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Poland, Baltics, Moscow and St. Petersburg

28 days
27 nights

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PER PERSON IN USD (based on double occupancy):

$ 3,200.00 (Poland only)
$ 2,100.00 (Baltics only)
$ 3,200.00 (Russia only)
$ 8,500.00 (3 tours combined)

Dates:

Aug 22, 2021 - Sep 18, 2021 

Hotels:

4* centrally located hotels

Included:

2 nights in Warsaw
2 nights in Gdansk
1 night in Torun
2 nights in Wroclaw
2 nights in Zakopane
3 nights in Krakow
2 nights in Vilnius
2 nights in Riga
2 nights in Tallinn
5 nights in St. Petersburg
3 nights in Moscow

Meals: daily breakfast, 14 dinners, 11 lunches
Tour escort throughout
Transportation by private mininibus
Flight Krakow - Vilnius, Tallinn - St. Petersburg
Fast train St. Petersburg - Moscow
All transfers, taxes, services fees 
Local english speaking tour guides

 

 

Highlights & Experience:

Chopin Concert in Warsaw
Cruise along the Elbląg Canal
The Living Museum of Gingerbread with Tasting
Folklore show in Zakopane
Painting Workshop in Zalipie
Visit Riga Central Market with tasting
Gold Room at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg
Grigory Rasputin cellars at Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg
Armory visit in Moscow Kremlin
Folklore show in Moscow

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Departure from Canada

Depart from Canada on Lot Polish Airlines. Airfare is not included in the quote.

Day 2  : Arrival in Warsaw

Once you arrive in Warsaw, our driver will greet you and take you from the airport to your hotel. During the welcome dinner in the evening you will meet your tour guide and learn about the tour. 

Overnight in Warsaw (D)

Day 3  : Warsaw

The city that rose like a phoenix from the ashes after World War II, Warsaw, is where our journey begins. See the Old Town, which was rebuilt from rubble after the war, the Royal Route that connects royal residences, and the Royal Baths Park – the biggest green area in Warsaw, full of historic buildings that date back to the times of the last Polish king. In the evening, listen to a Chopin concert and have dinner at one of Warsaw’s restaurants.

Overnight in Warsaw (B, D) /  Special Experiences: Chopin Concert

Day 4  : Warsaw - Malbork Castle - Gdansk

Teutonic Castle in Malbork

After breakfast, we depart for the Baltic Sea, heading north through the Warmia region to the Ostroda-Elblag Canal in the Ilawa Lake District. We will board a canal boat and cruises north on a system of canals combined with the narrow-gauge railway, built by Germans in the 19th century.  In the afternoon, we will tour Malbork Castle, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, and the seat of the mighty Order of Teutonic Knights between 1309 and 1459.  The great halls and the magnificent high tower have been meticulously restored, it even has a central heating system, and the building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This evening we continue north to Gdańsk, check into our comfortable hotel and have dinner. 

Overnight in Gdansk (B, D)Special Experiences: Cruise along the Elbląg Canal

Day 5  : Gdansk – Gdynia - Sopot

The Tricity can be described as a one-of-a-kind union of three cities: Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot. They lie so close to each other that sometimes it is hard to tell whether you are still in Gdańsk or already in Gdynia. However, what makes this connection intriguing is that each city is different. Gdańsk – known for its marvelous Old Town, Gdynia – a typical port city, known for its shipyards and navy, and finally Sopot – a typical seaside resort, with a pier, long, sandy beaches and many cafes, clubs, and restaurants. During the tour, both the differences and the similarities will be visible. Walk along the longest pier by the Baltic Sea in Sopot, see the Old Town in Gdansk, with its remarkable Crane Gate, Golden Gate, Green Gate, renaissance Artus Court and gothic Town Hall, and finally visit the Mariacka Street, dominated by one of the biggest brick churches in the world – St. Mary’s.  

Overnight: Gdansk (B, L)

Day 6  : Gdansk - Torun

Toruń is the place of birth of the most famous Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. During a short sightseeing tour of the city we are going to see the gothic Old Town along with the medieval City Hall and the planetarium, which is located in a tenement house where Copernicus was born. A visit to Toruń is always related to tasting the famous gingerbread, we shall not forget about that! You can dedicate your free time to viewing the skyline of the city from the other side of the river or walking along the charming streets of the Old Town.  

