Baltic Capitals and Russia

Baltic Capitals and Russia

3N Moscow, 3N St. Petersburg, 2N Tallinn, 2N Riga & 2N Vilnius. Hotels 3 stars including breakfast. Flights included: Moscow-St. Petersburg-Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius. Activities: Moscow City Walking Tour, St Petersburg Walk-and-Talk Tour, Tallinn Walking Tour, Best of Riga Walking Tour & Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour.

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28/09/2017 01/10/2017

Moscow

About the city

Moscow, the political, historical and economic capital of Russia, displays the country's most extreme contrasts. The old and the modern come together perfectly in this city of 10 million people. The Russian capital is today a dazzling metropolis whose sheer grandeur never fails to amaze. Take the metro from one of the ornate stations to get close to the city’s main attractions that are a symbol of the great and terrible past of the city. The remains of the Soviet state are scattered all around the city. Monuments remember fallen heroes and victorious battles, while museums attempt to analyse and synthesise the past. See Lenin and Stalin – off their pedestals – at the whimsical Art Muzeon. Step into the Socialist Realist fantasy at VDNKh. Descend into the depths of the Soviet system at Bunker-42 Cold War Museum. And remember the millions who suffered at the Gulag History Museum. Nowadays, many fun or clever retro clubs and cafes give their guests a taste of the Soviet experience. The very founding site of the city (and arguably, the country), the Kremlin and Red Square are still at the heart of Moscow – historically, geographically and spiritually. Among the city’s most recognisable sights are the almost cartoon-like onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral that tower above Red Square, UNESCO gems that were built between the 14th and 17th centuries. Modern-day Moscow defies its grey Soviet past and has developed a hedonistic atmosphere and the sense that great things are once again happening here. Shopping for designer labels at frighteningly expensive boutiques has become a national sport, but Moscow is regarded as one of the world’s most culturally sophisticated capitals, with world-class institutions like the Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The city is also proud of its great writers, playwrights, composers, choreographers, and film-makers. Glitzy, historical and screaming hedonism, Moscow is truly beguiling.

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Popularity:
  • 70% General
    139
  • Ulitsa vorontsovo pole, 16/4, Moscow 105064
Services:
Rooms:
COMFORT TWIN ROOM (1) - CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

day 1 - Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour
Meet your guide near the Bolshoi Theater in central Moscow, and then set off with your small group to explore the Russian capital. As you walk, listen to tales of the history, architecture, culture and politics that make Moscow the hotbed of intrigue that it is today.

While enjoying the entertaining commentary, discover a collection of Moscow’s finest attractions and historical landmarks. Stroll through Red Square, the beautiful plaza that represents the heart of the city, and hear of Soviet parades and protests that have taken place there over the years. The candy-colored domes of St Basil’s Cathedral stand out as you enter Red Square, so wander over to the extravagant landmark for a close-up view.

As much a city icon as the Kremlin, the cathedral was built to wow and its attention-grabbing architecture and design make for unforgettable photos. Pose against St Basil’s colorful façade, and then continue through Red Square to Lenin’s Tomb, the final resting place of Russia’s (arguably) most radical communist leader.

Pass the State History Museum, where Stone Age-era Russian artifacts are housed, and see one of the country’s first department stores: GUM. Amble out of Red Square and make your way along Nikolskaya Street, admiring its chic boutiques and stately-looking buildings, and stop for photos outside the famous Bolshoi Theatre, a site synonymous with ballet, theater and scandal.

Continue with a walk through Alexandrovsky Garden to see the Kremlin’s walls and towers, and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the Changing of the Guard Ceremony takes place. Throw a coin in the garden’s ruined grotto for luck while hearing stories of the Kremlin: the symbol of the Russian state and one of the world’s most fascinating architectural complexes.

