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Cossack Explorer

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13 Days from $2,075 per person

Countries Visited

Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany ...more Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany

Locations Visited

St Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Berlin ...more St Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Berlin
  1. Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

    The legacy of Peter the Great lives on in the Russian city that bears his name. There's no sign of the swamps the powerful tsar transformed into elegant waterways and opulent palaces as you'll come to discover as you explore the city your way. Today there's an undeniable air of aristocracy in the former imperial capital - grandiose buildings in soft pastel shades reveal a prosperous past, while lush parklands and canals take you back to a time when wealthy tsars and tsarinas ruled this Russian roost. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a glimpse of what lies ahead and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya
  2. Day 2 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time

    With a Local Specialist as your guide, the stories of Russia's royalty come to life as you explore some of St. Petersburg's most iconic sights. See the Tsar's Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman, whose enduring presence in the heart of St. Petersburg ensures the city will never yield to enemy forces. Explore the golden-spired St. Peter and Paul Fortress, the final resting place of the Romanovs. Then spend the rest of the day on your own or consider an Optional Experience to the Church of the Saviour of the Spilt Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. You could choose instead to visit the Hermitage Museum to see one of the largest and most valuable collections of art in the world.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 St. Petersburg Free Day

    Trace the magic touch of centuries of tsarist rule as you embark on a full free day of sightseeing on your own terms. You could head to the Hermitage Museum on an Optional Experience to see the masterpieces of Matisse, Vermeer and Rembrandt on display and admire the opulence of the city's Baroque, Neoclassical and Orthodox architectural heritage. Take a stroll down Nevsky Prospekt and snack on a soft, hot and sweet pyshki or two, or embark on a full day Optional Experience to the imperial summer residences at Pushkin and Petrodvorets. You're in for a cultural extravaganza this evening should you choose to join an optional evening at the ballet in a tsarist-era theatre or attend one of the best Russian folklore performances featuring Cossack dances, songs and costumes.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 St. Petersburg – Novgorod (1 Night)

    Cross the vast plains of Russia, bound for the ancient city of Novgorod, the 'Birthplace of Russia'. Here you'll delve into the legacy of the Rurik dynasty which ruled Russia for over seven centuries. You'll view the Millennium Monument, St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin whose fortified red façades overlook the Volkhov River. Tonight, dinner is served at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson
  5. Day 5 Novgorod – Tver – Moscow (2 Nights)

    Looming larger than life, the Russian capital lies ahead, but not before you pay a brief lunch visit to the Tver region, the traditional pit stop on the popular route between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Arriving in Moscow later today, you'll have an opportunity to embark on an Optional Experience to visit an illuminated Red Square and Moscow's grandiose Metro stations, themselves great works of art. Here style and substance coexist effortlessly making Moscow's Metro the most beautiful subway system in the world.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Holiday Inn Suschevsky
  6. Day 6 Moscow Sightseeing

    Strut your stuff in one of Europe's mightiest capitals, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will delve into the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation. Moscow oozes grandeur around every turn, from the colourful domes of St. Basil's Cathedral to the imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and the seat of Russian power for centuries. An Optional Experience to the heart of Moscow will take you behind the scenes of its red walls to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Ivan the Great's Bell Tower or admire great imperial riches during an optional visit to the Treasure Chamber of the Russian tsars.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

    Wave farewell to Mother Russia and head east across the Belarus border to Minsk. Driving past Borodino, you'll be reminded of Napoleon's great 19th-century battle, immortalised in the famous novel War and Peace as "a continuous slaughter which could be of no avail either to the French of the Russians". Arriving in the Belarus capital later, you'll be left in no doubt of the city's strong ties with Russia. Your orientation tour will reveal a perfectly Soviet city, rebuilt after World War II in a style that would make Stalin proud. Dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Planeta
  8. Day 8 Minsk Sightseeing and Free Time

    The war was not kind to Minsk, but the grand buildings, large squares and elegant avenues that characterise the Belarus capital today tell a tale of Soviet supremacy. Your Local Specialist will reveal the city's history of occupation and all its iconic sights, including the Hero City Memorial, built to commemorate the city's status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. You'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Minsk your way, delving into its austere architecture followed by night of art and culture should you choose to visit the celebrated National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Minsk – Brest – Warsaw (2 Nights)

