Looking for winter experience? Come to Russia! We invite you to feel the atmosphere of the holiday and magic of winter in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Vologda and to celebrate the New Year beyond the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Barents Sea with a glass of sparkling champagne and loud laughter. Truly, an unusual and colorful journey, like the elusive Northern Lights themselves!
A journey by Imperial Russia Train
Moscow – St. Petersburg – Petrozavodsk – Murmansk – Vologda – Moscow
26 December 2018 – 04 January 2019
Dec 26. Moscow
Dec 27. Moscow
After delightful breakfast, depart for a scenic drive through main streets and see major attractions of Russian capital. After a lunch break the guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Tsars.
See the famous Tsar Cannon, the 16th century Tsar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow’s most elaborate cathedrals. When the daylights are deemed, take memorable pictures on the Red Square of Russian winter and Moscow New Year decorations, which rated as the most beautiful in the world. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and drive back to the hotel.
Dec 28. Moscow
In the morning, leave the city center for a visit to Kolomenskoe with its marvelous wooden palace that once served as a summer residence of grand dukes of Moscow and the Russian Tsars. Get to know rich architectural heritage created by the best Russian artisans. This beautiful palace comprises a large number of buildings connected throughout by passageways.
Discover Russian winter with outdoor activities and traditional ceremony of tea drinking with Russian pancakes. In the afternoon spend some time walking along the Arbat Street to feel the vibe of the city and festive atmosphere. You might want to drop in at some souvenir shops to look for some smaller presents to mark your wonderful time in Russian winter. In the evening after dinner in a restaurant, you are welcome onboard «Imperial Russia» Train!
Dec 29. St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, often referred as Northern capital of Russia, is crowded with numerous historical monuments, marvelous palaces and beautiful bridges. After breakfast, visit the native place of the city, Peter-Paul-Fortress and pay tribute to the Romanov royal family in the Peter-Paul-Cathedral. St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the biggest dome buildings in the world, is not just an architectural masterpiece; it comprises innovative and unique engineering ideas of the 19th century.
After lunch you drive towards Tsarskoe Selo where you visit Catherine’s Palace with the world famous Amber Room. Later this day stroll along colorful boulevards; enjoy the city Christmas market or just sit down to rest in one of the numerous cafes. After dinner accompanied by gypsy songs & guitar drive through the illuminated St. Petersburg. Board your train to continue your journey to the Arctic Circle!
Dec 30. Petrozavodsk
Today you arrive in Petrozavodsk, capital city of Republic of Karelia. The native karels and veps preserved their unique culture and traditions. Therefore, we will take you to the village of Kinerma to learn the history of the ancient Karelian settlement of 16th century. A local family will host you and invite for a traditional tea with Karelian pies.
Drive back to provincial town of Petrozavodsk, the most Soviet one on our journey, and enjoy the concert of the local folk group “Kantele”. Tonight dinner is offered onboard «Imperial Russia» Train.
Dec 31. Murmansk
Today your train crosses the Arctic Circle. As «Imperial Russia» Train pulls through the Kola Peninsula enjoying your morning at leisure, follow the changing scenery with beautiful landscapes of the Khibiny Mountains. Shortly before lunch, you arrive in Murmansk, the most Northern point of our journey.
For the next two days you will be lodging in a city hotel. This town started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free all year round. Depart for the city tour with such major attractions as nuclear icebreaker Lenin, World War II memorials. Later this noon enjoy your down time at your hotel room or make a discovery walk of the hotel vicinity. You are welcome for a festive dinner with a colorful show program in the beautifully decorated hotel restaurant to celebrate the New Year!
Jan 1. Murmansk
On the first day of the New Year allow yourself to sleep in and enjoy the late breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Later this morning drive for the village of Lovozero, the center of the cultural life of the Saami, the native people of the Kola Peninsula. Meet the Saami Santa Claus who invites you for lunch and explains you about the lifestyle of Saami, life in tundra, reindeer herding and hunting.
