Russia and Baltic Highlights for Walden University
July 17 USA - Moscow
Your tour starts with a flight to Moscow.
July 18 Moscow
Upon arrival participants will be met by our representative at the airport and transfered to the hotel. Relax and get some rest after your international flights. Welcome dinner and overnight in Moscow.
July 19 Moscow
In the morning, our city tour of Moscow starts with a drive around the most famous areas within the Garden Ring and Boulevard Ring. They afford excellent views of the Kremlin, Red Square, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat, and Zamoskvorechje. The tour travels up to Sparrow Hills, to the Moscow University skyscraper built in 1953. The view beneath the skyscraper offers the best panorama of the city.
Continuing on, guests visit Novodevichiy Convent which was founded in 1524 and proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The convent has sheltered many famous Russian banished ladies, such as Irina Godunova (the sister of Boris Godunov), Sophia Alekseyevna (sister of Peter the Great), and Eudoxia Lopukhina (first wife of Peter the Great).
In the afternoon, we visit Red Square, the Kremlin and the Armory. You are surrounded by the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and other landmarks around Red Square. Inside the Kremlin the main attractions are the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, which date back to the 15-16th centuries. Other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, and Terem Place.
The Armory is famous for its stunning collection of treasures: royal regalia, Faberge eggs of precious metals and jewels, the 800-diamond throne of Tsar Alexey, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh, the coronation dresses of 18th century empresses, and the sleigh that was led by 23 horses in which Elizabeth rode from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation. Between the Armory and the Annunciation Cathedral is the Great Kremlin Palace - the official residence of Russian presidents. Overnight in Moscow.
July 20 Moscow
After breakfast, tour Moscow Metro - one of the most beautiful and efficient subway systems in the world carrying over 10 million passengers daily (more than New York and London systems combined). It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was not to create just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify the socialism and its achievements. You will visit the most amazing stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art - making it look more like a museum than a subway. Enjoying walk and shopping at the Arbat pedestrian area. Free afternoon in Moscow. Optional folkshow, circus or ballet in the evening. Overnight in Moscow.
July 21 Moscow - St. Petersburg
After breakfast transfer to the airport for a 1-hour morning flight to St. Petersburg.
Upon arrival, en route to your hotel, enjoy city tour of St. Petersburg and get acquainted to the city center with views of the elegant on the
Nevsky Prospect, stately palaces on Palace Embankment along the Neva River, Palace Square with Winter Palace and Alexander Column, Bronze Horseman - the famous monument to Peter the Great, Admiralty, Schmidt Bridge, Strelka with Stock Exchange and Rosstral Columns, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Canal Griboyedova, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood and other finest architectural, historical and cultural landmarks. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
July 22 St. Petersburg
We begin the morning with a tour of the Hermitage Art Museum, one of Russia’s main treasures. The Hermitage occupies six magnificently large buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble is extended to the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace, and the recently constructed Repository. Collected together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage houses over 3,000,000 items that represent the development of culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. In the afternoon you may choose to continue exploring the Hermitage independently or take some time to shop or stroll on nearby Nevsky Prospect. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
July 23 St. Petersburg
After breakfast you begin a full day tour to magnificient palaces around St. Petersburg. Pushkin located 25-30 km from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's palaces and parks were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. The main landmark is the Catherine Palace designed by Rastrelli and a famous Amber Room inside the Palace. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet who used to study here.
In the afternoon continue to Peterhoff (formerly known as Petrodvorets), located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace with its lavish interiors, gilded decorations, mirrors and paintings dominates the estate. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic. Walking in the parking you will be amazed by the splendid beauty created by a man. The estate includes several other mini-museums of interest. The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace , which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace , has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out. The nearby Hermitage Pavilion, which also has nice views and artwork, is a two-storey dining room where guests sitting on the upper floor ate and drank in peace, occasionally lowering the table to the ground floor where servants refilled wine glasses and replaced dirty royal plates. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
July 24 St. Petersburg - Tallinn
Free day in St. Petersburg to explore on your own. In the evening transfer to the train station and train to Tallinn. Arrive in Tallinn late in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tallinn.
July 25 St. Petersburg - Tallinn
Morning city tour of Tallinn, visiting the Old Town of Tallinn - an example of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, the Dome Church (13th century), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky (19th century), Town Hall Square (15th century), St. Catherine's Passage, where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work, St.Olaf’s Church. Overnight in Tallinn.
July 26 Tallinn - Helsinki
After breakfast, a 2-hour ferry will take you to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Upon arrival - guided city tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. During the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Overnight in Helsinki.
July 27 Helsinki - USA
Morning transfer to the airport and return flight to the US.
TRIP DETAILS AT-A-GLANCE
11 days/10 nights
July 17 - 27, 2014
3 nights in Moscow
3 nights in St. Petersburg
2 nights in Tallinn
1 night in Helsinki
Daily breakfast and welcome dinner
Domestic air Moscow - St. Petersburg
Train St. Petersburg - Tallinn
Ferry Tallinn - Helsinki
Sighseeing program per itinerary
All entrance and service fees
Airport - hotel - airport transfers
3H Moscow city tour
3H Red Square, Kremlin and Cathedrals and Armory
5H Moscow Metro and Arbat
3H St.Petersburg city tour
5H Pushkin, Catherine Palace with Amber Room
5H Petergoff Palace and Park with fountains
4H Hermitage Tour
3H Tallinn city tour
3H Helsinki city tour
$2,950.00 (double occupancy)
$ 600.00 (hotel single supplement)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
$ 500.00 deposit due by April 1, 2014
$ 2450.00 balance due by May 16, 2014