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15D12N Scandinavia & Russia

Tour Package SGD4688

    Highlights

    Stockholm Sweden
    Lake Malaren, City Hall, Gold Room, Old Town, Royal Palace, cruise, free shopping, swimming pool, sauna, casino
    Helsinki
    historical centre, Presidential Palace, City Hall, Parliament buildings, Opera House, Sibelius Monument, Temppeliaukio Church
    Moscow
    Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills, People’s Palaces, GUM department store, Kremlin, Cathedrals of Assumption, Annunciation, Archangel, Church of the Virgin Gown’s Deposition, Belfry of Ivan the Great, Cathedral of the 12 Apostles, Moscow Circus performance
    Nusnäs
    Olympic skating rink, Viking Ship, Salen, Lake Siljan
    Sognefjord
    cruise, Stave Church
    Saint Petersburg
    Petrodvorets, Peterhof, Great Cascade, Great Palace, Cathedral of Kazan, Hermitage
    Copenhagen
    The Royal, Palace, The marble, Church, Parliament, Building, Carlsberg, Brewery, Little Mermaid, of Copenhagen, Shopping
    Bergen
    Hardangervidda, Plateau, Maria Church
    Geilo
    Sculpture, Park, Viking ship museum, Akershus, Castle, The Royal, Palace, Holmenkollen, Ski, Jump, area, Hallingdal Valley
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    Ho Wah Travel

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  • Day 1: Singapore - Copenhagen (MOB)
    Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Copenhagen - Capital of Denmark.
    Day 2: Copenhagen (L/D)
    Upon arrival at Copenhagen today, our sightseeing tour includes The Royal Palace, The marble Church, the Parliament Building, and Carlsberg Brewery. Next, visit the world famous Little Mermaid of Copenhagen. She sits on the stone gazing wistfully and waiting for her prince. Thereafter, free at your own leisure for Shopping.
    Day 3: North Zealand Excursions - Oslo (B/L/D)
    Take a journey to North Zealand, a region of villages, palaces, lakes and forests. Visit 17th century Frederiksborg Castle - built in Danish Renaissance style on three islands in a small lake and the Museum of the Danish resistance 1940-1945. Drive on the yellow roads along the “Danish Riviera” back to Copenhagen Pier to board an overnight cruise to Oslo. Enjoy the sumptuous Scandinavian seafood buffet dinner served on board. (DFDS in twin sharing cabins will be given subject to availability; if unavailable we shall book 4berth cabins)
    Day 4: Oslo - Geilo (B/L/D)
    Enjoy awe-inspiring scenery as you cruise up Oslo Fjord. Upon arrival in Norway’s Capital, take in the Sculpture Park with life-sized sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland, who devoted his career to the project. Visit the Viking ship museum, featuring three well-preserved Viking ships dating back to 800 AD, found in royal burial mounds with fascinating artifact. Afterward, carry on our tour with a photo stop at the Akershus Castle and The Royal Palace followed by a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump area. Next, travel along the lovely Hallingdal Valley to reach the ski resort of Geilo for dinner.
    Day 5: Geilo - Brimnes - Brijravik - Bergen (B/L/D)
    This morning we travel across the Hardangervidda Plateau to the western Norway, to see the most beautiful and classical Norwegian fjords. A journey of more natural wonders begins with a short 15-min ferry crossing from Brimnes to Bruravik to arrive at Bergen, Norway’s principal port and important city in the Viking sagas. Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as can be seen from the colourful fish market, the largest in Scandinavia. Enjoy the bustling crowds in the Fish Market before continuing to visit the 12th century Maria Church.
    Day 6: Bergen - Sognefjord - Hemsedal - Lillehammer (B/L/D)
    This morning we transfer to Sognefjord, which is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. We shall embark on a scenic cruise. Marvel at the sights along the way before we disembark and drive to Hemsedal with a brief photo stop at Borgund’s famous Stave Church - Norway’s oldest stave church from the 12th century.
    Day 7: Lillehammer - Nusnas - Falun (B/L/D)
    This morning, start with a photo stop at the Olympic skating rink called the ‘Viking Ship’ at Hamar before continuing deep into the forested heart of Sweden, passing Salen, the starting point for the annual cross country skiing marathon. Witness the making of wooden horses in Nusnas before we enter into Dalarna region. Driving along the very scenic shores of Lake Siljan, we will reach the ski resort of Falun for your overnight stay.
    Day 8: Falun - Lake Malaren - Stockholm (B/L/D)
    Travel through rural Dalecarlia to Lake Malaren. Make a photo stop before continuing to the capital of Sweden – Stockholm. With your local guide, visit the City Hall ‘Gold Room’ where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Then, continue into the medieval island heart of the city to view the cathedral, walk through the Old Town and see the Royal Palace.
    Day 9: Stockholm - Baltic Cruise (B/L/D)
    Today is free and easy until transfer to the port for your overnight cruise to Helsinki. This luxurious 2000 passenger liner boast of an excellent shopping arcade including duty free shopping, swimming pool, sauna, casino and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisine. After dinner, enjoy the live entertainment at the nightclub, the latest hits at the lively disco, break the bank at the casino or strike a jackpot. (Viking line or Siljia line in twin sharing cabin will be subject to availability, if unavailable we shall book 4berth cabins)
    Day 10: Helsinki - St. Petersburgs (Day Train) (B/L/D)
    Upon arrival Helsinki - capital of Finland, we shall disembark and start our sightseeing tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament buildings and the Opera House. Stops at the Sibelius Monument and at the Temppeliaukio Church (church in the rock). Thereafter, we shall transfer to the train station for our train to Russia - St. Petersburg.
