Day 1: Arrival in Saint Petersburg by plane or by a tour taxi from Helsinki (6 hours). In evening leave for Petrozavodsk using train tickets provided by us. Overnight on the train. You will visit Saint Petersburg at the end of this journey.
Day 2: Arrive in Petrozavodsk in the morning. You can leave your luggage in a storage room of the railway station. Have a hike in the city. At the Excursion bureau in the harbour you collect the boat tickets. Board a boat to Kizhi Island for sightseeing there. Return to Petrozavodsk; visit museums and walk through the city as you wish. Depart for Kem in the evening. Night arrival in Kem. Transfer to a hotel in the harbor. Check-in. Overnight.
Day 3: Get ferry tickets to Solovetsky Islands at the reception. Leave for Solovetsky Islands at 08:00. Arrival in Solovetsky at 10:00. Explore the Island on your own or take guided excursions (Optional). Return by boat to Kem. Transfer to the railway station. Leave for Murmansk by the night train. Overnight in the train.
Day 4: Arrive in Murmansk; hotel check-in. Explore the city on your own or take Optional excursions with a personnel guide. We suggest you to visit the Regional Historical Museum, the Art Museum and the Folk Art Centre. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: There are a number of interesting places to visit that are related to the sea and maritime culture. We suggest you to visit the highest point of Murmansk city - the Memorial of the Second World War "Alyosha" and to see the city from a bird's eye. Also it's interesting to see a harbour where atomic icebreakers can be. You can visit the first nuclear icebreaker "Lenin". Another places of interests include the Naval Museum and the Oceanarium (tickets can be reserved for this upon request). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Start a journey by bus through the Kola Peninsula. Arrive in Monchegorsk before noon; check-in at hotel. Places to visit in Monchegorsk include the largest Orthodox Cathedral on the Kola Peninsula and the mineralogical museum. You may also take a short yacht-trip around Imandra Lake with its multitude of islands. For dinner there is an excellent small restaurant close to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Continue by bus to Kirovsk in the Khibiny Mountains; hotel check-in. The town has an interesting Museum of History. The hotel serves good meals for reasonable prices. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: You can visit the Botanical Garden located close to Kirovsk (ask a receptionist to call a taxi for you). Apatity city is located 15 km far from Kirovsk. You can take a taxi to reach it (RUR 300) or use a public bus. Apatity has an interesting Museum of the European North of Russia as well as Museum of Colored Stones; shop "Salma" sells Northern souvenirs made of wood, stone, horns and beautiful paintings made of stone crumbs. In the evening leave by train for Saint Petersburg. Overnight in the train.
Day 9: Arrive in Saint Petersburg at Ladozhsky railway station in the evening; meeting by a car from a hotel; transfer to the hotel; check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: You can explore the city on your own or take a guided excursion. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: You can explore the city on your own or take a guided excursion. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Departure. Transfer to airport. Or you can take a tour taxi to drive to Helsinki (6 hours).
|Group size:||From 1 person|
|Duration:||12 days (11 nights)|
|Dates:||On request from beginning of May until end of September.|
|Price:||Prices on request.|
|Documents:||Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A Russian visa is required for tourists from most countries. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details. We handle the tourist invitation.|
|Insurance:||The participant must possess medical insurance that at very least covers the European part of the Russian Federation.|
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