Russian Lapland & Northern-Lights – 10 Days

DAY 1: 15 MARCH 2022 : COCHIN – MOSCOW – RADISSON ROYAL CRUISE WITH DINNER

Arrive Moscow, Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its wall is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. After immigration & clearance meet our local guide at the exit and transfer to hotel for check in. Evening proceed for Moscow orientation tour. Aboard a Radisson Royal Flotilla yacht departing from the Gorky Park Pier. Enjoy freshly prepared food and enchanting panoramic views on the beautiful snow-white yacht cruising through Moscow’s winter fairy-tale, modern and comfortable ambiance guaranteed. Among the sites featuring on the cruise, you will find Moscow Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Peter the Great Statue and, finally, Moscow City skyscrapers representing a new, modern face of the Russian capital. Back to our hotel

Meals: Inflight Meals, Snacks on arrival , Dinner
Overnight at Moscow

DAY 2: 16 MARCH 2022 : MOSCOW – RED SQUARE – LENIN MAUSOLEUM – KREMLIN – METRO TOUR – RUSSIAN CIRCUS

Embark on a city tour of Moscow with a full-day guide, covering Red Square, Kremlin, and St Basils Cathedral. Historically, The Square was meant to serve as Moscow’s main marketplace. It was also the site of various public ceremonies and proclamations, and occasionally a coronation for Russia’s Tsars would take place.

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, situated on Red Square in the centre of Moscow, is a mausoleum that serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime.

Kremlin Moscow is what The White House is to America. It symbolizes both the Russian & Soviet Union Power &authority. Built by outstanding Russian & foreign architects from 1482 -1492, Kremlin which means ‘Fortress inside a City’, holds the Government of the Russian Federation. It is the prestigious residence of the President now, but historically speaking, it was the great Prince Zudal whose residence it was much earlier, who gave the world, its stone walls, and towers, and the miracle of its cathedrals, mural paintings, and the Great Hall which witnessed State ceremonies, giving Kremlin an outstanding & universal value. Kremlin, after 200 years of obscurity that ended in 1918, has become the seat of Governance ever since.

St. Basil’s Cathedral is Moscow’s and maybe even Russia’s most recognizable sight and one of its architectural treasures. Then visit Tsar Bell, the Guinness Book of the World record Bell. The Tsar Bell is one of the highlights of the Moscow Kremlin ensemble; it’s the biggest bell in the world and weighs about 200 tons and a height of 6.14 meters but no one has ever heard its ringing. The bell was broken during a big fire and it was never lifted on a bell tower. Later visit Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by calibre in the world in Guinness Book of World Records. It is a major tourist attraction in the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin. The Tsar Cannon is made of bronze and weighs 39.312 tonnes and has a length of 5.34 m. Its bronze-cast barrel has an internal diameter of 890 mm and an external diameter of 1,200 mm. After the French invasion Napoleon Bonaparte considered removing it to France as a war trophy. The Tsar Cannon is a unique item in the Kremlin’s artillery collection.

Evening proceed for Moscow Metro Tour with guide, a 90 minutes’ tour to see Moscow’s unique and beautiful metro stations – with marble pillars, stained glass, ornate sculptures making Moscow Metro extraordinary. Discover the history and legends of the Moscow Metro – the oldest, the most beautiful.

Later enjoy the world-famous Russian Circus. Russian Circus traditionally includes clowning, juggling, acrobatics, contortion, and animal acts. Return to our hotel and enjoy Buffet dinner.

