Russia and The Baltics

Russia and The Baltics

What I love most about Russia and in particular St Petersburg and Moscow is the history and all the beautiful architecture. The elegant canals of St Petersburg and the ornate domes of the churches and of course the Kremlin in Moscow. On this trip we will really get under the skin of these two cities. One highlight will be an included visit with our Local Specialist to St Peter and Paul Fortress, the final resting place of the tsars and tsarinas. Your Travel Director is always on hand to share insider tips and tricks on where to go, and how to explore like a local.

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Tour Highlights

City Tour in Moscow, Novgorod,St Petersburg. Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Minsk, Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

Visit St Peter & PaulFortress, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliaiand the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn and the Berlin TV Tower.

Tour Inclusions

where2travel host LisaIoakimidis

19 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9dinners

Audio Headsets for flexiblesightseeing

Luxury air-conditioned coachwith WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as railjourneys)

Cherry-picked hotels, all triedand trusted

Hand-picked Trip Highlights

Optional Experiences and freetime

All porterage and restaurantgratuities and all hotel tips, charges and local taxes

Must-see sightseeing andsurprise extras

An expert Travel Director and aprofessional Driver

Tips and Gratuities includedfor the Travel Director

Driver and Local SpecialistGuides

Tour Map
DAY 1: Arrive Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! This city has a tumultuous and captivating history that oozes grandeur. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub - and your home for the next three nights. Transfer from the airport to your hotel (one group transfer provided). Gather for a Welcome Dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Suschevdky or similar (Dinner)

DAY 2: Moscow and Free Time

Moscow oozes grandeur around every turn, from the colourful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral to the imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and the seat of Russian power for centuries. A Local Specialist will reveal some of its iconic sights, past the spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls. An Optional Experience to the heart of Moscow will take you behind the scenes of its red walls to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower. Admire great imperial riches during an optional visit to the Treasure Chamber of the Russian tsars.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Suschevdky or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 3: Moscow at Leisure

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning, immersing yourself in Moscow’s vibrant kofe culture before a full day to explore the city your way. From catching a few rays in Gorky Park to shopping up a storm in GUM, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, there’s something to satisfy every interest in the Russian capital. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to the 14th-century Sergiyev Posad, a place of pilgrimage and the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Suschevdky or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 4: Moscow – Tver – Novgorod

Travel via Tver with a lunch stop included. Continue to Novgorod. Here you’ll delve into the legacy of the Rurik dynasty which ruled Russia for over seven centuries. You’ll view the Millennium Monument, St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin whose fortified red façades overlook the Volkhov River. Tonight, dinner is served at your hotel.

Accommodation: Park Inn Novgorod or similar (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 5: Novgorod – St Petersburg

Travel on to glorious St Petersburg. This evening we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya or similar (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 6: St. Petersburg and Free Time

The tales of Romanov royalty come to life as you join a Local Specialist for an exhilarating sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg’s iconic sights. See the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Learn how the enduring presence of The Bronze Horseman ensures the city will never yield to enemy forces, then explore the St. Peter and Paul Fortress, the final resting place of the tsars and tsarinas whose magic touch can still be seen in the pastel façades of this glorious city.

This afternoon, you could choose to embark on an Optional Experience to the Hermitage to see one of the largest collections of art in the world.

Accommodation: Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 7: St. Petersburg Free Day

What could be better than a full day to marvel at the legacy left behind by a tsar who wanted to build a city to rival the great capitals of Europe?

Spend your day exploring the rise and fall of the Romanovs as you wander past the elegant mansions, wide boulevards and leafy canals that are all that remains of an uninhabitable swamp.

Accommodation: Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 8: St Petersburg - Tallinn

Cross the border to Estonia and later arrive in Tallinn. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Accommodation: To be confirmed (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 9: Tallinn and Free Time

Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s old Hanseatic Quarter with a Local Specialist. See its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power with its magnificent gold-plated dome.  

Accommodation: To be confirmed (Breakfast)

DAY 10: Tallinn - Riga

Travel south to the ancient city of Riga, where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, after dinner at the hotel, maybe take to the streets to explore the Latvian capital’s inspiring Gothic spires.

Accommodation: Hestia Hotel Jugend Riga or similar (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 11: Riga and Free Time

Stroll through the winding medieval streets of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – with one of the world’s finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings and a Hanseatic trade history we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own.

Accommodation: Hestia Hotel Jugend Riga or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 12: Riga - Siauliai - Vilnius

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Riga, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. We arrive in Vilnius later, where we will spend the next two nights. Dine at the hotel.

Accommodation: Europa City Hotel Vilnius or similar (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 13: Vilnius and Free Time

Join a Local Specialist on a leisurely tour past the city’s iconic sights. See the 16th-century Bishop’s Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics.

Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Then, walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral on the way.

Accommodation: Europa City Hotel Vilnius or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 14: Vilnius - Minsk

We cross the border and journey to Minsk, where you dine tonight on traditional cuisine at your hotel.

Accommodation: Planeta Hotel Minsk or similar(Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 15: Minsk and Free Time

This morning, we join our Local Specialist to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial, built to commemorate the city’s status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. Consider a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Convent during your free afternoon to see its beautiful stained glass and religious icon workshop.

Accommodation: Planeta Hotel Minsk or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 16: Minsk - Warsaw

We travel through patchwork farm landscapes, before arriving in the elegant Polish capital, Warsaw. Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Campanille Varsovie Hotel or similar (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 17: Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore Warsaw’s colourful historic centre, including the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed in retaliation. We’ll also see the Warsaw Ghetto, tragically immortalised in the poignant Roman Polanski film – ‘The Pianist’. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s sights on your own. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace.

Accommodation: Campanille Varsovie Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 18: Warsaw - Berlin

Cross the border to Germany and travel to the lively city on Berlin.

Accommodation: Vienna House Easy or similar (Breakfast)

DAY 19: Berlin and Free Time

Time Explore an iconic landmark of a unified Berlin and reunified Germany as you ‘Dive Into Culture’ at the Berlin TV Tower. Enjoy inspiring 360° views of the city, then see the neo- Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard with a Local Specialist.  

Spend some free time this afternoon exploring the city on your own. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Vienna House Easy or similar (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 20: Depart Berlin

After breakfast make our way to the airport. One group transfer is included. (Breakfast)

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Over 24 years in the travel Industry, Lisa's passion has lead her to travel to travel to over 70 countries and 320 cities worldwide.

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