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9-Day Czar Route Tour from Helsinki

Tour Code: 522-5412
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Sun(5/27 - 9/16)
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Helsinki, Finland
Duration:
9 Days 8 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Helsinki (Finlandia Hall, Helsinki Cathedral, Mannerheim Street, Parliament House, Senate Square, Seurasaari, Sibelius Park, Temppeliaukion Church), Moscow (Kremlin, Old Moscow Circus, Red Square), Sergiyev Posad (The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius), St. Petersburg (Hermitage Museum, Nicholas Palace, Peterhof Palace), Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine Palace), Vyborg (Vyborg Castle). Inclusions: 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels, 8 x buffet breakfast

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    Day 1

    Helsinki

    After guests arrive in Helsinki, they can arrange for optional transport from the airport to the hotel. Once everyone is present, there will be a welcome meeting.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Glo Art
    Day 2

    Helsinki

    Helsinki is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture. Our sightseeing tour will take us around the city's harbors, Senate Square, the Lutheran Cathedral, central Mannerheim Street, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and the famous Church-in-the-Rock. In the afternoon, we can take an optional excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the middle of the city full of cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
    • Helsinki, FINLAND

      Helsinki is the capital city and most populous municipality of Finland. Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world. In 2011, the British magazine Monocle ranked Helsinki the world's most liveable city.

      Senate Square

      The oldest area of the Finnish capital, Helsinki's Senate Square is bordered by the Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, University of Helsinki, and the oldest building in Helsinki, the Sederholm House, which was built in 1757.

      Helsinki Cathedral

      The Helsinki Cathedral is a Finnish landmark built in the majestic neoclassical style. Its floor plan is based on the Greek cross, with a center square and four arms. It was constructed in the middle of the 19th century.

      Mannerheim Street

      Mannerheim is the main street in central Helsinki, named after one of FInland's most renowned military leaders. The street begins in the city center and continues north, stretching out past the city limits.

      Parliament House

      The Finnish House of Parliament in Helsinki was designed by the architect Johan Sigfrid Siren and completed in 1931. It is located on a hill along Mannerheim Street. The building itself is an austere, stripped-down example of Neoclassical architecture.

      Finlandia Hall

      Designed by the architect Alvar Aalto in 1962, construction on this congress and event hall in Helsinki finished in 1971. It is a versatile venue, able to accommodate exhibitions, concerts, festivals, meetings and more.

      Sibelius Park

      This park in Helsinki is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The most notable aspect of the park is the magnificent monument to the composer located in its center. The monument is made of over 600 steel pipes.

      Temppeliaukion Church

      Opened in 1969, this Lutheran church in Helsinki features an incredible, circular interior design, with high vaulted, curved wooden ceilings. The pipe organ that provides the church with music is also designed in a very unique fashion.

      Seurasaari

      This island off the coast of FInland is best known as the location of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, a collection of historic wooden buildings that have been transported from other parts of the country and dispersed throughout the island's forest.
    Day 3

    Helsinki - St. Petersburg (383 km)

    Today, we will travel from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia, we will stop in Vyborg, taking a short sightseeing tour of Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in St. Petersburg and check into our hotel.
    • Vyborg, RUSSIA

      This Russian town lies north of St. Petersburg and is just across the border from Finland to the north and northwest. It is home to a famous Swedish-built medieval castle that is now a museum.

      Vyborg Castle

      This medieval fortress was built by the Swedes. The surrounding town later developed around it. Historically, the castle and surrounding lands have been held by the Russians, the Swedes and the Finnish. These days, it houses a museum.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky
    Day 4

    St. Petersburg (52 km)

    St. Petersburg is a truly amazing city. Its imperial palaces and fascinating museums enjoy global fame, and the Neva River and its many canals have earned the city the nickname "the Venice of the North." In the morning, we will go sightseeing to enjoy the splendors of the city. We will visit Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, Nevsky Convent and more. In the afternoon, we can take an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo to see Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room. In the evening, we can also visit Nikolaevsky Palace to see an exciting folklore show.
    • St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

      Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

      Peter and Paul Fortress

      Built towards the beginning of the 18th century, this citadel in St. Petersburg was designed under the rule of Peter the Great. Known as the "Russian Bastille," the citadel was used as a prison under the Bolsheviks in the 1920s.

      Winter Palace

      This palace in St. Petersburg served as the residence of the Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917. Its large scale was intended to reflect the vast scope of the Russian Empire at the time of construction.

      Saint Isaac's Cathedral

      Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest (by the volume under the cupola) cathedral in the world.

      Church of the Savior on Blood

      This famous Russian orthodox church in St. Petersburg was constructed on the same site as the fatal wounding of Alexander II. It is topped by the iconic "onion domes" that are representative of Russian orthodox church architecture.

      Nevsky Monastery

      This lovely, picturesque monastery was built in 1710 and consecrated three years later in the presence of Peter the Great. By the 20th century, the complex housed 16 churches!
    • Tsarskoye Selo, RUSSIA

      Located a short distance from St. Petersburg, this lovely Russian town is the location of the former estate of the Russian royal family, the august Catherine Palace.

