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Baltic Grand Tour with Russia

This two ad a half week itinerary covers the Baltic Capitals of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, the sumptuous old Russian imperial capital St. Petersburg and megapolis Moscow. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, bus, train and ferry tickets, transfers (airport, port, and bus station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers for an extra fee. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow tour

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Vilnius

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Vilnius.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Unique Uzupis

Suggestion to explore on your own

Take the opportunity to explore one of Vilnius’ most colorful neighborhoods, Uzupis. It goes back to 1995, when a group of artists erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the area and declared Uzupis an independent republic. Soon flags were being created and the energy of the place seemed to attract eccentrics from all over the country. Today the mayor of Vilnius actively supports the republic and often takes part in the many activities going on there. There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to explore, here you’re bound to find some very photogenic people and places.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Discover the Best of Vilnius

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Soviet Vilnius Private Tour

Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Genocide Victims’ Museum and the KGB Museum are places you need to see. Today we recommend exploring, combined with a 3-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main places relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight

Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight

Included in your vacation package price.

This is a unique excursion that's both beautiful and adventurous. There's nothing like hot air ballooning at sunrise or sunset, when the light is just magical and the Lithuanian countryside reveals itself. We went hot air ballooning in May, 2015 as part of the #JayWayBaltics blogger trip and made a short video of the experience. Because of the variability of weather conditions and the need for filling spaces in the balloon, you will need to be flexible in terms of the time and day for this activity.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Get a Taste of Vilnius

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The foodie scene in Vilnius isn't as developed as you might find in some Western European capitals, but there's plenty to sink your teeth into, running the spectrum from street food snacks to fine dining, and all of it distinctly Lithuanian. Originating from the Trakai area not too far away, kibinai, a stuffed pastry akin to a pasty, is a great on-the-go bite. Sit yourself down at one of the branches of Snekutis, a quirky pub chain, and order several dishes such as chicken Kiev (allegedly invented in Vilnius) and cepelinai (a stuffed potato dumpling) and you've got yourself an instant food tour. No visit to Vilnius is complete without trying saltibarsciai, a cold beet soup, available almost everywhere.

Food Tasting Private Tour

Food Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Taste is one of the five senses, so it's no wonder that trying new foods is one of the best ways to discover a new place and its culture! If you think Lithuanian cuisine is just heavy helpings of potatoes, meat, and sour cream, then let us prove you wrong. The local cuisine is a strange mix of Italian, German, Polish, French, Greek, Jewish, Karaite, and Russian, not to mention far older traditions. Find out how the Lithuanian cuisine has changed throughout the years; what the first disposable dishes were made from, the difference between the rich and poor, the life of a prewar vegetarian, and how everything looks today! While tasting great Lithuanian dishes you will visit five different places, so be sure to come with an appetite and be ready to dive into a full meal to experience the flavors of Vilnius with a friendly local private guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This unique Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Cooking class is a perfect way to understand why Lithuania is so special. You will start your kitchen party in a modern cooking studio in capital’s center, preparing an appetizer, main course, and dessert with an expert chef.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Riga by Private Transfer

A private driver will pick you up today for your trip to the intriguing Latvian capital of Riga. Along the way there will be a couple of stops to break up the drive. First, you'll make a shorter stop at the UNESCO site known as the Hill of Crosses and after that you'll explore the impressively decadent Rundale Palace in Latvia. Your driver will then take you to your accommodation in Latvia at the end of the journey. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Private Transfer to Riga with Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace Stops

3 Nights in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

4 days in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Riga

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Riga.

