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The Czar Route
9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days: Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow

Tour Overview
Start your tour in Helsinki, the green Finnish capital, popular for its harbors, Senate Square and Church-in-the-Rock. Renowned for its progressive and sustainable way of life, Helsinki is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture. Depart Helsinki for St. Petersburg, renowned for its imperial palaces and museums, as well as many canals which have given the city title “The Venice of the North”. The tour ends in Moscow, also known as The Mother of Russia, and world famous for its architecture and onion domed cathedrals.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival Helsinki

Arrival in Helsinki, transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 (Monday): Helsinki

Helsinki is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure which construction was started in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, fortress is a unique attraction for visitors. The evening offers optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve. (B)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Helsinki-St. Petersburg

Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar. (B)


Day 4 (Wednesday): St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of Venice of the North. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks. (B)


Day 5 (Thursday): St. Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti. (B)


Day 6 (Friday): St. Petersburg-Moscow

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar. (B)


Day 7 (Saturday): Moscow

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. (B)


Day 8 (Sunday): Moscow

The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. (B)


Day 9 (Monday): Moscow Departure

Transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
June-October 2021, 9 days/8 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 13 - 21, 2021 1810 2670
Jun 20 - 28, 2021 1810 2670
Jun 27 - 05 Jul, 2021 1810 2670
Jul 04 - 12, 2021 1745 2590
Jul 11 - 19, 2021 1745 2590
Jul 18 - 26, 2021 1745 2590
Jul 25 - 02 Aug, 2021 1745 2590
Aug 01 - 09, 2021 1745 2590
Aug 08 - 16, 2021 1745 2590
Aug 15 - 23, 2021 1745 2590
Aug 22 - 30, 2021 1745 2590
Aug 29 - 06 Sep, 2021 1745 2590
Sep 05 - 13, 2021 1745 2590
Sep 12 - 20, 2021 1745 2590
Sep 19 - 27, 2021 1745 2590
Sep 26 - 04 Oct, 2021 1745 2590
Optional Tours Price Per Person
3-hour excursion with water bus to the Suomenlinna Fortress 85
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace 110
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace 95
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace 115
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum 70
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti 70
Guided channel cruise 95
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour 35
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise 80
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad 115
Half board at hotels (6 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea on Day 3 – Day 8) 420

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • 8 overnights at centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 8 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations

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