Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures

Escorted Tour and Ocean CruiseBaltics and Russia


From $7,990 USD
June 17 - September 11, 2020
14 Days / 13 Nights

Experience the history on the Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures tour, from Old World cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Overview

Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures explores Old-World Baltic cities, as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Travel by coach, train and ferry, from Helsinki to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, with their age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture. Visit St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress, Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square. Enjoy an evening of Russian ballet, a gala "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner, and visit The State Hermitage.

Operation

June 17 - September 11, 2020

Available Departures 2020

June 17, 26 
July 1, 15 
September 2, 11 Solo Savings

Price

  • from $7,990 per person in double room

Included

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Hotel accommodations with private baths
  • Breakfast buffet daily, except day 1
  • 10 x Lunches
  • 7 x Dinner, including Welcome & Farewell reception and dinner
  • First class motor coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing in the centuries-old Baltic capital cities of Riga, Latvia, Vilnius, Lithuania;
    Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland
  • A private concert featuring the music of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki
  • Ferry service from Tallinn to Helsinki
  • First-class train, Helsinki to St. Petersburg
  • A gala "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner with live music at L'Europe in St. Petersburg
  • Guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum
  • 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
  • Lunch in the Gallery of Artist
  • Visit to Apple Hall to see works by Zurab Tsereteli in Moscow
  • A private lecture on Russian history in Moscow
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 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
  • Meals other than mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tour Director gratuities

Please note

  • Tour begins: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Tour ends: Moscow, Russia
  • Transportation from Vilnius Airport to the Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius 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 Four Seasons Hotel 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 guests.

Tour Options

  • International air fare

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. 

Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius*****

Day 2 OLD TOWN VILNIUS - TRAKAI CASTLE (B, L)

Experience a living museum of Baroque and Renaissance architecture on a walking tour along the cobblestone streets of Vilnius' Old Town this morning. As the oldest and largest surviving medieval town in northern Europe – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Vilnius abounds with historic architecture, including its magnificent 16th-century Cathedral and adjacent Cathedral Square, steps from your hotel, and the Baroque Church of Saints Peter and Paul; if you wish, you may visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (formerly the Museum of Genocide Victims), situated in Vilnius' former Soviet-era KGB headquarters.

After an included lunch, the afternoon and evening are free in Vilnius to explore and enjoy dinner as you please.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius*****

Day 3 TRAVEL TO LATVIA - THE YELLOW ROADS - RIGA (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 dinner at the hotel tonight.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga*****

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; many of these Art-Nouveau gems were designed and built by Latvian architects including Mikhail Eisenstein (father of the noted 20th-century Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein).

After some free time to enjoy lunch as you please in town, join us for a walking tour of 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. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy as you wish in Riga.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga*****

Day 5 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B, L, D)

Depart Latvia and cross into Estonia this morning, stopping in seaside Parnu for lunch. Arrive early afternoon in Estonia's capital city of Tallinn, an outstanding example of a medieval Northern European trading center. On a guided walking tour along the cobblestone streets of Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Town Hall square, centuries-old walls and towers (one affectionately dubbed "Fat Margaret"), and St. Olaf's Church, renowned as the tallest building in the world from 1549 to 1625. Next, board a ferry to cruise in first class across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland for a two-night stay, enjoying dinner aboard the ferry.

Hotel Kamp Helsinki *****

Day 6 HELSINKI (B)

Helsinki, Finland's fascinating capital city is an intriguing mix of parks, waterways, and various architectural styles, which you'll explore on a morning 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. Then attend a private concert featuring the music of Finland's beloved national composer of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jean Sibelius. Spend the afternoon and evening discovering more of Helsinki on your own, enjoying lunch and dinner in the city as you please.

Hotel Kamp Helsinki *****

Day 7 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG BY RAIL (B, L, D)

From Helsinki, travel to Russia this morning in First Class aboard a train to opulent St. Petersburg; the historic center of Peter the Great's "Window to the West" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get acquainted 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.

Belmont Grand Hotel Europe ****1/2

Day 8 DAY AROUND ST. PETERSBURG - EVENING BALLET (B, L)

Today begins with an excursion to Petrodvorets, on the Gulf of Finland, for a tour of the Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great.
After lunch on the palace grounds, a hydrofoil whisks you back to the city for a visit to St. Petersburg's Grand Choral Synagogue (holidays permitting), followed by some free time. Tonight, enjoy a glorious evening of Russian ballet (schedule subject to change).

Belmont Grand Hotel Europe ****1/2

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.

Belmont Grand Hotel Europe ****1/2

Day 10 STATE HERMITAGE -   (B, D)

Today, Tauck has arranged an early morning visit – 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 also view the Impressionists Gallery. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, then join us this evening for a sumptuous four-course "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner at the L'Europe restaurant – accompanied by live music and dancers from the Mariinsky Theatre or a comparable local ballet company.

Belmont Grand Hotel Europe ****1/2

Day 11 MOSCOW - RED SQUARE (B, L)

Take a high-speed rail journey to Russia's capital city, Moscow – for a three-night stay near the Kremlin. 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 on your visit after lunch.

Check in at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow and spend some free time before joining us for a walking tour of Red Square, followed by an evening spent as you please.

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow*****

Day 12 TRETYAKOV - THE LEGENDARY KREMLIN (B, D)

Begin the day with a lecture on the history of Russia at the hotel. Then join 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. Next, head to Bolshoi Square to tour the beautiful Moscow Metro, renowned for its opulent architectural designs and plentiful public art, with a local guide, before returning to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow*****

Day 13 INSIDE RED SQUARE - MOSCOW'S METRO (B, D)

Today, tour Red Square and the 64-acre Kremlin, the center of Russian power for centuries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an early entry into the Kremlin Armory; walk through Alexander Gardens and visit Moscow's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; and see the Cathedral of the Archangel and Assumption Cathedral. Spend the afternoon pursuing what interests you most in Moscow. Tonight, please join us for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel at "the doorstep of the Kremlin".

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow*****

Day 14 JOURNEY HOME (B)

Tour ends: Moscow. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Moscow to Sheremetyevo International Airport or Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

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