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Baltic and Russian Explorer

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Vilnius | Riga | Tallinn | Helsinki | St. Petersburg | Moscow

English Language Tours start in Vilnius on Sunday
Guaranteed Departures May 19-Sep 8, 2019

The ultimate 5-country Baltic tour! You’ll see the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia as well as diverse Finland and western Russia, combining the historical and modern delights of guided walking tours with exhilarating optional excursions, and wrapping it all with the option to experience a taste of each country’s unique cuisine every night. You’ll have the opportunity to discover some truly fascinating locations including Lithuania’s medieval capital Trakai, the magnificent palace at Kadriorg Park and KUMU—Estonia’s new award-winning art museum—as well as St. Petersburg’s Peterhof Palace, a tour-by-night of Moscow’s riverfront on the famed White Flotilla, and much more!

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Vilnius

Arrive in Vilnius and transfer on your own to your hotel for check-in, as well as a welcome meeting. Overnight in Vilnius, across the river from Old Town.

Hotel Radisson BLU Lietuva

NOTE: Optional transfer to your hotel is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.

Day 02: Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. This morning’s sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve.

In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

Hotel Radisson BLU Lietuva

Day 03: Vilnius - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon, checking into our hotel near the train station.

Hotel Mercure Riga

Day 04: Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.

The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Hotel Mercure Riga

Day 05: Riga

Now that we’ve gotten acquainted with the beauty of Riga, we’ll have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga.

The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th-century country life. In the evening you can enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

Hotel Mercure Riga

Day 06: Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, checking in at your city-center hotel—only 20 minutes’ walk outside of Old Town Tallinn.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia

Day 07: Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. This morning’s sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.

In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and to visit KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia

Day 08: Tallinn - Helsinki

Today you’ll have an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th-century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum.

After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to our hotel for check-in. Overnight in the city center.

Hotel Glo Art

Day 09: Helsinki

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbors and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument, and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock (Temppeliaukio).

In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure which began construction in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, the fortress is a unique attraction for visitors. Overnight in the city center.

Hotel Glo Art

Day 10: Helsinki - St. Petersburg

Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle.

In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in to our city-center hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Menshikov Palace, part of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky

Day 11: St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city! Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of ‘Venice of the North’. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendors of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent, and much more.

The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo, with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian champagne and snacks.

Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky

Day 12: St. Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks.

In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening you can enjoy your last Russian meal at an optional dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky

Day 13: St. Petersburg - Moscow

This morning you have the option to join a channel cruise around St. Petersburg. Around noon, we’ll transfer to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga.

In the late afternoon we arrive in Moscow and check in to our hotel, located just outside center-city.

Hotel Park Inn Sadu

Day 14: Moscow

Moscow, the ‘Mother of Russia’, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have transformed the city into one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world.

The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University, and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals.

In the afternoon we offer you an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night tour, including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Park Inn Sadu

Day 15: Moscow

Your final day in Russia is reserved for an optional, full-day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad where we’ll visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-year celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus. Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Park Inn Sadu

Day 16: Depart Moscow

This morning after a final breakfast, optional transfer to the airport for your departure back home.

NOTE: Optional transfer to airport is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.
 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Fully escorted 16-day coach tour with a bilingual English/German speaking tour escort
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in centrally-located 4-star hotels including (15) breakfasts
  • All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (German speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours), all entrances included as outlined
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul-Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
  • 1st-class motor coaches or 1st-class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Ferry Tallinn-Helsinki OW
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations

NOTE: Prices do not include international airfare, extra beverages, extra items, travel insurance, or any services/items not listed in the program above. Hotel accommodations may change subject to space and/or availability.

Optional services available for pre-booking: Private car transfer (1-3 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Lietuva $43; private minivan transfer (4-7 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Lietuva $68. Private car transfer (1-3 persons) from Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport $99; private minivan transfer (4-7 persons) from Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport $123. Half board at all hotels (15 3-course dinners with coffee/tea): $549.

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Tour dates & availability per 11/5/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only escorted tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Land Only
Price

Single
Supplement

May
19


$2450 p.p. double


$864

June
2, 9, 16, 23, & 30


$2450 p.p. double


$864

July
7, 14, 21, & 28


$2327 p.p. double


$864

August
4, 11, 18, & 25


$2327 p.p. double


$864

September
1 & 8


$2327 p.p. double


$864

2019 Optional Tours Available for Pre-Booking

Vilnius - Excursion to Trakai and Trakai Castle

We invite you to visit the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania with its beautiful lakeside setting and the insular red brick castle in Galve Lake. The castle museum of Trakai offers an exhibition on the Lithuanian Grand Dukes and prehistoric findings. It is easy to conjure up images of ladies in dress and knights in shining armor there. Located 27 km away from Vilnius, Trakai is a wonderful place to have a rest. It is a small and very quiet town—there is no heavy traffic. Trakai Castle enchants with its magic—having entered the main gates to the castle you will feel like you’ve turned back the clock to ancient times. You will admire a spectacular view of the Trakai area and hear interesting legends and stories from your guide about Trakai and its famous castle.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM, $49 per person.

