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.
Join a local family in St. Petersburg and have some tasty home cooked meal while learning some Russia games!
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, an 'open air museum' displaying Russia's history through its 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 is a perfect balance of the must see highlights of Russia and the off the beaten track adventures in this great country. You'll cover immense grounds and travel deep into the country and its culture with the help and insight of your local tour leader.
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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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. A complimentary arrival transfer is available for booking. Please inform us your arrival details no later than 2 weeks before departure.
3. 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 and flight tickets.
4. 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.
5. 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 4.69 out of 5 based on 13 reviews in the last year.
Russia Explorer was a memorable experience to some of the most interesting places in Russia. From the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the 'edge of the world' in Teriberka, it truly was a trip of a lifetime with a full experience of the history, culture, and people of Russia.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2018
St Petersburg and Moscow are wonderful but northern Russia is not to be missed. It's an area so unique and different from the big cities, it defies description. The landscape of tiaga and tundra and islands where monks sought out isolation are an amazing to experience.
Review submitted 13 Sep 2018