Experience the land of the Tsars. This value tour provides an in-depth city tour of St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. No flight is included between St. Petersburg and Tallinn however; we can easily arrange this for you. Your private guide will personally lead you through the sights of Russia, providing commentary, explanations and descriptions of the sights, at your own pace. Start with an exploration of St. Petersburg and get acquainted with its main architectural and historical monuments. Ride along its main streets and prospects, and enjoy its splendid parks and gardens. The next day visit Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums. Continue to Tallinn, where you'll start exploring the old city with your own private vehicle and guide, followed by car transfer to Riga. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Riga, by car, along the embankment of the River Daugava. Continue your tour along Alberta Street, an open-air architectural museum. On your way to Vilnius, visit the Rundale Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia, built between the years of; 1736-1740. Explore Vilnius, one of the oldest cities in Europe and visit the Old Town with a mixture of different epochs and architectural styles. Churches such as St. Francis', St. Anna's, as well as the renaissance buildings, Gates of Dawn and St. Michael's Church, are beautiful gothic structures that add elegance to the town. The classical antiquity of The Noble Cathedrals and Tower Hall dominate the Cathedral Square.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a small wooden doll, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
The Petro Palace Hotel (4*) is located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, just steps away from the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral and surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes, and the most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms is stylishly furnished, comfortable and fully equipped with modern style amenities, as well as internet access. The hotel's elegant dining room offers classic Russian cuisine in a friendly and atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, all with the comfort and class of the Petro Palace Hotel.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul's Fortress and St. Isaac Cathedral with the Bronze Horseman. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame. Continuing on you will drive through the Square of Arts, enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Entrance fees to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Start your walk at Toompea Hill. Tallinn was founded on Toompea in the 11th century, visit the Parliament building and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its onion domes, built in 1900. Next to the church is a 14th-15th century fortress wall with the remains of a medieval citadel. To follow is the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-14th centuries, with its interesting collection of coats-of-arms, and tombstones. The tour then takes you to two viewing platforms that offer breathtaking panoramic views of Tallinn. Long Leg or Short Leg (Streets) then lead you to the Lower Old Town. Visit the Kadriorg Palace In the Lower Town, the tour then passes St. Nicholas Church, the Great Guild, the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, and the Church of the Holy Ghost. The tour ends in the Town Hall Square where you can see the Town Hall Pharmacy, which has been in business for 500 years, and the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece. Entrance fees are not included.
Situated in the old city of Tallinn, My City Hotel (4*) is surrounded by the business and entertainment districts and is adjacent to fashionable shops and restaurants. Reflecting a tradition of classical style and elegance, the hotel offers a charming setting, ideal for any traveler. All 68 elegantly designed guest rooms feature amenities to satisfy the needs of the most demanding traveler. The warm atmosphere and professional staff of My City Hotel will make your stay in Tallinn pleasant and memorable.
Stating your private city tour at St. Charles’ Cathedral, you will explore Tallinn’s highlights while your private guide provides you with exclusive inside information of the town’s history. The visit to the National Library is followed by the Pirita River where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Take a few minutes to admire the Olympic Centre on the opposite side of the river before your guide takes you to the ruins of St.Bridget’s Convent. On the way back to the city, you pass the Song Festival Grounds where every 5 years a 120-year-old Estonian song festival takes place. The residential area of Lasnamäe and the Kadriorg Park and Palace. The tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coat-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-14th centuries is well worth a visit. Two viewing platforms provide you with breathtaking panoramic views of this charming town and are followed by a visit to the Long Leg and Short Leg Streets. Back in the Lower Old Town you will learn about St. Nicholas Church before concluding your city exploration at the Town Hall Square. Entrance fees to St Brigita's Convent, Kadriorg Palace, and Dom Church are included.
Enjoy a transfer with a private vehicle and driver from Tallinn to Riga with a stop in Parnu.
The guided walking tour of Old Riga takes you down the streets through the centre of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, Riga Castle, and the architectural wonders of the Jugendstil district. The walking tour continues to the Monument of Freedom then proceeds to the newly renovated Opera House. From there the tour takes you into Old Riga with stops at Konveta Seta, the colourful 13th century buildings that formerly housed the Convent of the Holy Spirit. Your private guide will also show you St. Peters Church, House of the Blackheads, Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle, which is now the residence of the President of Latvia, and the houses of the Latvian parliament building, the Saeima. The tour also includes visits to many other sites of historical and architectural interest such as Jackob’s Barracks and the Powder Tower.
Hotel Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the centre of Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were constructed in the 16th and 19th centuries to serve as a printing-house. In 2001, it was reopened as a hotel keeping many of its original features. Famous for its gorgeous interior, romantic, and historical style, it has 38 rooms of various designs with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. With beautiful paintings, engravings, antiques, and old books in the guest rooms and corridors, it will take you back in time and you’ll feel as if you just entered the 18th century.
Take a day tour to the Switzerland of Latvia. Set on the banks of the Gauja River, the town and surrounding areas offer magnificent views. Other attractions include a visit to the medieval Turaida Castle and the grave of Turaidas Rose. Construction of the Turaida castle began in 1214 by the Order the Sword. The medieval fortress has been restored in recent years and returned to its former image of beauty and might. Sigulda is also a centre for Latvian winter sports including skiing, bobsledding, and tobogganing. Entrance fees to the castle are included.
A private driver and vehicle will bring you from Riga to Vilnius. The journey will take you to the Rundale Palace, which is located 66 kilometers outside of Riga. As one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia, it was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by an outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is one of the few remaining places where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. Continue your tour with the Hill of Crosses. During this tour you will have a local guide at your disposal. Entrance fees to Rundale Palace are included.
Ideally located in the picturesque Old Town of Vilnius, close to the City Gates, City Gate Hotel (3*) is warm and hospitable; ideal for discerning travelers who require a host of facilities. All rooms are spacious and stylish with modern amenities, such as free wireless internet connection, and guests can make use of the hotel’s 2two conference halls, as well as the stylish and comfortable internal courtyard. Begin your day with a rich buffet breakfast and end it with a delicious dinner at the stylish restaurant.
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. In the 14th century, at the foot of the hill, the town started to develop and was surrounded by a defensive city wall in 1503. The Old Town is not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the biggest in Europe. The over one thousand archaeological, historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in the Old Town make this city a true treasure. For this reason Vilnius was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Your guide will provide you with inside information about Vilnius' history and take you to the city’s Cathedral and Town Hall Square, the University, St Anne's and Bernardine Churches, the Gates of Dawn, and St. Peter and Paul's Church. Entrance fees are not included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Our time in Dubrovnik and Split were awesome, in hind sight we both wished we would have went back to Split from Plitvice Lakes rather than carry on to Zagreb. We both found Split much more appealing and would have definitely preferred to spend another night there rather than Zagreb. We’ll know for next time! Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
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