Under the light of the North Star. Grand tour to Arkhangelsk region

On a large sightseeing tour to the Arkhangelsk region, you will get acquainted with the first seaport of Russia, with folk culture and wooden architecture of the Russian North. 

You will visit Severodvinsk, the center of shipbuilding and design of nuclear submarines. You will see the homeland of the great writer M.V. Lomonosov and learn the story of his childhood. 

And also enjoy the beautiful nature of this region: the amazing Pinezh caves, the Severnaya Dvina River, the Pink Island and the White Sea. 

Location

Russia, Arkhangelsk
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Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 29 Jul – 3 Aug
    • 12 – 17 Aug
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 17 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Arkhangelsk
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Tour highlights

Arkhangelsk
You will learn all about the ancient city on the shore of the beautiful Northern Dvina
Small Corels
Visit the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Pinezh caves
Visit one of the most famous and mysterious places in the Arkhangelsk region

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Sightseeing tour of Arkhangelsk. The embankment of the Northern Dvina. Chumbarov-Luchinsky Avenue

    11:00 Meeting with the guide at the Arkhangelsk airport.

    Transfer to the city. Free time for breakfast.

    14:00 Meeting with the guide at the railway station.

    Sightseeing tour of the city of Arkhangelsk.

    Arkhangelsk is an ancient city on the shores of the beautiful Northern Dvina River, combining the traditional features of the Russian regional center and the unique charm of the Russian North. 

    It is a strategic stronghold of the country in the Arctic, a center for the development of the Northern Sea Route. 

    The tour will introduce you to the history of the city of Arkhangelsk, its main attractions:

    • Cape Pur-Pillowcase,
    • the place of foundation of the city;
    • an ensemble of Living rooms of the XVII century, striking contemporaries with their power and beauty; 
    • Monument to Peter I and M.V.Lomonosov; 
    • The Red Pier, from where the northern expeditions set off; 
    • Monuments of military glory of Arkhangelsk.

    Lunch at the restaurant with dishes of Pomeranian cuisine in a special reading from the chef of freshly caught gifts of the White Sea (extra charge).

    On the menu: A vinaigrette of baked vegetables with smoked cod, triple Royal fish soup, Cod with stewed sour cream, new potatoes and burnt tomatoes, Bread basket, Mors from northern berries. 

    The menu can be changed at the initiative of the restaurant.

    Arkhangelsk Gostiny Dvory. Visit to the Museum of local lore (optional for an additional fee).

    This is one of the oldest museums in Russia, the expositions of which reflect the entire identity of the Pomeranian region. 

    Here you can see: 

    • a wooden cross cut down personally by Emperor Peter;
    • authentic items from Willem Barents' first Arctic wintering in 1598;
    • on which boats did the Pomors conquer the northern seas, how did they process wood and cook salt;
    • admire the bizarre carvings on the Kholmogorskaya bone and Arkhangelsk facial sewing;
    • consider models from Viking schooners and the yacht "St. Peter" to steamships, striking with the subtlety of work and accuracy of reproduction. 

    Also here you can "find yourself" on a drifting Arctic station, see navigation devices and the only means of communication that connected polar explorers to the Mainland.

    A walk along the embankment of the Northern Dvina.

    Throughout the history of Arkhangelsk, the embankment of the Northern Dvina was not only the main street, but also the facade, the face of Arkhangelsk. 

    At the beginning of each street, there was a church that gave it its name — Assumption, Annunciation, Resurrection. 

    The verticals of temples and bell towers formed a unique silhouette of the city from the river side. 

    Among the preserved ones are the Trinity Church, the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine, which now houses the Pomeranian State Philharmonic, and the newly rebuilt Assumption Church. 

    A panorama of the island part of Arkhangelsk opens from the embankment, among which the island of Solombala stands out — the cradle of the Russian fleet.

    Walking tour along Chumbarova-Luchinsky Avenue.

    The flavor of the time is conveyed by Chumbarov-Luchinsky Avenue — a kind of open-air museum, where traditional Arkhangelsk houses are presented. 

    In the early 80s of the last century, an idea was born - to gather in one place all the types of houses found in the buildings of the early 20th century and create a street from them that would remind how wooden Arkhangelsk looked 100 years ago: — low — one or two, rarely three floors — houses with facades They were standing at the very edge of the sidewalk. 

