Baltic & Russian Explorer

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.

Duration

16 days

Transportation

Coach

Season

Summer

Tour Type

Guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Transfer from Vilnius international airport to your hotel.
  • 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).

Arrival in Vilnius and transfer from the airport to your hotel. 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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Vilnius including a walking tour of the Old Town.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Evening Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.
  • Accommodation at Radisson BLU Lietuva (or similar).

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.
Afternoon at leisure. In the evening you will enjoy a folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. Accommodation at Radisson BLU Lietuva (or similar).

  • 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 Hotel Mercure Riga (or similar).

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 Mercure Riga (or similar).

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour of the Old Town.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Mercure Riga (or similar).

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. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Mercure Riga (or similar).

day 5
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure.
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest.
  • Accommodation at Hotel Mercure Riga (or similar).

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have the whole day to enjoy Riga on your own. In the evening you will enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. Accommodation at Hotel Mercure Riga (or similar).

  • 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).

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).

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Sightseeing tour of Tallinn including the Old Town.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.
  • Accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olympia (or similar).

Breakfast at the hotel. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity 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. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv. Accommodation at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia (or similar).

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, through the Finnish archipelago
  • Dinner and Accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon you 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 9
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • City Sightseeing tour of Helsinki.
  • Visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner and Accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

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. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Glo Hotel Art (or similar).

  • 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).

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).

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning City Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner and Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

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. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

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

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 Pryanosti & Radosti. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).

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

Breakfast at the hotel. 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).

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

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. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

day 15
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure.
  • Dinner and Accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure in Moscow. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Hotel Park Inn Sadu (or similar).

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

Tour category

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included: 

  • 15 nights accommodation incl. 11 3-course or buffet dinner and buffet breakfast, in first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice.
  • City tours with local guides as specified, incl. entrance Old University Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul Fortress in St.Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin.
  • 4 dinners outside of the hotels
  • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace
  • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum
  • 3-hour excursion to Moscow Metro and Arbat tour
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels.
  • Tour escort throughout (bilingual English/German; for more information see below)
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats, etc.
  • Ferry Tallinn-Helsinki
  • Sapsan high-speed train St.Petersburg-Moscow (2nd class)
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.

Please note:
The tour escort is bilingual (German / English), and will repeat all information in both languages (if there are German speaking guests booked on the tour). For all sightseeing tours, local guides will be used and the group will be split in an English and a German speaking one.

Important visa information: Most nationals require a visa to enter Russia. You need to apply for a visa yourself at the Russian embassy in your home country.