Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

When the world’s 5th Most Traveled Person, Bill Altaffer, plans a trip to Russia, you can be sure it won’t be run-of-the-mill, and will most likely feature places you’ve never heard of. He and his company, Expedition Photo Travel, have been partnering with MIR since 2005, putting together custom itineraries that feature destinations like Tuva, remote Sakhalin Island, the world’s largest city built on permafrost (Yakutsk), the Soviet Hero Cities of WWII, and Birobidzhan, capital of Siberia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast.

Not Your Run-of-the-Mill RussiaIn 2015, he’s inviting travelers on a characteristically unusual itinerary to Western Russia from the Arctic to the Southern Steppe that kicks off in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 17, 2015 and concludes in Moscow on September 7, 2015.

This exceptional itinerary explores three distinct regions of Western Russia:

Solovetsky Island, Russia

Solovetsky Monastery on Solovetsky Island, Russia
Photo credit: Sheila Mayer Charles

Arctic RussiaAfter a two-day tour of St. Petersburg, the small group tour will head north almost to the Arctic Circle, to Solovetsky Island, and a medieval monastery that became the first camp of what Alexander Solzhenitsyn called The Gulag Archipelago.

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Elista's Golden Temple

Elista’s Golden Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Europe
Photo credit: Alla Shishkina

Russia’s Southern SteppeAfter checking out Archangelsk on the White Sea, the travelers will fly down to Russia’s southern steppe, an unfamiliar land populated by an array of independent cultures, visiting Buddhist Elista and Rostov-on-Don, ancestral home of the Don Cossacks.

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Fedoskino, in the Golden Ring, is home to several small factories produce traditional hand-painted Russian lacquered boxes.<br>Photo credit: Tatiana Timoshuk

Fedoskino, in the Golden Ring, is home to several small factories produce traditional hand-painted Russian lacquered boxes
Photo credit: Tatiana Timoshuk

Around the Golden RingThe tour continues with an exploration of the ancient Golden Ring towns, seats of early political and economic power long before the rise of Moscow. Travelers on this trip will discover seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as rarely-visited Russian gems.

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The Golden Ring town of Suzdal<br>Photo credit: Marina Karptsova

Beautifully-dressed woman in the Golden Ring town of Suzdal
Photo credit: Marina Karptsova

Travel to the Arctic Circle and the Golden Ring with MIRThere is limited space left on this one-time-only tour to these remote Russian towns with Bill Altaffer. Contact a Tour Specialist to reserve your spot.

MIR has over 25 years of travel experience to even the most remote regions of Russia.  Find out about other MIR trips that include the Arctic Circle and the Golden Ring.

(Top photo: Life in a Golden Ring village. Photo credit: Steve Richmond)

PUBLISHED: February 26, 2015

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