Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki with St. Petersburg & Moscow


  • 15 days

  • Poland

  • Steady pace

tour : RQM

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£3,159pp

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£2,949pp

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Overview

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On this Baltics and Northern Europe tour, journey from Poland to Russia traveling through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and Finland. Along the way, relish UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historical sights—with overnights in Warsaw and St. Petersburg and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Moscow.

In each city, enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions. In Warsaw, visit the Stare Miasto (Old Town), founded in the 13th century—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and 14th-century St. John’s Cathedral, once the spot for weddings, coronations, and royal funerals. In Vilnius, visit the Old University, founded in 1569 by Jesuit monks, and the KGB Museum, situated in the former KGB building, which tells about the occupation regimes that took over Lithuania from 1942-1990. In Riga, walk through the Art Nouveau Quarter and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a variety of architectural styles—romantic, gothic, baroque, classic, and modern. Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with watchtowers, cobbled lanes, and medieval houses. Here, visit the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Estonia's opulent Russian Orthodox cathedral and the medieval St. Nicholas’ Church.

Helsinki's sightseeing features a visit to the Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, the Sibelius Monument and Helsinki’s famous open-air market. Among the many sights see in St. Petersburg, visit the Hermitage Museum, with one of the world’s finest art collections. Travel by high-speed Sapsan train to Moscow, where guided sightseeing includes Red Square and the Kremlin, with a visit to the Armory Museum to admire its treasures.

Globus has included some unique experiences for you, such as a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, a Riga Balsam and Laima chocolate tasting in Riga, a visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter Užupis, and a specialty dinner in St. Petersburg. Also included in Moscow are visits to the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, the Cathedral of Christ The Saviour, and the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery.

All of this—and much more—await you on this fantastic Baltics and Northern Europe tour.

Highlights

WARSAW
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Stare Miasto and St. John’s Cathedral;  private Chopin concert
VILNIUS Guided walking tour, visit the Old University and the KGB Museum, and Vilnius’ artist quarter, Užupis
HILL OF CROSSES Take pictures of the memorial site
RIGA Guided sightseeing, including a walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to the Art Nouveau quarter;  Riga Balsam and Laima chocolate tasting
TALLINN Guided sightseeing, visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Nicholas’ Church
TALLIN–HELSINKI Ferry crossing
HELSINKI Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market
ST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)
ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOWSapsan train
MOSCOWGuided sightseeing, Red Square, Kremlin, Armory Museum, see Bolshoi Theater,  Cathedral of Christ the Savour, The Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners

WARSAW, POLAND.

Day
1

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

WARSAW

Day
2

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?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WARSAW–VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VILNIUS

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VILNIUS–RIGA, LATVIA

Day
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RIGA

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIGA–TALLINN, ESTONIA

Day
7

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TALLINN–HELSINKI, FINLAND

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG–MOSCOW

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MOSCOW

Day
13

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MOSCOW

Day
14

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MOSCOW

Day
15

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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