PACKAGE: ALLURING RUSSIA WITH HELSINKI
Cities: Moscow, St.Peterburg, Helsinki
Note: Rates do not include airfares which can be booked at the time of booking. Call us for very special rates.
Leave tonight on an overnight jet flight for Moscow (flight not included).
Upon arrival, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, your Tour Director is hosting a welcome reception and will introduce you to your fellow travelers.
sightseeing tour begins at the Red Square, dominated by the colorful St.
Basil's Cathedral and
by the massive red walls of the Kremlin.
visit the Armory Museum, with its
of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and
other artifacts. Then we walk by Moscow
University and continue by motor coach along the
wide boulevards to Russia’s largest department
store GUM. After the store’s visit, we
motor along the Moskva River, passing the baroque
Novodevichy Convent and ending the
tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. The rest
of the day is at leisure. In the evening, we
enjoy a cruise on the Moskva River for the most picturesque
sights of Moscow.
Today we travel 75 km north of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk - founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Serguis Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow. The rest of the day at leisure.
Optional: Moscow by night and Subway.
Enjoy time at leisure, before we transfer to the railway station for a four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Optional tour: Russian Folklore evening.
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen and artists to build and decorate it. The morning sightseeing tour will feature Palace Square, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, built on a small island in 1703. After the tour, we visit the Russian Vodka Museum to taste a few vodka varietals.
Optional tour: River cruise.
This morning we’ll visit the world-famous State Hermitage Museum, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world and was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyke, Goya, and French Impressionists are all on display. Tonight, join your fellow travelers and your travel director for dinner.
Optional tour: Visit to Petrodvorets (Peterhof)
today takes us to Helsinki on board the Allegro high-speed train
(Finnish railways) in 3 hours and 30 minutes. (Note: Helsinki and St.
Petersburg are in different time zones). Upon arrival in Helsinki you will be
transferred to your hoteli. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, lies in the far south of the country, on a peninsula that is home to the busiest passenger port in the world. Our comprehensive sightseeing covers its most important and interesting areas such as the historical center, the Senate Square, the Cathedral, City Hall, the Presidential Palace, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. We stop at the Sibelius Monument and whenever possible at the Temppeliaukio church. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening gather with your fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell dinner.
Optional tour: Excursion to Suomenlinna Island.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your home-bound flight.
Alternatively, you can continue your journey and join our "Helsinki and the Baltic Dominions" tour.