Travel from Finland into Russia to explore these 3 great cities of the former Imperial Russia.
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DAY 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI
Arrive in Helsinki, transfer from airport to Hotel Glo Art or similar; check-in and welcome meeting.
DAY 2 HELSINKI: CITY SIGHTSEEING & SEURASAARI MUSEUM
Helsinki is 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 us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street, past the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall and the Sibelius Monument, as well as a visit to the famous Church-in the-Rock. Afternoon excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
DAY 3 HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG VIA VYBORG CASTLE
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar.
DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG: IMPERIAL CITY SIGHTSEEING, CATHERINE'S PALACE, AMBER ROOM & FOLKLORE SHOW
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 'Venice of the North'. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. Afternoon 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 visit Nikolaevsky Palace for an exciting Russian folklore show, with Russian drinks and snacks.
DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG: PETERHOF & HERMITAGE MUSEUM
Morning excursion 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. Afternoon visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening, you may choose to enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.
DAY 6 ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOW: CANAL CRUISE & FAST TRAIN TO MOSCOW
In the early morning enjoy a St Petersburg canal cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. Late afternoon arrival in Moscow and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.
DAY 7 MOSCOW: KREMLIN, CATHEDRALS, METRO & EVENING RIVER CRUISE
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 extensive sightseeing tour today includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the Kremlin grounds and of the cathedrals. In the afternoon a visit to the famous Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian street Arbat Street. The evening's 'Moscow by Night' includes an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
DAY 8 MOSCOW SERGIEV POSAD & RUSSIAN CIRCUS
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we 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 700th anniversary celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The evening offers a visit to the Old Russian Circus - relive your fond childhood memories!.
DAY 9 MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Transfer from the hotel to Moscow airport where your tour concludes.
DEPARTURES: 28 May; 04, 11, 18, 25 Jun; 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul; 06, 13, 20, 27 Aug; 03, 10, 17 Sep 2017
INCLUDES:Arrival transfer Helsinki Vantaa Airport to hotel (Day 1 only); 8 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including breakfast; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalised welcome package; 3-hour excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; 4-hour excursion to Peterhof, incluidng a visit to the Grand Palace; Visit to a folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo, incluidng a visit to Catherine’s Palace; 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3-hour guided canal tour; 3-hour evening cruise on the Moscow River; 3-hour excursion to Moscow Metro and Arbat tour; 8 hour excursion to Sergiev Posad; Visit to the Old Russian Circus; Entrances to the Church-in-the-Rock (Helsinki), Peter-Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg) and Moscow Metro; Service of English-speaking tour escort; Service of 1st Class motor coaches or minivans, throughout the itinerary; Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow (2nd Class; one way);Departure transfer from hotel to Moscow Airport (Day 9 only); Portage at hotels and railway stations; Service and VAT.
Excludes: Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch; half board at hotels (8 x 3 course dinners, with coffee/tea); Russian Visa
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