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Overview

From the heart of Russia to the northernmost reaches of the country, we bring you a unique, surreal journey that will leave you spellbound.

The Russian capital of Moscow is the hotbed for art, culture and history.  Opulent buildings, grand churches and spectacular monuments take you back in time to trace the journey of Moscow’s triumphs and tragedies. Home of the literary greats and staunch revolutionaries, Moscow is brimming with stories. Lively and vibrant Muscovites welcome you with a warm embrace and serve up an array of delectable Russian meals.

Hundreds of kilometers north of Moscow, is the biggest city in the Arctic, Murmansk. This city is nothing like anything you have ever seen before. It is the adventure lover’s playground. For those who love dogs, interactions with the local Huskies are pure joy. Culture vultures will enjoy meeting the locals and indigenous people and learn about their way of life. Go hunting for the aurora borealis, a rare, surreal phenomenon that will give you the experience of a lifetime.

So, join us on this thrilling, spectacular journey of Russia’s surreal cities and get ready to make some unforgettable memories.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Moscow

Touchdown at Moscow’s International Airport.  Our on-ground coordinator will receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

On the way, we take you on an orientation tour of the city. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in to your room. You have the afternoon at leisure to relax and gear up for the next couple of days.

In the evening, get ready for the experience of a lifetime as we head to the theatre to witness the world-famous dazzling Russian Circus.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Moscow Novotel Centre.

 

Day 02: Explore Moscow

We start the day with a delicious breakfast.

Today, we will explore the sights and sounds of Moscow, take a trip back in time, understand its history, and learn about its culture.

Our first stop is the iconic Poklonnaya Hill, one of the highest spots in Moscow followed by the awe-inspiring Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent and Vorobyovy Hills.

Next, we drive through the heart of Moscow as we go past Tverskaya Street, Manezhnaya square, Okhotny Ryad, Bolshoi Theatre, Lubyanka Square, Savior Cathedral, the Kremlin and Kropotkinskaya embankments.

We will then cruise through Moscow’s most famous pedestrian street – Old Arbat Street, gaze at its amazing architecture, browse through souvenir stores and cozy shops.

In the evening, we will enjoy a panoramic Moscow River Cruise onboard a comfortable boat with great views of the city.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Moscow Novotel Centre.

 

Day 03: Moscow to Murmansk

Today, post breakfast, check out of the hotel.

You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Murmansk.  Our on-ground coordinator will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. On the way, we will take you on an orientation tour of the city.

Upon arrival at the hotel, check in to your room. You have the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Murmansk Azimut hotel.

 

Day 04: Explore Murmansk

We start the day with a scrumptious breakfast.

Today we will explore the Arctic city of Murmansk.

The capital of the Zapolaria, Murmansk is a city located behind the Arctic Circle, at 69 parallels, on the rocky east coast of the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea. This is the largest non-freezing port of the Arctic coast of Russia and the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle. Polar day – the famous white night – will meet you with the midnight sun. You will see the gate of the Arctic – hundreds of cranes, ships, standing in the roadstead, they define the peculiar beauty of the northern sea city.

You will visit the nuclear icebreaker Lenin, which became a museum, and the most northerly oceanarium. Post a delicious lunch at a Chinese restaurant, we will commence our sightseeing tour by understanding the history of the city.

Our first stop is the Square of Five Corners which is at the heart of the city. Next, we visit a stunning memorial dedicated to the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic Circle, 1941-1945.

We will then head to monuments that pay homage to the ice-breaking steamships Chelyuskin and Ermak, the victims of the intervention of 1918, the anti-Hitler coalition, Ivan Papanin & Valentin Pikul.

Next on the list is the magnificent Church of Spas-na-Voda, followed by the serene Lake Semyonovsky and the observation deck at Cape Green,

We end the day with a delicious dinner.

Overnight stay at the plush 4-star Murmansk Azimut hotel.

 

Day 05: Explore Murmansk Husky Park

We start the day with breakfast.

We have an exciting, fulfilled day ahead. Today, we will visit the Murmansk Husky Park to meet some furry friends. Make sure you are wearing warm winter gear.

Here in the park, you can enjoy a ride on the dog sledge and reindeer sledge. In the nursery, you can learn about the different breeds of northern sleds, see equipment for racing and for tourism and chat with the local athletes. The kennel has an equipped track for dog sledding in both, winter and summer. Kennel dogs have repeatedly become prizewinners for Russia in dog sledding races.

