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Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States

15 Days 3 Countries 5 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

About this trip

On top of the must-see Russian cities and dramatic scenery, this trip reveals a rarer side of Europe, in its more unusual and unvisited countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... hearing Antolij play the accordion and sing rousing Russian and Belarusian songs, as you taste his homemade vodka and local dishes at his farm in Minsk.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SCEH

14 Nights

accommodation

22 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Holiday Inn City Centre

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.

Meal(s)
Scandinavian Breakfast
Hotel
Radisson Sonya

3. St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time

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. Your time in St. Petersburg also includes a visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections. There is plenty of free time to see more sights and shop for Russian souvenirs.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Buffet Breakfast

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

Take a train across part of the vast Russian landscape towards the capital city. Stay in one of the iconic buildings determining Moscow's skyline - one of the Seven Sisters, also known as the Stalin Towers. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Hilton Leningradskaya Authentic Accommodation

6. Moscow Sightseeing and Free Time

You have two days to explore the delights of Moscow. On the first day, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square plus a visit to the magnificent Kremlin. There is plenty of time to explore on your own, relax and shop for souvenirs. You might also like to join an Optional Experience to the Tsar's Treasury Chamber or the St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Buffet Breakfast

8. Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon's retreating army of 1812, passing near Borodino and stopping for lunch in the Smolensk region. Cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk. Tonight dine on traditional cuisine at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Hotel
Renaissance

9. Minsk Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

10. Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Radisson Blu Lietuva

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Radisson Blu Latvija

12. Riga Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

13. Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Radisson Blu Olumpia

14. Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

Enjoy a leisurely morning in this charming and atmospheric city. Later board the ferry and cross the sea to Helsinki in Finland. Meet your Local Specialist and admire Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares and the café-lined Esplanade during your sightseeing tour. Join your travelling companions for a special Farewell Dinner this evening.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Scandic Grand Marina

15. Depart Helsinki

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

Meal(s)
Scandinavian Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Be My Guest
    at a traditional farm, close to Minsk.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hilton Leningradskaya, Moscow, Russia One of Stalin's famous Seven Sister towers, this Authentic Accommodation fuses Russian Baroque and Orthodox architecture to impressive effect. An iconic landmark in itself, it dominates Moscow's skyline and gives you a deeper insight into the city's history.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki

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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland.

    • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

    • Rail service is reserved in standard class.


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 30 Reviews

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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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    The guides, especially Malcolm the director, was very efficient and helpful.

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    Outdated. It is the a very out date model for tours. Tour director was good.

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    Service rating : Outstanding.Product : This is my second tour with Trafalgar and I look forward to many more.

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    Service rating : Both tour leaders Andre and Malcolm treated us with such care and patience. Nothing was too much trouble.Product : Another amazing tour with Trafalgar. This trip made me want to see more of these amazing countries. We only scraped the surface, but what a stupendous surface it

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