Perm Tours & Add-ons
Known for a mixture of Dr Zhivago, Gulags and the chilly Kungur Ice Caves, Perm is usually overlooked in favour of larger and better known Ekaterinburg to the east or Kazan to the west. If you do choose to stop here a one night, two day stop is adequate and the city can also be visited as part of a shorter side trip from Ekaterinburg. Contact us with any questions you have.
Standard Perm 1 Night Stopover
Day 1 - Arrive Perm
Walking Tour of the City Revealing the Fascinating History of Perm
A pleasant morning on the train before arrival in Perm. Transfer to your hotel with time to freshen up before a walking tour of the city visiting the Central Square and Opera & Ballet Theatre before walking along Sibirskaya Street, passing the hotel where Grand Prince Mikhail was arrested as well as the monument to his assassins. We will see the old riverboat station from where the Post Road to Siberia began and the Old Railway Station from where the original Trans-Siberian Railway line started. Along the way we pass places associated with the story of Dr Zhivago including the Public Reading Room and Lara’s House before returning to the hotel with a free evening.
Meals Included: None Today.
Day 2 - Depart Perm
Sobering Visit to Perm 36 Gulag Museum, Kungur Ice Cave & Belogorsky Monastery
An early start today driving 2 hours out of the city to Perm 36 Gulag Camp Museum. The museum occupies the former site of one of the most notorious Soviet gulag camps in the European part of Russia and is now privately operated by descendants and friends of the former inmates. The camp remained open until the Gorbachev era, and housed many prisoners from former USSR republics who had lobbied for independence from the Soviet Union. In common with most Gulags the location is very remote and the roads which lead to it are poor.
After the sobering experience of Perm 36 we drive a further two hours to the Kungur Ice Cave with it’s spectacular formations and dramatic lighting. You will need decent shoes and warm clothing as evening in summer is cold in the cave. Drive on an hour to Belogorsky Monastery located on top of a hill with spectacular views of the rolling landscape of the Urals. The monastery was dedicated to the miraculous escape of young Crown Prince Nicholas (the future Tsar Nicholas II) from an assassin, during a visit to Turkey. Late evening return to Perm for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.