Baltic & Russian Explorer

Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow
Friendship of Nations Fountain Moscow, Russia © Via Hansa

This tour has it all - an exploration of the Baltic capitals and highlights, as well as the treasures of St. Petersburg and Moscow. 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vilnius

On arrival, private transfer from airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar; check-in and early evening welcome meeting with your tour escort and fellow guests.

Day 2 Vilnius: Medieval Town Tour & Trakai Castle

Vilnius has over 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Morning sightseeing includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town, which includes Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne's Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. Afternoon excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. Visit the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening you can enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

Day 3 Vilnius - Riga: Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the spectacular Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, we soon reach magnificent Rundale Palace - former summer residence of the Dukes of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace, we travel through Southern Latvia's rolling hills to reach Riga in the late afternoon. Accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija or similar.

Day 4 Riga: Town Walking Tour, Jurmala Seaside Resort & Organ Recital Dome Cathedral

Founded in 1201 by the German Bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The morning's Old Town walking tour includes Riga Castle, St. Peter's Church, Dome Cathedral, Swedish Gate, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guilds, and the Freedom Monument. Afternoon visit to Jurmala - a vibrant Latvian sea resort famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. Evening organ concert at the lovely old Dome Cathedral.

Day 5 Riga: Gauja National Park and Riga Motor Museum

Morning exploration of medieval Latvia with a tour to stunning Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda - here you can 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. Afternoon visit to the Riga Motor Museum, with its impressive collection of vintage cars include a very unique collection of old Soviet limousines from the Kremlin garage. Tonight, you might like to enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at stylish at Restaurant Three.

Day 6 Riga - Tallinn: Parnu Summer Resort & Land of Forests

The tour today continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. Here we enjoy a short tour of the resort, before we continue through the North Estonian forests to arrive in Tallinn in the early afternoon. Accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.

Day 7 Tallinn: Old Town Sightseeing, Kadriorg Park and KUMU Art Museum

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 morning sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the medieval Old Town Hall and the Great Guild Hall. Afternoon excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU, the award winning Estonian art museum with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. Tonight, you might like to enjoy an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Day 8 Tallinn - Helsinki; Lahemaa National Park & Ferry Through the Finnish Archipelago

Morning visit to Lahemaa National Park where you can explore Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, Sagadi Manor, Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. Afternoon ferry from Tallinn, through the Finnish archipelago, to Helsinki. Accommodation at Hotel Radisson Blu Seaside or similar.

Day 9 Helsinki: City Sightseeing & Suomenlinna Fortress

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 harbour, Senate Square, central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument, plus a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. Afternoon excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure whose construction was started in the 18th century and is located on an island. This evening, you might like to enjoy an optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve.

Day 10 Helsinki - St. Petersburg 

Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we drive through Vyborg, and continue to St. Petersburg with a late afternoon arrival. Accommodation at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar.

Day 11 St. Petersburg: Imperial City Tour & Catherine's Palace and the 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 tour 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 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 see an exciting traditional Russian folklore show, including some Russian drinks and snacks.

Day 12 St. Petersburg: Peterhof Palace & Hermitage Art Museum

Morning excursion to Peterhof Palace - an uncontested masterpiece of Peter the Great's era, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade, Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. 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 Pryanosti & Radosti.

Day 13 St. Petersburg - Moscow: Channel Cruise and Fast train to Moscow

Morning guided canal cruise along the meandering waterways and then around noon, we transfer to the railway station and board Sapsan high-speed train, bound for Moscow. Travel through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. Late afternoon arrival in Moscow; accommodation at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya or similar.

Day 14 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 tour 'Moscow by Night', includes an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 15 Moscow: Sergiev Posad

Full day excursion to Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the country.

Day 16 Depart Moscow

Private transfer from hotel to the airport and end of arrangements.


2021 departures: 
06, 13, 20, 27 June
04, 11, 18, 25 July
01, 08, 15, 22, 29, August
05, 12, 19 September

Notes:

Maximum Group Size:  45 persons

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow
  • Tour Category

    Escorted
  • Duration

    16 days

    Departures

    Jun - Sep

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 15 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice; entrances to Peter and Paul Church Vilnius, Rundale Palace, Great Guild Hall Tallinn, Church-in-the Rock Helsinki, Peter-and-Paul Fortress St. Petersburg and Kremlin Moscow; services of a multi-lingual tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki one way; train ticket St. Petersburg-Moscow one way 2nd class; porterage at hotels; private arrival and departure transfers; 3hr excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle; 4hr excursion to Gauja National Park; 3hr excursion to Riga Motor Museum; Organ concert at Dome Cathedral; 4hr excursion to Jurmala; 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park with KUMU visit; 6hr excursion to Lahemaa National Park; 3hr excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress; 4hr excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including Amber Room; folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4hr excursion to Peterhof Palace including Grand Palace; 3hr Hermitage Art Museum visit; 3hr St. Petersburg channel cruise; 3hr Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour; 3hr Moscow by Night tour; 8hr Sergiev Posad tour.

      EXCLUDES: Russian Visa; optional special dinners being Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Three; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv, Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve and Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti; half board at hotels (15 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea). 

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