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2017 Land of White Nights & Midnight Sun, 12 Days

Category: Luxury Travel

 

 

 

 

 

A Deluxe 12-Day Rail Journey

  

takes you to


Land of the Midnight Sun,


the Arctic Circle,

 

and

 

incomparable Moscow and Saint-Petersburg

 

during the celebratory

 

White Nights season

 

 

 

In Comfort & Style

 

by Private train

 

 

 Map of Land of White Nights & Midnight Sun Tour, June 15-26, 2017

 

Itinerary: 

Moscow  Vladimir - Suzdal - Petrozavodsk for Kizhi Island - Murmansk - Kirkenes (Norway) - Nikel Murmansk - Kem for Solovetsky Island  St. Petersburg

 

 

 

Tour departure, 2017:     June 15-June 26, 2017
Tour departure, 2018:     June 17-June 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 Tour Price: 

 

In Silver Class: $ 17,365 per person, twin share 
In Gold Class:   $ 19,995 per person, twin share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary Overview: 

 

 

       

Day 1

Moscow 

Day 7

Kirkenes

Day 2

Moscow 

Day 8

Kirkenes

Day 3

Vladimir & Suzdal (Golden Ring region)

Day 9

On board train

Day 4

Petrozavodsk & Kizhi Island

Day 10

St. Petersburg

Day 5

Murmansk

Day 11

St Petersburg

Day 6

Murmansk & Nikel Murmansk

Day 12

St Petersburg 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Features:


· 2 nights accommodation at Ritz-Carlton Hotel ***** in Moscow 

· 5 nights on board the private train in a chosen cabin category 

· 2 nights in Kirkenes (Norway), at the Thon Hotel or similar

· 2 nights accommodation at the Marriott Renaissance Baltic Hotel *****, in St. Petersburg  

· All transfers upon arrival & departure 

· Private sightseeing as listed in day-by-day program

· Full day trip to Vladimir & Suzdal, on the Golden Ring

· Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; all meals are waiter-served at uniquely designed restaurant car (s) with wines at lunch and dinner. Drinks from the Bar Car are also included with the exception of drinks from the Premium Wine List

· Champagne drinks reception with Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner; Summer Solstice Cocktail Party with Gala Dinner  

· An experienced Tour Manager throughout 

· a lightweight personal headset for off-train sightseeing 

· On-board doctor on call 24 hours a day   

· Housekeeping and bedding turndown services by car attendants.
  Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water available in your cabin at selected times

· Porterage between the hotels and stations

· All gratuities  

 

 

 

 

 

Day-By-Day Program: 



DAY 1, MOSCOW
RUSSIA

Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton (or similar) for a two-night stay. Located in Moscow city centre, and within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, guests will discover a classic and sophisticated ambiance within this luxury hotel. 

This evening you are invited to a Champagne drinks reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers before our exclusive Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.  

 

DAY 2, MOSCOW

RUSSIA

Our touring program today takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin - the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow.
We’ll also see the treasures of the Czars in the Armory Chamber where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing before it opens to the public.
Also visit the Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful façade of the world famous GUM Department store on Moscow's Red Square, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

Also take a tour of the opulent stations of the Moscow metro - showpieces of Socialist art with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

 

 

DAY 3, VLADIMIR & SUZDAL

RUSSIA

 
UNESCO sight: Uspensky Cathedral, Vladimir Golden Ring, Russia


From Moscow we travel by rail for the day to the historic Golden Ring town of Vladimir. Vladimir was founded in 990 and is one of Russia’s oldest communities. With an architectural wealth, it has been decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Czars were crowned.

From Vladimir we travel onto Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, located 35 km from Vladimir. Here we visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance of traditional church music.

Returning to Moscow early evening, we board the train and settle into our modern, stylish cabins to embark upon our rail adventure deep into the Arctic Circle

 

DAY 4, PETROZAVODSK & KIZHI ISLAND

RUSSIA

Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of North-West Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

 

This afternoon, enjoy a private folk performance at Kantele House in the city before we visit by hydrofoil the tiny island of Kizhi on Lake Onega to explore its open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

Marvel at the wooden Church of the Transfiguration (the church of 22 wooden domes) built in 1714 without the use of a single nail which has survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution

 

DAY 5, MURMANSK
RUSSIA

 

Today we have the opportunity to have a relaxed start to the day and look forward to the many sights we are about to experience on our rail journey, maybe listen to a talk or simply relax in the Bar Lounge Car and enjoy the ever-changing summer landscape outside our window. Our train crosses the Arctic Circle on our quest to see the Midnight Sun and we will have a special ceremony on board to mark this occasion. 

