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

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Murmansk and Beyond (M10LR)
Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Arctic Summer Express
11 days, 10 nights from 3359.25 £
Bucket list rail journey from Moscow to St Petersburg

This dreamlike journey takes you through Russia from Moscow to Murmansk—the Arctic Circle’s largest city—and finish in amazing St Peterburg! 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 stops in Pskov and Staraya Russa, followed by inspiring visit to  stunning 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.  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!

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The Route

MOSCOW • Pskov • Staraya Russa • Petrozavodsk • Solovetsky Islands • Murmansk • Teriberka • St Petersburg;

 

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.

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.

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.

DAY 1, MOSCOW

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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). Meal Included: Dinner.

DAY 2, FROM MOSCOW TO PSKOV: 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 board your exclusive Arctic train, bound for Pskov. Overnight: on board. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 3, PSKOV: CITY OF CHURCHES

pskov 2713252 1920Your experience of this thousand-year-old city actually starts with a morning visit to the village of Izborsk, where you visit one of Russia’s most ancient fortresses. Later, you head back toward Pskov, but first visit another idyllic town, Pechory, where you see the Pechory monastery and the intriguing, so-called hermit grottoes. From here, you are just three kilometers (4.8 miles) from the border of Estonia and the European Union. After lunch you explore Pskov’s old city center, the Kremlin and the Miroschki monastery (UNESCO). In the evening, you enjoy some free time then partake of a delicious restaurant dinner before boarding your exclusive Arctic train toward your next stop, Staraya Russa. Overnight: On board. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

DAY 4, STARAYA RUSSA: DOSTOEVSKY'S SUMMER CITY

In this rarely visited city, you enjoy a rare experience: a visit to the summer home of Russia’s preeminent author, Fyodor Dostoevsky. The city is known for being the inspiration for the backdrop of his final novel, the Brothers Karamazov. Later you board your exclusive Arctic train for Novgorod, where you take a boat ride on Lake Ilmen. A visit to the Cathedral of St. Sophia, one of Russia’s oldest churches, is on the program today, as is a visit to the city’s Kremlin. That evening, you depart on your exclusive train toward Petrozavodsk. Overnight: On board. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 5, 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. Tonight you rest your head in a comfortable, centrally located hotel before continuing via rail. Overnight: Piter Inn (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 6, PETROZAVODSK: CITY OF CULTURES

Today you have time to explore the attractive promenade of Lake Onega on your own. Here you get to discover the city’s community of Vepsians, a Finnic people and longtime cultural minority in Russia. For dinner you enjoy authentic Karelian cuisine at a local restaurant. Later that evening, you board your exclusive Arctic train for the historic town of Kem. Overnight: On board. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 7, SOLOVETSKY ISLANDS: LAST STOP BEFORE THE ARCTIC

well 1754436 1920After 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. Meal Included: Breakfast, Dinner.

 

DAY 8, MURMANSK AND TERIBERKA: 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.  Later a bus excursion north through sprawling tundra and impressive Arctic landscapes to a picturesque port in the Arctic Ocean—Teriberka. The rural village is perfectly situated on the Barents Sea, where old Soviet housing and derelict shipwrecks seem to have come right out of a fantasy novel. There are two beaches nearby where you can dip your toes into the chilled waters of the Arctic Ocean—if you dare! In the afternoon, you head back to Murmansk, where you spend the rest of the night. Overnight: Azimut Hotel Murmansk (or similar). Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 9, ON THE RIGHT TRACK: TOWARD ST PETERSBURG

After a tasty breakfast, you head to the station with a full belly, where your exclusive Arctic train waits to take you toward fascinating St. Petersburg. Overnight: On board. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

DAY 10, ST PETERSBURG: RUSSIA'S VENICE OF THE NORTH

Around noon your exclusive Arctic train arrives in St. Petersburg. Over the next three nights, this ravishing city will be your home. During a city tour, you discover the most 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). Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 11, ST PETERSBURG: CASTLES OF THE TSAR AND THE AMBER ROOM

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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. Overnight: Park Nevsky (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch.

 

DAY 12,  ST PETERSBURG: THE TSARS' CRYPT AND A TREASURE TROVE OF ART

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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). Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 13,  ST PETERSBURG: FAREWELL, RUSSIA!

Your transfer from the hotel brings you swiftly to the airport for your return home as you bid farewell to this lovely corner of the world. It’s a bittersweet ending to an unforgettable journey. Meal Included: Breakfast.

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.

Myrmansk and Beyond via Tsar's Gold Arctic Summer Express


 Flight details:

   The flights included in the price are subject to change

 Please note:

  The deposit is payable on the tour, enquire during the booking stage

  We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily

  IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions

 Extras:

  If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence,

      contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package


 

Moscow to St Petersburg, 2020 prices per person, from

DEPARTURE 2020 STANDARD from CLASSIC from
BOLSHOI from
Moscow to Oslo, 13 days/12 nights excl flights incl flights excl flights incl flights excl flights incl flights

 30 MAY-  TO 11 JUNE

Без имени 1

  4060.95 £

  4461.04 £   5189.8 £
  5589.89 £   8870.33 £   9270.43 £

 

Supplements Per person
Supplement for the usage of the standard compartment with 3 guests only 764.33 £
SGL supplement (train & hotel) Classic Cabin 2633.99 £
SGL supplement (train & Hotel) Bolshoi Cabin 4633 £
SGL supplement Hotel Only 435.08 £

Included in price:

•  6 overnights on your private train with guaranteed accommodation in the category booked from Moscow to St. Petersburg 

•  6 hotel overnights in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk and Murmansk

•  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

•  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

Murmansk and Beyond, Tsar's Gold Arctic Summer Journey

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