    Day 11: St. Petersburg (B/L/D)
    Visit the fabulous gardens and fountains of Peter the Great’s Summer Residence at Petrodvorets, reminiscent of a sparkling diamond of unique beauty. Now known as Peterhof, it was also known originally as the “Popov farmstead” and then from 1944 as Petrodvorets, which means “Peter’s Palace”. Be mesmerized by the Great Cascade, which cuts into the natural shores terrace, and acts as a pedestal for the Great Palace, which is the focal centre of the entire Peterhof complex. The palace, stretching for nearly 300 meters and blending with the natural environment, is a superb example of the harmony of earthly and heavenly features. Thereafter, see the splendid Cathedral of Kazan before you proceed to tour the spectacular Hermitage, which is one of the world’s largest museums and was once the tsars’ winter residential palace.
    Day 12: St. Petersburg - Moscow (Day Train) (B/L/D)
    It time permits, you can do some last-minute shopping before you transfer to the train station from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
    Day 13: Moscow (B/L/D)
    Today, we shall embark on a sightseeing tour of the Red Square, and then visit St. Basil’s Cathedral. Other sightseeing includes the Bolshoi Theatre and the Sparrow Hills, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Thereafter, explore the ornate Moscow Metro, which Stalin called the “People’s Palaces”. If time permits, check out the GUM department store. Next we will visit the Kremlin, a city within a city adorned with medieval towers and cathedrals, palaces and a big bell tower. Visit the 3 famous Kremlin cathedrals: Cathedrals of Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Church of the Virgin Gown’s Deposition, the Belfry of Ivan the Great and the Cathedral of the 12 Apostles. This evening we shall enjoy the Moscow Circus performance.
    Day 14: Moscow - Singapore (B/MOB)
    Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home to Singapore.
    Day 15: Arrival in Singapore
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22D21N Scandinavia & Russia Plus

Group Tour USD3899
From the Vodka bars of Russia to the surreal landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, venture into some seriously impressive & historical places while on tour. Sit lakeside in Lillehammer, see the famous Circus in colourful Moscow, tour the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, visit Brest Fortress in Belarus & tour the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw (& that’s just the start!). There’s so much happening here & with 8 fascinating countries to visit in 22 days, get ready for sights & experiences like no other!
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    The worldwide leader in vacations for 18-35 year-olds. For over 49 years, Contiki Holidays has been taking travelers around the world and offering them an unforgettable travel experience! Activities Our tours include more sights, more activities, more authentic local food and more spectacular places to stay. We give you heaps of free time to relax, explore or just hang out. And wherever you go, your Contiki Crew is there to help you have the time of your life. We create the journeys so you can create the stories. Start your story with us. Total Freedom Free time is about doing what you're into as you take in new places and cultures. Hunt down some local music, spend some time lounging, biking, shopping or just exploring. All of our trips are planned with loads of free time, so you can head off and do your own thing. Need some inspiration for things to do? Just ask the ultimate travel experts – your Contiki Crew.

  • Day 1: Start Berlin/Copenhagen
    Meet your Contiki Team & travel buddies in Berlin this morning, then make your way from Berlin to Denmark's harbor-side capital, Copenhagen. Get to know the group over dinner and head out into Copenhagen’s diverse nightlife – with live jazz, pumping clubs and chilled-out bars, there’s heaps of choice. You can also choose to start this tour in Copenhagen instead of Berlin.In this case make your way to our hostel in Copenhagen and you’ll meet up with your Contiki Team and travel buddies in the afternoon.
    Day 2: Copenhagen
    Full of history, Copenhagen is a compact city with a really festive feel. Jump start your travels with a look into Denmark’s culture on our city tour, as your Tour Manager tells you the story behind the Little Mermaid statue, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace. Later, use your free time to explore the waterways and streets of Copenhagen, where the major sites are all within walking distance. Put your feet up, treat yourself and order some Danish pastries, cake and coffee. If you’re feeling up for something different, opt for a tour of the Carlsberg Brewery for a look in at how they make this famous brew. Later, maybe find a spot waterside & indulge in some typical Danish food or kick back with a beer & do a bit of people watching.
    Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo
    Say farewell to the stylish capital of Denmark as we make ourway to Oslo for a taste of how the Norwegians do it! Oslo is a cute little city with loads of character. From castles on the hill, to modern Opera Houses, great shopping & delicious seafood, there's something for everyone here. On arrival your Tour Manager will introduce you to one of Oslo’s most famous spaces, the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park. Packed with over 200 sculptures and bronzes, this outdoor gallery serves up heaps of local art and gorgeous greenery.
    Day 4: Oslo
    As Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo is an easy-going city oozes culture and has some amazing museums to visit. This morning your Tour Manager will get you in the know on Oslo with an orientation tour of the city to get your bearings for a day of exploring. With free time, get inspired at Aker Brygge, Oslo’s cultural hub and central gathering spot for locals. Once an old ship yard, it’s now a popular shopping area with a sea-front promenade, galleries, cinemas and food stalls. Otherwise, find out about a fellow adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki Museum (no, it’s not ours! Kon-Tiki was the raft Heyerdahl used to cross the South Pacific) or explore the medieval dungeons, banquet halls and crypts of Akershus Castle. Tonight you could head out & meet some locals along the stunning new district around the Oslo Opera House.
