From Moscow to Prague, enjoy this 18-day odyssey across Europe!
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure. Tonight, you will be able to gather with your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.
Overnight in Moscow (Dinner).
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour will begin at Red Square, dominated by colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. You will then continue on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent. You will end the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.
Overnight in Moscow (Breakfast).
Today you will travel 75 km north of Moscow to the small town of Sergiev Posad, formerly known as Zagorsk – founded in the 14thC and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure. This evening you may take an optional tour of Moscow by night and the subway to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.”
Overnight in Moscow (Breakfast, Lunch).
Moscow - St. Petersburg
You will have some time at leisure in Moscow before a transfer to the railway station for your 4-hour high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. You may attend an optional Russian Folklore evening.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (Breakfast, Dinner).
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great found the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, which was built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks. You will also visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which served as the burial place for Russian emperors since Peter I. Your evening will be free to be spent at leisure. You may also join an optional Evening Canal Cruise.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (Breakfast).
This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings; the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own. You may also choose to take an optional tour to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight, you will join your fellow travelers for a dinner.
Overnight in St. Petersburg (Breakfast,Dinner).
St. Petersburg - Tallinn
Today, your journey will take you to Estonia, where you will stop at Narva, set just across the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, which is situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Overnight in Tallinn (Breakfast, Dinner).
Tallinn - Riga
On a walking tour of Tallinn’s Upper and Lower Old Town, you will visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, you will visit Toompea Castle and see the 14thC gothic Town Hall. In the afternoon, you will then travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Overnight in Riga (Breakfast, Dinner).
On a morning sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Your afternoon and evening will be free.
Overnight in Riga (Breakfast).
Riga - Vilnius
Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure so that you may explore the city and its interesting architecture.
Overnight in Vilnius (Breakfast, Dinner).
The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, you will visit St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and St. Anne’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon will be free to spend as you please. You will be able to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes.
Overnight in Vilnius (Breakfast).
Vilnius - Warsaw
Drive through the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to cross the border into Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns as you head to Warsaw, where you will arrive by the end of the day.
Overnight in Warsaw (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Welcome to Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland. A sightseeing tour here will include a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as the “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then you will go on a walking tour, where you will see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day will be free for a stroll through the city, where you can shop and relax. You may also attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.
Overnight in Warsaw (Breakfast).
Warsaw - Krakow
Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, which is popularly called the "Black Madonna". This afternoon, you will be able to tour the haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp. It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Overnight in Krakow (Breakfast, Dinner).
Your sightseeing tour today will begin with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, where you will see the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon will be free for you to stroll around the city, go shopping, or maybe sample some bigos or pierogi in a little café.
Overnight in Krakow (Breakfast).
Krakow - Prague
Drive across the unspoiled Polish countryside, then continue on over the borders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. You will end the day in Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks, and ancient city walls.
Overnight in Prague (Breakfast, Dinner).
Prague has a long and colorful history, from its early days as a bishopric, to becoming the residence of the Bohemian kings, and later the capital of both Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. Built across seven hills on both banks of the Vltava River more than 1000 years ago, it is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your sightseeing starts with a panoramic drive to famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, you will visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the worldfamous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure. You may also attend an optional cultural performance.
Overnight in Prague (Breakfast).
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.