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Russia, Estonia and Latvia Vacation

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    Moscow, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia and Frankfurt

    13-nights, International Air, Train, Ground Transport, 4-Guided Tours and more - Just $3,350

    August 26th - September 9th, 2017

    It's been 4 years since our last Russia trip, so we're due to go back. This time, after Moscow and St. Petersburg we will visit Estonia, Latvia and Frankfurt.

    Russia is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world, with an almost matchless depth of cultural and historical riches, and landscapes that have inspired artists and poets for generations. From the glittering spires of St Petersburg, the fabulous palaces of the Tsars or simply the haunting and unique landscape of the steppes. Until you've actually seen them, it is hard to imagine the extraordinary glamour of the gilded palaces built for the Russian emperors. These historic buildings, created by the world's finest craftsmen with absolutely no expense spared can make you gasp with the sheer glamour. Palaces like Catherine's Tsarkoe Selo and the Peterhoff, with its sparkling fountains, can make even Versailles look second rate. Just by visiting the Red square you will be standing on the place of great historical significance where Russian sovereigns decided fates of their people for centuries.

    This is the land of great love stories like Doctor Zhivago and Anna Karenina. It is the birthplace of the world's greatest romantic ballets, from Swan Lake to Sheherezade. If you have even the remotest interest in art, you will be blown away by Russia's unique artistic heritage. In St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, you have what is possibly the world's greatest art collection, with room after room of masterpieces, from Raphael to Matisse. And that is just a fraction of the art Russia has to offer, with an almost inexhaustible array of galleries and museums in St Petersburg and Moscow housing a gargantuan feast of fine art. But Russia's artistic attractions lie not just in the paintings hung in the galleries, but all around you, in the buildings, both large and small, which have seen the hands of artists at work over the century. From the Russian circuses to the ballets, from classical music concerts to jazz festivals; Russia has perhaps one of the most vibrant entertainment cultures in the world.

     We will start our journey with 3 days in Moscow. During our 3-days we’ll visit the must-see sites including the Red Square, the largest and most famous square in Russia. Like a magnet it attracts all visitors of Moscow. Standing on Red Square you see the most significant buildings in the capital – the Kremlin, GUM department store, the State History museum, the Lenin's Mausoleum. A real wonder is the elaborate brightly domed Saint Basil's Cathedral. It's like an exotic stone flower planted by the architects of the 16th century. The first time you see this colorful, Russian masterpiece, it seems unreal. The cathedral was built in the 16th century by the decree of Ivan the Terrible. The wonderfully ornate structure was restored in 2004. Visitors who choose to tour the inside of the cathedral are treated to a complex interior filled with nooks and crannies that are painted throughout with Russian Orthodox depictions.

    Another must-see is the Kremlin. The Kremlin is the center of government in Russia. The term "Kremlin" roughly translates as "fortress" in English and every major city in Russia had one. The Moscow Kremlin is a giant fortress consisting of a brick wall surrounding the Kremlin grounds on which stand cathedrals, a palace, an armory, an arsenal and numerous government buildings. The Kremlin is vast and packed with interesting historical landmarks, museums and cathedrals.

    We will set up a Moscow River Boat Excursion that takes you through the center of the city past many of Moscow's greatest buildings and views. In two hours you can get great views of the Kremlin, Gorky Park, Vorobevy Hills, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow State University and more.

    Other sites include, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum and the Conservatory which we will have opportunities to see.

    Our next stop will be St. Petersburg. We will get on the fast train and be in St. Petersburg in just 4-hours. We have added an extra day to this amazing city for a total of 4 nights. Our hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the Hermitage Museum and close to many shops and restaurants.

    The Hermitage Museum is one of the most important sights to see for any visitor to St. Petersburg. Galleries upon galleries of old masters are located within the sumptuous interior of the Hermitage. We will also pay a visit to the one of Russia's most famous historical prisons, the Peter and Paul Fortress with the Prison Museum and the Peter and Paul Cathdral.  Then there’s the Catherine Palace, also known as the Summer Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, which is part of a gorgeous complex of parks, guest houses, and the blue-and-gold palace itself. Visitors often feel breathtaken at how Russia's royalty once lived. Every inch of the Catherine Palace speaks of luxury.

