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This is a comprehensive exploration of the Baltic Region and Russia, starting in Lithuania you visit Latvia and Estonia before taking a high speed ferry across the Baltic to Finland and its Capital city, Helsinki. From there a 1st Class Seat on a train takes you to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s window to the west and ends with a visit to Red Square, the Kremlin and the other sights of Moscow. Throughout you will enjoy excellent hotels, personalized service and varied and superb cuisine.

14 days:$10,985 per person inclusive of superior rooms in Deluxe hotels, most meals, personally guided sightseeing, ferry to Finland, 1st Class train to St. Petersburg, airfare to Moscow and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures for two persons available on request

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Trip Dossier

Personal Highlights:


• A privately guided tour of the many wonders of Tallinn’s old town and the chance to sample “a symphony of Russian Cuisine” at Restaurant Tchaikovsky.
• A high speed ferry ride from Tallinn in Estonia to Helsinki in Finland
• A 1st Class rail journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
• Touring the art treasures of the Hermitage Museum and watching a performance of the Kirov Ballet

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Vilnius, the charming capital of Lithuania which will be your first stop on your exploration of the Baltic States and Russia.

 

Day 2 Welcome to Lithuania

Upon arrival in Vilnius and after clearing customs you are met by your guide and are taken to your charming hotel which is located in the heart of old town and offers both comfortable accommodations and superb cuisine. Tonight experience the best of Lithuanian cuisine.

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Day 3 Exploring Vilnius

After breakfast you meet your guide for a personally guided exploration of the city. You will start by visiting the area around your hotel including the university and the President's building. You will then explore the old Jewish Quarter. Until World War II, Vilnius was known as the "Jerusalem of the North" with a rich Jewish culture. You'll visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Museum before returning to the hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel's fine dining restaurant where royalty from many countries have previously dined.

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Day 4 The Road to Riga

You have the morning free to relax and explore or shop in the charming area around your hotel. After lunch you meet your guide and head to Latvia and its capital city of Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals and home to a varied collection of architectural styles. You check into your luxury hotel and have a chance to relax and explore the local area before dinner.

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Day 5 Central Market and Berg’s Bazaar

After breakfast you meet your guide for an architectural tour of the city. The city is noted for its diversity and during your tour you will see examples of Eclectic, National romantic, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Baroque and Ultra Modern. Your hotel is an excellent example, 19th Century on the outside and 21st on the inside. As a change of pace you will then go to the Central Market where you have lunch; this market is one of Europe's largest and is sheltered under five zeppelin hangars left over from World War I. After lunch you return to the hotel where you have time to explore the Bergs Bazaar an architectural gem which surrounds the hotel filled with cobbled streets, lively squares, quaint shops, interesting galleries and inviting cafés. Pretty Vermanes Park and the Latvian National Opera are only steps away.

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Day 6 Tallinn, Unchanged for 600 Years

In the morning you meet your guide and head north to Tallinn, the Capital of Estonia. Upon arrival your guide will take you to the hotel. Since it escaped the bombings of World War II the old town of the city is basically unchanged for the past 600 years and you will get a chance to see for yourself tomorrow. Your hotel is centrally located and was, at one time, the old telephone exchange before its conversion to a luxury hotel. After freshening up you may want to explore the area around your hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

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Day 7 Old Town and the Ferry to Helsinki

After breakfast you will meet your guide for a walking tour through the old town including a light lunch. While in the old town your guide will point out to you the former guild houses and the Peeping Tom building, named for the notorious voyeur. After lunch your guide will take you to the port where you board your 1st Class seats on the ferry for the two hour sail to Helsinki. Upon disembarkation you are met by your guide and taken to your hotel where you have the chance to relax before dinner.

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Day 8 The Many Styles of Helsinki

Helsinki is a city that embraces the modern while nurturing the old. It is also a charming city of parks and waterways which you get a chance to explore with your knowledgeable guide. You will discuss the day's agenda with your guide but likely to be included are the Sibelius monument, Finlandia Hall, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral and the Temppeliauko Church carved in to solid rock fifty years ago. After lunch you have a chance to explore this compact city on your own.

