The Kremlin | Moscow | Russia
FROM: CAD $5,235 pp
Baltic & Russian Explorer - 16 days map

Take in the best of the Baltics, Helsinki and Russia on this 16 day escorted tour. Explore the three beautiful Baltic capitals - Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn before taking the ferry to Finland's charming coastal capital. Then head to St Petersburg to discover the captivating City of the Tsars before ending in mighty Moscow.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Vilnius - Take in the highlights of Lithuania's capital including Peter and Paul Church, Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower and the Old University
Tallinn - Explore the enchanting medieval Old Town and see Toompea Castle - now the home of the Estonian Parliament
Siauliai - Marvel at the Hill of Crosses, one of Lithuania holiest sites, where over 200,000 wooden crosses have been erected on a small hill
Helsinki - Discover the modern design of Finland's vibrant capital and take in highlights including the Lutheran Cathedral, Mannerheim Street and the famous Church-in-the-Rock
Moscow - Visit Red Square, home of spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral and explore the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin
Riga - Admire the art nouveau architecture in Estonia's captivating capital, visit the Castle, Dome Cathedral, St Peter's Church and more
Rundale Palace - Admire this grand Baroque palace, which was a former summer residence of the Duke of Courland
Parnu - Enjoy some time at leisure in this beautiful Estonian summer resort town
St Petersburg - Explore Russia's beautiful City of Tsars, visit Peter & Paul Fortress, see the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood and magnificent St Isaacs Cathedral
Visit the holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, Russia's most important monastery, on an optional day trip to the Golden Ring town of Sergiev Posad

Included

15 nights 4 star hotels
One airport arrival transfer on Day 1 and one airport departure transfer on Day 16 included per booking
Entrance to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
All relevant transportation in private modern vehicles
Sapsan high-speed train from St Petersburg -Moscow (2nd class)
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
15 breakfasts
Sightseeing tours of Vilnius, Tallinn, Rundale Palace, Riga, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Moscow
Escorted by a bi-lingual English and German speaking tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours
One way ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki (2nd class)
Porterage at hotels
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. Minimum group size 2 - maximum 31.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Itinerary

Day 1

Vilnius

Sunday. At Vilnius airport you'll be met and transferred to our hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is at free to spend at leisure, exploring Lithuania's charming capital. A welcome meeting will be held this evening, in the lobby at approximately 7pm.
Overnight: Vilnius

Day 2

Vilnius Tour

Vilnius is renowned for its incredible medieval architecture and large number of churches. This morning we head out on a guided tour of the old town, taking in Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, the Peter and Paul Church, St Anna's Church , the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

This afternoon is free for you to stroll around the city or join an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. Here you'll visit the magnificent Trakai Castle which stands on an island in Lake Galve. This evening there's an optional folklore dinner at a 19th Century style restaurant .
Overnight: Vilnius  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Hill Of Crosses

Vilnius - Riga (Latvia). Today we begin our journey north, stopping to visit Lithuania's revered Hill of Crosses, a unique pilgrimage site in Northern Lithuania, where over 100,000 crosses of varying sizes stand on a small hill. Crossing into Latvia we then continue north to the magnificent Rundale Palace, which was built for the Duke of Courland. We enjoy a guided of this beautiful Baroque palace which dates back to 1736 and is surrounded by manicured gardens. Then we drive across the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to Riga, arriving in the capital late afternoon.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Riga Old Town

This morning we take in the highlights of Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals. Founded in 1201, Riga is renowned for its kaleidoscope of architectural styles which are evident on our walking tour of the Old Town. We take in Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church and the Swedish Gates, along with other fascinating parts of the city which demonstrate its rich history. This afternoon is free for you to further explore Riga independently or to join an optional excursion to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian seaside resort. This evening there's an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Riga

Spend the day at leisure in Riga or join optional excursions. Visit stunning Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda on the optional excursion this morning. Learn about the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before returning Riga.

This afternoon there's an optional trip to the Riga Motor Museum, to see its impressive collection of vintage cars, and this evening there is an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Three.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Parnu

Riga - Parnu - Tallinn (Estonia). Our tour continues along the coastal highway today, crossing the border into neighbouring Estonia and travelling on to the beautiful summer resort town of Parnu. We enjoy a short tour of Parnu before making our way through the lush forests of Northern Estonia en route to Tallinn. Arriving in Estonia's enchanting capital this afternoon, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Tallinn

This morning we discover the delights of Tallinn, the fairy-tale capital, with its incredibly picturesque Unesco-listed Old Town, cobblestone streets and Medieval architecture. Starting at Toompea Castle we make our way to the Dome Church and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built between 1894 and 1900 in a typical Russian Revival style. Then we visit the striking, medieval Old Town Hall which dates back to the early 1400s.

