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Best of Russia, Baltic States & Warsaw Coach Tour: Moscow to Warsaw

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,898

Tour the major cities of the Baltic Sea. Visit Moscow and the imposing Kremlin, admire the art nouveau architecture of Lithuania’s Vilnius and see a city risen from the ashes of war in Warsaw.


Explore the capitals of Russia and the Baltic States on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes first class accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort.

This 14-day tour takes you to Russia’s two largest cities and the capitals of the three Baltic nations and Poland.

Moscow is Russia’s political and cultural capital. A mixture of old-world opulence and communist legacy, Moscow is dynamic. The State Historical Museum and the bulbous domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral demonstrate the city’s classical heritage, while Lenin’s Mausoleum, where Communist leader Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed body remains on display, and Fallen Monument Park represent its more recent Soviet past. Whether you’re visiting to appreciate its historical centres or feel the energy of a world metropolis, you won’t be disappointed. Watch the worlds’ most famous ballet company perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the Bolshoi Theatre. Visit Red Square and the Kremlin to see the nation’s political centre. Or enjoy the world-class food and arts culture that has long made Moscow one of the world’s leading cities.

While Moscow became Russia’s capital in 1917 during the Communist Revolution, St. Petersburg remains its artistic and imperial capital. Built by Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century, this Baltic port is full of palaces and cathedrals that show off two centuries of Russian decadence. Visit the State Hermitage to see the artistic wealth of the old empire. Gasp at the towering golden spire of the cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress. At the Russian Museum you’ll see the world’s best collection of Russian paintings. Fans of music can enjoy some of the world’s best opera and ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonic. St. Petersburg is the old world of the Baltic at its best.

Tallinn is Estonia’s northern capital. A mixture of medieval and modern, communist and classical, the city is in flux between past and present. It’s enjoyed a few years as the Baltic’s party capital, but is making a classical comeback showing off its charming heritage. The walled Old Town is ground zero to see what makes the town so special. In particular, visit Kiek in de Kok, a restored fifteenth century cannon tower, and the Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky.

South of Estonia is Riga, the Latvian capital and the largest capital of the Baltic. Riga is known for its medieval architecture and lively market life. Its Old Town combines gothic spires with art nouveau facades. In Livu Square, you’ll find the city’s best bars and nightclubs. If you’re more interested in history than night life, walk the cobblestoned streets and admire gorgeous sites like the red brick Brother of Blackheads building and the imposing Riga Castle.

Inland from the Baltic Sea is Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. Founded in the fourteenth century, Vilnius is home to Europe’s largest baroque old town. As such, the city is an architectural marvel, with medieval and early-modern styles sitting side-by-side. For medieval sites, visit the gothic Church of St. Anne. For more modern styles, don’t miss the neoclassical architecture of Vilnius Cathedral.

Your journey ends in Warsaw, a phoenix risen from the ashes of war. Poland’s capital was almost entirely destroyed during World War Two, but the city and the people have persisted. Now it’s a vibrant European capital with a fascinating mixtures of gothic churches, Communist apartment blocks and glass skyscrapers. In the pastel-coloured Market Square, see reconstructions of the city’s pre-war past. The Royal Castle and Castle Square sit at the old town’s entrance. Visit the Barbican to see one of the few remaining fortifications that defended the city over several centuries. Pay respects to the great Romantic composer, Frederic Chopin, who was born in Warsaw and whose heart is buried at the Church of the Holy Cross.

This extensive tour of Russia and the Baltic is an ideal way to see national capitals and the vibrant architecture of northeastern Europe.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,898

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Day 1

Arrive Moscow

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Marriott

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    Grand Marriott


    The Marriott Grand is located on Tverskaya Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Tverskaya Metro, in the heart of city center near Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre and is known for impeccable service and event facilities. The spacious room and suites ...

    The Marriott Grand is located on Tverskaya Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Tverskaya Metro, in the heart of city center near Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre and is known for impeccable service and event facilities. The spacious room and suites offer wonderful amenities and are decorated with light woods and Art Deco touches.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

In 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 colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

In Moscow

Today you travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk - founded in the 14th century and 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 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 at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow by night and Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called "Palaces for the People."

