Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey
Murmansk and Oslo - Tsar's Gold Arctic Summer Journey

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NEW FOR 2019!
Murmansk and Beyond
Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Arctic Summer Express
11 days, 10 nights from 3345 £
Bucket list rail journey from Moscow to Oslo

This dreamlike journey takes you more than 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) through Russia from St. Petersburg to Murmansk—the Arctic Circle’s largest city—and beyond! We have designed a diverse itinerary during the best time of the year to travel the Arctic—the summer—when the sun barely sets and the days never end, earning this wondrous part of the world its nickname: the Land of the Midnight Sun.

After culture-filled visits to Moscow and St. Petersburg, you board your private train for the Arctic Circle, where nature and gorgeous landscapes become the focus. You make your first stop in Petrosavodsk, where you travel to the idyllic Kizhi Island on Lake Onega. Then it’s off to Murmansk, where you discover the city on a harbor cruise on the Kola Bay. From the Norwegian city of Kirkenes, you make your way back home via Norway’s stunning capital, Oslo. A private train on this route is an absolute rarity—you won’t find such a comfortable journey anywhere else in this part of the Arctic!

Highlights:

*Private train journey on the Kirov Railroad (aka—the Murman Railroad) from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle

*Tsar-style gourmet feast on board your private train

*Fun and informative daily talks about regional people, places and culture

*Gourmet vodka tasing with Russian snacks on board

*Visit the State Hermitage Museum and the Amber Room in Russia’s Venice of the North, St. Petersburg

*Excursion to Kizhi Island, a virtual open air museum

*Rustic Norwegian town of Kirkenes

*Untouched Karelian and Russian towns

Visit the K-21 Soviet submarine museum and enjoy a harbor cruise in the largest city in the Arctic Circle, Murmansk

*Stately and impressive Moscow, the Russian capital city

*Magnificent cathedrals and religious relics

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The Route

MOSCOW • St Petersburg • Petrozavodsk • Solovetsky Islands • Murmansk • Kirkenes • Oslo 

 

Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again.
St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Petrozavodsk
Petrozavodsk
Petrozavodsk stretched along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one the major cultural and industrial centres of North-West Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.
Solovetsky Islands
Solovetsky Islands
Beautiful lake-dappled White Sea islands are home to one of Russia’s oldest monasteries. The islands were transformed by Stalin into Gulag. Visiting the islands is an adventure which offers you holyness of the place, gripping history and majestic natural beauty.
Murmansk
Murmansk
Murmansk is located halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round and is the homeport to Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers.
Kirkenes
Kirkenes
This small town is located north east in Northern Norway, close to the Russian border and is the capital of the Barents Region. Among popular tourist activities are snow hotels under the northern lights, dog sledding or fishing for king crabs along the Russian border.
Oslo
Oslo

As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capitals can match.
Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo was named European Green Capital 2019 for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. The compact city centre is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bike, and the efficient public transport system makes the entire city accessible without a car.

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Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

MOSCOW TO OSLO

DAY 1, MOSCOW

After arriving in Moscow and taking an airport shuttle to your hotel in the city center, you immediately feel immersed. That evening after dinner, you and your fellow travelers take nighttime city tour of Moscow, illuminated by the inviting lights of bridges, towers, palaces—and two spectacularly beautiful train stations that feel more like cathedrals and art museums than mass transit systems. After such an enjoyable day, you head back to the hotel where you grab a nightcap or simply rest your head and let the day’s sights populate your dreams.

Overnight: Hotel Intercontinental Tverskaya (or similar) (D)

DAY 2, FROM MOSCOW TO ST PETERSBURG: YOUR FIRST STEP NORTH

In the morning, after a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you continue your informative guided discovery of Moscow. You explore the grounds of the Kremlin, including several gorgeous cathedrals from Russia’s Tsarist era. You also have the opportunity to see a few of these amazing buildings from the inside. In the afternoon, you take an express train to St. Petersburg, where you spend the night in your hotel, excited about the days to come.

Overnight: Park Nevsky (or similar) (BLD)

DAY 3, ST PETERSBURG: RUSSIA'S NORTHERN EUROPEAN CITY

During a city tour, you discover the important attractions of this Venice of the North: Nevsky Prospect—the city’s main street—Palace Square, Vasilyevsky Island, the Old St. Petersburg Stock Exchange and much more.

