Russian Lapland 9 Days

Include Moscow and St. Petersburg

Exciting adventure in the snow as well as Russian history and culture.
A trip which is an experience – a winning combination! On the one hand, Russian history and culture in Moscow, the center of power and St. Petersburg, the most beautiful city in Russia. The Kremlin and Red Square, the Hermitage Museum and Katrina Palace and more. And on the other hand, exciting adventures and experiences in the snow. Where?! in Karlia – Russian Lapland, a unique natural area with a thousand lakes, rivers, waterfalls and forests with a variety of exciting and unique attractions to the area. Come to hike, to ride, and to learn- to fish, to cook, to sled, and to dance. There is a memorable one-time experience waiting for you!

These are some of the sites and attractions we will visit:
Dog sledding
Snowmobile Sledge
Tire surfing
Building an igloo
Kivach Falls Reserve
Walking in snowshoes
Karaoke Club
Reindeer sledges
Fishing in a frozen lake
Master Chef Cooking Workshop
St Sampo Mountain
Immersive folklore evening
Semi-precious stone factory
Archery shooting
Red Square
Kremlin Compound
Hermitage -World’s Largest Museum
Ekaterina Palace
Petropavlovsk Island

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The Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, Russia’s Historical Museum, the two largest shopping malls in Russia, the Gum and Gustini Debor, and St. Basil Church. We will continue to the Great Coral Synagogue, which first opened for prayer in 1906 and operated throughout the Soviet era. This synagogue was visited by the heads of state of Israel, Golda Meir in 1948 and Benjamin Netanyahu in 2006. We will continue our visit to the Jewish Museum in Moscow that presents the development of the Jewish community in Russia with modern and interesting technology. We will continue to visit the Poklonnayam Victory Park, which is a vast park commemorating the Soviets’ huge victory over the Nazis in World War II. We walk down central avenue in the park called the “Years of War”, see the vast obelisk at the center of it, visit the “Museum of the Great Patriotic War” which presents the course of the war and Russian heroism. We’ll see “The Arc of Victory.” We will continue to the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue established in the park in 1998.

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We will warm up with tea and pastry and then visit the reindeer farm and learn the lifestyle and customs of the animals living in extreme conditions. We’ll take a short ride in a reindeer-littered sled as well as a snowmobile-led sledge… visit the Malmut and Musk dog pens and play in the snow and more.

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We’ll also learn to build a snow house, an igloo, and feel like a real Eskimo. We’ll warm up with a hot drink in front of the fire and see a traditional local tent. After lunch, we will continue to visit an authentic local house on the edge of the frozen lake. We’ll walk on the thick ice sheet and warm up with local tea and pastries. Towards evening we will return to the hotel in Petrozavodsk for dinner.

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We will continue to ascend to Mount Sampo, from which we will look at a spectacular view of the snowy treetops in the forest and hear about the ancient pagan custom of tying colorful ribbons to the branches of the trees on the mountain. After lunch, we will visit a factory for processing the shuglia stone – a unique medicinal stone for Karelia created by a meteor impact in the area.

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We’ll also be sledding on inner tubes on the snow slopes. In the afternoon we will return to our hotel, prepare for Shabbat, and have prayers and dinner at the hotel.
Note: Driving the snowmobile is contingent on maintaining a car driving license and travel insurance that includes extreme winter sports.

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In the center of the citadel, Peter the Great is buried along with his heirs until the last of the Romanov dynasty. We will see the memorial to the victims of the Siege of World War II. We will also visit the local Choral Synagogue and hear about the history of the Jewish community in the city.

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After touring the fascinating museum, we will continue to tour the city and see the Izakaki Cathedral, the Church of “the savior on spilled blood” with its colorful towers – one of the symbols of the city – where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881, causing attacks on the Jews. From there we will go to the town of Pushkin where we will visit Ekaterina Tsarina Palace and also see the stunning amber room, which was restored after it was destroyed in World War II.

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


Price Includes:

Moscow Domestic Flight – Petrozavodsk
Petrozavodsk -St. Petersburg Railway
First-class hotels
Half board, and the option to make sandwiches at noon
Tour bus
Tours and entrances to sites as described in the route
Professional English speaking guide from the “Shai Bar-Ilan” team
Tips for service providers abroad
Folklore night
Full quality winter clothing including a snowsuit, snowshoes and a face mask.
Additional equipment required for riding, walking in the snow.

Price Excludes:

International flight
Personal expenses
Travel, health and cargo insanation
Extreme sports insurance
Tip for the Israeli guide, it is recommended to give $5 per day
Anything that is not listed under the “Total price” section.

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.


It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

Comments and illuminations
* The price of the trip is based on a minimum of 20 people paying
* All events on the trip depend on weather conditions.
* It is important to make sure that the passport is valid for at least 6 months
* If any airfares are issued or additional services such as visa, etc., their prices will be added for the cancellation fee stated below.
* In the event of a change, cancellation or malfunction related to flights, sailing or traffic, the responsibility will be that of the airline or transport company.
* There may be changes in the itinerary due to a change in domestic flight times and other objective reasons.
* The tour is subject to terms and conditions as shown on the website.
* Due to Lapland’s unique weather characteristics ,which affect roads and creeks and therefore accessibility, it is possible that we may have to give up specific activity here and there. All of these, according to the guide’s decision and based on his experience. And in a way of ensuring the safety of the passengers first. In that case, and if possible, we will make every effort to find a suitable alternative.

Payment terms
• From the moment of registration and up to 31 days before departure, the passenger will be charged only $300 registration fees.
• 30 days before the trip departs, we require full payment.

Cancellation conditions
• Up to 30 working days before departure, the passenger will be charged only $150 registration fee
• 24-29 working days before departure The cost of cancellation is 50% of the price of the trip
• 13-8 working days before departure The cost of cancellation is 70% of the price of the trip
• From 7 working days, the date of departure of the trip cost 100% cancellation
* If any flights are cancelled or additional services (Visa, for example) their prices will be added to the cancellation fee
* Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not considered working days.