Riga for Music Lovers

Suggestion to explore on your own

Music plays an important role in the lives of Latvians. Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs offers free live music nearly every day of the week, offering anything from Latvian folk and world music to blues, jazz and even local rock. It also offers a great selection of Latvian food and drink. Just across the street is the Trompete Taproom where, not surprisingly, you can listen to free jazz and blues music while enjoying fine wine and refined international cuisine. In the heart of Old Riga you’ll find Moonshine, a two-story temple dedicated to rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and the blues. If you're a fan of classical music head to Riga's cathedral, which has concerts every day (except Sundays) at noon from May to October. You can also head to Riga Opera House for some ballet or opera, or The Great Guild, home to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Riga

Riga Private Walking Tour

Introducing Riga

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Riga and its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Historically an important trading port on the Baltic Sea, Riga had a strategic advantage for invaders, which resulted in periods of Polish, German, Swedish and Soviet rule all leaving their mark. You’ll walk through the winding streets of the Old Town to take in the sublime architecture as your guide makes the past come alive for you with stories. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation for this 2-hour tour, and will bring you back to your accommodation, or suggest places for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Back in the old days, before the Daugava rider was bridged, small boats used to transport locals across the river, and Riga's smaller waterways. The larger boats made up the "river tramway," while the smaller ones were "river taxis." Step aboard one of these historic vessels, and see boulevards, parks, squares, fountains, bridges, markets, and the old harbor as you cruise the canal that once formed the city's moat. For the tour's climax, you'll head down the river, taking in majestic panoramas of Old Riga’s spires and the modern and Soviet buildings of the left bank.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Artful Architecture: Art Nouveau Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Riga’s Old Town is protected by UNESCO, in large part because of the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings in the center. We suggest taking a look at some of them today. The style accounts for about 40% of Riga’s buildings, so there’s plenty to see. Alberta Street and the so-called Quiet Center, where the embassies are located, are great places to start. If you would prefer the company of an expert local guide to make sure you don't miss any of the best and most impressive details, we can arrange that for you.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

Central Market Private Tour

Curious About Latvian Food?

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Riga’s Central Market is certainly unique, housed in old zeppelin hangars, which provide shelter and a quaint historic atmosphere. Today we recommend exploring the market with a guide, who will introduce you to some of the locals selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and more at the market, and provide some tastings along the way. Your guide and interpreter will also give you a few tips on haggling!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Tallinn by Private Transfer

The Estonian capital of Tallinn awaits you today, as well as the opportunity to explore more of either Estonia and Latvia. First, we'll arrange for a private car to pick you up at your accommodation in Riga and bring you to your centrally located Tallinn accommodation. Along the way you will be stopping in the Latvian countryside town of Sigulda, then later once in Estonia, at the beach town of Parnu. Please keep in mind this is a non guided transfer and tickets to different attractions are not included!
The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Private Transfer to Tallinn with Stops in Sigulda and Parnu

3 Nights in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

4 days in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Tallinn

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Tallinn.

Go Bohemian in Kalamaja

Suggestion to explore on your own

Of all the neighborhoods in Tallinn, Kalamaja is one of the most exciting. This fast-growing area between Old Town and the scenic coast is known for its hip selection of cafes, shops, restaurants and bars. Once a closed-off Soviet border zone, it has seen a renaissance of development in recent years. Seaplane Harbour, the Estonian Maritime Museum, is very modern and quite interesting. It’s just one of the things worth seeing around here.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

Old Town Private Walking Tour

Discover Medieval Wonders

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the wonders of Tallinn with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. You’ll be picked up from your accommodations to walk through the UNESCO-listed center of Tallinn, home to many of the city's unusual historic treasures. From Old Town cobblestones to stunning views, you’ll get a vivid encapsulation of all the city has to offer, along with the unique insights of a knowledgeable native. There’s no better way to get your bearings and learn about the city at the same time.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the more regal sites in Tallinn is Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque palace built by Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia. Today this stately palace, surrounded by well-kept gardens, houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, with foreign art from the 16th to the 20th century. There are a number of museums in the park, including Kumu (the Estonian Art Museum), Kadriorg Art Museum and the Mikkeli Museum, as well as monuments to such cultural figures as sculptor Amandus Adamson, author F. R. Kreutzwald, and artist Jaan Koort.

