The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring of once-fortified cities northeast of Moscow, stood witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. Considered virtual open air museums, their Kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals and churches feature remarkable architecture from the 12th- 18th centuries. With bells ringing out from towering belfries, whitewashed walls, golden spires and onion domes marking the horizon, they rank among the most picturesque in the land.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: To Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl

At 07:45 meet your Travel Director at the Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow and depart for 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.

Day 2: Kostroma 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.

Day 3: Exploring Suzdal

Your exploration starts with venturing inside the mighty Kremlin and visiting the Cross Chamber. Witness the towers of the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius and visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic Home-hosted lunch with a meal typical of the region. Meet a local priest in the studio of St. Nicholas Church and learn the secrets of icon painting. This ancient technique uses only traditional and natural materials.

Day 4: On 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.

Day 5: 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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$2,695.00$3,155.00
May: 10, 24$2,695.00$3,155.00
June: 07, 21$2,695.00$3,155.00
July: 05, 19$2,695.00$3,155.00
August: 02, 16, 30$2,695.00$3,155.00
September: 13, 27$2,695.00$3,155.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach, cruises
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of St Petersburg & Moscow

This At Leisure trip visits the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and the metropolis of Moscow. A rail adventure combining art and antiquities with such attractions as the Hermitage Museum, Red Square and the Kremlin. Gain insights into Russia’s transformation over the centuries.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive St. Petersburg

Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, of artists, poets and musicians, whose great gifts to the romantic city of St. Petersburg you will have an opportunity to see over the next few days. This evening, meet Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky, 3 nights

Day 2: St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Hermitage Museum visit

Explore the might of imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. View the magnificent Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we ‘Connect With Locals’, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg’s Theatre for canapés and a stage performance. Learn how your visit will ‘Make a Difference’ to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg’s youth. Later, join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a ‘Local Specialist’ to the Hermitage Museum. Consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.

Day 3: St. Petersburg At Leisure

The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Day 4: St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub – and your home for the next three nights.

Hotel: Hilton Leningradskaya, 3 nights

Day 5: Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Moscow your way or head to the ancient 14th-century town of Sergiev Posad on Russia’s Golden Ring route on an Optional Experience. Home to the beautiful blue and gold onion domes of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the town is the centre of Orthodox faith and Russia’s most important pilgrimage site. Visit the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery which still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. Then, return to Moscow for a guided sightseeing tour with your ‘Local Specialist’ which features the imposing walls of the Kremlin.

Day 6: Moscow At Leisure

A leisurely start to your day could see you enjoying the kofe culture of Moscow with the locals. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience inside the Kremlin and explore the golden-domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour before taking a stroll along Arbat street, Moscow’s Montmartre. This evening, toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 7: Depart Moscow

We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 13, 20, 27$2,875.00$3,505.00
May: 04$2,875.00$3,505.00
May: 11, 18, 25$3,025.00$3,845.00
June: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,025.00$3,845.00
July: 06$3,025.00$3,845.00
July: 13, 20, 27$2,875.00$3,505.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$2,875.00$3,505.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$2,875.00$3,505.00
October: 05$2,875.00$3,505.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Easy Pace Russia

Experience the grandeur of Russia on a 8 Day Easy Pace Russia tour, exploring the baroque architecture of St Petersburg and the palaces of Moscow. Marvel at the famous art collection of the Hermitage Museum and travel by hydrofoil and high-speed train in perfect style.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to St. Petersburg

Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine.

Day 2: St. Petersburg 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.

Day 3: Petrodvorets 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?

Day 4: The 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.

Day 5: High 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? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you travel 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.

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. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.’ Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?

Day 7: Moscow 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. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.