Return to our hotel and enjoy Buffet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Local Dinner
Overnight at Moscow

DAY 3: 17 MARCH 2022: MOSCOW – ST. PETERSBURG – (SAPSAN TRAIN) – CITY TOUR – FOLKLORE SHOW WITH DINNER

After Breakfast, checkout hotel. Transfer to railway station to board the Sapsan train to St Petersburg. The 635 km (395 miles) journey connects the two capital cities of Russia, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The fastest way to travel is by the Sapsan train, which is a comfortable, modern train that takes just under four hours of journey time. Arrive St. Petersburg. Proceed for guided city tour. \

St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Photo stop), which was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It is one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital built between 1818 and 1858. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, Peter and Paul Fortress is considered to be a unique monument. Its architecture is focused around Peter and Paul Cathedral where the tombs of all the Russian emperors can be found. Proceed to hotel for Check In. Later enjoy Russian Folklore Show with Snacks and Drinks (Vodka, Wine, and Champagne) at Nikolaevsky Palace. Relax and enjoy the colourful performance by various dance, music and choir groups of Saint Petersburg. Today’s dinner in Nikolaevsky Palace. Return to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Local Dinner
Overnight St. Petersburg

DAY 4: 18 MARCH 2022: MILITARY TOUR – PETERHOF PALACE – VODKA MUSEUM

Post breakfast, proceed for a Military Tour. On the Saint Petersburg Military tour, you will be able to ride armoured vehicles, learn about WWII and the Russian army, practice disassembly and assembly of the legendary AK-47 and try other military activities. After lunch at restaurant, this afternoon you’ll be transferred to Perterhof Palace situated away from the city. Among the many extravagant palaces are The Peterhof Palace and Gardens. It is Peter the Great’s Palace that he built in the early 1700s. Not only is it a grand palace, but the grounds around are full of extravagant fountains comprising 64 different fountains, and over 200 bronze statues and other decorations as well as museums showcasing imperial life in St. Petersburg. The famous Summer Palace, is the official Home of the Tsars and the centre of Imperial Russian culture. Vodka is a national drink od Russian people. We take you to taste different varieties of Vodka and the person who is part of the museum will explain you how the vodka is been made and the history behind.

Meals: Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Local Dinner
Overnight St. Petersburg

DAY 5: 19 MARCH 2022 : ST. PETERSBURG – MURMANSK (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at hotel, Check out transfer to airport to board flight to Murmansk. The Murmansk Region is the northernmost region of the European Russia. Most of the Region is located beyond the Arctic Circle. There, one has a unique opportunity to see the famous aurora borealis. On arrival transfer to hotel for Check in. After dinner proceed for Northern Lights (Aurora) hunting. Northern lights – one of the most exciting natural phenomena! And the Kola Peninsula (Murmansk region) is the most comfortable place in Russia for its observation. The Aurora Borealis appears due to some special events on the Sun which on certain days emits a powerful stream of particles and waves into space. If they penetrate the magnetic field of the Earth, then they cause an unusual glow of gases in the upper layers of the atmosphere

Meals: Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Local Dinner
Overnight Murmansk

DAY 6: 20 MARCH 2022: MURMANSK – TERIBERK

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for full day Teriberka tour. It is a wonderful village on the Kola Peninsula near the Barents Sea boasting breath-taking landscapes, enchanting singing of the waves, and amazing wildlife filled with enigmas. It used to be a closed village. Now we have a chance to come and enjoy the nature and local sights. The village of Teriberka in the Murmansk Region is mentioned among top20 popular tourist destinations according to the National Geographic Magazine. Here you can see firsthand the unfrozen shore of the Arctic Ocean, snow-covered endless expanses of the Arctic tundra, a sandy beach in the middle of snowdrifts and the polar sun, as if melting before your eyes. Evening return back to Murmansk, enjoy Buffet dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Murmansk

DAY 7: MARCH 2022: MURMANSK EXCURSION –VISIT HUSKY PARK & RAINDEER PARK

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Half day guided Murmansk Excursion. Murmansk is the biggest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle. It’s often called the capital of the Russian Arctic. Here began the great research expeditions of the most northern region of our planet. The city is a home port for the world most powerful vessels — icebreakers which are able to break channels through the thick Arctic ice. Murmansk is stretched along the coast of the Kola Bay, a large ice-free harbour surrounded by many hills and lakes. The nature outside the city is beautiful and severe – famous tundra and forest tundra with little trees, and a lot of berries and mushrooms in summer. After lunch, enjoy an unforgettable adventure with adorable Blue-eyed Siberian and Alaskan husky – the cutest dogs ever seen – in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. You are given a unique opportunity not just to meet one of the friendliest and most sociable dog breeds but also you will have a relaxing yet active walk-in fields. For a fleeting moment you can take a break from a hustle and bustle of everyday city life. Spend time in the open air, experience the silence of nature with your new friends, and enjoy the magical view and picturesque landscapes. Memories that are not so easy to fade away are waiting for you. Return to our hotel and enjoy Buffet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Murmansk

