Moscow to Prague tour- MTP18
Number of Days: 22
Our fascinating Europe tour starts in Russia where we’ll explore Moscow, stopping at the famous Red Square, the Kremlin, and the city’s Grand Metro, before heading to St Petersburg where we visit the world famous Hermitage Museum. As our Europe tour continues, we journey through the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Along the way stopping in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius, then to Poland - where we’ll spend time in Warsaw and Krakow, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, rivalled only by Prague - which is where we’ll finish our Europe tour. You’ll love Prague - it’s a wonderfully vibrant city and is home to some of Europe’s most stunning architecture.
Tour highlights include Moscow’s iconic Red Square, Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, visit to Peterhof Palace and the impressive Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg), a tour of the beautiful Baltic capitals, visit to the Hill of Crosses, the fascinating city of Minsk, tours of Warsaw and Krakow (Poland), Auschwitz, beautiful Cesky Krumlov and Prague. In addition to those major highlights we… visit a secret underground Soviet bunker constructed in the 1980s for the political and power elite that would govern the state in the case of a nuclear war, look behind the scenes of the Riga Opera, enjoy a Rococo-style reception at Rundale Palace and tour opulent apartments and enjoy a Baroque music concert, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world’s oldest operating mines dating back to the 13th century.
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Day 1:Moscow Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. For those on the recommended group flight you are met and transferred to our hotel. Free time until this evening when we meet fellow travellers for a welcome drink.
Day 2: Moscow Today we discover the highlights of Moscow. Marvel at the city’s lavishly decorated metro stations, walk through Red Square, admire St Basil’s Cathedral and see iconic Moscow University. Tonight we have our welcome dinner (included). B,D
Day 3: Moscow Visit the famous Kremlin, a magnificent architectural ensemble of museums, cathedrals, palaces and towers, and the symbol of the USSR during the Cold War. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace. B
Day 4: Moscow, St Petersburg This morning we travel north via high-speed train to the beautiful city of St Petersburg, an elegant display of Imperial Russia and the birthplace of the Russian revolution. Here we’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum. The 3rd largest museum in the world, it houses 3 million masterpieces, including artwork by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Picasso. B
Day 5: St Petersburg We visit the stunning Peterhof Grand Palace and have some free time to wander through the exquisite gardens. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour through the Palace Square, taking in the baroque Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the majestic domes of St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. B
Day 6: St Petersburg Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the museums, take a cruise along the canals, go shopping on Nevsky Prospekt or stroll through the beautiful Summer Garden.B
Day 7: St Petersburg – Tallinn We cross the Russian border into neighbouring Estonia, the smallest of the three Baltic states. Our route takes us through the countryside to arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Tallinn. B
Day 8: Tallinn Today we explore medieval Tallinn. Step back in time as we tour the Old Town, stopping at the 15th century Gothic Town Hall and St Nicholas Church. The afternoon is free for you to stroll through this picturesque city at your own pace. B
Day 9: Tallinn – Riga We continue to the Latvian capital, Riga, stopping en route at the gothic Turaida Castle, an ancient medieval castle built in the 13th century. B
Day 10: RigaThis morning we stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Riga on a walking tour. Sights include St Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the ancient Hanseatic city and the Freedom Monument. Free afternoon to relax. B
Day 11: Riga – VilniusWe then travel into Lithuania. Along the way, we visit the Hill of Crosses, a sacred pilgrimage site where many thousands of crosses have been placed on a hill as a plea for blessings. During Soviet times, the crosses would be removed by the authorities but within hours they would start to reappear. B
Day 12: Vilnius – MinskThis morning we tour the beautiful capital, Vilnius, known for its baroque architecture and alluring charm. We cross the border into Belarus this afternoon and travel deep into the forest to visit a small farm that produces delicious local honey. We’ll taste the produce and enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful natural setting. B
Day 13: MinskKnown as the city of light, Minsk is full of symbols of Soviet strength, making it a fascinating place to visit. Our city tour also includes the local market and the heart of the Old Town. B
Day 14: Minsk – BrestWe depart Minsk for the charming town of Brest, near the Polish border. You will notice the difference in architectural styles and charms as we move to central Europe. We have a city tour this afternoon. B
Day 15: Brest – WarsawTravelling west, we cross the border into Poland. Watch the rolling hills and verdant forests pass us by as we make our way to Warsaw. B
Day 16: WarsawOur morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route to see the beautiful palaces, residences and churches, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument. B
Day 17: Warsaw – KrakowWe continue to charming Krakow, a harmonious and elegant city, rich in history. Enroute we pay a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp - a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II. B
Day 18: KrakowIn the afternoon, we tour Krakow. At its heart is the historic Old Town square - make sure you look up when we enter St Mary’s church, the interior is unexpectedly breath-taking. B
Day 19: Krakow - Cesky KrumlovWe cross the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to the fairytale city of Cesky Krumlov. B
Day 20: Cesky Krumlov - Prague
This morning we explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, centred on its spectacular castle. Enjoy some leisure time here to relax or discover more before we travel north to stunning Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. B
Day 21: PragueAfter breakfast, we take an in-depth tour of Prague. We’ll visit the Castle District of Hradcany and walk through Prague Castle and its iconic St Vitus’ Cathedral. There are also some spectacular views over the city from the castle’s entrance. We’ll then wander the charming streets of the Old Town, taking in the Jewish Quarter, the Old Town Square including the Astronomical Clock, and finish the tour at Wenceslas Square. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before our group farewell dinner this evening. B,D
Day 22: Depart PragueThe tour ends this morning - transfer to the Prague International Airport for onward travel. B
Meals: B=Continental breakfast, D= Welcome and others as per final itinerary.
Moscow to Prague tour- MTP18
Moscow to Prague
Hotel service charges and taxes, other than city bed taxes or charges for individual services.
Specified transportation as per itinerary including tolls, permits, etc.
Transfers between hotel and airport during tour as per itinerary.
Places and activities listed in the itinerary as being visited, unless specified as optional.
EXCLUDES: Meals and beverages other than where specified in the final itinerary, city or bed tax, items of a personal nature, telephone calls, internet and minibar use, Laundry, optional and discretionary activities.