    Day 5: Oslo to Voss
    Cruise through Norway’s famous Telemark region and across the Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. If you’re lucky, you might spot some wild animals. Then we journey onwards to the small town of Voss, Norway’s adventure capital.
    Day 6: Voss to Geiranger Fjord
    Travel 25km (15.3 miles) through the impressive man-made marvel, the Laerdal Tunnel, which is the longest road tunnel in the world – and it cuts though 3 caves. Get back to nature on our journey through Norway’s rugged wilderness and take in the spectacular Boyabreen glacier, as well as the 200km long Sognefjord.
    Day 7: Geiranger Fjord to Gjovik
    For awe-inspiring views, jump on board our included cruise and get out on the water of Geiranger Fjord. The picture perfect scenes keep coming, complete with dramatic waterfalls pouring down the sides of massive sheer rock walls. Cruise past old farms and unspoilt wilderness to the alpine ski resort of Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Olympics and the impressive 136 metre ski jump! If you’re up for a bit of Olympic action yourself, have a go at bob-sledding in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity. We pull into small-town Gjovik, which is set on Norway’s largest lake, for an overnight stop. Walk around the picturesque town and get a feel for traditional Norwegian village life.
    Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm
    Into Sweden today, we pass the massive Lake Vanern and cruise through woodlands, lakes and gorgeous natural surrounds. With down time on the coach, chat to your new friends and keep your camera handy for photo ops of bears, moose and wolves. Get ready for the dramatic scenery of Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital, Stockholm. Surrounded by forests, deep blue waters and 24,000 islands, this cutting-edge city is one of Europe’s hot, creative capitals. Enjoy a night out with the group and head to the modern and lively district of Norrmalm, for a more up-beat vibe.
    Day 9: Stockholm
    This morning, there’s an option to visit to Stockholm’s stunning town hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize banquet is held. Learn about its unique architecture with our Local Guide. With its 8 million red bricks and 19 million gold mosaic tiles, this place will make your jaw drop. Then, your Tour Manager gets you right to pretty Gamla Stan’s (the old town) core spots, as the group explores the quarter’s quaint medieval streets. You’ll see the Royal Palace and perhaps the changing of the guard – a tradition dating back to the 16th century. The old town is a great place to pull up a seat and try out classic Swedish food like salmon, herring or game as you take in the atmosphere. Free time means a chance to explore the many trendy boutiques, galleries, and cool vintage stores of the hip island of Södermalm or window-shop the big label and design stores of grand Drottningatan. Tonight, why not ask your Tour Manager for some tips about some other cool places to head for a fun night out in the city.
    Day 10: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki
    Free time this morning in the city to grab your last dose of Swedish cool then live the high life this afternoon as we board our luxurious cruise to Helsinki. Kick back with a drink on the deck and watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea, check out the shops of the promenade deck or maybe try your luck at the casino tonight.
    Day 11: Helsinki
    A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate Square. Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.
    Day 12: Helsinki to St. Petersburg
    Leaving Helsinki today, the coach travels through pine forests and Finland’s vast wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia, the world’s biggest country. Get ready for arrival at the imperial city of St. Petersburg, sitting right at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Built by Italians, dreamt up by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has been the home town to many original thinkers. With its fantastic cultural heritage, Venice-like canals, wide avenues and phenomenal buildings, this grand city will give you goose bumps.
    Day 13: St. Petersburg
    Get a feel for the city’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and a look into Peter the Great’s imagination as our Local Guide uncovers many of St. Petersburg’s best-known sites. You’ll see the Admiralty and the stunning Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was killed Make a visit to Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s summer palace. This place is breathtaking! Explore the spectacularly manicured grounds, cottages, fountains and palace. Choose to visit St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in our fascinating optional, where the remains of many Tsars are held. The group takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery. The Hermitage itself is a gorgeous palace and was once home to Tsar Royalty. It makes a scene-stealing backdrop for the priceless works inside, which are the remains of Catherine the Great’s personal collection. There’s free time to walk along St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt. There’s a bit of everything along this street: palaces, lavish shops, museums, churches and buildings from many different eras. Take off down Nevsky Prospekt for a slice of glitzy new Russia and see how the country is shaking off its past with style. Take advantage of an optional cruise on the Neva River and get another angle on the city from the water. There’s also a chance to get up close to St. Petersburg’s traditional art and romance in an evening excursion to the Russian ballet, where world-class dancers perform classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Otherwise liven things up with your new friends and head to a bar or club to try out Russia’s national drink, vodka.
    Day 15: St. Petersburg to Novgorod
    There’s a definite change of pace as we enter the peaceful, shady streets of Novgorod, an ancient fortress city. Filled with old churches and a Kremlin of its own, this lovely town once suffered terribly at both the hands of Ivan the Terrible and, more recently, the Nazis. Head into central Novgorod with the group and get an insider’s look into the old town, where Russian history is captured in a nutshell - or actually in a bell! The landmark Millennium Bell is a 300 tonne sculpture covered in 127 figures – all of them key players in Russia’s history which our Novgorod Local Guide brings to life with stories.
    Day 16: Novgorod to Moscow
    En route to Moscow we make a stop in Klin, the former home of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, and see where the creator of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker worked. Later today, we arrive in Moscow, Russia’s economic powerhouse, political point of power and cultural core. As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsar Royalty, relics from the Cold War and a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes it the perfect place to explore & get a serious learning fix on days gone by.
