Imperial Russia Train

Arctic Circle

10 days / 5 stops – € 4,100 (per person, twin share)

10 day itinerary with tour services in Moscow, St Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk and Vologda

Tour Introduction

An exciting winter adventure to the Northwestern regions of Russia to celebrate New Year beyond the Arctic Circle.

Looking for winter experience? Come to Russia! We invite you to feel the atmosphere of the holiday and magic of winter St Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Vologda and to celebrate the New Year beyond the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Barents Sea with a glass of sparkling champagne and loud laughter. Truly, an unusual and colorful journey, like the elusive Northern Lights themselves!
The New Year is celebrated at the festive dinner with a colorful show program in the beautifully decorated hotel restaurant.

Route
Moscow  — St Petersburg — Petrozavodsk — Murmansk — Vologda — Moscow

Services included:

Accommodation:

  • onboard «Imperial Russia» Train
  • 2 nights at Moscow hotel, 2 nights at Murmansk hotel
  • towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of «Imperial Russia» Train

Excursions & guides:

  • excursions with local guides according to the program
  • excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request

Meals:

  • tea/coffee on board throughout the day
  • full board

Other services:

  • pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport
  • services of the porter at the hotel and the railway stations
  • brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited
  • doctor onboard
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour managers


Services not included:

  • international and domestic flights
  • visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with incorrect or expired visas)
  • all drinks ordered in the bar car
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia
  • meals on the day of arrival, departure
  • tips and personal expenses
  • insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour)
  • vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour

Add-ons before the trip – tour programs and accommodation
This trip is very different in style and content to our regular Trans-Siberian journeys. It is a group departure and has all the day trips and excursions included. You can add an extension from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg with accommodation in Saint-Petersburgovernight or express day train and extra nights accommodation in Moscow, along with a number of additional tours in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.

Day 1
Moscow arrival
Welcome in Moscow and Russian winter! Upon your arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can choose to enjoy your down time at your hotel room or make a stroll in the hotel neighborhood to feel the festive mood of the city. This evening you will enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 2
Moscow sightseeing
After delightful breakfast, depart for a scenic drive through main streets and see major attractions of Russian capital. After a lunch break the guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Tsars. See the famous Tsar Cannon, the 16th century Tsar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow’s most elaborate cathedrals. When the daylights are deemed, take memorable pictures on the Red Square of Russian winter and Moscow New Year decorations, which rated as the most beautiful in the world. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and drive back to the hotel.

Day 3
Moscow
In the morning, leave the city center for a visit to Kolomenskoe with its marvelous wooden palace that once served as a summer residence of grand dukes of Moscow and the Russian Tsars. Get to know rich architectural heritage created by the best Russian artisans. This beautiful palace comprises a large number of buildings connected throughout by passageways. Discover Russian winter with outdoor activities and traditional ceremony of tea drinking with Russian pancakes. In the afternoon spend some time walking along the Arbat Street to feel the vibe of the city and festive atmosphere. You might want to drop in at some souvenir shops to look for some smaller presents to mark your wonderful time in Russian winter. In the evening after dinner in a restaurant, you are welcome onboard «Imperial Russia» Train!

Day 4
St Petersburg
St Petersburg, often referred as Northern capital of Russia, is crowded with numerous historical monuments, marvelous palaces and beautiful bridges. After breakfast, visit the native place of the city, Peter-Paul-Fortress and pay tribute to the Romanov royal family in the Peter-Paul-Cathedral. St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the biggest dome buildings in the world, is not just an architectural masterpiece; it comprises innovative and unique engineering ideas of the 19th century. After lunch you drive towards Tsarskoe Selo where you visit Catherine’s Palace with the world famous Amber Room. Later this day stroll along colorful boulevards; enjoy the city Christmas market or just sit down to rest in one of the numerous cafes. After dinner accompanied by gypsy songs & guitar drive through the illuminated St Petersburg.
Board your train to continue your journey to the Arctic Circle!

