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Baltic Charm and Treasures of Russia

Vilnius to Moscow

Trip Code: EUTCSMB20
20 Days
41 Meals
5 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • Two nights in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and three nights in Helsinki
  • 10 nights exploring Russia’s waterways on the premium river ship, the MS Rossia 
  • Services of a Tour Director, Cruise Director and local guides
  • 41 meals - 19 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 13 dinners
  • Daily filtered water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and wine during dinner on your cruise
  • Explore 14 towns, villages and cities
  • Discover the grand palaces and incredible architecture of St Petersburg
  • Marvel at the impressive three-tiered Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Order of touring is subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail. Flights not included
EUTCSMB20 map 2021-22
Vilnius to Moscow

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Fly into Vilnius, Lithuania’s enchanting capital, and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Two Nights, Vilnius, Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

This morning, embark on a guided tour of Vilnius. Then, venture to Trakai Island Castle, a magnificent stone castle built in the 14th century. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant.

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Travel to Siauliai where you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Hill of Crosses. Later, farewell Lithuania, crossing the border into Latvia and continuing on to its capital, Riga. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Riga, Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Head to Black Magic Bar to enjoy a tasting of Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur.


Today, join a local guide for a tour of historic Riga, taking in the Germanic art nouveau architecture of the Old Town. The afternoon is at your leisure.

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Night time in a city square with a large full moon in the background

INSIDER EXPREIENCE

In Ligatne, a town on the Gauja River, visit the Secret Soviet Bunker, a Cold War bomb shelter.


Enjoy your Insider Experience today in Ligatne. Then cross the border into Estonia. Continue to Cesis and enjoy time to explore before arriving in Tallinn.

Stay: Two Nights, Tallinn, Radisson Blu Olympia

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Today, set out on a guided tour of Tallinn. Visit the Kadriorg district, a throwback to the time when Estonia was ruled by the Russian Tsars. You’ll also pass by the Song Festival Grounds, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Town Hall Square.

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Farewell Estonia as you embark on a ferry crossing over the Gulf of Finland into Helsinki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Three Nights, Helsinki, Scandic Grand Marina

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Join your local guide for a tour of Helsinki, including its spectacular harbour. Then, during free time, perhaps explore the Temppeliaukio Church, a magnificent structure with an interior constructed out of solid rock.

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Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Helsinki. Or perhaps set off on an optional trip to the medieval town of Porvoo (own expense).

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Large ornate exterior of a cathedral with green roof set high on the hill overlooking the buildings below

After breakfast, board the high-speed Allegro train bound for Russia. Arrive in St Petersburg and transfer to your river ship.

Stay: 10 Nights, aboard your river ship, the MS Rossia.

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This morning enjoy a tour of St Petersburg to see Nevsky Prospect, the University quarter, Palace Square and tour the Bath Block. This afternoon, perhaps take a guided tour of Peterhof Palace (own expense).

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Founded by Tsar Peter the Great, St Petersburg boasts a network of canals as well as baroque and neoclassical buildings, which give the city a distinctive European flavour. Be prepared to be dazzled today as you visit the State Hermitage to explore one of the oldest and most impressive museums in the world.

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Insider Experience

Take part in a Russian lesson on board, where you’ll learn some essential phrases of this wonderful language.


Today, cruise down the Neva River, enjoying your Insider Experience and some time to unwind. Arrive in Mandrogi, a tiny island village that is a living museum. Wander through the quirky collection of old wooden houses and see the famous Vodka Museum. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch and be sure to meander through the curious artisan shops filled with beautiful handmade gifts. Afterwards, re-board your ship and set sail along the peaceful Svir River.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On Kizhi Island, set out on a guided walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a renowned World Heritage-listed site. Marvel at the island’s impressive collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches. The island is dominated by the three-tiered Transfiguration Church, a 22-dome structure built in 1714 without a single nail.


Absorb the picturesque Russian countryside as you cruise towards Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Then, watch in awe as you approach the spellbinding sight of Kizhi Island.

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Grand Cascade in Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Today, cruise across the ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway, which connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, and enjoy a tour of one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril. Today the monastery remains an important part of Russia’s spiritual history, and features an intriguing collection of ancient artefacts.

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Today, discover the pearl of the Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities and dates back to the age of the Vikings. Explore the World Heritage-listed historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches, and visit a 12th-century monastery.

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Watch idyllic rural life unfold along the banks as your ship cruises to Uglich. Here, disembark for a tour that allows you to embrace olden-day Russia. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Demetrios was mysteriously killed in 1591. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.

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Cruise into Moscow, Russia’s capital. On arrival, explore some of the city’s landmarks and uncover 860 years of history on a tour with a local guide. See the Kremlin, a fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Here, visit the Armoury Museum, which boasts a staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, priceless jewellery and impressive armour.

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See the truly unique architecture of St. Basil's Cathedral.

Today in Moscow, enjoy a tour of Russia’s most iconic monuments and legendary palaces as you head to Red Square, where you’ll admire the ornate beauty of the onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the famous GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square and see the city’s intriguing past play out through its striking imperial and Soviet architecture. Enjoy free time to explore Moscow this afternoon. Back on board this evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and share a toast to new friends with a glass of Russian vodka.

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After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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