snow labyrinth, beautiful snow and ice sculptures, as well as a visitor's center and a gift shop. You have about two hours to explore the village on your own.

As a highlight of the day you are invited to go on a snowmobile tour. In about 1.5 hours you travel about 25 km along the glacier valley of Kukisvum to the Kukisvumchorr Path that connects the South and North parts of Khibiny. The tour ends at the Serdtsevidnoye Lake, from where one can get a good view onto the Kuniyok River valley. On your way back you do a speed circle on the thick ice of Maly Vudyavr lake.

After lunch in a local restaurant you are transferred to Murmansk by car. Upon arrival in about 2 hours you check in to your centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 10: Husky Park, Saami Village Tour & Northern Lights

In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and are transferred to the exciting Husky Park. Here you get to meet the beautiful blue-eyed dogs and learn about this breed. Then enjoy the beauty of winter nature behind a bunch of wagging tails during an exciting Husky dog ride. Your dog sledding distance is of about 5 km, taking in the beauty of the winter forest.

In the afternoon you are taken to the territory of the Saami settlement to meet the locals. During the tour you get to learn about the daily life and history of the Saami people and visit the enchanted alleys idols of 4 elements - fire, earth, water, air and 5 enchanted idols of love, happiness, luck, fate and health. Have a traditional meal in a national cafe and try local dishes such as Lim salmon soup or try local Pacula herbal tea. Get familiarized with the Saami reindeer, husky, foxes and rabbits and even get a chance to feed deer. You also go reindeer sledding, play traditional Saami games and take pictures in the national clothing of the Saami people.

At about 10 p.m. you are in for an overwhelming and unforgettable activity as you are going Northern Lights seeking. Tonight you see fantastic winter landscapes accompanied with magnificent views of the Northern Lights - this is a trip you will remember for years to come! You return to the hotel at about 2 p.m.

Optional activity: Northern Lights photo shoot with a professional photographer

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 11: Departure

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. We hope you've enjoyed your trip to Russia and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is 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 - Sortevala;
  • Roundtrip hovercraft tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi Island - Petrozavodsk;
  • Arctica train tickets Petrozavodsk - Kirovsk;
  • Transfers Sortevala - Petrozavodsk, Kirovsk - 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, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square is the main central square in Moscow, housing the emblematic symbol of Russia - St. Basil's Cathedral. 

Kremlin, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Kremlin is the capital's main landmark often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Russia

Catherine Palace is a stunning luxurious royal residence gifted to Empress Catherine I by Peter the Great.

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The world-famous Hermitage Museum is home to the largest collection of paintings on Earth, holding about 3 million works of art.

Kizhi Island, Russia

Kizhi Island boasts one of the most extraordinary and unique ensembles of wooden architecture in Russia. 

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Package type Price
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$4,155
Deposit $831
Single traveler
$6,957
Deposit $1,392