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.
This tour can commence 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.
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).
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. 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 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.
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 Mercure Riga (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. 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).
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).
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).
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. 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).
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 Pyranosti & Radosti. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky (or similar).
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).
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).
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).
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to the airport for your flight home.