Tour: RQE - 2013 (RQE) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 2Warsaw

Hear about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway between East and West during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the medieval STARE MIASTO (Old Town) with its market square and the 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. In the HISTORICAL MUSEUM, watch a moving film showing the city before and after war-time destruction. Sightseeing also features the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, the remnants of the Jewish ghetto, and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. Afternoon at leisure. Why not join an optional Polish dinner and folklore show tonight? (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw–Vilnius, Lithuania

The next five days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. Today, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Late-afternoon arrival in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Vilnius

Vilnius’ picturesque historic nucleus is clustered around the remains of a castle built by Prince Gediminas in 1323. Your Local Guide will accompany you on a walk from Cathedral Square through narrow winding lanes to the OLD UNIVERSITY, founded by Jesuits in 1569. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite An interesting visit has been included to the KGB MUSEUM. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Vilnius–Riga, Latvia

Enjoy a scenic drive from the River Neris through a landscape alternating dark forests, swamps, and lush pastures. Stop at the Hill of Crosses memorial site on your way to the Baltic port of Riga, the Latvian capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Riga

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic center on the right bank of the Daugava River and a walking tour of the Old Town and the ART NOUVEAU QUARTER. Afternoon and evening at leisure, and an exciting optional excursion is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Riga–Tallinn, Estonia

Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Pärnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. This afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visits to the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Receive an amber gift surprise as a lasting memory of your visit to the Baltic countries. (Breakfast)

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a memorial church dedicated to the Russian soldies who died during the Russo-Turkish War Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries 
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DAY 8Tallinn–St. Petersburg, Russia

Cross the river at the historic town of Narva and enter Russia. Arrive in magnificent St. Petersburg, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner features traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blinis, pickled cucumber, and vodka. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9St. Petersburg

Founded by Peter the Great, construction began in 1703 and the city eventually spread over 100 islands linked by 700 bridges. It suffered severe damage during World War II, when a cruel 900-day siege claimed more than a million victims. Start with the Winter Palace complex. Formerly the residence of the czars, it is now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM with celebrated works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and the major French impressionists. Next, drive along elegant Nevsky Prospect and admire ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with its gilded dome and marble columns. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10St. Petersburg

Travel to Pushkin, home of Russia’s last czar, and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). Balance of the day is at leisure, and exciting optional activities are available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11St. Petersburg–Moscow

Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. (Breakfast)

St. Basil Visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Moskva River 
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DAY 12Moscow

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes RED SQUARE, the center of this 865-year-old city. At its core is the Lenin Mausoleum and opulent St. Basil’s Cathedral. Inside the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. At the ARMORY MUSEUM, see treasures such as Ivan the Terrible’s throne. Of course, you will also see the Bolshoi Theater. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13At Leisure in Moscow

Another day to further explore this fascinating city. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Moscow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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