Explore three capitals of the Baltic Sea region, St.Petersburg, Helsinki and Tallinn. In St. Petersburg, drive with your guide along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Explore the Hermitage Museum, St. Peter and St. Paul's Fortress. Visit park and palace at Peterhof which are often referred to as "The Russian Versailles". Continue by train to Helsinki, the most important city in Finland where Eastern and Western influences from the past 450 years can be seen everywhere in the city's architecture, culinary culture, events, offerings and friendly people. Take a ferry to Tallinn and visit its Old Town with medieval city walls, colorful gabled houses and magnificent churches. Your private guides will personally lead you through the sights of the cities, providing interpretation and insights at your own pace.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
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.
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.
Pushka Inn (3*) is ideally located in historical part of St. Petersburg, a one minute walk from the Hermitage and the Palace Square. Hotel rooms boast refined decor, comfort and the latest technologies;a union of luxurious architecture and modern equipment. Most of the hotel rooms have magnificent views to the Moyka river embankment. The hotel's restaurant serves European & Russian cuisine and the English speaking staff serves a buffet breakfast with fresh homemade pastries, every morning. Enjoy your morning coffee and set out on a walking tour of the city.
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’s 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. Continue on to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral; It is the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world, one of the best samples of the world monumental sculpture, and one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people. It took 40 years to construct this fascinating temple. The dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral now dominates the city skyline. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage before regular opening hours 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. The Treasure Gallery, one of the most interesting collections of the museum, got its name in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great. It consists of two sections. The first, called the Gold Room has works from Eurasia, the Black Sea Littoral in antiquity, and the Orient. It consists of around 1,500 works made from gold and dating from the 7th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. The main idea of the second section, which is called the Diamond Room, is to show the development of the jeweler's craft over the course of mankind's many centuries of history from the third millennium B.C. to the start of the 20th century. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.
Enjoy an excursion out of the city to one of the most beautiful summer residences of the Royal family, the Peterhof Palace. A fun way to get there is by hydrofoil that leaves from the Hermitage. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are outstanding landmarks of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. It was founded at the very beginning of the 18th century by Emperor Peter the Great. You will learn from your private guide about the fate of the palace and the parks during World War II and see pictures representing the palace and the restoration process. Enjoy the spacious and airy rooms of the palace, adorned with rich moldings, splendid parquet flooring, exquisite carving, painted ceilings, and canvases by great masters. You will have a chance to walk around the various individually sized fountains in the lower park, and admire the beautiful gardens before being met by your driver for the return to your hotel.
Enjoy private train station transfer with private vehicle and driver (local language speaking) in St Petersburg.
Enjoy a train transfer from St. Petersburg to Helsinki.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Hotel Helka (3*) is located in the heart of the beautiful Helsinki with many of attractions within easy reach. There are 150 rooms in this 6-story hotel, all equipped with the most up-to-date amenities. Each room includes non smoking rooms, air conditioning, inhouse movies, hair dryer, television. The Hotel Helka also has a beautifully design lobby bar and a restaurant, serving everything from refreshments and light snacks to à la carte Finnish cuisine. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find sauna at the hotel.
Explore Helsinki with English speaking Guide. Discover the historical city center and view Sibelius Monument, the Senate Square, the Olympic Stadium, and the famous Finlandia Hall by Alvar Alto in the diplomatic district, as well as the open air market among other sights. Entrance fees and transfer from/to hotel are not included in the tour cost.
Port transfer with your private vehicle and driver.
Take the speed ferry from Helsinki's port to Tallinn. Journey will take approximately 2 hrs.
Enjoy a private transfer from Tallinn Port to your hotel.
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 tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coat-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built the13th-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 are not included.
PK Ilmarine Hotel (3*) is a charming and historically unique hotel conveniently located just near Tallinn´s Old Town and only few minutes' walk from the ferry terminal, city business centre, theatres and exclusive shopping areas. The building was renovated and re-opened as a hotel in 1999 and named Ilmarine (after the original factory during Estonian times). The hotel´s exterior and interior recall its industrial past while providing discreet accommodation, sumptuous comfort and modern amenities to satisfy the needs of the most demanding customer. PK Ilmarine has 152 spacious, contemporary rooms, equipped with modern amenities. Il Marine Restaurant serves a wide range of Mediterranean cuisine. Guests who wish to be pampered by their highly professional and qualified beauticians, Domina Inn Ilmarine Beauty salon offers a wide range of treatments.
Located in the picturesque 84 - hectare forest park, the museum gathers a fine collection of 17th - 19th century rural architecture from all over the Estonia. Farmhouses, country pubs, windmills, and chapels will be on display and furnished according to period styles. Entrance fees are included.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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