RUSSIA & THE BALTICS IN DEPTH

26 Days – Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary

Highlights

Explore Red Square, the Kremlin and the Armoury in Moscow

Visit the majestic Peterhof Grand Palace and Catherine Palace in St Petersburg

Cross the mighty Danube River on Budapest’s famous Chain Bridge

Wander around the historic Town Hall square in the middle of medieval Tallinn

Appreciate art and culture at the second-largest museum in the world, the Hermitage State Museum

Visit Riga, known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town

Remember Poland’s tragic past with a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and museum

Travel on high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg

Inclusions

AIRFARES INCLUDED

FULLY ESCORTED HOLIDAYS

VISAS, TRANSFERS & TIPPING INCLUDED

SMALL GROUP TOURING

INCLUSIVE SIGHTSEEING

2021 TOUR DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

25 August – 19 September 2021

Available

$13,495*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

$15,995*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

* Prices are per person. For additional information on this trip, including tour suitability and activity levels, please refer to the detailed trip notes below.

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DAY 1

AUSTRALIA TO MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Our Escorted Escape begins today as we fly from Australia to Moscow. Tonight will be spent in the air en-route to Russia.

DAY 2

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Upon arrival in Moscow, we will be met by our tour leader and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure before we meet in the evening for our welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Azimut Hotel Olympic

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 3

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

We spend today exploring the founding centre of Moscow, the Kremlin and Red Square. Wander within the walls of this ancient fortress and admire the magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Accommodation: Azimut Hotel Olympic

Breakfast

DAY 4

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

This morning we tour Moscow’s unique and beautiful Metro stations. See the beautiful mosaics, marble pillars, stained glass and artwork that make the Moscow metro unlike any other metro system in the world. Tonight we have the opportunity to enjoy either an iconic Russian Ballet Theatre show or the famous Moscow Circus.

Accommodation: Azimut Hotel Olympic

Breakfast

DAY 5

SUZDAL, RUSSIA

We depart for Suzdal today via Vladimir, where we visit the Assumption and Dmitrievsky Cathedrals. In Suzdal we explore the Suzdal Kremlin, Monastery and Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the rural folk in the area. This evening enjoy a group dinner at your hotel

Accommodation: Sokol Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 6

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Today we travel to Sergiev Posad where we will visit the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St. Sergius, the most important monastery in Russia and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Before we travel back to Moscow, we get to test our creative skills with a Russian doll painting master class.

Accommodation: Azimut Hotel Olympic

Breakfast

DAY 7

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Travel by high-speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg today. On arrival, we tour St Petersburg, including a visit to Nevsky Prospekt Street, the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, as well as the Statue of Peter the Great and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, known for its onion-shaped domes and colourful exterior.

Accommodation: Original Sokos Olympia Grand Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 8

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Today we explore St Petersburg, including the Peter & Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. We also visit the impressive St Isaac’s Cathedral, whose dome dominates the St Petersburg skyline. Our afternoon is spent at the Museum of Russian Vodka.

Accommodation: Original Sokos Olympia Grand Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 9

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Palaces are today’s theme as we embark on a short road trip to visit nearby palaces and parks at Peterhof and Pushkin. Catherine Palace, with its elaborate blue and white facade, is a magnificent example of Russian baroque, while Peterhof’s Versailles inspired palace and vast parklands with numerous fountains are a sight to behold!

Accommodation: Original Sokos Olympia Grand Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 10

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

We spend our last morning in St Petersburg appreciating art and culture at the Hermitage State Museum, the second largest museum in the world. The afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure.

Accommodation: Original Sokos Olympia Grand Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 11

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Today we depart St Petersburg and head for the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Just across the border, we stop at Narva, to explore Hermann Castle and Art Gallery. Lunch is included before we continue our journey to Tallinn.

Accommodation: Park Inn Meriton

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 12

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Spend the morning exploring Tallinn, including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St Olaf’s Church, before enjoying a Medieval lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon is free to explore Tallinn further at your leisure.

Accommodation: Park Inn Meriton

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 13

RIGA, LATVIA

We depart for Riga today. After crossing the border into Latvia, we make stops at the Turaida Castle complex in Sigulda and the Soviet Underground Bunker in Ligatne before continuing onto Riga.

Accommodation: Opera Hotel & Spa

Breakfast

DAY 14

RIGA, LATVIA

Today our exploration of Riga includes the Riga Cathedral, the Freedom Monument and St Peter’s Church, where you can take the lift to the observation deck for 360-degree views of the city of Riga. We visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia that covers the period when the Russians and German Nazis occupied Latvia.

Accommodation: Opera Hotel & Spa

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 15

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

Our journey through the Baltics continues as we head into Lithuania today. En-route we visit the Ninth Fort Memorial, completed in the 1900s as a final part of Kaunas Fortress and located on the outskirts of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city.

Accommodation: Hotel Avenue Congress

Breakfast

DAY 16

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

Today we visit local sights including the Vilnius Cathedral and Gediminas Castle, as well as the Uzupis district in the old town, which in 1997 declared itself an Independent Republic. We also head to the nearby Trakai Castle, located on an island in Lake Galvė.

Accommodation: Hotel Avenue Congress

Breakfast

DAY 17

WARSAW, POLAND

It’s a long travel day today as we make our way into Poland. Just across the border, we stop at Bialystok for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue our journey to Warsaw, the capital of Poland.

Accommodation: Polonial Palace

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 18

WARSAW, POLAND

Spend today exploring Warsaw. Highlights include the Royal Castle, Rising Museum and Poland’s tallest building; the Palace of Culture and Science, where you can admire the views from the observation deck.

Accommodation: Polonial Palace

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 19

WARSAW, POLAND

Today is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy Warsaw. You could make your way back to the Old Town and explore in-depth, take in the gardens,do some shopping or enjoy a traditional Polish lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Accommodation: Polonial Palace

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 20

KRAKOW, POLAND

We travel across Poland to Krakow today via Tokarina, where we will explore the Kielce Region Countryside Museum, an open-air folk museum with historic buildings such as homesteads, cottages, windmills and watermills as well as a splendid manor house.

Accommodation: Inx Design

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 21

KRAKOW, POLAND

Spend this morning touring the city of Krakow. We visit the Wawel castle as well as the Jewish district of Kazimierz in the Old Town, now a jumble of galleries, quirky shops, vintage clothing stores and bars. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Accommodation: Inx Design

Breakfast

DAY 22

KRAKOW, POLAND

Today we travel to Oświęcim and take a guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration and extermination camps, synonymous with genocide and the Holocaust. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned.

Accommodation: Inx Design

Breakfast

DAY 23

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

This morning we continue into Hungary and on to Budapest, where we spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the city. Take a short tour which includes the famous Chain Bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda in the west and Pest in the east and the Dohany Great Synagogue and museum.

Accommodation: Novotel Danube

Breakfast

DAY 24

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

We further explore Budapest today, where our highlights include the Buda Palace and Budapest History Museum. The afternoon is at your leisure before we meet up for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Novotel Danube

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 25

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY TO AUSTRALIA

Today we farewell Budapest and head to the airport for our flight home.

DAY 26

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escapes concludes today. Farewell your new friends and tour host as you head home.

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