The Best of the Baltics, Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow

Escorted TourBaltics and Russia

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From $2,425 USD
May 19 - September 8, 2019
16 Days / 15 Nights

Best of Baltics, Helsinki, St. Petersburg + Moscow, 16-day journey to three historic Baltic capitals, cruise to Helsinki, the city of the Czars and Moscow.

Overview

Best of Baltics, Helsinki, St. Petersburg + Moscow, 16-day journey to three Baltic capitals, vibrant cities with medieval Old Towns, on the UNESCO Heritage list. Enjoy Rundale Palace, the Hill of Crosses before crossing the Baltic Sea to Helsinki. Highlights in the city of the Czars, St. Petersburg, are Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, Peterhof. Last stop is Moscow, the Russian capital, with highlights of Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Kremlin.

Operation

May 19 - September 8, 2019

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2019:

May 19 (White Night Supplement)
June  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (White Night Supplement)
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8

Price

  • from $2,425 per person in double room
  • from $3,335 single room
  • $130 per person White Night Supplement

    SPECIAL DISCOUNT: save $120 per person, must be booked by March 8, 2019!

Included

  • 15 overnights  in centrally located 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrance to Old University in Vilnius
  • Entrance to Rundale Palace
  • Entrance to medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Entrance to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki
  • Entrance to Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg
  • Moscow Kremlin
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort throughout
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout
  • Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class)
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow one-way, (2nd class)
  • Luggage handling at the hotels
  • Service and VAT

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
  • Alcoholic beverages

Optional 

  • Arrival transfer from Vilnius airport to Vilnius hotel
  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala with City Museum
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral
  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park
  • 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv
  • 6-hours excursion to Lahemaa National Park
  • Excursion with water bus to the Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Transfer to the airport in a private car (1-3 persons)
  • Transfer to the airport in a private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea)

    Tour also available ending in St. Petersburg, 13 days, from $1,995 per person in twin/double room

Day 1 VILNIUS (B)
Sunday

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Optional arrival transfer from airport in a private car (1-3 people)

Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva****

Day 2 VILNIUS (B)
Monday

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

Optional: Afternoon excursion excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve
In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas

Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva****

Day 3 VILNIUS - RIGA (B)
Tuesday

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Mercure Riga 4* or similar.

Hotel Mercure Riga****

Day 4 RIGA (B)
Wednesday

Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. Enjoy visits to Riga Old Town, Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church,
the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guild House, the Freedom Monument.

Optional: Afternoon excursion to Jurmala and City Museum
The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral

Hotel Mercure Riga****

Day 5 RIGA (B)
Thursday

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Enjoy your leisure time to explore more of  the medieval Old Town.

Optional: Afternoon excursion to Gauja National Park  
Excursion to Ethnographic Open Air Museum
In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest

Hotel Mercure Riga****

Day 6 RIGA - TALLINN(B)
Friday

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia****

Day 7 TALLINN (B)
Saturday

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.

In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award- winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art
The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia****

Day 8 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B)
Sunday

After breakfast leisure time in Tallinn. Enjoy the cruise across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki by a ferry. Check-in at Hotel Glo Art 4* or similar.

Optional: 6-hours excursion to Lahemaa National Park

Hotel Glo Art****

Day 9 HELSINKI (B)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning sightseeing tour including the Harbor, the Senate Square, the Lutheran Cathedral, Mannerheim Street, Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and Church-in-the-Rock.

Optional excursion with water bus to the  Suomenlinna Fortress.

Hotel Glo Art****

Day 10 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, a visit to Vyborg, including a short sightseeing tour of Vyborg Castle. Late afternoon arrival in St. Petersburg, check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky 4* or similar.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky ****

Day 11 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Today's sightseeing tour features Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Bleeding Savior, Nevsky Convent.

Optional: Excursion to Peterhof including Grand Palace, Grand Cascada, Water Avenue and Park
Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace
Folklore Show "Feel Yourself Russian" in Nikolaevsky Palace

Day 12 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore more of the historic sights in St. Petersburg.

Optional: Excursion to Peterhof including Grand Palace, Grand Cascada, Water Avenue and Park
Entrance to the Hermitage Art Museum
Russian dinner at restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti

Day 13 ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW (B)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time in St. Petersburg, traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow by Sapsan Highspeed
train, arrival to Moscow, check-in at the hotel Park Inn Sadu 4* or similar. 

Park Inn Sadu****

Day 14 MOSCOW (B)
Saturday

After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing tour including Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral included, Theatre Square, Sparrow Hills, Moscow University, Kremlin grounds. 

Optional: Moscow Metro & Arbat tour
Moscow-by-night tour & river cruise

Park Inn Sadu****

Day 15 MOSCOW (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time in Moscow.

Optional: Full day excursion to Sergiev Posad, a picturesque town 46mi to the northeast of Moscow. Famous for the 14th century Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, one of the most sacred places in Russia today
Old Russian Circus

Park Inn Sadu****

Day 16 MOSCOW DEPARTURE (B)
Monday

After breakfast check-out and end of services.

Optional: Departure transfer to the airport in a private car (1-3 persons)
Departure transfer to the airport in a private minivan (4-7 persons)

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