Overnight: Park Nevsky (or similar) (BD)

DAY 4, ST PETERSBURG: TSARS' CRYPT AND A TREASURE TROVE OF ART

Today, you get the opportunity to visit both the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Peter and Paul Cathedral—the burial place of the Romanov Dynasty—where you see the sarcophaguses of almost all the former Tsars and Tsarinas. On a guided tour through the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, you see spectacular paintings from Leonardo da Vinci and Raffael. The museum is located in the Tsar’s former residence, the Winter Palace. In the evening, you have time for a long stroll through the city, a visit to the theater or a lovely boat tour down the Neva River.

Overnight: Park Nevsky (or similar) (B)

DAY 5, ST PETERSBURG: CASTLES OF THE TSAR AND THE AMBER ROOM

In the morning, you go on an excursion 15 miles south of St. Petersburg to the town of Pushkin, formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo, the residence of the Russian imperial family. In the middle of the town is Catherine Palace, the former summer palace of the Tsars and Tsarinas. The palace’s most famous room, the legendary Amber Room was stolen during World War II and has been missing ever since. In 1979, however, the Russian government began building a replica of the room, which was completed in 2003. For lunch, you enjoy a Tsar’s feast of Russian culinary specialties, vodka and artistic performances. That evening, the friendly staff of your private train welcomes you on board, and you depart for Petrosavodsk.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

DAY 6, PETROZAVODSK: A DAY ON THE LAKE

When you arrive in the Karelian capital of Petrozavodsk, you take a trip to Kizhi Island on Lake Onega. The island itself is an open air museum and features more than 80 beautifully crafted wooden buildings, including Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the late evening, you board your private train once again and journey farther north.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

DAY 7, SOLOVETSKY ISLANDS: LAST STOP BEFORE THE ARCTIC

After you reach Kem, a small historic town on the coast of the White Sea, you take a bus to the harbor, where you board a ferry for the Solovetsky Islands (weather conditions permitting). There, you see the famous Solovetsky Monastery, one of the first sites in Russia to make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. You enjoy a traditional lunch, and in the late evening, your private train takes you toward Murmansk, your first stop within the Arctic Circle—also known as the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

DAY 8, MURMANSK: INSIDE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

In the morning, you enjoy a delicious meal on board your private train, after which you go on an informative tour of Murmansk, the Arctic’s largest city, situated on the picturesque Kola Bay. In the afternoon, you visit one of the city’s most unique attractions—the K-21 Soviet submarine museum—followed by a harbor cruise. That evening, you spend a final night aboard your private train.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

DAY 9, KIRKENES: WELCOME TO NORWAY

In the early morning, you enjoy a scenic bus ride from the town of Nikel on the Russia–Norway border toward Kirkenes. After a tasty lunch in town, your tour guide takes you on a fun and informative mountain hike. That evening, you enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers, reminiscing about the highlights of your journey to the Arctic.

Overnight: Scandic (or similar) (BLD)

DAY 10, LAST STOP: OSLO, NORWAY'S CAPITAL

After breakfast, you fly to Oslo, the gorgeous capital of Norway, where you enjoy a fun and informative city tour. In the afternoon, you have time to explore the city and discover its treasures on your own, with plenty of tips and suggestions from your tour guide.

Overnight: Radisson (or similar) (BL)

DAY 11, OSLO: A FAREWELL TO THE NORTH

On your final day in the north, you wake up at the hotel feeling refreshed and fulfilled. The sights and sounds of the Russian and Norwegian Arctic echo in your head as you enjoy your last breakfast. Thoughts of your next adventure are already on your mind as you take the shuttle to the airport. (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

 

 

The Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Express

The private Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) train is designed to provide you with a comfortable experience as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime and offers a range of cabins to suit every budget.

Enjoy dining in the charming restaurant carriages where you are able to try the freshest local cuisine and relax with fellow passengers. Also, take the time to get involved in several lectures on board the train where you can learn about the history, people and cultures of the countries you travel through.

Choose from 6 different cabin types

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

In the STANDARD CATEGORY (I), there are nine compartments per car, each for four guests. On both sides, left and right, there are two berths, one upon the other and each of them sized 27.55 inches x 74.80 inches (70×190cm). In the middle, below the window, you will find a table. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of the car.

