Czar Route

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The imperial delights of Russia welcome you on this 8 night tour as you travel from Helsinki to Moscow. Discover the western charms of St. Petersburg. Explore atmospheric Moscow and uncover the colourful history of the Czars that makes Russia such an interesting country to visit.

Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Helsinki (via Stockholm)
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels (hotels subject to confirmation)
  • 8 x buffet breakfast
  • Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Vyborg Castle, Peter-Paul Fortress in St.Petersburg and Moscow Metro
  • Train ticket St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class 6-persons compartments)
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans from arrival in Helsinki to departure from St. Petersburg and in Moscow
  • Service of English speaking tour escort from arrival in Helsinki to departure from St. Petersburg and local English speaking guide in Moscow on all tours
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • Service and VAT
  • Flight Moscow to Dublin (Via Copenhagen)
  • Taxes & Charges of €180 One 15kg check-in bag per person & carry-on bag

Itinerary

Day 1 Helsinki

Flight Dublin to Helsinki (via Stockholm). Arrival in Helsinki and transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar. Welcome meeting and free evening to explore the city. Overnight stay

Day 2 Helsinki

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and it is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in the-Rock. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to the Seurassari Open-air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the citywith cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

Day 3 St Petersburg

Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we 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 Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

Day 4 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 get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional 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 tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian “champagne” and snacks.

Day 5 St Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional 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 afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Day 6 St Petersburg - Moscow

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Holiday Inn Lesnaya**** (Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** for 2017) or similar.

Day 7 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 includes 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 is offered 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. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 8 Moscow

The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we 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. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 9 Moscow

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

Helsinki – Hotel Glo Art 4* or similar

St. Petersburg – Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky 4* or similar

Moscow – Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar 4****

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • Optional Insurance €48 (conditions apply)
  • Half Board at hotels €250
  • Single room supplement €550
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €200 per person
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • A Russian Visa is required and the Russian Embassy charge €86

Optional Tours – Can be pre-booked in Euro’s or payable on location in Euro’s

  • 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: € 45.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: € 75.00 pp
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: € 50.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: € 70.00 pp
  • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: € 50.00 pp
  • Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: € 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour guided channel cruise: € 50.00 pp
  • 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: € 25.00 pp
  • 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: € 50.00 pp
  • 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: € 80.00 pp
  • Visit to Old Russian Circus: € 70.00 pp

  Cost per person: €1,679pp
  Number of nights: 8

28 May 2017 €1,749
04 June 2017 €1,749
11 June 2017 €1,829
18 June 2017 €1,829
25 June 2017 €1,829
02 July 2017 €1,749
09 July 2017 €1,749
16 July 2017 €1,679
23 July 2017 €1,679
30 July 2017 €1,679
06 August 2017 €1,679
13 August 2017 €1,679
20 August 2017 €1,679
27 August 2017 €1,679
03 September 2017 €1,679
10 September 2017 €1,679
17 September 2017 €1,679

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