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Maslenitsa & Aurora Borealis

Tour Type: group or private Season: February - MarchDuration: 12 daysGroup tour dates: 23 Feb 2020 - 05 Mar 2020Cities: Moscow Kola Peninsula St. Petersburg Murmansk Lovozero Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $2,389 USD per person

There is a great tour to partake and see Russia in a new way. You will spend the first week of your fascinating journey celebrating ancient holiday - Maslenitsa - in St. Petersburg and Moscow, exploring all the highlights of these famous cities. Then, get ready to experience mesmerising Northern Lights viewing in the remote national park of the great Russian North. There you have a go at open-air skating, throw snowballs, meet reindeers in tundra and even visit real anti-nuclear ice-breaker.

  • Aurora Borealis, the natural wonder: best location to watch in Russia! Plus, all the highlights of St Petersburg, Moscow in one tour!

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Dates & rates

Dates & rates

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RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: $0 USD
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Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Centrally located hand-picked hotels
  • 3 nights in Moscow // 4 nights in St. Petersburg
  • 1 night Murmansk // 3 nights Lovozero national park
  • Note: For group tours 4* hotels in Lovozero are not available
  • Note: 5* hotels are available in St. Petersburg and Moscow only

Meals

  • Full breakfast in the hotels in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Full breakfast in the hotel in Murmansk // Breakfast in 4* Lovozero lodge // Full board in 3* Lovozero lodge
  • Group tour: Welcome Maslenitsa Dinner with traditional Russian pancakes and treats

Transportation

  • Bullet train Moscow to St. Petersburg, second class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about 1st class upgrade or flight options
  • Meet & greet at every location
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus

Sightseeing

  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy convent & Sparrow Hills
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: The Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoye Estate and the traditional Maslenitsa festivities, VDNKh
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room, Maslenitsa Celebration
  • Nikolaevsky Palace folk show
  • Murmansk day (6 hours) city tour: the Naval Museum or the Historical Museum, museum of icebreaker “Lenin” // Lovozero: walking, mountaineering and water tours, guided tour to the settlement of reindeer breeders (seasonal) // Excursion on Seydozero
  • Optional extensions and tours on request

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions
  • Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge

Your comfort counts

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the Australian tour operator
  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

    Lovosero is the top destination of Kola Peninsula for Aurora Borealis viewing, there are very high chances to observe it directly at the eco-lodge you stay in! However we recommend to spend at least 3 nights here to maximize the chances of Aurora Borealis viewing, and due to remoteness of the location.

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