Following in the footsteps of the Czars, you start your escorted coach tour in the charming Finnish capital; Helsinki.Built to rival the port of Tallinn across the water, Helsinki is an elegant, peaceful and pretty city, full of design shops and lovely restaurants. Then it's onto Russia, visiting the mightily impressive cities of St Petersburg and Moscow. With many highlights this is a great tour in the comfort of a modern coach in the company of an excellent guide.
DEPARTURE DATES 2017 Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
28th May - 5th June 2017
4th June - 12th June 2017
11th June - 19th June 2017
18th June - 26th June 2017
25th June - 3rd July 2017
2nd July - 10th July 2017
9th July - 17th July 2017
16th July - 24th July 2017
23rd July - 31st July 2017
30th July - 7th August 2017
6th August - 14th August 2017
13th August - 21st August 2017
20th August - 28th August 2017
27th August - 4th September 2017
3rd September - 11th September 2017
10th September - 18th September 2017
17th September - 25th September 2017
Helsinki - Hotel Glo Art**** or similar
St. Petersburg - Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Moscow - Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar
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 40.00 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
Please call or email us to add any of these options to your booking.
Please note you are likely to need a VISA to visit Russia. We provide you with all the necessary visa support documents you require, but you will need to apply for your Russian visa separately. We can recommend a visa agency to help you do this (highly recommended).
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us for a quote. If your chosen flights do not coincide with the tour dates and you need to spend an extra night or two before or after the tour please call or email us and we can arrange this for you.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
Itinerary for our The Czar Route Escorted Tour
DAY 1 (SUNDAY): ARRIVAL HELSINKI
Arrival in Helsinki, optional transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
Helsinki is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
DAY 3 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.
DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title 'The Venice of the North'. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian 'champagne' and snacks.
DAY 5 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.
DAY 6 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW
The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar.
DAY 7 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
DAY 8 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW
The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
DAY 9 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
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