Day 1: Helsinki (Saturday). Arrival in Helsinki. Optional individual transfer to Hotel Radisson SAS Seaside. Tonight a welcome meeting and drink.
Day 2: Helsinki (Sunday). Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern cultures and it is reflected everywhere in the lively and green Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbors, up the central Mannerhein Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in the-Rock. In the afternoon an optional excursion with water buses is offered to the historic Suomenlinna Fortress.
Day 3: Helsinki-St. Petersburg (Monday). Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg and shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a sightseeing tour and a visit to The Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at the Hotel Moscow or similar.
Day 4: St. Petersburg (Tuesday). St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy world-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 splendors of the city: the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Saviour, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers a visit to the world famous Hermitage Art Museum and in the evening an optional visit to the Hermitage Theater is on the program.
Day 5: St. Petersburg (Wednesday). The excursion this morning offers a visit 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 300th anniversary celebrations. The afternoon is free for shopping. In the evening enjoy a Russian dinner at Restaurant “Na Zdoroviye”.
Day 6: St. Petersburg-Tallinn (Thursday). We leave St. Petersburg and head towards the border to Estonia. Right on the other side of the border we reach Narva and make a stop to see the Hermann Fortress. The balance of the day is spend traveling through the Lahemaa National Park to Tallinn, where we check in late in the afternoon at Hotel Reval Olumpia.
Day 7: Tallinn (Friday). Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, out-door cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Cathedral, the Alexander Nevsky Church and the Niguliste Church. In the afternoon an excursion to Kadriorg Park is offered with a visit to the re-opened Kadriorg Palace with its art collections. In the evening enjoy a medieval evening at the Restaurant "Peppersack".
Day 8: Tallinn (Saturday). Tour ends after breakfast. Optional Departure transfer.
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