This is where the Arctic begins

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Day 1 Moscow

Arrival to Moscow

Transfer to the hotel

Day 2 Moscow

Visit to Red Square and Moscow Kremlin, a Fortress of Splendor

Witness the heart of Moscow as you stroll through the iconic Red Square, surrounded by landmarks like St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum.

Step inside the magnificent cathedrals within the Kremlin walls, including the breathtaking Assumption Cathedral and the ornate Archangel’s Cathedral.

Visit the Cosmonaut Museum: Journey to the Stars

Uncover the awe-inspiring achievements of Russian space exploration, from the first manned mission to Yuri Gagarin to the groundbreaking work in the International Space Station.

Get up close to authentic spacesuits and spacecraft, gaining a unique perspective on the challenges faced by astronauts during their cosmic adventures.

Delve into the history of the Mir Space Station, a symbol of international cooperation and a testament to the remarkable capabilities of humanity in space.

Day 3 Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow

Excursion to Sergiev Posad

Troitse-Sergieva Lavra Monastery

Visit the spiritual heart of Russian Orthodoxy at the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with beautiful churches and holy relics.

Indulge in the delicious flavours of Sergiev Posad, sampling traditional Russian dishes, such as borscht, blini, and pelmeni.

In the afternoon continue back to Moscow and enjoy city tour with photo stops, including Red Square, Zarydye, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Vorobiovy Gory and other main places of interest. 

Day 4 Moscow – Arkhangelsk

Arrival from Moscow to Arkhangelsk (Talagi airport). Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city.

Lunch at the Pochtovaya Kontora restaurant.

Sightseeing tour  “Arkhangelsk – the first seaport of Russia”. The city of Arkhangelsk occupies a worthy place among Russian cities. The city was born by the sea, and its life has been connected with the sea for centuries. The tour introduces the history of the city, the diverse life of modern Arkhangelsk, and its attractions.

Visit to the store for products of the Arkhangelsk seaweed plant, the only enterprise in Russia engaged in the extraction and deep processing of Arctic seaweed for the production of pharmaceutical raw materials, incredibly useful food products, and natural cosmetics.

Accommodation at the Pur-Navolok Hotel.

17:30 Boarding the wheeled steamboat N.V. Gogol. (the capacity is 120 people)

18:00 – 20:00 Two-hour boat trip on the historic steamboat N.V. Gogol along the Northern Dvina River with a radio tour “Arkhangelsk — a city above the Dvina”. Built in 1911, it is included in the Book of Records of Russia. The city of Arkhangelsk is located on both banks of the Northern Dvina and twelve major islands of its delta, and stretches for more than 40 km along the river. The main attractions of the city are located on the banks of the Dvina, a magnificent view will open up from the deck of the steamboat. Two-hour boat ride along the river is the best opportunity to appreciate the grandeur, uniqueness, and beauty of the Northern Dvina. Experienced tour guides will tell you about the glorious history of the city and its modern everyday life. A tour around the steamboat (20 minutes, information about the history of the steamboat, an inspection of the engine room and captain’s cabin).

20:30 Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Free time.

Day 5 Arkhangelsk

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

09:30 Departure to Malye Karely.

10:15 An out-of-town tour to the Museum of Wooden Architecture Malye Karely (25 km from Arkhangelsk), which houses a unique collection — 120 monuments of wooden architecture of the Arkhangelsk region (churches, chapels, mills, residential and farm buildings). The largest open-air museum in Russia, where wooden structures organically fit into the natural environment. Meeting with bread and salt, tour of the Kargopol-Onega sector of the museum. During the tour, you will get acquainted with Russian wooden architecture of the 17th – 19th centuries, the exceptional talent and skill of northern masters, the folk culture of the Russian North, monuments of wooden architecture of the late 16th – early 20th centuries and the secrets of their construction, the arrangement of a house-yard, how to heat the stove “black”, as well as the way of life and features of the everyday life of peasants in the southwestern part of the Arkhangelsk region.

Master class on folk crafts (at your choice):

  • Tetyorki — baking spring ritual cookies.
  • Naboyka — sharing secrets of traditional crafts.
  • Mezenskaya painting — introducing the technique of folk crafts.

Free time on the museum grounds to explore other sectors and purchase souvenirs.

13:00 Lunch at the restaurant of the tourist complex Malye Karely.

14:00 Departure to Arkhangelsk.