Post lunch, we head to Saami village. A special and unusual place on the Kola Peninsula – the Saami village just 110 kilometers from Murmansk. This place is called 'Sam Siyt', which means 'Saami village'. The Saami (or Sami or Lopari) are the indigenous people of the Murmansk region, as well as northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. On the way, we will acquaint you with the ways of the indigenous inhabitants of the Saami.

Upon arrival in the Saami village, you will get to experience the culture and way of life of the Saami people, learn about their rites of sacrifice, play Lappish games and Sami fell (Saami ball).

You will also get to meet the famous residents of this region – Reindeers! You can feed them, photograph them and play with them. Relish the local food and don’t forget to try out their local attire.

Post dinner, we head out for a surreal experience. We will go Aurora Hunting 'Hunting for the Northern Lights'. We can head either to Abram-cape or the village of Kilpyavr to witness this stunning natural phenomenon which is nothing short of a magical experience.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Murmansk Azimut hotel.

 

Day 6: Murmansk to Moscow

Today, post a delicious breakfast, we head out to explore the fascinating Alosha Monument followed by the Kola Bay.

We will then head back to the hotel, check out, and head to the airport catch our domestic flight to Moscow.

Upon arrival, our on-ground coordinator will receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Moscow Novotel Centre.

 

Day 07: Departure from Russia

From Moscow to Murmansk and back – what a journey this has been. Today, this journey comes to an end. With a heavy heart, we bid goodbye to Russia.

Post breakfast, we check out and head to the airport. On the way, we will stop by at Izmailovo Kremlin to pick up some souvenirs at the flea market.

Post this visit, continue your journey to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Package Rates

This unique tour of Russia takes you to the northernmost reaches of the country where you will enjoy the most surreal experiences.

Our package ensures that you have a wonderful trip right from the start to the end. The transfers are smooth, the stays are luxurious, the experiences are impeccable and the memories are incredible.

We offer all of the above at a reasonable package rate of AED 5,740 based on Double / Twin sharing.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Overnight stay at:
  • 4-star Moscow Novotel Centre for 03 nights
  • 4-star Murmansk Azimut hotel for 03 nights
  • All transfers and sightseeing in a private car/minivan/minibus
  • Breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • English-speaking professional licensed guide
  • All tours with entrance tickets as per itinerary
  • Hotel tax
  • Visa support letter (scanned copy)

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Return flight from Moscow to Murmansk
  • Return flight from Dubai to Moscow
  • Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Porterage and similar fees
  • Optional tours and services
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in the inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Optional Services/Tours (can be requested at the time of booking)

MOSCOW

Excursion program "1 day in the army" : We will visit the Museum of Historic Engineering to explore more than 700 units of armored vehicles and historical equipment of Soviet and foreign production - Tanks OT-34-76, Ha Ho, Nona-S, ISU-152, self-propelled howitzers "Gvozdika", "Acacia" , BTR-40 and other models. You can skate on Soviet BTR-40 (10 people each) and explore the Japanese light tank "Ha Guo"(3-4 people at a time) on the territory of the museum (only 2 units in the world). You will also get the chance to shooting from Kalashnikov assault rifle or PPSh / 10 rounds per person.

 Bunker42 is a unique underground facility. It is the only declassified military object in Russia, which is located at a depth of 65 meters under the ground in the centre of Moscow, as an antinuclear bunker. It is better to use the 54-meters deep stairway (which consists of 290 steps and 12 floors) to feel the depth of the bunker. The tour starts with a short film about Cold War. Later on, you will be guided to the bunker's exhibition hall which describes the purpose of the bunker and its communication facilities. You will realize how the facility could protect from all the factors of atomic explosion and feel the seriousness of nuclear world war risk.

FRESH SPA by NATURA SIBERICA is a place where a sense of harmony and unity with nature will be accompanying you throughout the stay. Opening the door, you will find yourself in the reserved territory of Siberia which conceals many riddles, mysterious ceremonies and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples. The Natura Siberica team has been travelling for several years over vast expanses of Siberia in order to collect materials, participate in rituals, learn rare massage techniques, adopt knowledge of Siberian people and select best and rare ingredients for the future SPA treatments. Massages, peelings, wraps, treatments for face, body and hair, programs of body correction and individual day packs – you will be spoilt for choice. We invite you to FRESH SPA by Natura Siberica to enjoy an unforgettable experience of the miraculous Siberian natural ingredients in combination with sensitivity and professionalism of our specialists. At your disposal is the laboratory of fresh natural SPA products; Russian bania, stone and cedar steams, salt room and salt pool-floating, Kamchatka and Buryat treatment rooms, aesthetic zone and Aquabike.

