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Colors of the Baltic Sea Deluxe Tour

Sweden Estonia Russia Finland by Ship & Private Coach

2014 Guaranteed Departures
June 10, 24
July 08, 22, 29
August 05, 12, 19, 26
September 02
Prices From$2817 per Person Double
$1131 Single Supplement
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Treat yourself to an array of historic capitals in the Baltic Sea and absorb the medieval atmosphere these great cities have to offer. Be enchanted by the unique character of the 13th Century Old Town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, and the ancient city walls of Tallinn. Experience the magnificent city of St Petersburg, known as the Venice of the North, with its splendid palaces, stylish monuments and beautiful bridges and be swept away in its history.

This tour is bi-lingual

Moscow extension is available.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Stockholm
Accommodation: Grand Hotel

Monday Arrival to Stockholm, transfer by own means. There will be an information bulletin available at the hotel. Grand Hotel.

 
Day 2     Stockholm
Accommodation: Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Meet our local English-speaking guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with it's 30.000 islands awaits exploration. Renowned for its beauty, Stockholm is also the hub of the Baltic area with easy access to the Nordic capitals and the Baltic countries. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Its handy size and short walking distances makes it easy to cover a lot in a short time. Stockholm is proudly called Beauty on Water and a sightseeing tour including a walk in the Old Town and inside visits to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, and the Cathedral makes a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through the narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be visited during your stroll in the Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget; where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to the best known of the city's symbols, the City Hall, where the Nobel Banquet takes place in the Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

 
Day 3     Stockholm - Tallinn
Accommodation: Overnight Ferry, Stockholm - Tallinn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel your morning is at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach and departure on the Tallink Silja overnight ferry, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. A special dinner including a 3 course set menu is included on board.

 
Day 4     Tallinn
Accommodation: Swissotel Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast buffet on board before arrival to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Meet with our local guide for transfer to your hotel. Following this is a 3-hour city sightseeing tour starting with a short tour on the coach, through the city center and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for a walking tour. The walking tour of the Tallinn Old Town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lahike Street to the Lower Town. We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square, with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of Holy Ghost. We continue our walk along Pohavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and shops of artisans who daily practice their craft. Then it's a short walk back to your hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

 
Day 5     Tallinn - Helsinki
Accommodation: Kamp Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast buffet at your hotel. The morning is at leisure until your transfer from your hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki. On arrival in Helsinki, meet and greet by your local English speaking guide for a 3 hours city sightsseing of the capital of Finland, also known as "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral, all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840's the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbor, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Ortodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church, called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock. The tour ends at your hotel.

 
Day 6     Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel. Early departure by private coach through the Finnish countryside until crossing the boarder and later arriving in St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Also known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North", St Petersburg was virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and downtown dazzles the eye of a visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Where else would you find a city which is only 300 years old, yet full of myths and legends!

On arrival in St. Petersburg you will be met by your local English speaking guide for a 3 hour panoramic city sightseeing tour which will cover some of the many highlights of the city.

You will drive along the Nevsky Prospect, the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senates Square, the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral. The tour ends at your hotel for check-in. Evening at leisure.

 
Day 7     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures.

 
Day 8     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet our local guide for a full day excursion which will include Peterhof, the palace of the Sea God. Here the fountains are not mere accessories: they are the essence of the place. They are the symbolic expression of the sea's dominion, the mist that rises from the waves as they surge against its shores. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof, is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th Centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth Century by Emperor Peter the Great, not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. Credit for its creation should go to a great number of eminent architects, artists, and anonymous folk craftsmen. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called "Capital of Fountains", unique in the world. After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive, for numerous Russian and foreign visitors, suburban royal park and palace ensemble of the northern Russia's capital.

At noon we will have lunch and after that we will visit The State Hermitage museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Today the Museum is creating its digital self portrait to be displayed around the world. Computer technologies enable the State Hermitage Museum to provide people from all over the world with wider access to information about the Museum and its treasures. The excursion ends at your hotel. Evening free.

 
Day 9     St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel.

End of our services.

 

Notes

White Nights supplement on the June 10, 2014 departure: $110 per person/double and $220 sor single.

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Transportation
Dinners As Mentioned
Meals As Mentioned
Daily Breakfast at Hotels
Overnight Cruises Per Itinerary
Accommodation As Indicated in Itinerary
Price Does Not Include
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 Visa to Russia
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