European river cruise

Scenic - Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

27 Day Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

Days: 27

From: Berlin to Moscow

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

Code: irbs

Code_ERC: irbs-1

( Brochure Price: $ 18,140 pp )

Our Price: $17,233 pp


1. Berlin
Your journey begins in glorious Berlin. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay. This evening join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

2. Berlin > Potsdam > Berlin
Journey to Potsdam, where a local historian will share his insights on the town and its history. Later, visit the Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. This afternoon, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexanderplatz, then drive along the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area. Enrich Enjoy coffee and cake under the glass dome of the renovated Reichstag Building that was set on fire in 1933. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

3. Berlin
Freechoice Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn about the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, enjoy a cruise on the Spree River and take in the city’s fine architecture from the water. Meals included: Breakfast

4. Berlin > Warsaw
Board a first class rail journey and enjoy Poland’s serene countryside. This evening, arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital for a two night stay. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

5. Warsaw
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre was rebuilt and has since attained World Heritage-listed status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a sombre reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Freechoice You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Enrich This evening, enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a manor house, followed by dinner. Indulge in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

6. Warsaw > Vilnius
After breakfast, depart Warsaw. Your route will take you into the pristine Mazurian region before crossing the border into Lithuania. Continue to the capital Vilnius and your base for the next two nights. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

7. Vilnius
Delight in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many examples of Baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn, with its remarkable chapel, and the Vilnius Cathedral.This afternoon visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle, located only a short drive outside of Vilnius. Meals included: Breakfast

8. Vilnius > Riga
Depart Vilnius and drive north to the extraordinary Hill of Crosses. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small crosses which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. Continue on to Riga and visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens before checking into your hotel for the next two nights. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

9. Riga
Embark on a discovery of Riga’s Old Town, then tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for an insight into Latvia’s heritage.
Tonight enjoy an evening of traditional Latvian folk music with dinner. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

10. Riga > Sigulda > Tallinn
Today you’ll visit Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the ‘Switzerland of Latvia’. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. After lunch, continue towards Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital. Arrive in Tallinn and relax at your hotel, your home for the next two nights. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

11. Tallinn
Discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall. Freechoice Visit the Kadriorg Palace and Park, home to some of Tallinn’s most prestigious residences. Alternatively, be intrigued by the exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Maritime Museum. Freechoice Dining This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

12. Tallinn > Helsinki
Today, relax during your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

13. Helsinki >St. Petersburg
Marvel at the imperial treasures of the Tsars on this magnificent cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow as you navigate Russia’s mighty waterways. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

14. St. Petersburg
Freechoice Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof. Enjoy lunch in a local St. Petersburg restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful metropolis. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

15. St. Petersburg
Freechoice Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral or discover the Yusupov Palace. Following lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals. This evening, you’re invited
to join Scenic Tsar’s Captain for the official welcome dinner. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

16. St. Petersburg
Visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please. Enrich Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

17. St. Petersburg
A special highlight awaits as you visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

18. Mandrogi
Enrich Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings and perhaps try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

19. Kizhi Island
Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

20. Goritsy
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

21. Yaroslavl
Explore the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the Fine Art Museum. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

22. Uglich
Explore Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow on a guided tour. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

23. Moscow
Sail towards Russia’s mightiest city, Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

24. Moscow
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city. Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

25. Moscow
Enrich Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. Freechoice Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War II museum. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

26. Moscow
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

27. Moscow
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. Meals included: Breakfast

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Cruise Highlights

Draw open the old Iron Curtain. Once these cities and lands were hidden by the heavy veil of what was then known as the Iron Curtain. Today, you’re free to discover them at your leisure.. Some love Berlin for its modernity and its thriving culture, while others love it for its dramatic history. Not only is it a terrific place to visit, it’s the perfect gateway for your trip to the equally intriguing Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and beyond that mighty Russia.