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Russia, Warsaw & the Baltic States

15 Days from $4,136 per person

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

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Relax and settle into your luxury hotel before joining your Traveling Concierge at 6 pm, where you will be introduced to your fellow travelers. Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Westin Warsaw
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Westin Warsaw
  3. Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to Vilnius, its enchanting capital. Home to the largest medieval town in central and Eastern Europe, this bustling city is the perfect mix of old-world charm, bohemian cafes and quirky street art. It is also home to some of the best pasties in the world! Why not take an evening stroll in its pastel-colored Old Town and ask your Traveling Concierge for the perfect snack or dinner stop?

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel
  4. 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. In the evening, unwind at your hotel or venture out and explore more of Vilnius. Budding artists should head to Užupis, the city's bohemian art district. Translating to 'the other side of the river,' this relaxed district is home to a number of art galleries, coffee shops and boutique stores.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel
  5. Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Continue your escorted 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. Depending on what time you arrive, why not head to Central market and explore like a local? Here you'll be spoilt for choice with delicious food finds and souvenir options. If relaxing is more your thing, check out the luxe spa facilities at your hotel, the Radisson Blue Ridzene Hotel. 

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel
  6. Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, visit the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest visited in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colors and flavors 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, Tallin is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly-colored architecture to its quirky art scenes, Tallin is made for the curious and creative.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Sky Hotel
  7. Led by a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Join your traveling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavors and accompanied with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Radisson Blu Sky Hotel
  8. 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, this port city is Russia's cultural center with world-famous opera, ballet and art all within reach. Unique, stimulating and with a regal air about it, St Petersburg offers a fascinating look into Russia's past—a worthy destination for history buffs.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg
  9. 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 Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace. Or, if you'd prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg
  10. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets. Also referred to as the 'Russian Versailles,' this ornate palace shines bright with its pastel yellow and gold hues. 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 that decorate its exterior. The evening is yours at leisure, why not ask your Traveling Concierge for the perfect place to grab a drink or dinner locally?

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg
  11. Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world's greatest museums. Marvel at its 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. Why not make your way to Mariinsky Theater to watch one of the city's famous ballets or operas? If shopping is more your thing make your way to the shopping mall, Nevsky Center, for upscale and high street finds. Or, if you'd prefer to relax, head back to your hotel for a therapeutic unwind in your state-of-the-art hotel room.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg
  12. Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder. Later, 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 colorful architecture, explore Moscow's enchanting city center 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  13. 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. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.' Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers, as you explore their beauty with friends. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family? The first Fabergé egg was designed for Tsar Alexander III in 1885, as a gift to his wife Empress Maria Fedorovna.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  14. 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 center 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. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  15. It's time to say goodbye to Moscow and your fellow travelers. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 5 am, 8 am and 11 am and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 5 am, 10 am and 1 pm.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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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 $1,280 per person

Triple Room Discount: $150 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $173 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Warsaw airport, departures operate at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 5 am, 8 am and 11 am and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 5 am, 10 am and 1 pm. 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cruise by hydrofoil to Petrodvorets • travel by Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Visit Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Vilnius • Votive Hill Crosses in Siauliai • formal gardens of Petrodvorets and Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg • Moscow Metro stations and a cathedral inside the Kremlin
  • City tours of Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Moscow both with Local Experts
  • See Warsaw's Palace of Culture, Chopin Memorial and Ghetto Heroes Monument • Trakai Castle • Riga's Old Town and House of the Three Brothers • Tallinn's Old Town and market square • St. Isaacs Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and Decembrist's Square in St. Petersburg • Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow
  • Vilnius: Explore the Old Town and see the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, as you are led by your Local Expert.
  • Warsaw. Your Local Expert will explain how this city that was once obliterated city, has been faithfully restored, thanks to art! Explore the Market square in the Old Town, see the tiered Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial and pay your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Monument.
  • Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Vilnius: Visit the church of St. Peter and St. Paul and see the cathedral.
  • Siauliai: Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.
  • 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: The Old Town is almost a scene from a fairytale and you will have the chance to explore, led by your Local Expert. Visit the market square and see the old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. If you're feeling energetic, perhaps walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
  • 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 Savior on Spilled Blood.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to Peter the Great's Summer Palace, built to rival Versailles.
  • Petrodvorets: Explore the formal gardens, bursting with awe-inspiring cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Sapsan Train: 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: Explore the opulent Metro stations, described as 'underground museums.'
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedrals when you venture inside the Kremlin.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the views as you travel through Masuria and along the Gulf of Riga.
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    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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  • 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 24 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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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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