Best of Finland Russia and the Baltic States
The most popular destinations within Finland, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia await you on this 16-day escorted tour.
The most popular destinations within Finland, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia await you on this 16-day escorted tour. In addition to must-see attractions like St. Petersburg's St. Peter and Paul Fortress, Red Square in Moscow and Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, you'll enjoy high-speed rail travel connecting St. Petersburg and Russia and a sea-crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki.
Highlights and Inclusions
- One-way high-speed rail travel between St. Petersburg and Moscow
- Hotel accommodations for 14 nights
- 22 meals (14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners)
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Nevsky Prospekt
- St. Isaac's Cathedral
- St. Peter and Paul Fortress
- Hermitage Museum
- Red Square in Moscow
- St. Basil's Cathedral
- The Kremlin
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Finlandia Hall
- One-way ferry between Tallinn and Helsinki
- Local guides in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
- Hotel chips, charges and local taxes
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Depart USA for Helsinki
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - Arrive in Helsinki
Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Relax after check-in. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for an evening orientation drive and Welcome Reception. Overnight Helsinki. (D)
Day 3 - Helsinki / St. Petersburg
Follow the coast along the Gulf of Finland and cross the border into Russia. Travel through the forests of Karelia to St. Petersburg. This evening, consider the relaxing cruise of the "Venice of the North" or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of traditional stolle pie while you wander through the city's quaint cobblestone lanes.Overnight St. Petersburg (B)
Day 4 - St. Petersburg Sightseeing
Your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Later today see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections inside the magnificent Hermitage Museum - a highlight of any trip to Russia. Overnight St. Petersburg. (B)
Day 5 - St. Petersburg at Leisure
Today enjoy free time to see more sights and shop for Russian souvenirs. Alternatively your Travel Director will suggest joining an Optional Experience to see a Russian folklore show. Overnight St. Petersburg. (B)
Day 6 - Train to Moscow
Travel on a comfortable, German designed high speed Sapsan train across the vast Russian landscape towards the capital city. Dine tonight at your hotel. Overnight Moscow. (B, D)
Day 7 - Moscow Sightseeing
Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes all the main sights such as St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square. The highlight will be a visit inside the magnificent Kremlin. Overnight Moscow. (B)
Day 8 - Moscow at Leisure
Today there is plenty of time to explore on your own, relax or shop for souvenirs. You might also like to join an Optional Experience to the Tsar's Treasury Chamber or St. Sergius Monastery and its fascinating handicraft market. Overnight Moscow. (B)
Day 9 - Moscow / Minsk
Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon's retreating army of 1812, passing near Borodino and stopping for a Regional Meal lunch in the Smolensk region. Cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk. Tonight dine on traditional cuisine at your hotel. Overnight Minsk. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Minsk At Leisure
View the sights with a Local Specialist including Hero City Memorial during your sightseeing tour. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the city. Why not visit the Saint Elizabeth Convent to see their stained glass and religious icon workshop? Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in a country home surrounded by state farms close to Minsk where you hear folk songs and taste local delicacies. (B, D)
Day 11 - Minsk / Vilnius
Drive west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights during your walking tour, including the Bishop's Palace and the University. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, featuring exceptional sculptural decoration. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa, the former Jewish Ghetto, the Cathedral and the new Royal Palace excavations. Finish at the Church of St. Anna and the site of the synagogue destroyed during World War II. Overnight Minsk. (B)
Day 12 - Vilnius / Siauliai / Riga
Leave Vilnius after lunch and visit the Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. Later arrive in the ancient city of Riga, Latvia's capital, made famous by the stories of Baron von Münchhausen. Dine tonight at your hotel. Overnight Riga. (B, D)
Day 13 - Riga Sightseeing
Riga is a beautiful historic city on the Baltic coast. The extensive Old Town contains narrow medieval streets, Gothic and Baroque Churches, 19th century municipal buildings and Hanseatic warehouses. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing and walking tour to show you the main highlights. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs in the Old Town. Overnight Riga. (B)
Day 14 - Riga / Tallinn
Follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu a popular beach resort to Tallinn. Admire the sights of Tallinn with your Local Specialist. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of the old Hanseatic Quarter and 15th century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal of typical specialities at a local restaurant. Overnight Tallinn. (B, D)
Day 15 - Tallinn - Helsinki Sighseeing
This morning board a ferry and cross the sea to Helsinki in Finland. Meet your Local Specialist and admire Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares and café-lined Esplanade during your sightseeing tour. Join your travelling companions for a special Farewell Dinner this evening (B, D)
Day 16 - Helsinki - USA
Your tour of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States ends after breakfast. (B)
Dates & Prices
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|29th June 2019||$4,295||Book Now|
|13th July 2019||$4,150||Book Now|
|10th August 2019||$4,150||Book Now|
|24th August 2019||$4,150||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||$4,150||Book Now|
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: Departs 29th June 2019 ($4,295), 13th July 2019 ($4,150), 10th August 2019 ($4,150), 24th August 2019 ($4,150), 7th September 2019 ($4,150)
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You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your guided vacation. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult the local Consulate or Embassy of the countries you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require and how to obtain them.