After two hours exploring the city, work your way back to the start point and bid your guide goodbye as your tour finishes.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
01/10/2017ECONOMY

Moscow

St. Petersburg

Russian Federation
Domodedovo / 10:35
Ural Airlines U6 79 Ural Airlines
1h 25m Nonstop
Russian Federation
12:00 Pulkovo
01/10/2017 04/10/2017

St. Petersburg

About the city

Inextricably linked to the major events of Soviet Union, St. Petersburg cannot escape its imperial past. Physically, at least, St. Petersburg has been the city of the tsars since Peter the Great founded the city in a swamp and moved the capital here from Moscow in 1712 to provide greater contact with the West. Many of the major baroque and neoclassical buildings and well-designed streets and landscaped parks are the work of imperial French and Italian architects. St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, is often called Russia’s Western Gate, and the City of White Nights. For a splendid overview of the city, climb the dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral on Isaakievskaya square, a massive example of 19th century civic-religious architecture; its dome is covered in pure gold. Nearby, on Senate Square overlooking the Neva, is Falconet’s Monument to Peter the Great. Peter and Paul Fortress was founded by Peter the Great and was erected in just one year between 1703 and 1704 during the Great Northern War against Sweden. The fortress was never used to defend the city but it was used as a political prison under the Tsar. Inside the fortress is the main attraction for visitors: the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul containing the tombs of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas II and other tsars. Nevsky Prospect is St. Petersburg’s main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia. The buildings along Nevsky Prospekt are a treasure house for art-nouveau-fans. Nevsky Prospect is also the city’s central shopping street and the hub of the city’s entertainment and nightlife. Even if the rest of the city were non-existent, the Hermitage alone would merit a week-long visit to St. Petersburg. Located in the magnificent, luxurious Winter Place, former residence of the tsars, this collection of art unquestionably ranks among the world’s finest. But before you immerse yourself in the art, take in the main halls where the tsar reigned and entertained, especially the awesome Malachite Hall, where the provisional Government held its last meeting before the revolution exploded around it. Cool and aristocratic St. Petersburg is a magnificent city with beautiful architecture everywhere. Often described as the Venice of the North, St Petersburg is a city defined by water. Whether you’re cruising the elegant canals, crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, or just watching them being raised over the mighty Neva River at night to allow ships to pass through, you’re never far from water in St Petersburg.

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Nevsky Hotel Aster

Popularity:
  • 80% General
    320
  • Bolshaya konyushennaya ulitsa, 25, Saint petersburg 191186
Services:
Rooms:
DOUBLE STANDARD (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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St Petersburg Walk-and-Talk Tour

day 4 - St Petersburg Walk-and-Talk Tour

There’s so much to see in St.Petersburg you actually can get lost!

Start with the sightseeing tour in the center with a cheerful and experienced guide. The city’s full of surprises and you’ll find something exciting in every house.

You’ll get a chance to see not only the city façade but the underground system as well.

The route goes through the most beautiful underground stations and remarkable places in the city. After the tour you can have a walk along Nevsky avenue, spot St.Isaac Cathedral, enjoy Palace Square and a spectacular view on Basil island. Visit Peter and Paul fortress, Troitsky bridge and Mars field. After that you’ll find yourself in the Summer Garden which’ll lead you to Our-Savior-On-The Spilt-Blood Cathedral.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Tour duration: 8 km (5 miles)
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Hotel drop off
04/10/2017ECONOMY

St. Petersburg

Tallinn

Russian Federation
Pulkovo / 11:55
LOT Polish Airlines LO 8322 LOT Polish Airlines
0h 50m Nonstop
Estonia
12:45 Tallinn
04/10/2017 06/10/2017

