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Russia, Warsaw & the Baltic States

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
16 Days from $3,444 per person

From a resurgent Warsaw, head to the thriving Baltic capitals.  Your journey reaches its zenith with seven nights in Russia's two imperial cities.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. On arrival at Warsaw Airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Tour Director for a warm, friendly Welcome Reception, an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

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    hotel:Sheraton, Warsaw.
  3. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you the ‘wedding cake' Palace of Culture. Stroll to the Chopin Memorial, before taking time to reflect at the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finally, walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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  4. Enjoy a scenic drive, cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

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    hotel:Radisson Blu Astorija, Vilnius.
  5. Sightseeing with a Local Expert starts at the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neo-classical cathedral. Join a Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the Old Town. Finally, enjoy a highlight visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai.

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  6. Head north to visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses' near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Then it's on to the Latvian capital of Riga.

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    hotel:Radisson Blu Ridzene, Riga.
  7. Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and showing you the city walls. Then, cross the Estonian border to reach Tallinn.

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    hotel:Radisson Blu Olumpia, Tallinn.
  8. With a Local Expert, stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. Then spend some time browsing Tallinn's shops.

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  9. Head east and cross the border into Russia. Continue on to St. Petersburg.

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    hotel:Crown Plaza Ligovski, St. Petersburg.
  10. Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to see St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, to visit the beautiful Catherine Palace?

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  11. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains.

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  12. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums. Located in the Winter Palace, wander through this fabulous collection of paintings and objets d’art. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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  13. In the morning, perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family? Then board your high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

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    hotel:Radisson Royal, Moscow
  14. Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. During your stay, you will also visit one of the Metro stations.

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  15. In the morning you are at leisure in the Russian capital. Perhaps take an optional experience to Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. On your last night, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company at your evening Celebration Dinner.

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

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Vilnius:

  • A Local Expert will show you the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Warsaw:

  • Your Local Expert will explain how this once obliterated city, its was been faithfully restored so well.

Siaulia:

  • Visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses'.

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 shows you the city walls.

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.

Warsaw

Chopin Concert

Adult Price: € 46.00

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the centre of Warsaw, enjoy an exclusive private recital of his music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist. Champagne is served during the intermission.

Wilanów Palace

Adult Price: € 34.00

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a local expert for a guided visit to the ‘Polish Versailles’. Walk within the baroque royal residence to admire the stunning collection of furniture, portraits and china which forms part of the National Museum.

Vilnius

KGB Museum Visit

Adult Price: € 30.00

The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation. A local expert takes you through the emphatically named Museum of Genocide Victims which recounts the Soviet years of political oppression and the partisan fight for independence. In the basement, reflect while in the cells used for the torture and imprisonment of dissidents right up until the late 1980's.

Lithuanian Dinner And Entertainment

Adult Price: € 60.00

Take your seats for a fun-filled evening of traditional entertainment and hearty Lithuanian cuisine. Expect delicious dishes prepared according to age-old recipes, an authentic atmosphere and colourful folklore entertainment featuring traditional dancers, musicians and songs.

Riga

Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Adult Price: € 56.00

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore over one hundred buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over the centuries. Continue to a restaurant for a traditional Latvian dinner with drinks included.

St Petersburg

Neva River Cruise

Adult Price: € 44.00

Due to its many islands, canals and bridges, St. Petersburg is known as ‘the Venice of the North’ and the best place to view it is from the water. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a cruise along the River Neva. Sip champagne as the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress drifts by - it's a photographer’s dream and a wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital!

Russian Folklore Show

Adult Price: € 48.00

Come and hear the balalaikas ringing out! A spectacular evening of traditional music, song and dance! This fun-filled show will have you clapping along to the rollicking Cossack dancers and girls in brightly coloured costumes as they sing their sweet harmonies.

Catherine Palace

Adult Price: € 49.00

The little town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, houses Russia's most beautiful palace. Even from the outside, its awesome grandeur overwhelms the senses. Walking through the 'Golden Enfilade' of state rooms is like stepping into another world. Feel the presence of Catherine the Great reflected in the sumptuous gilded stucco, mirrors, and amber. The restored Amber Room is a truly unique monument with your local expert providing the historical context.

