The Czar Route

Helsinki, Finland

Day 2 (Monday): Helsinki

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour will bring us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and the famous Church in the Rock. In the afternoon you'll be able to do an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Tuesday): Helsinki - St. Petersburg

Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we will arrive in Vyborg, where we will take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Wednesday): St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title "The Venice of the North". During the morning sightseeing tour we will get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. In the afternoon, we'll have a visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the evening you will enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Thursday): St. Petersburg

The morning will be reserved for an excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tricentennial celebrations. In the afternoon, we will have a visit to the world famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening you will enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Friday): St. Petersburg - Moscow

The early morning will reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we'll go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride will bring us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 (Saturday): Moscow

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour will include the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon you will be able to do an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. In the evening you will have the possibility to do an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 (Sunday): Moscow

The day will start with an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we'll visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700 years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. In the vevning you will be able to do an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 (Monday): Moscow Departure

You will be transferred to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast



Escorted Package Includes:

  • 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 8 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne, cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Welcome meeting with champagne, cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Church in the Rock in Helsinki, Peter Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
  • 4 hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace
  • 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine's Palace
  • 3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg - Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations


Not Included:

  • 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: $70.00 per person
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: $77.00 per person
  • Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: $62.00 per person
  • 3 hour guided channel cruise: $77.00 per personn
  • 3 hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: $39.00 per person
  • 3 hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: $77.00 per person
  • 8 hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: $123.00 per person
  • Visit to Old Russian Circus: $110.00 per person
  • Half board at hotels (8 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): $422.00 per person


Hotels (or similar):

  • Helsinki: Hotel Glo Art 4* or similar
  • St. Petersburg: Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky 4* or similar
  • Moscow: Hotel Park Inn Sadu 4* or similar


Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (vh)

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