 
The packages are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Cancellation Policy

You or any member of your party may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead passenger must be sent by email to holidays@al-majid.com. For urgent cancellations, please ALSO telephone 04 2222007 or 2212213.
 
In the event of cancellation, there will be supplier charges that you will have to pay ranging from 10% to 100%, and these will be explained to you prior to booking. We encourage you to take out travel insurance, which may cover some or all of the charges depending on the nature of the cancellation.
 
Should you fail to cancel your booking in advance you may also incur a no-show fee in addition to any other supplier imposed charges.
 
Prior to confirming your booking, please ensure that you are aware of all cancellation charges.

Optional Services/Tours (can be requested at the time of booking)

MOSCOW

Excursion program "1 day in the army" : We will visit the Museum of Historic Engineering to explore more than 700 units of armored vehicles and historical equipment of Soviet and foreign production - Tanks OT-34-76, Ha Ho, Nona-S, ISU-152, self-propelled howitzers "Gvozdika", "Acacia" , BTR-40 and other models. You can skate on Soviet BTR-40 (10 people each) and explore the Japanese light tank "Ha Guo"(3-4 people at a time) on the territory of the museum (only 2 units in the world). You will also get the chance to shooting from Kalashnikov assault rifle or PPSh / 10 rounds per person.

 Bunker42 is a unique underground facility. It is the only declassified military object in Russia, which is located at a depth of 65 meters under the ground in the centre of Moscow, as an antinuclear bunker. It is better to use the 54-meters deep stairway (which consists of 290 steps and 12 floors) to feel the depth of the bunker. The tour starts with a short film about Cold War. Later on, you will be guided to the bunker's exhibition hall which describes the purpose of the bunker and its communication facilities. You will realize how the facility could protect from all the factors of atomic explosion and feel the seriousness of nuclear world war risk.

FRESH SPA by NATURA SIBERICA is a place where a sense of harmony and unity with nature will be accompanying you throughout the stay. Opening the door, you will find yourself in the reserved territory of Siberia which conceals many riddles, mysterious ceremonies and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples. The Natura Siberica team has been travelling for several years over vast expanses of Siberia in order to collect materials, participate in rituals, learn rare massage techniques, adopt knowledge of Siberian people and select best and rare ingredients for the future SPA treatments. Massages, peelings, wraps, treatments for face, body and hair, programs of body correction and individual day packs – you will be spoilt for choice. We invite you to FRESH SPA by Natura Siberica to enjoy an unforgettable experience of the miraculous Siberian natural ingredients in combination with sensitivity and professionalism of our specialists. At your disposal is the laboratory of fresh natural SPA products; Russian bania, stone and cedar steams, salt room and salt pool-floating, Kamchatka and Buryat treatment rooms, aesthetic zone and Aquabike.

 
The packages are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Overnight stay at:
  • 4-star Moscow Novotel Centre for 03 nights
  • 4-star Murmansk Azimut hotel for 03 nights
  • All transfers and sightseeing in a private car/minivan/minibus
  • Breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • English-speaking professional licensed guide
  • All tours with entrance tickets as per itinerary
  • Hotel tax
  • Visa support letter (scanned copy)

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Return flight from Moscow to Murmansk
  • Return flight from Dubai to Moscow
  • Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Porterage and similar fees
  • Optional tours and services
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in the inclusions
You or any member of your party may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead passenger must be sent by email to holidays@al-majid.com. For urgent cancellations, please ALSO telephone 04 2222007 or 2212213.
 
In the event of cancellation, there will be supplier charges that you will have to pay ranging from 10% to 100%, and these will be explained to you prior to booking. We encourage you to take out travel insurance, which may cover some or all of the charges depending on the nature of the cancellation.
 
Should you fail to cancel your booking in advance you may also incur a no-show fee in addition to any other supplier imposed charges.
 
Prior to confirming your booking, please ensure that you are aware of all cancellation charges.