Embark on an unforgettable journey that will take you through Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vologda and much more with this North Russia Train Tour. If you're lucky you might get to see the northern lights!
North Russia Train Tour: 10 Days
Day 1: Moscow
We'll be waiting for you at the airport in Moscow to take you to the hotel in the Russian capital, where you can rest or enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of the city.
Day 2: Moscow
You'll enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before heading out to explore Moscow. Admire the main sights as we take a scenic tour that will end at a local restaurant, where we'll taste Russian delicacies. Following on, we'll go to one of the most famous and important architectural complexes in the world, the Kremlin, which houses authentic works of art!
Day 3: Moscow
We'll make the most of our second day in Moscow to visit the Kolomenskoye Park, which houses the Wooden Palace that was the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Afterwards, we'll have tea and pancakes to warm up. Back in the centre of Moscow, we'll walk along Arbat Street before boarding the Imperial Russia train. The journey begins!
Day 4: St. Petersburg
After the first night on the train, we'll have breakfast on board and go out to explore the second most important city in Russia, St. Petersburg. Known as "the capital of the north", St. Petersburg is famous for its palaces and bridges, which the tour will reveal. We'll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Catherine's Palace (inside is the famous Amber Chamber).
In the evening, you can see the St. Petersburg Christmas market before returning to the train for dinner.
Day 5: Petrozavodsk
On the fifth day of the trip, we'll arrive in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. Here, you'll find out about the local traditions and visit the village of Kinerma, which maintains the historical essence of the region. We'll also taste Karelian tea and cakes from a local family. Back in Petrozavodsk, we'll enjoy a tour that will end at the Museum of Fine Arts.
To end the day we'll enjoy a folk concert and return to the train for a delicious dinner accompanied by Russian vodka.
Day 6: Murmansk
The Imperial Russia train will cross the Arctic Circle until it reaches Murmansk, where you'll feel the polar cold that characterises this Russian city in the north of the country. After settling into the hotel, we'll go out to see the nuclear icebreaker baptized as "Lenin", as well as several monuments from the Second World War. In the afternoon you can explore the city at your leisure.
Later, we'll invite you to dinner with a show. If this day coincides with the 31st of December, we'll welcome the New Year as it deserves.
Day 7: Murmansk
On the seventh day, we'll leave at midday to visit the village of Lovozero, where a large Sami community lives. A Lappish family will take us to the Santa Claus' house, or Grandfather Frost as he is known in Russia. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy dinner with him as he explains the importance of reindeer breeding in the region. Moreover, if we're lucky we'll attend one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature, the northern lights. They are very common in Murmansk!
Day 8: Imperial Russia
After several intense days, you'll have the opportunity to rest on board the train. While we travel to our next destination, you can enjoy the train's activities.
Day 9: Vologda
After a day's travel, we'll arrive in Vologda, a city full in history. As we walk through the centre of Vologda we'll see its characteristic wooden houses and stalls with lace made by the city's artisans. We'll also visit the Kremlin of Vologda and step back in time to when Tsar Ivan the Terrible walked through five centuries ago... The day will end returning to the train and travel back to the capital.
Day 10: Moscow
The Imperial Russia train will arrive in Moscow in the morning. You'll have some time to collect your luggage and we'll take you to the airport in the capital.
Accommodation in Moscow and Murmansk
The tour includes 2 nights in a hotel in both Moscow and Murmansk. The hotels planned for the tour are the following:
- Moscow: Baltschug Kempinski, Peter I or similar.
- Murmansk: Azimut, Park Inn or similar.
Next available dates
- 26th December 2020 - 4th January 2021
- 14th - 23rd February 2021
The minimum age to take part in this activity is 8 years old.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
|First Class Cabin||
Per personUS$ 8,098
Per personUS$ 7,701
Per personUS$ 6,399
First Class Cabin
Per personUS$ 5,379
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Moscow airport pick up and drop off.
2 night hotel stay in Moscow.
Train and accommodation on the Imperial Russia train.
2 night stay in Murmansk.
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Water, tea and coffee on board.
English speaking guide during the tours.
Meals on the 1st day.
Meals on the 10th day.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 60 days before (Moscow local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).