A blend of the charming old town of Tallinn, its wonderfully preserved history and the grandeur of St Petersburg, the imperial city of the Tzars. Explore the history and culture of this region, the many palaces including Peterhof Palace and the State Hermitage. Helsinki, is also included in this historical tour, where you will experience the fascinating mixture of Swedish, Russian and International cultures!
Day 1: Arrival to Tallinn. Wednesday Arrival to Tallinn, transfer by own means. Overnight. * Accommodation at Hotel Best Western Tallink ****
Day 2: Tallinn
At 13:00 hrs., we will leave the hotel for a 3-hour city sightseeing. This leisurely tour provides an excellent introduction to the city of Tallinn. We will start with a short tour on coach through the city center and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for a further walking tour. Our stroll includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle and a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to the Lower Town with entrance to the St. Nicholas Church, which has on display a Renmant from what it is believed to be the original painting “Dance of Death”. We will further continue to the Old Town Hall Square with views at the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of Holy Ghost. The tour ends at the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at Best Western Tallink Hotel ****
Day 3: Tallinn – St. Petersburg
Friday Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart by private coach to Russia, passing by rural villages which show people’s way of living. Arrival in St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1973 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will meet the local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of this magnificent city. You will be introduced to the greatest marvel of Russia's past and present, known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North"...
Virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, downtown St. Petersburg dazzles the eye of a visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Where else would you find a city which is just a bit more than not even 300 years old, but is already full of myths and legends? Just sit back and discover the unparalleled beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia. Your tour will cover all of the high lights of the city, we will drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senates Square, the Peter and Paul’s Fortress and the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral. The tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Petro Palace Hotel ****.
Day 4: St. Petersburg
Saturday Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the local guide for a full day excursion. This tour will take you to Peterhof, which is the palace of the sea god. Here the fountains are not mere accessories: they are the essence of the place. They are the symbolic expression of the sea's dominion, the mist that rises from the waves as they surge against its shores. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. Credit for its creation should go to a great number of eminent architects, artists, and anonymous folk craftsmen. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called "Capital of Fountains", unique in the world.
After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive for numerous Russian and foreign visitors suburban royal park and palace ensemble of the northern Russia's capital. To feel happy, to make their spirits high, people often come to Peterhof and enjoy its magic charms. Midday we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will visit The State Hermitage, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th. and 19th. centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Today the Museum is creating its digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. Computer technologies enable the State Hermitage Museum to provide people from all over the world with wider access to information about the Museum and its treasures. The excursion ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Petro Palace Hotel ****.
Day 5: St. Petersburg – Helsinki
Sunday Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by private coach bound for Finland, passing the historical medieval city of Viborg, which was founded in 1293. Short stop before continuing to Finland, the country of the lakes. Arrival to Helsinki, a cosmopolitan city due to its fascinating mixture of Swedish, Russian and international cultures. At the end of the afternoon, we will arrive to the Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel ****.
Day 6: Helsinki
Monday Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. Our tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840’s, the colourful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. Visit is made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock. The tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel ****.
Day 7: Departure. Tuesday Breakfast at the hotel. Individual transfer. End of our services.
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