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The Art and Architecture of St. Petersburg and the Baltic Capitals

Explore five cities with a shared legacy, but diverse histories and architectural highlights. In Riga, you can immerse yourself in more Art Nouveau facades than anywhere else, then head down to Vilnius for whitewashed Baroque, or up to Tallinn for a perfectly preserved Medieval old town still encompassed by rows of walls and towers. Helsinki is famed for its modernist architects such as Aalto and Saarinen, but is full of its own take on Art Nouveau (known as Jugendstil, mixed with National Romanticist flair). St. Petersburg is one of the world capitals of high culture, with the Hermitage and Mariinsky Theater, but is rife with palaces and pastel-painted neoclassical facades. There are world-class art museums as well, we're especially fond of Tallinn's new KUMU, but you can just as easily spend an afternoon visiting Suomenlinna, the fortified archipelago in Helsinki's harbor, and its art school, which often sends its students out to paint and draw the landscape.

This sample 15 day (14 night) itinerary covers many of the artistic and cultural highlights of Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private transfers, tickets for trains and ferries, airport, bus, ferry, and train station transfers, and a rich program of activities, from an Art Nouveau walking tour to visit to the Hermitage and Peterhof Palace, to ensure your European vacation pleases your eyes, mind, and soul. 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 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.

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

Outdoor Art

Suggestion to explore on your own

Nature lovers might want to trade the city's charms for a day in the great outdoors, and if so we've got the perfect suggestion. Just outside of Vilnius, Europos Parkas combines a lush park with an outdoor art gallery in the geographic center of the European continent, as declared by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989. Founded in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas, the sculpture exhibition is spread over 55 hectares of pristine parkland dotted with natural springs, woodlands, grasslands, and hills. It's beautiful in any season. We'd recommend taking one of the inexpensive local taxis to get there.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

See Another Lithuania with a Trip to Trakai

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll visit Trakai Castle, the most impressive stronghold in the Baltic States. Located on an island in a lake chain at the center of a national park, it’s easy to get a good view of the castle. For a time the de facto capital of Lithuania, Trakai’s village is now a humble place, but is unique for its inhabitants, the Karaites. Tatars brought over from Crimea 600 years ago after their fighting prowess impressed the Lithuanian king, the Karaites have their own language, architecture, and form of Judaism. Be sure to take a break from admiring their wooden homes and synagogue by enjoying their famed Kibinai meat pies. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodations, and drive you to Trakai, less than 20 miles away. Here, they’ll give you a tour of the village, before you continue to the castle. For an extra fee, we can include a boat tour to help you best admire the picturesque castle.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

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 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.

We also offer the following excursions in Vilnius

Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light3-4 hours
Druskininkai & Grūtas Park Group Tour
Light9 hours
Food Tasting Group Tour
Light3.5 hours
Food Tasting Private Tour
Light3.5 hours

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 From On High

Suggestion to explore on your own

What better way to start your visit to a new city than admiring the view from above? From St. Peter's Church in the old town, the stalinist Latvian Academy of Sciences, mountainous National Library (also known as the Mountain of Light), or the Riga Radio and TV Tower (the tallest structure in the EU), extraordinary views of Riga and even the sea are easy to find. If you'd like to accompany great views with excellent drinks, we can recommend the best rooftop bar in the city so you can kick back with cocktails.

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

Miera Street: A Home for Creative Personalities

Suggestion to explore on your own

Every decent city has an area that’s been claimed by a dedicated band of hipsters, artists, and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and Riga is no exception. Miera iela, or Peace Street, is home to a bohemian community of shopkeepers, publicans, gallery-owners, painters, writers, and stylish layabouts who congregate at its unusual collection of inspired shops and cafés. While there, be sure to visit the Laima chocolate factory, and get some of its candies, or even go on a tour.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Artful Architecture: Art Nouveau Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Riga is considered the international capital of Art Nouveau architecture, and today you’ll find out why. Just strolling through Alberta Street and the Quiet Center are like entering an architectural museum and your private guide will make sure you'll make the most of your time and see all the most impressive examples of the style. Thanks to UNESCO protection, all of the buildings are remarkably maintained. There are about 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, and most of them are clustered into these areas. Afterwards a visit to the museum is highly recommended to see some classical interiors of the period, housed in one of the most significant Art Nouveau buildings in the city.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

The Artists’ Neighborhood: Kalnciema Quarter

Suggestion to explore on your own

One neighborhood in Riga you don’t want to miss is Kalnciema, an old part of the city that has unique wooden architecture. These days it’s one of the most creative parts of Riga. You’ll find markets, ateliers, great cafes and restaurants and more. The quarter has its own website, so be sure to check to see what’s happening before you visit. You can expect everything from concerts to food festivals.

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 Estonia. 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 at the southern part of Estonia and the charming university town of Tartu. 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.

