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Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States

15 Days 6 Countries 7 Cities

Take in Russia's must-see cities, plus Europe's lesser-visited countries on this trip.

"An experience of a lifetime"

Hsiao Ling Caroline Chai

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About this trip

Explore the rare Baltic gems of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus along the seaway from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and days spent seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow. You'll also wander through the ancient capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk and the beautifully preserved streets of Talinn's Haseatic Quarter.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SCEH

14 Nights

accommodation

22 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • 1 Regional Meal lunch

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki

    • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 1 Regional Meal lunch


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland.

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

    • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Helsinki, Finland

Day 1

Arrive Helsinki

Day 2

Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

Day 3

St. Petersburg Sightseeing

Day 4

St. Petersburg

Day 5

St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

Day 6

Moscow Sightseeing

Day 7

Moscow

Day 8

Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

Day 9

Minsk Sightseeing

Day 10

Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

Day 11

Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga (2 Nights)

Day 12

Riga Sightseeing

Day 13

Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing

Day 14

Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing

Helsinki, Finland

Day 15

Depart Helsinki

Day 1

Arrive Helsinki Day 1 - Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Relax after check-in. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

Hotel

Holiday Inn City Centre

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Holiday Inn City Centre

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights) Day 2 - Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

Follow the coast along the Gulf of Finland and cross the border into Russia. Travel through the forests of Karelia to St. Petersburg. Later consider seeing a Russian folklore show.

Hotel

Radisson Sonya

Meals

  • Scandinavian Breakfast

Hotel

Radisson Sonya

Meals

  • Scandinavian Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North". Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.

Adult Price: €44.00

Russian Folklore Evening

A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience!

Adult Price: €48.00

Day 2

Day 3

St. Petersburg Sightseeing Day 3 - 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Evening At The Ballet

There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

Adult Price: €81.00

Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems

Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.

Adult Price: €44.00

Rasputin And The Romanovs

This two-part tour pays tribute to Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll see the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin. Then, visit the tombs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 3

Day 4

St. Petersburg Day 4 - St. Petersburg

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 more of this great country.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights) Day 5 - St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

Take a train across part of the vast Russian landscape towards the capital city. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Belorussakaya

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Radisson Blu Belorussakaya

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets

On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens, respectively. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains.

Adult Price: €84.00

Day 5

Day 6

Moscow Sightseeing Day 6 - 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Metro And Red Square By Night

Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.

Adult Price: €30.00

Russian Panorama Experience

Learn more about Russia's military and contemporary history on this guided tour, led by your Local Specialist. We'll visit the Borodino Panorama, home to a large-scale, multi-sensory diorama. This moving work of art depicts the most decisive moment of the Battle of Borodino, which took place between Russia and Napoleon's Grand Army in 1812. We'll also walk through Novodevichy Memorial Park, the final resting place of Checkhov and Boris Yeltsin.

Adult Price: €43.00

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars - one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty.

Adult Price: €49.00

Sergiyev Posad - The Real Russia

68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. You'll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. You'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls.

Adult Price: €50.00

Day 6

Day 7

Moscow Day 7 - Moscow

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights) Day 8 - Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Hilton Doubletree

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
  • Dinner

Hotel

Hilton Doubletree

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
  • Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Minsk Sightseeing Day 9 - Minsk Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Saint Elizabeth Convent

A rare opportunity to visit a working convent, where the sisters provide spiritual and social help to to rehabilitate members of the local community. You’ll take a guided tour to see the workshops where stained glass, mosaics and icons are created, and have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and health products produced on the convent's own farm.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 9

Day 10

Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing Day 10 - Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Lietuva

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Radisson Blu Lietuva

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga (2 Nights) Day 11 - Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Latvija

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Radisson Blu Latvija

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Trakai Castle And Town

We’ll explore the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai with its beautiful lakeside castle, which has been painstakingly restored to reveal the former grandeur and history of the Grand Duchy. You’ll also see old wooden cottages built by the Karaites, a sect originating in Baghdad, and have time to shop for crafts in Trakai.

Adult Price: €43.00

Vilnius Folklore Dinner

Savour a hearty Lithuanian dinner of local specialities with us in beautiful surroundings, as we are entertained by a Folklore show.

Adult Price: €60.00

Day 11

Day 12

Riga Sightseeing Day 12 - 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Bergi Open Air Museum Visit and Lunch

One of the showpieces of Latvia's cultural heritage, the ethnographic open air museum is situated in a pine forest on the banks of the Jugla Lake. You’ll explore some of the 90 traditional buildings rebuilt here, including farmhouses, windmills and fishermen's houses, before a delicious traditional dinner.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 12

Day 13

Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing Day 13 - Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing

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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Olumpia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Radisson Blu Olumpia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 13

Day 14

Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing Day 14 - Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing

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.

Hotel

Scandic Grand Marina

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Scandic Grand Marina

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Helsinki Day 15 - Depart Helsinki

Say goodbye to newfound friends at the end of your memorable and exciting trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Scandinavian Breakfast

Meals

  • Scandinavian Breakfast

Day 15

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  • Be My Guest
    Anatolij and his family welcome you to their Belarus farmstead for a traditional lunch, rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots of vodka

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki

    • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 1 Regional Meal lunch


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland.

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

    • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 32 Reviews

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    Service rating : Tour guide and driver added to the experience. The guided tour of the Moscow subway was outstanding. My highlight of the tour.Product : Did I mention the forest and more forests so close to the highway. Still waiting on the appearance of a moose.

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    Very well organised. Tour Directors, especially Finland Russia Tour, top rate. I felt that the company had done everything to give us the best of accommodation, food and knowledge of the places we visited.

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    Service rating : relief driver in Moscow was atrocious he may have been a bus driver but couldnt drive the one i was on stalled bus 5 times couldnt find the gears started in wrong gear. in my line of work no one is allowed to operate any equipment until they have done questions and driving test

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    Service rating : Interesting itinerary. Good tour director.Product : Interesting itinerary. Made travelling to these countries easy.

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    Service rating : Both the guides (Ulf and locals) and drivers were so so good, careful and knowelgeable.Product : Can't think of anything it seems to be always so well planned.

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