Vilnius - Folklore Dinner at Restaurant Belmontas

The same architect who tastefully renovated and redesigned the President’s Palace, Ričardas Stulpinas, has worked with the Belmontas owners to create a perfectly located venue beneath the steep-sided banks of the picturesque, fast-flowing River Vilnia. The original mill on this spot was built in 1838. Part of it stood empty for several years because the owners’ repeated requests to open an inn were turned down by the government of Vilnius. In 1847 the owner’s wife, Joana Karinova, decided that enough was enough and she opened her own illegal smuklė (“tavern”), despite the protests of the police. The food selection, though weighted in favor of Lithuanian cuisine, has much to offer. You’ll be able to enjoy traditional Lithuanian food–herring with hot potatoes, “Pupkin’s pork steak” with hot sauce, and dessert—apple pie with ice cream. You can enjoy this dinner and picturesque place with a glass of wine or beer. Gero apetito!
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Gauja National Park and Sigulda

For 90 km the Gauja River flows through an ancient river valley that is the heart of Gauja National Park. Nowhere else in Latvia will you find so many steep banks, ravines, streams, sandstone, and dolomite cliffs and caves as in the ancient Gauja River Valley and its tributaries. Like other national parks in the east regions of the Baltics, Gauja National Park includes natural territories relatively untouched by man, as well as historic rural landscapes and important ancient monuments. The park also offers walking trails, observation points, rest places, well established camping facilities, car parks, cafes, and various types of tourist cabins.
Details: 4 hours, 8:30 AM, $62 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Latvian Ethnological Open Air Museum

The collection of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum features 18th-century rural life in Latvia and is made up of 140,000 items, traditional countryside buildings including farmsteads, churches, windmills, and a fishermen’s village, which give a good impression of varieties of the Latvian districts—Kurzeme, Zemgale, Latgale, and Vidzeme. It presents the tiny Latvia of the former times that hides unobtrusively behind the pine forest at Lake Jugla. Almost all the sections of the population and ethnic groups as well as their social and material culture are represented there. Like households of Livi fishermen and Russian old-orthodox, craftsmen workshops of woodworkers and forge, Latgale potters, Vidzeme weavers and potters.
Details: 3 hours, 2:30 PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Organ Concert at Dome Cathedral

The Dome Cathedral is a unique church of cathedral type with a monastery, and it’s also the oldest and grandest church in Latvia. The first stone was placed in 1211. The church owns one of the most valuable historic organs in Europe. You’ll experience a beautiful organ concert that will leave you breathless! You’ll also be able to visit Cross Gallery of the Riga Dome, a remarkable masterpiece of early Gothic in the Baltics. The 118-meter long, three-part gallery is spanned with 29 cruciform arches, and its arcade with limestone columns faces the yard.
Details: 7PM, $43 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Jurmala Sea Resort

Jurmala—the largest resort city in the Baltic countries —is well-known for its natural treasures: the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jurmala hides in its almost-33-km-long white sand beach, large pine forest, and the natural border of the city—the river Lielupe. In Jurmala, you’ll discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. You’ll also be able to visit Jurmala City Museum. The Museum collection contains many pieces telling visitors about life in the health resort from the end of the 19th century until today, the largest swimwear collection in Latvia, old postcards of Jurmala, works of famous painters, pieces of underwater archaeology, as well as a gift shop.
Details: 4 hours, 2PM – 6PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Traditional Latvian Dinner at Restaurant Forest

There can be no denying that Latvia’s “green gold”, its timber and forest resources, has become the number one industry in Latvia and is continuing to grow. But the forests also play an important role in the folklore and contemporary culture of the country. The wide variety of wildlife in Latvia is a testament to the quality of environment. Clean waters, forests, and meadows form a safe haven for many species endangered elsewhere. For this dinner, we have created a meal that consists of local food, at the same time giving a modern approach to Latvian cuisine. We call it ‘new tendencies of Latvian cuisine’. You will be able to start with amuse-bouche and then try season vegetables cream soup, cod fillet with spinach praline, served with layered vegetables and lemongrass sauce, and for dessert one of the traditional Latvian specialties: carrot cake! As a supplement to dessert, you will have a chance to taste Latvian black balsam.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Tallinn - Excursion to Kadriorg Palace Park and KUMU Art Museum