Day 5
Petrozavodsk
Today you arrive in Petrozavodsk, capital city of Republic of Karelia. The native karels and veps preserved their unique culture and traditions.  Therefore, we will take you to the village of Kinerma to learn the history of the ancient Karelian settlement of 16th century. A local family will host you and invite for a traditional tea with Karelian pies. Drive back to provincial town of Petrozavodsk, the most Soviet one on our journey, and enjoy the concert of the local folk group “Kantele”. Tonight dinner is offered onboard the «Imperial Russia» Train.

Day 6
Murmansk
Today your train crosses the Arctic Circle. As the «Imperial Russia» Train pulls through the Kola Peninsula enjoy your morning at leisure, follow the changing scenery with beautiful landscapes of the Khibiny Mountains. Shortly before lunch, you arrive in Murmansk, the most Northern point of our journey. For the next two days you will be lodging in a city hotel. This town started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free all year round. Depart for the city tour with such major attractions as nuclear icebreaker Lenin, World War II memorials. Later this noon enjoy your down time at your hotel room or make a discovery walk of the hotel vicinity. Join us for a festive dinner with a colorful show program in the beautifully decorated hotel restaurant to celebrate the New Year!

Day 7
Murmansk
On the first day of the New Year allow yourself to sleep in and enjoy the late breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Later this morning drive for the village of Lovozero, the center of the cultural life of the Saami, the native people of the Kola Peninsula. Meet the Saami Santa Claus who invites you for lunch and explains you about the lifestyle of Saami, life in tundra, reindeer herding and hunting. Walk around the village or on the frozen lake to capture the winter landscapes of Arctic winter or ride a reindeer sledding! Around dinner time arrive in Murmansk & enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 8
On board
After breakfast at the hotel board the «Imperial Russia» Train and start travelling towards Vologda. Today enjoy your stay onboard to reflect on cities you have already visited. Enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop and picturesque winter scenery. You might want to attend one of the interesting lectures or entertaining program.

Day 9
Vologda
In the morning arrive in Vologda, the city with significant historical and cultural heritage. This city is the same age as Russian capital and is rich in historical sights. The Kremlin Square is located right in the centre of the city, and Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible used to walk around this place. Emperor Peter the Great used to visit Vologda frequently. Among artisans this city is well known for its delicate and exquisite laces. Stroll along the Kremlin grounds and listen to the history of this city, spot some of the remaining wooden houses with carved window frames that are very much like the laces. Try your hands in a workshop to paint gingerbread and take it as a memory of Vologda. In evening you are back onboard «Imperial Russia» Train to celebrate the farewell dinner.

Day 10
Moscow
In the morning you arrive in Moscow.

We can book extra accommodation and tours in Moscow, along with an extension from Saint-Petersburg.

Departure dates from Moscow

26 December 2019
14 February 2020

Prices in Euro (per person)

€ 10,300 – VIP Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 6,200 – VIP Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 9,800 – Business Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 5,900 – Business Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 8,300 – First Class Plus Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 4,900 – First Class Plus Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 7,000 – First Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 4,100 – First Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

Payment and cancellation conditions:

  1. The prepayment is due 5 days upon receipt of the tour confirmation. The prepayment is non-refundable. The prepayment shall amount to:
    • 1500 EUR  – per person in VIP compartment;
    • 1500 EUR – per person in BUSINESS CLASS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS compartment.
  2. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  3. Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 60 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 50 % of the tour price.
  4. Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 30 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 100% of the tour price.

This type of car contains 5 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.

All compartments are equipped with individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

This type of car contains 6 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.

All compartments are equipped with a private en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 berths in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. All compartments are equipped with a table with an armchair. Between compartments, there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is a room for storing luggage.

Two water closets: in the beginning and in the end of the car.

The air conditioning system is general. Most cars are equipped with LCD TV sets.

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, with 2 lower berths in each and equipped with a table and LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl.

Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car.

The air conditioning system is general.