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The Baltic States, Russia & Scandinavia


tour code: 6930T
The Baltic States, Russia & Scandinavia

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Total meals included: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
DAY
1
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Meals included: Dinner
COPENHAGEN–FERRY CROSSING–BERLIN, GERMANY
DAY
2
A morning of sightseeing with a Local Guide to enjoy the famed charms from the past and present, including the LITTLE MERMAID statue and the rococo Amalienborg complex of royal palaces. In the afternoon, head to Gedser for the 2-hour FERRY crossing to Rostock. Then, onward by road to Berlin.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi/ 460 km
Meals included: Breakfast
BERLIN–POZNAN, POLAND.
DAY
3
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Berlin or join the optional sightseeing—a must for all who wish to experience the German capital’s fascinating mix of history-laden past and confident present. This afternoon, cross the Oder River into Poland on the way to Poznan.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 km
Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
POZNAN–WARSAW.
DAY
4
Touring eastwards this morning through pleasant agricultural lowlands, reach the Polish capital, Warsaw. Discover the city on your own, or find out more about its sights and history on the optional sightseeing tour. This is an excellent introduction to Warsaw’s historic center, and you’ll see why Warsaw is considered to be a phoenix “par excellence", as European cities go.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km
Meals included: Breakfast
WARSAW–VILNIUS, LITHUANIA.
DAY
5
Journey northeast towards Augustów and Suwalki to reach the biggest of the three Baltic states, Lithuania. Overnight in quaint Vilnius—the pretty wedding-cake capital since the 13th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km
Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
VILNIUS.
DAY
6
On the included sightseeing walk, discover the historic streets of the OLD TOWN. Later, enjoy some leisure time or take the optional excursion to visit medieval Trakai Castle on the shores of a picturesque lake. This evening, how about an optional Lithuanian folklore dinner?
Meals included: Breakfast
VILNIUS–PILSRUNDALE, LATVIA–RIGA
DAY
7
An interesting journey as you travel right across Lithuania into Latvia for a stop in Pilsrundale to visit the restored baroque PALACE OF RUNDALE, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The palace was built by the great architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Enjoy more lovely countryside before reaching the capital of Latvia, Riga.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
RIGA.
DAY
8
On the included tour of the OLD CITY with a Local Guide, walk through the narrow streets to the town center. Founded in 1201 by Bishop Albert, head of the Order of Teutonic Knights, Riga still boasts a multicultural population.
Meals included: Breakfast
RIGA–PÅRNU, ESTONIA–TALLINN.
DAY
9
Visit the lively historical seaside town of Parnu, then take a stroll on the sandy beach before continuing to Tallinn.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi/ 460 km
Meals included: Breakfast
TALLINN
DAY
10
Start the day with an included walking tour to appreciate Tallinn’s history and beauty. The Old Town, now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is certainly the most interesting part of the city. Worth noting are the Hanseatic merchant houses, the mile-long town wall, the medieval Town Hall, and the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads.
Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
TALLINN–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
DAY
11
Drive east today towards the border town of Narva and cross into Russia. Then, start the journey to St. Petersburg, considered by most travelers to be Russia’s most fascinating city.
Today’s Distance: 230 mi/ 370 km
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
ST. PETERSBURG
DAY
12
St. Petersburg was created in 1703 by the iron will of Peter the Great. He made it the capital of all the Russias and ensured that it should rival any other European capital in splendor, beauty, and distinction. An included city tour with a Local Guide introduces you to the palaces, parks, monuments, squares, wide boulevards, and 600 bridges that delight visitors with their symmetrical beauty. Choose from a range of optional excursions available to complete your St. Petersburg experience.
Meals included: Breakfast
ST. PETERSBURG–VYBORG–HELSINKI, FINLAND.
DAY
13
Realize the huge expanse of Russia as you take a last glimpse of St. Petersburg. Then, set off north, traveling through dense pine forests dotted with numerous lakes. Cross into Finland and head for Helsinki.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi/ 410 km
Meals included: Breakfast
HELSINKI–OVERNIGHT BALTIC SEA CROSSING TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
DAY
14
Included sightseeing of the Finnish capital covers the Empire-style palace on Senate Square and the cathedral. The afternoon is free for your own exploration. This evening, embark on the FERRY to Stockholm. On board, you can enjoy music, dancing, and shopping.
Today’s Distance: 31 mi/ 50 km
Meals included: Breakfast
STOCKHOLM.
DAY
15
Dock in Stockholm, perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. The effect of its crystalline waters flowing through the city’s intersecting canals gives a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. Your city sightseeing takes in all the highlights including CITY HALL.
Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
STOCKHOLM
DAY
16
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Services of a tour director

  • Accommodation

  • Selected meals

  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

  • Porterage

  • Headset

  • All port taxes


TOUR WITH FLIGHTS





  • Services of a tour director

  • Accommodation

  • Selected meals

  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

  • Porterage

  • Headset

  • All port taxes






  • Flights

  • Transfers

  • Services of a tour director

  • Accommodation

  • Selected meals

  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

  • Porterage

  • Headset

  • All airport and port taxes


 

Optional Excursions

 

To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.