Overnight inToruń (B) / Special Experiences: The Living Museum of Gingerbread with Tasting

Day 7  : Torun - Poznan - Wroclaw

Poznań is one of the oldest and biggest cities in Poland and it has an absolutely magical Old Town. In the heart of the colorful market square there is a beautiful rennaissance Town Hall with two mechanical billy goats that appear above the clock every day at noon. Poznań is also famous for its local delicacy, St. Martin’s Croissants. Transfer to Wrocław in the afternoon, dinner at a restaurant in the Old Town and overnight.  

Overnight in Wrocław (B, D)

Day 8  : Wroclaw & Tour to Swidnica

We are going to start the day with sightseeing of Wrocław, a city with a quite turbulent history. Throughout centuries it was located within the Polish, the Czech and the German borders. Our sightseeing begins with the Main Square – the heart of the Old Town, which is a labyrinth of narrow streets and bridges. We shall not miss the oldest part of the city – the Cathedral Island – nor the University, which has its seat in beautiful, historic buildings. After lunch we are going to arrange a trip to Świdnica for those who would like to see the Church of Peace – a historic building that is unique in the world. Arrival back in Wrocław is scheduled for the evening. 

Overnight in Wrocław (B, L)

Day 9  : Wroclaw - Auschwitz - Zakopane

We are going east and the atmosphere is about to become full of attentive consideration and deep thought. We are going to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, a former nazi death camp. It is the place where the most tragic things in the history of the 20th century Europe have happened. The place where over a million people have lost their lives. Transfer to Zakopane after sightseeing, dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Zakopane (B, D)

Day 10  : Zakopane & Folklore Show

While sightseeing the most important Polish mountain resort, we will have an oppotunity to admire the beauty of the Polish mountains. We are going to take a funicular ride up the Gubałówka Hill, from where you can get the best view of the Tatra Mountains skyline. We are also going to see the best examples of the local highlander-style architecture. In the afternoon you can have some free time for shopping on the most famous commercial street in Poland – the Krupówki. In the evening you are invited for dinner and a folklore show at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Zakopane (B, D) / Special Experiences: Folklore show in Zakopane

Day 11  : Krakow

Free morning in Zakopane. Transfer to Krakow in the afternoon. During the half-day-long sightseeing of Kraków we are going to visit the Wawel Castle, which used to be the seat of the Polish kings for centuries, and the Old Town – the heart of Kraków and its most famous part. Walk into St. Mary’s Church, listen to the famous trumpet call played from the tower of the church and walk along the picturesque streets. Feel the amazing atmosphere of the city! 

Overnight in Kraków (B, L) 

Day 12  : Krakow - Zalipie - Krakow

Zalipie is beloved by tourists and locals alike for its charming painted houses. This tour leads you to the most beautiful of these homes, including that of Felicia Curyłowa, a painter whose talent has long been recognized in Poland. As you admire the lovely painted cottages, learn the history of this tradition and the meanings behind different motifs. Visit the town museum and a shop with handmade souvenirs. Return to Krakow.

Overnight in Krakow (B, L) / Special experiences: Painting Workshop

Day 13  : Krakow - Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow

Today we are going to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the main tourist attractions in Poland. We will walk through an underground labyrinth of corridors and chambers, we will see the biggest chamber – the Chapel of St. Kinga. No doubt it will be an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon free time in Krakow.

Overnight in Krakow (B, D)  Special Experience: Pierogi making class

Day 14  : Flight Krakow -Warsaw - Vilnius

Transfers in Krakow and Vilnius. Flight Krakow - Warsaw - Vilnius. Dinner in Vilnius.

Overnight in Vilnius (B, D)

Day 15  : Vilnius & Trakai

Vilnius is known for its more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning 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. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

Overnight in Vilnius (B, D) / Special experiences: Lunch at the traditional Karait restaurant with kibinai

Day 16  : Vilnius - Hill of Crosses - Rundale Palace - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon 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 late afternoon.

