Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki with St. Petersburg (RQE)

12 Day Tour from Warsaw to St. Petersburg

2020 Tour Details

On this Baltics and Northern Europe tour, journey from Poland to Russia traveling through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and Finland. Along the way, relish UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historical sights—with overnights in Warsaw and St. Petersburg and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, and Helsinki.

In each city, enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions. In Warsaw, visit the Stare Miasto (Old Town), founded in the 13th century—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and 14th-century St. John’s Cathedral, once the spot for weddings, coronations, and royal funerals. In Vilnius, visit the Old University, founded in 1569 by Jesuit monks, and the KGB Museum, situated in the former KGB building, which tells about the occupation regimes that took over Lithuania from 1942-1990. In Riga, walk through the Art Nouveau Quarter and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a variety of architectural styles—romantic, gothic, baroque, classic, and modern. Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with watchtowers, cobbled lanes, and medieval houses. Here, visit the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Estonia's opulent Russian Orthodox cathedral and the medieval St. Nicholas’ Church.

Helsinki's sightseeing features a visit to the Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, the Sibelius Monument and Helsinki’s famous open-air market. Among the many sights you’ll see in St. Petersburg, visit the Hermitage Museum, with one of the world’s finest art collections, and magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Globus has included some special experiences for you, such as a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, a Riga Balsam and Laima chocolate tasting in Riga, a visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter Užupis, and a specialty dinner in St. Petersburg. All of this—and much more—await you on this fantastic Baltics and Northern Europe tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

WARSAW
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Stare Miasto and St. John’s Cathedral; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private Chopin concert
VILNIUS
Guided walking tour, visit the Old University and the KGB Museum, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Vilnius’ artist quarter, Užupis
HILL OF CROSSES
Take pictures of the memorial site
RIGA
Guided sightseeing, including a walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to the Art Nouveau quarter; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Riga Balsam and Laima chocolate tasting
TALLINN
Guided sightseeing, visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Nicholas’ Church
TALLIN–HELSINKI
Ferry crossing
HELSINKI
Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market
ST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry crossing.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 WARSAW, POLAND

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

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Day 2 WARSAW

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 St. John’s CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. 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. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner?

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Day 3 WARSAW–VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

The next days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. First, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Arrive in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km

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Day 4 VILNIUS

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. Also visit the KGB MUSEUM, and end your tour with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter, UŽUPIS.

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Day 5 VILNIUS–RIGA, LATVIA

Enjoy a scenic drive from the Neris River through a landscape of 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.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km

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Day 6 RIGA

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. Don’t miss the opportunity to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TASTE Riga Balsam (a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur) and Laima chocolate. The afternoon and evening are at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available.

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Day 7 RIGA–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. During your afternoon sightseeing with a Local Guide, discover the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visit the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL and the medieval ST. NICHOLAS’ CHURCH.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km

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Day 8 TALLINN–HELSINKI, FINLAND

This morning, travel by FERRY across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki. Guided sightseeing includes major sights, such as the City Hall and Parliament House, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s OPEN-AIR MARKET. Tonight, dinner has been prepared at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Baltic stay.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km

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Day 9 HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

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Day 10 ST. PETERSBURG

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home to the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.

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Day 11 ST. PETERSBURG

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). The balance of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

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Day 12 ST. PETERSBURG

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

THEO VAN DER MEER

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

As a Tour Director, it is my mission to give passengers the time of their life and an unforgettable vacation. With every tour, I give it more than 100%, and my passion and enthusiasm help me to achieve these goals.

Tour Director - THEO VAN DER MEER

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

 Private Touring

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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

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6 guests in a party: $3,069*
18 guests in a party: $575*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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