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Private tour
12 days
5 cities
2nights

Moscow, Russia

Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the 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.

    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.

    Day 3: Russian Cooking Class
    In the morning after breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet with your driver. You will be taken 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.

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    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    4-star hotel
    Voznesenskiy Pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 125009
    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    The 4-star hotel located on a charming 18th-century street is less than 10 minutes from the best sights of Moscow. You can relax after busy sightseeing day in the on-site fitness center and spa salon followed by dinner at your choice of the hotel's restaurants including Terraneo, the Russo-American Flat Iron Bar, and Roadhouse. Your beautifully decored room is fitted with air-conditioning system, flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi and spacious bed. Grab a coffee at the Lobby Cafe on your way to explore the beautiful Moscow!... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Russian visa processing service
    • Full Day Guided City Tour with Kremlin
    • Russian Cooking Class
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Moscow - Saint Petersburg
Standard Class Seat
Leningradskiy station
Moscow, Russia
4 h
Moskovskiy station
St. Petersburg, Russia
3nights

St. Petersburg, Russia

Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 3: Arrival
    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    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.

    Extra meal included: appetizers and beverage

    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 troika 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.

    Day 6: Tour of the Hermitage Museum and Departure
    Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel, 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 late lunch in a local restaurant, you depart to arrive at the next destination, Sortavala.

    Extra meal included: lunch

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    Corinthia Hotel Nevsky Palace
    5-star hotel
    Nevsky Prospect, 57, St.Petersburg , RUSSIA, Russia
    Corinthia Hotel Nevsky Palace
    Superior Double Room Breakfast Included
    The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service. All air-conditioned guest rooms boast classic interiors and come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Guided St Petersburg Sightseeing Tour
    • Half Day Guided Tour of the Hermitage Museum with Transport
    • Russian Vodka Museum and Vodka Tasting
    • Russian Afternoon Tea Ceremony
    • Full Day Trip to Pushkin with Entrances to the Catherine Palace and Park
    • Troika Ride in the Scenic Park
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Saint Petersburg - Sortavala
Business Class Seat
Finlyandsky rail station
St. Petersburg, Russia
5 h
Sortavala rail station
Sortavala, Russia
1night

Sortavala, Russia

Traveling to Sortvala? Spend at least 2 days in this land of boundless forests and cozy lake valleys. Sortavala was founded by the Swedes in 1632 and was a part of Finland until WWII. Here you can feel a real blend of Russian and local Karelian culture, as well as Finish soul. To learn more about the history of the city, visit the art center of Kronid Gogolev, go to taste diverse local food, sit in a boat on a lake, and observe its beautiful natural surroundings. ...
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    Day 6: Arrival
    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to a wooden style hotel located away from city life in beautiful natural surroundings. 

    Day 7: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Sortavala.

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    Dacha Wintera
    5-star hotel
    Dacha Wintera
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    You will be staying in a hand-picked downtown hotel. We carefully inspect all of our hotel properties and recommend only the ones that are conveniently located to major city attractions, have great atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and guarantee exceptional service.... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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CarCar
Connection | Sortavala - Petrozavodsk
Private Transfer Sedan & Ruskeala Tour
Together with your private guide and driver you visit Ruskeala Mountain Park - one of the brightest and most amazing places of the North Lagoda. 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. The tour includes lunch in a local restaurant.
Sortavala hotel
Sortavala, Russia
8 h
Petrozavodsk hotel
Petrozavodsk, Russia
1night

Petrozavodsk, Russia

Traveling to Petrozavodsk? Spend at least three days exploring the beautiful capital of the Republic of Karelia, set on a bay of Lake Onega. The city’s name translates to “Peter’s factory” as it was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 with a purpose to manufacture and supply anchors for the Baltic fleet during the war between Sweden and Russia. The city is a hub for nightlife and shopping and also offers interesting tourist experiences with main attractions including the Museum in the open air - Kizhi and the Lenin square. Don’t miss a chance to see the Stone Gove. ...
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    Day 7: Arrival
    Upon arrival in Petrozavodsk, walk to your hotel for check-in and have a good rest before the next exciting day. 