Tallinn

About the city

One of Europe’s most charming cities, Tallinn is a perfect mixture of medieval and modern, with its narrow cobbled lanes filled with baroque architecture, and its wild nightlife. Estonia's capital city has been dubbed the ‘New Prague’ but this city stands out on its own. The World Heritage-listed Old Town has plenty of distractions for even the most exigent traveler. Best explored on foot, Tallinn’s evocative Old Town is replete with castles, Russian Orthodox churches and Dominican monasteries. These historic gems share the streets with old merchant houses and medieval meeting halls where visitors can witness locals displaying centuries-old artisan traditions of glassblowing, weaving and pottery, and, why not, take a peculiar souvenir back home. At night the Old Town transforms. Inside its ancient walls travelers will be able to party in steamy nightclubs, slinky lounges, expat bars and colourful gay clubs until the early hours of the morning. Outside the medieval quarters, there's lots to see. On the fringes of the old borough a new district is emerging, with gleaming new hotels, offices and plenty of restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightclubs. Anyone arriving in Tallinn with the idea of an old Soviet Bloc grey city will be as surprised by this new skyline as they will be by the charming old core. Tallinn is proud of its old soul but it is also fashion forward, vibrant, colorful, cultural and wild.

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Rixwell Old Town Hotel

Popularity:
  • 70% General
    409
  • Lai, 49, Tallinn 10133
Services:
Rooms:
Double or Twin ECONOMY (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Tallinn

day 7 - Tallinn
This scenic city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia will bring you to some of the best views in the country. On this audio tour, you will learn about its history with Germany and visit areas in the city with different historical influences like the Great Coastal Gate, and the Freedom Square. You will also see St Olaf's Church, the Tower Square, the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, Town Hall Square, the Dominican Monastery with St Catherine's Passage, the Toompea Hill and Castle, the Kiek in de Kok, and the Tammsaare Park with the Anton Tammsaare Statue. There is also an additional option to see the Kadriorg Park and Palace. With so much history and so many stories to tell this visit to the ancient city of Tallinn is one to savour. Take your time and meander through the cobbled streets and enjoy the street music which is prevalent. Your tour. Your way.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing
Please note this is an audio tour. No physical guide will accompany you.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
06/10/2017ECONOMY

Tallinn

Riga

Estonia
Tallinn / 10:45
Air Baltic BT 312 Air Baltic
0h 50m Nonstop
Latvia
11:35 Riga Intl
06/10/2017 08/10/2017

Riga

About the city

Riga is the crown jewel of the Baltic States and it’s the region’s cultural, educational, political, financial, commercial and industrial epicenter. Charmingly divided by Daugava River, it presents itself as a city of colours, church spikes and beautiful nights of yellow lights. Even though the city is rapidly overflowing with a collage of glass and steel skyscrapers, it is still defined by its stunning chocolate box old town that Disney executives can only dream of. Art-Nouveau is also a big thing in Riga. The city’s notable art nouveau district was declared World Heritage Site and it is commonly regarded as the finest and best-preserved collection of art nouveau architecture in Europe. Aside from its toy town cuteness, this city is funky and vibrant with a big city soul. The Latvian capital is the perfect fusion of old and new; visitors will find the trendiest club inside a spectacular art-nouveau building. The city has been dubbed “The Second City that Never Sleeps” and rightly so; in Riga one can go out every night of the week until the early hours of the morning and there are even 24h restaurants to satisfy anyone’s appetite at any time. With its timeless elegance and its cosmopolitan ambitions, Riga has been declared European Capital of Culture for 2014. The city is now chic, lively and green, parks cover a fifth of the capital, and has left its grey past behind and has no intention of looking back.

