Explore Russia through the remote northern Solovetsky Islands and the charms of the Golden Ring
It’s the multi-faceted culture Russia has to offer that makes it so appealing. Places like St. Petersburg or the cities of the Golden Ring boast so much in art and culture that it would take near decades to even loosely acquaint yourself with what they have to offer, yet the frosty reaches to the north tell different tales of old castles, derelict towns, prison camps and time-lost labyrinths. This trip takes you across a land shrouded in both magnificence and secrets as you explore the bustling architectural glory of Vyborg, Yaroslavl and Moscow and right up to the Arctic treasures of Murmansk and the Solovetsky Islands.
Encounter the legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great while exploring the enigmatic streets that showcase the many palaces and museums of St Petersburg.
Stroll Vyborg's cobbled streets and enjoy its quintessential charm on a visit to the only medieval castle in Russia.
Visit the Solovetsky Islands, location of one of the first GULAGs
Travel to Murmansk, the biggest city within the Arctic Circle, and venture through tundra to the deserted town of Teriberka by the Barents Sea.
Visit the Golden Ring towns of Yaroslavl and Sergiyev Posad, both 'open air museums' displaying Russia's history through their onion-domed Orthodox churches, monasteries and kremlins
Red Square has long been at the heart of Russian history – visit the austere mausoleum of Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution, contrasting with the eye-bulging treasure collection in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
This trip includes two long overnight train journeys. Conditions on the trains are simple but comfortable – a truly Intrepid experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (4 people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups stay together, there may be times, where due to ticket availability, the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages.
As well as overnight train travel, we experience a variety of different transport types on this journey, such as a flight, ferries, public and private buses, the metro and plenty of exploring on foot.
We travel far north to the Kola Peninsula, Republic of Karelia and Solovetsky Islands. The weather can be unpredictable, and severe even in summer months. Bring your sense of adventure and be open minded to changes we may have to make due to weather conditions.
Please note that on occasion Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square may be closed to the public during regular opening hours without prior warning.
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1. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, with the exception of Day 4 & 7 on overnight trains, subject to availability.
2. In order for our local operator to book train tickets we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 31 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
Please note that the above information needs to be the same as your travelling passport, any wrong information provided may result in extra personal expense to reissue train tickets.
3. Even in the summer months, the temperature within the Arctic Circle can be low with around 20 degrees during the day but dropping to around 10 degrees at night. Please come prepared with beanie, gloves, fleece/water//windproof jacket as the weather can change drastically within a day too.
4. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance.
Our Russia Explorer trips score an average of 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
This is a fantastic tour that takes you to wonderful places where tourists wouldn't normally travel. The Russian people are friendly and the food is great. Russia has a great culture and you should not miss out on the opportunity to explore it.
Review submitted 29 Jun 2018