Russia & the Baltics Discovery - Preview 2022

02/10/2021 through 09/08/2022
02/10/2021 through 09/29/2022
Insight Vacations

Russia & The Baltics Discovery – Classic Group, 2022
Set out to explore the Baltic States, including the stylish capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and experience the grandeur of Russia. Discover the baroque architecture of St Petersburg, the palaces of Moscow and the Golden Ring, whose cities stood witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history.


Authentic Dining

  • Riga: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening – a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Tallinn: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Tallinn.
  • Moscow: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Highlight Dinner in Moscow.
  • Yaroslavl: In Yaroslavl, a delicious dinner is served.
  • Suzdal: Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region.
  • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfast (B), 7 Dinner with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch (L)

Insight Choice

  • Tallinn: Choose between a scenic walking tour of the city with your Local Expert, for panoramic views and a visit to Town Hall Square or alternatively, take a walk through the fairy-tale Old Town where you hear about Estonian arts and crafts.
  • Moscow: Choose between a visit to one of the ornate metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People’, or alternatively, join your Local Expert the to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Suzdal: Choose between meeting an Orthodox priest and learning about the ancient art of icon painting. Alternatively, join your Local Expert to visit the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius.

Insight Experiences

  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Vladimir: Bring home your own version of the famous Russian souvenir after learning from a professional artist in a special Matryoshka dollmaking workshop.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city’s highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.
  • Trakai Castle: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Siaulai: Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.
  • Riga: Sightseeing of Riga’s Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, bursting with cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • Sapsan Train: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • St Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s greatest repositories of European art.
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedral’s and the Armoury Chamber when you venture inside the Kremlin.
  • Sergiev Posad : The main attraction is the famous Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Among the colourful collection of churches here, visit the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals.
  • Rostov the Great: Explore the ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel.
  • Yarosavl: Visit the green-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
  • Kostroma: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral.
  • Vladimir: See the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. See the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius.


Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included
  • Complimentary transfers from St Petersburg airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day
  • Complimentary transfers to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day
  • If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or…

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Warsaw
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Day 2 Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw
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Day 3 Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania
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Day 4 Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai
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Day 5 The Votive Hill of Crosses and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga
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Day 6 Riga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn
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Day 7 Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn
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Day 8 St. Petersburg: To Russia with Love
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Day 9 St. Petersberg Sightseeing
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Day 10 Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil
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Day 11 The Hermitage Museum
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Day 12 High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow
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Day 13 Moscow, a Russian Revelation
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Day 14 Moscow and The Kremlin
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Day 15 To Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl
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Day 16 Kostroma and Suzdal Experience
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Day 17 Exploring Suzdal
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Day 18 On to Vladimir and return to Moscow
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Day 19 Farewell Moscow
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