Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki with St. Petersburg
12 days with Globus Rating:
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. (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. 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 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. During your afternoon sightseeing with a Local Guide, discover the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visit the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL. (B)
Day 8 TALLINN–HELSINKI, FINLAND.
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, dinner has been prepared at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Baltic vacation. (B,D)
Day 9 HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
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 [LF] dinner at your hotel wit
h 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 and 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 ST. PETERSBURG.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
On this Baltics and Northern Europe guided tour, 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, old cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historic sites—with overnights in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, and Helsinki.
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, it 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, as well as St. Isaac's Cathedral – the largest cathedral in Russia and the fourth largest in Europe.
You’ll attend a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, visit Vilnius’ artist quarter Užupis, and enjoy a specialty dinner in St. Petersburg. All of this—and much more—await you on this fantastic, escorted Baltics and Northern Europe tour.
Warsaw: Mercure Warsaw Centrum
Vilnius: Holiday Inn Vilnius
Riga: Mercure Riga Centre
Tallinn: Solo Sokos Estoria
Helsinki: Radisson Blu Aleksanteri
St. Petersburg: Angleterre
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Warsaw:
in single room $113-$199, in twin $62-$105, in triple $79-$136
Extra nights per person in St. Petersburg:
in single room $156-$338, in twin $95-$186, in triple $87-$147
Terms and Conditions
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