TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Sightseeing tour of this gorgeous capital city built on 13 interconnected islands. Water is everywhere. We will visit Gamla Stand or the "City between the Bridges", Stockholm’s Old Town full of life where many of the monumental buildings are located such as the Nobel Museum, located next to Stortorget main square, which pays tribute to the winners of the Nobel Prizes , the Cathedral or the Royal Palace. When possible we can have a nice view from the Fjällgatan viewpoint.
Free time. We advise taking a walk through the centre and seeing the museum island. In the afternoon, we offer visitors an optional visit to the Town Hall and the Royal Ship Vasa.
Stockholm - Ferry Boarding.
Stockholm (boarding) .-
Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes from the boat leaving Stockholm.
Notes: Tonight we embark on a night cruise; Carry your documentation (will be required when boarding) and prepare hand luggage (luggage will remain in the coach). Do not forget warm clothing to enjoy on the deck of the boat. In Finland, the currency used is the euro, if you have Swedish Crowns, there are convinient exchange offices on the ship.
Free day in the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. We recommend walking around the historic center and the island of museums.
17.00hrs.- Transfer to the port of Stockholm. We embark on the modern ferry of the Silja Lines company. Restaurants, bars, nightclub, casino, shops, ample rooms ... cruise conditions. Our ship leaves at 19.30 hrs (estimated time at the time of writing this itinerary).- The landscapes you can see at the exit of Stockholm are of great beauty (lots of islands). We recommend to enjoy on the deck. Do not forget your camera !. Night on board, double cabins.
Turku - Naantali - Helsinki.-
Total distance: 195 km.
Scenery: Forests, lakes. Pleasant landscapes.
Note: Upon arrival in Finland you will have to change your watch; When in Sweden it is 12 o´clock in Finland it is 13 o´clock.
We recommend you to go on the ship deck at dawn; The arrival in Finland is done by outlining the Aland archipelago. Hundreds of islands covered with forests. Breakfast is included in your trip.
07:30 hrs. - TURKU. Disembark in the second Finnish city with strong Swedish influence. A time for a walk in the center.
08:30 hrs. Turku, departure.
09:20hrs- NAANTALI, very picturesque village of wooden houses by the sea. Lots of tourist life. Time for a stroll.
10:45 hrs. - Naantali-Departure.
13:00 hrs. - HELSINKI. Time for lunch. Afternoon free, you will be able to know this city with, its old market, the Russian influence in its buildings and churches.
(Note: a boat trip to Suomenlina scheduled on Friday morning can be made at this time according to the routes of the participating passengers).
Helsinki - Tallinn.-
Scenery: Stage by sea with beautiful landscapes on the way out of Helsinki.
Note: Carry your documentation, it will be required when boarding.
Leaving the hotel about 09.00 hrs, this morning we include a boat trip (regular line water local transport) to Suomenlinna islands, six islands where we highlight a great fortress that used to protect the sea entry to the city and that has been declared World Heritage - Time to stroll around (we will be able to cross island through its small pedestrian bridges). Our guide will accompany you to the islands and will explain how to use your free time; With your return ticket, you will decide the time you wish to remain in this beautiful archipelago.
Later, we shall board a ferry to Estonia; Ferry trip of around 2h30 duration which departure is expected around 15.30hrs; we suggest to admire the departure from Helsinki and the surrounding islands.
17.45 hrs. - Tallinn - Arrival, disembarkation and accommodation.
Tallinn – The capital of Estonia, a country with strong Scandinavian influence and a language similar to Finnish, is a wonderful city, whose medieval centre is still intact.
09.00hrs- We will participate in a comprehensive tour through the city streets, and admire its walls, churches, squares and mediaeval streets filled with tourist attractions.
Tallinn- Narva- St. Petersburg.-
Total distance: 380 kmNote: Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Russia. -When entering in Russia set your watch forward one hour (if it’s 11 ‘clock in Tallin, it will be 12 o’clock in Russia).
Note: Schedules of this stage sometimes, depending on traffic, can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.
08.00hrs.- Tallin. Departure. Today we leave Estonia and travel to Russia.
