WORLD HERITAGE TOUR OF EASTERN EUROPE
Cultural tour of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic & Austria
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One of the world’s most unique empire went beyond it’s own territory in political and cultural influence. The art, music and culture of the Eastern Hemisphere of Europe is an envy of many regions of the world especially when one sees that it’s reflections in the unique and marvels in architecture of the various buildings, bridges, castles and general panorama. This journey gives an insight that will be remembered for all times to come.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow (1990) 7. Historic center of Warsaw (1980)
2. Historic monuments of Novgorod (1992) 8. Auschwitz (1979) optional
3. Historic monuments of St. Petersburg (1990) 9. Historic center of Krakow (1978)
4. Historic center of Tallinn (1997) 10. Historic center of Prague (1992)
5. Historic center of Riga (1997) 11 Historic center of Vienna (2001)
6. Historic center of Vilnius (1994)    

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 20 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Avg. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Moscow (RUSSIA)
(D)
Day 02: Moscow
(B)
Day 03: Moscow
(B, L)
Day 04: Moscow/St. Petersburg (Train)
(B, D)
Day 05: St. Petersburg
(B)
Day 06: St. Petersburg
(B, D)
Day 07: St Petersburg/Tallinn (Drive) (ESTONIA)
(B, D)
Day 08: Tallin/Riga (Drive) (LATVIA)
(B, D)
Day 09: Riga
(B)
Day 10: Riga/Vilnius (Drive) (LITHUANIA)
(B, D)
Day 11: Vilnius
(B)
Day 12: Vilnius/Warsaw (Drive) (POLAND)
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Warsaw
(B)
Day 14: Warsaw/Krakow (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 15: Krakow
(B)
Day 16: Krakov/Prague (Drive) (CZECH REPUBLIC)
(B, D)
Day 17: Prague
(B)
Day 18: Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)
(B)
Day 19: Vienna
(B, D)
Day 20: Depart Vienna
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Moscow, RUSSIA

Welcome to Moscow – a capital to the world. We are warmly received and transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free to relax. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight: Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow (3 nights) (D)

Day 02: Moscow

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Sightseeing begins at the Red Square, dominated by St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin*. Visit the Armory Museum, proceed to see the Moscow University and the popular Arbat shopping district. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and then stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 03: Moscow

Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an optional tour of Moscow by night and Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People." (B, L)

Day 04: Moscow/St. Petersburg (Train)

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for a four-hour, high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Overnight:Crowne Plaza Ligovsky Hotel or Radisson Royal Hotel or Courtyard by Marriott, St. Petersburg (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: St. Petersburg

When Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen and artists to build and decorate it.  Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.  Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks and was the first construction of St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

Day 06: St. Petersburg

This morning you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage museum, housing more than four million works of art. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Admire world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The largest building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace and former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour. (B, D)

Day 07: St Petersburg/Tallinn (Drive) (ESTONIA)

Journey to Estonia, where our first stop is at Narva. Continue to Tallinn, capital of Estonia and situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Overnight: Meriton Grand Hotel or Sokos Viru Hotel, Tallin (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Tallin/Riga (Drive) (LATVIA)

On a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we visit the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, we visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon we are off to Riga, capital of Latvia.
Overnight: Radisson BLU, Riga (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 09: Riga

During our sightseeing tour we see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Afternoon is free. (B)

Day 10: Riga/Vilnius (Drive) (LITHUANIA)

Morning we take a leisurely drive to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Radisson BLU Royal Astorija, Vilnius (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 11: Vilnius

The city of Vilnius is located at the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius we visit Peter and Paul Church and St. Anna’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, the Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle.  Afternoon is free. Optional excursion to Trakai. (B)

Day 12: Vilnius/Warsaw (Drive) (POLAND)

A full day’s drive seeing beautiful landscape and after crossing the border into Poland, we arrive at the capital city, Warsaw, late afternoon.
Overnight: Radisson BLU Centrum or Radisson BLU Sobieski or Mercure Centrum Hotel, Warsaw (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Warsaw

This 700 year old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Continue with the walking tour of the Old Town, Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. Time free to rest or stroll through the city or attend late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

Day 14: Warsaw/Krakow (Drive)

Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the “Black Madonna”.   This afternoon tour the haunting Aushchwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp.   It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.   End the day in Krakow.
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Centrum or Andels Hotel or Mercure Old Town, Krakow (2 nights)(B, D)

Day 15: Krakow

Our exploration of Krakow starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town where we visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church. (B)

Day 16: Krakov/Prague (Drive) (CZECH REPUBLIC)

After an interesting and scenic drive through the Polish countryside, we cross the borders to Slovakia and then to the Czech Republic. Then, on to Zlata Praha (Golden Prague) with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls.
Overnight: Hotel Angelo, Prague (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 17: Prague

Built on the seven hills more than 1000 years ago and situated on both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your city tour starts with a panoramic drive to the famous Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and the Castle Square. On a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany, St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Palace and Loretto Church. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and the world famous Astronomical Clock. The balance of the day is free. (B)

Day 18: Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)

Today's destination is Vienna, the "City of Waltz", and one of Europe's loveliest cities.
Overnight: Hotel Hilton Stadtpark, Vienna (2 nights) (B)

Day 19: Vienna

Our morning tour includes visit of the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and we view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. Afternoon is at leisure. Farwell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 20: Depart Vienna

After an interesting journey through Russia, the Baltics and Eastern Europe we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Apr 28; May 12, 19 & 26; Jun 16 & 30; Jul 21; Aug 18; Sep 01, 08, 15 & 29

2018

Apr 27; May 11, 18 & 25; Jul 20 & 27; Aug 17 & 31; Sep 07, 14 & 28

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 US$ 3700 US$ 1480
2018 US$ 3850 US$ 1550


Notes

This tour is not part of our small group journeys.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 31 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1100

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1100

USA(East Coast)
US$ 900

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 25 participants.
Also please note that this is NOT part of our small group journeys.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.