Late afternoon we arrive into Murmansk and get the chance to explore this city 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 it is here we learn about the perilous missions of the many Arctic convoys, hunted continually by the German Navy, which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland and North America to Murmansk in World War Two to deliver essential supplies to the Soviet Union. Now home port to Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers we’ll visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship


 

DAY 6, KIRKENES

NORWAY

This morning we leave our train with an overnight bag at the Russian border station of Nikel and we transfer by bus (90 minutes’ drive) across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes for a two-night stay at the Thon Hotel or similar. 

Instead of staying at the Thon Hotel you may also wish to stay for one or two nights in the atmospheric wooden log cabins of the Kirkenes Snow Hotel (additional charges apply).

After a traditional meal this evening, we will take a boat cruise in search of the midnight sun (weather permitting).
Starting from Kirkenes central harbor we travel out onto the Bøkfjord and Barents Sea by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) boat. It is from the fjord that you will experience the wonder of the Midnight Sun. Your experienced tour guide will describe what life living by fjord was like during World War Two as Kirkenes was heavily bombed, along with the opportunity to observe the teeming sea life and coastal birds

 


 DAY 7, KIRKENES

NORWAY

Today another unique experience awaits you on the water with a King Crab Fishing adventure. You will get the opportunity to catch, prepare and sample these giants of the fjords! An experienced fisherman will you take out on a RIB boat where we will cruise along the Bugøyfjord and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor. You will be hands on to help pull up the King Crab cages from the depths. Once the catch is safely on board we will return to the shoreline and sample the freshest and most delicious King Crab in a traditional renovated boat house located by the fjord.  An amazing and unforgettable day in the Norwegian Arctic Circle.

This evening we will celebrate the longest day of the Northern Hemisphere year with a Summer Solstice Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner

 

 

DAY 8, NIKEL MURMANSK

RUSSIA

This morning we bid farewell to Kirkenes as we cross the border back into Russia, where we spend the morning in Nikel Murmansk before re-joining the train for lunch

 

 

DAY 9, ON BOARD

RUSSIA

Spend the day on board travelling south through Arctic Russia. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscape outside your window as we head to our final destination, St Petersburg

 

 

 DAY 10, ST. PETERSBURG
 RUSSIA

St Petersburg is a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World. The few brief weeks of the White Nights (Beliye Nochi) – those remarkable, luminous northern mid-summer evenings when the high latitudes are drenched all night in a pearlescent glow and warm summer days are an enchanting time. By day, locals revel in the heat and the outdoors; by night, there are the Stars of the White Nights festivals and concerts to indulge in.

 

Upon arrival into the city we orientate ourselves with a short touring program of central St Petersburg featuring the key sights including St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect.

 

We stay for two nights in St Petersburg at the Marriott Renaissance Baltic Hotel *****, just moments away from historic St Petersburg's major sites, including the Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theatre, and Nevsky Prospekt

 

 DAY 11, ST. PETERSBURG
 RUSSIA

 

Today we have a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and the spectacular Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars which houses the royal art collection of over three million works. It is one of the world’s largest and most impressive art museums.

After dinner, why not make your final White Nights evening in St Petersburg extra special by purchasing a ticket for a ballet or opera performance at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre or take in one of the many outdoor concerts (subject to schedule and availability; must be pre-booked at least six weeks prior to departure)

 

 

 DAY 12, ST. PETERSBURG
 RUSSIA

 After breakfast in the hotel our tour to the Land of the Midnight Sun finally comes to a close. Lunch, if required, would be by your own arrangement.

At the end of your adventure why not extend your stay in St Petersburg with post-tour nights to explore more of the city at your leisure.  No other major European city can compete with this experience, nor the atmosphere on the streets of St. Petersburg during these summer months - lively, friendly, romantic and bustling with people throughout the night and the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
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