The Czar Route
The Czar Route– Finland, Russia –9 days / 8 nights, Helsinki / Finland - St. Petersburg / Russia - Moscow / RussiaThe Czar Route or Czar Route Deluxe, a 9-day cultural tour to Finland and Russia. Visit Helsinki, capital of Finland, the crossroad of Western and Eastern culture. Continue eastbound to St. Petersburg, visit Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Hermitage Art Museum. Travel by train to Moscow, the Mother of Russia and enjoy highlights such as the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theater Square with Bolshoi Theater.
|Operation||June 1 - September 23, 2014|
|Departure||June 1, 8, 15, 22
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 23
|Price||June 1 -July 7, 2014
$2,515 per person in double room
$3,350 single room
July 13 - Sept 23, 2014
$2,375 per person in double room
$3,070 single room
|Included||8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
8 x buffet breakfast
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
Personalized welcome package
Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Vyborg Castle,
Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Metro
Excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace, 4 hours
Visit to the Hermitage Art Museum, 3 hours
Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitch
Excursion to Kremlin and visit to a Cathedral
Visit to Old Russian Circus
Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow one-way (2nd class)
Transfer Helsinki Airport - Hotel
Transfer Moscow Hotel - Airport
Portage at hotels and railway stations
Service and VAT
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Russian Visa fee
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Departures are with bi-lingual tour guide, escorted in English and other language(s).|
|Tour Options||3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: USD 70 per person
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: USD 85 per person
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine's Palace: USD 115
3-hour guided shopping tour: USD 55
4-hour excursion to Novodevichy Convent: USD 85
3-hour excursion and cruise on the Moscow River: USD 75
Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinners with coffee / tea): USD 300 per person
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Day 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI Sunday
Arrival in Helsinki, optional transfer to Hotel Scandic Simonkentta**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
Day 2 HELSINKI (B) Monday
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and the famous Church-in-the-Rock.
The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
Day 3 HELSINKI - VIBORG - ST. PETERSBURG (B) Tuesday
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Radisson Sonya**** or similar.
Day 4 ST. PETERSBURG - PETERHOF (B) Wednesday
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title "The Venice of the North". During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more.
This afternoon enjoy a visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.
Day 5 ST. PETERSBURG (B, D) Thursday
The morning is reserved for an excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tri-centennial celebrations. In the afternoon we visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening enjoy a Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 6 ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW (B) Friday
The early morning is reserved for an optional guided shopping tour to fashion and souvenir boutiques on the Nevsky Prospect. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Novotel Moscow Centre**** or similar.
Day 7 MOSCOW (B) Saturday
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the famous Moscow Metro.
In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to the Kremlin grounds with a visit to one of the cathedrals. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
Day 8 MOSCOW (B) Sunday
The morning offers an optional excursion to Novodevichy Convent, a 16th century cluster of sparkling domes, one of the city's most beautiful groups of buildings and full of history and treasures. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is Moscow's most prestigious resting place after the Kremlin. The balance of the day is reserved for an optional excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery with its outstanding collection of French impressionists. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
Day 9 MOSCOW DEPARTURE (B) Monday
Optional transfer to the airport.