The Tsar Route Finland and Russia Escorted Vacation - (D)

9 Day(s)

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures escorted in English and 1 other language. All local visits and guiding in English. Scheduled departures - 9-day/8-night tour visiting Helsinki, Saint Petersburg & Moscow. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, a 2nd class high speed train ticket from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 : Helsinki – Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink and meeting with your tour director at the hotel.

First Class : Glo Hotel Art
Day 2 : Explore Helsinki

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. Your sightseeing tour takes you around the harbors 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 of the famous Church-in-the-Rock. In the afternoon, you may join an optional excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland. (B)

First Class : Glo Hotel Art
Day 3 : Helsinki – Saint Petersburg

Today, you will continue eastbound to Saint Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia you will arrive in Vyborg for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. You will arrive in Saint Petersburg in late afternoon. (B)

First Class : Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
Day 4 : Explore Saint Petersburg

Saint 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 “The Venice of the North”. During this morning’s sightseeing tour you will get acquainted with all the splendors 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. This afternoon is reserved for an optional excursion to Tsarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for Saint 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)

First Class : Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
Day 5 : Saint Petersburg at Leisure

Today is a free day. In the morning, consider joining an optional excursion to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, the Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, we suggest you join an optional tour to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening, enjoy an optional Russian dinner. (B)

First Class : Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
Day 6 : Saint Petersburg – Moscow

The early morning is reserved for an optional Saint Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon, you will be transferred to the railway station for your 4-hour ride on the high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. The train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. Arrive in Moscow in the late afternoon. (B)

First Class : Park Inn by Radisson Sadu
Day 7 : Explore 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 into one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. Your morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with the St. Basil's Cathedral, the Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University, and the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional tour of 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 on the White Flotilla. (B)

First Class : Park Inn by Radisson Sadu
Day 8 : Moscow at Leisure

Today is a free day. You may join an optional full-day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where you will visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The entire Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-year celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus. (B)

First Class : Park Inn by Radisson Sadu
Day 9 : Moscow – Return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Moscow airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Pricing Chart

Departure Dates Departure City Price Single Suppl. Deluxe Hotel Suppl. Deluxe Hotel & Single Suppl.
May 27
Helsinki - Land Only * $1,545.00 $765.00 - -
Jul 15, 22, 29
Aug 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep 02, 09, 16
Helsinki - Land Only * $1,445.00 $645.00 - -
*Departures dates refer to departures from the US, the package departs from Helsinki the following day
**Air & land package prices include airport taxes and fees