Day 1 Moscow
Welcome to Moscow. If you had a hundred years, you couldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here. (Dinner)
Day 2 Moscow
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Moscow
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Moscow
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.
Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Moscow
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War II museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Uglich
Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will show you the many highlights of this city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Yaroslavl
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Fine Art Museum, housed in the Governor’s mansion, featuring the impressive collection of Russian paintings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Goritsy
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Kizhi Island
Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Mandrogi
Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings and perhaps try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 St. Petersburg
Start your day with a visit to the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before cruising through the city’s canals and getting to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 St. Petersburg
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please.
Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore the Imperial Bath House and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains.
This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 St. Petersburg > Helsinki
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end. Disembark your ship, and travel by the high-speed train to Helsinki for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 16 Helsinki > Tallinn
This morning join a guided tour of Helsinki and see such highlights as the beautiful harbour area and Senate Square including the impressive Lutheran Cathedral. Afterwards relax on board your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn. Arrive in Tallinn and settle in your hotel, your home for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 17 Tallinn
Today you’ll discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall.
Freechoice: Visit the KUMU Art Museum, with its wide range of classic and contemporary art. Alternatively, be seduced by the incredible exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Museum.
Freechoice Dining: This evening, dine at one of two superb local restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Tallinn > Sigulda > Riga
Leave Tallinn behind, and journey to Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the Switzerland of Latvia. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. Arrive in Riga and settle in your hotel, your home for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Riga
This morning, embark on a discovery of Riga’s old town. Then, tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for insight into Latvia’s heritage, followed by a delicious dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20 Riga > Vilnius
This morning we leave Riga and travel to Vilnius. We’ll visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens. Our next stop is at the extraordinary ‘Hill of Crosses’. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small Crosses, which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. This evening we arrive in Vilnius for our two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Vilnius
Relish in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many famous examples of baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn, with its remarkable chapel, and the famous Vilnius Cathedral. This afternoon visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle, located only a short drive outside of Vilnius. (Breakfast)
Day 22 Vilnius > Warsaw
After breakfast we depart Vilnius. Our route will take us into the amazing Mazurian region, which encompasses 4,000 lakes in a pristine setting, where a great deal of the landscape remains virgin forest. We cross the border into Poland and continue on to the capital Warsaw. You can look forward to staying here for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 23 Warsaw
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre has been rebuilt and since attained World Heritage status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a striking reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial – all remarkable landmarks of this diverse and history-rich land.
Freechoice: You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or learn more of the plight of the Jewish community on a visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
This evening enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a Manor House, followed by dinner. This is an experience with something for all the senses, so indulge to the full in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 24 Warsaw > Berlin
This morning you will be taken to the main train station where you board a train for the journey across the heart of Poland and into the German capital, Berlin. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel, for your three night special stay. (Breakfast)
Day 25 Berlin
Your introduction to Berlin begins with a guided tour, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, then drive ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area. Then, enjoy a true highlight with coffee and cake under the glass dome of the renovated Reichstag Building that was set on fire in 1933.
This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore this magnificent city further. You may wish to discover the cities thriving art scene or soak up its café culture. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 26 Berlin
Freechoice: Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn about the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, journey to Potsdam, where a local guide will share his insights on the town and its history and visit Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. (Breakfast)
Day 27 Berlin
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Berlin Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip. (Breakfast)