 

CITY SIGHTSEEING

See the changes of Berlin (East and West) after the reunification with well-known landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichtag, Charlottenburg Palace, the boulevard Unter den Linden, Alexander Square and the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.

€20 (Euro)

CITY SIGHTSEEING

Your tour of Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction, will take in the old town, the royal route, the Lazienki Park, the Ghetto, the Palace of Science and Culture, the new residential district, city arches and monuments. Included is the viewing of the film "Warsaw Remains" at the Historical Museum.

€22 (Euro)

THE BEST OF CHOPIN

Enjoy a recital of some of Chopin's most beautiful music in his birthplace. The evening includes a glass of champagne during the intermission.

€35 (Euro)

TRAKAI CASTLE

Trakai Castle, Lithuania's most famous and most photographed castle, lies to the west of Vilnius on a peninsula in the midst of Lake Galve. The castle was the heart of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania until 1323 when Grand Duke Gediminas moved the capital to Vilnius. The five-story, red brick fortifications were constructed by Vytautas.

€22 (Euro)

LITHUANIAN DINNER & FOLKLORE

Enjoy a Lithuanian speciality dinner in an authentic Lithuanian restaurant in Vilnius, which is done up like an old Lithuanian ethnic house. During dinner, you will be entertained by musicians in national costume.

€45 (Euro)

ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM

The museum features authentic houses, farmsteads, windmills, wooden churches and fishermen's huts that represent life in the five different ethnic regions of Latvia during the 16th to 19th centuries. Situated within 20 minutes from downtown Riga in a vast pine forest by Lake Jugla, it occupies more than 240 acres.

€22 (Euro)

LATVIAN NOUVELLE CUISINE

Dine in the restaurant La Boheme with its unique athmosphere inspired by the Bohemian artists, from Giacomo Puccini to Charles Aznavour: a real source of inspiration and emotion.

€45 (Euro)

MEDIEVAL EVENING

Enjoy dinner with a wide selection of medieval specialties at a restaurant, located in a 14th-century merchant's house in the city center, a few steps away from the Old Town Hall. The costumes of the waiters and waitress, the interior decoration and the background music, all reflect the medieval atmosphere, making it a memorable experience for everyone.

€53 (Euro)

KUMU ART MUSEUM

The museum features a brilliant permanent exhibition of 18th century Estonian art. The venue, with its daring architecture and design, was awarded European Museum of the Year in 2008.

€28 (Euro)

RIVER CRUISE WITH LUNCH

A lunch cruise on the Neva River. Starting and ending at the Summer Garden you can enjoy a three course Russian meal whilst viewing some of the famous landmarks of the imperial St. Petersburg.

€55 (Euro)

HERMITAGE MUSEUM

One of the world's greatest palaces is the Hermitage. After October 1917 the Hermitage collection tripled because of the nationalization of art treasures previously belonging to such famous Russian aristocratic families as the Stroganovs and Chouvalovs.

€35 (Euro)

NIKOLAEVSKY PALACE

For your last night in Russia, why not enjoy a folklore show of fiery dances and original songs with snacks and "champagne" at the majestic Nikolayesvky Palace, which belonged to the Grand Duke Nicholas in the 19th century.

€45 (Euro)

PETER & PAUL FORTRESS

This fortress on Zayachiy Island is the historical core of St. Petersburg. Ordered and planned by Peter the Great in 1703, it is a monument of military and engineering craft.

€28 (Euro)

VASA MUSEUM

On August 10, 1628, the pride of the Swedish fleet, "The Warship Vasa" sank in the Stockholm harbour on her maiden voyage. After 333 years she was rediscovered and raised in 1961. The Vasa is one of the world's oldest identified and fully preserved ships and one of the leading sights in the world. You will have a tour of the Museum with local expert, see a film about the salvaging of the Vasa and have time to explore on your own.

€20 (Euro)

SECRETS OF THE OLD CITY

A local guide will accompany you on foot to see the best parts of the old city in the evening. You will also have coffee or tea and a tasty cake in a café, where the 18th century atmosphere still lingers.

€28 (Euro)

Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.