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15 Day Russia & Baltics 2022

15 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Russia.

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, fabled capital of Russia. Time to rest and relax, or begin your independent discovery of this cosmopolitan city. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey that awaits you in Russia at approximately 7 pm. Begin with a champagne toast to celebrate your arrival in Moscow, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Saturday - Moscow City Tour
This morning, tour Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world and the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Begin at Red Square, dominated by St. Basil's Cathedral and the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, Moscow University and the popular Arbat shopping district. Drive on wide boulevards and stroll through GUM, the largest Russian department store. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Sunday - Sergiev Posad
Today travel North of Moscow, to the small town of Sergiev Posad. Founded in the 14th century and renowned as center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as place for 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 sacred places in Russia. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, to spend the rest of the day at leisure. Do not miss this evening’s optional tour of Metro & Red Square by Night. You will see some of the most beautiful stations decorated with marble, brightly colored stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers. Later stroll in Red Square, passing the tomb of Lenin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Optional: Metro & Red Square by Night

DAY 5, Monday - High Speed Train to St. Petersburg
This morning, enjoy some leisure time on your own before transferring to the rail station for your high speed train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Tonight, a chance to attend the optional Russian Folklore Evening. The show includes dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia, during the intermission canapés, Russian champagne and vodka are sampled. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Russian Folklore evening

DAY 6, Tuesday - St. Petersburg City Tour
This morning, tour St. Petersburg, the former capital of the Romanov Czars, and Russia's second largest city, after Moscow. Visit Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, which houses the crypts of several Russian Czars. Next, visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. The evening is at leisure or, join the optional Evening Canal Cruise. (Breakfast)

Optional: Evening Canal Cruise

DAY 7, Wednesday - Visit to the Hermitage Museum
This morning, visit St. Petersburg's most famous museum, the Hermitage, home to one of the largest and richest collections of Western art in the world. Originally the personal gallery of Catherine the Great, the museum's vast collection, which spans six buildings (the most famous being the Winter Palace) now houses priceless works by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and many others. The works of art are displayed amid the fittingly opulent architectural design of the museum. Afternoon is at leisure or join the optional tour to Peterhof Summer Palace. Visit the Palace famed for its extensive gardens, terraces of gilded statues and fountain cascades on the Gulf of Finland. Relax and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of these baroque gardens and palaces. This evening, savor dinner together at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Peterhof Tour

DAY 8, Thursday - Travel to Tallinn
This morning, cross the border at Narva and drive to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn is filled with typical narrow medieval streets, towers and Gothic churches. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9, Friday - Tallinn City Tour, Travel to Riga
Morning tour of Tallinn, begins with a bus drive along the park of Kadriorg, commissioned by Peter the Great, the Song Festival grounds, and the ruins of the 15th-century Brigit's convent in Pirita. Then, continue on a walking tour of the old town, including a visit to the Toompea Castle, the 14th-century Gothic Town Hall, and to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In the afternoon drive to Riga, capital of the Latvian Republic, situated at the mouth of the Dougava River. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10, Saturday - Riga City Tour
This morning, a tour of Riga features the city's architecture encompassing Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical facades. View Riga Castle, St. Jacob's Cathedral and the Liberty Monument. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or, participate in the optional tour to the open-air Ethnographic Museum that depicts 18th century farm life. The over 72 historic structures recreate a proper village preserved from this era. Costumed actors show daily life from bygone days along with music and dance while craftsmen demonstrate various tasks - you'll feel as if you've gone back in time. (Breakfast)

Optional: Open-Air Ethnographic Museum

DAY 11, Sunday - Scenic Drive to Vilnius
Depart Riga for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, enjoying the scenic countryside along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Vilnius. Then, a riveting optional tour to the infamous KGB Museum, located in the heart of Vilnius, used as a top security prison from 1940 to 1989. The extensive photo exhibits and intact secret KGB spying equipment aids you in envisioning imprisonment in these cold, damp and narrow cells. For Lithuanians, this museum symbolizes the 50-year Soviet occupation, site of the Gestapo headquarters and later the control of the KGB. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: KGB Museum

DAY 12, Monday - Vilnius City Tour
A morning tour of Vilnius includes a visit to St. Peter and Paul Church and to the St. Anna's Church. View Vilnius University, Gediminas Tower and Vilnius Castle in the Upper Town. Spend the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to Trakai Castle. It is one of the most photographed places in Europe. This historic and world-famous Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the Palace Museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius. (Breakfast)

Optional: Excursion to Trakai Castle

DAY 13, Tuesday - Scenic Drive to Warsaw
Today, depart Lithuania and cross the border into Poland. Continue to Warsaw and spend the balance of the day at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14, Wednesday - City Tour of Warsaw
Enjoy a morning tour of Warsaw. Drive along the Royal route, from the magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park with its Palace, summer residence of the last King of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture, the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Continue with a walking tour of the Old Town, the Old Market Square, and St. John's Cathedral. This afternoon join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace. This splendid baroque palace, as impressive as Versailles, was built in the late 17th century as a summer residence for the King Jan Sobieski III and owned later by most important Polish noble families. Later, do not miss the optional* Chopin piano recital, performed in a setting fit for a king. A glass of champagne is served during intermission. (Breakfast)

*If booking both Wilanow Palace & Chopin Concert optional tours, please keep in mind that you may have limited time in between for dinner.

Optional: Wilanow Palace
Optional: Chopin Concert

DAY 15, Thursday - Depart Poland
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)


All This Included
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • Standard class High Speed Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • 22 meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Highlights
  • Visit the Armory Museum, Moscow’s oldest and most prestigious museum
  • Admire the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, considered the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, which houses the crypts of several Russian Czars, St. Petersburg
  • Tour the Hermitage Museum, home to one of the largest and richest collections of Western art in the world, St. Petersburg
  • View Toompea Castle and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
  • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Church, view Gediminas Tower and the Castle in Vilnius
  • View Warsaw’s Lazienki Park, Old Town, Market Square and visit St. John's Cathedral

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Moscow: Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow
St. Petersburg: Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg - Ligovsky
Tallinn: Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Tallinn
Riga: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia
Vilnius: Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel
Warsaw: Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips. The night before you travel to St. Petersburg, you will be required to place your luggage outside your door and pack a small bag with essential items for 1 night, to carry with you on the train. Your luggage will be transported by motor coach to St. Petersburg and therefore, won't be accessible to you until later in the evening on the day of arrival.
  • This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days, and a four and a half hour high speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps. This is a Classic program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.