    Day 17: Moscow
    With two full days, there’s plenty of time to uncover Moscow. Chalk up a truly local experience with a ride on one of the planet’s busiest subway systems. The Metro is packed with art that was installed under Stalin, meaning that Moscow’s Metro stations double as fascinating historical art galleries. You can learn more about them in an included tour and get an insider’s look at the art with our expert Local Guide. Discover the city’s centre with our Local Guide, who’ll give you the background on the famous Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral with its iconic onion-shaped domes, and on Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Russian Revolution still lies, preserved in wax. Learn how Russia only came out from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, and is still opening up. Walk through Russia’s political heart with a visit to the Kremlin, whose construction marked the birth of Moscow. Your Local Guide will reveal the inner workings of the Kremlin as the group explores the grounds of this stunning fortified complex, made up of cathedrals, palaces and treasures. The former home of grand princes as well as to Stalin and Gorbachev, the Kremlin is now the current Russian president’s place of residence. Learn more about it and see treasures up close by joining our fascinating optional through the Kremlin Armoury with our expert Local Guide. In your free time, get a feel for the old Communist regime by heading to the Garden Ring, where grey blocks, former ministry buildings and somber skyscrapers built by Stalin line the roads. For a taste of the Cold War and propaganda, head to the Central Museum of Armed Forces in an optional excursion with the group Otherwise, make the most of a beautiful shopping experience at GUM, once the favourite shopping mall for Soviet leaders and now a favourite spot for Russia’s elite. There are 150 shops to explore in this elegant turn-of-the-century building, selling anything from designer labels to local products and great souvenirs. If you’re after a market experience, head to the Izmailovo Market, where a massive choice of matryoshkas (Russian dolls), rugs, Soviet posters and local crafts are up for grabs. It’s a great spot to practice your bargaining skills! Food-wise, Moscow mixes it up. You could try out blinis (pancakes) or borshch (beetroot soup) at a street stand, caviar in a gourmet store, or grilled meats in one of the city’s many cafes. While you’re here, get a taste of local culture at the historic and world-famous Moscow Circus. Be amazed by highly-skilled artists, performers and clowns on this fun night out.
    Day 19: Moscow to Minsk
    We pass by Borodino, where the bloodiest single day of battle took place during the Napoleon led invasion of Russia. Later, pull into the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Torn to the ground in World War II and then rebuilt by Stalin, Minsk became the model Communist city of the Soviet era with its wide avenues, monumental buildings and vast squares. You’ll get a good look into its grand style on our city tour. Check out the Leninsky Prospekt and Victory Square as you get the background on Minsk from our Local Guide.
    Day 20: Minsk to Warsaw
    Start the day with a visit to the 19th century Brest Fortress, a stronghold of Russian resistance during the German invasion of Russia in World War II. Back on the coach, journey on to budding Warsaw. See how Poland’s capital started up again from scratch after World War II and see how it’s now looking to the future. Get a feel for the city’s buzzing café scene, relax with a drink, order some perogies (Polish dumplings) and soak up the vibes of this energetic city.
    Day 21: Warsaw
    Go back in time as our Local Guide gives you a crash-course in Warsaw’s troubled history. You’ll see Warsaw’s Ghetto, Chopin’s park, as well as the old town. Hear how this town has been all about survival, being literally reduced to rubble, and how Warsaw then picked up the pieces, using these ruins to rebuild the city. Check out St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which was blown-up during World War II. Free time means a chance to discover Warsaw’s modern, festive side. Relax in Lazienki Park, a favourite haunt with the locals, or dip into the city’s many museums, galleries and theatres. Get some hints on what to explore from your Tour Manager. Tonight, make your last night on tour one to remember and join the group for a final night dinner. Then hit Warsaw’s thriving nightlife. The choice of clubs, live music and bars here is mind-blowing, so be ready for a fun night out!
    Day 22: Depart Warsaw/Berlin
    The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Otherwise catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival.
    • 21 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels quad-share, 13 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share
    • 32 meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 10 dinners
    • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
    • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
    • Overnight cruise
    • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
    • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
    • Ferry crossings
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12D11N Russia Plus (Start Helsinki)

Group Tour USD2169
The name might just be Russia, but with 5 countries on the cards, there’s much more to this tour. Starting in Helsinki, make your way through colourful cities of the former Soviet Union. From ‘Venice of the North’ to the economic hub of Moscow, there’s loads of history & stories to discover. Do as the Romans (or Russians) do & sample vodka, see the famous Moscow Circus & tour the Kremlin. You’ll tour the Hermitage Grounds in St. Petersburg, Brest Fortress in Belarus & the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw as you head west into Poland.
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    The worldwide leader in vacations for 18-35 year-olds. For over 49 years, Contiki Holidays has been taking travelers around the world and offering them an unforgettable travel experience! Activities Our tours include more sights, more activities, more authentic local food and more spectacular places to stay. We give you heaps of free time to relax, explore or just hang out. And wherever you go, your Contiki Crew is there to help you have the time of your life. We create the journeys so you can create the stories. Start your story with us. Total Freedom Free time is about doing what you're into as you take in new places and cultures. Hunt down some local music, spend some time lounging, biking, shopping or just exploring. All of our trips are planned with loads of free time, so you can head off and do your own thing. Need some inspiration for things to do? Just ask the ultimate travel experts – your Contiki Crew.

  • Day 1: Arrive Helsinki
    Check-in to your hotel and meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager. A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate square. Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.
