Russia, Warsaw and the Baltic States (Early Registration 2018*)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park, visit the Ghetto Memorial and walk through the Old Town.
- Vilnius: Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral. Walk with a guide through the Old Town to the Jesuit University, Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet headquarters of the KGB.
- Siauliai: Visit the astonishing ‘Votive Hill of Crosses'.
- Riga: Visit Domkirk and see the city walls, House of the Three Brothers, Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
- Tallinn: Stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town to see the Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall in the Market Square.
- Narva: See the Hermannsburg fortress.
- St Petersburg: See the great dome of St Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul . Drive down Nevsky Prospekt to see the Cathedral of Kazan.
- Moscow: Tour Red Square, seeing St Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's tomb.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Tallinn: You will be offered a selection of restaurants around the picturesque market square in the old town to choose from on your Dine-Around evening.
- Moscow: Join in a fun-filled Celebration Dinner that straddles the culinary East to West divide and includes drinks to toast to your newfound friends.
- 14 Buffet Breakfasts (FB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- St Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
- Vilnius: A Local Expert will show you the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul
- Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
- Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great's Summer Palace, bursting with thunderous cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
- Riga: Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and shows you the city walls.
- St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's great repositories of European art and housed in the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars.
- High Speed Train: ‘Sapsan' in Russian means ‘falcon'. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
- Moscow: With a Local Expert, walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress, see St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the opulent Metro stations.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Vilnius: Step onto Radisson Blu Astorija's veranda overlooking the Town Square.
- Riga: Providing stylish accommodation in the heart of Latvia's capital, the Radisson Blu Ridzene occupies a superb city centre location near the historic Old Town district.
- St Petersburg: The Crowne Plaza is situated in a fabulous location, close to many shops and historic buildings. The hotel offers a a bar and restaurant along with an excellent fitness centre. The modern rooms offer all modern facilities and excellent amenities.
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Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture, Jewish heritage and hearty cuisine. Despite the large number of casualties and destruction the country experienced during World War II, Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth. There are 14 heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage and 54 Historical Monuments and many objects of cultural heritage in Poland.
Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation - the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. The name Russia is derived from Rus, a medieval state populated mostly by the East Slavs. However, this proper name became more prominent in the later history, and the country typically was called by its inhabitants "Русская Земля" (russkaja zemlja), which can be translated as "Russian Land" or "Land of Rus''. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, plus the Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballet companies.