We also offer the following excursions in Riga

Alternative Riga Private Tour
Light2-3 hours
Central Market Private Tour
Light2 hours
Funky Bike Private Tour
Strenuous2-3 hours
Gauja National Park Private Hiking Tour
Moderate7 hours

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.

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

Get a Bird's-Eye View

Suggestion to explore on your own

Get your bearings and a feeling for Tallinn by looking out from one of its highest vistas. The city follows the coastline, so you're never far from the sea. From its highest points, you can catch the sunset, watch ferries coming in, and see how the old town was once two separate cities, with Tallinn sitting beneath Toompea. We'll recommend places to eat while enjoying panoramas, or just for taking in the best views.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

The Old Town Private Walking Tour

Discover the Medieval Wonders of Tallinn

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

Go Bohemian in the Kalamaja Neighborhood

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 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Visit the Kumu Art Museum

Suggestion to explore on your own

By far the nation's largest and most cutting-edge art museum, Kumu displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries. A must-see for culture creatures, Kumu, the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a centre for contemporary art.
The complex itself is a work of art - it opened in 2006 and is considered a modern architectural masterpiece. Curves and sharp edges mark the copper and limestone structure, built into the side of a cliff. Kumu's exhibition aims to appeal to diverse audiences. Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between.

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.

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.

We also offer the following excursions in Tallinn

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour
Strenuous5 hours
Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour
Moderate7 hours
Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Private Tour
Moderate7 hours
Group Estonian Food Tour through Kalamaja
Light4 hours

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.

Welcome to Helsinki

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you're all settled in, head to the Old Market Hall, strategically located by the sea, and the Market Square. If you want to sample Finnish gourmet delicacies, or have lunch in lovely surroundings, this is the place for you. After some lunch, you can relax in one of the nearby parks with views of the sea and do some people watching. The best way to finish the night is by admiring the view from one of the rooftop bars in Helsinki. Don't worry, we'll recommend the best.

Design Showcases

Suggestion to explore on your own

Helsinki has museums for every taste, covering every aspect of the country's history and culture. We'll recommend a variety of the best places, focusing in Finland's culture from paintings and architecture to dish-drying cabinets.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Helsinki

Helsinki Private Walking Tour

Hello Helsinki

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be discovering the highlights of Helsinki with your own private guide. In the space of just a few hours you'll explore much of this port city, seeing the fascinating Rock Church, the Uspenski Cathedral, the Design District, the Open Market, the Senate Square and the Lutheran Church. Along the way your guide will regale you with funny stories and facts about Finland and you'll pick up a few ideas for souvenirs as well as get some ideas for places to visit on your own later.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

Experience a Highlight of Finnish Culture: Sibelius

Suggestion to explore on your own

Enhance your experience of Finland's music culture with a 1-hour live performance of composer Jean Sibelius' music at Balder Hall. Make your way to the venue at 12pm and sit back to enjoy a show that includes the masterworks "Valse Triste", "Rondino", "Romance", "Kuusi", and "Finlandia". Walk away with a Sibelius Finland Experience gift CD and a booklet designed and produced for the occasion.

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 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.

We also offer the following excursions in Helsinki

Design District Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours
Finnish Food and Beer Private Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes
Helsinki Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Helsinki Highlights by Bike Tour
Moderate3-4 hours

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 Visa Centre's webpage http://www.ils-usa.com/.

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.

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: General building

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

Classical St Petersburg

Suggestion to explore on your own

Saint Petersburg's most spectacular venue for ballet and opera, the Mariinsky Theatre is an attraction in its own right. Tickets can be bought online or in person; book in advance during the summer months. The magnificent interior is the epitome of imperial grandeur, and any evening here will be an impressive experience. While smaller than the Mariinsky, the Mikhailovsky is one of the city's top theaters. How about immersion into the atmosphere of old Russian aristocracy? Russian Music Seasons is an event which will give you a chance to hear an incredible collection of Russian musical masterpieces performed by the orchestra and see the most luxurious old palaces.

Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park Private Tour

Pushkin and Peterhof's Lower Park Private Tour

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

Day 15

Day 15 - Departure Day

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

We also offer the following excursions in St. Petersburg

Behind the Ballet Stage Private Tour
Light4 hours
Communal Flat Visit Private Tour
Light4 hours
Day Boat Trip Along Rivers and Canals
Light3 hours
Dine With the Locals Private Tour
Easy5 hours

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 Private Tour
Vilnius - Riga Private Transfer with a Stop in Rundale Palace and the Hill of Crosses

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Private Walking Tour
Art Nouveau Private Tour
Riga - Tallinn Private Transfer with a Stop in Tartu

Tallinn

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

Helsinki

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Helsinki Port Transfer
Helsinki Private 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
St. Petersburg 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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