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Grand Tour of Eastern Europe from Moscow to Prague

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From Moscow to Prague

Moscow St Petersburg Tallin Riga Vilnius Warsaw Krakow Prague

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2017  17 nights /18 days 
May 26, June 16,30,  July 21, Aug 18, Sep 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017 

Russia , Baltic States and Eastern Europe

10 % discount on 2017  tour departures if  booking made by 30 Nov 2016

A spledid tour of Eastern Europe starting with Russia’s most important cities of Moscow, St Petersburg to the charming capitals of the northern Baltic states. We also visit Poland and the historic city of  Krakow, ending the tour in the Golden City of Prague or Vienna, the Music capital of Europe.. Shorter version of this tour from Warsaw to Prague or Vienna also available, please inquire.

TOUR ITINERAY

Sat 1, (Fri) Arrival 
Arrive in Moscow on your own. You will be transferred from the airport to your first class hotel to rest. Meet your guide and group members at dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Moscow. (D)

Day 2, (Sat) in Moscow
This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Moscow, Russia’s largest city which just started to open its doors to Western tourists in recent years. Visit the famed Red Square, dominated by the fairy-tale like St. Basil’s Cathedral and by the solid red walls of the Kremlin representing Russian power. We will also visit the Armory Museum which its rich collection of Tsarist imperial jewels, coronation gowns and other royal memorabilia. Continue to the impressive buildings of  Moscow University, formerly Lomonosov, then to the pedestrian shopping district of  Arbat. We will drive through wide boulevards towards the GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Rest of the day is at leisure. if interested, you can sign up to an optional Moscow by night tour. (B)

Day 3, (Sun) Sergiev Posad – Moscow
After breakfast  we travel to the north to a small town of Sergiev Posad with its golden spires and blue domes. Dating back to the 14th century its founded in the 14th century this fortress monastery is considered one of Russia’s main spiritual center, a seminary of the Russian Orthodox Church with  fair-tale like typical architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the massive old walls and gates admire the picture-perfect onion domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a local restaurant we return to Moscow.  Afternoon at leisure or you could join an evening optional tour : “Moscow by night & Subway” to see the world’s most beautiful metro stations dating back to 1935 with decorations of  statues, chandeliers, mosaics and  and marble. (B, L)

Day 4, (Mon) Moscow to St. Petersburg
Morning at leisure, then transfer to the railway station to board a speed train to St. Petersburg. Travel time 4 hours. Upon arrival at St Petersburg railway station transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 5, (Tue) St. Petersburg
St Petersburg is often called the “Venice of the North” due to its many elegant places and its over 100 islands all linked together by hundreds of bridges, small and large. It is a relatively young city by European standards founded only in 1703 by the forward thinking Czar, Peter the Great, who hired Europe’s best architects to build and decorate his newly founded home. The city was further beautified by legendary Empress, Catherine the Great, famed for her strong will, enlightenment and good taste. Today we embark on a city tour to see the Palace Square, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral, Aurora cruiser, Field of Mars, Njevsky Porspect, Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral with the newly buried tombs of the last Czar’s family. In the evening we will offer and optional folklore program or an evening canal cruise.

Day 6, (Wed) St. Petersburg
This morning we will visit her world famous Hermitage, once of Europe’s most prominent art galleries with over a million art collections.  It was founded by the German-born princess who became Russia’s greatest empress and protector, an avid humanist and art collector. Admire famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck and other famous Dutch masters. The rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own or you may want to join an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, the majestic summer Palace of Peter the Great famous for luxury, majestic fountains and golden statues and an extensive park.  (Highly recommended). Tonight we’ll have dinner together back in St. Petersburg. (B, D)

Day 7, (Thu) to Tallinn
Journey to Estonia, where your first stop is the border town of Narva, one of the oldest settlement in Estonia dating back to 1000 BC. Continue to Tallinn, capital of Estonia established in the 13th century by the crusading Teutonic Order. Later the city became one of the most significant trade centers within the Hanseatic League with many merchant houses and public buildings testifying to its former importance. Overnight in Tallin. (B,D)

Day 8, (Fri) Tallin to Riga
After breakfast on a walking tour of Tallin we will see the Upper and Lower Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle and see the 14th century Gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, on to Riga, the capital of Latvia, an important sea port nominated as the 2014 Cultural Capital of Europe. Overnight in Riga. (B,D)

Day 9, (Sat) in Riga
During your sightseeing tour of Riga, an other major city of the former Hanseatic League, renowned for its Art Nouveau buildings and the old town center, a designated UNESCO World heritage site. See the Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Afternoon at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Riga.(B)