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Day 9 The Sibelius Train to St. Petersburg

In the morning you will be taken to the station where 1st Class seats are reserved on the Sibelius train bound for St. Petersburg. You will have breakfast and lunch on board before arriving in St. Petersburg in the afternoon. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide who will take you on an orientation tour of the city across charming canals and narrow streets contrasted with massive squares like the Admiralty. After an overview of the city you are taken to your hotel a charming boutique property dating back to the 18th Century and having only 19 rooms.

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Day 10 The Hermitage and the Kirov

After breakfast you will meet your guide for a privately guided tour of the Hermitage Art Museum, one of the world's greatest art collections, housed in six separate buildings along the Neva River and anchored by the Winter Palace, built in 1762 and residence of the Czars until the revolution. Many periods of art are covered but some of the most impressive paintings relate to Leonardo de Vinci, Titian, Raphael and Picasso, but particularly Rembrandt. After your illuminating tour you have lunch and then visit St Isaac's cathedral before returning to the hotel. In the evening, be our guest for a performance of the Mariinsky Ballet. It was originally the Imperial Russian Ballet but after the revolution the name was changed to the Kirov which is the name they still use when touring in the west.

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Day 11 Tsarskoye Selo and the Catherine Palace

Today you will take a trip into the countryside to the town of Pushkin which is about twenty miles outside the city. Your destination is the Catherine Palace which most people assume was named after Catherine the Great since she was responsible for much of its expansion. In reality it was started by Empress Elizabeth who named it for her mother, also named Catherine. The original name of the area was Tsarskoye Selo which means the Tsar's village, but was changed after the revolution to Pushkin in honor of the famous poet who had, at one time, studied there. The main highlight of the palace is the Amber Room with walls covered in amber. It was stripped by the Germans and only recently has been completely restored. After your tour you return to the city. On the way back your guide will point out a marker which represents the closest that the German army came to Leningrad (as it was then called) during the siege in 1943.

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Day 12 Moscow Highlights and the Circus

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Moscow. Upon arrival you are met by your guide who will take you on an overview tour of the city including lunch at a typical Russian restaurant. You will depart from the car to take a tour of some of the amazing works of art found in the Moscow Metro with marble brass and statuary unrivalled in any other system. Your tour ends with a visit to GUM, often called a department store but in reality more like a mall with different stores on three storeys. You are then taken to your luxury boutique to freshen up and then it is off to the famous Moscow Circus to discover your inner child. After the circus you return to the hotel for supper.

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Day 13 Red Square and the Kremlin

After breakfast you meet your guide and head to Red Square. Standing in the square your guide will highlight the history of the Kremlin which stands before you. Your guide will cover the times of the tsars, the revolution and the time under Communist rule up to the present day. You will then go inside the walls to explore some of the more than 60 acres that make up the complex which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. While inside the walls, you will visit the armory to see the treasures of the Tsars, the Cathedral of the Archangel and Assumption Cathedral and other sights. After your visit and lunch, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at the Savoy Restaurant, inspired by Versailles and serving the finest Russian and international cuisine.

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Day 14 Return to USA

the morning your car will be waiting to take you to the airport for your return trip to the USA. You arrive back in the afternoon of the same day

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Accommodations
Days 2 - 3
Vilnius, Lithuania

Hotel Stikliai
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The modern, elegant and comfortable hotel meets the demands of the choosiest guests. The three hydraulic lifts, air conditioning and modern telecommunications fit in well with the antique furniture and art crafts, potted plants and fresh flowers. The enlarged hotel now has 43 rooms, all designed in excellent taste. Every comfort is catered for in the individual design of rooms, including large comfortable beds, elegant chairs, beautiful fabrics and luxurious bathrooms. Each room is air-conditioned and features a mini-bar, safe deposit box, satellite and cable television, two telephone sets in bedroom and bathroom, hair dryer and internet access. Laundry and valet service and 24-hours room service is also available.
Days 4 - 5
Riga, Latvia