Walk around the village or on the frozen lake to capture the winter landscapes of Arctic winter or ride a reindeer sledding! Around dinner time arrive in Murmansk & enjoy a relaxing evening.
Jan 2. Relaxation on board of the Imperial Russia Train
After breakfast at the hotel board «Imperial Russia» Train and start travelling towards Vologda. Today enjoy your stay onboard to reflect on cities you have already visited. Enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop and picturesque winter scenery. You might want to attend one of the interesting lectures or entertaining program.
Jan 3. Vologda
In the morning arrive in Vologda, the city with significant historical and cultural heritage. This city is the same age as Russian capital and is rich in historical sights. The Kremlin Square is located right in the centre of the city, and Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible used to walk around this place.
Emperor Peter the Great used to visit Vologda frequently. Among artisans this city is well known for its delicate and exquisite laces. Stroll along the Kremlin grounds and listen to the history of this city, spot some of the remaining wooden houses with carved window frames that are very much like the laces. Try your hands in a workshop to paint gingerbread and take it as a memory of Vologda. In evening you are back onboard «Imperial Russia» Train to celebrate the farewell dinner.
Jan 4. Moscow
In the morning you arrive in Moscow.
Information & Documents
Rates and Conditions
Land package rate in USD per person in a two-bedded compartment:
FIRST CLASS $4,920 US / SGL Supplement $3,480 US
FIRST CLASS PLUS $5,880 US / SGL Supplement $4,080 US
BUSINESS CLASS $7,080 US / SGL Supplement $4,680 US
VIP COMPARTMENT $7,440 US / SGL Supplement $4,920 US
- onboard «Imperial Russia» Train;
- 2 o/nights at Moscow hotel and 2 o/nights at Murmansk hotel;
- towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of the «Imperial Russia» Train.
Excursions & guides:
- excursions with local guides according to the program;
- excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request.
- tea/coffee on board throughout the day;
- full board.
- pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport;
- services of the porter at the hotel and the railway station;
- brief informative lectures on the Russian New Year, traditions, geography and history;
- english speaking Group Leader and Tour managers.
Services not included:
- international and domestic flights;
- visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with incorrect or expired visas);
- all drinks ordered in the bar car;
- “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia;
- meals on the day of arrival, departure;
- tips and personal expenses;
- Vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour.
- Every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour.
Payment and cancellation conditions:
The prepayment is due 3 days upon receipt of the tour confirmation. The prepayment is non-refundable. The prepayment shall amount to:
$2,000 US – per person in VIP compartment;
$2,000 US – per person in BUSINESS CLASS compartment;
$1,500 US – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
$1,500 US – per person in FIRST CLASS compartment;
$1,500 US – per person in COMFORT CLASS compartment.
Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 75 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 50 % of the tour price.
Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 45 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 100% of the tour price.
First Class Car:
Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 lower berths in each and are equipted with a table and LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl. Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment.
First Plus Class Car:
Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 berths in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. All compartments are equipted with a table with an armchair. Between compartments, there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is a room for storing luggage.
Two water closets: in the beginning and in the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment. Most cars are equipped with LCD TV sets.
This type of car contains 6 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.
All compartments are equipped with a private en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.
This type of car contains 5 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.
All compartments are equipped with individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.
Dining cars, usual for long-distance trains, are equipped with a dining room, kitchen, audio/video broadcasting, inter-car communications system and air conditioning.
Interiors of dining cars are made from environmentally friendly and fire-resistant materials.
Please note there shall be several modifications of dining cars in different styles to be used for our tours. At our website you will find photos of some of the cars.
A unique car with a music saloon, divided into two functional areas: an area with comfortable armchairs and a restaurant area with a dance floor, equipped with the piano. The bar car is ideal for cocktail parties, theme parties, holiday events.
Please note there shall be several modifications of bar cars in different styles to be used for our tours. At our website you will find photos of some of the cars.