Day 8: Farewell 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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 19, 26$3,495.00Price on Application
May: 03$3,495.00Price on Application
May: 10, 17, 24, 31$3,695.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,695.00Price on Application
July: 05, 12$3,695.00Price on Application
July: 19, 26$3,495.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,495.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,525.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Finland, Russia & The Baltic States

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 will also wander through the ancient capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk. See the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s Hanseatic Quarter.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

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

Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 2: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karelia to the imperial city of St. Petersburg – our home for the next three nights. You will have the option of admiring the ‘Venice of the North’, taking to its waters and navigating the city’s canals by boat, or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of a traditional pie at the Stolle bakery, while you wander through the city’s narrow lanes and grand boulevards this evening. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Solo Sokos Vasilievsky, 3 nights

Day 3: St. Petersburg Sightseeing & Hermitage Museum Visit

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. Then 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. Admire the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer which hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls.

Day 4: St. Petersburg Free Day

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a high-energy Russian folklore show.

Day 5: St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow

Board a high-speed Sapsan train that will take you across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of Moscow, an ancient city that oozes grandeur. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Azimut Olympic, 3 nights

Day 6: Moscow Sightseeing

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square – the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, before venturing beyond the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power.

Day 7: Moscow Free Day

Immerse yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about the city’s 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 handicraft market.

Day 8: Moscow – Minsk

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, passing near the ‘bloody battlefields’ of Borodino, before stopping for a 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: Crowne Plaza, 2 nights

Day 9: Minsk Sightseeing and Free Time

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, ‘Connect With Locals’ and join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ dinner. Enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots.

Day 10: Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing and Free Time

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 on the way.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott City Center

Day 11: Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. This site features 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, after dinner, maybe take to the streets to explore the Latvian capital’s inspiring Gothic spires.

Hotel: Mercure Centre, 2 nights

Day 12: Riga Sightseeing and Free Time

Stroll 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 Hanseatic trade history we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Spend the rest of the day discovering the sights on your terms. Admire the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, view the 14th-century House of the Blackheads or indulge in the herbal flavours of the city’s favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern – the choice is yours.

Day 13: Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time

We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn residents. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s old Hanseatic Quarter with a ‘Local Specialist’. See its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power, with its magnificent gold-plated dome.

Hotel: Nordic Forum

Day 14: Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

We board a ferry this morning, crossing the Baltic 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 the café-lined Esplanadi. This evening, we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our fellow travellers for a special Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Clarion

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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
April: 19$5,195.00$6,535.00
April: 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 03, 10$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 17, 24, 31$5,425.00$6,965.00
June: 07$5,425.00$6,765.00
June: 14, 21$5,450.00$6,790.00
June: 28$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 05, 12$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 19, 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$5,225.00$6,565.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,225.00$6,565.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Tallinn - Helsinki
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of the Baltics

A decadent display of history, lavish Baroque palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics will take you through some of Europe’s last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to St Petersburg’s timeless masterpieces, it’s perfect for culture vultures and architecture enthusiasts alike.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Vilnius – Trakai – Anyksciai

Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius – taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, and the impressive Vilnius University campus as we go. Then: we’ll stop off in Trakai to see the famous castle turrets before moving on to the lush, verdant forests of Laju Takas. Our final destination of the day will be Anykšciai, where we’ll have the chance to get to know each other over dinner.

Day 2: Anyksciai – Birzai – Pakruojis

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off for Biržai – where we’ll have the chance to tour the brewery before we dive into a few samples of the local tipple. After hearing some folk songs and enjoying a traditional lunch, we’ll move on to Pakruojis Manor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic building before spending an afternoon at the perfume laboratory.

Day 3: Pakruojis – Hill of Crosses – Rundale – Riga

Before leaving Lithuania, we’ll make a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses – where a vast number of rosaries and crosses adorn a small hill. After crossing the border into Latvia, we’ll visit the impressive Rundale Palace – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in the country.

Day 4: Riga

After breakfast we’ll embark on a walking tour, taking in some of the city’s most important sights (and sampling some local delicacies along the way). The afternoon will be free for you to explore Riga at your leisure.

Day 5: Riga – Ligatne – Tartu

Today we’ll set a course for the town of Tartu, making a quick stop in Ligatne for a taste of the local berry wine and a relaxing lunch in a charming local café. Once in Tartu, we’ll head out on a guided tour.

