Imperial Russia

Celebrate the New Year in the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Barents Sea with a glass of sparkling champagne! An exciting journey by the Imperial Russia train will start in Moscow and take you to St Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Vologda, as well as Murmansk, situated in the extreme north-west of Russia, near Finland. Being so close to the Arctic Circle, Murmansk is one of the world’s premier destinations to see the Northern Lights, a breathtakingly beautiful natural phenomena.

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow

Once you have arrived in Moscow, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will then be yours to explore the Russian capital at your leisure or relax in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Day 2 – Excursions in Moscow

Following breakfast, you will be taken on a scenic drive through the main streets of Moscow and major attractions of the Russian capital. After a lunch break the guided walking tour will take you inside the Kremlin. You will see the famous Tsar Cannon, the 16th century Tsar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow’s most elaborate cathedrals. Make sure to take memorable pictures at Red Square, as Moscow is famous for one of the most beautiful holiday light decorations in the world. You will have dinner at a local restaurant and will be taken back to your hotel by car.

Day 3 – Excursion in Moscow

Today you will visit Kolomenskoe Park Estate with its marvellous wooden palace that once served as summer residence for grand dukes of Moscow and the Russian tsars. You will get to know the rich architectural heritage created by the best Russian artisans and discover Russian winter with outdoor activities and a traditional tea drinking ceremony with Russian pancakes. In the afternoon you will spend some time walking along Arbat Street to feel the vibe of the city and its festive atmosphere. You might want to drop in at some souvenir shops to look for some smaller presents to mark your wonderful time in the Russian winter.

At the end of the day you will be taken to the railway station and welcomed aboard the Imperial Russia train. Welcome dinner will be served.

Day 4 – Excursion in St Petersburg

St Petersburg, often referred as the Northern Capital of Russia, is full of numerous historical monuments, marvellous palaces and beautiful bridges. After breakfast, you will embark on a city tour, including visit to Kazan Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac’s Cathedral. St Isaac’s is one of the biggest dome buildings in the world; it is not just an architectural masterpiece, it comprises some of the most innovative and unique engineering ideas of the 19th century. After lunch you will drive towards Tsarskoe Selo where you will visit Catherine’s Palace with the world-famous Amber Room. After dinner you will drive through the illuminated St Petersburg and enjoy the magical winter atmosphere of this magnificent city.

The train will depart St Petersburg that evening to head further north.

Day 5 – Excursion in Petrozavodsk

Today you will arrive in Petrozavodsk, capital city of Republic of Karelia, standing on the shores of Lake Onega. The native Karels have preserved their unique culture and traditions brilliantly. You will be taken to the village of Kinerma to learn the history of the ancient Karelian settlement of 16th century. During this visit you will learn about the traditions and lifestyle of the Karels and try traditional Karelian cuisine. After lunch you will have City tour with visiting the Museum of the fine arts of Karelia.

After that, you will depart to Murmansk. Tonight’s dinner is offered onboard the Imperial Russia train.

Day 6 – New Year in Murmansk

Today shortly before lunch you will arrive in Murmansk. For the next two days, you will be lodging in a city hotel within the city of the Russian Military Glory and the largest city in the world located in the Arctic Circle! As the train pulls through the Kola Peninsula enjoy the morning at your leisure, following the beautiful landscapes of the Khibiny Mountains.

Following check-in to the hotel, you will depart on a city tour with major attractions including World War II memorials and local bridges.

In the evening you will have a festive dinner with a colourful performance in a beautifully decorated restaurant to celebrate the New Year!

Day 7 – Excursion in Murmansk

On the first day of the New Year you will have some time to sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Later that morning, you will visit the village of Lovozero, home to the the native Saami people of the Kola Peninsula. You will have the opportunity to meet the Saami Santa Claus who will invite you for lunch and tell you more about the lifestyle of the Saami, life in the tundra, reindeer herding and hunting. You will even get the chance to embark on a sled ride pulled by dogs or reindeer through the beautiful frozen landscapes!

Day 8 – On the Train

After breakfast at the hotel you will board the Imperial Russia train and start travelling towards Vologda. Enjoy a day of relaxation on the train with picturesque winter scenery. You might want to attend one of the interesting lectures aboard the train.

Day 9 – Excursion in Vologda

In the morning you will arrive in Vologda, a city with significant historical and cultural heritage. This city is the same age as the Russian capital and is rich in historical sites. The Kremlin Square is located right in the centre of the city, and it is said that Emperor Peter the Great used to visit this place often. While strolling along the Kremlin grounds, you will learn more about the history of this city. Later, you will be able to try your skills in a cooking workshop making cranberry in sugar, which you can take home as a memory from Vologda.

