Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures
Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures– Baltics, Russia –14 days | 13 nights, Vilnius | Lithuania - Riga | Latvia - Tallinn | Estonia - Helsinki | Finland - St. Petersburg | Russia - Moscow | RussiaRussian Glories, Baltic Treasures explores Old-World Baltic cities, as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Travel by air, coach, train and ferry, from Helsinki to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, with their age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture. Visit Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress. Enjoy an evening of Russian ballet, a gala "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner, and visit The State Hermitage.
|Operation||May 24 - September 13, 2017|
June 7, 21, 28
July 5, 19
August 2, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13
|Price||from $6,690 per person in double room
from $7,957 single room
from $6,378 per person in triple room
|Included||Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
Hotel accommodations with private baths
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
8 x Lunches
7 x Dinner, including Welcome & Farewell reception and dinner
First class motor coach transportation
Ferry service from Tallinn to Helsinki
First-class train, Helsinki to St. Petersburg
On-tour flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow, day 12
Guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum
Gala "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner with live music at L'Europe in St. Petersburg
Evening of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg
Private lecture on Russian history with a Kremlin insider
City sightseeing as per itinerary
Admissions as per itinerary
All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staffs and local guides
Luggage assistance at all hotels (1 piece per person)
Tour Director throughout
Taxes and porterage
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Russian Visa fee
Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Tour begins: Vilnius, Lithuania
Tour ends: Moscow, Russia
Transportation from Vilnius Airport to the Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight arrival information at least two weeks prior to the start of your tour. If you are arriving into a local train station please retain a receipt for your transfer and submit it to your Tour Director for reimbursement. Transportation from the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow to either the Moscow Sheremetyevo or Vnukovo International Airports or the local train station is also included, when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.
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Day 1 ARRIVAL VILNIUS (D) Individual arrival to Vilnius. Tour begins at 6:00 PM at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania. Your transfer is included from Vilnius Airport to the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in the heart of Vilnius' Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight at your five-star hotel on Vilnius' historic Cathedral Square.
Day 2 OLD TOWN VILNIUS - TRAKAI CASTLE (B, L) Take a walking tour of Old Town Vilnius to appreciate its remarkable Baroque architecture, the city's 16th-century cathedral and adjacent Cathedral Square. Wind your way along the Yellow Roads and go off-the-beaten path in Trakai, a picturesque town with a castle dating to the Middle Ages; return to Vilnius to explore as you please.
Day 3 TRAVEL TO LATVIA - THE YELLOW ROADS (B, L, D) Depart Vilnius and journey along the Yellow Roads through the pristine countryside of Lithuania; cross into Latvia and stop in seaside Jurmala on your way to the capital, Riga, an important trading center for Central and Eastern Europe from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Visit the city's opulent 19th-century Opera House, which was painstakingly rebuilt in the 1990s and is a source of great national pride for the Latvian people. Your home for the next two nights is located in the heart of the old city. Enjoy an à la carte dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 4 HISTORIC RIGA (B) Take a drive to Riga's Art-Nouveau New Town, considered the best in Europe, for a guided walking tour; also check out Riga Market and the cobbled streets of Old Town, revealing buildings dating back 800 years, including Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Medieval Dwelling House. This combination of period architecture has earned Riga's Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. For those who wish, join us to explore some of the somber reminders of the tragic years of the Holocaust at the Jewish Museum and old Jewish Cemetery (holidays permitting).
Day 5 JOURNEY TO TALLINN (B, L, D) Depart Latvia and cross into Estonia this morning, stopping in seaside Parnu for lunch. Continue on to today's final destination, the capital city of Tallinn, an outstanding example of a medieval Northern European trading center; explore the lower city on a walking tour with your local guide.
Overnight at your contemporary hotel, ideally located just minutes from Tallinn's Old Town. Enjoy dinner à la carte tonight at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants, the elegant Gloria.
Day 6 TOOMPEA CASTLE - CRUISE TO HELSINKI (B, L) Begin the day in Tallinn's remarkably well-preserved city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll visit Toompea Castle. Then board a high-speed ferry to cruise first class across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki.
