Europe & Britain First Class 2018: Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States Summer 2018
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2018
Gain fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and spend days seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow, celebrating the indomitable spirit of Mother Russia along the way. You'll also wander through the ancient Baltic capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk and the beautifully preserved streets of Talinn's Haseatic Quarter.
- View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
- Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
- 14 hot buffet breakfasts
- 1 Regional Meal lunch
- 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Ferry across the Gulf of Finland.
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Rail service is reserved in standard class.
- High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
- VIP entry to many sights
Call (979) 836-6600 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13703270
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Helsinki||Arrive Helsinki: Welcome to Helsinki, the ever-cool capital of Finland, whose sophisticated streets and laidback atmosphere are yours to enjoy before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see the city's iconic sights.Welcome Reception|
Holiday Inn City Centre
|Day 2||St. Petersburg||Helsinki - St. Petersburg (3 Nights): Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karela to the Imperial city of St. Petersburg - our home for the next three nights. You will have the opportunity to admire the 'Venice of the North' by night, taking to its waters and meandering through the city's canals by boat, or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of traditional stolle pie while you wander through the city's quaint cobblestone lanes.Scandinavian Breakfast|
Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota
|Day 3||St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg Sightseeing: Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore the city's iconic sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city, saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built to protect the city against invading forces in the 18th century, and the spectacular Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections - the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 4||St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg: Spend the day exploring the grand boulevards of St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the gardens and cascading miracle of engineering that are the spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Peterhof, then spend your evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 5||Moscow||St. Petersburg - High Speed Train - Moscow (3 Nights): Board a high speed Sapsan train this morning across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, exploring its monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles. This evening we dine at our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner|
|Day 6||Moscow||Moscow Sightseeing: Join a Local Specialist for s sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the fairy-tale spires of St. Basil's Cathedral before venturing within the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 7||Moscow||Moscow: Soak up the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. You have a full day at leisure to explore the sights. Stroll along the flower-lined boulevards of Gorky Park, admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro, or consider an Optional Experience to the Tsar's Treasury Chamber or St. Sergius Monastery and its fascinating handicraft market.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 8||Minsk||Moscow - Minsk (2 Nights): Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon's retreating army of 1812, passing near the bloody battlefields of Borodino and stop for a Regional Meal lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, the cosmopolitan capital of Belarus and our home for the next two nights. This evening we dine on traditional cuisine at our hotel. Later, consider visiting the Old Town and indulging in the honey flavours of the local medovukha drink.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal, Dinner|
Hilton Double Tree
|Day 9||Minsk||Minsk Sightseeing: 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. This evening join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining|
|Day 10||Vilnius||Minsk - Vilnius Sightseeing: We journey west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius, renowned for its beautiful Baroque facades. Join a Local Specialist on a leisurely tour past the city's iconic sights. See the Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics, founded in 1579. Explore the 17th century Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral, new Royal Palace excavations and the site of the synagogue destroyed during World War II.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 11||Riga||Vilnius - Siauliai - Riga (2 Nights): Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai, the site of thousands of crosses, each mysteriously claiming its place since the mid-19th century. We arrive in the ancient city of Riga later where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, we dine in our hotel before taking to the streets to explore the Latvian capital's inspiring Gothic spires.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner|
|Day 12||Riga||Riga Sightseeing: Meander 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 fascinating Hanseatic trade history which 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 terms, admiring the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, viewing the 14th century House of the Blackheads or indulging in the herbal flavours of the city's favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern - the choice is yours.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 13||Tallinn||Riga - Tallinn Sightseeing: We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort to the fairy-tale capital of Tallinn. 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 Soviet power with its magnificent gold-plated dome. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal celebrating delicious Estonian flavours at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
Original Sokos Viru
|Day 14||Helsinki||Tallinn - Helsinki Sightseeing: We board a ferry this morning, crossing the sea to Helsinki where we'll meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the modern marble facades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and cafe-lined Esplanade. This evening we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our travel companions for a special Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
Scandic Grand Marina
|Day 15||Depart Helsinki||Depart Helsinki: Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Scandinavian Breakfast|
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