Day 1 | Highlights:
Your journey begins in glorious Berlin. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay. This evening join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
Day 2 | Berlin > Potsdam > Berlin Highlights:
Journey to Potsdam, where a local historian will share his insights on the town and its history. Later, visit the Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. This afternoon, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz. Then drive the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area.
Day 3 | Berlin Highlights:
Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn the historic details of the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, enjoy a cruise of the Spree River, and take in the city’s fine architecture from the water.
Day 4 | Berlin > Warsaw Highlights:
This morning board a first class rail carriage and enjoy Poland’s serene countryside as we travel from Berlin. This evening, you’ll arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. Enjoy a two night stay.
Day 5 | Warsaw Highlights:
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre has been rebuilt and since attained World Heritage-listed 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 in this diverse and history-rich land.
Day 6 | Warsaw > Vilnius Highlights:
After breakfast, depart Warsaw. Your route will take you into the pristine Mazurian region. Then, cross the border into Lithuania and continue on to the capital and your base for the next two nights, Vilnius.
Day 7 | Vilnius Highlights:
Delight 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 Amber Gallery. This afternoon step back to medieval Vilnius and visit Gediminas Tower and the museum inside, as well as visiting the Vilnius cathedral and the cathedral catacombs, which was the burial place for many famous people within the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Day 8 | Vilnius > Riga Highlights:
Today depart Vilnius and drive north to 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. Continue on to Riga and visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens before checking into your hotel, your base for the next two nights.
Day 9 | Riga Highlights:
This morning, embark on a discovery of Riga’s Old Town. Then, tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for an insight into Latvia’s heritage, followed by a delicious dinner and a traditional folk show.
Day 10 | Riga > Sigulda > Tallinn Highlights:
Today you’ll visit 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. After lunch continue towards Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital. Arrive in Tallinn and relax at your hotel, your home for the next two nights.
Day 11 | Tallinn Highlights:
Today you’ll discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall.
Day 12 | Tallinn > Helsinki Highlights:
Today, relax on board your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival enjoy a guided sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 13 | Helsinki > St. Petersburg Highlights:
Travel on the high-speed Allegro train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival board the luxury Scenic Tsar.
Day 14 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Peterhof Grand Palace
Explore Catherine’s Block 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 palace’s majestic fountains.
Day 15 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Canals and bridges cruise
Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.
Day 16 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Private Ballet performance
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens.
Day 17 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Hermitage
This morning you’ll visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River.
Day 18 | Mandrogi Highlights: Museum village
It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Day 19 | Kizhi Island Highlights: Church of Transfiguration
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.
Day 20 | Goritsy Highlights: Vodka tasting
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail, you’ll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.
Day 21 | Yaroslavl Highlights: City tour
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.
Day 22 | Uglich Highlights: Golden Ring city
Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.
Day 23 | Moscow Highlights: Scenic Sundowners cruise
Relax on board as you sail towards Russia’s mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.
Day 24 | Moscow Highlights: Russian circus
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it’s considered one of the best subway systems in the world.
After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.
Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.
Day 25 | Moscow Highlights: Enrich meet a cosmonaut
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here 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.
Day 26 | Moscow Highlights: The Kremlin
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 National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.
Day 27 | Moscow Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must. However, it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.