On this guided tour of the Baltics and Northern Europe, you'll journey from Poland to Russia traveling through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and Finland. Along the way, you'll enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historic sites-with overnights in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Moscow. In each city, enjoy guided sightseeing of must-see attractions. In Warsaw, visit the 13th-century Stare Miasto (Old Town)-a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and the 14th-century St. John Cathedral, once the spot for weddings, coronations, and royal funerals. In Vilnius, visit the Old University, founded in 1569 by Jesuit monks, and the KGB Museum, situated in the former KGB building which tells about the occupation regimes that took over Lithuania from 1942-1990. In Riga, walk through the Art Nouveau Quarter and the Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - with a variety of architectural styles-romanticism, gothic, baroque, classicism, and modernism. Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with watch towers, cobbled lanes, and medieval houses. Here, visit its Town Hall, built in 1402-1404, and the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Estonia's opulent Russian Orthodox cathedral. Helsinki's sightseeing features a visit to the Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, and Helsinki's famous open-air market. Among the many sights you'll see in St. Petersburg is the Hermitage Museum, with one of the world's finest art collections. Travel by high-speed Sapsan train to Moscow, and visit the Red Square and the Kremlin, where you'll see the treasures of the Armory Museum. Attend a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, make a visit to Vilnius' artist quarter Uzupis, and enjoy a specialty dinner in St. Petersburg. In Moscow, you'll also visit the world's largest Orthodox Christian Church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, as well as the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery. All of this-and much more-await you on this fantastic escorted Baltics and Northern Europe tour.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Warsaw||Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)|
|Day 2||Warsaw||Hear about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway between East and West during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the medieval STARE MIASTO (Old Town) with its market square and the 14th-century St. John's CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. Sightseeing also features the 'wedding cake' Palace of Culture and Science, the remnants of the Jewish ghetto, and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. Later, [LF] attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner? (B)|
|Day 3||Vilnius||The next days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. First, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Arrive in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Vilnius||Vilnius' picturesque historic nucleus is clustered around the remains of a castle built by Prince Gediminas in 1323. Your Local Guide will accompany you on a walk from Cathedral Square through narrow, winding lanes to the OLD UNIVERSITY, founded by Jesuits in 1569. Also visit the KGB MUSEUM, and end your tour with a [LF] special visit to Vilnius' artist quarter, UZUPIS. (B)|
|Day 5||Riga||Enjoy a scenic drive from the Neris River through a landscape of alternating dark forests, swamps, and lush pastures. Stop at the Hill of Crosses memorial site on your way to the Baltic port of Riga, the Latvian capital. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Riga||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic center on the right bank of the Daugava River and a walking tour of the OLD TOWN and the ART NOUVEAU QUARTER. Don't miss the opportunity to [LF] TASTE Riga Balsam (a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur) and Laima chocolate. The afternoon and evening are at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available. (B)|
|Day 7||Tallinn||Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Parnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. On your afternoon sightseeing with a Local Guide, discover the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate, and visit the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL. (B)|
|Day 8||Helsinki||This morning, travel by FERRY across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, proud capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing includes the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki's local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at your hotel. (B,D)|
|Day 9||St. Petersburg||A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy a [LF] special dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka. (B,D)|
|Day 10||St. Petersburg||Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci. (B)|
|Day 11||St. Petersburg||Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The balance of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city. (B)|
|Day 12||Moscow||Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground. (B)|
|Day 13||Moscow||Guided sightseeing features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also visit the ARMORY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theater. (B)|
|Day 14||Moscow||Another day full of highlights: visit the [LF] CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialties as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia. (B,D)|
|Day 15||Moscow||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1058Triple room reduction per person:$134, $188 (June 17)Extra nights per person in Warsaw:in single room $88-$140, in twin $49-$75, in triple $62-$97Extra nights per person in Moscow:in single room $171-$196, in twin $98-$110, in triple $73-$82
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