Discover mysterious Murmansk, above the Arctic Circle with its midnight sun and Polar lights and relatively mild temperatures due to the Gulf Stream. Visit the Alyosha monument standing 116 ft high on a hilltop offering magnificent views of the city. Explore St. Nicholas Church and the nearby lighthouse commemorated to Russian sailors who lost their lives at sea. The Fine Arts Museum is the only one of its kind above the Arctic Circle and features over 3000 works of art. Then browse the shops and markets at The Square of Five Corners. Look for warm fur hats, vodka, tobacco and clothing. Enjoy a gourmet meal or a hot beverage and delicious pastry in a fascinating one-of-a-kind setting.

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Murmansk

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Panoramic Murmansk

    Enjoy an introductory driving tour around Murmansk that passes its most renowned memorials, monuments and cultural attractions, pausing for photos along the way.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening driving tour through the center of Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Buoyed by a strong fishing industry and increased tourism, Murmansk has recently grown to include a greater diversity of shops restaurants, which are fine additions to existing highlights such as the Palace of Culture.

    Stopping for photos, you will learn about the palace being the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula. Other cultural offerings soon followed, including theaters, museums and concert halls. Still, it’s the memorials and monuments that reveal the history of this area.

    You will soon pass one dedicated to Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, two Greek brothers and monks who created the written Slavonic language in the 9th century. Other memorials such as the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land commemorate various military efforts. A towering statue of Alyosha the Warrior overlooking the city dominates the memorial.

    There is also a Lighthouse monument and Memorial dedicated to the a nuclear submarine “Kursk” that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. Together with the bright-white, gold-domed Orthodox Church, they form the ensemble of Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour, mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. At the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. Participants may choose to remain on the coach during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church are recommended to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. Tour sequence may vary.

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  • Murmansk & Museum of the Northern Fleet

    Discover the vital role Murmansk has played in defending Russia by visiting several military monuments and browsing a museum dedicated to the Northern Fleet.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening drive through the center of Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Before long, you will pause for photos at the Palace of Culture, the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula, and then proceed to the somber Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land. Its dominant feature is a towering 5,000-ton statue of a lone soldier that commemorates the Soviet arctic forces that resisted the invading Nazi army in 1941.

    Continuing on, you will explore the Museum of the Northern Fleet, whose exhibits reveal the compelling story of the naval fleet responsible for defending northwestern Russia. Established in 1937, the Northern Fleet has contained vessels ranging from destroyers to minesweepers to nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. Artifacts on display include weapons, model ships and some personal possessions of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who served in the fleet’s aviation unit in the Soviet Arctic.

    Later, you will see a beautiful gold-domed Orthodox church, which together with Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to nuclear submarine Kursk that tragically sunk in the Barents Sea in 2000, form the ensemble of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing that includes a significant number of steps to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church are recommended to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • City Highlights & Msco Shipping Museum

    Life in Murmansk has long revolved around the sea and the military, as you will see by touring several memorials and a museum of rare ship-related artifacts.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening drive through Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Before long, you will pause for photos at the Palace of Culture, the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula, and then proceed to the somber Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land. Its dominant feature is a towering 5,000-ton statue of a lone soldier that commemorates the Soviet arctic forces that resisted the Nazis in 1941.

    Continuing on, you will see a beautiful gold-domed Orthodox church, which together with Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to nuclear submarine Kursk that tragically sunk in the Barents Sea in 2000, form the ensemble of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    Finally, you will visit the nearby Museum of Murmansk Shipping Company, a repository of intriguing artifacts from icebreakers, Russia’s nuclear fleet and shipping tankers. There is also a portrait gallery of polar captains, a model of a nuclear reactor and a collection of micro-model ships, the smallest being just over five inches long. The diorama of seaman unloading ships was created with such detail that it looks absolutely realistic.

    After visiting, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 and 3/4 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes a significant number of steps to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church are recommended to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Highlights of Murmansk & Museum Visit

    This tour gives you the opportunity to discover the highlights of Murmansk, a unique and fascinating city located in the extreme Northwestern part of Russia.

    Murmansk is an intriguing city and a great place to visit with its unique Arctic nature. Situated above the polar circle, the town lies on the Kola Bay, not far from Russia's borders with Norway and Finland. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the Midnight sun for a period in the summer months.

    Travelling by coach, your tour leaves from the pier and first travels to the Palace of Culture, named after S. Kirov, before continuing on to the Memorial of The Defenders of Kola Land. The central figure of the Memorial is a soldier, great in both size and importance, stands on a 23-foot pedestal with a gun over his shoulder. Also known as Alyosha, the warrior appears calm and strong as his eyes are fixed on the west, where enemies invaded during World War II. A stop here allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

    From here, you will travel to the city center. En route you will stop for a visit at the Orthodox Church, which together with the nearby Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to the Kursk submarine disaster, is part of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    A final stop is made at the Museum of Regional Studies which was established in 1926. The Museum exposition gives you ample opportunity to discover the nature of the Murmansk Region and its history, going back to ancient times.

