Trafalgar 15D Best of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States
- SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a LocalSpecialist in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki
- VISIT the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Churchin Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai andthe Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
- VIEW Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
Day 1: ARRIVE HELSINKI
Welcome to Helsinki, the cool capital of Finland, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for an orientation drive to see the city's iconic sights followed by a Welcome Reception
Day 2: HELSINKI – ST. PETERSBURG (3 NIGHTS)
Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karelia to the imperial city of St. Petersburg– our home for the next three nights. You will have the option of admiring the 'Venice of the North', taking to its waters and navigating the city's canals by boat. This evening, we dine at our hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND HERMITAGEMUSEUM VISIT
Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning to explore the city's iconic sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built to protect the city against invading forces in the 18th century, and the spectacular Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. Admire the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer which hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls. (Breakfast)
Day 4: ST. PETERSBURG FREE DAY
Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a high energy Russian folklore show. (Breakfast)
Day 5: ST. PETERSBURG – HIGH-SPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS)
Leave St. Petersburg behind, boarding your high-speed train bound for Russia's imposing capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of Moscow, an ancient city that oozes grandeur. This evening, we dine at our hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING
Join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square. See the domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, before venturing beyond within the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power. (Breakfast)
Please Note: On certain departures, the Kremlin willbe visited on day 7.
Day 7: MOSCOW FREE DAY
Immerse yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about the city's triumphs and defeats. Consider an Optional Experience to the Tsar's Treasury Chamberor St. Sergius Monastery and its handicraft market. (Breakfast)
Day 8: MOSCOW – MINSK (2 NIGHTS)
Pass near the 'bloody battlefields' of Borodino and stop for lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, where tonight we dine on traditional cuisine a tour hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: MINSK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
This morning, we join our 'Local Specialist' to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial, built to commemorate the city's status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. This evening, 'Connect With Locals' and join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional 'Be My Guest' dinner. Enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots of vodka. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10: MINSK – VILNIUS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
We journey west to Vilnius. Join a 'Local Specialist' on a leisurely tour past the city's iconic sights. See the 16th-century Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Then, walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral on the way. (Breakfast)
Day 11: VILNIUS – SIAULIAI – RIGA (2 NIGHTS)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. We arrive in the ancient city of Riga later, where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, after dinner, maybe take to the streets to explore the Latvian capital's inspiring Gothic spires. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12: RIGA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Stroll through the winding medieval streets of Riga's UNESCO listed Old Town – with one of the world's finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings and a Hanseatic trade history we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your terms. (Breakfast)
Day 13: RIGA – TALLINN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn residents. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn's old Hanseatic Quarter with a 'Local Specialist'. See its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power with its magnificent gold-plated dome. (Breakfast)
Day 14: TALLINN – HELSINKI SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
We board a ferry this morning, crossing the Baltic Seato Helsinki where we'll meet a 'Local Specialist' for asightseeing tour past Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and the café-lined Esplanadi. This evening, we join our fellow travellers for a special Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 15: DEPART HELSINKI
We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (Breakfast)
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Anatolij and his family welcome you to their Belarus farmstead for a traditional 'Be My Guest' dinner, rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots of vodka . ( Day 9 )
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Admire the impressive collection of artefacts and art collected by Russia's tsars and tsarinas since the mid-18th century. ( Day 3 )
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