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Magical Aurora Tour

RUS14: 7 Days Russia Tour with Aurora Experience

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star nice hotel & local hut, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in St. Petersburg, Airport pick-up
Welcome to book the Russia aurora tour! Upon your arrival at the airport of St. Petersburg, we will pick you up and escort you to check in the hotel. Have a good rest during the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky or similar (4 stars)

Day 2: St. Petersburg city tour with Hermitage Museum & Metro experience
Today we will go for a walk at Palace Square in front of Winter Palace and surrounded by numerous neoclassical buildings. Then observe the grand Bronze Horseman of Peter the Great built by the order of Catherine the Great in 1782 as well as the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the second largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world with its glinting golden cupola dominating the city's skyline. Then we will go to a beautiful metro station and take a subway to tour the Peter and Paul Fortress. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and once served as a major prison for political criminals under the tsars. In the afternoon, we will tour around the Winter Palace, one of the six main buildings of the world's second-largest art museum − Hermitage Museum with 3 millions pieces of art including the paintings by famous Impressionist and sculptures of Italian Renaissance artists. It is estimated that one would need 11 years to view all the exhibits if he only spent one minute on each one of them.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky or similar (4 stars)

Day 3: Enjoy a relaxing free day in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, built on over one hundred islands and crossed by over 3 hundreds bridges, along with historical architectures ranging from Baroque, Neoclassical to Soviet style, hence renowned as the Venice of the North. Today you could schedule a hop on and hop off boat trip cruising through the rivers and canals to admire the city's landscape by yourself.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky or similar (4 stars)

Day 4: Fly to Murmansk from St. Petersburg, Northern Lights Tour
According to the Russia aurora tour itinerary, today we will send you to board a 2-hour flight to the port city of Murmansk. Our guide and the driver there will pick you up and accompany you to visit the landmark Alesha Monument and learn about the city's history. The monument is the second tallest statue in Russia which is about 35 meters (116 feet) high and was built to commemorate the Soviet defenders against Germen invaders during the World War II. Then proceed to visit "Murmansk selfie" place or obelisk with Murmansk city's coordinates. Next, we will tour and take pictures with the Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker, the world's first one of its kind.

Then, send you to the hotel for a rest. After, we will go to hunt the dramatic Northern lights from 21:00 to 24:00 and admire the magical nature wonder at a comfortable igloo not far from the Murmansk. Overnight at the four-bed room of a local hut in Aurora Village.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Local Hut

Day 5: Teriberka Day Tour
Today we will drive to the Teriberka, a quiet old coastal town along the Barents Sea, increasingly famous because of an Oscar-nominated film called "Leviathan". While touring the picturesque town, we will learn about its history, observe the way of locals' life, appreciate the enthralling sea views and watch a spectacular waterfall flowing into the Arctic Ocean. There is a lot of snow and polar nights when it is in winter time, making the village like a light blue snow kingdom in fairy tales. If conditions permit, we may get a chance to have snowmobile safari to the Arctic coast. Sleds powered by snowmobile will be booked in advance and the fee needs to be paid on the spot at your own expense.

Notes: The road to Teriberka may be blocked by heavy snows or other extreme weather. If that happens, there will be an alternative plan: go to visit the Snow Village, a hand-made museum from ice, but an extra charge of USD 18 will be needed.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Aurora Village

Day 6: Saami Village & Husky Farm Tour
Today we will pay a visit to Saami Village. Saami people are indigenous people of the area. During the visit, you will get acquainted with their history and traditional way of life and explore the alley of wooden majestic idols of love, happiness, luck, fate and wealth. Make sure you have six yellow coins to make a wish to them! What's more, you could play Saami games, dress in their traditional clothes and take photos, meet local fauna such as foxes, rabbits and feed the reindeer. You can experience reindeer rides and banana boat rides if coming to the village between 1st, Dec and 31st, Apr. In hot period from 1st, May to 30th, November, you can experience quadrocycle driving. In the afternoon, we will have an excursion to Husky Farm. There you can spend some time interacting with the beautiful Siberian sledge dogs and go for an exciting husky dog sleigh ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Aurora Village

Day 7: Departure from Murmansk, Airport see-off
Today our guide and the driver will escort you to the airport according to your flight schedule. Thanks for booking the Russia aurora tour! Hope you've had a wonderful time during the whole trip. Bon Voyage!

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of St. Petersburg - Murmansk.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Personal assistance by our representative on airport arrival.
  • Service of English speaking guides per the itinerary.
  • All transfers in private A/C vehicle with experienced driver.
  • Monuments Entrance fees per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out from Russia.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, drinks, camera fee etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Russia visa fee.
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St. Petersburg
Murmansk
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