    Cross the expansive plains of Belarus this morning, heading west towards Warsaw. You'll stop for lunch at Brest, a celebrated site of Soviet resistance during World War II. Later arrive in Poland's capital, a modern metropolis which has risen with all the invigorating spirit of a phoenix after a recent tragic past.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Ibis Ostrobramska
  10. Day 10 Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

    A Local Specialist reveals the turbulent history of Warsaw this morning as you see first-hand how the resilient Poles rebuilt their city which was almost obliterated by the Nazis in retaliation for the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. View St. John's Cathedral and the Royal Palace in the Old Town, then see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto which confined over 400,000 near-starving Jews during World War II. Tonight, an Optional Experience will reveal the heart and soul of Warsaw

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Warsaw – Berlin (2 Nights)

    Blaze a trail west along the Autostrada Wolności (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Cross the border into Germany and head to its vibrant multicultural capital, Berlin. Consider joining an Optional Experience with good food, wine, beer and music, followed by a Berlin-By-Night tour of the illuminated capital.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amber Econtel Charlottenburg
  12. Day 12 Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

    Embrace the effervescent spirit of your Berlin hosts when you join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will bring the tumultuous history of this city to life. View the Reichstag Building, German State Opera House, Tiergarten, Unter den Linden Boulevard and Brandenburg Gate, the iconic 18th-century military monument that has since come to symbolise peace and unity. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's energy on your own or maybe join an Optional Experience to uncover the secrets of Berlin's World War II and Cold War past.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Depart Berlin

    Your epic encounter with imperial Russia, Soviet powerhouses and the capitals of Germany and Poland has come to an end. You've seen grandiose monuments and seen the revival of cities that were once reduced to rubble. Say a fond farewell to your travel companions as you prepare to return home. Transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Cossack Explorer
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course lunches
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Berlin Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten
  • Minsk Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes tour of the Independence Prospekt and Victory Square
  • Moscow Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Gardens
  • Novgorod View St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin Fort
  • St. Petersburg Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Warsaw Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the 'wedding cake' Palace of Culture and Science

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Moscow

Metro And Red Square By Night

Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: €37

Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow

Discover ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. You'll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally, we'll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar's artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow's Montmartre, it's lined with cafés, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €57

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have an opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars—one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €56

St. Petersburg

Venice of the North Cruise and Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere and romance of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North". Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Adult Price: €46

Evening At The Ballet

There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist-era theater. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary from €100-€130, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €100-€130

Imperial Splendors And Architectural Gems

Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €44

Russian Folklore Evening

A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience! This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €67

The Hermitage Museum

Experience a visit to one of the largest and most valuable collections of art in the world, all set in the splendor of the Winter Palace and its elaborate interiors. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €44

Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets

On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains. In case of closure or unavailability of Catherine’s Palace, we will visit the delightful Palace of Pavlovsk, which was built by Catherine the Great. The price will then be €73.00. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €89

Warsaw

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s historic buildings, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
Adult Price: €46

Cossack Dinner

Poland has a rich culture and famous folk art. On this trip, you'll have the chance to enjoy music and traditional dance while savoring a delicious meal of homemade Polish specialties.
Adult Price: €59

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Mario Magana
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Service
Daniel did an excellent job - booking from GTE excellent
Vacation
I believe should stop at Moscow does not have value stop at Belarus- just sleep for 50 Euros visa for nothing. However I enjoy Warsaw. I not consider excellent because I lost my IPad at Stockholm hotel.
Linda Meyer
Friday, October 19, 2018
Service
The tour was excellent. As always, the extra excursions were expensive and should be included. Red Square was my favorite part. The Russian people were very warm, friendly and welcoming.
Vacation
The tour itself was very reasonable. The side excursions are expensive.
Vicki Schilleman
Monday, October 2, 2017
Service
Good communication and timely delivery of documents. All questions answered quickly.
Vacation
The Tour Director really made this a fun and enjoyable trip. Because you're covering so much ground, there's a lot of time traveling on the coach, but Lasse had videos, movies, stories, and fun entertainment to keep away the boredom. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about all of our destinations.
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