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WORLD HERITAGE TOUR OF EASTERN EUROPE
Countries visited: Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic & Austria
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, RUSSIA
02
Moscow
03 Moscow
04
Moscow/St. Petersburg (Train)
05
St. Petersburg
06
St. Petersburg
07
St Petersburg/Tallinn (Drive) (ESTONIA)
08
Tallin/Riga (Drive) (LATVIA)
09
Riga
10
Riga/Vilnius (Drive) (LITHUANIA)
11
Vilnius
12
Vilnius/Warsaw (Drive) (POLAND)
13
Warsaw
14 Warsaw/Krakow (Drive)
15 Krakow
16 Krakov/Prague (Drive) (CZECH REPUBLIC)
17 Prague
18 Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)
19 Vienna
20 Depart Vienna

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
Historic center of Vienna
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 Hotel, Moscow (3 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. (B)

Day 03: Moscow

Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an optional tour of Moscow by night and Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People." (B, L)

Day 04: Moscow/St. Petersburg (Train)

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for a four-hour, high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. 
Overnight: Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota or Crowne Plaza Ligovsky Hotel or Radisson Royal Hotel, St. Petersburg (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: St. Petersburg

When Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg 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 the “Venice of the North”.  Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks and was the first construction of St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

Day 06: St. Petersburg

This morning you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage museum, housing more than four million works of art. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Admire world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The largest building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace and former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour. (B, D)

Day 07: St Petersburg/Tallinn (Drive) (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 or Sokos Viru Hotel, Tallin (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Tallin/Riga (Drive) (LATVIA)

On a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 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 09: Riga

During our sightseeing tour we see 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 10: Riga/Vilnius (Drive) (LITHUANIA)

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

Day 11: 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 12: Vilnius/Warsaw (Drive) (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 or Radisson BLU Sobieski or Mercure Centrum Hotel, Warsaw (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Warsaw

This 700 year old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A 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 14: Warsaw/Krakow (Drive)

Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the “Black Madonna”.   This afternoon tour the haunting Aushchwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp.   It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.   End the day in Krakow. 
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Centrum or Andels Hotel or Qubus Hotel or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Krakow (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 15: 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 16: Krakov/Prague (Drive) (CZECH REPUBLIC)

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

Day 17: 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. (B)

Day 18: Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)

Today's destination is Vienna, the "City of Waltz", and one of Europe's loveliest cities. 
Overnight: Hotel Hilton Stadtpark, Vienna (2 nights) (B)

Day 19: Vienna

Our morning tour includes visit of the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and we view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. Afternoon is at leisure. Farwell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 20: Depart Vienna

After an interesting journey through Russia, the Baltics and Eastern Europe we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2017
Apr 28; May 12, 19 & 26; Jun 16 & 30; Jul 21; Aug 18; Sep 01, 08, 15 & 29


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2017 3700 1480
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 31 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • 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 tours.

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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