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Lahemaa National Park is renowned for its diversity. It is home to the most beautiful manors in Estonia, unique, traditional fishing villages, and some of the country's most pristine natural landscapes. You'll visit everything from the country's largest natural waterfall, to hidden old manor homes in Kolga and Sagadi, from mesmerizing forests to romantic little coastal villages like Käsmu and Altja. Bring your sense of adventure and be ready to hike (or in summer even swim) through the Viru bog, on a 3.5 km boardwalk. Ethereal places full of berries, dark waters, and stunted trees, bogs occupy a strong place in Estonian folklore for a reason.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8-9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Helsinki by Ferry

The energizing modern city of Helsinki is just a short ferry ride away. We'll arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the port in Tallinn and provide standard class tickets for the 2-hour ferry ride to Helsinki. For an extra fee it is possible to upgrade to comfort class tickets.

By Ferry to Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

3 days in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Helsinki

Upon arriving at the Helsinki port, you'll meet your driver who will be holding a JayWay sign or a sign with your name. The driver will take you to your accommodation in Helsinki's city center. The journey time is around 10-15 minutes.

History and Leisure: The Suomenlinna Archipelago

Suggestion to explore on your own

Suomenlinna, the archipelago in Helsinki's harbor dotted with 18th-century fortifications, isn’t only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also a must-see, whether you focus on history or scenery. A round-trip on the ferry is 5 euros, and provides scenic views of the islands and the rest of the city. Once known as "The Gibraltar of the North," Helsinki was established by merchants and artists catering to Suomenlinna's garrison, especially gentlemen officers and their wives. Suomenlinna's fortifications blend in with the islands, as do the museums, restaurants, cafes, and art school. You can spend the day wandering around, enjoying views of the rugged coast, but a guided tour is recommended. There are three English-language tours a day during the summer months.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Helsinki

Helsinki Group Walking Tour

Helsinki Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this tour, you'll learn the engrossing history of Helsinki, from its Swedish foundation, to the czarist era, and the city's happier times since independence, as you stroll past the place's most iconic sights. Along the way you'll come to better understand Finnish religion, culture, history, cuisine and architecture.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Sunset Sauna Cycle Private Tour

Sauna Experience

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Finnish culture revolves around the sauna. Historically, saunas were where Finns brewed their beer, washed their laundry, and cured meat; where babies were born, the sick were healed, and the dead were prepared for burial. There are many public saunas in Helsinki where visitors too can experience the magic of an authentic Finnish sauna. Join us today to learn more about the Finnish sauna culture and try one out yourself.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to St. Petersburg by Train

Today you're leaving Finland and heading east, to the one-time capital of the old imperial masters, St Petersburg. The journey by high-speed train takes around three and a half hours and we'll provide standard class tickets on one of the four services throughout the day. An upgrade to first class is available for an extra fee. We will arrange for a driver to take you to the train station in plenty of time for your eastbound train.

By Train to St Petersburg

3 Nights in St. Petersburg

3 Nights in St. Petersburg

4 days in St. Petersburg

3 Nights in St. Petersburg

Russia’s second largest and westernmost city, St. Petersburg possesses an imperial splendor that is second-to-none. The city has changed names numerous times over the years, from Petrograd to Leningrad and now St. Petersburg, a fact that attests to its unique complexity and diversity. With a recently redeveloped waterfront and a completely revamped historical district as well as a variety of world-class restaurants and art galleries, this truly is a renaissance city. Long known for its hedonism, St. Petersburg today is a well-rounded and welcoming tourist destination, especially for those looking to do something a little different. Built by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was designed to dazzle. Much of the architecture here is stunning, and you don’t have to go far to find something beautiful to look at, from the Hermitage Museum to the grand Peterhof Summer Palace. This is also a city of history and culture, with incredible museums and performance halls such as the Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonia, where you can enjoy some of the finest ballet and classical music in the world. American citizens need a visa to travel to St. Petersburg, and we can assist with all the paperwork, through there may be an additional fee on top of Russia’s visa fees.