DAY 8: 22 MARCH 2022 : MURMANSK – MOSCOW (BY FLIGHT)

Post breakfast check out & transfer to airport to board flight to Moscow. After lunch transfer to hotel for check in. Evening free for shopping. Buffet dinner at hotel where we are staying.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Moscow

DAY 9: 23 MARCH 2022: DEPARTURE MOSCOW

Breakfast at the hotel. Checkout, it is time to return home. The Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow is ready to take you in, for our return journey to India. Packed refreshment will be provided at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed refreshment, Inflight Meals

DAY 10: 24 MARCH 2022: ARRIVE COCHIN

Arrive home with pleasant memories of your Russian tour.

PACKAGE COST

INR 1,84,900 + TAX per person on Twin Sharing basis
Single supplement: INR 24,500 per person

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • Economy class Airfare from Cochin
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Moscow
  • 2 Nights accommodation in St. Petersburg
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Murmansk
  • 1Night accommodation in Moscow
  • Russian Visa
  • RT-PCR test in Russia
  • Baggage Allowance as per the airline policy
  • Professional, friendly and well experienced Malayalee Tour Manager from Soman’s Leisure Tours
  • Services of Local English-speaking Tour Guides in St. Petersburg & Moscow
  • All transfers and sightseeing by comfortable A/C coaches.
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing venues to be visited from inside, as per the tour itinerary
  • Accommodation in comfortable and convenient 4-star hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Local Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Tips – Guide, Driver & Restaurants
  • Travel Insurance [valid for the tour period] up to 70 years of age

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS:

  • 5% GST
  • 5% TCS (Tax Collected at Source), Finance Act 2020 has inserted a new sub-section (1G) in TCS (Tax Collected at Source) under Section 206C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to collect tax out of foreignremittance transactions under Liberalized Remittance Scheme [LRS] as well as amount received from buyer by a seller for sale of an ‘Overseas Tour Program Package’ w.e.f. October 1, 2020.As per RBI guidelines an additional 5% TCS on invoice value is applicable for those passengers having PAN (permanent Account Number) or 10% TCS is applicable for those passengers does nothave PAN
  • Tips of personal nature and any additional meals, other than specified in the itinerary
  • Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident, hospitalization, or any personal emergency.
  • Optional tours, if any
  • Anything which is not included in the tour cost inclusion

PAYMENT TERMS

PAYMENTS AMOUNT REMARKS
First Instalment Rs.25,000/- Registration fee at the time of booking
Second Installment Rs.75,000/- Before 30 days of departure
Final Payment Rs.84,900/- + TAX Before 15 days of departure
Total Rs.1,84,900/- + TAX

CANCELLATION POLICY

A cancellation charge of 50% of the tour cost will be applicable for the passengers canceling before 15 days of departure and 100 % of the tour cost will be levied as the cancellation charge for the cancellations within 15 daysprior to the departure.

Period of Cancellation Cancellation Charges
15 Days before departure 50% of the Tour Cost
Within 14 days prior to departure 100% of the Tour Cost