Finland's capital city is an intriguing mix of parks, waterways, and various architectural styles, which you'll explore on a sightseeing tour. Visit the extraordinary Temppeliaukio (The Rock) Church, built into solid rock in the 1960s; see the Neo-Classical Senate Square, the green cupolas and white columns of Helsinki Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall. Enjoy dinner on your own in Helsinki this evening.
Day 7 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG BY RAIL (B, L, D) From Helsinki, your Baltics and Russia tour continues to opulent St. Petersburg via a fast train; the historic center of Peter the Great's "Window to the West" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get aquainted with Russia's cultural capital on an orientation tour that includes the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress, among the city's oldest structures, built in 1703. Inside the fortress, Peter and Paul Cathedral, with a tall golden spire, contains the tombs of the Russian czars, including the city's founder Peter the Great. Your home for the next four nights is itself a historic landmark - the celebrated Belmond Grand Hotel Europe on the famous Nevsky Prospekt. Dinner tonight is à la carte at a local restaurant in St. Petersburg.
Day 8 DAY AROUND ST. PETERSBURG - EVENING BALLET (B, L) Today begins with a visit to St. Petersburg's Grand Choral Synagogue (holidays permitting), then take an excursion to Peterhof (Petrodvorets, on the Gulf of Finland) for a tour of the summer palace of Peter the Great. A hydrofoil whisks you back to the city, where you'll enjoy a glorious evening of Russian ballet (schedule subject to change).
Day 9 CATHERINE'S PALACE - ST. PETERSBURG TREASURES (B, L) Journey to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) for a visit to the opulent Catherine Palace, expanded by Empress Catherine the Great in the mid-18th century, and its remarkably restored Amber Room. Back in St. Petersburg, take a guided tour that includes a visit to the 19th-century Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, built as a memorial to Czar Alexander II on the site of his 1881 assassination. Spend the rest of the day exploring more of St. Petersburg on your own.
Day 10 STATE HERMITAGE - TCHAIKOVSKY NIGHT (B, D) Today, an early morning visit has been arranged - when crowds are fewer - to The State Hermitage Museum, boasting one of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the world. Displays include prehistoric cultures, classical antiquities, and Western European art; you'll view celebrated ancient gold treasures on a special visit to the Gold Room.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, then join us this evening for a sumptuous "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner at the L'Europe restaurant – accompanied by live music and a pair of dancers from the Marinsky Theatre or a comparable local ballet company.
Day 11 FLIGHT TO MOSCOW - RED SQUARE (B, L) Fly to Moscow for a three-night stay; your hotel offers views of the Kremlin and Red Square. A drive along the river leads to lunch at the fantastical Gallery of Artist restaurant in Dolgorukov House, one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in the aristocratic Old Moscow district. The President of the Russian Academy of Arts, the artist Zurab Tsereteli, restored and reconstructed the building and opened his art gallery here; you'll see a collection of his over-the-top works. After lunch, visit St. Savior's Cathedral and tour Manege Square; GUM, the State Department Store; and Red Square before arriving at your hotel where dinner tonight includes beer and wine.
Day 12 TRETYAKOV - THE LEGENDARY KREMLIN (B, D) Begin the day by joining your local guide for a visit to the State Tretyakov Gallery/National Museum of Russian Fine Art, featuring 11th- to 20th-century paintings and sculptures by Russian artists. Have lunch on your own, then take a guided tour inside the 64-acre Kremlin, the center of Russian power for centuries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Armory Chambers, where you'll see the treasures of the Czars, and Assumption Cathedral. Dinner is à la carte tonight at your hotel.
Day 13 INSIDE RED SQUARE - MOSCOW'S METRO (B, D) Meet a Kremlin insider for a lecture on Russian history this morning before exploring the beautiful Moscow Metro, renowned for its opulent architectural designs, with a local guide. Spend the afternoon exploring Moscow as you wish. Tonight join us for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel.
Day 14 JOURNEY HOME (B) Tour ends: Moscow, Russia. Your memorable Baltics and Russia tour concludes today; a transfer is included from the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow to Sheremetyevo International Airport or Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.