Day 6: Tartu – Lahemaa National Park – Tallinn

This morning we’ll head towards Lake Peipsi, which straddles the border between Estonia and Russia. Near Mustvee, we’ll pay a visit to a fascinating community known as the ‘Old Believers’. After sharing tea and Krendel bread, we’ll enjoy a little fresh air and a tasty picnic before we get back on the road. Our next stop? Estonia’s largest national park, Lahemaa, where we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ecosystem. Tonight, the winding streets and ancient castles of Tallinn await.

Day 7: Tallinn

After breakfast, we’ll take a bus and walking tour through the medieval heart of Tallinn. As we go, we’ll take in some of the city’s best-loved attractions, including Toompea Palace and Castle, Town Hall Square, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.

Day 8: Tallinn – Helsinki – St. Petersburg

This morning we’ll take the short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki – where we’ll visit the bustling harbours, the Finlandia Hall, Market Square and Parliament House. The city is yours for the afternoon. Just be sure to meet us at the train station – because tonight, we’ll be setting our sights on St Petersburg!

Day 9: St. Petersburg

This morning we’ll visit the city’s most iconic sights, including the Kazan Cathedral and the stately Admiralty. There will also be the chance to sample one of Russia’s most famous exports – authentic vodka. Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering St Petersburg’s many delights – or find a quiet spot for lunch and watch the world go by.

Day 10: St Petersburg

First today, we’ll enjoy included visits to Tsarskoye Selo and the legendary Amber Room at Catherine Palace. Later on this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a trip to the Hermitage. And tonight? We’ll round off the last day of our tour with a farewell dinner.

Day 11: St Petersburg

After our last breakfast together, there’s one last hurrah in store: a speedboat ride to Peterhof Park and Gardens. After taking some time to explore, we’ll bid each other farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
September: 09$5,229.00$6,539.00
October: 07$5,229.00$6,279.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 10 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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A Taste of Russia

You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on an affordable Taste of Russia tour. Begin sightseeing in the capital city of Moscow with the iconic Kremlin complex, Red Square, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian nesting dolls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Moscow, Russia

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Russia’s exciting capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Tagansky, 3 nights

Day 2: Moscow

Guided sightseeing this morning reveals just what makes Moscow so special-from the fortified Kremlin complex and Armoury Museum in the heart of the historic city to the iconic onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the splendid Moscow metro, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace. Get a taste of local life at the Danilovsky Indoor Market.

Day 3: Moscow

At the Matryoshka Museum, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted-and learn how to paint your own. Enjoy some free time to have lunch, and maybe visit the flea market or the vodka museum in the neighbourhood before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Moscow – Klin – Tver

Leave Moscow and travel northwest, stopping in pretty Klin. Discover the historic Christmas Decorations at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home. Then, explore the Tchaikovsky House-Museum, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893. See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours. Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers.

Hotel: Osnabruck

Day 5: Tver – Torzhok – Novgorod

Start the day with a visit to the Goldwork Embroidery Museum in Torzhok, famous for its delicate gold-wire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing. Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery, founded in 1653. Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important centre of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles. Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Radisson Park Inn , 2 nights

Day 6: Novgorod

Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its Kremlin (city centre) and magnificent St. Sophia Cathedral with its ancient frescoes, bronze 12th-century Magdeburg Doors, and five onion domes. Then, explore a recreated old Russian village with traditional izbas (homes), chapels, farmyards, and more at the Open-Air Vitoslavlitsy Wooden Architecture Museum. Visit St. George’s Cathedral, dating back to 1119.

Day 7: Novgorod – St. Petersburg

Depart Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city’s palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky, 3 nights

Day 8: St. Petersburg

An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to Peter And Paul Fortress And Cathedral, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners, including the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Day 9: St. Petersburg

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. The museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world. You may also choose a canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.