    There are no shortage of interesting sights in St. Petersburg, another one being the Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg. The exterior may satisfy your desire for sparkle, but the interior of the church will wow as well. The interior of the Church on the Spilt Blood is covered in mosaics that mimic paintings of famous Russian artists.

    Now we will take a road trip to our next destination - Estonia, one of the three Baltic States - three countries on the shores of the Baltic Sea – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All three are united by their common history going back many centuries, and the joint struggle for independence. We will have 3-nights in the capital of Tallinn. Estonian history extends across a long and winding road through time, telling the tales of many nations from Vikings to the kings, queens and medieval merchants of German, Swedish, Danish and Russian descent. Estonia's deeply rooted pagan spirit and European mindset means that the country and its people bear close ties with nature while being a proudly independent EU and NATO member state with a growing reputation for innovation. Estonia offers visitors to experience the spirit of the Medieval Ages, omnipresent in the cobblestone streets and buildings of Tallinn.

    We will soak up the history while exploring the medieval old city but Estonia also features some wonderful natural resources. With close to 1,500 lakes and along the shores of which are situation Estonia's unique Russian village communities. In addition to its lakes, Estonia also has over 200 natural spring-fed rivers. The possiblities for tours are endless but we will be working on narrowing our choices down. Check out this website for some of the interesting sites to see in Tallinn, Estonia. We will also offer a day trip to enjoy some nature. Check out this website to get an idea. How about some adventure on a quad tour? We'll probably set up a bike tour. This country is also a great value as you can see. Everything is really inexpensive. . You can count on us to work out a wonderful day.

    Next up is the small country of Latvia. Again, we will enjoy a nice road trip with beautiful scenery on offer from Estonia to Latvia and enjoy some stops along the way. We will be staying in the capital of Riga at a beautiful 4-star hotel just steps from the Old Town. Latvia boasts they are amoung the world's greenest countries. Thanks to its multiple extraordinarily beautiful art nouveau buildings, it is considered the European art nouveau metropolis. Latvians continue to observe the traditions of their ancestors – culture embedded in Latvian folklore that is best experienced during the Summer Solstice or "Jani" holiday, and the massive Song and Dance festivals, as well as through traditional crafts and handiwork, events organised by museums, and a lot of other activities. Those who enjoy music and performing arts will enjoy major opera festivals in Riga and Sigulda, and a large number of various concerts and festivals across the country. We will have just one full day here so it's likely we will just enjoy our time in Riga.

    Lastly, since our air routed through Frankfurt anyway, we decided it was worth spending one night there. We get in at 3 pm and depart the next day at 2 pm so we'll have an evening and part of a morning to site see and count one more country in our itinerary. Our hotel is located right at the airport. After we check in we'll take the train, just 15-minutes, to the city where there may just be some Pre-Oktoberfest celebrations going on.

    And that will conclude this 2-week trip. We are going in prime-time summer months so I expect the weather to be ideal. Our last Russia trip sold our quickly with a large wait list so sign up early to secure your spot.

    DEPOSIT - $200



    •  Roundtrip air from LAX

    •  13-nights hotel in 3 & 4-star hotels with daily breakfast

    • 3 half day city tours

    • Train from Moscow St. to St. Petersburg

    • All ground Transportation

    • Double occupancy

    Not included:

    · Gratuities: guides and bus driver are at your discretion.

    · Passport/visas: Valid passport and Russian visa required. Processing fees are approximately $250. We will help handle this process.

    · U.S. Departure Taxes/ fuel surcharge - currently running $367 (subject to change).

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Only if you choose to have your own room, otherwise we match you up with a roommate - $850

    OUR AIR deduct $950 with your own air and you will not pay the departure tax




    OUR HOTELS - See official website for more info





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  • Valerie S.

    Hi Ed, Sounds great. How many people in the group?

    October 29

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