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RUSSIA, THE BALTIC STATES, POLAND & CZECH
Countries visited: Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland & Czech Republic
One of the world’s most unique empire went beyond it’s own territory in political and cultural influence. The art, music and culture of the Eastern Hemisphere of Europe is an envy of many regions of the world especially when one sees that it’s reflections in the unique and marvels in architecture of the various buildings, bridges, castles and general panorama. This journey gives an insight that will be remembered for all times to come.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive Moscow
02
Moscow
03 Moscow / Tver and Novgorod
04
Novgorod / St. Petersburg
05
St. Petersburg
06
St Petersburg / Tallinn
07
Tallin / Riga
08
Riga
09
Riga / Vilnius
10
Vilnius
11
Vilnius / Warsaw
12
Warsaw
13
Warsaw / Krakow
14 Krakow
15 Krakov / Prague
16 Prague
17 Prague / Vienna / Depart

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites covered on this tour
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings, Russia
Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments, Russia
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn, Estonia
Historic Centre of Riga, Latvia
Vilnius Historic Centre, Lithuania
Historic Centre of Warsaw, Poland
Auschwitz optional
Historic center of Krakow
Historic center of Prague
World Heritage Sites covered on this tour
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Moscow, RUSSIA
Welcome to Moscow – a capital to the world. We are warmly received and transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free to relax. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel restaurant. 
Overnight: Marriott Grand, Moscow (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Moscow
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country.  Sightseeing begins at the Red Square, dominated by St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin*. Visit the Armory Museum, proceed to see the Moscow University and the popular Arbat shopping district. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and then stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Rest of the day is at leisure or you may take part in an optional tour to visit the Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent* or a tour by night of Moscow and its subway. (B) 

Day 03: Moscow / Tver / Novgorod
After an early breakfast, depart for Tver, an ancient trading port nestled on the banks of the Volga River. The city offers fascinating treasures, including Putevoy Dvorets, built for Catherine II as a resting place on her journeys from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of this remarkable city. End the day in historic Novgorod, founded almost twelve centuries ago.  
Overnight: Park Inn Veliky, Novgorod (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Novgorod / St. Petersburg
A morning sightseeing tour of the Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings* starts at the Kremlin with a visit to St. Sophia Cathedral. Then, cross the river via a pedestrian bridge to visit the Yaroslav Court. In the afternoon, travel north to St. Petersburg*, the former capital of the Romanov Czars. Upon arrival enjoy a first sightseeing tour of the city starting with the visit of Peter and Paul Fortress, quarter of the City museum and its cathedral, which houses the crypt of the Russian emperors. Next, visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral.  
Overnight: Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota (2 nights)  (B, D)

Day 05: St. Petersburg
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as “Venice of the North”. This morning sightseeing tour will feature highlight: the world-famous Hermitage, which houses many treasures from the Czarist era. The rest of the day is free at leisure. (B)

Day 06: St. Petersburg / Tallinn, ESTONIA
Journey to Estonia, where our first stop is at Narva. Continue to Tallinn*, capital of Estonia and situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Overnight: Meriton Grand Hotel, Tallin (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Tallinn / Riga, LATVIA
We explore the Historic Centre of Tallinn* on a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, we visit the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, we visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon we are off to Riga*, capital of Latvia.
Overnight: Radisson BLU, Riga (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08: Riga
We explore the Historic Centre of Riga*, visiting Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Afternoon is free. (B)

Day 09: Riga / Vilnius, LITHUANIA
Morning we take a leisurely drive to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure. 
Overnight: Radisson BLU Astorija, Vilnius (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 10: Vilnius
The city of Vilnius* is located at the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius we visit Peter and Paul Church and St. Anna’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, the Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle.  Afternoon is free. Optional excursion to Trakai.  (B)

Day 11: Vilnius / Warsaw, POLAND
A full day’s drive seeing beautiful landscape and after crossing the border into Poland, we arrive at the capital city, Warsaw*, late afternoon.
Overnight: Radisson BLU Centrum/Radisson BLU Sobieski, Warsaw (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Warsaw
This 700 year old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. We explore the Historic Centre of Warsaw*, as our sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Continue with the walking tour of the Old Town, Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. Time free to rest or stroll through the city or attend late afternoon Chopin concert.  (B)

Day 13: Warsaw / Krakow
This morning we journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the "Black Madonna". Afternoon, there is time for an optional trip to one of the most somber memorials of the past, Auschwitz*. End your day in Krakow*.   
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Centrum, Krakow (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 14: Krakow
Our exploration of Krakow* starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town where we visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church. (B)

Day 15: Krakow / Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
After an interesting and scenic drive through the Polish countryside, we cross the borders to Slovakia and then to the Czech Republic.  Visit Zlata Praha (Golden Prague*) with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls.
Overnight: Hotel Angelo, Prague (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 16:  Prague
Built on the seven hills more than 1000 years ago and situated on both banks of the Vltava River, Prague* is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your city tour starts with a panoramic drive to the famous Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and the Castle Square. On a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany, St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Palace and Loretto Church. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and the world famous Astronomical Clock. The balance of the day is free. An optional visit to a cultural performance will be available. (B)

Day 17: Prague / Depart
As we culminate our tour today we are transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Apr 29, May 13 & 27, Jun 17, Jul 01 & 22, Aug 19, Sep 09, 16 & 30


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 3340 1335
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Hotels as per itinerary (or similar category)
  • 26 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch D=Dinner)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Headsets will be provided during sightseeing tours
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • International airfare / Airport taxes
  • Visa fee (if any) and insurance
  • Tips / Gratuities
Note: This tour is not part of our small group journeys

Estimated International Airfare ( NOT INCLUDED in tour price )
East Coast US $ 800
West Coast US $ 1200
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and an average GROUP SIZE of 25 participants. Also please note that this is NOT part of our small group tour.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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