Russia’s second largest and westernmost city, St. Petersburg possesses an imperial splendor that is second-to-none. The city has changed names numerous times over the years, from Petrograd to Leningrad and now St. Petersburg, a fact that attests to its unique complexity and diversity. With a recently redeveloped waterfront and a completely revamped historical district as well as a variety of world-class restaurants and art galleries, this truly is a renaissance city. Long known for its hedonism, St. Petersburg today is a well-rounded and welcoming tourist destination, especially for those looking to do something a little different. Built by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was designed to dazzle. Much of the architecture here is stunning, and you don’t have to go far to find something beautiful to look at, from the Hermitage Museum to the grand Peterhof Summer Palace. This is also a city of history and culture, with incredible museums and performance halls such as the Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonia, where you can enjoy some of the finest ballet and classical music in the world. American citizens need a visa to travel to St. Petersburg, and we can assist with all the paperwork, through there may be an additional fee on top of Russia’s visa fees.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in St. Petersburg

Welcome to Russia! We will arrange for a driver to meet you upon your arrival at the train station and transfer you to your hotel in the center of the city. Please note that US citizens need a visa to enter Russia. This is not included in the package but we will help you with the invitation letter needed to obtain the visa.

You can find more information about the application process and cost on the Russian Embassy's webpage https://washington.mid.ru/en/consular-services/citizens-usa/visa-to-russia/

Please note that the drivers in St. Petersburg don't speak great English but they will have clear instructions on where to take you. You will meet your guide on the first tour. If you'd like to arrange for the guide to pick you up together with the driver, please let us know and we can arrange this for extra fee.

Please note that we included a daytime train station transfer to your package. If your train arrives between 10:00pm - 7:00am an extra fee will be applied for the nighttime transfer. This extra fee will be included in your package by your local contact.

You Made It! Now What?

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you've just arrived, we recommend walk around the city, and taking in its many canals and beautiful architecture. Peter the Great decreed that every stonemason, and much of the artisans, in his empire take part in the construction of this grand showcase, and it shows. If you're visiting during the summer months, enjoy the legendary White Nights, when the sun barely dips below the horizon. Why don't you finish the night on one of the rooftop bars with stunning views and a delicious cocktail?

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Private Driving City Tour

Hello St. Petersburg Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this introductory tour of St. Petersburg you'll have the comfort and convenience of both walking and driving, and the experience and knowledge of an expert local guide. During the tour of the former capital of the Russian empire you will enjoy unforgettable sites including Arts Square, which is formed by three museums and four theatres, Palace Square and the baroque Winter Palace, as well as the elegant Spit of Vasilievsky Island. You'll also drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their beautiful bridges, the cupolas of Orthodox churches and cathedrals. At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your accommodation. Additional visits to St. Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood can be added to this tour and booked for the additional cost. Please ask for more details about this in case of interest.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Hermitage Museum Private Tour

Hermitage Museum Private Tour: General building

Included in your vacation package price.

The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 5 historic buildings including the Winter Palace. Magnificent interiors treasure the priceless works of art of all times and from all parts of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. It would take 15 years to see the whole collection even if we would go to the museum every day for 8 hours and stay only for one minute at every object.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Your Second Full Day in St. Petersburg

Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park Private Tour

Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this fascinating 7-hour tour you'll have an expert local guide to show you around the incredible sites of Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park. You won't be disappointed as these are two of the most gorgeous attractions in the city. The opulent past will come alive for you as your guide tells you all about the history and significance of the palaces and monuments you see. This is certain to be an unforgettable part of your holiday.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 7 hours

Folk Show "Feel Yourself Russian"

Folk Show "Feel Yourself Russian"

Feel yourself Russian show! A unique tourist attraction that allows you to feel the history and soul of Russia in one night!  The spectacular colorful and bright folk show takes place on the stage of one of St. Petersburg palaces. On the front stairs of the palace you will meet an ensemble of historical and everyday dance "Reverence." Beauties in crinolines and the elegant gentleman to the accompaniment of a string quartet "Classic" will make you forget that at the moment is the beginning of the XXI century. During 2 hours several folk companies will entertain you with Russian and Cossack songs and dances. Great mood is guaranteed.  During the intermission glass of sparkling wine or short of vodka and some snacks will be offered.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 15

Day 15 - Traveling to Moscow by Train

Today you'll leave St Petersburg and head off to the Russian capital. It's just four hours by high speed train and we'll book standard class tickets on that service, as well as arrange for a driver to take you to the train station with plenty of time to catch your departing train. It is possible to upgrade to a higher class tickets for an extra charge.


