Saint Basil Cathedral, Moscow
Riga at night, Latvia
Tallinn Old Town
View of Tallinn
Town Wall, Tallinn
Town Wall Towers, Tallinn
View of the Town Hall Square, Tallinn
Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn
Town Wall, Tallinn
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, Tallinn
Neris River, Vilnius
Gediminas Tower, Vilnius
Cathedral Square, Vilnius
Old Town, Vilnius
Odminiu Square, Vilnius
Gediminas Hill, Vilnius
The Land of blue Lakes, Latvia
Panoramic view of the Old Town, Riga
A fishing village, Latvia
View of The Old Town, Riga
Orthodox Cathedral, Riga
A street in the Old Town, Riga
View of the Old Town, Riga
Cesis Castle, Latvia
Rundale Palace, Latvia
Turaida Castle in Sigulda, Latvia
Red Square, Moscow
View of the Moscow at night
Annunciation Cathedral, Moscow
Baltic & Russia Highlights Tour (Baltic & Russian Explorer Tours)- Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow in 16 days, May - September 2018
DAY 1 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (SUNDAY) - Arrival in Vilnius
Arrival in Vilnius International airport, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva***** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting with the tour guide. Please ask at the hotel reception for more details.
DAY 2 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (MONDAY) - Vilnius
Vilnius is a stunning city with unique and beautiful Vilnius Old Town. Vilnius & Lithuania have a rich and fascinating culture, history, religious heritage and traditions. Vilnius morning sightseeing tour features a scenic panoramic tour and a walking part of the tour of the Vilnius Old Town. Main sights you will enjoy are Cathedral, Vilnius Gediminas Tower, Church of Peter and Paul, St. Anne’s Church, Vilnius Old University and of corse the Gates of Dawn . In the afternoon you can book an optional tour to Trakai area, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well kept Trakai Castle, stunningly sitting on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas in Vilnius.
DAY 3 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (TUESDAY) - Vilnius - Riga
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Mercure Riga***** or similar hotel in Riga.
DAY 4 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (WEDNESDAY) - Riga
Before you explore more of Riga we have an optional tour to see and enjoy medieval part of Latvia first. The morning optional tour features the beautiful nature of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. Our guide will tell you a medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and you will enjoy the remains of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword. Departure for Riga. We offer an optional tour to the Latvian Ethnographical Open Air Museum in the afternoon. An optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral in Riga Old Town is offered in the evening.
DAY 5 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (THURSDAY) - Riga
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a stunning more than eight hundred year old city. Riga is located along the Baltic Sea at the southern coast of the Gulf of Riga, on the Rigava coastal plain. The historical core of Riga is situated on the right bank of the Daugava River, about 10 kilometers from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga. The natural terrain of this area is a flat and sandy plain, about 1 to 10 meters above the sea level. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.In the evening, enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the charming Restaurant Forest.
DAY 6 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (FRIDAY) - Riga - Tallinn
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort and a leisurely stroll along the beach. The balance of the day goes through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia***** or similar hotel in Tallinn, Estonia.
DAY 7 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (SATURDAY) - Tallinn
Tallinn is a beautiful modern city, it boast a jaw dropping Old Town. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is known around the world for it’s authentic architecture. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses dating back as far as to 11th century, visit few of the local art and crafts show rooms, galleries, museum to indulge in small cosy cafés or restaurants and buy travel memorabilia from summer or Christmas open air Hanseatic fairs. There are numerous shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafees and restaurants in the old town. The sightseeing tour takes you around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon an optional tour is offered to Kadriorg Park with a visit to KUMU art museum. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack in Tallinn Old Town.
DAY 8 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (SUNDAY) - Tallinn - Helsinki
In the morning we take the hydrofoil from Tallinn to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki, transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar, check-in. The balance of the day is reserved for exploring the Finnish capital individually.
DAY 9 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (MONDAY) - Helsinki
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 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. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
DAY 10 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (TUESDAY) - Helsinki-St.Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to St.Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia there will be a stop in Vyborg, where you will have a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. Arrival and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky***** or similar.
DAY 11 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (WEDNESDAY) - St.Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a stunning city of St. Petersburg today, its grand palaces and art museums full of masterpieces are known worldwide. The Neva River and its many canals are often compared to Venice. During the morning sightseeing tour we will enjoy the beauty and 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. The optional visit to Zarskoje Selo and Catherine Palce with its splendour Amber room can be booked in the afternoon. In the evening you can book a tour to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.
DAY 12 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (THURSDAY) - St.Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel.An optional excursion to Peterhof is offered in the morning, you will also see its grand Palace, Cascade, water Avenue and beautiful parks. In the afternoon, an optional tour to the world known Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti.
DAY 13 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (FRIDAY) - St-Petersburg - Moscow
Breakfast at Hotel. Free time in the morning or why not join us on an optional escorted shopping tour to fashion and souvenir shops and stalls on the Nevsky Prospect. After shopping trip we will head towards the other most important Russian city - Moscow. This journey will be by train, on the route you all see endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga and enjoying most impressive views. Arrival to Moscow in the evening and check in at Hotel Park In Sadu**** or similar standard hotel in Moscow.
DAY 14 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (SATURDAY) - Moscow
Breakfast at 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 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 Kremlin, the Theater Square with Bolshoi Theater, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the famous Moscow Metro. In the afternoon we offer an optional excursion to the Kremlin grounds with a visit to the cathedrals. Optional excursion with the cruise boat White Flotilla on the Moscow River can be booked in the evening.
DAY 15 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (SUNDAY) - Moscow
Breakfast at hotel. There is an optional tour to Novidevichy Convent in the morning. Novidevichy Convent is a 16th century cluster of sparkling domes, one of the city’s most wonderful groups of buildings and full of history and treasures. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is Moscow‘s most prestigious resting place after the Kremlin. During the day you will have free time in order to explore the city on your own. We recommend you an optional activity for the evening - make your visit more colourful by visiting the Old Russian Circus.
DAY 16 of Escorted Baltic & Russia Tour (MONDAY) - Moscow
Optional transfer to the airport in Moscow can be pre-booked.
- 15 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
- 15 x buffet breakfast
- Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
- Personalised welcome package
- Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul-Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
- Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
- Service of Italian only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Finnish-Russian segment on tours GBX06, GBX13-GBX20
- Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on tours GBX05, GBX12, GBC21
- Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
- Ferry Tallinn-Helsinki One Way
- Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow One Way (2nd class)
- Portage at hotels and railway stations
• Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
• 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp
• Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
• Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
• Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
• Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
• 6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: EUR 70 pp
• 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow Metro and Arbat: EUR 25.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
• Transfer Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
• Half board at hotels (15 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 460.00 pp