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Russia and the Baltics Discovery

Operated by: Insight Vacations

19 Days from $6,550 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Russia Baltic Discovery

Countries Visited

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia ...more Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia

Locations Visited

Warsaw, Vilnius, Trakai, Šiauliai, Riga, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg, Petrodvorets, Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Suzdal, Vladimir ...more Warsaw, Vilnius, Trakai, Šiauliai, Riga, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg, Petrodvorets, Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Suzdal, Vladimir
  1. Day 1 Arrive Warsaw

    On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in to your luxury hotel before joining your Travelling Concierge at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your fellow travellers.Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals, accompanied with wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  2. Day 2 Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

    A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town.The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  3. Day 3 Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania

    Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.
  4. Day 4 Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai

    Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.
  5. Day 5 The Votive Hill of Crosses and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga

    Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation.Continue your journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world’s most remarkable art nouveau architecture.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga.
  6. Day 6 Riga Sightseeing and onto Tallinn

    Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, including a visit to the old aircraft hangars that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls.Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallinn is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture to its quirky art scenes, Tallinn is made for the curious and creative.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel L'Embitu, Tallinn.
  7. Day 7 Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn Relaxed Start

    Explore Tallinn with Insight Choice. Focus on panoramic views leading to the Town Hall Square, or stroll the fairy-tale Old Town and hear about Estonian artisans.Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn’s shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery.Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel L'Embitu, Tallinn.
  8. Day 8 St Petersburg: To Russia with Love

    Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg Fortress. Cross the River Narva, which forms the Russian border, and continue to St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  9. Day 9 St.Petersburg Sightseeing

    Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit a local ceramist workshop supporting vulnerable youth. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace in the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin? Or, if you prefer, relax at your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  10. Day 10 Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil Relaxed Start

    Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  11. Day 11 The Hermitage Museum Relaxed Start

    Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces.The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky.
  12. Day 12 High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  13. Day 13 Moscow, a Russian Revelation Relaxed Start

    Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. Explore Moscow with Insight Choice. Choose to visit an ornate metro station with your Local Expert. Alternatively, take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park and enjoy great views of your surroundings.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  14. Day 14 Moscow and The Kremlin Relaxed Start

    In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  15. Day 15 To Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl

    This morning, depart Moscow to Sergiev Posad. Visit some of the colourful churches of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Journey to Rostov-the-Great and explore its ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel. Continue to Yaroslavl where a delicious dinner is served at a riverside restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl.
  16. Day 16 Kostroma and Suzdal Experience

    During your sightseeing of Yaroslavl, see the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Travel to Kostroma to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
  17. Day 17 Exploring Suzdal

    Explore Suzdal with Insight Choice. Choose to meet an Orthodox priest and learn about the ancient art of icon painting. Alternatively, visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius. Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic Home-hosted lunch with a meal typical of the region.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
  18. Day 18 On to Vladimir and return to Moscow

    Journey to Vladimir to see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures. Visit a Matryoska doll-making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own. Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow.
  19. Day 19 Farewell Moscow

    Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.

    meals Breakfast
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Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included.
  • Complimentary transfers from St Petersburg airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day. Complimentary transfers to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Tallinn: Walk through the fairytale Old Town with your Local Expert and hear about Estonian arts and crafts.
  • Tallinn: Join your Local Expert for a scenic walking tour of the city with panoramic views and a visit to the Town Hall Square.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Moscow: Visit one of Moscow's ornate metro stations, referred to by Stalin as 'Palaces for the People'.
  • Moscow: Join your Local Expert to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Suzdal: With your Local Expert visit the Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius, founded in 1352.
  • Suzdal: Meet an Orthodox Priest and learn about the ancient techniques of icon painting.Alternatively, visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Authentic Dining

  • Warsaw: Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Riga: Wander through the maze of stalls in the Central Market and sample local delicacies.
  • Tallinn: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Tallinn.
  • Moscow: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Moscow.
  • Yaroslavl: In Yaroslavl, a delicious dinner is served.
  • Suzdal: Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region.
  • Dining Summary: 18 Breakfast (B), 8 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch (L)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.
  • Šiauliai: Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.
  • Vilnius: Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral.
  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Riga: Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
  • Tallinn: Walk through the fairytale Old Town with your Local Expert and hear about Estonian arts and crafts.
  • Tallinn: Join your Local Expert for a scenic walking tour of the city with panoramic views and a visit to the Town Hall Square.
  • St. Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. As you travel along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, see the Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood.
  • Saint Petersburg: Guided by your Local Expert, see the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospect, the bustling main street of the city.
  • Saint Petersburg: Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great's Summer Palace, bursting with cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Moscow: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Explore this fascinating capital with your Local Expert. Visit Red Square to admire the landmark buildings of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum.
  • Moscow: Visit one of Moscow's ornate metro stations, referred to by Stalin as 'Palaces for the People'.
  • Moscow: Join your Local Expert to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedral's and the Armoury Chamber when you venture inside the Kremlin.
  • Sergiev Posad: The main attraction is the famous Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Among the colourful collection of churches here, visit the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals.
  • Rostov: Explore the ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel.
  • Yaroslavl: Visit the green-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
  • Kostroma: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral.
  • Suzdal: With your Local Expert visit the Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius, founded in 1352.
  • Vladimir: Explore the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures.
  • Vladimir: See the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. See the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius.

Make Travel Matter

  • St. Petersburg: Witness a demonstration of intricate miniatures being created at a ceramic studio supporting vulnerable youth.

Insight Experiences

  • Suzdal: Meet an Orthodox Priest and learn about the ancient techniques of icon painting.Alternatively, visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.
  • Vladimir: Bring home your own version of the famous Russian souvenir after learning from a professional artist in a special Matryoshka doll-making workshop.

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