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Russia Expedition - Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders

From £2460 for 15 days
Trip Overview
There are expeditions and then there are expeditions; this trip, to the far reaches of Russia, definitely falls into the latter category. After a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stop in St Petersburg, travel by train, bus and Trekol to the Yamal Peninsula; quite literally ‘the end of the world’. Extending far above the Arctic Circle, this isolated region has been home to the Nenets, a tribe of nomadic reindeer herders, for centuries. For the first time, the Nenets are inviting Intrepid travellers into their community for a first-hand glimpse at their daily existence. Learn about life on the frozen tundra, how they stay warm when the temperature hits -50°C, and how much the nomads rely on their reindeer herds. This is definitely one of our most eye-opening, off-the-beaten-track adventures yet.
Essential Info
Starts: St Petersburg
Ends: Moscow
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Expedition
Trip Code: IWBSY
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Russia
What's Included

Meals

10 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
4 Dinners included

Transport

Overnight Train,Metro,Private Bus,Ferry,Trekol (Russian all terrain vehicle),Snowmobile (winter departures)

Accommodation

Overnight Train (4 nights),Hotel (6 nights),Camping (4 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Rub shoulders with the locals as you experience overnight train travel in Russia

•   Meet the local Nenets people, the Siberian Arctic's indigenous reindeer herders

•   Visit a traditional Nenets campsite and see the reindeers up close

•   Try your hand at fishing and then enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Horomdo Lake

•   Explore Russia's glittering capital Moscow

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 1st Aug 2019
Returning: 15th Aug 2019
£2,535pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 22nd Aug 2019
Returning: 5th Sep 2019
£2,460pp
G
Availability: Good
Departing: 30th Jul 2020
Returning: 13th Aug 2020
£2,585pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 20th Aug 2020
Returning: 3rd Sep 2020
£2,585pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Zdrastvutye! Welcome to Russia. Truly one of Europe's finest and most dazzling cities, where Baroque architecture stands alongside the opulent palaces of Russian royalty, St Petersburg’s history, emerging art and music scene, and riotous nightlife won’t fail to get under your skin. The legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great, who founded the imperial city in 1703, will clearly be felt as you explore its enigmatic streets, cathedrals and museums. If you arrive in town early, spend some time exploring. Perhaps climb to the colonnade of St Isaac’s Cathedral for magnificent views over the city, or stroll along Nevsky Prospekt – St Petersburg's main thoroughfare – popping into one of the many bakeries or pancake shops along the way. Non-squeamish travellers may like to check out Peter the Great’s ghoulish collection of oddities at the Kunstkamera, while art-lovers should head to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's premier art collections, housed in the former imperial Winter Palace. Your expedition begins with a Welcome Meeting at the hotel at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting insurance and next of kin information at the meeting – please ensure you have all these details ready to provide to your leader. You’ll also need two copies of your passport, visa and migration cards ready. One will be collected by your leader, the other is for you to keep on you at all times while on this trip. If you are on a winter departure - make sure you talk to your leader about clothing and footwear to ensure that you have suitable attire for the extreme temperatures you will experience in the Yamal Peninsula. If you are travelling in summer, adequate protection against mosquitoes is a must! Your leader will be able to recommend the best places to purchase anything you need in St Petersburg before you leave

Additional Activities

St Petersburg - Saint Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnade
400 RUB
St Petersburg - St Petersburg Discovery Urban Adventure
50 EUR
St Petersburg - St Petersburg like a Local Urban Adventure
50 EUR
St Petersburg - Hermitage Museum
600 RUB
St Petersburg - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
250 RUB
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