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Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Hear about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway between East and West during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the medieval STARE MIASTO (Old Town) with its market square and the 14th-century St. John’s CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. Sightseeing also features the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, the remnants of the Jewish ghetto, and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. Later, LF attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner?
The next days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. First, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Arrive in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km
Vilnius’ picturesque historic nucleus is clustered around the remains of a castle built by Prince Gediminas in 1323. Your Local Guide will accompany you on a walk from Cathedral Square through narrow, winding lanes to the OLD UNIVERSITY, founded by Jesuits in 1569. Also visit the KGB MUSEUM, and end your tour with a LF visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter, UŽUPIS.
Enjoy a scenic drive from the Neris River through a landscape of alternating dark forests, swamps, and lush pastures. Stop at the Hill of Crosses memorial site on your way to the Baltic port of Riga, the Latvian capital.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic center on the right bank of the Daugava River and a walking tour of the OLD TOWN and the ART NOUVEAU QUARTER. Don’t miss the opportunity to LF TASTE Riga Balsam (a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur) and Laima chocolate. The afternoon and evening are at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available.
Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Pärnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. During your afternoon sightseeing with a Local Guide, discover the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visit the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL and the medieval ST. NICHOLAS’ CHURCH.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km
This morning, travel by FERRY across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki. Guided sightseeing includes major sights, such as the City Hall and Parliament House, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s OPEN-AIR MARKET. Tonight, dinner has been prepared at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Baltic stay.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km
A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy LF dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home to the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.
Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). The balance of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.
Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground.
Today’s Distance: 404 mi / 650 km
Guided sightseeing features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also visit the ARMORY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theater.
Another day full of highlights: LF visit the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialties as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Mercure Warsaw Centrum is located in the city center, right next to the Golden Terraces, the largest shopping center in Warsaw.
Enjoying a perfect location close to the historic Old Town, this modern property offers 134 guestrooms, Free Wi-Fi access, mini gym and sauna. An extensive range of international dishes, as well as rib specialities are served in the restaurant and an array of drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed in the lounge bar.
Enjoy a pleasant stay surrounded by historic attractions at the new Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town. Unwind in a comfortable and contemporary guestroom with all the amenities you need for a great stay. Dine at the on-site casual steakhouse, Beef Room, and enjoy the view from the summertime terrace. Keep up your workout regimen in the fitness center, keep clothes fresh with coin laundry, and pick up a snack at our 24-hour convenience shop.
Located on the edge of Tallinn's charming medieval Old Town, this 93-room hotel conveys an upbeat mood and ambience with its fresh, bright and cheerful décor. Each floor has its own Coffee Lounge with snacks and a book corner.
Located in the very heart of Helsinki, this hotel combines the best parts of a home-like boutique hotel and a major international chain hotel. The in-house restaurant offers a variety of dishes using seasonal ingredients while the bar offers a wide selection of exclusive wines and craft beers. Leisure options include a fitness center and a sauna. Complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.
This superior standard on St. Isaac's Square has 193 stylish rooms all equipped with climate control, satellite TV, a safe, and a minibar. Amenities include a brasserie-style restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine, a caviar bar, a fitness center, and a beauty salon.
Downtown Hotel located between Garden Ring & Boulevard Ring Roads; 19 mi to airport, 1 km to the Kremlin & Red Square.
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