    Day 8: Kizhi Island Tour and Departure
    Today after breakfast meet your guide and walk to the pier along the embankment to board a hydrofoil that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island, where some scenes of the Anna Karenina movie were filmed. The duration of the transfer is about 1.5 hours. 

    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 short lunch stop, you visit a local carpentry restoration center. 

    In the afternoon after the tour, you depart back to Petrozavodsk and have the rest of the day at leisure. 

    After the tour, you are taken to the train station.

    • Please note: the trip to Kizhi Island is subject to weather conditions. Hydrofoil to Kizhi Island is scheduled from May 15th to October 15th. Hovercraft for the winter period is scheduled from January 15 to April 1st. 


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    Piter Inn Hotel
    4-star hotel
    Ploshchad' Gagarina, 1, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 185010
    Piter Inn Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Located in the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, this hotel in Petrozavodsk allows guests convenient access to the main railway station and beautiful attractions like the Onega Lake embankment, The Musical and The National Theatres. Your room features air-conditioning, private bathroom with towels and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and spacious comfortable bed, and WiFi. Enjoy the on-site fitness center facilities. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Trip to Kizhi Island in Winter
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    Included Transfers
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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RailRail
Connection | Petrozavodsk - Murmansk
1st class sleeper
Petrozavodsk rail station
Petrozavodsk
18
Murmansk rail station
Murmansk
3nights

Murmansk, Russia

Being Russia's Northernmost city and even the largest city in the world above the Arctic Circle, Murmansk is a unique and rewarding destination for your winter vacation. You get to visit the famous Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker and go Northern Lights seeking with the most experienced guides. Murmansk offers many more unforgettable winter activities. You can enjoy magnificent winter landscapes while on a Husky dog ride, plan a snowmobile touring along the glacier valley of Kukisvum to the Kukisvumchorr Path, go skiing or get lost in a shiny snow labyrinth in Snow Village. Once there, you have the best opportunity to learn more about the Saami people, to meet the locals, and try their traditional food....
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    Day 9: City Tour & Northern Lights Tour
    Upon arrival to Murmasnk, your driver takes you to the hotel. 

    In the hotel, meet your local guide to have a city tour of Murmansk.

    Today you visit the memorial complex Alesha in honor of the defenders of the Soviet polar region during the Great Patriotic War. You get to rise to the observation platform, opening incredible views of the Murmansk city center. Then you continue to the monument "Zhduschey" connected with the life in the Russian extreme north. Also, you visit the memorial complex dedicated to the tragic events that took place on the Kursk Submarine, see the Spas on Water church and the lighthouse. A definite highlight is a 1-hour guided visit to the famous Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker.*
     

    Later in the evening, you are in for an overwhelming and unforgettable activity as you are going to Northern Lights seeking**. Tonight you see fantastic winter landscapes accompanied by 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 a.m.

    *Note: a tour of Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker is not guaranteed and may be unavailable during your visit.
    **Depending on the weather conditions Northern Lights seeking tour can be rescheduled for the next day with a higher possibility of witnessing the Aurora Borealis.
     

    Day 10: Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
    Following breakfast meet your guide-driver 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 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 the tour, you are transferred back to the hotel.

    Extra meal included: lunch

    *Note: Snow Village is available from December 23d. In order to drive a snowmobile please make sure to have your driver license with you.

    Day 11: Husky Park and Saami Village Tour
    Following breakfast meet your guide-driver in the hotel lobby and start an exciting tour to Husky Park and Saami Village.

    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 1.5 km, taking in the beauty of the winter forest. 

    Following a traditional lunch, 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. You also go reindeer sledding, play traditional Saami games and take pictures in the national clothing of the Saami people.

    After the tour, you are transferred back to the hotel. 

    Day 12: Departure 
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Murmansk.

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    Azimut Hotel
    4-star hotel
    RU, пр. Ленина, д. 82, Мурманск, 183038
    Azimut Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    The Azimut Hotel Murmansk is a high-rise hotel located in the center of Murmansk close Tsentralny Park. The hotel has modern high-comfort rooms and an on-site restaurant Arktika.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Guided City Tour
    • Half Day Private Aurora Hunting Tour
    • Full Day Trip to Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
    • Full Day Tour to Saami Village and Husky Park
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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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;
  • Business class high-speed 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;
  • Support line 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.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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