$ 2597

Fantastic Three: Moscow, St Petersburg & The Northern Lights

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min $ 2597
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Tour details
Destinations: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Murmansk
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2597 — max $ 5108
Group size: min 5 — max 20
Duration: 12 days
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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1, Welcome to Russia!

Day Schedule


➤Meet & Greet at Moscow airport

➤Transfer to your cosy hotel in the downtown

➤Evening free at leisure

➤Group tour: welcome dinner



Day 2, Sightseeing in Moscow!

Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

➤The Moscow Kremlin (all the highlights including the Armory)

➤Moscow city tour: the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown

➤Guided tour to Novodevichy Convent

➤Sparrow Hills (Lenin Hills)

➤Take a ride by the famous Moscow metro

➤Arbat street



Day 3, Discover Moscow

Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

➤Come on a guided tour to the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, one of the two largest collections of Russian art. The other (we are not talking about sizes!) is the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. 

➤The Izmailovo Kremlin and the Tsar’s Palaces tour

➤The world-famous Seven Sisters - Stalin's skyscrapers

➤VDNKh exhibition centre and museum of Cosmonautics, where you can see the original stuff of Russian space exploration history. VDNKh, in turn, is a huge open-air space full of Soviet legacy and a perfect example of so-called Stalin's architecture. Today, it is a place not to be missed when you are in Moscow.



Day 4, Train to St. Petersburg

Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

Transfer to the railway station, board high-speed bullet train for 4 hours journey to St.Petersburg

Meet and greet at St Petersburg railway station

Transfer to your hotel in downtown

➤The evening is free at leisure

 


Day 5, Peterhof Palace

Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

➤Guided tour to the royal Peterhof Palace

➤The evening is free at leisure

 

 

Day 6, Discover St. Petersburg

Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

➤The Winter Palac/Hermitage guided tour

➤The city’s iconic landmarks

➤St. Isaac's Cathedral

➤Kazan Cathedral

➤The Church of the Spilled Blood

➤The Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral



Day 7, Catherine Palace & Amber Room 

Day Schedule

➤Breakfast
➤Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo
➤Visiting Catherine's Palace and world-famous Amber Room
➤Afternoon at leisure



Day 8, Flight to Murmansk, Russian Arctic

Day Schedule


Arrival at Murmansk. Meet & greet at the airport, transfer to your hotel, luggage drop off and city tour. Murmansk is the largest city in the world north of the Arctic Circle. Founded in 1915 as a supply port in World War I, it was a base for the British, French, and American expeditionary forces against the Bolsheviks in 1918. We shall visit either the Naval Museum or the Historical Museum. 


After lunch, visit the museum of ice-breaker “Lenin”, the first nuclear ice-breaker in the world! Murmansk played an important role as a Russian trade link with the Allies during the Second World War II. Various supplies were brought to the city with the help of the Arctic convoys. Murmansk was heavily damaged during the war. It was restored at the beginning of the 1950ies.


The evening is free at leisure as we prepare for the Northern Lights adventure. In good conditions, it might be possible to observe northern lights in Murmansk city itself!



Day 9, Lovozero. Northern Lights Hunt

Day Schedule


Transfer to Lovozero village (270 km, 4-5 hours drive). Please note that fuel to the remoteness of the location, 4* accommodation is available for private tours only at Northern Pearl Lodge. For group tours, we offer 3* Ulinskaya Salma only as an accommodation. In both options, you will enjoy the premium location and cosy eco-friendly area in the wooden lodges. 


Walking, mountaineering and water tours (seasonal) at the same time, as well as great fishing (ice fishing in winter). In this weather –dependent region your plans may always be changed due to sudden snow storm or rain, and here, at the border of forest and tundra, near lakes, rivers and beautiful forest trails where is always a place for an activity.

Lovozero is the top destination of Kola Peninsula for Aurora Borealis viewing, there are very high chances to observe it directly at the eco-lodges. However, we recommend to spend at least 3 nights here to maximize the chances of Aurora Borealis viewing, and due to the remoteness of the location.


NOTE: clear skies and solar activity are the critical conditions to watch Aurora Borealis, the best timing is from 8:00 pm till 2:00 am.



Day 10, Lovozero Explorer Tour & Northern Lights Hunt

Day Schedule


SEASONAL TOURS: guided tour to the settlement of reindeer breeders in winter, fishing and Saami people exploration in autumn. Winter tours: we shall visit the real, non-touristic camp of local nomads, whose life totally depends on deers. You will be able to witness how they survive and cope with the local climate. The tour provides amazing photo opportunities. It is possible to ride on deers and feed them. Autumn tours: amazing fishing opportunities and a visit to Saami people museum. Alternatively: guided nature walking trails and water sports (kayaks). Full day fun tour with activities in the middle of nowhere!

 

Return to the camp. Russian Banya experience in the evening (optional, not included) and Northern Lights watching.



Day 11, Seydozero tour & Northern Lights Hunt 

Day Schedule


This lake located in the massif of the Lovozersky tundra is famous as a mystical and mysterious place. It is considered a cradle of Giperborei, the ancient disappeared civilization inseparably linked with mythical stories and magic knowledge. Legends say that the ancient city of the Lappish shamans is now hidden from people’s eyes. 

 

Remember, that Northern Lights do not actually have a "season". You can observe it from August till March in good night conditions. Autumn and early spring can be as good timing as the winter. 

 

During the excursion on Seydozero, you will surely get acquainted with one of the main sights of this place — Kuyva, a bas-relief of natural origin about 70 meters high. On a legend of Sami, Kuyva is a giant who lived in ancient times in the Lovozersky tundra. The giant plundered and killed Sami and was punished by the Lappish pagan gods – "is burned by lightning which has struck from lake waters". 

 

Picnic lunch. Return to the eco-lodge.

 

Day 12, Farewell

Day Schedule


Arrival in Moscow 

Meet and greet at the train station 

Transfer to the hotel and check-in

Moscow Kremlin Tour, including the Armory and Red Square

Moscow metro tour

Novodevichy Convent tour

Sparrow Hills 

Overnight stay in Moscow



Day 13, Farewell

Day Schedule


Return to Murmansk, drop off at the airport at the appropriate time for your departure flight. Here your Russian Aurora Borealis adventure ends!

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Centrally located hand-picked 3 * hotels. Optional upgrade to the 4* and 5* hotels

  • Note: 5* hotels are available in St. Petersburg and Moscow only

  • Note: For group tours 4* hotels in Lovozero are not available

  • 3 nights Moscow

  • 4 nights St. Petersburg

  • 1 night Murmansk

  • 3 nights Lovozero national park

Meals

  • Full breakfast daily

  • Group tour: Welcome dinner

Transportation

  • Bullet train Moscow to St. Petersburg, second class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about 1st class upgrade or flight options

  • Flight St. Petersburg - Murmansk, economy

  • Meet & greet at every location

  • Return airport/train station transfers

  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg

  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus

Sightseeing

  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy convent & Sparrow Hills

  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Moscow metro tour, the VDNKh and Museum of Cosmonautics tour

  • St Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof

  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral

  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room

  • Murmansk day (6 hours) city tour: the Naval Museum or the Historical Museum, museum of icebreaker “Lenin” // Lovozero: walking, mountaineering and water tours, guided tour to the settlement of reindeer breeders (seasonal) // Excursion on Seydozero

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions

  • Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge

Your comfort counts

  • Russian local sim card with data

  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line

  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the Australian tour operator

  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director. Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discovery Russia
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