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Kuril Islands and Kamchatka

Written by Anna Schneider on 21st Dec 2017
Kuril Islands cruise, Russia tour

A cruise to Kuril Islands is one of the world’s great journeys, an expedition that beckons nature lovers, history buffs, and the intrepid explorer within. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, pristine tundra, and massive volcanoes, and spot a multitude of rare bird species without forgetting to enjoy some of the delicious fresh local caviar and vodka. READ MORE

Top of the World, North Pole Cruise

Written by Anna Schneider on 20th Dec 2017
north pole cruise, Russia tour

This incredible north pole cruise starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal. You literally circumambulate the globe during our International Round Dance and you are treated to a special barbecue meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water. No other point on Earth is exactly like the North Pole and there is no celebration anywhere quite like this.

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Franz Josef Land and Svalbard Cruise

Written by Anna Schneider on 20th Dec 2017
Franz Josef Land cruise Arctic Cruise Russia

This extraordinary Franz Josef Land cruise is as unique and authentic as the place itself. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, the Sea Spirit cruise ship crosses the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walruses, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.

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Lower Volga River Cruise

Written by 56th Parallel on 29th Nov 2017
Lower volga river cruise

An epic journey along Europe’s largest river. The majestic lower Volga river cruise traces the lifeline of Central Russia from the capital of Moscow into the historic heart of the Golden Ring cities. All the way to the east-meets-west city of Astrakhan, which is between the Caspian Sea and the Kazakhstan border. Along the way you’ll find serenity in the tranquillity and traditional lifestyles of the Russian countryside and the precious natural habitats of the Lower Volga. After a three day introduction to the attractions of Moscow, you’ll embark on an epic 3,000km journey east. Boarding on a comfortable modern cruise liner, immerse yourself in Russia’s extraordinary culture, arts, folklore, history, food and legendary celebration.

Wrangel Island Cruise - An Arctic Expedition

Written by 56th Parallel on 11th Mar 2015
Wrangel island cruise expedition with polar bear, Wrangel island tour

Travel to Wrangel Island, an area 140km off the northeast coast of Siberia that is separated from northern Alaska by the Chukchi Sea. For 10 frozen months of the year, this lonely wilderness is completely cut off from the outside world.

Reaching Wrangel and braving its polar climate is not for the faint of heart. Only the most dedicated nature lovers make the journey – but the rewards are without parallel. There is simply no better destination than to meet the wild denizens of the Arctic up-close, virtually undisturbed by human interference, and in numbers that will simply astound you.

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Volga River Cruise

Written by 56th Parallel on 9th Mar 2015
Russia river cruise Volga Dream, Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise

On this mesmerising and romantic Moscow to St Petersburg River Cruise, you’ll take in the sights, sounds and history of Russia’s heartland from the comfort of a modern cruise vessel. Heading north after a two-day tour of the must-see sites of Moscow, you’ll experience the contrast between life in a heaving megacity and the languid pace of the gorgeous Russian countryside. Traversing the Volga with port calls in the timeless townships of Russia’s ancient Golden Ring, our Moscow river cruise finishes in the glittering far northern metropolis of St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Legend of Lake Baikal

Written by 56th Parallel on 12th Nov 2014
Legend of Lake Baikal, Lake Baikal Summer Tour

The Legend of Lake Baikal summer tour will introduce you to the glimmering blue pearl of Russia, Lake Baikal, rightfully upheld as Siberia’s most famous attraction. Its clear-as-a-mirror waters are a reflection of Siberia’s wildness, its vastness and its beauty. Just in one week, you will see the best sights of the legendary Baikal, which is famous not only for its startling depth but also for its unique flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes and its special ambience which you feel straight away once you arrive at Olkhon. You will visit Lake Baikal’s beautiful iconic places, such as Irkutsk and Listvyanka village, Olkhon and Ogoy Islands, will and enjoy the cruise to Tankhoi village, located on the Eastern shore of Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal Cruise

Written by 56th Parallel on 17th Apr 2014
Lake Baikal cruise

After the winter-time freeze, Baikal becomes a balmy summer boating paradise – a vast expanse of calm water with shimmering azure bays and a shoreline hugged by dramatic mountains, pristine forests and quaint ethnic villages. This relaxing three-day Lake Baikal cruise will take you to some of the most picturesque beauty spots in and around Lake Baikal, travelling on board the modern cruise ship Sibiryak with just 11 other guests. In three days, you’ll be able to take in a truly memorable taste of Siberia’s unique culture and nature – including a scenic journey on the magnificent Circum-Baikal Railroad and a walking tour of the Baikal National Park.

 

Moscow & St Petersburg In Style

Written by 56th Parallel on 12th Jun 2013
guided tour to Moscow St Petersburg, Russia tours

Your private guided tour to Moscow St Petersburg (Russia’s two most iconic capitals) begins in Moscow, a mega-metropolis, a blend of Imperial decadence, Soviet austerity and vibrant contemporary energy is sure to entertain and enthrall. Marvel at the iconic Red Square, the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral and stroll along famous Arbat Street. Experience the Soviet iconic landmarks: Moscow Metropolitan and Moscow State University. Then, take a fast train to Saint Petersburg, the city built by Peter the Great and the capital of the Russian Empire for over 200 years. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, its unique history is reflected in its splendid 18th and 19th-century avenues, palaces, and parks. Take in the city’s architectural highlights, discover its classical riches and its lively contemporary art scene.

About 56th Parallel

56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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