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Northern Europe & RussiaRegional Journey
On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in to your luxury hotel before joining your Travelling Concierge at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your fellow travellers. Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.
Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.
A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?
Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania.
Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to Vilnius, its enchanting capital. Home to the largest medieval town in central and Eastern Europe, this bustling city is the perfect mix of old-world charm, bohemian cafes and quirky street art. It is also home to some of the best pastries in the world! Why not take an evening stroll in its pastel coloured Old Town and ask your Travel Director for the perfect snack or dinner stop?
Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai.
Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. In the evening, unwind at your hotel or venture out and explore more of Vilnius. Budding artists should head to Užupis, the city’s bohemian art district. Translating to 'the other side of the river,' this relaxed district is home to a number of art galleries, coffee shops and boutique stores.
Siauliai and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga.
Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Continue your escorted journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world's most remarkable art nouveau architecture. Depending on what time you arrive, why not head to Central market and explore like a local? Here you’ll be spoilt for choice with delicious food finds and souvenir options. If relaxing is more your thing, check out the luxe spa facilities at your hotel, the Radisson Blue Ridzene Hotel.
Riga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn.
Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, visit the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest visited in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls. Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallin is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture, to its quirky art scenes, Tallin is made for the curious and creative.
Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn.
Led by a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.
St Petersburg: To Russia with Love
Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg Fortress. Cross the River Narva, which forms the Russian border, and continue to St. Petersburg. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, this port city is Russia’s cultural centre with world-famous opera, ballet and art all within reach. Unique, stimulating and with a regal air about it, St Petersburg offers a fascinating look into Russia’s past – a worthy destination for history buffs.
St. Petersburg Sightseeing.
Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.
Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil.
Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets. Also referred to as the “Russian Versailles”; this ornate palace shines bright with its pastel yellow and gold hues. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains that decorate its exterior. The evening is yours at leisure, why not ask your Travel Director for the perfect place to grab a drink or dinner locally?
The Hermitage Museum.
Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world's greatest museums. Marvel at its fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax. Why not make your way to Mariinsky Theatre to watch one of the city’s famous ballets or operas? If shopping is more your thing, make your way to the shopping mall, Nevsky Centre, for upscale and high street finds. Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel for a therapeutic unwind in your state-of-the-art hotel room.
High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow.
Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you travel to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.
Moscow, a Russian Revelation.
Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.' Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers, as you explore their beauty with friends. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Russian Imperial Family? The first Fabergé egg was designed for Tsar Alexander III in 1885, as a gift to his wife Empress Maria Fedorovna.
Moscow and The Kremlin.
In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.
It’s time to say goodbye to Moscow and your fellow travellers. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a local expert for a guided visit to the ‘Polish Versailles’. Walk within the baroque royal residence to admire the stunning collection of furniture, portraits and china which forms part of the National Museum.
Adult Price: EUR 34.00
The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the centre of Warsaw, enjoy an exclusive private recital of his music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist. Champagne is served during the intermission.
Adult Price: EUR 46.00
The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation. A local expert takes you through the emphatically named Museum of Genocide Victims which recounts the Soviet years of political oppression and the partisan fight for independence. In the basement, reflect while in the cells used for the torture and imprisonment of dissidents right up until the late 1980's.
Adult Price: EUR 30.00
Take your seats for a fun-filled evening of traditional entertainment and hearty Lithuanian cuisine. Expect delicious dishes prepared according to age-old recipes, an authentic atmosphere and colourful folklore entertainment featuring traditional dancers, musicians and songs.
Adult Price: EUR 62.00
Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore over one hundred buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over the centuries. Continue to a restaurant for a traditional Latvian dinner with drinks included.
Adult Price: EUR 56.00
Come and hear the balalaikas ringing out! A spectacular evening of traditional music, song and dance! This fun-filled show will have you clapping along to the rollicking Cossack dancers and girls in brightly coloured costumes as they sing their sweet harmonies.
Adult Price: EUR 58.00
Code: ST 0003
Due to its many islands, canals and bridges, St. Petersburg is known as ‘the Venice of the North’ and the best place to view it is from the water. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a cruise along the River Neva. Sip champagne as the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress drifts by - it's a photographer’s dream and a wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital!