    Day 2: Helsinki to St. Petersburg
    Leaving Helsinki today, the coach travels through pine forests and Finland’s vast wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia, the world’s biggest country. Get ready for arrival at the imperial city of St. Petersburg, sitting right at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Built by Italians, dreamt up by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has been the home town to many original thinkers. With its fantastic cultural heritage, Venice-like canals, wide avenues and phenomenal buildings, this grand city will give you goose bumps.
    Day 3: St. Petersburg
    Get a feel for the city’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and a look into Peter the Great’s imagination as our Local Guide uncovers many of St. Petersburg’s best-known sites. You’ll see the Admiralty and the stunning Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was killed Make a visit to Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s summer palace. This place is breathtaking! Explore the spectacularly manicured grounds, cottages, fountains and palace. Choose to visit St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in our fascinating optional, where the remains of many Tsars are held. The group takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery. The Hermitage itself is a gorgeous palace and was once home to Tsar Royalty. It makes a scene-stealing backdrop for the priceless works inside, which are the remains of Catherine the Great’s personal collection. There’s free time to walk along St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt. There’s a bit of everything along this street: palaces, lavish shops, museums, churches and buildings from many different eras. Take off down Nevsky Prospekt for a slice of glitzy new Russia and see how the country is shaking off its past with style. Take advantage of an optional cruise on the Neva River and get another angle on the city from the water. There’s also a chance to get up close to St. Petersburg’s traditional art and romance in an evening excursion to the Russian ballet, where world-class dancers perform classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Otherwise liven things up with your new friends and head to a bar or club to try out Russia’s national drink, vodka.
    Day 5: St. Petersburg to Novgorod
    There’s a definite change of pace as we enter the peaceful, shady streets of Novgorod, an ancient fortress city. Filled with old churches and a Kremlin of its own, this lovely town once suffered terribly at both the hands of Ivan the Terrible and, more recently, the Nazis. Head into central Novgorod with the group and get an insider’s look into the old town, where Russian history is captured in a nutshell - or actually in a bell! The landmark Millennium Bell is a 300 tonne sculpture covered in 127 figures – all of them key players in Russia’s history which our Novgorod Local Guide brings to life with stories.
    Day 6: Novgorod to Moscow
    En route to Moscow we make a stop in Klin, the former home of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, and see where the creator of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker worked. Later today, we arrive in Moscow, Russia’s economic powerhouse, political point of power and cultural core. As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsar Royalty, relics from the Cold War and a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes it the perfect place to explore & get a serious learning fix on days gone by.
    Day 7: Moscow
    With two full days, there’s plenty of time to uncover Moscow. Chalk up a truly local experience with a ride on one of the planet’s busiest subway systems. The Metro is packed with art that was installed under Stalin, meaning that Moscow’s Metro stations double as fascinating historical art galleries. You can learn more about them in an included tour and get an insider’s look at the art with our expert Local Guide. Discover the city’s centre with our Local Guide, who’ll give you the background on the famous Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral with its iconic onion-shaped domes, and on Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Russian Revolution still lies, preserved in wax. Learn how Russia only came out from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, and is still opening up. Walk through Russia’s political heart with a visit to the Kremlin, whose construction marked the birth of Moscow. Your Local Guide will reveal the inner workings of the Kremlin as the group explores the grounds of this stunning fortified complex, made up of cathedrals, palaces and treasures. The former home of grand princes as well as to Stalin and Gorbachev, the Kremlin is now the current Russian president’s place of residence. Learn more about it and see treasures up close by joining our fascinating optional through the Kremlin Armoury with our expert Local Guide. In your free time, get a feel for the old Communist regime by heading to the Garden Ring, where grey blocks, former ministry buildings and somber skyscrapers built by Stalin line the roads. For a taste of the Cold War and propaganda, head to the Central Museum of Armed Forces in an optional excursion with the group Otherwise, make the most of a beautiful shopping experience at GUM, once the favourite shopping mall for Soviet leaders and now a favourite spot for Russia’s elite. There are 150 shops to explore in this elegant turn-of-the-century building, selling anything from designer labels to local products and great souvenirs. If you’re after a market experience, head to the Izmailovo Market, where a massive choice of matryoshkas (Russian dolls), rugs, Soviet posters and local crafts are up for grabs. It’s a great spot to practice your bargaining skills! Food-wise, Moscow mixes it up. You could try out blinis (pancakes) or borshch (beetroot soup) at a street stand, caviar in a gourmet store, or grilled meats in one of the city’s many cafes. While you’re here, get a taste of local culture at the historic and world-famous Moscow Circus. Be amazed by highly-skilled artists, performers and clowns on this fun night out.
    Day 9: Moscow to Minsk
    We pass by Borodino, where the bloodiest single day of battle took place during the Napoleon led invasion of Russia. Later, pull into the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Torn to the ground in World War II and then rebuilt by Stalin, Minsk became the model Communist city of the Soviet era with its wide avenues, monumental buildings and vast squares. You’ll get a good look into its grand style on our city tour. Check out the Leninsky Prospekt and Victory Square as you get the background on Minsk from our Local Guide.
    Day 10: Minsk to Warsaw
    Start the day with a visit to the 19th century Brest Fortress, a stronghold of Russian resistance during the German invasion of Russia in World War II. Back on the coach, journey on to budding Warsaw. See how Poland’s capital started up again from scratch after World War II and see how it’s now looking to the future. Get a feel for the city’s buzzing café scene, relax with a drink, order some perogies (Polish dumplings) and soak up the vibes of this energetic city.
