Tour St. Petersburg and the Baltic Countries

Discovering St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius in 12 days

In addition to magnificent St. Petersburg with this new program you can visit three Baltic countries and their capitals: Vilnius, capital of Lithuania - a small jewel that can be easily visited on foot, whose “Old Town” is famous for its medieval streets, beautiful churches, and architectural style; Riga, the capital of Latvia, a modern city with a feel for the past, whose historic center is a concentration of palaces, churches, wide boulevards and beautiful monuments. In the new city, Albert Street is not to be missed with its Art Nouveau architectural masterpieces. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia and the most popular destination for those who venture into the Baltic Republics, is ranked as one of the top ten digital cities in the world. While Tallinn is a modern city, it boasts a medieval historical center and has been settled for well over 5,000 years. Today Tallinn offers a variety of museums, theaters, cinemas, clubs, and first-rate restaurants. 


Travel Program

Day 1    St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg; Pulkovo airport and private transfer to the hotel. Check-in (after 14:00) and overnight stay. 

 

Day 2    St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. City Tour Saint Petersburg (external visits only): the square of the Rostral Columns, the Nevski prospect, the Field of Mars, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the Decabrists Square, the Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Visit to the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul (the Russian Bastille), on the small island of the hares in the Neva river, including the Cathedral of Peter and Paul or the tallest building in the city and burial place of all Russian emperors and empresses, from Peter the Great to Alexander III. Visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world, organized by Tsarina Catherine the Great who acquired numerous masterpieces by European painters and erected the "Little Hermitage". Tsar Nicholas I later constructed the "New Hermitage" to house further acquisitions. The museum occupies 4 beautiful buildings along the Neva River, including the Winter Palace. The collections include over three million works of art. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 3    St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to the Grand Palace and the Peterhof Fountain Park (half day), the "Versailles of Peter the Great". Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the park is famous for its water features, with waterfalls and fountains (active only from May to October). The Great Baroque waterfall is made up of 225 gilded bronze sculptures and 64 fountains. The residence houses numerous palaces including the marvelous royal palace (Grand Palace). Guided tour of the Grand Palace. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 4    St. Petersburg - Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station and departure for Tallinn by train (the journey time is approximately 7 hours). Arrival in Tallin railway station, private transfer to the hotel. Check-in (after 14:00) and overnight stay at the hotel. 

 

Day 5    Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the old town of Tallinn and the most significant historical and architectural monuments: the Toompea castle, the Orthodox Cathedral - dedicated to St. Alexander Nevski, the Church of St. Nicolas, the Palace of the Parliament of Estonia, Kiek in de Kok Tower, St. Mary’s Cathedral - a jewel of Gothic architecture, the Town Hall Square. Free time. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 6    Tallinn - Parnu - Riga

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Tallinn towards Riga. Stop in Parnu. Walk on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Arrival in Riga. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 7    Riga

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion on the streets of Riga (3 hours) - one of the oldest cities of the Hanseatic League, founded in 1201 by German merchants. Visit the sites of most historical significance: the Cathedral of Saint Peter - which has the tallest tower entirely made of wood in Eastern Europe, the Riga Cathedral, the House of the Black Heads - used for years as a hotel for individual traveling merchants, the Swedish Gates, and the Castle of Riga. Free time. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 8    Riga

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the museum and the Liberty district (3 hours). Free time. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 9    Riga - Vilnius

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for Rundale. Guided tour of the Rundale Palace, one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland (now Latvia) in the 18th century. Stop at the hill of crosses (without guide) - an incredible site with thousands of crosses upon a hill one above the other - a unique and sacred place for pilgrims from all over the world. Arrival in Vilnius. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 10    Vilnius

Breakfast in the hotel. Guided tour of Vilnius - the historic city founded on three hills by the Grand Duke Gediminas in 1323. Visits include: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus - a symbol of Lithuania built in the 13th century, also known as the Gothic pearl: the church of Saint Anne, and the Jewish quarters. Visit the University of Vilnius, one of the oldest in Eastern Europe. Visit to the Amber Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 11    Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Trakai - a historic city and lake resort of Lithuania. The ancient capital lies on a peninsula in the middle of three lakes 28 km from Vilnius. Also known as the "Castle on the water", Trakai is a Medieval gem. Return to Vilnius. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 12    Vilnius

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Vilnius airport. Departure for home.


For a quote, send us a message at: info@incoming-russia.com

It will be necessary to indicate the exact dates of the tour, the number of participants and the accommodation in the hotel rooms.

 

We do not publish the prices of this tour as they are subject to change based on: the chosen hotel (3-4-5 stars), the number of participants (minimum 2 people), the period of visit and the type of car for transfers (standard, business, mini-van).

 

Included:

→  3 nights in St. Petersburg;

→  2 nights in Tallin;

→  3 nights in Riga;

→  3 nights in Vilnius;

→  Breakfast at the hotel;

→  Transfers to and from airports and to and from stations carried out by private car / minivan;

→  Day train St. Petersburg - Tallinn

→  All excursions and scheduled visits made with a local professional English-speaking guide;

→  Movements in the Baltic Republics by private car or minivan;

→  Admissions, if any, during the excursions;

→  Visa support (a standard «tourist voucher» issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency)

→  Our 24-hour telephone assistance in English, carried out by our office in Moscow.

 

Possible modifications of the tour:

→  It is possible to extend the number of nights in St. Petersburg;

→  It is possible to consider a transfer from Vilnius to Kaunas, with an overnight stay in a hotel and a city tour, to return to Italy taking off from Kaunas airport the following day.


Important notes

→  Minimum number of participants is 2 people; 

→  The tour can be done throughout the year (but fountains in Peterhof are active only from May to October);

→  The guides in English are limited in number, therefore requests must be made well in advance

 

Visa

While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  Starting from October 1, 2019, nationals of 51 foreign states may be granted an Electronic Visa to enter the Russian Federation through checkpoints located in the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region under condition of not leaving this region. For more information please visit website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The Baltic states belong to the Schengen Area and to travel there citizens of many countries are required to have a Schengen Entry Visa. Please contact as at info@incoming-russia.com to clarify whether you need a Schengen visa or not.

 

General information

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