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 2 - September 30, 2013|
|Departure||June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 |
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22
|Price||June 2 -July 8, 2013 |
$1,865 per person in double room
$2,625 single room
July 14 - Sept 30, 2013
$1,695 per person in double room
$2,455 single room
|Included||8 overnights at centrally located 4-5 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
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)
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). |
On the Deluxe version of this tour where you will stay at the Hotel Sokos Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg and Hotel Marriott Grand in Moscow.
|Tour Options||Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza: USD 125 for private car (1-3 persons), USD 160 for private minivan (4-7 persons) |
3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: USD 70
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: USD 70
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: USD 85
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: USD 110
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine's Palace: USD 95
Russian dinner at Restaurant Na Zdrorovie: USD 95
3-hour guided shopping tour: USD 55
3-hour excursion to Kremlin and visit to the cathedrals: USD 85
4-hour excursion to Novodevichy Convent: USD 85
3-hour excursion and cruise on the Moscow River: USD 70
Transfer Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya to airport: USD 125 for private car 1-3 persons), USD 160 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotels (8 x 3 course dinners with coffee / tea): USD 385 per person
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Day 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI Sunday
Arrival in Helsinki, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza***** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
Day 2 HELSINKI (B) Monday
Helsinki is 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 harbors and Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at 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. Overnight at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza***** or similar.
Day 3 HELSINKI-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 visit to Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Nevsky**** / Hotel Sokos Palace Bridge***** or similar.
Day 4 ST. PETERSBURG (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 splendors of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "Champagne" and snacks. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn Nevsky**** / Hotel Sokos Palace Bridge***** or similar.
Day 5 ST. PETERSBURG (B) Thursday
An optional excursion in the morning offers 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. The afternoon is reserved an optional 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 evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Na Zdoroviye. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn Nevsky**** / Hotel Sokos Palace Bridge***** or similar.
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 Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** / Hotel Mariott Grand Moscow***** 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 Theater Square with Bolshoi Theater, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the famous Moscow Metro. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Kremlin grounds with a visit to the cathedrals. The evening offers an optional excursion with a cruise on the Moscow River. Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** / Hotel Mariott Grand Moscow***** or similar.
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 exploring more of Moscow individually. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus. Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** / Hotel Mariott Grand Moscow***** or similar.
Day 9 MOSCOW DEPARTURE (B) Monday
Optional transfer to the airport.