Please note that we included a daytime train station transfer to your package. If your train arrives between 10:00pm - 7:00am, an extra fee will be applied for the nighttime transfer. This extra fee will be included in your package by your local contact.

By Train to Moscow

3 Nights in Moscow

3 Nights in Moscow

4 days in Moscow

3 Nights in Moscow

Moscow has been the capital of Russia for nearly 1,000 years. It's an iconic, global city that has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world. For many, the sight of the Kremlin complex in the center of Moscow is still loaded with symbolism and history. The most interesting tourist attractions are located on the northern bank of the Moskva River, which bends its way through the city. The Soviet past collides with the capitalist present everywhere in Russia, but nowhere is this contrast more visible than in Moscow, the upbeat, vibrant and sometimes wearisome heart of the country. Vladimir Ilich Lenin’s Mausoleum remains intact, as do many dreary five-story apartment buildings from the era of Nikita Khrushchev’s rule, which lasted from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. But glitzy automobiles and Western-style supermarkets, casinos, and nightclubs are equally visible. Many Orthodox churches, as well as some synagogues and mosques, have been restored, while Moscow’s best theaters have reclaimed leadership in the dramatic arts, and traditional markets have been revived and expanded. These markets, which under the Soviets were known as kolkhoz (collective-farm) markets and sold mainly crafts and produce, are now more sophisticated retail establishments.

Moscow has been the capital of Russia for nearly 1,000 years. It's an iconic, global city that has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world. For many, the sight of the Kremlin complex in the center of Moscow is still loaded with symbolism and history. The most interesting tourist attractions are located on the northern bank of the Moskva River, which bends its way through the city. The Soviet past collides with the capitalist present everywhere in Russia, but nowhere is this contrast more visible than in Moscow, the upbeat, vibrant and sometimes wearisome heart of the country. Vladimir Ilich Lenin’s Mausoleum remains intact, as do many dreary five-story apartment buildings from the era of Nikita Khrushchev’s rule, which lasted from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. But glitzy automobiles and Western-style supermarkets, casinos, and nightclubs are equally visible. Many Orthodox churches, as well as some synagogues and mosques, have been restored, while Moscow’s best theaters have reclaimed leadership in the dramatic arts, and traditional markets have been revived and expanded. These markets, which under the Soviets were known as kolkhoz (collective-farm) markets and sold mainly crafts and produce, are now more sophisticated retail establishments.

Day 15

Day 15 - Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! We will arrange for a driver to meet you upon your arrival at the train station and transfer you to your hotel in the center of the city.

Please note that some drivers in Moscow don't speak great English but they will have clear instructions on where to take you. You will meet your guide on the first tour. If you'd like to arrange for the guide to pick you up together with the driver, please let us know and we can arrange this for extra fee.

Explore Zaryadye Park

Suggestion to explore on your own

Zaryadye is a new park built in the historic center of the city, a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin and Red Square. But Zaryadye is more than just a park, as it is an altogether new type of public space, created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers, and other experts. Here the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, and history and modernity are united and complement each other. The river overlook is a definitely a highlight, as it hangs high above the park's river, providing one of the best views of the Kremlin. It also has an underground museum, ice cave, nature center, concert hall, and plenty of restaurants.

