Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States Summer 2018

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Gain fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and spend days seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow, celebrating the indomitable spirit of Mother Russia along the way. You'll also wander through the ancient Baltic capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk and the beautifully preserved streets of Talinn's Haseatic Quarter.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
    • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn

What's this trip about?

    Gain fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and spend days seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow, celebrating the indomitable spirit of Mother Russia along the way. You'll also wander through the ancient Baltic capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk and the beautifully preserved streets of Talinn's Haseatic Quarter.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityHelsinki
End CityHelsinki

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Russia

Attractions

  • Helsinki
  • Minsk
  • Moscow
  • Riga
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallinn

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki, the ever-cool capital of Finland, whose sophisticated streets and laidback atmosphere are yours to enjoy before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see the city's iconic sights. Welcome Reception

Day 2: Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karela to the Imperial city of St. Petersburg - our home for the next three nights. You will have the opportunity to admire the 'Venice of...

Day 3: St. Petersburg Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore the city's iconic sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city, saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to riva...

Day 4: St. Petersburg

Spend the day exploring the grand boulevards of St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the gardens and cascading miracle of engineering that are the spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Peterhof, then spend your evening at leisure. Buffet Breakfast

Day 5: St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

Board a high speed Sapsan train this morning across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, exploring its monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles. This evening we dine at our hotel. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Moscow Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist for s sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the fairy-tale spires of St. Basil's Cathedral before venturing within the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power. Buffet Breakfast

Day 7: Moscow

Soak up the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. You have a full day at leisure to explore the sights. Stroll along the flower-lined boulevards of Gorky Park, admire the exquisite underground art and history sho...

Day 8: Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon's retreating army of 1812, passing near the bloody battlefields of Borodino and stop for a Regional Meal lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, the cosmopolitan capital of Belarus and our home for th...

Day 9: Minsk Sightseeing

This morning we join our Local Specialist to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial built to commemorate the city's status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. Consider a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Convent during your free ...

Day 10: Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

We journey west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius, renowned for its beautiful Baroque façades. Join a Local Specialist on a leisurely tour past the city's iconic sights. See the Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest un...

Day 11: Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga (2 Nights)

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai, the site of thousands of crosses, each mysteriously claiming its place since the mid-19th century. We arrive in the ancient city of R...

Day 12: Riga Sightseeing

Meander through the winding medieval streets of Riga's UNESCO-listed Old Town - with one of the world's finest collections of art nouveau buildings and a fascinating Hanseatic trade history which we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking ...

Day 13: Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing

We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort to the fairy-tale capital of Tallinn. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn's old Hanseatic Quarter with a Local Specialist. See its 15th century Luhike Jalg Gat...

Day 14: Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing

We board a ferry this morning, crossing the sea to Helsinki where we'll meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and café-lined Esplanade. This evening we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our travel companions for a special Farewell Dinner. Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15: Depart Helsinki

Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Scandinavian Breakfast

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Last Updated: 7/25/2018

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Meals Included
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Regional Meal lunch
  • 7 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) Ferry across the Gulf of Finland. Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time All porterage and restaurant gratuities Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes Rail service is reserved in standard class. High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow. VIP entry to many sights
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