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Moscow to Baltic States, Poland, Prague & Vienna

MOSCOW TO BALTIC STATES, POLAND, PRAGUE & VIENNA

Kompas

20D/19N Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria

Old Town - Tallin, Estonia

Old Town - Tallin, Estonia

St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg - Russia

Saint Petersburg - Russia

Moscow University - Moscow, Russia

Moscow University - Moscow, Russia

St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Palace Square - St. Petersburg, Russia

Palace Square - St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolny Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolny Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Armory Museum - Moscow, Russia

Armory Museum - Moscow, Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow, Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow, Russia

Hermitage - St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolny Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Riga Dome Cathedral - Latvia, Estonia

Riga Dome Cathedral - Latvia, Estonia

Toompea Castle - Tallinn, Estonia

Toompea Castle - Tallinn, Estonia

House of Blackheads - Latvia, Estonia

House of Blackheads - Latvia, Estonia

14th Century Town Hall - Tallinn, Estonia

14th Century Town Hall - Tallinn, Estonia

Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Tallinn, Estonia

Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Tallinn, Estonia

Old Market Square - Warsaw, Poland

Old Market Square - Warsaw, Poland

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Palace of Science and Culture - Warsaw, Poland

Palace of Science and Culture - Warsaw, Poland

St. Stephens Cathedral - Vienna, Austria

St. Stephens Cathedral - Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Palace - Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Palace - Vienna, Austria

Hofburg Palace - Vienna, Austria

Hofburg Palace - Vienna, Austria

Kunsthistorische Museum - Vienna, Austria

Kunsthistorische Museum - Vienna, Austria

Naturhistorisches Museum - Vienna, Austria

Naturhistorisches Museum - Vienna, Austria
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Travel Period : Valid until September 28, 2018

Description

Early Booking Discount Available!

Get 5% of your 2018 Kompas Tour when you book by August 30, 2017.

Embark on a once in a lifetime dream vacation as you spend a 19 day sightseeing tour of Russia, Baltic States, Poland, Prague and Vienna. Enjoy strolling on cobblestone streets, behold remarkable medieval urban structures of castles, cathedrals, monuments, parks and public squares dating as far back as the eleventh century. Your tour begins in the vibrant city of Moscow where you will find St. Basils Cathedral, the most iconic landmark of Russia,  be mesmerized by St. Petersburg's alluring sights and rich history, also named as the seat of Russian culture.

Onwards to the Baltic States an upcoming holiday destination where you will find a charming hodgepodge of  medieval streets and spires and historic attractions. Not to be missed is the historic center of Riga, where stands the finest collection of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture which is unmatched anywhere in the world.Travel to Poland, where you will find the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Gora Monastery.

Discover Prague, the Historical Pearl of Europe and dubbed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Wind down your travel in Vienna, the last city of your tour, also known as the city of Waltz and birthplace of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Quench your thirst for that ultimate dream getaway, join now this sightseeing tour and save up long lasting memories to last a lifetime.

Inclusions

    • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
    • Service charges and hotel taxes
    • Daily Breakfast meals
    • Two (2) Lunch meals
    • Ten (10) Dinner meals
    • Touring by a modern  motor coach
    • Airport transfers
    • Professional English speaking Tour Director
    • Luggage handling
    • Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours, so you can easily hear your guide's commentary

    Exclusions

    The following are not included in the basic package price, but etravel PH can easily arrange them for you.

    • Airfare and Airline Taxes
    • Pre and Post-accommodation which maybe necessary depending on flight schedule
    • Visa and airport taxes (Schengen Visa - Php 7,500)
    • Visa (Russian Visa - Php 12,000)
    • Personal expenses and other services that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Tips to guides, drivers, porters and waiters

Things we love

    • Czech's love beer. They call it their "liquid bread"  and generally, it is cheaper than bottled water. Make sure to have a taste of their terrific brew when in Prague.
    •  Take a stroll along Innere Stadt (First District) in Vienna where the vast majority of all sightseeing attractions are located.
    •  The Vilnius University has a magnificent campus and is famous for its charming courtyards and 15th century buildings splashed with 300 year old frescoes. It houses the oldest library in Lithuania.
    •  Try out the Riga Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur made with many different natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka. The drink itself is black and very bitter, but with a distinct sweetness.
    • Icons and Byzantine Art is largely a part of Russian culture and spirituality. Take note of these beautiful art expressions as you visit churches and cathedrals.
    • Legend has it that the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland was painted by St. Luke, the Evangelist, on a cedar table top of the house of the Holy Family.

