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Baltic & Russian Explorer - 16 days

Escorted Coach Tours, Start in Vilnius

Guaranteed departure (Vilnius-Moscow). Visit the three Baltic capitals Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, as well as the magnificent Russian cities Moscow and St. Petersburg on this grand explorer tour. Transfers, sightseeing and dinners are included.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Vilnius

Day 01: Arrival in Vilnius

  • Transfer from Vilnius international airport to your hotel.
    • Vilnius Airport will be closed from July 14 to August 18. During this period all flights will be moved to Kaunas Airport, situated approximately 3 hours from Vilnius and shared shuttle transfers will be offered.
  • Recommended attractions in Vilnius:
    • Vilnius Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
    • Gediminas’ Tower of the Upper Castle
    • Vilnius Cathedral with its 57m-tall belfry
    • Gates of Dawn
    • Užupis, the “republic” of artists
  • Welcome meeting with your guide at 19:00 hrs at the hotel.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Lietuva (or similar).

Day 02: Vilnius Old Town and Trakai

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Vilnius including a walking tour of the Old Town
  • Afternoon visit to Trakai, Lithuania’s medieval capital.
  • Evening Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas
  • Accommodation at Radisson BLU Lietuva (or similar).

Day 03: Vilnius – Riga

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Vilnius by bus.
  • Stop at the Hills of Crosses.
  • Visit and guided tour of the Rundale Palace.
  • Arrival Riga late afternoon.
  • Dinner and Accommodation at Radisson Blu Latvija (or similar).

Day 04: Gauja National Park and Riga Open Air Museum

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning tour to Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda.
  • Afternoon visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum
  • Evening organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija (or similar).
  • Day 05: Riga Old Town and Jurmala beach resort

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Walking tour of the Old Town.
    • Afternoon visit to Jurmala sea resort.
    • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest.
    • Accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija (or similar).

    Day 06: Riga - Parnu - Tallinn

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Departure from Riga by bus along the coastal highway.
    • Short tour of the summer resort Parnu.
    • Arrival in Tallinn in the early afternoon.
    • Dinner and accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olympia (or similar).

    Day 07: Tallinn Old Town

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Sightseeing tour of Tallinn including the Old Town.
    • Afternoon excursion to Kardrorg Park.
    • Visit to the art museum KUMU.
    • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.
    • Accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olympia (or similar).

    Day 08: Tallinn - Helsinki

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Excursion to Lahemaa National Park
    • Visit to Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum
    • Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, through the Finnish archipelago
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

    Day 09: Helsinki

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • City Sightseeing tour of Helsinki
    • Visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock
    • Afternoon excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

    Day 10: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Departure from Helsinki by bus.
    • Short sightseeing tour and photo stop at Vyborg Castle.
    • Arrival St. Petersburg in late afternoon.
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 11: St. Petersburg Zarskoye Selo and Nikolaevsky Palace

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Morning City Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg.
    • Afternoon excursion to Zarskoye Selo.
    • Evening visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with Russian folklore show, champagne and snacks.
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 12: St. Petersburg Peterhof and Hermitage Art Museum

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Morning visit to Peterhof.
    • Afternoon visit to the world famous Hermitage Art Museum
    • Dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch
    • Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 13: St. Petersburg – Moscow

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Morning St. Petersburg channel cruise.
    • Departure from St. Petersburg with Sapsan high speed train
    • Afternoon arrival in Moscow
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 14: Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Morning Sightseeing tour with the highlights of Moscow.
    • Afternoon visit to the Moscow Metro and guided stroll along Arbat Street.
    • Evening Moscow by night tour and river cruise.
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 15: Moscow Sergiev Posad and Old Russian Circus

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Full day excursion to Sergiev Posad (the monastery and the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church).
    • Evening visit to the Old Russian Circus.
    • Dinner and Accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 16: Departure from Moscow

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Private transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • Day 01: Arrival in Vilnius

    Arrival in Vilnius and transfer from the airport to your hotel. Vilnius Airport will be closed from July 14 to August 18. During this period all flights will be moved to Kaunas Airport, situated approximately 3 hours from Vilnius and shared shuttle transfers will be offered. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Lietuva Hotel (or similar), a first class hotel located only 2km away from the Old Town. Sights of interest in the city centre of Vilnius include the Old Town, Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas' Tower and the Gates of Dawn. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:00 hrs in the hotel lobby for a welcome meeting.

    Day 02: Vilnius Old Town and Trakai

    Breakfast at the hotel before you start your morning sightseeing tour. This 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. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches.
    In the afternoon you continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and you will visit the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening you will enjoy a folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. Accommodation at Radisson BLU Lietuva (or similar).

    Day 03: Vilnius – Riga

    Breakfast at the hotel before you start heading for Riga. The first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia you soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace you travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija (or similar).

    Day 04: Gauja National Park and Riga Open Air Museum

    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will discover the medieval Latvia and go on a tour to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. You will 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 returning to Riga again. In the afternoon you will visit the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of the 18th century country life. When evening comes you will enjoy an organ concert in the Dome Cathedral. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija (or similar).

    Day 05: Riga Old Town and Jurmala beach resort

    Breakfast at the hotel. Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the 3 Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.
    The afternoon is reserved for a visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening you will enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. Accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija (or similar).

    Day 06: Riga - Parnu - Tallinn

    Breakfast at the hotel. The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. You will do a short tour of the resort before continuing through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olympia (or similar).

    Day 07: Tallinn Old Town

    Breakfast at the hotel. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility 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 you 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 excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. In the evening medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack. Accommodation at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia (or similar).

    Day 08: Tallinn - Helsinki

    Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where you will 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 the lunch break (not included), you head back to Tallinn to take the hydrofoil ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki. You will enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in the Finnish Capital. Upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. Dinner and accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

    Day 09: Helsinki

    Breakfast at the hotel. 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 you around the harbors 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. In the afternoon you will go on an excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland. Dinner and accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

    Day 10: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today you continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia you arrive in Vyborg, where you take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon you arrive in St. Petersburg. Dinner and accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 11: St. Petersburg Zarskoye Selo and Nikolaevsky Palace

    Breakfast at the hotel. 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 you get acquainted with all the splendors 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. In the afternoon you will go on 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 you will enjoy a visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show including Russian “champagne” and snacks. Dinner and accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 12: St. Petersburg Peterhof and Hermitage Art Museum

    Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is reserved for a visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon you will visit the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum before we in the evening enjoy a Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

    Day 13: St. Petersburg – Moscow

    Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is reserved for St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon you your are transferred to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon you arrive to Moscow. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 14: Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

    Breakfast at the hotel. 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 all 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. You will visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon you visit the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening you will experience a Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 15: Moscow Sergiev Posad and Old Russian Circus

    Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where you 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. In the evening you will visit the Old Russian Circus. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

    Day 16: Departure from Moscow

    Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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