THE BALTIC STATES,RUSSIA & SCANDINAVIA - 2017
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Denmark’s capital is the starting point on this exploration of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Begin in Copenhagen before a ferry crossing takes you to Rostock, Germany, to board your motorcoach. Travel to fascinating Berlin, Germany’s once-again capital; to Poland, with overnights in Poznan and Warsaw; and to Vilnius, Lithuania, where guided sightseeing reveals how this city was influenced by many invaders. Visit the baroque Palace of Rundale on the way to Riga, Latvia’s capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltics. Then, enter Estonia, with a stop in the seaside town of Parnu. Spend two nights in Tallinn and explore its Old Town before crossing the border into Russia to discover Peter the Great’s splendid St. Petersburg. Travel between Lake Ladoga and the Baltic Sea, cross back from East to West and arrive in Helsinki, Finland’s capital. See Senate Square and the cathedral, then embark on an overnight ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, to see the main highlights on a guided tour—the perfect end to a perfect vacation.
- INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
- INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Berlin, Warsaw, Rundales Pils Palace, Parnu.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Copenhagen, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm; professional Tour Director while touring.
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; ferry Gedser-Rostock; overnight cruise Helsinki-Stockholm will be in shared, 2-berth cabins with private facilities.
Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
2 lunches (L)
7 dinners (D).
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
COPENHAGEN-FERRY CROSSING- BERLIN, GERMANY.
A morning of guided sightseeing to enjoy the famed charms from the past and present, including the LITTLE MERMAID and the rococo Amalienborg complex of royal palaces. In the afternoon, head for Gedser for the 2-hour FERRY crossing to Rostock. Then, onward by road to Berlin. (B)
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Berlin or join the optional sightseeing-a must for all who wish to experience the German capital's fascinating mix of history-laden past and confident present. This afternoon, cross the Oder River into Poland on the way to Poznan. (B,D)
Touring eastwards this morning through pleasant agricultural lowlands, reach the Polish capital, Warsaw. Discover the city on your own, or find out more about its sights and history on the optional sightseeing tour. This is an excellent introduction to Warsaw's historic centre, and you'll see why Warsaw is considered to be a phoenix "par excellence," as European cities go. (B)
Journey northeast towards Augustow and Suwalki to reach the biggest of the three Baltic states, Lithuania. Overnight in quaint Vilnius- the pretty wedding-cake capital since the 13th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)
On the included sightseeing walk, visit the historic streets of the OLD TOWN. Later, enjoy some leisure time or take the optional excursion to visit medieval Trakai Castle on the shores of a picturesque lake. This evening, how about an optional folklore dinner? (B)
VILNIUS-RUNDALES PILS, LATVIA-RIGA.
An interesting journey as you travel right across Lithuania into Latvia for a stop in Pilsrundale to visit the restored baroque PALACE OF RUNDALE, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The palace was built by the great architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Enjoy more lovely countryside before reaching the capital of Latvia, Riga. (B,L)
On the included tour of the OLD CITY with a Local Guide, walk through the narrow streets to the town centre. Founded in 1201 by Bishop Albert, head of the Order of Teutonic Knights, Riga still boasts a multicultural population. (B,D)
Visit the lively historical seaside town of Parnu, then take a stroll on the sandy beach before continuing to Tallinn. (B)
Start the day with an included walking tour to appreciate Tallinn's history and beauty. The Old Town, now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is certainly the most interesting part of the city. Worth noting are the Hanseatic merchant houses, the 1.6 kilometre-long (1 mile-long) town wall, the medieval Town Hall, and the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. (B,D)
TALLINN-ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
Drive east today towards the border town of Narva and cross into Russia. Then, start the journey to St. Petersburg considered by most travellers to be Russia's most fascinating city. (B,L,D)
St. Petersburg was created in 1703 by the iron will of Peter the Great. He made it the capital of all the Russias and ensured that it should rival any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. The included city tour with a Local Guide introduces you to the palaces, parks, monuments, squares, wide boulevards, and 600 bridges that delight visitors with their symmetrical beauty. (B)
ST. PETERSBURG-VYBORG- HELSINKI, FINLAND.
Realise the huge expanse of Russia as you take a last glimpse of St. Petersburg. Then, set off north, travelling through dense pine forests dotted with numerous lakes. Cross into Finland and head for Helsinki. (B)
HELSINKI-OVERNIGHT BALTIC SEA CROSSING TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.
The included sightseeing of the Finnish capital covers the Empire-style palace on Senate Square and the cathedral. The afternoon is free for your own exploration. This evening, embark on the FERRY to Stockholm. On board, you can enjoy music, dancing, and shopping. (B)
Dock in Stockholm, perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. The effect of its crystalline waters flowing through the city's intersecting canals gives a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. The best way to see and appreciate the highlights of Sweden's capital is to join the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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