Day 10: Depart St. Petersburg

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
April: 10$3,169.00Price on application
April: 24$3,499.00Price on application
May: 08, 22$3,499.00Price on application
June: 05, 19$3,499.00Price on application
July: 03$3,499.00Price on application
July: 17, 31$3,389.00Price on application
August: 14, 28$3,389.00Price on application
September: 11$3,319.00Price on application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Russia & The Baltic States

Part fantasy, part historical drama, Russia reads as though it were a work of seminal fiction. A storybook landscape of castles, palaces and cathedrals, this romantic place sets the scene for a famous narrative of valiant champions, incredible riches, celebrated royalty and great tyrants.Yet the real magic of this dramatic country is its wonderfully resilient people and distinctive culture, which are a constant source of warmth in Russia’s massive backyard.

Add the enthralling Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia and their capitals Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius and discover the plenty of beautiful countrysides. You’re in for an unforgettable journey!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

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This At Leisure trip visits the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and the metropolis of Moscow. A rail adventure combining art and antiquities.

 



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From $3,169.00 per person

You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on an affordable Taste of Russia tour.

From $3,495.00 per person

Experience the grandeur of Russia, exploring the baroque architecture of St Petersburg and the palaces of Moscow.

 



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From $5,195.00 per person

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.

From $5,229.00 per person

A decadent display of history, lavish palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics allows us to embark on an impressive journey together, taking in one highlight at a time.

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Russia & The Baltics

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseTreasures of Russia Cruise11 On Application From $5,795.00
CruiseTreasures of Russia and Helsinki14 On Application From $7,195.00
CruiseBaltic Charm and Treasures of Russia20 On Application From $9,695.00

  

Itinerary – Treasures of Russia Cruise

Sit back and surrender to the charm of the Russian countryside as you glide along grand canals, rivers, and lakes. Explore grand imperial cities, golden-domed churches, and romantic wooden villages.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive, Embark ship, St PetersburgArrive in opulent St Petersburg today and check in to your river ship. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a glass of champagne and live Russian folk music at a special Welcome Reception on board.
Stay: 10 Nights: aboard your river ship, the MS Alexander Borodin
Day 2: St Petersburg, Hermitage MuseumYou'll be dazzled today as you visit the Hermitage Museum, one the most impressive museums in the world. Housing more than three million works of art and culture in the magnificent setting of the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the scale of this collection is simply unrivalled.
Day 3: St Petersburg, Peterhof PalaceToday, discover a world of opulence and excess on a guided tour around St Petersburg’s imperial estate – Peterhof Palace. Described as the ‘Russian Versailles’, you’ll inspect the Bath Block and majestic gardens, and see the lavish palaces that were the playground for Peter and Catherine the Great.
Day 4: MandrogiToday, set off from St Petersburg and cruise down the Neva River. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a Russian lesson on board, where you’ll learn the essentials of this beautiful language. Arrive in Mandrogi, a tiny island town that is more a living museum than a live-in village. During a guided tour through the quirky collection of old wooden houses you’ll be given an enthralling insight into traditional Russian villages from the past. At the famous Vodka Museum, you’ll learn all about the nation’s signature tipple and see hundreds of brands on display.
Day 5: Kizhi IslandAbsorb the picturesque Russian countryside as we cruise towards the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Then, watch in awe as you approach the spellbinding sight of Kizhi Island. Here, you’ll set out on a guided walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture. Marvel at the collection of well-preserved wooden houses, windmills and churches that date back to the 14th century. The island, however, is dominated by the magnificent three-tiered Transfiguration Church, a 22-domed structure built in 1714 without a single nail.
Day 6: White Lake, Volga-Baltic Waterway, GoritsyToday, cruise across the ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway that connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour in which you’ll visit one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril.
Day 7: YaroslavlToday, discover Yaroslavl on a fascinating guided tour. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities, dating back to the Vikings. Explore the World Heritage-listed historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches. You’ll also visit a fortified 12th-century monastery flaunting astounding architecture.
Day 8: Uglich, Volga RiverWatch idyllic rural life unfold along the river banks as your ship cruises to Uglich. Here, disembark for a guided tour that allows you embrace olden-day Russia. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Demetrios was mysteriously killed in 1591, this monument commemorates the famous Rurikovich family. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.
Day 9: MoscowCruise into Moscow, and explore some of the city's most famous and historic landmarks.
Day 10: MoscowTake a guided tour of the city today, then head to Red Square to see St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the famous GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square. Then, enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, Depart Moscow After breakfast this morning, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Itinerary – Treasures of Russia and Helsinki

