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Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki with St. Petersburg

12 days with Globus   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Warsaw, Poland.
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 Warsaw–Vilnius, Lithuania.
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, where [LF] dinner with wine and regional specialties, like Borscht (beet) soup and Cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings), awaits you at a local restaurant. (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, UŽUPIS. (B)

Day 5 Vilnius–Riga, Latvia.
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. Afternoon and evening at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available. (B)

Day 7 Riga–Tallinn–Estonia.
Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Pärnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. This afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visits to the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 8 Tallinn–Helsinki, Finland.
This morning, travel by FERRY across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, proud capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features 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 for you at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 9 Helsinki–St. Petersburg, Russia.
A pleasant drive to magnificent St. Petersburg, where [LF] a dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you. (B,D)

Day 10 St. Petersburg.
Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM. Next, drive along elegant Nevsky Prospect and visit ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL. (B)

Day 11 St. Petersburg.
In Pushkin, visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). (B)

Day 12 St. Petersburg.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Map
All This Included
On this Baltics and Northern Europe tour, you'll journey from Poland to Russia traveling through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Along the way, you'll enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historical sights—with overnights in Warsaw and St. Petersburg and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, and Helsinki. 

In each city, enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions. In Warsaw, visit the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 13th century, and 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, founded 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 the open-air market, Helsinki's most famous market. Among the many sights you’ll see in St. Petersburg, visit the Hermitage Museum, with one of the world’s finest art collections, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Russia and the fourth largest in Europe.

Globus has also included some special experiences for you, such as a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, a visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter Uzupis, and specialty dinners in Vilnius and St. Petersburg. All of this—and much more—await you on this fantastic Baltics and Northern Europe tour.
  • Motorcoach; ferry cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Warsaw and a farewell dinner in Helsinki
  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • Headsets throughout the tour
Highlights
  • WARSAW Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Stare Miasto, St. John Cathedral, [LF] private Chopin concert
  • VILNIUS [LF] Dinner with Lithuanian specialties at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Old University and the KGB Museum, and [LF] Vilnius’ artist quarter, Užupis
  • HILL OF CROSSES Take pictures of the memorial site
  • RIGA Guided sightseeing, including a walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to the Art Nouveau quarter
  • TALLINN Guided sightseeing, visit the Town Hall and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • TALLINN–HELSINKI Ferry crossing
  • HELSINKI Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market; farewell dinner
  • ST. PETERSBURG Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)
Accommodations
Warsaw: Sofitel Victoria
Vilnius: Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva Vilnius
Riga: Radisson Blu Elizabete
Tallinn: Original Sokos Viru
Helsinki: Radisson Blu Royal
St. Petersburg: Angleterre
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Warsaw:
in single room $82-$131, in twin $46-$70, in triple $58-$90

Extra nights per person in St. Petersburg:
in single room $147-$253, in twin $86-$147, in triple $79-$120
Notes
  • “[LF]” refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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