14:45 Visit to the historical and architectural complex Arkhangelskiye Gostinye Dvory. Today, the museum funds comprise 265,000 items that comprehensively reflect the historical, cultural and natural uniqueness of Pomorye. There are rarities worthy of becoming the basis for museum treasuries and exclusive exhibitions, including those of world importance: the Gospel by Tyapinsky of 1570, a collection of items from Willem Barents’ wintering of 1598, things that belonged to famous august persons and statesmen (Peter I, Princess Sophia, Metropolitan Philaret, Patriarch Nikon, Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, Ioann Kronstadt and many others). There are also other items of great artistic value, for example, Kholmogory bone carving, pictorial embroidery and small plastic arts, a number of urban relics of Arkhangelsk — the carriage Berlin of the 18th century, which transported the Brunswick family, and others.

Return to the hotel along the Northern Dvina embankment.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 6 Arkhangelsk – St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, check-out.

Walking tour along Chubarova-Luchinsky Avenue — a unique “museum”  in the open air where exhibits are wooden houses in which Arkhangelsk residents lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The oldest house, built in 1848, is also located here. During the walk, you can also see sculptural compositions dedicated to northern fairy tales, as well as the monument “Russian Wives — Keepers of the Family Hearth”, which relates us to the history of life and everyday life of the Pomor region.

At your choice:

• Master class on painting traditional Pomor gingerbread “kozuly” in the workshop of the Arkhangelsk Gingerbread museum. Traditional crafts have been preserved in the Arkhangelsk region, and you can learn about one of them at a delicious master class. It is believed that these gingerbread figures of animals bring good luck and can serve as amulets — they are excellent and tasty gifts for any holiday!

• Visit to the Pomor ARTel. 

Interactive excursion program “Visiting Silanty Pomorych”. As part of the program, guests of the house will get acquainted with the Arkhangelsk merchant Silanty Pomorych, his family members, as well as the history of Arkhangelsk merchants. Visitors will hear a fairy tale in Pomor dialect, play on a saw, and even participate in an improvised orchestra of folk instruments. The host of the house will tell you who the “zuyki” are, what was necessary to go fishing, as well as how the Pomors entertained themselves during the long winter. The excursion is dedicated to Pomor culture, the life of the Pomors, and their preserved cultural heritage.

• Visit to the “Arctic Embassy” — a modern multifunctional interactive platform for those who want to get to know the Arctic better. The exposition is located in the building of the Northern Shipping Company. It presents archaeological finds discovered on the territory of the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagos. Some rarities are thousands and even millions of years old.

  • Master class on northern bone carving.

During the master class, you will learn about the history of the craft, what materials bone carving masters work with, and how the process of creating a finished product from raw materials takes place.

Visit to the Belomorskiye Uzory store.  You can find there author’s works and rare specimens of souvenirs in the Russian folk style, artistic wooden products with painting and carving: souvenirs, boxes, plates, salt shakers, boxes, spoons, ladles, and more; hand weaving and knitting: mittens, stockings, vests, sweaters, jackets, socks, hats, and more; embroidered linen products: tablecloths, curtains, napkins, towels, and more; products made of birch bark: boxes, tufts; Kargopol clay toy.

Lunch at the Pomorsky restaurant.

Free time for visiting souvenir shops, independent walks around the city.

Recommended traditional souvenirs of the Arkhangelsk region are: wooden birds, Kargopol clay toys, wooden and birch bark products, Kholmogory bone carving, jewelry with Arkhangelsk diamonds, cosmetic sets based on seaweed.

Recommended gastronomic souvenirs from the Arkhangelsk region are: fish, northern berries (cranberries, cloudberries, blueberries), venison, agar-agar-based jelly candies, traditional painted gingerbread “kozulya”.

Transfer to the airport to take flight to St.Petersburg

Arrival to St.Petersburg

Day 7 St. Petersburg

After breakfast, the sightseeing city tour with photo stops. You will see Nevsky Prospect, Admiralty, Kazan Cathedral, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Anichkov Bridge and other attractions of Saint-Petersburg. 

Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress with Cathedral, a Symbol of St. Petersburg

Explore the stunning Peter and Paul Cathedral, the final resting place of Russian emperors, and marvel at its soaring spire.

Ascend the fortress walls for panoramic views of the Neva River and the picturesque cityscape of St. Petersburg.

Day 8 St. Petersburg

After breakfast the visit to the Hermitage: Treasure Trove of Art

Discover one of the world’s largest and most renowned art museums, housing over three million artworks, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Van Gogh.

After lunch visit the Peterhof Garden & Grand Peterhof Palace, the “Russian Versailles”.

Stroll through the meticulously manicured Lower Gardens, adorned with stunning flower beds and charming pavilions.

Step into the lavish world of Russian royalty as you explore the luxurious interiors of the Grand Palace, adorned with priceless artwork and intricate designs.

Day 9 St. Petersburg – Moscow

Take morning Sapsan to Moscow

Transfer to airport to take flight home

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