Overnight in Riga (B, L)

Day 17  : Riga

In the morning we take a walking tour of the Old Town including 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 a special visit to one of the largest in Europe Riga Central Market, where we will learn about Latvian cuisine and Latvian organic food and sample Latvian specialties, such as black bread, vegetables, fresh fish, countryside sausages and much more.

Overnight in Riga (B, D) / Special Experiences:  Visit Riga Central Market with tasting

Day 18  : Riga - Parnu - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon.

Overnight in Tallinn (B, L)

Day 19  : Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity 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. The 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. 

Overnight in Tallinn (B, L)

Day 20  : Flight Tallinn - St. Petersburg

Transfers in Tallinn and St. Petersburg. Flight to St. Petersburg. Dinner in St. Petersburg.

Overnight in st. Petersburg (B, D)

Day 21  : St. Petersburg

City tour of St. Petersburg - Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress - Hermitage

In the morningwe start with the best sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg. We will drive by the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Strelka, Rosstral Columns, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens, and other remarkable landmarks. The tour includes inside visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress.

Peter-and-Paul Fortress was built in 1704 to defend the city from naval attacks, however it never served its primary purpose. Instead, its historical mission turned out to be rather gruesome: thousands of workers died while building the fortress, many political prisoners, including Peter's own son Alexi were kept and tortured in its cells. The tombs of the Romanov family are also in its Cathedral.

In the afternoon, tour of the Hermitage Art Museum (including Gold Room), one of Russia’s main treasures. Occupying six stunning buildings along the River Neva, the Hermitage is the second largest art museum in the world (Louve in Paris is the first) founded in 1764 . The museum has a wide range of art on display (over three million pieces!) - from prehistoric collections to modern art.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 22  : St. Petersburg

Peterhof with visit to Monplaisir Bath House and Park with fountains - Kronshstadt - visit to Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

After breakfast you will visit Peterhof, located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. Often referred to as "the Russian Versaille," it is one of St. Petersburg's most famous sightseeing attractions. Inspired by Versailles, Peter the Great wanted to build an imperial palace with gardens in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. As a result, the Grand Palace and smaller Monplaisir Palace were erected. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a splendid kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic.

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 most interesting and overlooked part of the complex is the Bathhouse that you will visit today. The Bathhouse is small, intimate and equally odd. Here you will find a wooden structure with a strair and a handrail, a bathtub, a shower and a treatment room.  You will also see a huge kitchen with copper kettles and pans  hanging from large racks. Allegedly Catherine the Great sometimes stood at the hearth herself, cooking for her guests. After seeing many palaces in Moscow and St. Petersburg you will absolutely appreciate this unique glimpse into the bathing culture of the Russian court. 

Lunch at a local restaurant

After lunch, we will drive to Kronstadt, an old town on the Gulf of Finland founded by Peter the Great as a naval base. Traditionally, the seat of the Russian admiralty and the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet were located in Kronstadt guarding the approaches to Saint Petersburg. The historic centre of the city and its fortifications are part of the World Heritage Site. We will visit the absolutely stunning Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas built in 1903–1913 as the main church of the Russian Navy and dedicated to all fallen seamen.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 23  : St. Petersburg

Pushkin with Catherine Palace and Amber Room - WWII and S. Petersburg Siege Memorial

After breakfast we will begin an all day tour to Pushkin located 18-20 miles from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet Alexander Pushkin who used to study here. Its 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 the famous Amber Room inside the Palace. 

Lunch at a local restaurant.

On our way back to St. Petersburg we will stop by an impressive memorial dedicated to the struggle and hardship of the residents living in the city during WWII. The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad and St. Petersburg Siege Memorial was built to be the main focal point of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square) in the early 1970s. A special bank account was opened to take donations and many people took part in the construction including volunteers and famous artists of the Soviet Union such as Mikhail Anikushin, Sergey Speransky, and Valentin Kamensky, all of whom participated in the defense of Leningrad.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L) / Special Experience: Neva river mini-cruise

Day 24  : St. Petersburg

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - St. Isaac Cathedral - Yusupov Palace -Faberge Museum

Our tour of St. Petersburg continues today with three important visits:  The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood,  St. Isaac Cathedral and Faberge Museum.

