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Baltic Gems and Russian Treasures

16 days
15 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

per person:
$ 1,835.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,585.00 (single occupancy)

Supplement for May 21 - May 28:
$ 75.00 (double occupancy)
$ 75.00 (single occupancy)

Supplement for Jun 25 - Jul 02:
$ 75.00 (double occupancy)
$ 75.00 (single occupancy)

Supplement for Jun 04 - Jun 18:
$ 150.00 (double occupancy)
$ 150.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 21, 2017 - Jun 05, 2017 
May 28, 2017 - Jun 12, 2017 
Jun 04, 2017 - Jun 19, 2017 GBX07
Jun 11, 2017 - Jun 26, 2017 
Jun 18, 2017 - Jul 03, 2017 GBX09
Jun 25, 2017 - Jul 10, 2017 
Jul 02, 2017 - Jul 17, 2017 
Jul 09, 2017 - Jul 24, 2017 
Jul 16, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017 GBX13
Jul 23, 2017 - Aug 07, 2017 
Jul 30, 2017 - Aug 14, 2017 
Aug 06, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 GBX16
Aug 13, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 
Aug 20, 2017 - Sep 04, 2017 
Aug 27, 2017 - Sep 11, 2017 
Sep 03, 2017 - Aug 18, 2017 GBX20
Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 25, 2017 

Hotels:

Vilnius - Radisson Blu Lietuva****
Riga - Radisson Blu Latvija****
Tallinn - Radisson Blu Olympia****
Helsinki - Glo Art****
St. Petersburg - Sokos Vasilievsky****
Moscow - Park Inn Sadu****

Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.

Included:

• 15 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• 15 x buffet breakfast
• Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
• Personalised welcome package
• Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul-Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
• Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
• Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on all tours
• Service of Portuguese speaking tour escorts on tour GBX07, GBX09, GBX13, GBX16 and GBX20
• Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
• Ferry Tallinn-Helsinki OW
• Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
• Portage at hotels and railway stations

Optinal add-ons (per person):

• Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: $42.00 for private car (1–3 persons), $66.00 for private minivan (4–7 persons)
• 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: $48.00 pp
• Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: $48.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: $60.00 pp
• 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: $48.00 pp
• Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: $42.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: $48.00 pp
• Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: $48.00 pp
• 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: $48.00 pp
• Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: $48.00 pp
• 6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: $84.00 pp
• 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: $54.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: $84.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: $60.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: $90.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: $60.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: $48.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: $60.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: $30.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: $60.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: $96.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: $84.00 pp
• Transfer Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport: $96.00 for private car (1–3 persons), $120.00 for private minivan (4–7 persons)
• Half board at hotels(15 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): $552,00 pp

Itinerary:

Baltic and Russian Explorer

Day 1  : Arrival Vilnius

Arrival in Vilnius. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2  : Vilnius

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. The afternoon offers an optional 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.

Day 3  : Vilnius - Riga

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, hotel check-in.

Day 4  : Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see
the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening

Day 5  : Riga

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. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

Day 6  : Riga - Tallinn

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, hotel check-in.

Day 7  : Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés 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 awardwinning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

Day 8  : Tallinn - Helsinki

This day offers first an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in.

Day 9  : Helsinki

Helsinki is truly 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 Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

Day 10  : Helsinki - St. Petersburg

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 photostop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and hotel check-in.

Day 11  : St. Petersburg

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 splendours 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.

Day 12  : St. Petersburg

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 splendours 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.

Day 13  : St. Petersburg - Moscow

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 hotel check-in.

Day 14  : Moscow

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 Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre 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.

Day 15  : Moscow

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. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 16  : Moscow departure

Optional transfer to the airport.