Sit back and surrender to the charm of the Russian countryside as you glide along grand canals, rivers and lakes. Explore grand imperial cities, golden-domed churches, and romantic wooden villages.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Helsinki Soar into Helsinki today, Finland’s vibrant capital. Situated on a picturesque archipelago, the coastal city of Helsinki offers an enchanting combination of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for your three night stay.
Stay: Three Nights: Helsinki, GLO Art Hotel
Day 2: HelsinkiJoin your local guide for a tour of Helsinki, where the heart of the city is its spectacular harbour, with giant ferries gliding into port. Explore the Temppeliaukio Church, a magnificent structure with an interior constructed out of solid rock and bathed in natural light via a glazed dome. Take your time to marvel at the stunning architecture, before joining your fellow travellers to dine on delicious Finnish specialties at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Helsinki Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to further immerse yourself in this unique seaside city. Perhaps visit Uspenski Cathedral, the historical Tori Quarters, or the famous Market Square (own expense).
Day 4: Helsinki, Embark Ship,St PetersburgTransfer to the railway station for your journey to Russia. Arrive in opulent St Petersburg and transfer to your river ship. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a glass of champagne and live Russian folk music at a special Welcome Reception on board.
Stay: 10 Nights: aboard your river ship, the MS Alexander Borodin
Day 5: St Petersburg, Hermitage MuseumYou'll be dazzled today as you visit the Hermitage Museum, one the most impressive museums in the world. Housing more than three million works of art and culture in the magnificent setting of the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the scale of this collection is simply unrivalled.
Day 6: St Petersburg, Peterhof PalaceToday, discover a world of opulence and excess on a guided tour around St Petersburg’s imperial estate – Peterhof Palace. Described as the ‘Russian Versailles’, you’ll inspect the Bath Block and majestic gardens, and see the lavish palaces that were the playground for Peter and Catherine the Great.
Day 7: MandrogiToday, set off from St Petersburg and cruise down the Neva River. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a Russian lesson on board, where you’ll learn the essentials of this beautiful language. Arrive in Mandrogi, a tiny island town that is more a living museum than a live-in village. During a guided tour through the quirky collection of old wooden houses you’ll be given an enthralling insight into traditional Russian villages from the past. At the famous Vodka Museum, you’ll learn all about the nation’s signature tipple and see hundreds of brands on display.
Day 8: Kizhi IslandAbsorb the picturesque Russian countryside as we cruise towards the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Then, watch in awe as you approach the spellbinding sight of Kizhi Island. Here, you’ll set out on a guided walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture. Marvel at the collection of well-preserved wooden houses, windmills and churches that date back to the 14th century. The island, however, is dominated by the magnificent three-tiered Transfiguration Church, a 22-domed structure built in 1714 without a single nail.
Day 9: White Lake, Volga-Baltic Waterway, Goritsy CToday, cruise across the ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway that connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour in which you’ll visit one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril.
Day 10: YaroslavlToday, discover Yaroslavl on a fascinating guided tour. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities, dating back to the Vikings. Explore the World Heritage-listed historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches. You’ll also visit a fortified 12th-century monastery flaunting astounding architecture.
Day 11: Uglich, Volga RiverWatch idyllic rural life unfold along the river banks as your ship cruises to Uglich. Here, disembark for a guided tour that allows you embrace olden-day Russia. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Demetrios was mysteriously killed in 1591, this monument commemorates the famous Rurikovich family. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.
Day 12: MoscowCruise into Moscow, and explore some of the city's most famous and historic landmarks.
Day 13: MoscowTake a guided tour of the city today, then head to Red Square to see St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the famous GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square. Then, enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
Day 14: Disembark Ship, Depart MoscowAfter breakfast, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