11.00 hrs- NARVA.- Arrival to this city located on the border with Russia. Time for a coffee and to see the impressive fortress by the river, on the border between the two countries.
12.00hrs.- Narva. Departure to Russia. Border procedures (estimated in 2 hours of standby time).
Once in Russia, lunch included. We continue our route.
18.30hrs.- (17.30 in Estonia)- ST PETERSBURG. Arrival at the hotel.
Note: if the number of passengers is small, the journey between Tallinn and St. Petersburg will be by regular bus, without stopping in Narva.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic visit of St. Petersburg. Catherine Palace.
09.00.- With a local guide we begin the panoramic visit of this beautiful city crossed by the Neva River and built on 40 islands. Saint Petersburg is the second most important city of Russia and capital of the Russian Empire. This imperial city reveals the history of the Russian tsars through its museums, palaces, and architectural wealth. The visit includes the Peter and Paul Fortress, origin of the city (entrance included).
The former capital of Tsar Russia is surrounded by numerous impressive palaces, baroque or rococo, with magnificent fountains and gardens that today are World Heritage Site in what is called "St. Petersburg Historic Centre and annexed monumental ensembles". Today, due to access restrictions and depending on the availability of the palaces, we include an excursion (guided visit and entrance fees included) to one of them, Catherine in Pushkin or Peterhof in Peterhof, of similar characteristics. Return to St. Petersburg at the end of the afternoon. Free time.
St. Petersburg- Moscow.-
09.00hrs.- Today, we include in the heart of St. Petersburg the Hermitage Museum, a fantastic museum with more than 2.5 million works of art from Europe and the Orient, located in which was the main residence of the Czars, the Palace of winter. Guided tour and tickets included.
In the afternoon we take the “Sapsan”, the modern high- speed train, and in four hours we cover the nearly 800 km separating the two cities. Arrival in Moscow and transfer to our hotel.
Comprehensive tour of Moscow.
Note: Visitors must wear formal attire in the cathedral. Please bear this in mind before the visit.
09:00 h. We start out on an exciting tour of the Russian capital lasting approximately three and a half hours. This city has a past, present and future like no other. We will see its enormous avenues, elegant shopping districts, the Red Square and the Lenin Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (open for worship, visitors wearing shorts are not allowed to enter). Visit to the Kremlin and to the two main cathedrals included. We will try to make our visit coincide with the military parade held in Sobornaya Square, but we cannot guarantee it. At the end of the visit, visitors can stay in the city centre or return to the hotel.
Free afternoon.-Our guide will offer you the following optional outings: visit to Moscow Metro, the "Kostroma" Folklore Shore or Moscow Circus.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Viewpoint over Moscow. Great Patriotic War Museum.
09.00 hrs.- We will learn more about the history of Russia and its capital. We will pass by the university viewpoint, with its fantastic view over the city where newly married couples leave flowers (we could go to the viewpoint after Saturday’s visit instead of Sunday) and we will get to know (including entry) the Great Patriotic War Museum (World War II) that also shows us many aspects of the Soviet period. Free afternoon.
Moscow- Vladimir- Gorokhovets- Nizhni Novgorod.-
Distance covered: 425 km
Scenery: Flat countryside, populated areas of the Muscovite metropolis, pretty scenery around the hills of Gorokhovets.
08.00 hrs.- Moscow - Departure -. We travel to the east of Moscow.
12.15 hrs. - VLADIMIR – Arrival -. We are in one of the cities of the area known as the “golden ring”. We visit the majestic Cathedral of the Assumption that forms part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. After the visit, we include lunch in a typical restaurant of traditional architecture in the outskirts of the city.
15.00 hrs. - Vladimir – Departure -. We go on our way eastwards.
17.00 hrs. - GOROKHOVETS – Arrival -, a beautiful village of hills where there is a small ski resort. Many of its houses are of the traditional wooden architecture. We enter its walled Kremlin that offers great views and a 17th century monastery in surroundings that seem from other times.
18.15 hrs. - Gorokhovets - Departure -.
19.45 hrs. - NIZHNY NOVGOROD, the capital of the federal district of the Volga, the fifth largest city in Russia and the place where Maxim Gorky was born. We suggest that you take an evening stroll around its busy central streets. Dinner included in the hotel.