Our morning visit is to one of the world’s largest and most splendid St. Isaac Cathedral. Beautifully decorated inside with marble of 13 colors, malachite, lapis-lazuli, paintings, mosaics, and stained glass made by the most famous Russian artists, it can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time. The Cathedral was designed by then unknown architect Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858.

We continue to the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace with the biggest collection of Faberge works including famous Easter eggs.

Lunch at a local restaurant (lunch not included)

After lunch we continue our sightseeing with a visist to Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers.   Yusupov Palace is located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the wealthy Yusupov family, it has retained many of its original interiors and is most famous as the scene of the murder of the notorious Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family due to his alleged supernatural powers.

In the afternoon we visit a stucnning Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood erected on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donors. Both the interior and exterior of the church are decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day 

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Russian Cuisine dinner at one of the local restaurants in the city. 

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, D)

Day 25  : Fast Train from St. Petersburg to Moscow

After breakfast, transfer to the train station. Fast train to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel in Moscow. Dinner in Moscow.

Overnight in Moscow (B, D)

Day 26  : Moscow

City tour of Moscow - visit to Novodevichiy Monastery - visit to Tretyakov Gallery

In the morning our Russian tour starts with sightseeing in Moscow. The circular city of Moscow radiates out from the Kremlin fortress. It helps to understand that Moscow is a round city and there are several circular roads called rings. You will drive through the famous areas of Moscow within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring. They afford excellent views of the Kremlin, the Red Square and Kitay Gorod area, Tverskaya, Arbat, and the Zamoskvorechje area with the fascinating Church of Christ the Savior. You will enjoy the best panoramic views of the city from the Sparrow Hills, topped by the Moscow University skyscraper built in 1953.

After the driving city overview tour you will visit the Novodevichiy Convent founded in 1524. The convent was proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The convent is closely linked to the political, cultural and religious history of Russia. It was used as a shelter by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch we visit the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most celebrated and extensive collections of Russian art and artifacts in the world. It is located in Zamoskvorechye - one of the oldest districts of Moscow. The collection contains more than 130,000 masterpieces of Russian art created throughout the centuries by many generations of Russian artists.

Overnight in Moscow (B, L)

Day 27  : Moscow

Red Square - Visit to St. Basil's Cathedral - Kremlin grounds and cathedrals - Armory - Moscow Metro - Dinner and folk show in the evening

After breakfast we will walk to the historic Red Square to visit the Kremlin and the Armory. You will discover the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, the State Historical Museum, and other landmarks around the Red Square area. Inside the Kremlin you see the three famous Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation, and Archangel, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Among other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, and Terem Place.

Armory is known for its stunning collection of royal treasures such as regalia, Faberge Easter eggs of precious metals and jewels, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh, the throne of Tsar Alexey decorated with 800 diamonds, the coronation dresses of the 18th century empresses, and Elizabeth's sleigh which she rode from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation. The sleigh was pulled by 23 horses at a time. The Great Kremlin Palace, (the official residence of the Russian president) is between the Armory and the Annunciation Cathedral.

In the afternoon you will ride the famous Moscow Metro and visit its finest stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art making it look more like a museum than a subway. Moscow Metro is one of the most efficient and beautiful transportation systems in the world carrying over 10 million passengers daily, more than the New York and London systems combined. It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was to create not just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify socialism and its achievements. This goal was undoubtedly achieved and today residents and guests of the capital enjoy the world's best underground metro. 

We will return to the hotel around 5:00pm (17:00) to rest and in the evening we go to have dinner at the local restaurant and enjoy an acclaimed Russian folk show.

Overnight in Moscow (B, D)

Please note that due to no transport traffic rule around the Red Square and Kremlin we will do a lot of walking today. Be prepared to walk for at least 6-7 hours, make sure you have comfortable shoes, plenty of water and are physically fit to handle today's strenuous program. Let us know if this is a problem and we will arrange a private guide and transport for you (additional fee).

Day 28  : Departure from Moscow

Aftre breakfast, transfer to the airport (B)