What is included in the tour
- General Services : Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
- Includes arrival transfer
- Excursion: Visit to Catherine Palace in S. Petersburg.
- Boat: Suomenlinna islands in Helsinki.
- City tour in : Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan.
- Ticket admission: Catherine Palace in S. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in S. Petersbourg, Kremlin and its Principal Cathedrals in Moscow, Great Patriotic War Museum in Moscow, Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir, Kremlin of Gorojovets, Makarievo Monastery, Folkloric show in Cheboksary, Svijaschk.
- Ferry: Stockholm (Sweden) / Turku (Finland), Helsinki (Finland) / Tallinn (Estonia), river Volga.
- High Speed Train: St. Petersburg/ Moscow.
- 1 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Narva.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival.
Reception. Free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit in the late afternoon, or through the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Stockholm sightseeing.
We make a panoramic tour of this very beautiful capital city built on 13 islands joined together. We will see the Gamla Stand or the “City between the Bridges”, the old quarter of the city, full of life where there are many monumental buildings such as the Nobel Museum, alongside the main square of Stortorget, which pays tribute to the winners of the Nobel Prizes, the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Whenever possible, we will enjoy a pretty view from the Fjällgatan viewpoint. Free time. We recommend visiting the museums and parks. Optionally, we suggest a visit to the City Hall and to the Vasa museum-ship.
03. Stockholm - Ferry Boarding.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ferry to Finland.
Free day in Stockholm. In the evening we will board a modern ferry, overnight accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom to go to Finland.
04. Turku - Naantali - Helsinki.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Forests, lakes, pleasant landscapes.
We recommend you to go to the ship deck at sunrise; we arrive to Finland by sailing along Aland Islands, contemplating hundreds of islands covered by forests. We shall see mesmerizing landscapes from the sea. Disembarkation and time to walk around TURKU, a city with a very strong Swedish influence. We continue our journey to the neighbor city of NAANTALI, very picturesque town of wooden houses next to the sea. We will later arrive in HELSINKI, time for lunch. Free afternoon, you will be able to get to know this city, with its old market, the Russian influence in its buildings and churches.
05. Helsinki - Tallinn.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Stage by the sea with beautiful landscapes on the way out of Helsinki.
We include a boat trip (regular line water local transport) to Suomenlinna Islands, - six islands where we highlight a great fortress that used to protect the sea entry to the city and was declared World Heritage - Time to stroll around (we will be able to cross island through its small pedestrian bridges). Later we shall board a ferry to Estonia; Ferry trip of around 2h30 duration; we suggest to admire the departure from Helsinki and the surrounding islands. Arrival to TALLINN.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: city tour of Tallinn.
The capital of Estonia is a wonderful city with a well-conserved medieval centre. Comprehensive tour of the city, its walls, churches, squares, and its mediaeval streets filled with tourist attractions. Free afternoon.
07. Tallinn- Narva- St. Petersburg.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: from Estonia to Russia.
Today we leave Estonia and travel to Russia. We stop in NARVA with time to see the impressive fortress by the river, on the border between the two countries. Border procedures (which can sometimes take time), lunch included once in Russia. We go on to ST PETERSBURG. Arrival at the hotel.
08. St. Petersburg.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic visit of St. Petersburg. Catherine Palace.
With a local guide we begin the panoramic visit of this beautiful city crossed by the Neva River and built on 40 islands. Saint Petersburg is the second most important city of Russia and capital of the Russian Empire. This imperial city reveals the history of the Russian tsars through its museums, palaces, and architectural wealth. The visit includes the Peter and Paul Fortress, origin of the city (entrance included). The city is surrounded by numerous palaces, in the afternoon we include the excursion (tour with guide and tickets) to the CATHERINE PALACE located 25 km from St. Petersburg, it was the Tzars summer rococo residence.
09. St. Petersburg- Moscow.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Hermitage Museum. High speed train to Moscow.
Today we have included the Hermitage Museum, a fantastic art museum located in the building that was the Tsars’ Winter Palace (visit with guide and tickets).
In the afternoon we take the “Sapsan”, the modern high- speed train, and in four hours we cover the nearly 800 km separating the two cities. Arrival in Moscow and transfer to our hotel.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: city tour of Moscow.
We will start our day with an exciting visit to Russia’s huge capital city. This city unites past, present and future in a very unique way. We will go along their immense avenues, their elegant shopping areas, the Red Square where Lenin’s Mausoleum is, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour… We include a ticket to the Kremlim with a visit to two of its main cathedrals. We will try (not guaranteed) to coincide with the ceremonial military parade in Sobornaya Square. Free afternoon.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Viewpoint over Moscow. Great Patriotic War Museum.
We will learn more about the history of Russia and its capital. We will pass by the university viewpoint, with its fantastic view over the city where newly married couples leave flowers (we could go to the viewpoint after Saturday’s visit instead of Sunday) and we will get to know (including entry) the Great Patriotic War Museum (World War II) that also shows us many aspects of the Soviet period. Free afternoon.
12. Moscow- Vladimir- Gorojovets- Nizhni Novgorod
We leave Moscow early and travel towards VLADIMIR where we visit the majestic Cathedral of the Assumption that forms part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. Lunch included. We go on our way eastwards, stopping in the small town of GOROJOVETS, its walled Kremlin, its great views, its 17th century monastery, surroundings that seem to divert from time. We go on to NIZHNI NOVGOROD,the capital of the federal district of Volga, the fifth most populated city in Russia and the place where Maximo Gorki was born. We will stroll along the banks of the Volga; we will see the monumental staircase going up to the Kremlin and the monument that tells the story of the victims of the Second World War. Dinner included and ccommodation.
13. Nizhni Novgorod- Makarjevo- Cheboksary.
We leave the busiest roads and divert to take a look at the world, large plains, fir forests, lakes en route, and villages of wooden houses. MAKARIEVO shows us its great 15th century monastery on the banks of the Volga, a beautiful place virtually inaccessible to tourism. We cross the river Volga by ferry (a crossing of around 20 minutes, cargo ferries to cross the river, in very limited conditions), lunch included. We continue to CHEBOKSARY, the capital of the Republic of Chuvashia, a beautiful and tidy city on the banks of the Volga. Its population speaks Chuvashian, a language of Turkish origin. The city will receive us with a small folkloric show (if the group is under 12 people, this show is not given). Dinner included.
14. Cheboksary- Yoshkar- Ola- Svijaschk- Kazan.
We leave for YOSKHAR - OLA, the capital of the Republic of Mari - El. Here the inhabitants, who lived for centuries in the forests, speak a very ancient language derived from Hungarian and Finnish. Its urban centre has been completely transformed in recent years, and is now one of incredible beauty. Lunch included. We go on to SVIJASCHK, an island on the Volga declared UNESCO World Heritage, inhabited in the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we will take a walk among its churches and its ancient wooden dwellings. Continuation to KAZAN, arrival and accommodation.
Full day in KAZAN, the Tartar capital and a city with just over a million inhabitants. We will visit the city centre in which the mosques rub shoulders with the Orthodox churches. We will also see the house of Lenin (only on the outside, as it is closed on Mondays), a pleasant early 20th-century traditional dacha. Afternoon free.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and end of our services.