finland tour: The Czar's Route

Regular Group Touring
Helsinki, St Petersburg & Moscow
9 days
May - Sep
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Travel from Finland into Russia to explore these three great cities.

Day 1 Arrive Helsinki
Arrival in Helsinki, private transfer from the airport to Hotel Glo Art or similar; check-in and early evening welcome meeting with your tour escort and fellow guests.

Day 2 Helsinki: City Sightseeing & Seurasaari Open Air Museum
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 us around the harbours, Senate Square, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument, for a visit at 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
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.
Accommodation at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar.

Day 4 St Petersburg: Imperial City Tour & Catherine’s Palace and Amber Room 
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 morning sightseeing, become acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and more. Afternoon visit 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. Evening visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace to seen an exciting traditional Russian folklore show, including some Russian drinks and snacks.

Day 5 St Petersburg:  Peterhof Palace & Hermitage Art Museum
Morning excursion to Peterhof Palace - an uncontested masterpiece of Peter the Great's time, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade, Water Avenue and wonderful parks (N.B. the fountains at Peterhof only operate from May to the end of August). Afternoon visit to the world-famous, treasure filled Hermitage Art Museum - a truly wonderful way to end your exploration of this magnificent city. Tonight, you might like to join the optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti.

Day 6 St Petersburg - Moscow: Canal Cruise and Fast train to Moscow
Early morning guided canal cruise along St Petersburg's famous waterways. 
Around noon, we transfer to the 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. In the late afternoon we arrive in Moscow; accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.

Day 7 Moscow: Kremlin, Cathedrals, Metro & 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 one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. Morning sightseeing includes all the highlights of this vast city - Red Square with the Kremlin, Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and the Kremlin grounds including one of the cathedrals. Afternoon visit to the famous Moscow Metro including the stations along the Ring Line, followed by a guided stroll along famous Arbat Street, is offered. Evening 'Moscow by Night' tour which and includes an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 8  Moscow: Sergiev Posad & Russian Circus
Full day excursion to Sergiev Posad and visit to Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the country's spiritual heart. This year the monastery celebrates the 700th anniverary of St Sergius. Evening final excursion, a fun visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 9 Depart Moscow
Private transfer from hotel to the airport.

Group size: Maximum 40 persons

2018 departures: 27 May; 03 Jun; 15, 22, 29 Jul; 05, 12, 19, 26 Aug; 02, 09, 16 Sep

Includes: 8 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfasts; welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice; personalised welcome package; entrances to Church-in-the Rock Helsinki, Peter-and-Paul Fortress St. Petersburg, Kremlin Moscow; services of English speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; train ticket St Petersburg-Moscow one way 2nd class; portage at hotels; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being: 3 hour excursion to Seurasaari Open Air Museum; 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including the Amber Room; folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4 hour excursion to Peterhof Palace including the Grand Palace; 3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3 hour St Petersburg canal cruise, 3 hour Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3 hour Moscow by Night tour, 8 hour Sergiev Posad tour, visit to Russian Circus.

Excludes: Russian Visa; optional special dinners being Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti; half board at hotels (8 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2621.00
Single AUD$ 3414.00

Includes: 8 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfasts; welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice; personalised welcome package; entrances to Church-in-the Rock Helsinki, Peter-and-Paul Fortress St. Petersburg, Kremlin Moscow; services of English speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; train ticket St Petersburg-Moscow one way 2nd class; portage at hotels; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being: 3 hour excursion to Seurasaari Open Air Museum; 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including the Amber Room; folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4 hour excursion to Peterhof Palace including the Grand Palace; 3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3 hour St Petersburg canal cruise, 3 hour Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3 hour Moscow by Night tour, 8 hour Sergiev Posad tour, visit to Russian Circus.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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