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K905

Moscow To Baltic States,

Poland, Prague & Vienna

20 days fromMoscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Vienna

Day 1, arrive Moscow, Friday

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of

the day is at leisure. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions

for a Welcome Dinner.

(D)

Day 2, in Moscow, Saturday

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart

and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square,

dominated by colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral and by the massive red

walls of the

Kremlin

. Visit the

Armory Museum

, with its impressive

collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other

artifacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive

along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest

department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva,

passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the

popular Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is at leisure.

(B)

Day 3, in Moscow, Sunday

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. Sergius Lavra

, one of the most

beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow, the rest

of the day at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow

by night & Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called

“Palaces for the People.”

(B, L)

Day 4, Moscow to St. Petersburg, Monday

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our

four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival

at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at

hotel.

(B, D)

Day 5, in St. Petersburg, Tuesday

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. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often

referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be

visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate

Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great,

the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

,

Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect.

Visit the

Peter and Paul Fortress

, built in 1703 to protect the city

from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers

in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian

Emperors from Peter I. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian

Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise.

(B)

Day 6, in St. Petersburg, Wednesday

This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous

Hermitage

, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks

among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world,

founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous

masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El

Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists.

The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter

Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest

of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you

may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park

in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the

Great. Tonight, enjoy dinner.

(B, D)

Day 7, to Tallinn, Thursday

Today journey will take us to Estonia, where your first stop is Narva,

set just across the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s

capital, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.

(B, D)

Day 8, Tallinn to Riga, Friday

On a walking tour of Tallinn’s Upper and Lower Old Town, visit the

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

. Next, visit

Toompea Castle

and see

the 14

th

-century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, travel to Riga, the

capital of Latvia.

(B, D)

Day 9, in Riga, Saturday

On a morning sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome

Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament

building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses.

Your afternoon and evening are free.

(B)

Day 10, to Vilnius, Sunday

Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of

the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting

architecture.

(B, D)

Day 11, In Vilnius, Monday

The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and

Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

and

St. Anne’s Church

. View Vilnius University, dating back to

1570, Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The

afternoon is free or you may want to join an optional excursion to

Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes.

(B)

Day 12, to Warsaw, Tuesday

Drive through the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to cross the

border into Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and

towns as you head to Warsaw, arriving at the day’s end.

(B, L, D)

Day 13, in Warsaw, Wednesday

Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland. A sightseeing tour here

includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent

Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of

the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture

(known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the

Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,

and the Barbican. Then on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old

Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free

for a stroll through the city, shopping, relaxing, or perhaps attend an

optional late afternoon Chopin concert.

(B)

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