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey
Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey
Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

In the CLASSIC CATEGORY (II), there are 9 compartments per car. A compartment is shared by two guests. Berths are sized app. 27.5 inches x 75 inches (70 × 190 cm) and arranged facing each other. There is also a table under the window. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of this category’s cars. In every second car there is a shower compartment.

Specification

Compartment height: 100.4 inches (255 cm) Compartment depth: 74.8 inches (190 cm)
Compartment width: 71.6 inches (182 cm)
Bed length: 73.6 inches (187 cm)
Bed width: 26.8 inches (68 cm)
Space between the beds: 16.5 inches (42 cm)
Luggage case under beds: height 14.2 inches (36 cm); width 18.5 inches (47 cm); depth 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Luggage case above door: height 12.2 inches (31 cm); width 58.7 inches (149 cm); depth 21.7 inches (55 cm)

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

The newly refurbished Category II Superior now presents interiors in a nostalgic look. The compartments have two lower beds, one on each side of the compartment and measuring 67 cm x 187 cm / 26.5 × 73.6 in. The nine compartments in a wagon share two combination wash and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from two to four sleeping cars. (The sanitary facilities were also modernised as part of the refurbishment, with the wagons now outfitted with the practical vacuum toilets, which are preferable both for the user and the environment.

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

This category of compartment offers the opportunity to truly travel in the style of the red tsars. You travel in a nostalgic ambience that would even make past Soviet leaders feel at home – but with all of the 21st century’s modern amenities.
Each of these of these rolling hotel rooms offers not only two comfortable beds (ca. 80 × 185 cm / 31.5 × 72.8 in.) placed one above the other, but also an armchair from which to enjoy the passing landscape. Each of two neighbouring compartments shares a semi-private lavatory with wash basin and simple shower located between them. Combination wash and toilet facilities are located at both ends of the wagons.

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey
Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

This category of compartment, with its illustrious name, offers 5.57 m² (almost 60 sq. ft.) of space. It has two beds, with the upper measuring 80 × 176 / 31.5 × 69.3 in. and the lower 110 × 187 cm / 43.3 × 73.6 in. This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a generous-sized table, and a small clothes closet. The Bolshoi category has its own lavatory equipped with a toilet, wash basin, and integrated shower with a full shower curtain. This configuration of wagon has only six compartments.

Murmansk and Beyond: An Arctic Summer Journey

The Bolshoi Platinum compartment provides 7.15 m² (almost 77 sq. ft.) of space, even more than the Bolshoi compartment. The lower bed measures 120 × 184 cm / ca. 47.2 × 72.4 in., the upper 82 × 174 cm / ca. 32.3 × 68.5 in. Each compartment has a spacious clothes closet and its own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. This category of wagon offering the highest level of comfort available on the Trans-Siberian Railway contains only five compartments and offers space for a maximum of just 10 guests.

Murmansk and Beyond by Tsar's Gold Express 2019 is available on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.

2019 prices

PRICE PER PERSON, STARTING FROM

DEPARTURE 2019

 

STANDARD from CLASSIC from
BOLSHOI from
Moscow to Oslo, 11 days 10 nights excl flights incl flights excl flights incl flights excl flights incl flights

JUNE

1 to 11

  3274.21 £

  3574.21 £   4144.88 £
  4444.88 £   7478.65 £   7778.65 £

SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON

Supplement for the usage of the standard compartment with 3 guests only £632
SGL supplement (train & hotel) Classic Cabin £2,108
SGL supplement (train & Hotel) Bolshoi Cabin £4,146
SGL supplement Hotel Only £422

Tour Includes:

* 4 overnights on your private train with guaranteed accommodation in the category booked from St. Petersburg to the Russia–Norway border
* 6 hotel overnights in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kirkenes and Oslo
* Ticket for express train from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Day 2
* Flight from Kirkenes to Oslo in Economy Class on Day 10
* Excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including entrance fees, with local * * English-speaking tour guide for up to 26 guests
* All transportation according to itinerary
* All meals according to itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
* Baggage service in all train stations
* Informative, informal talks about the Murman Railroad as well as local geography and history
* Doctor on board
* Shower facilities on board
* International flights (subject to availability)

Not Included:

* Visa fees
* Gratuities
* Personal expenses

Please note that 15% deposit is payable on the Excluding flights Option.

Please enquire about the deposit value if you chose the Including flights option.

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