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Tour Itinerary

St. Petersburg’s domes are the golden start to your sightseeing journey – an incredible eastern Europe trip including Moscow’s Red Square, the Baltic capitals and Finland’s cool capital. You’ll also love meeting a Belarussian family for vodka tasting and accordion songs.

Countries Visited

Belarus , Estonia , Finland , Latvia , Lithuania , Russia

Cities Visited

Helsinki , Minsk , Moscow , Riga , Siauliai , Tallinn , Vilnius

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to 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.Accommodation: Holiday Inn City Centre
  2. Day 2
    Venture to 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.Accommodation: Solo Sokos Vasilievsky
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    The Hermitage and More in St. Petersburg
    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. Next, Dive Into Culture during a Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist to the spectacular Hermitage Museum, 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    St. Petersburg Your Way
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Journey By High-Speed Train to 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.Accommodation: Azimut Olympic
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Explore Magnificent Moscow
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Moscow Your Way
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Onwards to 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.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Discover Slavic Minsk
    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 dinner. Enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots at this exclusive Be My Guest experience.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Continue to Vilnius
    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.Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott City Center
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Off to Šiauliai and Riga
    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Šiauliai. 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.Accommodation: AC by Marriott
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Uncover Riga’s Secrets
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Journey to Coastal Tallinn
    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. This evening, you’ll check into our Stays With Stories accommodation, the Nordic Forum hotel offering marvellous views over Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, and the first hotel to lead the way in urban beekeeping. Learn about the hotel’s fascinating green initiatives, including its six rooftop beehives.Accommodation: Nordic Forum
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Return to Helsinki
    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.Accommodation: Holiday Inn City Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Farewell Helsinki
    Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
  • View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Riga's Art Nouveau architecture and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
  • Connect With Locals Anatolij and his family welcome you to their Belarus farmstead for a traditional Be My Guest dinner, rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots of vodka.
  • Stays with Stories Check into the Nordic Forum Hotel and discover how it's leading the way in urban beekeeping, thanks to its six rooftop beehives, while marvelling at the views over the historic Old Town.
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy a visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections.

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland
  • High-speed train from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are there age restrictions?

No age restrictions on Trafalgar tours but travelers do have to have to keep in mind that these are walking tours and they vary in level of intensity. Please let your travel consultant know of any special accommodations you may require before booking your trip. They will be able to suggest itineraries to fit your level of activity.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.6
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
3.4
Value for Money
3

Ratings based off 20 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

Accomodations were as expected but for the Sokos in Estonia.Very late check in.We were the last to get our room.Rooms were not ready at 2pm and were told ours would be at 3pm but this did not happen.Therefore,we had to proceed on the city tour without refreshing ourselves after hours on the road.The room was stuffy, the A.C. did not work properly,the wooden floor had many black scuff marks,the TV remote did not function as it should.We can go on.We rate this hotel a 2 star.Do not recommend it to anyone.We gave our assessment to Trafalgar.Hope they act positively.

The trip guide and driver are excellent, professional, and very helpful. Most local guides were very good, particularly the ones in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, and Riga.

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