Day 16

Day 16 - Your First Full Day in Moscow

Moscow Private City Tour by Car

Moscow Private Driving Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Moscow is a very spread-out city and many sights are not in a walking distance from each other. This tour is an opportunity to see some of the most interesting places in Moscow. You'll walk around Red Square, drive around the historic center and modern Moscow and see the spectacular panoramic view from the city's highest hill.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Kremlin and its Cathedrals Private Tour

Kremlin and its Cathedrals Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This stronghold is situated on a hill that is 40 meters high. Originally in the 12th century the Kremlin was made of wood and rebuilt in stone much later. It is surrounded with a 2 km wall with 20 beautiful towers. The presidential residence is situated here. The oldest square in Moscow which is called the Cathedral Square is also situated in the Kremlin. The Cathedral of the Assumption, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Cathedral of Archangel Michael, the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Church of Twelve Apostles surround this beautiful square. We will visit one of these cathedrals to learn more about the history of the country and admire masterpieces of Russian icon painters. Later on our walk along the Kremlin grounds we will see the famous Tsar Bell, a huge bell that weighs 200 tons and the largest cannon in the world – the Tsar Cannon that weighs 40 tons.

Note: It's possible to add a visit to the Armoury Chamber or The Diamond Fund for an additional fee.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 17

Day 17 - Your Second Full Day in Moscow

The Historic Golden Ring

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Explore the Golden Ring, a concentration of some of Medieval Russia's most important towns. These "open-air museums" are full of photogenic monasteries, churches, and fortresses, and include some of the country's most holy and storied places. If you'd like to focus on the most holy spot of all, we offer a private tour of Sergiev Posad, and its famed monastery, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Alternatively, you can visit the most beautiful part of the Ring, the towns of Vladimir and Suzdal.

Sergiev Posad Private Tour

Sergiev Posad Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The sprawling Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad is a part of the legendary Golden Ring, and a unique UNESCO-listed architectural masterpiece. The center of Russian Orthodoxy, this is the Russian Vatican, and a central part of Russian history and culture. Your guide will take you from your accommodations to the train station by subway, and naturally return you to your hotel at the end of the trip.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6-7 hours

Private Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Private Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

When you get outside Russia's largest cities, there are many smaller destinations with a wealth of historic and cultural interest. Vladimir and Suzdal are at the top of this list. You'll see both on this special full-day tour. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you to these unique towns, where you'll enjoy informative walking tours of the most interesting buildings and monuments. At the end of the trip you'll be driven back to your accommodation in Moscow.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 13 hours

Indulge Your Senses at the Bolshoi Theatre

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Bolshoi Theatre is the oldest theatre in Moscow and one of the most famous theatres in the world. It is beautiful inside and out, so we highly recommend visiting it while you're in the city. For genuine lovers of opera and ballet, it's worth doing some research before choosing the performance you wish to attend, as quality can be variable. For the rest of us, the breathtaking beauty of the setting, the idiosyncrasies of Russian theatre-going and the historic atmosphere should be more than enough to guarantee a truly memorable evening out. It's possible to book tickets online, but it's considerably more expensive than going to the box office.

Day 18

Day 18 - Departure Day

Based on your departure time, we'll have a driver pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight
Vilnius - Riga Private Transfer with Stops at the Rundale Palace and Hill of Crosses

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Private Walking Tour
Riga Canal Boat Group Tour
Riga - Tallinn Private Transfer with a Stop in Sigulda and Parnu

Tallinn

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Old Town Private Walking Tour
Lahemaa National Park Private Tour
Tallinn Ferry Port Transfer
Tallinn - Helsinki Ferry

Helsinki

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Helsinki Port Transfer
Helsinki Group Walking Tour
Helsinki Train Station Transfer
Helsinki - St Petersburg Train

St. Petersburg

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
St Petersburg Train Station Transfer
St. Petersburg Private Driving City Tour
Hermitage Museum Private Tour: General building
Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park Private Tour
St Petersburg - Moscow Train
St Petersburg Train Station Transfer

Moscow

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Moscow Train Station Transfer
Moscow Private City Tour by Car
Kremlin and its Cathedrals Private Tour
Moscow Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Leonore & Truman

Leonore & Truman

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Robert & Sara

Robert & Sara

Massachusetts

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Steven & Mary-Jo

Steven & Mary-Jo

Minnesota

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5

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