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Moscow To Baltic States, Poland & Prague 18 days / 17 nights

 

Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow – St Petersburg – Narva – Tallinn – Riga – Vilnius – Warsaw – Krakow – Prague


Includes

• Airport transfers at start & end of tour

• 17 nights in 4* & *5 hotels

• Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 9 dinners (B, L, D)

• A/C motor coach

• Tour Director – English speaking

• Standard class high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg

• Service charges & hotel taxes

• Luggage handling

 

Sightseeing

• Moscow  

• St Petersburg

• Tallin  

• Riga

• Vilnius  

• Warsaw

• Krakow  

• Prague

 

Accommodation (or similar)

Moscow – Hotel Marriott Grand (5*)

St Petersburg – Crowne Plaza Ligovsky (4*)

Tallinn – Hotel Meriton Grand (4*)

Riga – Hotel Radisson Blu (4*)

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija (5*)

Warsaw – Radisson Blu Centrum (5*)

Krakow – Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton (4*)

Prague – Hotel Angelo (4*)


TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1, Friday:  Moscow

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Tonight gather with your travelling companions for a Welcome dinner. (D)

 

Day 2, Saturday:  Moscow

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by St Basil’s Cathedral and the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian and foreign jewellery and armor. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the boulevards and stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent, ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

 
Day 3, Sunday:  Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow

Today we travel 75km north of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk, founded in the 14th century and renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow, the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening you can take an optional tour of Moscow by night and subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People”. (B, L)

 

Day 4, Monday:  Moscow – St Petersburg

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 
Day 5, Tuesday:  St Petersburg

There aren’t many cities in the world that can match the grace and grandeur of St. Petersburg. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the city is spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges. It is often called the “Venice of the North.” Today we’ll visit Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monuments to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St Isaac’s Square with St Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island and meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the centre of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

 

Day 6, Wednesday:  St Petersburg

This morning you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titiian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The largest building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace and former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour. (B, D)

 

Day 7, Thursday:  St Petersburg – Narva – Tallinn

Today’s journey will take us to Estonia, where your first stop is Narva, set just across the border with Russia Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B, D)

 

Day 8, Friday:  Tallinn – Riga

On a walking tour of Tallin’s Upper and Lower Old Town visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall. Later, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B, D)

 

Day 9, Saturday:  Riga

On a morning sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle on the banks of the Daugava River, the Dome Cathedral, St Jacobs Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the distinct of Art Nouveau houses. Your afternoon and evening are free. (B)

 
Day 10, Sunday:  Riga – Vilnius

Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting architecture. (B, D)

 

Day 11, Monday:  Vilnius

The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit baroque St. Peter and St Paul’s Church and striking St Anne’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, famous. Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free to continue exploring, or you may want to join an optional excursion to the town of Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. (B)

 
Day 12, Tuesday:  Vilnius – Warsaw

Drive through the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to cross the border into Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns as you head to Warsaw, arriving at the day’s end. (B, L, D)

 
Day 13, Wednesday:  Warsaw

The 700 year-old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from Castle Square to Lazienski Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then take a walking tour to see the Old Town, Old Market Square and St John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, shop, relax or attend an optional afternoon Chopin concert. (B)


Day 14, Thursday:  Warsaw – Krakow

Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St Mary in the Jasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the “Black Madonna”. This afternoon tour haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious WWII concentration camp. It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. End the day in Krakow. (B, D)


Day 15, Friday:  Krakow

Your sightseeing tour starts with Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Take a walking tour of Old Town where you will visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St Mary’s Church. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city. (B)


Day 16, Saturday:  Krakow – Prague

Drive across the unspoiled Polish countryside, then over the borders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. End the day in Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls. (B, D)


Day 17, Sunday:  Prague

Prague has a long and colourful history. Built across seven hills on both banks of the Vitava River, it is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your sightseeing starts with a panoramic drive to Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany, Cathedral of St Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge to the old quarter of Prague to see the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free. You might want to attend an optional cultural performance. (B)


Day 18, Monday:  Prague

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

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