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APT - Baltic Treasures with Russian Waterways

23 Day Baltic Treasures with Russian Waterways

Baltic Treasures with Russian Waterways

Days: 23

From: Vilnius to Moscow

Countries Visited: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia

Code: euwrb23

Our Price (from): $14,895 pp

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Itinerary


1. Arrive Vilnius
Arrive in Vilnius and be transferred to your hotel. Get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception this evening. Stay Two Nights: Vilnius, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

2. Vilnius
Tour and discover the Old Town before you embark on your selection experience.

Freedom of Choice: Later, visit Trakai Island Castle or explore the Museum of Genocide Victims.

3. Vilnius, Ukmerge, Siauliai, Riga
Visit Ukmerge, where you’ll visit a famous goat’s cheese farm. Then travel to Siauliai and stop at the Hill of Crosses. Stay Two Nights: Riga, Grand Hotel Kempinski

4. Riga
Today is set aside for an exclusive culinary discovery.

Signature Experiences: Explore ’s highlights with Signe Meirane, one of Latvia’s most famous food bloggers. Begin at Central Market, Europe’s largest market and bazaar. After coffee, continue to Vidzeme Market for lunch.

5. Riga, Sigulda, Dikli
Stop in Sigulda to visit 13th-century Crusader Castle, and Turaida Castle. Later, arrive at your hotel and relax amid the setting of this historic palace. Stay: Dikli, Hotel Dikli Palace

6. Dikli, Pärnu, Tallinn
On your way to Tallinn, Estonia, visit Pärnu, a city known for its 19th-century timber villas and Pärnu Beach. Stay Two Nights: Tallinn, Schlössle Hotel

7. Tallinn
Visit ’s Raeapteek, one of Europe’s oldest continuously running pharmacies, in business since the 15th century.

8. Tallinn, Helsinki
Relax as you enjoy a ferry ride across the Baltic Sea to Finland’s Helsinki. Stay Three Nights: Helsinki, Hotel Kämp

9. Helsinki
Join your local guide for a tour of Finland’s idyllic capital, including a visit to the Temppeliaukio Rock Church. Savour dinner at a local restaurant.

10. Helsinki
Spend a day in Nuuksio National Park on an authentic encounter.

Signature Experiences: In Nuuksio National Park, you’ll learn how to cook flamed salmon by an open fire, followed by lunch at a Lappish-style teepee. Enjoy wild herb tea accompanied by a Sami singer.

11. Helsinki, St Petersburg
Board the Allegro high-speed train to St Petersburg. Stay: St Petersburg, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

12. St Petersburg, Embark Ship
Travel to the imperial residence of Peterhof Palace, where you will enjoy a guided tour. Later, board your river ship. Stay 10 Nights: MS Valentina

13. St Petersburg
After breakfast today, head out to enjoy a tour of the lavish Catherine Palace and grounds, which was constructed in the 18th century as a summer palace for the Empress. After spending time exploring here, spend the afternoon at your leisure to take in the sights of .

Signature Experiences: Tonight, appreciate Russia’s arts scene as you delight in a breathtaking private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in .

14. St Petersberg
Take a Hydrofoil ride over the waters of the Neva River to the State Hermitage for a tour of the museum. Forming part of the Winter Palace, it is home to Russia’s royal art collection of more than three million works.

Signature Experiences: Experience a special tour of the State Hermitage before the museum is open to the public. A highlight is the chance to take in the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. Acquired by Catherine the Great in 1781, the Peacock Clock is a large automated clock featuring three life-sized mechanical birds.

15. Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi
After cruising through the night, dock in Mandrogi, a charming village teeming with traditional houses. Afterwards, spend time at leisure to look around and browse the handmade trinkets for sale.

16. Lake Onega, Kizhi Island
Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. Explore the open-air museum of wooden buildings and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without the use of a single nail.

17. White Lake, Goritsy
Today cruise onto the White Lake, then dock in Goritsy, a small and peaceful farming town. Your guided tour here includes a visit to the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons.

18. Yaroslavl
Today stop in the historic Golden Ring city, . Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the Vikings. Here, a sightseeing tour illuminates the city’s history through its glorious architecture, including Spassky Monastery and the Church of Elia the Prophet.

19. Uglich
Dock in another Golden Ring city, . Here, select your preferred activity.

Freedom of Choice: On a guided tour, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Hydroelectric Station and Hydropower Engineering Museum.

20. Moscow
Dock in this afternoon and enjoy an insightful tour of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.

21. Moscow
Take a guided tour of the Armoury Museum within the walls of the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Later, personalise your experience with a choice of activities.

Freedom of Choice: Gain an insight into the history of space exploration with a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, situated at the base of a 100-metre titanium obelisk. Alternatively, explore Tretyakov Art Gallery, Russia’s national gallery.

22. Moscow, Disembark Ship
Marvel at some of Moscow’s unique Metro stations, which feature chandeliers and marble statues. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, accompanied by traditional Russian folklore. Stay: Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi

23. Depart Moscow
Transfer to the airport.

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27 Aug 2019
18 Sep 2019
MS Valentina
$15,590
$14,895