BEST OF RUSSIA, BALTIC STATES AND WARSAW - 2017
BEST OF RUSSIA, BALTIC STATES AND WARSAW - 2017

Day 1, (Fri) arrive Moscow
Welcome to Moscow! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions and Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner.(D)

Day 2, (Sat) in Moscow
Moscow, named for the Moskva River, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. A sightseeing tour of this grand city begins at Red Square, dominated by ornate St. Basil's Cathedral and the massive red Kremlin walls. After a visit to the Armory Museum, see Moscow University then drive along the wide boulevards and stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store.  You’ii pass the baroque Novodevichy convent and end the tour at the Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is free. (B)

Day 3, (Sun) in Moscow
Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.”  (B,L)

Day 4, (Mon) Moscow to St. Petersburg
Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.(B,D)

Day 5, (Tue) in St. Petersburg
There are not many cities that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges. it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.  The main sites to be visited today are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect.  Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter & Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. It is now a museum.  Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

Day 6, (Wed) in St. Petersburg
This morning you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It occupies five buildings; the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. it ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight, enjoy dinner.(B,D)

Day 7, (Thu) to Tallinn
Traveling to Estonia, your first stop is in Narva, near the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia's capital, set on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B,D)

Day 8, (Fri) Tallinn to Riga
On a walking tour of Tallinn's Upper and Lower Old Town, visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and visitToompea Castle and see the 14th-century gothic Town Hall. Later, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B,D)

Day 9, (Sat) in Riga
See Riga Castle on the banks of the Daugava River, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses on a morning sightseeing tour. The rest of the day is free to explore more, shop, or maybe sample Latvian crepes.(B)

Day 10, (Sun) to Vilnius
Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The balance of the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting architecture, do some shopping, or go for a walk through the city. (B,D)

Day 11, (Mon) in Vilnius
Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit baroque St. Peter and St. Paul's Church and striking St. Anne's Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, famous Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free to continue exploring, or you may want to join an optional excursion to the peaceful town of Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. (B)

Day 12, (Tue) to Warsaw
Drive across the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to the border with Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns as you head to Warsaw, arriving at the day's end. (B,L,D)

Day 13, (Wed) in Warsaw
The 700-year-old capital of Poland has been called the "Phoenix City" because it rose again after being destroyed during World War II. A tour here starts with a drive along the majestic Royal Route from Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Then on to see the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a "wedding cake"), the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Finally, on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to meander through a park, shop, relax, or perhaps attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

Day 14, (Thu) depart Warsaw
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

 

Land Only Price Starting at
$2,898. per person twin

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Included Features

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 Sightseeing

  • Moscow
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallinn
  • Riga
  • Vilnius
  • Warsaw

 Hotels

  • Moscow, Marriott Grand
  • St. Petersburg, Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota
  • Tallinn, Park Inn
  • Riga, Radisson Blu
  • Vilnius, Radisson Blu Astorija
  • Warsaw, Radisson Blu Centrum or Radisson Blu Sobieski

 K982

 

For more information call Pam Adair at 216.751.8301 or 888.878.8187


Please Note:
• Passport is required.
• This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

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Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 11:55:39 AM