The Czar Route

Escorted TourFinland and Russia

From $1,310 USD
May 17 - September 27, 2020
9 Days / 9 Nights

The Czar Route, 9-day escorted tour, follows the footsteps of the Czars, featuring highlights of East and West. From Helsinki to St. Petersburg and Moscow.


The Czar Route, 9-day guided tour, follows the footsteps of the Czars. Begin in Helsinki, also called the Daughter of the Baltic, an elegant, peaceful city on the Baltic Sea. Along the Russian countryside to St. Petersburg, the city of the Czars, with Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Hermitage Museum. By train to Moscow with Kremlin grounds, Red Square with St. Basil’s, Cathedral, the Theater Square with Bolshoi Theater.


May 17 - September 27, 2020


Guaranteed departures 2020:
May 17, 24, 31
June 7, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27


  • July 12 - September 27
  • from $1,310 per person in double room
  • from $1,870 single room
  • May 5 - July 5 / White Nights
  • from $1,435 per person in double room
  • from $1,999 single room


  • 8 nights accommodation at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrance to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki
  • Entrance to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg 
  • Entrance to the Moscow Kremlin
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2 nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • Service and VAT

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
  • Alcoholic beverages

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Russian Visa fee
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal insurance / personal items

Tour Options

  • Transfer airport to Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki
  • 3-hour excursion with water bus to the Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve
  • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace
  • 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine's Palace
  • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum
  • Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti
  • Guided canal cruise
  • 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour
  • 3-hour Moscow-by-night tour and river cruise
  • 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad
  • Transfer Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya to airport, 
    by private car (1-3 persons), or private minivan (4-7 persons) 
  • Half board at hotels (6 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea on Day 3 – Day 8)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Russian Visa fee
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal insurance / personal items


Arrival in Helsinki, optional transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Hotel Glo Art****


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 harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central 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 Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure which construction was started in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, fortress is a unique attraction for  visitors. The evening offers optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve.

Hotel Glo Art****


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 Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky****


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 of 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 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 visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an
exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky****


The morning is reserved for an optional 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 afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered.

In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant.
Pryanosti & Radosti.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky****


The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. 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 Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar.

Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya****

Day 7 MOSCOW (B)

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 the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the Theater Square with Bolshoi Theater and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and
one of the cathedrals.

In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night tour including an  unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya****

Day 8 MOSCOW (B)

The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.


After breakfast optional transfer to the airport.