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Rixwell Irina Hotel

Popularity:
  • 78% General
    34
  • 12 merkela street, Riga LV -1050
Services:
Rooms:
SMALL DOUBLE (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Best of Riga Walking Tour

day 9 - Best of Riga - morning tour
We will start our tour with the remarkable Art-Nouveau district - a real treasure for those who enjoy beauty of the architecture. Our lovely guide will explain you more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful facades, and introduce you with some of the most remarkable Art-Nouveau masterpieces.
The next we will set for the Old Riga where you will be able to hear interesting stories about famous Rigans, history and fate of the beautiful, centuries old buildings, and more about Latvian culture which is one of the oldest living cultures on the planet.
We will finish the tour with walk and trying typical local food in Riga Central Market. You will be able to meet some of the local producers and do some shopping in the biggest marketplace in Riga.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Suitable for active people as moderate amount of walking is involved (approx. 8 km)
Suitable as a shore excursion in Riga
Pick up from a centrally located place within a walking distance of Riga Old Town (for private tours)
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately, take umbrella (if it rains) and wear comfortable shoes
In extreme weather (less than -15C, more than +30C, or heavy rain) the tour might be shortened or cancelled. In this case full refund will be arranged. Please note that such weather conditions in Riga are extremely rare. 
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
08/10/2017ECONOMY

Riga

Vilnius

Latvia
Riga Intl / 13:50
Air Baltic BT 345 Air Baltic
0h 50m Nonstop
Lithuania
14:40 Vilnius Intl
08/10/2017 10/10/2017

Vilnius

About the city

This Baltic capital is bizarre, decadent, eccentric and bewitchingly beautiful. Located at the confluence of the Vilnia and Neris rivers, Vilnus preserves its medieval soul. Its astonishing Old Town, one of the largest in Europe, was declared World’s Heritage Site. Church spires dominate the city as there are 65 churches in Vilnus. The sight from the city’s castle is dazzling and is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of this green metropolis. Vilnus has big plans for its future and is becoming a cosmopolitan city. Quirky bars are found inside the dark medieval courtyards. Užupis, declared the bohemian sector of the city, is booming with art galleries and workshops. In its main square there is a statue of an angel blowing a trumpet that represents artistic creativity and freedom of expression. On the north bank of the Neris, a new Vilnius is taking shape, a 21st-century skyscraper skyline is being developed to accommodate the emerging business community, a symbol that the city and Lithuania are moving forward and ditching its Soviet past. The Lithuanian capital will seduce visitors with its exciting, spirited and charming personality.

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Vilnius Home Bed and Breakfast

Popularity:
  • 93% General
    344
  • Pylimo street 14b, 01117 vilnius, Vilnius
Rooms:
Double room - Loft (Non-Refundable) (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Private Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour

day 11 - Walking tour with guide for 2
On this private tour, you will see all of the main symbols of the city, architectural and historical landmarks and other interesting objects of present life in the city and its citizens as well as places which big groups can't visit.

This private walking tour starts at the very heart of Vilnius - the Valley of Shventaragis and finishes at the miraculous image of the Madonna in Gate of Dawn. On this road you will see the most famous symbols of Vilnius:
  • Vilnius Old Town
  • Gediminas Tower
  • Castle Hill
  • Hill of Three Crosses
  • Vilnius Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika)
  • Stebuklas
  • Presidential Palace
  • Vilnius University
  • Sts. Johns' Church (Sv. Jonu Baznycia)
  • Gediminas Avenue
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Bernardine Church
  • St. Michael's Church (Sv. Mykolo Baznycia)
  • Mickevicius Memorial Apartment-Museum
  • Statue of Adam Mickiewicz
  • Artworks on Literatu str
  • Signatory's House (Signataru Namai)
  • Map of the Ghetto
  • Church of the Holy Mother of God (Skaisciausios Dievo Motinos Cerkve)
  • Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit (Staciatikiu Sv. Dvasios Cerkve)
  • Orthodox Church of St. Paraskeva (Pyatnickaya)
  • Amber Museum-Gallery
  • St. Casimir's Church (Sv. Kazimiero Baznycia)
  • Holy Trinity Church and Basilian Gate
  • Church of St. Theresa
  • Gate of Dawn
  • Subacius Hill
  • Artillery Bastion (Basteja)
This is a great introduction to the capital of Lithuania, and will hopefully serve as a good starting point from which to explore the city further on your own.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Baltic Capitals and Russia
Baltic Capitals and Russia