Nizhni Novgorod- Makarjevo- Cheboksary.-
Distance done by road: 260 km.
Scenery: We take a small road that crosses large forests and small villages of wooden architecture, and cross the river Volga by boat.
Notes: We know of places little visited by tourists. In Makarievo the baths are precarious and there are no bars or cafés. The bus that takes us to Makarievo is not the usual one, remember to take everything you will need en route with you. The stage may have its schedule change to adapt it to the timetable of the small ferry that takes us across the river Volga.
08.00 hrs. - We visit Nizhny Novgorod, a place the Russians consider the most pleasant city to live in the country, with impressive views of the river Volga. We will see the monumental staircases that climb to the Kremlin and enter and the monument that tells us about the victims of the Second World War. This city nostalgically remembers the Soviet period, in which it was an important centre for arms manufacture; along with its walls, we will see some of the tanks that were built in the city and were used during the Second World War.
09.30 hrs. - Nizhny Novgorod - Departure -. We will leave Nizhny in a very original way: on the cable car that travels over the river Volga and connects the city centre with the other shore (sometimes the cable car is not working and this stage will be done by road). We will go off the busiest roads to see the rural world, large planes, fir forests, lakes along the way and villages of wooden houses.
11.00 hrs. - MAKARIEVO – Arrival -. A small village with a large 15th century walled monastery on the banks of the Volga, a very beautiful place practically devoid of tourism. The religious inhabitants of the monastery will open their churches to us and we can also photograph the village houses of traditional architecture.-
13.00 hrs. - Makarievo – ferry departure - (times may change). On a small ferry, used only by the locals (tractors, village people, small vehicles, etc.) we will cross the river Volga. Spectacular views of the monastery. A crossing of around 20 minutes. Arrival at the other bank (where our bus is waiting for us) and lunch included.
15.00 hrs. – departure from the restaurant -. We enter the CHUVASH Republic, an autonomous republic with a very different culture and where the language comes from Turkic.
17.15 hrs. - CHEBOKSARY - Arrival -. We are in the capital of the Chuvash Republic, a beautiful and well-organised city on the banks of the Volga. On arrival, we include a tour of this pleasant city with great viewpoints, beer museum and interesting pedestrian areas. We also enjoy a short show that explains part of the folklore of the republic (the show will not be given if the group is smaller than 12 people). Dinner included in the hotel.
Cheboksary- Yoshkar-Ola- Sviyazhsk- Kazan.-
Distance done by road: 330 km.
Scenery: Great plains, forests, the presence of the Volga and its tributaries.
08.00 hrs. - Cheboksary - Departure -. We travel to another autonomous republic: Mari El; here its inhabitants - who for centuries lived in the forests - speak a very ancient language belonging to the Finno-Ugric language group.
09.45 hrs.- YOSHKHAR-OLA, the capital of the Republic. Its urban centre has been entirely changed in recent years. Around its lake, the buildings represent the different architectures that exist in the cities of Russia and which are reproduced in points of the Kremlin. We can place the “procession of the twelve apostles” on the city clock. . Lunch included.
13.30 hrs. - Yoskhar-Ola - Departure -. We travel to the Tartar Republic.
16.00 hrs. - SVIYAZHSK, an ancient walled island on the Volga, now connected by road, and declared UNESCO World Heritage; a city built at the time of Ivan the Terrible, very picturesque and pedestrian throughout, its churches, its ancient wooden houses, its fortress.
18.00 hrs. -Sviyazhsk - Departure -
19.00 hrs. - KAZAN, arrival and accommodation.
Full day in KAZAN, the Tartar capital, a city of over a million inhabitants. At 9.00 hrs. we will start our tour of the magnificently restored city with its mosques erected alongside orthodox churches and the Slav world combining with the Turkish, European and Oriental. We also see the Kremlin and the house of Lenin, a pleasant traditional dacha from the early 20th century (only from the outside, the interior is closed on Mondays). We will stroll around the picturesque Muslim district and also through the more modern centre, with the ever present river Volga, where we find the modern football stadium that was used for the World Cup 2018. Afternoon free.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.
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