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Imperial Russia Arctic Explorer Experience
Embark on a spectacular journey in the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Barents Sea. 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.
Rich sightseeing and entertainment programme: Including dog or reindeer sledding.
Talks on local traditions, culture and customs
City tour of Murmansk
City tour of Petrozavodsk
Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.
The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.
Petrozavodsk stretches along the Western shore of Lake Onega in North Western Russia and is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia. The city is a beacon of arts and culture and is home to various museums and galleries including the Museum of the Republic of Karelia and Museum of Fine Arts as well as spectacular ornate cathedrals dating to the 19th century including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
The most Northern city in the Russian Federation, Murmansk has a long history as a naval port strategically located on the Kola Peninsula. Murmansk is primarily an industrial city, however growing interest in major tourist attractions such as the Northern Lights and better transport links between St Petersburg as well as to Norway and Finland are making the city an up-and-coming tourist destination.
A historic city located on the Vologda River, Vologda is the administrative, cultural, and scientific centre of Vologda Oblast, Russia. Its founding has been disputed and is said to date between the 12th the 13th centuries, however, it is recognised as one of Russia’s most historic cities of with over 200 buildings being noted as culturally significant.
Where you can stay
A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.
Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.
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- All tours are COVID-19 secure and offer flexible booking options. Visit our Covid-19 information page to find out more
- 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
- Local tour guides
- Meals: Full board. Tea and coffee on board throughout the day
- On-board doctor: Russian speaking, with English speaking Group Leader available for translation
- 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
- Porterage: While you will stay on the train for the duration of your journey, when you do arrive at, and the leave, the train, you can be assured that all of your bags will be in safe hands
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Talks on local traditions, culture and customs: Informative lectures on the Russian New Year, traditions, geography and history
- Transfers: Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport
What’s not included
- Any flights or travel costs not covered in the itinerary
- 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
- Visa processing and service costs
- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
Please note that this tour requires a minimum number of passengers in order to go ahead.
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Extras & Upgrades
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Enhance your travel experience with one of our available tour upgrades. Whether you are looking to go first class on the train or swap your standard hotel for a luxury 5-star option, our Sales team are on-hand to help. Simply, let us know when booking your tour and we can arrange this for you.