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.
Tour Vilnius and discover the Old Town before you embark on your selection experience.
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.
Today is set aside for an exclusive culinary discovery.
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.
On your way to Tallinn, Estonia, visit Pärnu, a city known for its 19th-century timber villas and Pärnu Beach.
Visit Tallinn’s Raeapteek, one of Europe’s oldest continuously running pharmacies, in business since the 15th century.
Relax as you enjoy a ferry ride across the Baltic Sea to Finland’s 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.
Spend a day in Nuuksio National Park on an authentic encounter.
11. Helsinki, St Petersburg
Board the Allegro high-speed train to St Petersburg.
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.
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 St Petersburg.
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.
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.
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.
Today stop in the historic Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl. 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.
Dock in another Golden Ring city, Uglich. Here, select your preferred activity.
Dock in Moscow this afternoon and enjoy an insightful tour of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.
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.
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.