Program Itinerary and Pricing 

 

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 Itinerary Overview: 
 
 
 
Day 1 Wed, Jul 30   Depart Moscow
Day 2 Thu, Jul 31  Arrive Novosibirsk
Day 3 Fri, Aug 1  Novosibirsk • Total Eclipse Day
Day 4 Sat, Aug 2  Depart Novosibirsk - Arrive Moscow
 
   
 
 
     
 

 
     
 Day 1   Wednesday, July 30, 2008                                                                     No Meals
Depart Moscow            
 
 
Those arriving on international flights to Moscow, will be transferred to the domestic airport for the overnight flight to Novosibirsk. (Sample air: Depart Moscow 23:55 – Arrive Novosibirsk 06:55 next day)           
   
Day 2   Thu, July 31          B/L/D
Novosibirsk
 
Arriving in the morning, we will collect our luggage at the airport and board our motorcoach to begin an orientation tour of Novosibirsk. With a population of 1.6 million, Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia, and its industrial and scientific center. Novosibirsk did not exist before the Trans-Siberian railway was built, growing up around the place chosen for the rail line’s Ob River crossing. 
   
     Our driving tour will include stops at Lenin Square and the Church of  
 
  the Ascension, as well as the Opera and Ballet Theater whose landmark rotunda and tall portico have become one of the city’s highlights. Our next stop will be the Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional Studies, whose task has been to collect original artifacts and information about Siberia’s many indigenous peoples, most of who were still living in the old ways in 1920 when the museum was founded. Today, fourteen of the Siberian indigenous nations are represented here, as well as the early Slavic settlers in the area. 
   
      After lunch we’ll continue on to Akademgorodok (Academy City) for a tour of the community. Founded in 1959 by Nikita Khrushchev when he relocated USSR’s top scientists to this special town built expressly for scientific research, Akademgorodok continues today as perhaps the most renowned world-class research campus. 
     
      After check-in to our hotel, we’ll have time to relax before dinner and an orientation/weather briefing in preparation for tomorrow’s total solar eclipse. 
  Overnight: Golden Valley Hotel (2 nights) 
   
 Day 3   Fri, August 1                                                                                  B/L/D
Novosibirsk: Eclipse Day!
 
  Today is dedicated to experiencing the total solar eclipse from our specially selected centerline viewing site. Join us this evening for a celebratory dinner and to share our eclipse experiences. 
   
 
   
 
   
 
     
 Local eclipse contact times (approx.)  
     
   
 First contact (eclipse begins): 16:41 
 Second contact (totality begins): 17:44 
 Third contact (totality ends): 17:46 
 Fourth contact (eclipse ends): 18:45 
 Duration of totality 2m20s 
   
     
 
     
 
    
 Novosibirsk Eclipse Day Weather  
 

by Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson         

 
   
 

Russia’s fourth-largest city provides ready access to the eclipse track and to the most favourable area for viewing outside of China. Novosibirsk lies within a small region of south central Siberia that has a notable sunny microclimate. Lying in the midst of the world’s largest landmass, the city is well-removed from oceanic moisture sources. The immense Altai Mountains and the Gobi Desert to the south block monsoon flows that invade Asia at this time of year.

 
     
     Southern Siberia experiences the same types of weather systems typical of the northern Great Plains, with periodic low-pressure disturbances and generous thunderstorms. Temperatures are pleasantly warm and humidities typically low. Cooling associated with the eclipse will tend to dissipate smaller cloud elements and the higher angle of the Sun when compared to Chinese locations will make viewing more certain in a partly-cloudy sky. 
   
 
   
 Day 4   Sat, August 2                                                                                 B
Novosibirsk-Moscow
 
  After an early breakfast, our eclipse adventure comes to a close as we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Moscow.  (Sample Air:  Depart Novosibirsk 07:40am – Arrive Moscow 08:40am) 
   
      Upon arrival in Moscow, we will transfer as a group from the domestic airport to the international airport for onward flight connections. 
     
 
 
   
 
 Trip Cost: 
 
     
  $2295 USD per person, double occupancy. Add $340 USD for single occupancy (limited availability).
Deduct $400 per person if arranging your own flights to/from Novosibirsk.
 
     
 

 Trip Includes:


 
      
 
  • Roundtrip flight Moscow – Novosibirsk (if applicable).
  • Accommodations in Akademgorodok or Novosibirsk for 2 nights, with breakfast daily, local service charge and tax.
  • Private coach airport/hotel transfers.
  • Meals per the itinerary: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
  • Professional bi-lingual Tour Manager throughout the tour.
  • Professionally-guided walking and driving tours per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all sites listed in itinerary.
  • Bottled/purified water with all meals and on buses.
  • Russian visa invitation.
  • All gratuities to Tour Manager, local guides & drivers.
 
     
 
 Not Included:
 
     
 
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Russian visa support and processing
  • Travel insurance - highly recommended.  Application information provided with initial invoice.
  • All items not expressly listed above - including but not limited to: food or beverages not included in group meals, items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone expense, excess baggage fees, evacuation costs, other items not expressly listed as included.
  • Travel Insurance to cover cancellation, emergency medical, evacuation costs, trip interruption, etc.
 
      
 
 Payments & Terms:
 
     
  A $500 USD per person advance payment (payable by check drawn on a US bank or using MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express cards), along with a completed reservation form, confirms your space. A second advance payment of $500 is due September 25, 2007. The balance is due March 15, 2008.  
    
      All advance payments, less a $200 per person service fee, are refundable until July 25, 2007. From July 26 to September 25, 2007, there will be a $400 per person cancellation fee. From September 26 to March 15, 2008, there will be a $600 per person cancellation fee. There are no refunds after March 15, 2008. Air cancellation terms are additional. 
 
 
 

Optional trip cancellation/medical insurance is highly recommended. Application information will be provided with initial invoice,
or you can sign-up online by pressing the Travelex button below.

 
   
 

 
 
 
   
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