Hotel Bergs
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A sleek designer retreat hidden away in the hip, cultural quarter of Riga, Hotel Bergs is a modern hotel nestled behind a 19th century brick façade in Bergs Bazaar. With an interesting collection of Latvian art, the hotel has an excellent restaurant, a bar, cutting-edge conference rooms and a panoramic glass-walled gym. Inside, an enticing color palette of coffee, mocha and oatmeal successfully blends with art nouveau fireplaces, African wood carvings, and abstract works of art and large expanses of glass. Its relaxing atmosphere makes it feel more like a stylish modern home than a city centre hotel. Dine in award-winning Restaurant Bergs on the summer terrace overlooking the courtyard fountain. Outside, Bergs Bazaar is an architectural gem filled with cobbled streets, lively squares, quaint shops, interesting galleries and inviting cafés. Pretty Vermanes Park and the Latvian National Opera are only steps away.
Day 6
Tallin, Estonia

Hotel Telegraaf
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Quite possibly, the best boutique hotel in Tallinn and a sophisticated addition to the medieval city centre, Hotel Telegraaf is a beautifully restored 19th century historic building, formerly Tallinn’s telephone exchange, with a day spa, pool, superb restaurant and a vibrant bar. Contemporary design is reflected in deep soothing colors in the lobby and restaurant creating a feeling of warmth. A stunning winding staircase with wrought-iron banisters leads to the cozy, comfortable rooms and suites. The Russian-themed restaurant, Tchaikovsky, serves Russian cuisine influenced by recipes from ‘old masters’. Wander through the cobbled streets of Tallinn to discover its numerous castles and extravagantly decorated domed churches.
Days 7 - 8
Helsinki, Finland

Hotel Haven
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An exclusive new boutique hotel with a difference, Hotel Haven is stamped with originality. Here you can experience extremely stylish accommodation, a fabulous day spa and three superb, well-established restaurants all in a tranquil setting in the heart of the city. Reminiscent of an elegant home, the rooms are the largest in the city and are an exciting interpretation of classic contemporary styling with splashes of designer fabrics, enhanced by hand-picked objets d’art. The result is stylish comfort with many rooms providing a fantastic sea view.Wander down to the Market Square, where you can spend time ‘people watch’ as you relax in one of the many cafés.
Days 9 - 11
St. Petersburg, Russia

Grand Hotel Europe
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A historical, cultural and culinary landmark, the Grand Hotel Europe has played an important role in the life of St Petersburg for over 130 years. It was here that Tchaikovsky spent his honeymoon and George Bernard Shaw dined with Maxim Gorky. Discerning travelers are charmed by the hotel's warm Russian hospitality, impressive architecture and exceptional service. Positioned on Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg's most splendid avenue, it is surrounded by some of the world's greatest cultural treasures, including the Russian Museum and Mikhailovsky Theatre. The hotel offers luxuriously appointed rooms & suites, each elegantly designed to the highest standards. Five restaurants are available to delight worldly palates. Experience the world's finest cuisines for Russian, French, Italian & Asian dining.
Days 12 - 13
Moscow, Russia

Savoy Moscow
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Designed after the palace at Versailles, the famous rococo restaurant at Savoy Moscow sets a tone of grandeur for which this city retreat is renowned. A premier hotel since 1913, it exhibits period elegance with excellent modern additions including a gym, beauty centre and pool Stucco work, gilded mirrors, rugs, Italian furnishings and larger than life statues are some of the stunning neo-classical features. The Savoy Restaurant has a golden hand-painted ceiling, marble fountain and frescoes - surely the grandest breakfast room in the city. Guest rooms are nothing short of magnificent in style, size and luxury. No trip to Moscow would be complete without experiencing the Bolshoi Ballet, and the theatre is just steps away from the hotel. Beforehand enjoy a gourmet dinner in the restaurant and then return for a nightcap in the cozy Hermitage Bar. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.