    Day 11: Warsaw
    Go back in time as our Local Guide gives you a crash-course in Warsaw’s troubled history. You’ll see Warsaw’s Ghetto, Chopin’s park, as well as the old town. Hear how this town has been all about survival, being literally reduced to rubble, and how Warsaw then picked up the pieces, using these ruins to rebuild the city. Check out St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which was blown-up during World War II. Free time means a chance to discover Warsaw’s modern, festive side. Relax in Lazienki Park, a favourite haunt with the locals, or dip into the city’s many museums, galleries and theatres. Get some hints on what to explore from your Tour Manager. Tonight, make your last night on tour one to remember and join the group for a final night dinner. Then hit Warsaw’s thriving nightlife. The choice of clubs, live music and bars here is mind-blowing, so be ready for a fun night out!
    Day 12: Depart Warsaw/Berlin
    The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Otherwise catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival.
    • 11 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share
    • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts & 5 dinners
    • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
    • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
    • Overnight cruise
    • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
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The Golden Ring (2014)

Group Tour USD1699
From the grand baroque of St Petersburg to Moscow's iconic treasures, Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller! Tour Pace - Leisurely: This leisurely tour reveals all the main highlights of Russia's two imperial cities. But being 'Easy Pace' it also provides plenty of opportunity for you to explore the onion-domed cathedrals, majestic palaces and fantastic museums at your leisure. 'The Golden Ring' of once-fortified cities northeast of Moscow, stood witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. Considered virtual open air museums, their kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals and churches feature remarkable architecture from the 12th-18th centuries. Will bells ringing out from towering belfries, whitewashed walls, golden spires and onion domes marking the horizon, they rank among the most picturesque in the land.
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  • Day 1: Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great & Yaroslavl
    Depart for Sergiev Posad to visit some of the colourful churches of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra. Continue to Rostov-the-Great. Explore its ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel. Stay in Yaroslavl where dinner is at a riverside restaurant.(Dinner)
    Day 2: Kostroma & Suzdal
    Yaroslavl sightseeing shows you the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet, Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Journey to Kostroma where sightseeing includes the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral. Depart now for charming Suzdal.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
    Day 3: Exploring Suzdal
    In the morning explore inside Suzdal’s mighty Kremlin and visit the Cross Chamber. Witness the towers of the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius and visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Enjoy an authentic lunch typical of the region. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner tonight is at a Suzdal Inn restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Day 4: Vladimir & Return to Moscow
    Arrive in Vladimir to see the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. Also see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures, then return to the Crowne Plaza hotel in Moscow, your hotel for the night.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 5: Moscow
    Your tour draws to a close at the hotel after breakfast this morning.(Buffet Breakfast)
    • Highlights
    • The Ring Premier is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by the historical and cultural sights of Yaroslavl.
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    • Minibuses without restroom or extra legroom may be used.
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      • Russia
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Easy Pace Russia (2014)

Group Tour USD2525
From the grand baroque of St Petersburg to Moscow’s iconic treasures, Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller! Tour Pace - Leisurely: This leisurely tour reveals all the main highlights of Russia's two imperial cities. Yet, being 'Easy Pace' it also provides plenty of opportunity for you to explore the onion-domed cathedrals, majestic palaces and fantastic museums at your leisure.
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  • Day 1: St Petersburg.
    Airport transfers depart from St Petersburg airport at 11:30, 14:30 and 17:00. This evening meet your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)
    Day 2: The Imperial Grandeur of St Petersburg
    A morning sightseeing tour takes in St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul, Decembrist’s Square and Winter Palace. Travel down Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and oniondomed Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore, shop or relax. In the evening, perhaps take a cruise through the centre of Peter the Great’s capital?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 3: The Hermitage Museum
    Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums. Located in the Winter Palace, wander through this fabulous collection of paintings and objets d’art, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. During your free time, maybe take an optional excursion to the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin’s murder?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 4: The Cascades & Fountains of Petrodvorets
    The next morning cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 5: High Speed Train to Moscow
    St Petersburg is a city of incomparable architectural, historic and artistic interest. This morning is all yours to enjoy as you wish. Then board your high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner and a leisurely three night stay.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 6: Moscow, a Russian Revelation
    In the morning, begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a specialist guide. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow’s landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin’s Mausoleum, while on the opposite side the grand GUM department store offers the most glamorous goods. Walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. During your stay you also visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘palaces for the people’. Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 7: Moscow at Leisure
    Today is completely at leisure in the Russian capital. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk - renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture? On your last night enjoy good food, good wine and good company at an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
    Day 8: Moscow
    Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport at 05.00, 08.00 and 11.00 and at Moscow’s Domodedevo airport at 05.00, 10.00 and 13.00.(Buffet Breakfast)
    • Highlights
    • St Petersburg: See the great dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul. Drive down Nevsky Prospekt to see the Cathedral of Kazan.
    • Moscow: Tour Red Square, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb.
      General Note
    • Please note it is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your tour. However the fee for the Russian visa will be an additional charge. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or euro notes are the only accepted currency.
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Northern Capitals & Russia (2014)

Group Tour USD5050
Discover how these eight countries encircling the Baltic Sea have been shaped by conflict over the centuries; from the Thirty Years’ War to the end of the Cold War. Tour Pace - Comfortable: The innovative use of boat and train, plus two and three night stays ensures this extensive itinerary remains moderately paced. Seasoned travellers will know that border crossing formalities can extend the length of some driving days.
