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Russia Northern Lights

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore its two brilliant capitals and enjoy traditional Russian winter activities like Troyka rides. Then make your way to the inspiring Karelia region and its famous Marble Canyon and after continue to Russia's distant north for an unforgettable opportunity to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. To top it all go snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

Russia Northern Lights

12 days5 cities
Russia1 country
Private tour to Russia
From
$4,168
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 399 Reviews

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore its two brilliant capitals and enjoy traditional Russian winter activities like Troyka rides. Then make your way to the inspiring Karelia region and its famous Marble Canyon and after continue to Russia's distant north for an unforgettable opportunity to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. To top it all go snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
City tour

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.

Day 3
Russian Cooking Class & Train to St. Petersburg
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast you check out and go on an exclusive cooking class to get the real taste of Russia. Together with a professional English-speaking chef you go to a local market and learn the secrets of making a perfect Russian borscht.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

train
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
3 hrs 30 min
Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 3.5 hours. The modern Sapsan bullet train is one of the most time-saving and high-comfort travel options with outstanding onboard amenities and comfortable seats.

Saint Petersburg

second destination
3 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
St. Petersburg City Tour
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. You are then invited for afternoon tea in Astoria.

Day 5
Trip to Pushkin, Troyka Ride & Russian Vodka Museum
Day tour
Tasting

After breakfast you go to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace, enjoy a traditional Russian amusement - a famous Russian troyka ride and visit the famous Russian Vodka Museum.

Day 6
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Transfer to Sortavala
Museum

Following breakfast you check out. You meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum. After lunch you board a train that takes you to Sortavala, a town in the beautiful region of Russia, Karelia.

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg
5

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.

train
Saint Petersburg
Sortavala
5 hrs 10 min

Make your way to Russia's breathtaking Karelia region from St. Petersburg on a Russian train. You will have a chance to catch outstanding views of the countryside out the large train windows.

Sortavala

third destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Ruskeala Mountain Park & Marble Canyon
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel. This day is dedicated to exploring the stunning Ruskeala Mountain Park together with your guide. After lunch in a local restaurant you are transferred to Petrozavodsk.

4-star hotel
4

Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

car
Sortavala
Petrozavodsk
3 hrs 40 min

Today you have a car ride with a trusted driver along the Russian region of Karelia. Your route takes you on a very scenic trip with great views of the Russian countryside, passes and many of the district's breathtaking lakes and winding roads.

Petrozavodsk

fourth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Kizhi Island Tour
Day tour
Boat ride

Today after breakfast you check out from the hotel and board a hovercraft that takes you to the breathtaking miracle of wooden architecture - Kizhi Island, where you explore its famous Pogost including the 22-domed Transfiguration Church.

Piter Inn Hotel, Petrozavodsk
4

The comfortable Peter Inn Hotel is a nice property near the central station of Petrozavodsk, offering 180 modern well-equipped rooms with flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, free WiFi and private bathrooms. The hotel also provides 24-hour gym access, a sauna, and a conference hall. 

train
Petrozavodsk
Murmansk

Murmansk

fifth destination
4 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Murmansk & Northern Lights Tour
City tour

Upon arrival to Murmansk, you have a private transfer to the hotel. In about 2 hours meet your local guide to have a 4-hour city tour of Murmansk. Later in the evening you go Northern Lights seeking.

Day 10
Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
Day tour

Following breakfast meet your guide 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.

Day 11
Husky Park & Saami Village Tour
Day tour

After breakfast you go to the Husky Park and go dog sledding. In the afternoon you are taken to the territory of the Saami settlement to meet the locals.

Day 12
Departure
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Russia Northern Lights tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

4-star hotel
4

Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

What's Included

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;
  • Regular class 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;
  • Emergency line support 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.

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Tour Highlights

  • Customizable day-by-day itinerary
  • Professional local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Murmansk
  • Entertaining activities, including a Russian cooking class, tasting in the Russian Vodka Museum, meeting the Saami people, visiting a Husky Park
  • Winter activities, including Northern Lights seeking, Snow Village & Snowmobile Tour
  • Day trips to Peterhof, Pushkin, Ruskeala Mountain Park, Kizhi Island
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
  • Russian winters are very frosty, especially up north, so have suitable warm clothing.
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