The Best of Russia, Baltic & Central Europe
14 Days Escorted Tour from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga Vilnius and Warsaw

Features and Inclusions

  • First Class hotels, rooms with private facilities

  • Service charges and hotel taxes

  • Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches & 7 Dinners

  • Airport transfers

  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach

  • Sightseeing Tours per itinerary

  • Professional Tour Director throughout

  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

  • Standard class High speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg

  • Luggage handling

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Preferred Hotels

Moscow:

Marriott Grand or similar (SF)

St. Petersburg:

Crowne Plaza Ligovsky/Radisson Royal or similar (F)

Tallinn:

Meriton Grand Conference & Spa/Sokos Viru or similar (SF)

Riga:

Radisson Blu (SF) or similar 

Vilnius:

Radisson Blu Astoria or similar (SF)

Warsaw:

Radisson Blu Centrum/Mercure Centrum or similar (F)

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Departures and Prices 2017

Starting Dates

Terminating Dates

April 28

May 11

May 12

May 25

May 19

June 1

May 26

June 8

June 16

June 29

June 30

July 13

July 21

August 3

August 18

August 31

September 1

September 14

September 8

September 21

September 15

September 28

September 29

October 12

Rates

Per Person In Twin

$ 2898.00

Single Room Supplement

$ 1078.00

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Moscow, Friday
Upon your arrival you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel by the local host. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax. Welcome dinner this evening. (D,O)

Day 2: Moscow, Saturday
Moscow, one to the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Sightseeing tour begins at the Red Square, dominated by St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. We will visit the Armory Museum, the Moscow University and the popular Arbat shopping district. Drive on wide boulevards, and stroll through GUM, the largest Russian department store. (B,O)

Day 3: Moscow, Sunday
Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.” (B,L,O)

Day 4: Moscow to St. Petersburg, Monday
Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B,D,O)

Day 5: St. Petersburg, Tuesday
There aren't many cities in t he world that can match the grace and grandeur of St. Petersburg. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the city is spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges. It is often called the "Venice of the North." Today, we'll visit Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island and meant
to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B,O)

Day 6: St. Petersburg, Wednesday
This morning you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage museum, housing more than four million works of art. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Admire world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The largest building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace and former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or
perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour. (B,D,O)

Day 7: To Tallinn, Thursday
Traveling to Estonia, your first stop is Narva, set just across the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B,D,O)

Day 8: Tallinn to Riga, Friday
On a waling tour of Tallinn's Upper and Lower Old Town, visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th-century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B,D,O)

Day 9: Riga, Saturday
See Riga Castle on the banks for the Daugava River, the Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore the city or relax. (B,O)

Day 10: to Vilnius, Sunday
Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city, do some shopping, or relax. (B,D,O)

Day 11: Vilnius, Monday
Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit St. Peter and St. Paul's Church and St. Anne's Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free or you may want to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. (B,O)

Day 12: to Warsaw, Tuesday
The 700-year old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a "wedding cake"), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then take a walking tour to see Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, shop, relax or attend an optional afternoon Chopin concert. (B,O)

Day 14: Warsaw, Thursday
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)


B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                  kits982

 

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