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  • Day 1: Berlin
    On arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, your airport transfer leaves for the tour hotel at 10:30 & 12:30. Why not walk along the bustling ‘Kudamm’, the shopping centre of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner)
    Day 2: The Spirit of Berlin
    In the morning, a guided sightseeing tour takes you along the Unter den Linden pastthe Humboldt Universityand Opera. Stop a while on Museum Island before passing the Brandenberg Gate, symbol of the reunification. See Norman Foster’s glass dome which crowns the Reichstag building before a drive through the Tiergarten. Spend the afternoon at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 3: Across the Sea to Copenhagen
    Depart Berlin and continue through northern Germany to Rostock for the sea crossing to Denmark. A peaceful drive through Danish farmland brings you to the capital of Copenhagen. Tonight, take in the enchanting atmosphere of the famous Tivoli Gardens.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 4: Wonderful Copenhagen
    After a restful night’s sleep, begin your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Christiansborg Palace to marvel at the opulent interior. Then past the Cathedral and University to see the Rosenborg Castle, Stock Exchange, Amalienborg Palace and of course Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ gazing across the harbour. The rest of the day is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 5: Stockholm, City of Islands
    Enjoy a view of Kronborg Castle, reputedly the Elsinore home of Hamlet, on the short ferry crossing over to Sweden. Your journey takes you through fertile farmland, dotted with neat farmhouses and barns. Drive along the shores of peaceful Lake Vattern to Stockholm, beautifully situated on an island studded bay.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 6: Enjoying your Baltic Sea Cruise
    With a local expert, visit the imposing City Hall with its Golden Room (where the annual Nobel Prize presentation banquet takes place), then cross into the medieval heart of the city to see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. There is the option of visiting the Vasa Galleon, before boarding your cruise ship for the overnight voyage to Finland. Enjoy dinner on board and then enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful sea views from the comfort of your A-Class cabins, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffet)
    Day 7: A Fashionable Finnish in Helsinki
    Helsinki has recently gained a reputation as a global trendsetter for its top design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise to visit the astonishing modern ‘Church in the Rock’, which has been cut right into the rock in the centre of Helsinki. Also see the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall in the new quarter.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 8: Around the Gulf of Finland to St Petersburg
    From Helsinki, drive through rural farmlands and villages, following the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Cross into Russia near Vyborg. Then continue through stretches of beautiful forests to St Petersburg.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
    Day 9: The Imperial Grandeur of St Petersburg
    Join a local expert next morning to see the ‘Church of Spilled Blood’ and the bustling Nevsky Prospect. Then visit the Winter Palace, former home of the Czars, but now housing the Hermitage Museum. Witness a treasure trove of magnificent works of art, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 10: The Gardens of Petrodvorets & High Speed Train to Moscow
    The next morning cruise by Hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petr odvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains. Return by road to St Petersburg and board your high-speed Sapsan train to Moscow(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 11: Moscow, a Russian Revelation
    In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Red Square, lined by Moscow’s landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St Basil’s Cathedral while in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin’s Mausoleum. Walk inside the Kremlin walls to visit one of the cathedrals and explore the Metro stations, rich in marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Why not visit the Kremlin museum to gaze at the treasury of the Tsars this afternoon?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 12: Moscow at Leisure
    A full day is set aside to explore Moscow at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk - renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture? Don’t miss the chance to admire the evening magic of the Red Square and the Kremlin?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 13: Minsk, the Supreme Soviet City
    Leave Moscow and pass near Borodino to follow the route taken by Napoleon’s retreating army in 1812. Stop in the region of Smolensk for an included lunch, before entering Belarus and continuing to the capital of Minsk, rebuilt after the war in supreme Soviet style.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffet)
    Day 14: Dine-Around in the Lithuanian Capital
    A guided tour takes you along wide avenues, past gargantuan concrete buildings - a legacy of Minsk’s Soviet past. Lenin still stands in front of the Government headquarters! See the obelisk in Victory Square honouring the heroes of World War II and the Church of St. Simon and Helena. Continue to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Tonight, enjoy the freedom and selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around)
    Day 15: Vilnius & the Island Castle of Trakai
    Sightseeing in the morning starts at the baroque church of St Peter and St Paul. See the neo-classical cathedral before joining a guide on a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town. See the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn; the former Soviet KGB headquarters are a reminder of more recent events. Now enjoy a visit to the splendid Trakai Castle, built on a fortified island at the beginning of the 15C, now faithfully restored in all its glory.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 16: On to a Rejuvenated Warsaw
    Pass Suwalki and lake side Augustow on a scenic drive through Mazuria, a region endowed with a plethora of lakes and forests. Your destination is the Polish capital, faithfully rebuilt after the devastation of World War II.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffet)
    Day 17: Exploring the Proud Polish Capital
    In the morning, join a local expert for a city tour past the ‘wedding cake’ Palace of Culture and a stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Then time to reflect at the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finally, walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. Tonight, join your friends for a fine selection of local dishes plus wine at a Celebration Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
    Day 18: Warsaw
    Your transfers arrive at Warsaw Airport at 7:30 & 10:00.(Buffet Breakfast)
    • Highlights
    • Berlin: See the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
    • Copenhagen: See the Rosenborg Castle, Stock Exchange, Amalienborg Palace and ‘Little Mermaid’ statue.
    • Stockholm: See the Cathedral and the Royal Palace.
    • Helsinki: Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’. See the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall
    • St Petersburg: See the great dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and the cruiser ‘Aurora’. Drive down Nevsky Prospekt to see the Cathedral of Kazan.