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Moscow to St. Petersburg

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfering to the railway station for your four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Ligovsky

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    Crowne Plaza Ligovsky


    The Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg - Ligovsky is located near the main street of Nevsky Prospect and Moskovsky railway station. Also close by is the Anichkov Palace, the State Russian Museum, the Hermitage and shopping and dining areas.

    The Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg - Ligovsky is located near the main street of Nevsky Prospect and Moskovsky railway station. Also close by is the Anichkov Palace, the State Russian Museum, the Hermitage and shopping and dining areas.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 5

In St. Petersburg

There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe's best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the "Venice of the North." Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, 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 to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center 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.

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Day 6

In St. Petersburg

This morning you'll make a highlight visit to the world-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 the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the 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 to visit Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight, enjoy dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

To Tallinn

Today's journey will take you 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Sokos Viru

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    Hotel Sokos Viru



    Original Sokos Hotel Viru is located in Tallinn's centre, 329 feet from the historical Old Town. It is attached to the Viru Centre Shopping Mall and the popular KGB Museum is also there. Free Wi-Fi is available.

    Original Sokos Hotel Viru is located in Tallinn's centre, 329 feet from the historical Old Town. It is attached to the Viru Centre Shopping Mall and the popular KGB Museum is also there. Free Wi-Fi is available.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Tallinn to Riga

On a walking tour of Tallinn's Upper and Lower Old Town, visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th-century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Latvija Riga

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    Radisson Blu Latvija Riga



    The largest conference hotel in the Baltic States, the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference and Spa Hotel dominates the Riga skyline, providing the best views of the city from its Skyline Bar. Situated in the city center, the hotel houses not only 571 modern guest rooms ...

    The largest conference hotel in the Baltic States, the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference and Spa Hotel dominates the Riga skyline, providing the best views of the city from its Skyline Bar. Situated in the city center, the hotel houses not only 571 modern guest rooms and suites but also a full-service spa, casino and nightclub.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 9

In Riga

On a morning sightseeing tour, 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. Your afternoon and evening are free.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

To Villnius

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Vilnius

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    Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Vilnius



    The Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel showcases architecture that dates back to 1901 and lies in the heart of Vilnius Old Town. The hotel pampers guests with 5-star amenities and 119 comfortable, spacious rooms outfitted with individual climate control and free high-speed, wireless Internet access. ...

    The Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel showcases architecture that dates back to 1901 and lies in the heart of Vilnius Old Town. The hotel pampers guests with 5-star amenities and 119 comfortable, spacious rooms outfitted with individual climate control and free high-speed, wireless Internet access. The hotel offers guests wheelchair access and nearby public parking for an additional charge. The hotel is located just six kilometers from Vilnius International Airport (VNO), less than two kilometers from the train station and an even shorter walk to the bus station. Visitors are within just a few kilometers of UNESCO World Heritage sites, shopping and dining.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • ATM
    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Indoor Pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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Day 11

In Vilnius

The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, 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. The afternoon is free or you may want to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes.

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Day 12

To 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Centrum Warsaw

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    Radisson Blu Centrum Warsaw



    Perfectly located in the business district, the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw offers proximity to major office buildings such as the Atrium Tower and Sienna Center. Corporate travelers can stay within walking distance of the Warsaw Financial Center and the eye-catching Rondo ONZ tower to ...

    Perfectly located in the business district, the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw offers proximity to major office buildings such as the Atrium Tower and Sienna Center. Corporate travelers can stay within walking distance of the Warsaw Financial Center and the eye-catching Rondo ONZ tower to easily reach nearby meetings. Vacationers also appreciate an abundance of historical and cultural attractions like the Jewish Ghetto and Roma Theater, within 2 kilometers of the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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Day 13

In Warsaw

Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by 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 on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for a stroll through the city, shopping, relaxing, or perhaps attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.

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Day 14

Depart Warsaw

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

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 18; Sep 1, 8, 15, 29 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as indicated with private facilities
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • High speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage handling

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic aurfare & airfare taxes.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Round the Horn Cruise

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB KOMPASHMOS17SG: K982
29 Sep 2017
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