The Best Of Russia,
Baltic States & Warsaw
14 days fromMoscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw
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, you’re your Toru Director and gather
with your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.
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
. Visit the
, 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, time to shop or enjoy lunch on your
own. The rest of the day is at leisure.
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 at a popular restaurant,
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.”
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
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.
Granite embankments of the Neva River. Visit to
Peter and Paul
, Built in 1703 on a small island it was meant to protect the
city from enemy attacks; and the first construction of St. Petersburg.
Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the
fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter
I. It is a museum nowadays. Your evening is free or join an optional
Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise.
Day 6, in St. Petersburg, Wednesday
This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous
, 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.
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.