  

Itinerary – Baltic Charm and Treasures of Russia

With their medieval cities, fascinating history and diverse cultures, the Baltic States have gradually emerged as enticing destinations untouched by mass tourism. Discover the secrets of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania before your Russia river cruise.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Vilnius Fly into Vilnius, Lithuania’s enchanting capital. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an elegant Welcome Reception.
Stay: Two Nights: Vilnius, Radisson Blu Lietuva
Day 2: VilniusThis morning, embark on a guided tour of Vilnius. Then, venture to Trakai Island Castle, a magnificent stone castle built in the 14th century. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Vilnius, Šiauliai, RigaAfter breakfast, travel to Šiauliai where you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Hill of Crosses. Later, farewell Lithuania and cross the border into Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Stay: Two Nights: Riga, Radisson Blu Daugava
Day 4: RigaToday, join a local guide for a tour of historic Riga, taking in the Germanic art nouveau architecture of the Old Town. Then head to Black Magic Bar to enjoy a tasting of Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur.
Day 5: Riga, Ligatne, Cesis, TallinnCross the border into Estonia today. Along the way, visit the Secret Soviet Bunker in Ligatne, a Cold War bomb shelter. Continue to Cesis and enjoy time to explore before arriving in Tallinn.
Stay: Two Nights: Tallinn, Nordic Forum Hotel
Day 6: TallinnToday, set out on a guided tour of Tallinn. Visit the Kadriorg district, a throwback to the time when Estonia was ruled by the Russian Tsars, and pass by the Song Festival Grounds, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Town Hall Square.
Day 7: Tallinn, Helsinki Farewell Estonia as you embark on a beautiful ferry crossing over the Gulf of Finland into Helsinki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening to explore at leisure.
Stay: Three Nights: Helsinki, GLO Art Hotel
Day 8: HelsinkiJoin your local guide for a tour of Helsinki, where the heart of the city is its spectacular harbour. Then, with free time, perhaps explore the Temppeliaukio Church, a magnificent structure with an interior constructed out of solid rock and bathed in natural light.
Day 9: HelsinkiToday, enjoy a full day at leisure to further immerse yourself in this unique seaside city.
Day 10: Helsinki, Embark Ship, St PetersburgAfter breakfast board the high-speed train bound for Russia. Arrive in St Petersburg and transfer to your river ship. This evening, enjoy a glass of champagne and Russian folk music at a special Welcome Reception on board.
Stay: 10 Nights: aboard your river ship, the MS Alexander Borodin
Day 11: St Petersburg, Hermitage MuseumBe dazzled today with a visit to the Hermitage Museum, which houses more than three million works of art and culture in the Tsar’s Winter Palace.
Day 12: St Petersburg, Peterhof PalaceToday, discover a world of opulence and excess on a guided tour around St Petersburg’s imperial estate – Peterhof Palace.
Day 13: Mandrogi This morning, you’ll be treated to a Russian lesson on board, where you’ll learn the essentials of this beautiful language. Then, arrive in Mandrogi for a guided tour.
Day 14: Kizhi IslandSet out on a guided walking tour of Kizhi Island. Visit the Open Air Museum of Architecture and the magnificent three-tiered Transfiguration Church, a 22-domed structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Afterwards, cruise towards the tranquil waters of Lake Onega.
Day 15: White Lake, Volga-Baltic Waterway, Goritsy Today, cruise across ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway that connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Here, enjoy a guided tour in which you’ll visit one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril.
Day 16: YaroslavlToday, discover Yaroslavl on a guided tour, in which you’ll explore the historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches.
Day 17: Uglich, Volga RiverCruise to Uglich, one of the Golden Ring cities that form a ring to the northeast of Moscow. On a tour, see the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.
Day 18: MoscowOn arrival in Moscow, explore some famous landmarks with an expert local guide. Venture within the walls of the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars.
Day 19: MoscowSee Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral on a tour. On board tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and authentic Russian vodka.
Day 20: Disembark Ship, Depart MoscowAfter breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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