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Land of White Nights & Arctic Circle rail tour, 15 Days

Category: Group Tours

 

 

 

 

 

A Deluxe 15-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 Itinerary of Land of White Nights & Arctic Circle Rail tour, June 15-29, 2022

 

 

 

Itinerary: 

Moscow  Roslavl - Pskov - Novgorod - St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk (for Kizhi Island) - Murmansk - Nikel Murmansk - Kem (for Solovetsky Island) - Archangel - Vologda - Yaroslavl  Moscow

 

  

 

 

Dates & Prices, 2022: 

 

 

Travel Dates: June 15 - June 29, 2022

 


 

 

 Tour Prices:

In Silver Class: $ 19,675 per person, twin share
 

In Gold Class:  $ 25,925 per person, twin share 

 

 
 

  

Itinerary Overview: 

 

 

       

Day 1

Moscow 

Day 8

Murmansk

Day 2

Moscow 

Day 9

Nikel Murmansk

Day 3

Roslavl

Day 10

Kem (Solovetsky Island) 

Day 4

On board

Day 11

Archangelsk

Day 5

Pskov & Novgorod

Day 12

On Board

Day 6

St. Petersburg

Day 13

Vologda & Yaroslavl 

Day 7 Petrozavodsk (Kizhi Island)  Day 14  Moscow
    Day 15  Moscow

 

 

 

  

 

 

Tour Features:


· 2 nights accommodation at Hilton Hotel Leningradskaya ***** in Moscow (or similar)
· 1 night accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow *****

· 11 nights on board the private train, in Heritage Class category 

· 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 Four Seasons Moscow (or similar) for a two-night stay. Located in downtown Moscow, 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

Today in Moscow we are transferred back to the early 20th century: we make an extended visit to the Podmoskovnaya (Moscow region) Train Station and steam locomotive museum. During our visit we have exclusive access to the locomotive repair workshop and the beautifully preserved station buildings

 

 

DAY 3 ROSLAVL | RUSSIA 

We transfer this morning to Moscow’s Kazanski station to join Russia's premier train, the Golden Eagle, our home for the next 12 days. There will be a Welcome reception and introduction to the train staff in the Bar Lounge Car, followed by lunch, as we depart.
There will not be many hours of darkness in the next two weeks as this is the time of year the Russians call ‘White Nights’. This evening we make a short stop in the town of Roslavl.  Steam Locomotives: P36 class

 

DAY 4 ON BOARD | RUSSIA

Relax on board as our steam engines haul us through the Russian countryside. If you wish, join one of our expert-led talks in the Restaurant Car or perhaps try your hand at learning Russian in our on board language lessons           
Steam Locomotives: L class and Er class


 

DAY 5, PSKOV & NOVGOROD | RUSSIA 

This morning we make a visit to Pskov with its ancient and well restored centre situated on the Latvian border and in whose station Tsar Nicholas II abdicated on 15th March 1915.

We return to the train for lunch and travel onto Novgorod for a short city tour, billed as the birthplace of Russia. Within Novgorod Kremlin’s red-brick fortress walls is the 5-domed, 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral



DAY 6, ST. PETERSBURG | RUSSIA
  
 

After breakfast we visit Catherine’s Summer Palace in suburban town Pushkin, including a visit to the exquisite Amber Room. Lunch follows at the renowned Podvorje Restaurant, a typical Russian log house, serving traditional Russian delicacies.

Before we return to the train for dinner, there is an afternoon tour of the city of St Petersburg incorporating a visit to the Imperial Waiting Room at Vitebski Station and an optional visit to the Railway Museum

 

 

DAY 7, 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 8, MURMANSK | RUSSIA

 

We will continue to Murmansk, a city 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. 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. As Murmansk is homeport of Russia's nuclear-powered icebreaker, we make a scheduled visit to the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship
 


 

DAY 9, NIKEL MURMANSK | RUSSIA

Early morning we will arrive at Nikel, on the border with Norway. The station is close to the Nikel smelting plant which in part has caused the devastation to the surrounding countryside that will have been evident for the 20 miles before our arrival. An eerie place but has been one of the highlights of our previous tours.  Steam Locomotives: P36 class

 

DAY 10 KEM FOR SOLOVETSKY ISLAND 

After arriving early morning into Kem we transfer to a small boat bound for Solovetsky Monastery on Solovetsky Island in the White Sea. The Island is also infamous for its ‘Special Purpose Camp’ set up by Stalin and is the location used as the basis for Solzhenitzyn’s Gulag Archipelago.    Steam Locomotives: P36 class

 

DAY 11, ARCHANGELSK | RUSSIA

We spend the morning touring Archangel, a town located on the banks of the White Sea that was the chief seaport of medieval Russia. On our city tour we will have the opportunity to visit the British and American Arctic Convoy War Graves and the Wooden Architecture Museum.
We re-join our train for a scenic lunch as the Golden Eagle is hauled by two SO class locomotives along the branch line to Karpogory. 
Steam Locomotives: SO class

 

 

 DAY 12, ON BOARD | RUSSIA

Today we relax on board as our train follows the Northern Dvina River to the city of Severodvinsk, hauled by two P36 locomotives. Enjoy the remote landscapes unfold from your window or you may like to attend one of our absorbing lectures in the Bar Lounge Car     Steam Locomotives: P36 class



DAY 13, VOLOGDA & YAROSLAVL |  RUSSIA
 


This morning we arrive in Vologda which is particularly known for its beautiful Kremlin, whose landmark buildings include the 16th-century St. Sophia Cathedral and its gilded bell tower. We return to the train for lunch whilst our P36 steam locomotives haul us to the next location Yaroslavl for a short city tour. Yaroslavl is the largest and oldest (founded 1010) city on the Golden Ring, a fact underscored by its place of honour on the Russian 1000-rouble note (including the 15-domed church of John the Baptist on the back). Embraced by two rivers, the mighty Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, Yaroslavl’s centre is dotted with onion domes like no other place in Russia.

This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner on board       

 


 DAY 14, MOSCOW |  RUSSIA 

This morning we return to Moscow where we spend one night at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of Moscow. 
Today we visit Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia's former political and economic might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the splendid St. Basil's Cathedral with its mesmerizing multi-colored domes and spires, the beautiful facade of the world-famous GUM Department store, and the sombre site of Lenin's Mausoleum. Continue Moscow sightseeing with a tour of Moscow's Metro system, known for its exceptional cleanliness, unique décor and the effectiveness unsurpassed anywhere in the world

 

 
DAY 15, DEPART MOSCOW |  RUSSIA 

 Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for a departing flight

 

 

 

  

 

 
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