This afternoon is free to stroll around the city, soak up the scenery and enjoy a spot of shopping. Alternatively there's an optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and a visit to the KUMU, the award winning new Estonian art museum. Then this evening there's an optional medieval dinner at the 'Maikrahv' restaurant.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Tallinn to Helsinki

Tallinn - Helsinki. This morning there's an optional excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After a break for lunch we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki. Enjoy the scenery en route as we travel through the Finnish archipelago en route to Finland's seaside capital.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Helsinki

This morning we explore Helsinki, Finland's trendy capital which is fast becoming one of Scandinavia’s hottest destinations. Our guided tour takes us around the harbours and Senate Square with its Lutheran Cathedral, we will also see the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall and the Sibelius Monument before visiting the famous Church-in-the-Rock.

In the afternoon there's an optional excursion to the 18th century Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural gem set on an island. For the final night of our tour there's an optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Helsinki to St Petersburg

Helsinki - St Petersburg (Russia). Today we bid farewell to Finland as we drive across the border into Russia, travelling via Vyborg en route to St Petersburg. Arriving late afternoon, check in to our hotel and spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 11

St Petersburg city tour

This morning we explore the beautiful city of St Petersburg. 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. On our sightseeing tour we explore Peter & Paul Fortress and admire many of the city's most iconic buildings, included magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral, Nevsky Convent, the grand Winter Palace and the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood.

This afternoon there's an optional excursion to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo, which is famous for its spectacular Amber room, bedecked in gold and amber. This evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace to watch a Russian folklore show, with Russian champagne and snacks.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Optional Peterhof and Hermitage Museum

Enjoy a free day exploring St Petersburg or join our optional excursions. This morning there's an optional excursion to Peterhof and the Grand Palace on the Gulf of Finland. Often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles’, Peterhof is most famous for its gardens with the spectacular Grand Cascade, gold fountains and sweeping vistas.

Returning to the city centre there's an optional tour of the Hermitage Museum this afternoon, which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. Then this evening you can sample some tasty Russian cuisine at our optional dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 13

High speed train to Moscow

St Petersburg - Moscow. There's an optional cruise along the canals of St Petersburg this morning before we board the high speed train to Moscow around midday. Take in the Russian landscapes along the Volga River as our train heads south to the capital. We arrive into Moscow late afternoon and check into our hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Moscow sightseeing

This morning take in the highlights of Russia’s vibrant capital city on a guided tour. We take in legendary Red Square, home to spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral, Theatre Square, home of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University. We will also enjoy a tour of the Moscow Kremlin grounds and one of its gold-domed cathedrals.

This afternoon there's an optional tour of the Moscow Metro including the historic and stations on the Ring-Line. These extravagant stations date back to the Stalinist era, with incredible statues, marble pillars and chandeliers. The tour also includes a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night river cruise aboard the beautiful White Flotilla.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Enjoy a free day in Moscow or join an optional full day excursion to the quaint Golden Ring 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.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Moscow

Monday. Our tour of Russia comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. A departure transfer to the airport is included.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Not Available
2022
Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $5,235
CAD $6,875

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre tour accommodation - Vilnius
CAD $95
CAD $175

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva, Vilnius

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Standing on the banks of the River Neris, the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva is in the heart of Lithuania’s capital. Its sleek and modern-style guestrooms are equipped with plenty of amenities including free high-speed WiFi. Guests can enjoy a fresh meal at any time of day, with the onsite Riverside Restaurant serving a wide-ranging buffet of international favourites. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, Nordic sauna, jacuzzi and beauty salon, with the Skybar being the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and the beautiful city views.

Hotel Wellton Riverside, Riga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

With views overlooking the Daugava River, the Hotel Wellton Riverside is perfectly located just a short walk from the old town. All rooms at this bright modern hotel are furnished with TV's, spacious private bathrooms and large comfortable beds. A fitness centre including a sauna can be found within the hotel, as well as an indoor pool, offering numerous options for those looking to expend some of their energy. Alternatively, a bar and lounge area gives a relaxed area for people to unwind.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia, Tallinn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This centrally located hotel offers tastefully decorated guestrooms with modern conveniences such as high-speed WiFi, 24-hour room service and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy an elegant Mediterranean dinner at the on-site Senso Restaurant or lighter bites at the delightful Café Boulevard. On the top floor you’ll find Club 26, where you can take a refreshing swim in the pool, work out in the well-equipped gym or relax in the sauna, all whilst admiring magnificent views over Estonia’s capital.

AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow, Moscow

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow is ideally located in the heart of the capital, just steps from historic Arbat Street. This modern, 23-storey property offers wonderful, panoramic views of Moscow's skyline and comfortable en suite guest rooms, equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning and dine at a choice of restaurants, including the Sakhalin south-eastern seas fish restaurant, the #SIBIRSIBIR Siberian restaurant and the trendy Avenue restaurant serving international cuisine. For drinks head to the Ramen Izakaya Bar which has a stunning view of the famous Ministry of Foreign Affairs building. This popular hotel also offers a spa and fitness centre.

In Brief

Range
Starts
Vilnius
Ends
Moscow
Departs
Sundays, May - Sep
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 31
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 15
Countries
Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia
Vilnius skyline with hot air balloons
Tallinn
Tallinn
Helsinki
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
View of Moscow city including the Kremlin in the soft morning light
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