Visit Santa on a Magical Christmas Journey to the Arctic Circle and Russia

Visit Santa Claus, his elves, and his reindeer, too, at the “North Pole” on an exciting pre-Christmas adventure to Russia and Lapland. Children and grandchildren will never forget giving Santa their Christmas list in person at the North Pole. Shop at a Christmas market in Helsinki, and see a ballet performed at the birthplace of the Nutcracker Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Join Beyond Boundaries Travel for this Magical Santa Claus Tour December 16-23, 2004. Prices start at $1549 for children, exclusive of airfare, for this 7-day/6-night delightful family adventure.

Arrive in historic St. Petersburg for the first leg of this thrilling adventure and visit the Hermitage Museum and other locations. Beyond Boundaries Travel has arranged for a Russian Christmas party at a palace with a private dinner and private circus performance. Enjoy a ballet performed at the Mariinsky Theatre where the Nutcracker was first performed at the end of the 19th century.

Visit an orphanage in St. Petersburg and exchange gifts with the children at a Morning Christmas Party. Then visit a replica of a 19th century Russian village. Ride in horse-drawn sleighs to a traditional Russian Folk Party and see local craftsmen at work. It may be possible to join in on one of the crafts, such as painting matrioshka dolls, which may then be kept as gifts.

In Lapland, ride the “North Pole Express,” an overnight train from Helsinki to Kolari, and visit a local husky farm to learn about the dogs and take a dogsled ride. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a Lappish camp and then visit a local family to learn about a traditional Christmas in Lapland.

Last, but certainly not least, meet some local elves for a reindeer sleigh ride and snow mobile rides. Bake Christmas cookies, and deliver that Christmas list to Santa in person. Enjoy traditional lunches and dinners, and have a traditional Lapland holiday feast as a farewell dinner.

For those who would prefer a shorter schedule, the Santa only portion is available as a 4-day/3-night trip starting at $899 for children, excluding airfare. This Magical Santa Claus Tour is only available from Beyond Boundaries. Please contact Beyond Boundaries Travel at 800-487-1136 for reservations or information. – your news source for the travel and tourism industry.

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