Classic Russia + Helsinki & Baltic Capitals | Small Group Tour

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Overview

FREE EXTENSION: Enjoy complimentary days touring Russia's outstanding Golden Ring towns.

Feel the true essence of Russia while exploring Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Golden Ring cities. Continue to the neighboring Finland - the cradle of Sami culture. Unveil the secrets of the Baltic Capitals: Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.
Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.82 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    17 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    1 boat trip & 1 ferry trip
    2 train trips & 2 private transfers
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 5 guided city tours
    Moscow Subway ride
  • MEALS
  • 17 buffet breakfast
    2 lunches

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

Day 2
Visiting the Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad & Transfer to Suzdal

Following early breakfast, your private guide and driver pick you up at the hotel in Moscow and take you to Sergiev Posad known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad. The highlight of the day is a tour lead by a churchman in the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy - the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After lunch, your guide takes you to a cozy town Suzdal, and after check-in, you have a free evening to enjoy the atmosphere of provincial Russia.
 

Day 3
Visiting the Suzdal Kremlin & Tour of Vladimir Cathedrals

Following breakfast meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Suzdal known as a city-museum of the Golden Ring. Suzdal boasts its large number of preserved historical monuments of ancient Russian art and architecture.

During the tour, you visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the brilliant architectural complex of the Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of ancient classical Russia.

After lunch, you are taken to Vladimir to witness unique architectural creations. During your tour around this town, you go inside the Dormition Cathedral that preserves the world famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev dating back to the 15th century.
Together with your guide you explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs.

In the evening your driver takes you back to your hotel in Moscow for the overnight.

Day 4
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

After breakfast, you have a welcome meeting with your guide and the rest of the group followed by a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

During the tour, you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, admire a beautiful facade of the famous GUM department store, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time allows) and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

You then proceed to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 5
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 6
Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Subway Ride

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour to one of the most beautiful Russia’s monasteries - the Novodevichy Convent.

During the tour, you explore the unique interiors of the Convent and visit its Cemetery that is considered one of Moscow’s most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets, and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. The cemetery has a park-like ambiance, dotted with small chapels and beautiful monuments, that makes you feel like strolling in the park of sculptures.

Later you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 3,5 hours.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Day 7
St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions (no entrances included).

During the tour, you also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

Later you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Day 8
Tour of the Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 9
Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 10
Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour, you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Day 11
Departure from St. Petersburg & Train to Helsinki

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the train station for your train to Helsinki.

Upon arrival in approximately 3,5 hours, you are taken to your centrally located hotel for check in and have the evening at leisure.

Day 12
Exploring Helsinki Old Town & Visiting the Rock Church

After breakfast, your private guide takes you on a wonderful 4-hour Helsinki sightseeing tour to show you the best this city has to offer. During the tour, you walk through the vivid Central Harbor and Market Square, explore the charming Old Town and visit the famous Rock Church and the Helsinki Cathedral.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free and can continue exploring the city on your own.

 

Day 13
Ferry Ride to Tallinn & City Tour

In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the port where you board a ferry that takes you to the beautiful capital of Estonia - Tallinn.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the port and transfers you to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage. Later you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 3-hour walking tour around the most magnificent attractions of Tallinn.

During the tour, you explore both Upper and Lower parts of the Old Town. In the Upper Old Town you visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, go inside the Dome Church and admire magnificent views over the city rooftops from the observation platform.

In the Lower Old Town, you see the wonderful Town Hall Square and the Town Council's Pharmacy believed to be the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. Then you proceed to St. Catherine’s Passage that provides numerous shopping opportunities at the local craft workshops, including glass, leather, and ceramic wares, and finish the tour next to the iconic Viru Gates.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 14
Transfer to Riga & City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the charming capital of Latvia - Riga in about 4,5 hours.

Upon arrival, you are taken to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage. Later you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a 3-hour walking city tour around the most interesting Riga attractions.

During the tour you take a walk on the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, visit the Dome Cathedral and the Church of St. Peter (entrance tickets are included) and explore the heart of Riga’s Art Nouveau heritage - a famous Albert street abundant in beautiful buildings with unusual sculptures, colored bricks and tiles, geometric ornaments and uniquely shaped windows.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 15
Free Day in Riga

This day is free for you to continue exploring the fantastic attractions of Riga on your own or take one of our carefully prepared optional tours.

 

Day 16
Transfer to Vilnius & City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the charming capital of Lithuania - Vilnius in about 4 hours.

Upon arrival, you are taken to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage. Later you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a 3-hour walking city tour around the most fantastic Vilnius attractions.

During the tour, you explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, visit the famous Vilnius Cathedral and go inside the oldest university in Lithuania dating back to 1579 - the Vilnius University (entrance tickets are included).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 17
Free Day in Vilnius

This day is free for you to continue exploring the fantastic attractions of Vilnius on your own or join our carefully prepared optional tour.

Day 18
Departure from Vilnius

This is the last day of your amazing journey through Russia and the Baltics! After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!


Included

17 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star hotels in Moscow, Suzdal, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals as per itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Economy class high-speed Allegro train tickets from St. Petersburg to Helsinki;
  • Star Class seat onboard a Helsinki - Tallinn ferry;
  • Private transfers: Tallinn - Riga and Riga - Vilnius;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses and gratuities.

Tour highlights
  • A private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg
  • Tour of the Hermitage Museum
  • Visit to the Rock Church
  • Ferry Ride to Tallinn
  • Tour around University of Vilnius
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries
What to Know
  • The climate in Russia, Scandinavia and Baltics can be unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 8
May - 25, 2019
May 15
Jun - 1, 2019
May 22
Jun - 8, 2019
Jun 5
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 12
Jun - 29, 2019
Jun 19
Jul - 6, 2019
Jun 26
Jul - 13, 2019
Jul 3
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 10
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 17
Aug - 3, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 10, 2019
Jul 31
Aug - 17, 2019
Aug 7
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 14
Aug - 31, 2019
Aug 21
Sep - 7, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 28, 2019
Sep 18
Oct - 5, 2019
Sep 25
Oct - 12, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,958
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Dates
May 8
May - 25, 2019
May 15
Jun - 1, 2019
May 22
Jun - 8, 2019
Jun 5
Jun - 22, 2019
Jun 12
Jun - 29, 2019
Jun 19
Jul - 6, 2019
Jun 26
Jul - 13, 2019
Jul 3
Jul - 20, 2019
Jul 10
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 17
Aug - 3, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 10, 2019
Jul 31
Aug - 17, 2019
Aug 7
Aug - 24, 2019
Aug 14
Aug - 31, 2019
Aug 21
Sep - 7, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 21, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 28, 2019
Sep 18
Oct - 5, 2019
Sep 25
Oct - 12, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,958
deposit
$992
$4,958
deposit
$992
$4,958
deposit
$992
$4,958
deposit
$992
$4,958
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$992
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$992
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$4,958
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$4,958
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$4,958
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$992
$4,958
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$992
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$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
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$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
$5,358
deposit
$1,072
Single traveler
$7,488
deposit
$1,498
$7,488
deposit
$1,498
$7,488
deposit
$1,498
$7,488
deposit
$1,498
$7,488
deposit
$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498
$7,488
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$1,498

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