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Russia Baltic and Poland Tour

From Moscow to Warsaw Northic Tour 2017Tallin-oldtown

Moscow Novgorod St Petersburg Tallin Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw

14 days/13 nights
DEPARTURES: 2017
Apr 28, May 12, 19, 26, June 16, 30, July 21, Aug 18, Sep 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017

A captivating tour from Moscow to stately St Petersburg full of  elegant palaces and remnants of revolutions, and to the Baltic States of the former Soviet Union, now independent countries of the European Union. Visit Tallin, Riga and Vilnius, formerly major trading centers of the north with their remarkably intact old town centers and UNESCO Heritage buildings dating back to the Middle ages.

 

Early bird discount of  US$ 200 per couple for bookings made before 30 Jan 2017
Extension in Poland or to Prague and Vienna can be added. For longer version of this tour visit the Grand Tour of Eastern Europe page

TOUR ITINERARY
Sat 1, (Frid) Arrival

Arrive in Moscow on your own. You will be transferred from the airport to your first class hotel to rest. Rest of the day at leisure. You will 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 alrge. It is a relatively young city by European standards founded only in 1703 by the forward thinking Czar, Pete 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, Filed of March, 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.  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 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
On a walking tour of Tallin including 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 12, (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. Optional Chopin concert. Overnight in Warsaw. (B)

Day 13, (Thu) Warsaw
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Those interested in visiting other touristic sites in Poland can add other tours.

Tour Includes:Moscow-Warsaw
First class hotel accommodation in every city with daily breakfast
2 lunches, 7 dinners
Transportation by modern motor coach with AC
Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary in Moscow, Sergiev Posad, St.Petersburg,Tallin,Riga.Vilnius and Warsaw
Local city tours with headsets to amplify guides ‘commentary
Services of an English speaking tour director throughout the tour.
Airport transfers
Luggage handling between hotels
Taxes and service charges

Tour Price in US$ per person 2017:
US$ 2898 per person based on double occupancy, US$ 1078 single room supplement for those who want to stay in single rooms

Hotels used – first class / superior first class:
•Moscow, Marriott Grand
•St. Petersburg, Crown Plaza Ligovsky
•Tallinn, Meriton Grand
•Riga, Radisson BLU
•Vilnius, Radisson Blu Astorija
•Warsaw, Radisson Blu Centrum

Pre/ Post tour accommodation:

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

Warsaw Raddision Blu
US$ 63 per person based on double/US$ 108 based on single accommodation

Transfers from airport to hotels or hotels to airport are not included in the tour price if pre and post tour accommodation booked:   Price: US$ 55 per person one way

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