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • A person below 11 years is considered as child and above 11 years as an adult.
  • Check in time in hotel is 1400 hours and check out is 1200 hours.
  • Visa fee and flight ticket (onward & return) will be non –refundable at any circumstances.
  • Once an airline ticket is issued, penalty charges will be applicable for date change.
  • There are coach restrictions in some cities, in such situation the tour manager and the driver will do their best to drop you as near to the monuments as possible.
  • No refund can be entertained for any expenses incurred for the passengers due to circumstances beyond our control such as flight cancellation, airport closure, delays, accident of any nature, bad weather, natural calamities, medical evacuation, supplier policies, visa rejection and visa delay etc.
  • The Cancellation Charge is applicable in case of any passenger with granted visa, denying to travel or cancel his/her own tour on account of visa rejection caused to their co-passenger or travel companion, since the granting of visa is the sole discretion of the concerned Consulate.
  • The company reserves the right to postpone or cancel any of the tours advertised, without assigning any reason. In this case, amount paid by the passengers will be refunded in full and no compensation claim will be entertained.
  • Due to certain unavoidable circumstances, the company reserves the right to change / modify / vary and alter the tour itinerary. In such changes, compensations or claim for refund by the passengers will not be entertained by the company for limitation and also for the non-availability of certain services with entry tickets, restaurants, sightseeing, shopping etc. even though included in tour itinerary.
  • For Single Passenger travelling without family have to share a room either on twin or triple sharing basis (Roll away bed) depending on the booking. If we do not have another single passenger to share the room, Single Supplement with additional cost is applicable.
  • The tariff of the tour quoted is calculated as per the rates prevailing at the time of quoting it. The Company reserves the right to change the tariff in the event of modification / alteration / change / variation in the said rates before the date of departure.
  • Tour tariff is based on departure from Cochin, unless specifically mentioned. Tourists boarding flights at places other than Cochin have to pay the entire airfare difference and bear and pay any other additional expenses including airport transfers, hotel stay etc. on that account.
  • Tour cost is based on minimum 30 passengers travelling together in the group. If there is a drastic fall in the number, then the offered tour cost, meal plan, vehicle and other services may change accordingly and the difference amount has to be borne by the passenger. Company takes care to select hotels and book the same on behalf of tourists at convenient locations subject to availability. In case of non-availability of rooms in same hotel, company has the right to split the accommodation in different hotels. Hotel accommodation is generally provided on Twin sharing basis in standard rooms and the third bed is often a roll-away mattress put in a twin-bedded room. Air-conditioning, central heating and other facilities are provided by the hotels depending upon various factors including weather / climatic conditions, local systems, tour type, etc.
  • As a Travel House / Tour Operator, the company does not have any control over Airlines, Coach Companies, Shipping Companies, Hotels, Local Transport or any other facilities provided by the third parties. The company is not responsible for the delays or deficiencies in the services provided by outside agencies. Also please note that the company does not have any control on schedules of opening and closing timings of the tourist attractions.
  • In computerized reservation system of Airlines seats once reserved cannot be changed. Tour participants will have to travel by the same seat provided by Airline.
  • The guests are requested to collect Air tickets, Visas and other travel documents from the respective offices of Soman’s Leisure tours, only after making the full payment, from where they have booked their tour. No tickets will be sent by courier.
  • Any damage caused to the hotel rooms or coach during your stay shall be payable by the passengers.
  • Soman’s leisure tours India Pvt Ltd will not be held responsibility for the same. There are no refunds for any services, i.e. meals, sightseeing’s, flight delay or cancellation of flight etc. not utilized on the tour.
  • The Company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, death, natural calamity, delay, breakdown or irregularity that may occur in carrying out the tour arrangement. (Management reserves the right to claim any additional expenses due to delay or changes in train, plane, bus, ship or other services, weather conditions, strikes, war, quarantine and
  • Any other cause, whatsoever, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the passengers).
  • Any disputes arising in respect of the tour shall be subject to Ernakulum Jurisdiction.
  • Visa granting is the sole discretion of the concerned Embassy or Consulate. Visa fees and other expenses like advance for hotel booking, Insurance and ticket charges are not refundable, if the visa got rejected or delayed. In case the candidates are called for Personal interview, the candidates are required to attend the same before the concerned consulate at their own cost.
  • Any tour package cancelled under Force majeure situation ie; tour packages cancelled or unable to operate on account of reasons beyond our control (Eg: Pandemic situation), the amount received from the customers after deducting all expenses which are not recoverable in any manner will be kept in customer credit (Credit Shell) and provide the facility to utilize the same credit note value towards booking of future tour packages.
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