* Russia – Baltic States : Coach tour by incoming travel agency
Period : June, July, August, September
Reference : 10T786f
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Departure from Moscou towards Russia and Baltic States : St Petersburg, Riga, Tallinn… Travel with a incoming travel agency
Valid passport required (expiry date should be at least 6 months after the end of the tour) + Russian and Belarussian Visas.
Arrive at Moscow Airport where you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Guide. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Moscow. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Moscow and the Kremlin (50 km)
A day dedicated to sightseeing in Moscow with your guide, including entries to Lenin’s Mausoleum, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Free time for lunch during the day. After dinner enjoy an evening out at the Moscow Circus. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
D3 Volga Uplands and Novgorod (530 km)
In the morning continue your guided tour of Moscow with a visit to the busy metro to admire some of its ornate architecture. Lunch at your leisure before we journey via Volotoc to the great north and Novgorod. Check-in to your 3 * hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D4 St Petersburg, Venice of the North (200 km)
Guided tour of the ancient city of Novgorod including entry to the red-walled Kremlin and the 11th century Cathedral of St Sophie. Continue to St Petersburg and lunch at your leisure. Begin your exploration of Russia’s second city and Baltic capital on the banks of the Neva with a guided tour, including entries to Peter and Paul Fortress and its central Cathedral, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Cruiser Aurora, now a Museum Ship. Free time on Nevsky Avenue, the city’s main artery, before checking in to your 3*hotel in St Petersburg. Dinner and overnight.
D5 St Petersburg: Summer Palace and the Hermitage (65 km)
Morning excursion with your guide to the Tsarkoye Sielo estate, or Tsar’s village, developed as a summer residence for the Imperial family. Visit the lavishly decorated Catherine Palace, famous in particular for its exquisitely crafted Amber Room, whose walls are covered entirely by huge amber and gold leaf panels, and surrounded by beautiful parkland, laid out in French and English fashion. Free time for lunch in Podvorie. Then return to St Petersburg for a guided tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum and its vast and sumptuous collection of art works. Dinner and overnight.
D6 St Petersburg / Tallinn (360 km)
Leave for Estonia and its gorgeous capital, Tallinn, stopping for a lunch break en route (lunch at your leisure). Guided tour of the lovely old mediaeval town centre of Tallinn. Major attractions include Fat Margaret’s Tower standing guard at the harbour next to the Great Coastal Gate, Toompea Hill dominating the city, site of Toompea Castle, home nowadays to the Estonian Parliament, the grand onion-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, and the Lutheranian Church of the Dome (entry included); in the lower town the gothic style Town Hall with its graceful Spire and the Marketplace, and Saint Nicholas’ Church. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Tallinn. Dinner and overnight.
D7 Tallinn / Riga (380 km)
From Estonia we continue to Latvia, and to Riga, largest of the three Baltic capitals. Free time for lunch then a sightseeing tour of the city taking in the broad sweep of the Daugava River and its huge bridges, the famous Art Nouveau quarter, the Freedom Monument, and the beautiful National Theatre building and the Opera. Continue your visit with a walking tour of the historical old town centre and monuments such as St. Peter’s Church and its 72m tower (entry included), the huge Dome Cathedral, old Saint James’ Roman Catholic Church, the Swedish Gate, and the Three Brothers group of stone houses, the oldest in Riga. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Riga. Dinner and overnight.
D8 Riga / Palanga / Klaipeda (350 km)
Leave for Lithuania and Palanga. Free time for lunch. The town if a popular tourist destination for many Lithuanians with a long-stretching beach. Visit the 19th century Botanical Gardens and the famous Amber Museum, which has tens of thousands of pieces of the precious stone on display (entry included). Continue to Klaipeda. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Klaipeda. Dinner and overnight.
D9 Klaipeda / Kaunas / Vilnius (330 km)
Continue to Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city and the old capital, and free time for lunch. Founded in the 11th century, the pretty old town lies around the ruins of Kaunas Castle, which played an important role in holding the warring Teutonic Knights at bay. Take a stroll around the remarkably preserved old town with its varying architectural styles, and admire the Vytautas Church, one of the oldest in the country, and the White Swan or Town Hall. Drive on to the capital Vilnius. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Vilnius. Dinner and overnight.
D10 Vilnius / Minsk (190 km)
Vilnius’ fame comes from the innumerable mediaeval buildings and churches of the old town, some 1200 and 48 respectively! Guided tour taking in Cathedral Square, the Baroque masterpiece that is St Peter and St Paul Church, the Presidential Palace and the old University, founded in 1579 (entry included). Free time for lunch then continue to Belarus. Check-in to your 3* in Minsk. Dinner and overnight.
D11 Minsk, capital of Belarus / Smolensk (325 km)
Guided tour of Minsk, a city destroyed and rebuilt several times across the ages due to its position on the Kievan Russian frontline. Lunch at your leisure then continue to Russia arriving at Smolensk at the end of the afternoon. Check-in to your 3* hotel in Smolensk. Dinner and overnight.
D12 Smolensk Fortress and et entrée en Russia (400 km)
Sightseeing tour of Smolensk, one of the oldest cities in Russia, with its impressive 14th century fortress, and the Dormition Cathedral. Free time for lunch then set off on the journey back to Moscow. Check-in to your 3/4* hotel in Moscow for dinner and overnight.
D13 Moscow / Airport
Breakfast then coach transfer to Moscow Airport. End of services.
Coach tour Russia, Baltics states :
12 nights on a half-board basis (dinner and buffet breakfast – drinks not included) in 3/4* hotels from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D13
English-speaking Tour Guide from D1 to D13
Local Guides in the Baltic States, Belarus and Russia
Visits and excursions as per the itinerary
Moscow Circus Show
Coach tour Russia, Baltics states :
Single Room (12 nts) : 375 €