    They usually had two entrances, the stairs to the second floor were located in an annex under a smoothly curved roof — this was a local architectural technique that gave the houses a peculiar look.

    Return to the hotel.

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  • Day 2 - "Small Korels". The Museum of S. G. Pisakhov. A master class on painting a goat
  • Day 3 - Sightseeing tour of Severodvinsk. The Museum of the Algae Plant
  • Day 4 - Kholmogory. Lomonosovo. The Northern Maritime Museum
  • Day 5 - Pinezh caves and waterfall "Holy Stream" (for an additional fee)
  • Day 6 - Sightseeing tour of the village of Pinega (for an additional fee). Transfer to Arkhangelsk
Difficulty
For any person
Tour organizer's comments

People in old age need to count their strength, the road to Golubino is unpaved in places, and not the easiest, driving about 3.5 hours in one direction with one tech. a bus stop, plus a small serpentine.

Excursions for an additional fee: 

  • Waterfall — does not require special skills, it is an ecotrope;
  • Pinezh caves — involves moderate physical activity, the cave is not equipped, you will need to crawl and climb a little.

If you are physically unable to go on an excursion to the Pinezh caves, it will be possible to take an excursion only to the waterfall.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale

The tour involves accommodation in a hotel with room amenities.

Single occupancy — 55,170 rubles.

3% discount when booking more than a month before the start of the tour.

Dvina Hotel 3* 4 nights

This hotel is located in the center of Arkhangelsk, just 100 meters from the Dvina River and a 5—minute walk from the city's main street, Voskresenskaya. 

It offers a 24-hour front desk and a fitness center.

The rooms at Dvina Hotel feature satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, a work desk and a refrigerator. 

The private bathroom is equipped with free toiletries.

The Bazar Restaurant serves European cuisine and a buffet breakfast. 

Those who wish can visit local restaurants, a 10-minute walk from the Dvina Hotel.

The Obelisk of the North monument is a 5-minute walk away, and Gostiny Dvor, the oldest building in Arkhangelsk, is 2 km away.

Arkhangelsk Central Train Station is 6 km away. Talagi Airport is 22 km away.

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Forest hotel "Golubino" 3* 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 17 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
6 days 5 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Arkhangelsk

Included in price

  • transportation support along the route;
  • accommodation in a hotel with room amenities: 
    • Arkhangelsk — Dvina Hotel;
    • Pinega — forest hotel "Golubino";
  • tour service;
  • guide services;
  • Meals: breakfast;
  • visit to the Algae Plant Museum with tasting;
  • guided tour of the Maly Korely complex;
  • visit to the Northern Maritime Museum;
  • visit to the local history Museum of Severodvinsk with an excursion;
  • master class on painting the Pomeranian goat;
  • excursion to the historical and Memorial Museum of M. V. Lomonosov;
  • excursion to the Kholmogorsky Museum of Local Lore.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Arkhangelsk and back;
  • meal package (6 meals) — 4,900 rubles.;
  • the surcharge for single occupancy is 11,770 rubles.;
  • personal radio equipment — 800 rubles.;
  • off-site sightseeing tour of the village of Pinega:
    • adult — 1,500 rubles/person.;
    • child under 14 years old — 600 rubles/person.;
  • eco-trip to the waterfall "Holy Stream" and a visit to the Pinezh caves:
    • adult — 1,500 rubles/person.;
    • child under 14 years of age — 1,100 rubles/person.;
  • rent of rubber boots to the Golubino cave (payment on the spot in cash) — 200 rubles.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Special clothing and shoes are recommended for visiting caves — rubber boots, gloves. 

The temperature underground rarely rises above zero degrees even in summer, and karst surfaces can be sharp and dirty.

You should also keep in mind the possible humidity and groundwater. Flashlights are given out on excursions.

Arkhangelsk region is a rather remote region, there are few high—quality roads. The road to Pinezhye is unpaved, and due to the blurring of the road, a difficult crossing is possible, but a vacation in the heart of the taiga and the unique natural sites of this region are really worth it!

For travelers traveling from September to June, we recommend taking a set of warm clothes with you.

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Dates and Prices

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