WARSAW, THE BALTICS & HELSINKI WITH ST PETERSBURG & MOSCOW EXTENSION - 2017
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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, Helsinki, and Moscow.
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 and telling 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. Travel by high-speed Saspan train to Moscow, and visit Red Square and the Kremlin, where you’ll visit the Armory Museum to see its treasures.
Globus has also included some unique experiences for you, such as a private Chopin concert in Warsaw and specialty dinners in Vilnius and St. Petersburg.
Attend a private Chopin concert in Warsaw
Dinner with wine and Luthuanian specialties in Vilnius
A special dinner with traditional Russian delicacies in St. Petersburg
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Stare Miasto and St. John's Cathedral; private Chopin concert.
Dinner with Lithuanian specialties at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Old University and the KGB Museum, and Vilnius' artist quarter, Uzupis.
- HILL OF CROSSES
Take pictures of the memorial site.
Guided sightseeing, including a walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to the Art Nouveau quarter.
Guided sightseeing, visit the Town Hall and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market; farewell dinner.
- ST. PETERSBURG
A welcome dinner with Russian delicacies; guided sightseeing, visit the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Catherine Palace (if closed, visit Pavlovsk Palace instead).
- ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOW
By high-speed Sapsan train.
Visit the Moscow Underground and Red Square; guided sightseeing, visit the Kremlin and the ARMOURY Museum; a farewell dinner with Russian champagne.
Motorcoach; ferry cruise; high-speed Sapsan train.
Throughout the tour.
- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily
4 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a welcome dinner in Warsaw and a farewell dinner in Helsinki.
Day by Day
Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
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, attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner? (B)
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 centre of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where dinner with wine and regional specialties, like Borscht (beet) soup and Cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings), awaits you at a local restaurant. (B,D)
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 special visit to Vilnius' artist quarter, UZUPIS. (B)
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)
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic centre 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)
Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Parnu, 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 Luhike Jalg Gate, and visits to the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
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)
HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
A pleasant drive to magnificent St. Petersburg, where a dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you. (B,D)
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)
In Pushkin, visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). (B)
Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Visit the magnificent MOSCOW UNDERGROUND and RED SQUARE. (B)
Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also visit the ARMOURY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theatre. (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. This evening, a farewell dinner with Russian champagne has been prepared for you at your hotel. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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