Rediscover Russia. Spend the first week of your fascinating journey celebrating the ancient holiday, Maslenitsa, in St. Petersburg and Moscow, exploring all the highlights of these famous cities. Then, get ready to experience mesmerizing 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 the 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!
Travel to Russia during one of the favourite Russian holidays, Maslenitsa! Who is Maslenitsa? Join today to find it out!
Enjoy traditional Russia Maslenitsa food - delicious pancakes
Participate in national Russian Maslenitsa festivities
Explore rich Russian history and culture, taste cuisine, see the best of Russia through years from Tsars to the Revolution, from USSR to present days
Amazing natural scenery of the Russian Arctic & all the highlights of Russia (the Hermitage and Kremlin, Peterhof palace and Tretyakov Gallery, St. Isaac's and St Basil's Cathedral and much more! Scroll down to get day-today itinerary
Visit the first nuclear ice-breaker in the world - in the world's largest city north of the Arctic Circle!
11 nights accommodation in Russia: 1 night in Murmansk, 3 nights in Lovozero National Park, 4 nights in St Petersburg, 3 nights in Moscow
Centrally located hotels with daily breakfast
See Arctic tundra, flora and fauna & meet indigenous cultures
6,5 days of guided sightseeing tours: Murmansk half day, Lovozero 2 full days, St Petersburg 2 full days, Moscow full 2 days with professional bilingual guide and entrance tickets included
Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge
Local SIM card with data is provided
Optional: Teriberka tour
Group tours are escorted. Maximum 22 people in the group
Day 1, St. Petersburg Arrival
Day 2, Discover St. Petersburg
Day 3, Tsarskoye Selo
Day 4, St. Petersburg: Day at Leisure
Day 5, From St. Petersburg to Moscow
Day 6, Discover Moscow
Day 7, Maslenitsa Celebration
Day 8, Murmansk, Gate to Arctic
Day 9, Lovozero. Northern Lights hunt
Day 10, Lovozero Explorer tour & Northern Lights hunt
Day 11, Ice fishing & Northern Light Hunt
Day 12, Departure
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.
➤Thermo underwear (NO COTTON, WOOL is the best);
➤Insulating clothing (fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulator like Primaloft or similar);
➤Hard-shell clothing (wind and waterproof) to protect you from the wind and snow;
➤Extra insulating clothing (down jacket with hood) for Aurora hunting. You will stay outside with temperatures from -5 to -37 a lot of time.
➤Gloves or mittens (NO LEATHER) fleece or other insulator. It is smart idea to take thin gloves and down mittens. You can combine it and that would be best protection for your fingers.
➤Hat (covering your ears) made from fleece or wool or acrylic.
➤Scarf (NO SILK, WOOL is the best) or snood
➤Socks (NO COTTON, WOOL is the best).
➤Snow boots (NO HEELS, NO SNEAKERS) Better with synthetic insulator.
➤Chapstick to protect your lips from the frost.
➤ Flash drives, batteries, chargers, a torch