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Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States

15 Days 6 Countries 6 Cities

Take in Russia's must-see cities, plus Europe's eastern gems on this trip.

"An experience of a lifetime"

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      • We strive to deliver nothing but the best when it comes to travelling with Trafalgar. To avoid disruption to your holiday, we have taken the decision to cease operation of trips in Russian cities during the FIFA World Cup period 14 June - 15 July 2018.
      • Important Visa Information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Gain fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and spend days seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow, celebrating the indomitable spirit of Mother Russia along the way. You'll also wander through the ancient Baltic capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk and the beautifully preserved streets of Talinn's Haseatic Quarter.


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      14 Nights

      accommodation

      22 Meals
      • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 Regional Meal lunch

      • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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

        • 1 Regional Meal lunch

        • 7 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

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      Helsinki, Finland

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      Arrive Helsinki

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      Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

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      St. Petersburg Sightseeing

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      St. Petersburg

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

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      Moscow Sightseeing

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      Moscow

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      Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

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      Minsk Sightseeing

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      Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

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      Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga (2 Nights)

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      Riga Sightseeing

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      Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing

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      Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing

      Helsinki, Finland

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      Depart Helsinki

      Day 1

      Arrive Helsinki Day 1 - Arrive Helsinki

      Welcome to Helsinki, the ever-cool capital of Finland, whose sophisticated streets and laidback atmosphere are yours to enjoy before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see the city's iconic sights.

      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 beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karela to the Imperial city of St. Petersburg - our home for the next three nights. You will have the opportunity to admire the 'Venice of the North' by night, taking to its waters and meandering through the city's canals by boat, or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of traditional stolle pie while you wander through the city's quaint cobblestone lanes.

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota

      Meals

      • Scandinavian Breakfast

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn Moskovskye Vorota

      Meals

      • Scandinavian Breakfast

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      Day 3

      St. Petersburg Sightseeing Day 3 - St. Petersburg Sightseeing

      Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore the city's iconic sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city, saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built to protect the city against invading forces in the 18th century, and the spectacular Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections - the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      St. Petersburg Day 4 - St. Petersburg

      Spend the day exploring the grand boulevards of St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the gardens and cascading miracle of engineering that are the spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Peterhof, then spend your evening at leisure.

      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)

      Board a high speed Sapsan train this morning across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, exploring its monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles. This evening we dine at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Azimut Olympic

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Azimut Olympic

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 6

      Moscow Sightseeing Day 6 - Moscow Sightseeing

      Join a Local Specialist for s sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the fairy-tale spires of St. Basil's Cathedral before venturing within the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Moscow Day 7 - Moscow

      Soak up the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. You have a full day at leisure to explore the sights. Stroll along the flower-lined boulevards of Gorky Park, admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro, or consider 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 the bloody battlefields of Borodino and stop for a Regional Meal lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, the cosmopolitan capital of Belarus and our home for the next two nights. This evening we dine on traditional cuisine at our hotel. Later, consider visiting the Old Town and indulging in the honey flavours of the local medovukha drink.

      Hotel

      Hilton Double Tree

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Hilton Double Tree

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

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      Day 9

      Minsk Sightseeing Day 9 - Minsk Sightseeing

      This morning we join our Local Specialist to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial built to commemorate the city's status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. Consider a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Convent during your free afternoon to see its beautiful stained glass and religious icon workshop. This evening join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing Day 10 - Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

      We journey west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius, renowned for its beautiful Baroque façades. Join a Local Specialist on a leisurely tour past the city's iconic sights. See the Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics, founded in 1579. Explore the 17th century Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral, new Royal Palace excavations and the site of the synagogue destroyed during World War II.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

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

      Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai, the site of thousands of crosses, each mysteriously claiming its place since the mid-19th century. We arrive in the ancient city of Riga later where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, we dine in our hotel before taking to the streets to explore the Latvian capital's inspiring Gothic spires.

      Hotel

      Mercure Centre

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Mercure Centre

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Riga Sightseeing Day 12 - Riga Sightseeing

      Meander through the winding medieval streets of Riga's UNESCO-listed Old Town - with one of the world's finest collections of art nouveau buildings and a fascinating Hanseatic trade history which we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your terms, admiring the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, viewing the 14th century House of the Blackheads or indulging in the herbal flavours of the city's favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern - the choice is yours.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing Day 13 - Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing

      We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort to the fairy-tale capital of Tallinn. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn's old Hanseatic Quarter with a Local Specialist. See its 15th century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Soviet power with its magnificent gold-plated dome. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal celebrating delicious Estonian flavours at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Original Sokos Viru

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Original Sokos Viru

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing Day 14 - Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing

      We board a ferry this morning, crossing the sea to Helsinki where we'll meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and café-lined Esplanade. This evening we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our travel companions for a special Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Scandic Grand Marina

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Scandic Grand Marina

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      Depart Helsinki Day 15 - Depart Helsinki

      Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Scandinavian Breakfast

      Meals

      • Scandinavian Breakfast

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      • Local Specialists
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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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

        • 1 Regional Meal lunch

        • 7 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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        Service rating : Travel Director & Driver were excellent.Local guides varied. St. Petersburg was outstanding. Moscow was not worth the money--stupid jokes instead of content--follow me--where are you? Describing things we cannot see or after we have passed. The others were Ok. Hotels--fine

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        -Find Tour directors who are not over bearing-charge one inclusive price for all optional tours orat least don't have directors who hector you if you don't decide to take an optional tour -require each tour participant to be in good health at the start of a tour

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        Tour and hotels were well organised. A few too many optional experiences to choose from, for my liking, which impeded on free time because rather than having a whole free day in some places this was split into two half days due to scheduling of the optional experiences..which meant there was very

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        1. The fixing of uninformed dinners all of a sudden without their being printed on the brochure caused inconvenience.2. Those who took all the optional tours also found that the time was too short and in the total tour, we had to virtually run around. 3. In some of the places where there had been

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        Service rating : First class itinerary, first class tour directors, good accommodation, all in all a great experience.Product : First class itinerary, first class tour director, good accommodatiom

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