    Following your Museum visit, you will re-join your coach for the transfer back to the pier. En-route you will see the Sport's square and Monument to the Anti-Hitler coalition.

    Please note: This tour includes significant amount of walking/standing that includes a many steps to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered appropriate for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church must cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Murmansk Highlights & Oceanarium Visit

    Not only does this tour give you a great overview of the city of Murmansk, it also includes a fun visit to the Murmansk Oceanarium.

    Murmansk is an intriguing city and a great place to visit with its unique Arctic nature. Situated above the polar circle, the city lies on the Kola Bay and the only major ice-free port in the European North of Russia open all year-round. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the Midnight sun for a period in the summer months.

    Travelling by coach, your tour leaves from the pier and first travels to the Palace of Culture, named after S. Kirov, before continuing on to the Memorial of The Defenders of Kola Land. The central figure of the Memorial is a soldier, great in both size and importance, stands on a 23-foot pedestal with a gun over his shoulder. Also known as Alyosha, the warrior appears calm and strong as his eyes are fixed on the west, where enemies invaded during World War II. A stop here allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

    Continuing on, you'll visit the bright-white, gold-domed Orthodox Church, which together with the nearby Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to the Kursk submarine disaster is part of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    After enjoying a tour of the highlights of the city, you will proceed to the Murmansk Oceanarium, which is the only aqua complex in Europe where Arctic seals are trained and studied. During your time at the Oceanarium, you will be treated to a small performance by the seals and then have free time at the gift shop. The visit does not include any educational narratives on the seals.

    When your visit comes to an end, you will travel back to the pier through the central part of the city passing by main avenue with its square, Monument to Anti-Hitler coalition and Sport’s Square.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking and some steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Women are advised to cover their heads when visiting the Orthodox Church. The order of sights visited may vary in order to avoid congestion.

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  • Murmansk Highlights & Russian Pancakes

    Explore the city of Murmansk and enjoy traditional Russian pancakes on this delightful half-day tour.

    Murmansk began its history on the 4th of October 1916 and since then has played an important role for the entire country. Lying on the Kola Bay, it is the largest city in the world above the Arctic Circle. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the Midnight sun for a period in the summer months.

    Departing by coach from the pier, you will first make your way to the Palace of Culture, named after S. Kirov. Continuing on to the Memorial of The Defenders of Kola Land, you`ll view Lenin Avenue, Monument to St. Cyril and St. Methodus – two monk brothers who were the creators of the written Slavonic language and Monument to sister-towns. The central figure of the Memorial is a soldier, great in both size and importance, stands on a 23-foot pedestal with a gun over his shoulder. Also known as Alyosha, the warrior appears calm and strong as his eyes are fixed on the west, where enemies invaded during World War II. A stop here allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

    While driving back to the central part of Murmansk, you'll stop for a visit at the bright-white, gold-domed Orthodox Church, which together with the nearby Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to the Kursk submarine disaster, is part of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    Back in the downtown area, you will make a final stop at one of Murmansk's typical cafés, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional pancakes served with jam or sour cream.

    Following this delicious respite, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking and some steps. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Women are advised to cover their heads when visiting the Orthodox Church. The order of sights visited may vary in order to avoid congestion.

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  • City Highlights & the First Nuclear Icebreaker

    After visiting several historical landmarks throughout Murmansk, you will tour the “Lenin,” Russia’s first nuclear icebreaker, which is now permanently moored as a museum.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening drive through the center of Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Before long, you will pause for photos at the Palace of Culture, the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula, and then proceed to the somber Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land. Its dominant feature is a towering 5,000-ton statue of a lone soldier that commemorates the Soviet arctic forces that resisted the invading Nazi army in 1941.

    Continuing on, you will see a beautiful gold-domed Orthodox church, which together with Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to nuclear submarine Kursk that tragically sunk in the Barents Sea in 2000, form the ensemble of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

    Finally, you will tour the magnificent “Lenin,” the first nuclear icebreaker in the world, built in 1959. Now a museum, it’s like a snapshot of that time period because everything on board is original and restored. Highlights include the officers’ dining room, seamen’s cabins and the sealed reactor compartment, which once housed hazardous materials. Amazingly, one of the ship’s captains commanded the “Lenin” for nearly 40 years. Following the tour, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing that includes a significant number of steep stairs to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church are recommended to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.

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