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