The Kadriorg Palace and Park is a resplendent summer residence, built by Tsar Peter I in the 18th century for his empress Catherine. Italian architect Niccolo Michetti was flown from Rome especially, to make sure that the Palace was the gleaming red Ferrari of stately homes - with plenty of baroque splendor, stucco ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. KUMU is a place for those who are interested in culture, the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a center for contemporary art. The complex itself is a work of art: it was opened in 2006 after nearly a decade of planning and construction, and is considered a modern architectural masterpiece. Arches and sharp edges mark out the copper and limestone structure, which is built into the side of a limestone cliff. KUMU’s exhibition aim to appeal simultaneously to a diversity of audiences. Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM – 5PM, $49 per person.

Tallinn - Medieval Dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv

Located in an interesting historical house dating to the 15th century in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town Hall Square, Restaurant Maikrahv is a romantic venue with a unique medieval atmosphere and delicious food. Elegance and a varied international menu offer the opportunity to sample an authentic medieval feast with a modern twist: dine on traditional Estonian specialties consisting of roast beef, Baltic herring fillet, mulgi-style cabbage and more.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Tallinn - Lahemaa National Park & Vihula Manor Excursion

Lahemaa National Park has been a protected park since the 1970s and offers a blend of unspoiled flora and fauna, untouched rivers and lakes, small quaint villages and coastal towns, sandy beaches and old manor houses. The trip goes to the ethnographical village in Altja, the harbor in Vergi and the coastal towns of Vosu and Kasmu. The highlight of the trip is the visit to the Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Prahlen family. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th-century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum.
Details: 6 hours, 8AM, $86 per person.

Helsinki - Excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress

This breathtaking sea fortress was constructed to protect Helsinki in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. The Suomenlinna Fortress tour is an ideal excursion for history buffs, and gives a unique seaside view of Helsinki’s magnificence.
Details: 3 hours, $74 per person.

St. Petersburg - Excursion to Zarskoye Selo (Pushkin, The Tsar’s Village)

Zarskoye Selo (“The Tsar’s Village” in Russian) also called Pushkin, was a summer residence of Russia’s tsars. It is a gorgeous town on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, with beautiful green parks and alleyways. Its different parks represent the distinct personalities of various Russian tsars. The ostentatious park of Catherine with its baroque style architecture comes in stark contrast to the simple park of Alexander. One of the most prominent palaces in Zarskoye Selo is Catherine’s Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, which was a gift from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine. It is home to a unique Amber Room, the walls of which were looted by Germans and later found by American troops and returned to Russia. This palace is also famous because it was completely pulled down six times and then rebuilt again as its new owners all had their own ideas about what it should look like.
Details: 4 hours, 2PM, $86 per person.

St. Petersburg - Excursion to Nikolaevsky Palace

The Nikolaevsky Palace constructed in 1853-1861 by famous architect Andrey Stakenshneider originally served as a residence of Emperor Nikolay I’s son, Grand Duke Nikola, then it was given over to the Women Institute named after Grand Duchess Xenia, and after the Revolution of 1917 turned into the Palace of Labor as there local trade unions were set. Today the classic building—preserving the memory of more than a century of the city’s history—has been carefully restored and is the regular venue for the bright folklore shows that are comprised of the best folk companies performance, which is held in the Concert Hall (the former ballroom) of the Nikolaevsky Palace and enjoy immense popularity both with locals and tourists.
Details: 3 hours, 8PM, $62 per person.

St. Petersburg - Peterhof Excursion

Peterhof is an immensely luxurious and beautifully preserved Imperial estate, founded in 1710 by Peter the Great on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). It combines several ornate palaces, a number of beautifully landscaped parks and a dazzling array of magnificent statues and fountains, lending it the epithet “The Russian Versailles”. The Grand Cascade flows spectacularly from beneath the palace towards the Baltic Sea and is one of the largest fountain ensembles in the world.
Details: 4 hours, 9AM, $93 per person.

St. Petersburg - Hermitage Art Museum Excursion

The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-1762. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository.
Details: 3 hours, 3PM, $62 per person.

St. Petersburg - Russian Dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti

Pryanosti & Radosti Restaurant opened its doors on the pedestrian walkway. It is located in building 13, next to Andrey Pervozvannyi Cathedral in the famous Duke Troekurov building–the man who, as the legend goes, fed Peter the Great himself. This is a very cozy and already extremely popular restaurant. It’s pretty and makes you feel at home at both floors of the restaurant. Comfort and warmth fill all its halls: in an under-the-roof mansard amid different color chairs and entwining green trees, in the fireplace hall where floor-to-ceiling racks are filled with wine bottles, and in the main hall–where fig trees sit in small pots and parrots occupy wall niches. Young ones with an interest in the gourmet can experience a huge ship built for them in the kid’s room, which will take them on a journey. We invite you to taste red caviar, served with warm blinis and traditional Russian beef-strogonov, served with mashed potatoes and stewed mushrooms. For dessert: honey cake with a shot of vodka!
Details: 8PM, $62 per person.

