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Imperial Russia Arctic Explorer Experience

Overview

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

Itinerary

Moscow

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.

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.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Moscow city tour by car with guided Kremlin walking tour

Following breakfast, you will be taken on a scenic drive through the main streets of Moscow and major attractions of the Russian capital.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour by car

  • Walking Tour

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Red Square

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Visit to Kolomenskoe Park Estate

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Kolomenskoe Park Estate

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Arbat Street

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

St Petersburg

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.

Day 4

St Petersburg city tour

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 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Peter and Paul Fortress

  • St Isaac’s Cathedral

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Catherine Palace

  • Amber Room

Travel to

Petrozavodsk

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.

Day 5

Visiting the capital of Karelia, 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Guided History Tour

  • City Tour

  • Museum of the fine arts of Karelia

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

Murmansk

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.

Day 6

City tour of 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kola Peninsula

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Khibiny Mountains

  • City Tour

  • Guided History Tour

Day 7

Visit to a Saami village

Today, you will have some time to sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Sled ride

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Saami people culture

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Vologda

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.

Day 9

Sightseeing 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Free Time

  • Kremlin Square

  • Guided History Tour

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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.

  • Breakfast

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

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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