      Catherine Palace

      This magnificent Rococo palace to the south of St. Petersburg was once the summer home of the Russian Imperial family. Catherine the Great commissioned the palace in 1717, desiring a summer getaway local for herself.
    • St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

      Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

      Nicholas Palace

      This St. Petersburg palace is one of many that was constructed in the 19th century for the children of Tsar Nicholas I. These days, visitors can see a fascinating, exciting folklore show on evenings in the palace.

      Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00am - 10:00pm

    Day 5

    St. Petersburg

    In the morning, we can visit the Peterhof, the incredible palace from the era of Peter the Great. In the afternoon, we can visit the world famous Hermitage Museum. In the evening, we can eat dinner at a local restaurant.
    • St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

      Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

      Peterhof Palace

      This UNESCO World Heritage Site is actually a series of palaces and gardens built for Peter the Great in the early 18th century. The Russian equivalent of the opulent Versailles Palace in France, it is a popular sightseeing stop.

      Admission (Optional): Adult €75

      Hermitage Museum

      One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, Russia's Hermitage Museum is dedicated to world cultural history and is home to a collection of more than 3 million historic items located in 6 breathtaking 18th-century buildings.
    Day 6

    St. Petersburg - Moscow (633 km)

    In the early morning, we will take a cruise on the St. Petersburg Channel. Around noon, we will board a high-speed train that will take us through scenery of the vast Russian countryside as we travel to Moscow. When we arrive in the late afternoon, we will check into our hotel.
    • St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

      Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

      St. Petersburg Channel Cruise

      Take a cruise on the St. Petersburg channel to see this beautiful Russian city from a different perspective on the water. Relax and enjoy the picturesque, majestic views!
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Park Inn Sadu
    Day 7

    Moscow

    Moscow is the largest Russian city, full of beautiful architecture like its domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes that have taken place over the last decade have made the city even more dynamic. In the morning, we will go on a sightseeing tour of the city to see the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Theatre Square, Bolshoi Theatre, the Sparrow Hills, Moscow University, the Kremlin and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon, we can take an optional tour of the Moscow Metro, visiting some of the most historic stations in the city. We will also walk along pedestrian-friendly Arbat Street. In the evening, we will be able to take an optional night tour of the city, which includes an unforgettable river cruise.
    • Moscow, RUSSIA

      Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city (both by population and by area) entirely on the European continent.

      Red Square

      The Red Square is the public space in front of the Kremlin in the Russian capital. All of Moscow's major street converge on the square, making it the central location in the city. It's part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      St. Basil's Cathedral

      The spires of this Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow form one of Russia's most iconic constructions. Built in the 16th century under the commission of Ivan the Terrible, the design is meant to evoke flames rising to the sky.

      Theatre Square

      This city square in central Moscow has a long history dating back to the aftermath of the 1812 Moscow fire. Originally designed in the Neoclassical style, the buildings were later destroyed and replaced with more eclectic styles.

      Bolshoi Theatre

      Located in Moscow's Theatre Square, this historical theatre has hosted ballet and opera since its inception in 1825. In recent years, the building has undergone extensive renovations and remodels.

      Sparrow Hills

      These hills on the banks of the Moskva River are one of the highest points in Moscow. On the hills, visitors can climb to the top of the observation platform to get an amazing view of the city.

      Moscow University

      Founded in 1755, this university is one of Russia's most respected and reputable institutions of higher learning. It serves a community of roughly 47,000 students across a wide range of disciplines.

      Kremlin

      This incredibly famous fortress at the heart of the Russian capital has become a synonym for the entire country. It is analogous to the White House, serving as the official residence of Vladimir Putin. It is a World Heritage Site.

      Arbat Street

      This famous pedestrian street in Moscow dates back to the 15th century, once part of local trade routes. This makes it one of the city's oldest streets.
    Day 8

    Moscow (159 km)

    Today, we can take an optional excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we will visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. In the evening, we can take an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
    • Sergiyev Posad, RUSSIA

      This city, located just a short distance from Moscow, has a history that dates back to the 15th century. It is home to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most important Russian Orthodox monasteries.

      The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

      The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the center of the Russian Orthodox Church and the most important religious center in all of Russia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a massive complex home to more than three hundred monks.
    • Moscow, RUSSIA

      Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city (both by population and by area) entirely on the European continent.

      Old Moscow Circus

      This is one of Russia's oldest still-active circuses, established towards the end of the 19th century. After the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union, Lenin nationalized it as the Moscow State Circus.
    Day 9

    Moscow

    Guests will transfer to the airport in Moscow for their departure flights.
    • Departure & Return

    • Arrange the transpotation between the hotel and airport by your own or book from us by paying addtional fee.
    • Transfer airport to Hotel Glo Art: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
    • Transfer Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
    • Price Includes

    • 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
    • 8 x buffet breakfast
    • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
    • Personalised welcome package
    • Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
    • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
    • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours
    • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
    • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
    • Portage at hotels and railway stations
    • Price Excludes

    • Transfer airport to Hotel Glo Art: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
    • 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
    • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
    • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
    • 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine?s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
    • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
    • Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 50.00 pp
    • 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
    • 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
    • 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
    • 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
    • Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
    • Transfer Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
    • Half board at hotels (8 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 275.00 pp
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