Peter & Paul Fortress

Adult Price: € 27.00

Join a local expert for a visit to the island stronghold where St. Petersburg's foundation stone was laid in 1703. Built as a defence against Swedish attack, the fortress served as a political prison for the Tsars' opponents, including Peter's own rebellious son, Alexei. A fascinating walk through Russian history takes you from the riverside walkway, still lined with cannon, inside the bastions to the ornate church, housing the imperial tombs of the Romanov rulers. A must-see during your visit to St. Petersburg!

Russian Ballet Performance

Adult Price: € 81.00

With its flawless, graceful movements, heartfelt music and spectacle, Russian ballet can conjure up a range of powerful emotions. While in St. Petersburg, there may be the opportunity to attend a ballet performance. This optional experience is subject to the availability of tickets and performance. Pending on availability and the venue, the price may vary from €75-86.

Yusupov Palace

Adult Price: € 49.00

Don't miss this chance to visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and scene of Rasputin’s murder. Hear the fascinating story of the Siberian monk and his influence on the Imperial Family as you are led through the beautifully restored interiors to the room where his murder took place!

Moscow

Moscow By Night

Adult Price: € 29.00

As the sun goes down Moscow takes on a completely different complexion. A local expert shows you the major monuments of this bustling city by night. Admire the evening magic of the famous Red Square once the day time crowds have dispersed - the floodlit towers of the Kremlin, twinkling Gum Department Store and magical domes of St Basil's Cathedral bathed in romantic light.

Excursion to Sergiyev Posad

Adult Price: € 50.00

A wonderful excursion takes you to Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era), renowned centre 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 Troitse Sergiyevo Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. Afterwards, enjoy time to browse for locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls at the local market.

Imperial Splendour

Adult Price: € 49.00

Walk within the walls of the Kremlin to visit the treasure chest of the Imperial Russian family in the Armory. With your guide, you'll witness the staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, be it bedazzling crown jewels, jewel-studded thrones or the world-famous Fabergé Eggs!

Russian Mosaic

Adult Price: € 42.00

The complex history of Russia is fixed in the soul of the people and this experience focuses on historical events that have shaped the nation. Drive out to the Victory Park Complex - an emotional tribute to those who fell on the battlefronts of a war. Continue with a visit to the Borodino Panorama Exhibition which brings to life the Battle of Borodino, one of the most important events in Russia’s history and immortalized in Tolstoy’s epic, ‘War and Peace’. Finally at the Novodevichy cemetery, see memorials to such greats as Khrushchev, Chekhov, Mayakovsky, Prokofiev and Eisenstein(On occasions when Borodino is closed we will visit the Memorial Park complex instead).

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13 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $3,625$3,444pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
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10 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $3,625pp
17 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 checkmark $3,625pp
24 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 checkmark $3,625pp
1 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 checkmark $3,625pp
8 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $3,475pp
15 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 checkmark $3,475pp
22 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $3,475pp
29 Jul 17 13 Aug 17 checkmark $3,475pp
5 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550pp
12 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550pp
26 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 checkmark $3,550pp
2 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $3,550pp
16 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $3,475pp
23 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $3,475pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $980 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $132 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russia, Poland & the Baltics must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Russia is the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the countries you visit. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Russian food is rich and hearty, with a strong preference toward soups, herring, pickled vegetables, savory pancakes and rye breads. Try specialties such as beef stroganoff, borscht soup (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings). Russians love sweets and pride themselves on their desserts, especially the traditional ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts). Vodka is popular and is often served straight or can be flavored with herbs and spices.

  • Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping has become more common throughout Eastern Europe in recent years.  In Russia, it’s acceptable to leave 5-15 percent gratuity when dining out if a service fee has not already been added to your bill. It’s always a good idea to tip in cash and also important to note that some restaurants in Russia will not accept credit cards.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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