    • Moscow: See St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square.
    • Minsk: See Victory Square and Church of St. Simon and Helena.
    • Vilnius: See the church of St Peter and St Paul and the cathedral. Walk with a guide through the Old Town to the Jesuit University, Gates of Dawn and the former KGB headquarters.
    • Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, Chopin Monument, the Ghetto Memorial and walk through the Old Town.
      General Note
    • Please note it is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your tour. However the fee for the Russian visa will be an additional charge. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or euro notes are the only accepted currency.
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      • Germany
      • Denmark
      • Sweden
      • Finland
      • Russia
      • Belarus
      • Lithuania
      • Poland
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Russia, Warsaw & the Baltic States (2014)

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Set out from a resurgent Warsaw for the burgeoning Baltic capitals. Your journey reaches its zenith with three nights in each of Russia's great imperial cities. Tour Pace - Comfortable: This tour moves at a comfortable moderate pace with two-night stays in Warsaw, Tallinn and Vilnius, plus three-nights in both Moscow and St Petersburg. This allows for in-depth exploration, as well as leisure time to shop, relax or indulge in optional excursions.
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  • Day 1: A Rejuvenated Warsaw
    On arrival at Warsaw Airport, your airport transfers depart for the tour hotel at 10:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner)
    Day 2: Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai
    In the morning, a guided tour of the Polish capital reveals just how well the city was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II - largely due to the amazing detail in Canaletto’s paintings! Pass the ‘wedding cake’ Palace of Culture and stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Now some time to reflect at the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finally, walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is at leisure. Don’t miss the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski - Victor of Vienna, or perhaps an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 3: On to Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania
    Pass lakeside Augustow and Suwalki on a scenic drive through Mazuria, a region richly endowed with lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets)
    Day 4: Vilnius & the Island Castle of Trakai
    After a restful night’s sleep, sightseeing starts at the baroque church of St Peter and St Paul before moving on to see the neo classical cathedral. Join a local expert for a leisurely walking tour through the Old Town. See the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, a reminder of grim and relatively recent events. Finally, enjoy a highlight visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai, originally built in the 13th century.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 5: Siauliai & the Art-Nouveau Nirvana of Riga
    Head north to visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses’ near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Then it’s on to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world’s most remarkable art-nouveau architecture.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 6: Riga Sightseeing & Tallinn
    A tour of Riga’s Old Town includes a visit to the Domkirk and shows you the city walls. See the House of the Three Brothers as well as the Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights. Now drive along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and cross the Estonian border to reach Tallinn, hailed by travel aficionados as the ‘New Prague’.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 7: Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn
    Next morning, drift back through 800 years of history as you amble through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, a scene straight out of a fairy-tale. Visit the market square with its old German Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic can walk up Toompea Hill to the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then enjoy some time to browse Tallinn’s shops which are famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. For your Dine-Around this evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants situated around the picturesque market square.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around)
    Day 8: The Road to St Petersburg
    Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg fortress. The river Narva at this point forms the border with Russia, which you cross on your way to St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 9: The Imperial Grandeur of St. Petersburg
    In the morning, embark on a guided tour of the city. Travel down St. Petersburg’s main avenue, Nevsky Prospekt, for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan. See the fortress of St Peter and Paul and the gilded dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral. Then cruise BY HYDROFOIL along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great ’s summer residence of Petrodvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 10: The Hermitage Museum
    Another day, another highlight - a guided tour of the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums, housing a superb collection of priceless art. Then there’s free time to shop along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt or perhaps visit Catherine the Great’s favourite palace?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 11: High Speed Train to Moscow
    A city of incomparable architectural, historic and artistic interest, St Petersburg is all yours this morning to enjoy as you wish. This afternoon, board your high-speed Sapsan train to the capital and transfer to your hotel for a leisurely three night stay.(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 12: Moscow, a Russian Revelation
    Moscow is a city which has captivated the imagination of travellers for centuries. A morning sightseeing tour takes in Red Square, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb. Walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals before exploring the opulent Metro stations. Perhaps gaze at the treasury of the Tsars this afternoon?(Buffet Breakfast)
    Day 13: Moscow at Leisure
    Today is completely at leisure in the Russian capital. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk - renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture? This evening enjoy good food, good wine and good company at an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
    Day 14: Moscow
    Departure transfers arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport at 05.00, 08.00 and 11.00 and Domodedevo airport at 05.00, 10.00 and 13.00.(Buffet Breakfast)
    • Highlights
    • Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Monument in Lazienki Park, the Ghetto Memorial and walk through the Old Town.
    • Vilnius: See the church of St Peter and St Paul and the cathedral. Walk with a guide through the Old Town to the Jesuit University, Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet headquarters of the KGB.
    • Siauliai: Visit the astonishing ‘Votive Hill of Crosses’.
    • Riga: Visit Domkirk and see the city walls, House of the Three Brothers, Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
    • Tallinn: Stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town to see the Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall in the Market Square.
    • Narva: See the Hermannsburg fortress.
    • St Petersburg: See the great dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and the cruiser ‘Aurora’. Drive down Nevsky Prospekt to see the Cathedral of Kazan.
    • Moscow: Tour Red Square, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb.
      General Note
    • Please note it is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your tour. However the fee for the Russian visa will be an additional charge. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or euro notes are the only accepted currency.
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      • Poland
      • Lithuania
      • Latvia
      • Estonia
      • Russia
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