Moscow to Prague tour- MTP
Number of Days: 23
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.
DAY 1. ARRIVE MOSCOW
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s cosmopolitan capital! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening 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’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. 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. This afternoon we’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum. The third-largest museum in the world, it houses more than 3 million masterpieces, including artwork by famous sculptors and 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 this morning. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour, taking in the baroque Winter Palace, Peter & Paul Fortress and the impressive Cathedral of Peter & Paul. B
DAY 6. ST PETERSBURG
Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the museums, take a cruise along the canals or go shopping on Nevsky Prospekt B
DAY 7. ST PETERSBURG - TALLINN
We cross the Russian border into neighbouring Estonia, the smallest of the three Baltic states. We’ll travel 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 discover 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, a medieval castle built in the 13th century. B
Special Experience: Along the way we’ll visit a secret underground Soviet bunker. Declassified in 2003, the Līgatne Bunker was constructed in the 1980s for the political elite who would govern the state in the event of a nuclear war.
DAY 10. RIGA
This morning we stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Riga on a walking tour. Highlights include St Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the ancient Hanseatic City, the Freedom Monument and Old Riga Castle. B
Special Experience: We’ll go behind the scenes of the Riga Opera. Our backstage pass includes a champagne reception.
DAY 11. RIGA - HILL OF CROSSES - VILNIUS
Special Experience: Receive a rococo-style welcome at Rundale Palace. We’ll be greeted in accordance with court etiquette and escorted through the opulent apartments, before enjoying a short baroque music concert.
We then cross the border into Lithuania and make our way to Vilnius. Along the way, we’ll visit the Hill of Crosses, a sacred pilgrimage site where many thousands of crosses have been placed 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
This morning we tour the beautiful capital, Vilnius, known for its baroque architecture and alluring charm. B
DAY 13. VILNIUS - GIZYCKO
We farewell Lithuania today and cross the border into Poland, making our way to Gizycko. Explore the town on a walking tour here, to take in the city sights. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. B
DAY 14. GIZYCKO - WARSAW
Special Experience: See the eerie Wolf’s Lair in Ketrzyn, Hitler’s first Eastern Headquarters during WWII.
Next, watch the picturesque countryside pass us by as we head to the Polish capital, Warsaw. B
DAY 15. WARSAW
Our morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument. B
DAY 16. WARSAW - KRAKOW
Today we sit back and enjoy the scenery on a relaxing train ride to Krakow. A harmonious and elegant city, rich in history. Here we will take a tour of the highlights. 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 17. KRAKOW
Special Experience: This morning we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world’s oldest operating mines, dating back to the 13th century.
In the afternoon we pay a moving visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II. B
DAY 18. KRAKOW
Spend the day at leisure, enjoying this glorious city at your own pace.B
DAY 19. KRAKOW - BRNO
We cross the border into the Czech Republic today and head to the town of Brno. In the afternoon we visit the Moravian Karst, a natural beauty with more than 1,100 caverns and coves. B
DAY 20. BRNO - CESKY KRUMLOV
Today we make our way to the magical fairytale village of Cesky Krumlov. Dating back to 1240, Cesky Krumlov’s red-roofed castle is straight out of the pages of a storybook! B
DAY 21. CESKY KRUMLOV - PRAGUE
This morning we explore the heritage-listed town, centred on its spectacular castle. We’ll learn about its fascinating history and explore the picturesque surroundings. 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 22. PRAGUE
Set on the banks of the River Vltava and spanned by more than 30 bridges, Prague is a visual delight. We take an in-depth city tour. We'll visit the Castle District of Hradcany and walk through Prague Castle and its iconic St Vitus' Cathedral. We'll then wander the charming streets of the Old Town, taking in the Jewish Quarter, and finish the tour at Wenceslas Square. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before our group farewell dinner this evening. B,D
DAY 23. DEPART PRAGUE
The tour concludes and your onward journeys begin. B
Meals: B=Continental breakfast, D= Welcome and others as per final itinerary.
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.
- From $9,995 per person. Dates on application
Tour ManagerKristine – Brilliant. Very personable, helpful, well-organised, good English and a sense of humour. Kristine kept us well informed of any changes in arrangements (e.g. meeting times) and managed us, the drivers and local guides to perfection.Local GuidesThe majority of the local guides were first-class, providing excellent commentary and having good English.AccommodationThe standard of accommodation was very good/excellent. The majority of the rooms were comfortable and spacious. All the hotels were very conveniently situated, within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and local transport where this was required.ItineraryThe coverage of Eastern Europe was comprehensive, and the local guides provided all the information we could have possibly wanted – and more! Many of the places visited had a real ‘WOW’ factor (e.g. Grand Palace of Peterhof, Rundale Palace and Park, Kremlin), or an OMG factor (e.g. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania; Wolf’s Lair, Poland; Latvian Soviet bunker, Ligatne; Wieliczka Salt mines, near Krakow). Other sights were extremely interesting, thought-provoking, stunning/lavish – and educational. There was not a single excursion/attraction on the itinerary that we didn’t enjoy. A good balance between ‘organised’ and ‘at leisure’ time. We were happy with the length of stay in each place – two or three nights in most of the places visited made for a better opportunity to explore the city/town and a more relaxing time not having to ‘move on’ every morning.Group SizeHaving only 14 people in the group was great. Apart from making it easier for the guides to manage, especially when there were huge crowds in some places such as Prague, entry into museums, palaces, etc was a lot more efficient than was the case with the many tour groups of 30+ people; we couldn’t help but draw the comparison and appreciate the benefits of our small number. Having a large bus for 14 people was also a bonus, with plenty of room to ‘spread out’! We quickly got to know everyone well and all in the group were inclusive and friendly. The indications, as we said our good-byes, were that contact with at least some of our fellow travellers will be maintained in the future.Thank YouThank you, Darren, for your meticulous attention and service. You have been exceedingly helpful and have responded promptly to all our requests for information and ensured that we were kept informed of what was required at each step of the booking process. Appreciate your input into what was an outstanding and memorable trip.R & C MogridgeMoscow to Prague Tour 2019