- Extensive sightseeing in Moscow including Red Square and the Kremlin
- Tour Peterhof and the Hermitage Museum in grand St Petersburg
- Tour the Baltic capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
- Visit the Hill of Crosses
- Visit Vilnius University, and the Amber Gallery, home to an extensive collection
- Visit Minsk
- Visit Brest
- A moving visit to Auschwitz concentration camp
- Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mines, dating back to the late 13th century
- Discover the beauty of Cesky Krumlov and Prague
Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover. You can relax and refresh after a long flight. The cost of the additional night of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.
DAY 1 – MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
DAY 2 – TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
Arrive in Moscow
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director this evening for a welcome cocktail.
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
Today we discover the highlights of Moscow. Marvel at the city’s lavishly decorated metro stations, walk through Red Square, admire St Basil’s Cathedral and see Moscow University. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 – THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Visit the famous Kremlin, a magnificent architectural ensemble of museums, cathedrals, palaces and towers, and the symbol of the USSR during the Cold War. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.
DAY 5 – FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Moscow - St Petersburg
This morning we travel north via high-speed train to the beautiful city of St Petersburg, an elegant display of Imperial Russia and the birthplace of the Russian revolution. We visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum; the third-largest museum in the world, housing more than 3 million masterpieces!
DAY 6 – SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
We visit the stunning Peterhof Grand Palace and its exquisite gardens. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour, taking in the baroque Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the impressive Cathedral of Peter & Paul.
DAY 7 – SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the museums, take a cruise along the canals, go shopping or stroll through the beautiful Summer Garden?
DAY 8 – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
St Petersburg - Tallinn
We cross the Russian border into neighbouring Estonia, the smallest of the three Baltic states. We’ll travel through the countryside to arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Tallinn.
DAY 9 – TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018
Today we explore medieval Tallinn. Step back in time as we tour the Old Town, stopping at the 15th century Gothic Town Hall and St Nicholas Church. The afternoon is free for you to stroll through this picturesque city at your own pace.
DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
Tallinn - Riga
We continue to the Latvian capital, Riga, stopping en route at the gothic Turaida Castle.
Special Experience: We’ll visit a secret underground Soviet bunker. Declassified in 2003, the Līgatne Bunker was constructed in the 1980s for the political and powerful elite that would govern the state in the case of a nuclear war.
DAY 11 – THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018
This morning we discover Old Riga on a walking tour. Sights include St Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the ancient hanseatic city and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is at leisure to relax.
Special Experience: We’ll go behind the scenes of the Riga Opera. Our backstage pass includes a champagne reception.
DAY 12 – FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018
Riga - Vilnius
Special Experience: Receive a rococo-style welcome at Rundale Palace. We’ll be greeted in accordance with court etiquette and escorted through the opulent apartments, before enjoying a short baroque music concert.
We then travel into Lithuania. Along the way, we visit the Hill of Crosses, a sacred pilgrimage site where many thousands of crosses have been placed on a hill as a plea for blessings. During Soviet times, the crosses would be removed by the authorities but within hours they would start to reappear.
DAY 13 – SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018
Vilnius - Minsk
This morning we tour the beautiful capital, Vilnius, known for its baroque architecture and alluring charm. We cross the border into Belarus this afternoon and travel deep into the forest to visit a small farm that produces delicious local honey. We’ll taste the produce and enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful natural setting.
Special Experience: We’ll spend the next 2 nights in a beautifully restored 17th century building - a former monastery of the Bernadines.
DAY 14 – SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018
Known as the city of light, Minsk is full of symbols of Soviet strength, making it a fascinating place to visit. Our city tour also includes the local market and the heart of the Old Town.
DAY 15 – MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018
Minsk - Brest
We depart Minsk and travel west to the charming town of Brest. You will definitely notice the difference in architectural styles and charms as we move further into central Europe. We’ll take a city tour this afternoon.
DAY 16 – TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
Brest - Warsaw
Travelling west, we cross the border into Poland. Watch the rolling hills and verdant forests pass us by as we make our way to Warsaw.
DAY 17 – WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018
Our morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument.
DAY 18 – THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
Warsaw - Krakow
We continue to charming Krakow, a harmonious and elegant city, rich in history. En route we pay a moving visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II.
DAY 19 – FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018
Special Experience: We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world’s oldest operating mines, dating back to the 13th century.
In the afternoon, we tour Krakow. At its heart is the historic Old Town square - make sure you look up when we enter St Mary’s church, the interior is unexpectedly breathtaking.
DAY 20 – SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018
Krakow - Cesky Krumlov
Today we cross the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to the fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov.
DAY 21 – SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018
Cesky Krumlov - Prague
This morning we explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, centred on its spectacular castle. We then travel north to stunning Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 22 – MONDAY 11 JUNE 2018
After breakfast, we take an in-depth tour of Prague. Highlights include the Old Town square, Hradcany Castle (and the amazing views over the city from the square here), the Astronomical Clock and the Jewish Quarter. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 23 – TUESDAY 12 JUNE 2018
Today we begin our journey home.
DAY 24 – WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE 2018
DAY 25 – THURSDAY 14 JUNE 2018
Arrive In Australia
Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.