Russia & the Baltics Discovery - Classic Group, 2021

Tour Type: Regional Journey
Brochure Type: 2021-2022 Europe & Beyond

Set out to explore the Baltic States, including the stylish capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and experience the grandeur of Russia. Discover the baroque architecture of St Petersburg, the palaces of Moscow and the Golden Ring, whose cities stood witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history.

Authentic Dining
  • Riga: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening - a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Tallinn: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Tallinn.
  • Moscow: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Moscow.
  • Yaroslavl: In Yaroslavl, a delicious dinner is served.
  • Suzdal: Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region.
  • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfast (B), 7 Dinner with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch (L)
Insight Choice
  • Tallinn: Choose between a scenic walking tour of the city with your Local Expert, for panoramic views and a visit to Town Hall Square or alternatively, take a walk through the fairy-tale Old Town where you hear about Estonian arts and crafts.
  • Moscow: Choose between a visit to one of the ornate metro stations which Stalin called 'Palaces for the People', or alternatively, join your Local Expert the to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Suzdal: Choose between meeting an Orthodox priest and learning about the ancient art of icon painting. Alternatively, join your Local Expert to visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.
Insight Experiences
  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Vladimir: Bring home your own version of the famous Russian souvenir after learning from a professional artist in a special Matryoshka dollmaking workshop.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.
  • Trakai Castle: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Siaulai: Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.
  • Riga: Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great's Summer Palace, bursting with cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • Sapsan Train: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • St Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedral's and the Armoury Chamber when you venture inside the Kremlin.
  • Sergiev Posad : The main attraction is the famous Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Among the colourful collection of churches here, visit the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals.
  • Rostov the Great: Explore the ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel.
  • Yarosavl: Visit the green-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
  • Kostroma: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral.
  • Vladimir: See the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. See the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius.
Included Insight Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included
  • Complimentary transfers from St Petersburg airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day
  • Complimentary transfers to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day
  • If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way

Call (800) 468-2359 for more information or to book today! Mention code 15391908

Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2021
Duration
19 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1WarsawArrive Warsaw: On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in to your luxury hotel before joining your Travelling Concierge at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your fellow travellers.Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals, accompanied with wine. (Dinner with Wine)
The Westin Warsaw.
Day 2WarsawExploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw: A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town.The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist? (Breakfast)
The Westin Warsaw.
Day 3VilniusVilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania: Pass Augustow and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius. (Breakfast)
Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.
Day 4VilniusVilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai: Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galve. Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.
Day 5RigaThe Votive Hill of Crosses and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga: Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation.Continue your escorted journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world's most remarkable art nouveau architecture. (Breakfast)
Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel.
Day 6TallinnRiga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn: Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, including a visit to the old aircraft hangars that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls.Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallinn is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture, to its quirky art scenes, Tallinn is made for the curious and creative. (Breakfast)
Hotel L'Embitu.
Day 7TallinnSurrender to the Magic of Tallinn: Explore Tallinn with Insight Choice. Focus on panoramic views leading to the Town Hall Square, or stroll the fairy-tale Old Town and hear about Estonian artisans.Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn's shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery.Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel L'Embitu.
Day 8St. PetersburgSt Petersburg: To Russia with Love: Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg Fortress. Cross the River Narva, which forms the Russian border, and continue to St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky.
Day 9St. PetersburgSt. Petersberg Sightseeing: Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood.The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you'd prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities. (Breakfast)
Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky.
Day 10St. PetersburgPetrodvorets by Hydrofoil: Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? (Breakfast)
Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky.
Day 11St. PetersburgThe Hermitage Museum: Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world's greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces.The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax. (Breakfast)
Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky.
Day 12MoscowHigh Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow: Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow's enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions. (Breakfast)
Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow.
Day 13MoscowMoscow, a Russian Revelation: Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. Explore Moscow with Insight Choice. Choose between visiting an ornate metro station with your Local Expert or alternatively, take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park and enjoy great views of your surroundings. (Breakfast)
Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow.
Day 14MoscowMoscow and The Kremlin: In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia's famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow.
Day 15YaroslavlTo Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl: This morning, depart Moscow to Sergiev Posad. Visit some of the colourful churches of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Journey to Rostov-the-Great and explore its ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel. Continue to Yaroslavl where a delicious dinner is served at a riverside restaurant. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Ring Premier Hotel.
Day 16SuzdalKostroma and Suzdal Experience: During your sightseeing of Yaroslavl, see the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.Travel to Kostroma to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel.
Day 17SuzdalExploring Suzdal: Explore Suzdal with Insight Choice. Choose between meeting an Orthodox priest and learn about the ancient art of icon painting or alternatively, visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic Home-hosted lunch with a meal typical of the region. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel.
Day 18MoscowOn to Vladimir and return to Moscow: Journey to Vladimir to see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures. Visit a Matryoska Doll making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own.Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day. (Breakfast)
Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow.
Day 19MoscowFarewell Moscow: Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00. (Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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05/09/2021$6,795.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/23/2021$6,795.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/20/2021$6,795.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/18/2021$6,595.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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08/29/2021$6,595.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/12/2021$6,625.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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Notes: In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or Euro notes are the only accepted currency. Visas: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements.

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    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2021-2022 Europe & BeyondSet out to explore the Baltic States, including the stylish capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and experience the grandeur of Russia.

 
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