Departure Dates

  • Apr-27 2018, May-11 2018, May-18 2018, May-25 2018, Jul-20 2018, Jul-27 2018, Aug-17 2018, Aug-31 2018, Sep-7 2018, Sep-14 2018, Sep-28 2018
  • Note:Pre and post-accommodation maybe necessary before and after the tour

Itinerary

    DAY 1     ARRIVE MOSCOW - Friday
    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner. (D)

    DAY 2      MOSCOW- Saturday
    Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

    DAY 3     MOSCOW- Sunday
    Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.” (B, L)

    DAY 4     MOSCOW TO ST. PETERSBURG - Monday
    Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B, D)

    DAY 5     ST. PETERSBURG - Tuesday
    There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

    DAY 6     ST. PETERSBURG - Wednesday
    This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight, enjoy dinner. (B, D)

    DAY 7     TO TALLINN - Thursday
    Today journey will take us to Estonia, where your first stop is Narva, set just across the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B, D)

    DAY 8     TALLINN TO RIGA - Friday
    On a walking tour of Tallinn’s Upper and Lower Old Town, visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th-century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B, D)

    DAY 9     RIGA - Saturday
    On a morning sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Your afternoon and evening are free. (B)

    DAY 10   TO VILNIUS - Sunday
    Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting architecture. (B, D)

    DAY 11    VILNIUS - Monday
    The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and St. Anne’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free or you may want to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. (B)

    DAY 12    TO WARSAW - Tuesday
    Drive through the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to cross the border into Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns as you head to Warsaw, arriving at the day's end. (B, L, D)

    DAY 13    WARSAW - Wednesday
    Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for a stroll through the city, shopping, relaxing, or perhaps attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

    DAY 14    TO KRAKOW - Thursday
    Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the "Black Madonna." This afternoon tour haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp. It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. End the day in Krakow. (B, D)

    DAY 15    KRAKOW - Friday
    Your sightseeing tour today starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, where you will see the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free for a stroll around the city, shopping, or maybe sample some bigos or pierogi in a little café. (B)

    DAY 16    TO PRAGUE - Saturday
    Drive across the unspoiled Polish countryside, then on over the borders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. End the day in Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks, and ancient city walls. (B, D)

    DAY 17    PRAGUE - Sunday
    Prague has a long and colorful history, from its early days as a bishopric, to becoming the residence of the Bohemian kings, and later the capital of both Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. Built across seven hills on both banks of the Vltava River more than 1000 years ago, it is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your sightseeing starts with panoramic drive to famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium, and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and worldfamous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to attend an optional cultural performance. (B)

    DAY 18    TO VIENNA - Monday
    Travel into Austria and on to Vienna, the "City of Waltz." Your time is free to begin exploring or perhaps savor a Viennese pastry or two. (B)

    DAY 19    VIENNA - Tuesday
    On a morning sightseeing tour, visit Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy, and see Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and other remnants of the city's imperial history. The afternoon is free for last-minute shopping. Celebrate tonight with a Farwell Dinner at a popular restaurant. (B, D)

    DAY 20    DEPART VIENNA - Wednesday
    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Vienna’s airport for your flight home. (B)

Things to do

    • PARTY. Moscow is a city that never sleeps. In the mood for drinks after dinner or partying till the wee hours of the morning? Moscow will not disappoint.
    • GARDEN.  The beautiful Versailles - inspired Summer Palace of Emperor Peter the Great  in St. Petersburg  is a small palace built on a Summer Garden. While the palace is impressive, the garden steals the show. Take the optional tour to this place and you will not regret it.
    • STROLL. Take a stroll in the scenic Sereikiskiu Park, the oldest part in Vilnius, only two minutes away from the red bricked gothic Church of St. Anne. 
    • MOURN. Say a prayer for the people that had to endure the brutal atrocities at the concentration camps of Auschwitz - Birkenau.
    • WALK. Tallinn's Old Town is a charming medley of medieval streets and spires. It's a small city and major places of interest are safe and can be easily explored on foot.
    • RUB. Charles Bridge in Prague has 30 statues that adorn the bridge. The first and most popular of them is the statue of St. John Nepomuk. Legend has it that if you rub his feet, you will return to Prague while others claim it will bring you happiness.

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