Russia & the Baltics 2022
May 25 - June 8, 2022
Russia & the Baltics 2022
May 25 - June 8
A remarkable journey through the magnificent capitals of four countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. The journey provides a personal and up-close glimpse at the fascinating and complex histories of this region.
- 14 nights in 3-star or 4-star accommodations.
- 17 meals: Breakfast (14), Dinner (3)
- Services of a deaf Tour Leader on call 24 hours a day.
- Services of local deaf and/or hearing guides.
- ll transportation expenses.
- All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
- Russian invitation letter. Required for Russian tourist visa.
- Most tips, except for your Tour Leader.
- Informative travel preparation packet.
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
- $100 discount per person on your next regular tour.
- Domestic and/or international airfares.
- All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses.
- Single entry Russian tourist visa.
- Travel Insurance.
- Any COVID-19 related tests.
Per person, double occupancy.
SEE ICONIC SIGHTS
Walk in the Red Square, and be awed by the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Absorb the stunning beauty of Trakai Castle on an island. Climb one of the medieval fortress towers in Tallinn.
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Sweat yourself in an authentic banya (sauna). Learn how the locals kept preserving the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. Explore the palatial palaces of the Romanovs, Russia’s last ruling dynasty.
WALK INTO HISTORY
Learn more about the Baltics resistance efforts. Find out how the deaf associations, schools & clubs thrived under the Russian communist period. Explore the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
SAMPLE FOOD & DRINKS
Huge variety of food/drinks in these countries: kohuke, buckwheat, kama, kibinai, borscht, bread, salt and Pyshechaya donuts as well as sip black balsam liqueur and coffee.
13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 4
DAY 1 - Arrival in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Welcome dinner. Stay in Tallinn for 2 nights.
DAY 2 - View Peter the Great’s Baroque palace, the residence of President of Estonia, and the former and present locations of the Bronze Solider. Appreciate the charm of Tallinn’s Old Town including its best-preserved medieval buildings in Europe. Learn about Eastern Orthodox Church including its architecture.
DAY 3 - Tallinn ? Riga. Fly to the capital of Latvia. View the outskirts of Riga. Explore Centraltirgus (Central Market). Stay in Riga for 2 nights.
DAY 4 - Explore the historic old town center of Riga. Admire Europe’s best collection of Art-Nouveau buildings. Visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the Freedom Monument.
DAY 5 - 8
DAY 5 - Riga ? Vilnius. Drive to the capital of Lithuania. En route, we visit the Hill of Crosses, an interesting pilgrimage site that testifies to the Lithuanians’ faith, and explore Trakai Castle, a fairytale castle on an island. Stay in Vilnius for 2 nights.
DAY 6 - Visit Europe’s biggest baroque old city area in Vilnius. Gediminas Castle. Gate of Dawn. Saint Anne’s Church. Freedom Square. Museum of Genocide Victims inside a former KGB building.
DAY 7 - Vilnius ? Moscow. Fly to the capital of the world’s largest country with 11 time zones. Meet with President of the Moscow Society of the Deaf. Then, we do a tour of People’s Palaces, which is the Moscow Metro stations. After dinner, we visit the Red Square “after dark.” Stay in Moscow for 4 nights.
DAY 8 - Explore the heart of Moscow. Go inside the Kremlin and view its palaces, cathedrals, and park. Walk on Red Square and enter Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the GUM department store. Stroll through Park Zaryad’ye, which is on the site of the demolished Rossiya Hotel. In the evening, we experience a Russian banya.
DAY 9 - 12
DAY 9 - White House. Novodevichy Monastery and Cemetery. Muzeon Park of the Arts (also known as Fallen Monument Park). Peter the Great Memorial. Sparrow Hills. Stalin’s Seven Sisters (skyscrapers). Moscow City, the international business center. Free time in the evening.
DAY 10 - Via commuter train, we travel an hour out of Moscow to visit Sergiyev Posad, which is an UNESCO world heritage site. Return to Moscow before dinner time. Free time in the evening.
DAY 11 - Moscow ? Saint Petersburg. Take high speed train to the cultural capital of Russia. See the First Cabin of Peter the Great. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress, the site of final resting place of nearly all of the Romanovs, Russia’s last ruling dynasty. After dinner, we embark on a cruise of the canals where St. Petersburg got its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ Stay in St. Petersburg for 4 nights.
DAY 12 - Faberge Museum. The Bronze Horseman. St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The Admiralty. Alexander Column. The Hermitage. Winter Palace. Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of the capital.
DAY 13 - 15
DAY 13 - Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. See the beautiful castle which formerly housed the first Russian School for the Deaf, then visit the Academy for the Deaf in Pavlovsk. Enjoy a Russian dinner before returning to St. Petersburg.
DAY 14 - Have some warm Pyshechnaya donuts with local coffee. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Lenrezerv, also known as the Leningrad Blockade Museum. Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great, and view its spectacular fountains and gardens. Return to the city via Meteor hydrofoil boat. Farewell dinner.
DAY 15 - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.