Day 10, (Sun) Riga to Vilnius
Morning departure for Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, sometimes called as the “Jerusalem of the North” due its large former Jewish population. The city is built at the confluence of the Neris and Velnele rivers and became a multicultural center due to its religious tolerance that encouraged immigration. It was called the northern “Babylon” in the 17th century due to the many languages spoken in the city. Afternoon free for own activities. Overnight in Vilnius(B,D)

Day 11, (Mon) in Vilnius
Today we visit old Vilnius, the capital of Luthuania, an other UNESCO protected World Heritage Site to see the Peter and Paul Church and St. Anna’s Church. and the Vilnius University, dating back to 1570; the Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is at leisure or optional excursion to Trakai on an island on Lake Galve, with Medieval castles, wooden architecture and serene lake scenery. Overnight in Vilnius(B)

Day 12, (Tue) to Warsaw
Departure to Warsaw driving through the attractive landscape of Lithuania across the border to Poland. We reach Warsaw in the evening. Today we have lunch and dinner included (B,L,D)

Day 13, (Wed) in Warsaw
City tour of Warsaw almost completely destroyed during WWII and painstakingly restored as the symbol of national pride and resilience.  We will drive along the famous Royal Route from the beautiful Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland, the Saxon Gardens, the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Later we will walk through the restored charming colorful old town, the old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. See the house where Madam Curie was born and stroll around the old cobble stone streets and amber shops. Afternoon is free for shopping or other activities. Overnight in Warsaw. (B)

Day 14, (Thurs)  in Warsaw Czestochowa  Auswitz Krakow
Departure to Czectohova The road to Krakow, Poland’s unique, medieval, open-air museum, leads us past Czestochowa, site of Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna, venerated as Poland’s holiest icon.  We also stop at Auschwitz to visit the site of the concentration camp, where millions lost their lives in the crematoria during the Holocaust. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight. (B,D.)
Day 15, (Fri)  Krakow
This morning enjoy a historical sightseeing tour of Krakow with the castle hill, Wawel and its Royal Castle and Cathedral. We will walk downhill from the castle to the old city below where we visit the old Market Square, the Renaissance Cloth Hall with its arcades and St. Mary’s Church.  Every hour you can watch the trumpeter’s performance in the tower of the church commemorating a 13th century hero during the Mongol invasion period.  The afternoon is free for your own activities to enjoy the many cafes and stroll around historic streets on your own. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Day 16, (Sat)  Krakow
This morning we depart top Prague driving through the mountainous landscape of Slovakia, then the Czech Republic arriving in Golden Prague famous for its golden spires and lovely old town, one of the most authentic capital cities of Europe, where we have dinner tonight and overnight. (B,D)

Day 17, (Sun) to Prague 
Sightseeing tour of Prague built on seven hills just like Rome along the shores of the rugged Vltava river. We start with a panoramic tour then continue on foot to the castle district where we visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. Leaving the castle quarter we walk though the famous Charles Bridge of the rugged looking Vltava river to reach the former Jewish section. Afternoon is free for own activities.  Enjoy the spectacle of the famous astronomic clock in the heart of the city and walk around the Baroque and Rococo palaces. Evening optional cultural performance. Overnight in Prague.(B)
Day 18 (Mon) Prague – Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B) Danube cruises, extra stays in Prague, and tours to other cities can be added.
Tour Includes:

First class hotels, rooms with private facilities

Service charges and hotel taxes

Breakfast daily  2 lunches and 9 dinners

Airport transfers

Sightseeing tours as per itinerary in Moscow, Setrgiev Posad, St Petersburg, Tallinn , Riga Vilnius, Warsaw, Auswitz, Krakow, Prague

Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach

Professional English speaking tour director

Luggage handling

Headset amplifier for sightseeing tours.

Tour Price in US$ per person 2017:  US$ 3539 per person in double.
Single room supplement: US$ 1415

 

Moscow-Vie

 

Hotels used – first class / superior first class:
•Moscow, Marriott Grand
•St. Petersburg, Crowne Plaza Ligovsky or Radisson Royal
•Tallinn, Meriton Grand
•Riga, Radisson Blu
•Vilnius, Radisson Blu Astorija
•Warsaw, Radisson Blu Centrum or Mercure Centrum
•Krakow, Andels or Double Tree by Hilton
•Prague, Angelo

Pre tour accommodation:

Moscow: Marriott Grand
US$ 140 per person based on double / US$ 241 per person based on single

 

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