That evening you will be back onboard the Imperial Russia train to celebrate with a farewell dinner.

Day 10 – Arrival in Moscow

In the morning the Imperial Russia train arrives in Moscow. After breakfast aboard, you will be transferred to Moscow airport to begin your journey home, or to the hotel of your choice.


Imperial Russia

This tour includes:

Local tour guides:

Exursions with local guides according to the program. (Excursions will be conducted in English, French, German and Spanish, other languages are possible on request.)

Rich sightseeing and entertainment programme:

Including dog or reindeer sledding.

Hotel and on-board accommodation:

Onboard the Imperial Russia train in Russia. Two nights in a 5* hotel in Moscow and two night in a 4* hotel in Murmansk.


Full board. Tea and coffee on board throughout the day.

Talks on local traditions, culture and customs:

Informative lectures on the Russian New Year, traditions, geography and history.

On-board service:

Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day. You will also be provided with towels, a bathrobe and slippers onboard the Imperial Russia Train.


Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport.

Not Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Any flights or travel costs not covered in the itinerary.
  • Visa costs. See the Real Russia Trans-Siberian Visa’s page
  • Insurance. See Real Russia’s advice on travel insurance
  • Drinks from the Bar Car
  • Meals on the day of arrival and departure
  • Personal expenses such as souvenir shopping, or extra food and drink not included in the itinerary.
  • Vaccinations if required


Imperial Russia

Real Russia's range of tour extensions are an ideal way to make your incredible trip go that little bit further. With two, three or four day options, you can explore and spend more time in Moscow, or experience stunning St Petersburg, one of Russia’s greatest cities.

Northern Capital, the 'Real Russia' St Petersburg extension

St Petersburg

Spend a few days exploring the stunning city of St Petersburg; built on the shores of the Baltic as his window to the west by one of Russia's greatest Tsars, Peter I.

During your few days there, you will discover some of the many delights of this ‘Venice of the North’, including, the Hermitage, one of the greatest treasures in the world, the Peter and Paul Fortress on the banks of the Neva, the golden coated St Isaac's Cathedral and a trip through its many canals before setting off for Moscow. A great way to begin, or finish, your Trans-Siberian adventure.

Heart of Russia, the 'Real Russia' Moscow extension


Add to your Moscow experience with a few extra days in Russia’s historic capital.

You will have the opportunity to see a few sights that may not be covered on your private tour, including the beautiful Alexander Gardens, along with the Eternal Flame there, the memorial to Soviet Cosmonauts and the famous artist’s quarter, Old Arbat.

Dragon City, the 'Real Russia' Beijing extension


Why not spend an extra few days in Beijing before either journeying home from, or beginning, your Trans-Siberian adventure.

Over the three days of this extension, you will have the opportunity to see new sights, such as the famous Beijing Jade Factory, where you will find out about how craftsmen have learned to craft this precious stone over the centuries.

You will also be able to spend more time in a few of the stops from your tour, giving you the chance to find out more about them, such as the Great Wall.

In addition to this, there will be time to explore Beijing at your leisure.

The Heart and Soul of Russia, the 'Real Russia' Moscow and Saint Petersburg Tour

MoscowWhy not combine your extra time in Moscow with a short trip to Russia’s former capital, the architecturally beautiful ‘Venice of the North’, Saint Petersburg.

Real Russia’s four, six and eight day tours cover everything you could want to see; from the Peterhof Palace and Gardens, to the world famous Hermitage museum.


Imperial Russia

Your tour will begin with the opportunity to discover, and experience, the majestic Russian capital, Moscow. En-route to the extreme Northwest, enjoy the snowy landscapes, history and culture of Russia, as you visit many varied and unique towns and cities, including St Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk and Vologda.

Tour dates 

  • 26 December 2020 - 04 January 2021
  • 14 - 23 February 2021

Prices 2021

Price in: 

Cabin Class Number of passengers
1 2+
First Class    
First Class+    

Prices are per person.

Partial payment is required to secure each place. Full payment will be required no later than 60 days before departure.

Children are welcome, and prices are available on request.

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Imperial Russia

"It is now two month since coming back home from our well organized and interesting tour with you. Kindly convey our special thanks to Elvira."

Ofira and Amnon Lisovsky

"I would like to pass on my thanks to the guide that accompanied us. I can’t recall her name but she was very good & did a great job."

Sam Randazzo