Adult Price: EUR 46.00
Code: ST 0004
The little town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, houses Russia's most beautiful palace. Even from the outside, its awesome grandeur overwhelms the senses. Walking through the 'Golden Enfilade' of state rooms is like stepping into another world. Feel the presence of Catherine the Great reflected in the sumptuous gilded stucco, mirrors, and amber. The restored Amber Room is a truly unique monument with your local expert providing the historical context.
Adult Price: EUR 60.00
Code: ST 0005
Join a local expert for a visit to the island stronghold where St. Petersburg's foundation stone was laid in 1703. Built as a defence against Swedish attack, the fortress served as a political prison for the Tsars' opponents, including Peter's own rebellious son, Alexei. A fascinating walk through Russian history takes you from the riverside walkway, still lined with cannon, inside the bastions to the ornate church, housing the imperial tombs of the Romanov rulers. A must-see during your visit to St. Petersburg!
Adult Price: EUR 29.00
Code: ST 0006
With its flawless, graceful movements, heartfelt music and spectacle, Russian ballet can conjure up a range of powerful emotions. While in St. Petersburg, there may be the opportunity to attend a ballet performance. This optional experience is subject to the availability of tickets and performance. Pending on availability and the venue, the price may vary from €80-€110.
Adult Price: EUR 110.00
Code: ST 0007
Don't miss this chance to visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and scene of Rasputin’s murder. Hear the fascinating story of the Siberian monk and his influence on the Imperial Family as you are led through the beautifully restored interiors to the room where his murder took place!
Adult Price: EUR 49.00
Code: ST 0008
With our Local Specialist we'll take a tour of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Not to be outdone, St Isaac's Cathedral is the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials, gathered from all parts of Russia.
Adult Price: EUR 44.00
Code: ST 0013
Walk within the walls of the Kremlin to visit the treasure chest of the Imperial Russian family in the Armory. With your guide, you'll witness the staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, be it bedazzling crown jewels, jewel-studded thrones or the world-famous Fabergé Eggs!
Adult Price: EUR 56.00
As the sun goes down Moscow takes on a completely different complexion. A local expert shows you the major monuments of this bustling city by night. Admire the evening magic of the famous Red Square once the day time crowds have dispersed - the floodlit towers of the Kremlin, twinkling Gum Department Store and magical domes of St Basil's Cathedral bathed in romantic light.
Adult Price: EUR 29.00
The complex history of Russia is fixed in the soul of the people and this experience focuses on historical events that have shaped the nation. Drive out to the Borodino Panorama Exhibition which brings to life the Battle of Borodino, one of the most important events in Russia's history - immortalised in Tolstoy's epic "War and Peace". Then, head to Poklonnaya Hill where we find Victory Memorial Park with monuments dedicated to the memory of the victory over the Nazis in WWII. If Borodino Panorama Exhibition is closed, we will visit the Central Museum of Great Patriotic War, located in the Victory Park.
Adult Price: EUR 42.00
A wonderful excursion takes you to Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era), renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city, admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Troitse Sergiyevo Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. Afterwards, enjoy time to browse for locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls at the local market.
Adult Price: EUR 54.00
Warsaw (Traditional) - Poland
Vilnius (Historic) - Lithuania
Enjoy views overlooking the Old Town Square, from the verandah of Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.
Riga (Traditional) - Latvia
The Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel is set in the most ideal location of the city, overlooking Riga's Esplanade Park and just a 5 minute walk from the UNESCO World heritage Site of the city's Old Town. Rooms are decorated in a traditional-style and with free WiFi you'll be able to stay connected to friends and family during your travels.
Tallinn (Traditional) - Estonia
Perfectly located in Tallinn's Maakri area, just a 15 minute walk to the city's historic Old Town, the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel is ideal for your two night stay. Spacious rooms with a splash of colour and complimentary WiFi are the perfect place to retreat to and relax after a day of sightseeing. Alternatively, enjoy a drink or casually dine at the hotel's Lounge24 rooftop bar which showcases panoramic views over the Old Town to the sea.
ST PETERSBURG (Traditional) - RUSSIA
The Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg, Ligovsky is situated in a fabulous location, close to many shops and historic buildings.
Moscow (Historic) - Russia
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow, is centrally located overlooking the Moskva River. With it's palace-like architecture is a striking landmark of the city and is known as one of the seven Stalinist-style skyscrapers, referred to as the Seven Sisters. The sense of grandeur continues inside with luxurious decor and elegant furnishings throughout the lobby and guest rooms.