CULTURAL

Russia, Baltic States & Eastern Europe - Moscow to Vienna

Moscow - St. Petersburg - Tallinn - Riga - Vilnius - Warsaw - Krakow - Prague - Vienna 20 days

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Russia
On your arrival to Moscow Airport meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of the day to get settled in. Evening gather with your fellow travellers to enjoy a welcome dinner.
meals: dinner included

Day 2 : Moscow, Red Square & the Kremlin
Your first sightseeing tour begins at the Red Square, dominated by colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral and the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collections, then walk by Moscow University. Drive along the wide 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 at Arbat shopping district, time to shop or enjoy lunch on your own. Rest of the day at leisure.
meals: breakfast included

Day 3 : Trinity of St Sergius
Today head 75km north of Moscow, to the small town of Sergiev Posad, renowned as a center 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 golden and blue domes of the Trinity of St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow with the remainder of the day at leisure. *Optional evening tour of Moscow by Night & Subway.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

Day 4 : Highspeed train to St. Petersburg
After some time at leisure in Moscow, depart for the rail station to take the 4-hour highspeed train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel with the evening at leisure.
meals: braekfast & dinner included

Day 5 : St. Petersburg, linked by over 600 bridges
There are not many cities in the world that can match St. Petersburg, built by the best architects, craftsmen and artists. Today the main sites on your tour are the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St. Isaac’s Square & Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks. Evening at leisure or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or an optional Evening Canal Cruise.
meals: breakfast included

Day 6 : Hermitage of St. Petersburg
This morning enjoy a highlight visit of the famous Hermitage, 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 masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. Remainder of the day is then at leisure for you to explore more of the city at your own pace or choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 7 : Head into the Baltic States
Today’s journey takes you to Estonia, with first stop is Narva, just across the border with Russia. Then continue on to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 8 : Walking tour of Tallinn
Enjoy a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, visiting the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then on to visit Toompea Castle and view the 14th-century gothic Town Hall. In the afternoon depart on to Riga, the capital of Latvia.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 9 : A day in Riga
In the morning see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Afternoon and evening free to explore further at your own pace, at leisure.
meals: breakfast included

Day 10 : Vilnius at leisure
Breakfast, check-out and depart to the capital of Lithuania. Remainder of the day is then free for you to begin exploring Vilnius on your own. Vilnius is known for its baroque architecture, seen especially in its medieval old town. The buildings lining this district’s partially cobblestoned streets reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne's Church. The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing a shrine with a sacred Virgin Mary icon, once guarded an entrance to the original city.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 11 : Vilnius Sightseeing
Located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers, in Old Vilinius visit St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and St. Anne’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle. In the afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes.
meals: breakfast included

Day 12 : Landscapes of Lithuania & Poland
Todays drive takes you through the landscapes of Lithuania then through the Polish countryside, cities and towns as we make our way from Vilnius to Warsaw. Lunch break enroute with arrival towards the end of the day.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 13 : Warsaw, the Royal Route
A sightseeing tour of Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland, takes you for a drive along the famous Royal Route from Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture, the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then on foot continue on to see the Old Town, Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. For the remainder of the day you can continue to stroll through the city or relax or choose to add an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.
meals: breakfast included

Day 14 : The Black Madonna & Auschwitz
Today journey from Warwaw to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery. Then continue to haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp, and tour this UNESCO World Heritage site. End the day with arrival to Krakow.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 15 : Walking tour of Old Krakow
Sightseeing today starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, where you see the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church. Afternoon is free for you to further explore on your own or take a break at a little cafe to sample some bigos and pierogi.
meals: breakfast included

Day 16 : Through Slovakia to Prague
Drive across the unspoiled Polish countryside, then over the borders of Slovakia and on into the Czech Republic. Arrive to Prague later in the day, a magical city with its Baroque churches, promenades and parks.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 17 : Heritage of Prague
Prague has a long and colorful history, starting as a bishopric, then becoming the residence of Bohemian kings and later the capital of both Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. Built across seven hills on both banks of the Vltava River more than 1000 years ago, it is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your sightseeing starts with panoramic drive to famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium, and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and world-famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to attend an optional cultural performance.
meals: breakfast included

Day 18 : Sample Viennese Pastry
Today cross into Austria and head to Vienna, the “City of Waltz”. After getting settled in you have free time to begin exploring or perhaps savor a Viennese pastry or two.
meals: breakfast included

Day 19 : Imperial Vienna
Enjoy a morning excursion visiting Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy. See Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other remnants of the city’s imperial history. The afternoon is free at your own pace then gather together in the evening for a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

Day 20 : Depart from Vienna
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport of Vienna for your outbound flight

What's included?

  • 19 nights in First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • High speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Sightseeing as noted in: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Vienna
  • Hotels used: Moscow, Marriott Grand / St. Petersburg, Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota / Tallinn, Park Inn / Riga, Radisson Blu Hotel / Warsaw, Radisson Blu Centrum or Radisson Blue Sobieski / Vilnius, Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel / Krakow, Andel’s Hotel or Qubus Hotel / Prague, Hotel Angelo / Vienna, Hilton Stadtpark

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