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.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in St Petersburg.
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.
Petro Palace (3*) 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 most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms are 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, ride along its main streets and prospects, and enjoy its splendid parks and gardens. Drive along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with most fashionable boutiques. View Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried. Visit St. Peter and St. Paul's fortress, view St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman». Drive by Summer Garden with the oldest royal stone palace and breathtaking collection of Italian statues and sculpture set in a natural surrounding. Stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame lit in the centre of the monument to victims of revolutions and wars, at the Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood at its background, one of the most unusual monuments of Russian Orthodox. Drive through the Square of Arts which is a perfect classical ensemble of the city, 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 fee to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included in the tour price.
Enjoy a private guided 5hr 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 stair-way, 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, as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, Picasso and others. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Gauguin and others. 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 fee to Hermitage Museum is included in the tour price).
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
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, 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 (Museum of Medieval Art), the Great Guild and the Brotherhood of the Blackheads (both medieval guild houses), 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 in the tour price.
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 customer and include a computer with high-speed internet in each room. The warm atmosphere and professional staff of My City Hotel will make your stay in Tallinn pleasant and memorable.
Your private guided tour starts at St.Charles’ Cathedral and the National Library in the city center and goes on to Pirita where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Here you can take a look at the Olympic Center from the other side of the Pirita River. Continue to visit the ruins of St.Bridget’s Convent. On the way back to the city, a stop is made at the Song Festival Grounds, the venue of the 120-year-old Estonian song festival tradition. Afterwards, drive by the residential area of Lasnamäe and pass Kadriorg Park and Palace. Start your short walk at the 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. Visit the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-14th centuries, with its interesting collection of coats-of-arms, tombstones. The tour then takes you to two viewing platforms that offer breathtaking panoramic views of Tallinn. Long Leg or Short Leg (Streets) then take you to the Lower Old Town. In the Lower Town, the tour passes St. Nicholas Church, and ends in the Town Hall Square where you can see the Town Hall Pharmacy, and the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece. The tour includes private vehicle and guide and entrance fee to Kadriorg Palace.
Transfer from Tallinn to Riga, stop in Parnu, Estonian "Summer Capital", with your private vehicle and driver.
The guided walking tour of the Old Riga takes you down the streets of the center of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, the 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 the stops at Konveta Seta, the colorful 13th century buildings which formerly housed the Convent of the Holy Spirit and is now a modern hotel complex; St. Peters Church, which offers a panoramic view over the old town, the House of the Blackheads, first mentioned in 1334, destroyed in 1941, and recently rebuilt in time for the celebration of Riga’s 800th anniversary; the Dome Cathedral, built in the 13th century, contains one of the biggest organs in the world with 6718 pipes; the Riga Castle, 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.
Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the center of the Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were built in the XVI and XIX centuries for needs of a printing-house and in 2001, it was opened as a hotel. 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 be as if it is centuries ago.
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 center for Latvian winter sports including skiing, bobsledding, and tobogganing. The tour takes 5 hours. The entrance fee to the castle is included in the tour price.
Enjoy a private transfer from Riga to Vilnius. During your transfer visit Rundale Palace located 66 km away of Riga. One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is unique; it is one of the few remaining places in Latvia, where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. During this tour you will have a local guide at your disposal. Continue your tour with Hill of Crosses. Entrance fee to Rundale Palace is included in the tour cost.
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. In 1503, Vilnius was surrounded by the defensive wall and since then the town was growing outside. Old Town of Vilnius is not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the biggest in Europe. The heart of Vilnius, Old Town, is a mixture of different epochs and architectural styles. Light and elegant town architecture is presented by the gothic buildings: Church of St Francis, Church of St Anne, and others. Austere Renaissance buildings - Gates of Dawn, St Michael Church, some of the university buildings - add classical sounding to the Old Town ensemble. The Noble Cathedral and Tower Hall, the outstanding examples of Classicism, dominate the Cathedral Square. The masterpiece of Vilnius baroque by right is considered to be St Peter and St Paul's Church. There are more than one thousand archeological, historical, architectural and cultural monuments in the Old Town. That's why in 1994 Vilnius was included in the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage. Visit Vilnius Cathedral and Town Hall Square, Vilnius University, built in various styles: gothic, renaissance, baroque and classicism. Continue to St Anne's and Bernardine Churches, Gate of Dawn and St Peter and Paul's Church. Entrance fees are not included in the tour cost.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Estonia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Latvia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Lithuania for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/lithuania.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Vilnius. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Russia/Germany 1918-1940 and from the Soviet Union in 1990. Language: Lithuanian is the official language. Lithuania has a large number of dialects for such a small territory, including High Lithuanian (Aukstaiciai) and Low Lithuanian (Zemaiciai). Religion: Predominantly (79%), Roman Catholic with Russian Orthodox and Protestant, including Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformist. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +370. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Internet is available; public access is at the Lithuanian National Library and increasingly at Internet centers and cafes in main cities and towns.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Russia for the most up to date visa information.
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