St. Petersburg - Guided Channel Cruise

Explore St. Petersburg from another perspective with a leisurely channel cruise! You will sail among a few of the 400 bridges of the city and admire palaces, cathedrals, and architectural memorials from the 18th century which are located directly on the banks of the Neva River. St. Petersburg, affectionately called “Venice of the North”, today rivals Venice and Paris. The city was originally built on 33 islands, which were separated by canals in the delta of the Neva River. Today, these canals and rivers offer a unique view of the iconic landmarks which represent the city: the Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest museums in the world, Vasilievsky Island with its famous palace bridge, and many more. Sail along these historical monuments and experience some inaccessible areas of the city.
Details: 3 hours, 8:30 AM, $80 per person.

Moscow - Moscow Metro Visit and Arbat Pedestrian Street Guided Walk

Take the unique chance to visit two magnificent symbols of Russia: the ancient Arbat Street and the Metro of Moscow. Arbat is a pedestrian street in the historical center of Moscow located between the Arbatskie Vorota Square and the Smolenskaya Square. This street is one of the oldest and most famous streets of the Russian capital, mentioned in numerous poems, novels, songs, and movies, and today it is considered one of the most expensive and desirable places to live in Moscow. The Metro of Moscow is known as one of the most beautiful underground railways in the world. It was opened in 1935, and consists of two lines with 185 stations. A few of these stations were designed by some outstanding Russian and Soviet artists, such as the renowned architect Alexey Shchusev. You will also get the chance to see some splendid samples of architecture from the Stalin era.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM, $31 per person.

Moscow - Moscow By Night: The White Flotilla River Cruise

This Moscow river cruise navigates a few miles of the Neva River, taking around 3 hours for a round trip. The tour takes the visitor past some of Moscow’s most famous and historic sights. You can go on the open deck, enjoy fresh cool air, and admire the ancient Moscow bridges decorated in thousands of colored lights (there are 12 bridges along this route). The huge panoramic windows protect passengers from bad weather and city noise. Magnificent halls, which can host up to 140 persons, are decorated in style and equipped with the best audio and video devices. It’s beautiful to take a trip on the yacht in the evening, when candles are lit on each table and nice underwater illumination is used.
Details: 3 hours, 8PM, $62 per person.

Moscow - Sergiey Posad Town Excursion

Sergiev Posad is one of the cities of the “Golden Ring”: A group of cities which embody Russian history, culture, and architecture. The colorful city Sergiev Posad is located 70 km northeast of Moscow, surrounded by peaceful nature. The picturesque city gives you two possibilities at once: a beautiful Russian city as well as stunning Russian nature, abounding in birch forests, quaint villages, and bubbling rivers. Have a look at the Trinity church of the Russian priest St. Serguis, a very well-known Russian orthodox monastery from 1345. The original wooden building burned down, but it was rebuilt in stone. The magnificent white church with its golden domes is located in the monastery. The frescos which decorate the church were painted by the iconic Andrei Rublev. In the inside of the church you can also find some relics of St. Sergius. Sergiev Posad also has a long history of toy production. The very first Russian matryoshka doll was produced here by Sergei Malyutin. This tour is perfect for those who want to get a feel for small-town Russia in a city setting.
Details: 8 hours, 9AM, $99 per person.

Moscow - Excursion to the Old Russian Circus

Pryanosti & Radosti Restaurant opened its doors on the pedestrian walkway. It is located in building 13, next to Andrey Pervozvannyi Cathedral in the famous Duke Troekurov building–the man who, as the legend goes, fed Peter the Great himself. This is a very cozy and already extremely popular restaurant. It’s pretty and makes you feel at home at both floors of the restaurant. Comfort and warmth fill all its halls: in an under-the-roof mansard amid different color chairs and entwining green trees, in the fireplace hall where floor-to-ceiling racks are filled with wine bottles, and in the main hall–where fig trees sit in small pots and parrots occupy wall niches. Young ones with an interest in the gourmet can experience a huge ship built for them in the kid’s room, which will take them on a journey. We invite you to taste red caviar, served with warm blinis and traditional Russian beef-strogonov, served with mashed potatoes and stewed mushrooms. For dessert: honey cake with a shot of vodka!
Details: 8PM, $86 per person.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour
Price: from $2327
Duration:16 days
Cities Visited:Vilnius - Riga - Tallinn - Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Moscow
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

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