About The Tour

A remarkable journey through the magnificent capitals of 5 countries: Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The journey provides a personal and up-close glimpse at the fascinating and complex histories of this region.

Price

$3,870 USD per person/double occupancy plus approximately $650 for 4 internal airfares & 1 train fare.

$500 USD deposit per person is required to reserve space on a first come, first serve basis.

The remaining balance must be paid in full 90 days before the first day of the tour.

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B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner

MAY 6 • • •
Arrival in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Welcome dinner. Stay in Tallinn for 2 nights. D

MAY 7 • • •
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. B

MAY 8 • • •
Tallinn ? Riga. Fly to the capital of Latvia. View the outskirts of Riga. Explore Centraltirgus (Central Market). Stay in Riga for 2 nights. B

MAY 9 • • •
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. B

MAY 10 • • •
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. B

MAY 11 • • •
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. B

MAY 12 • • •
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. Visit the area of Nikulin Circus. Stay in Moscow for 3 nights. B

MAY 13 • • •
Explore the heart of Moscow. Go inside the Kremlin and view its palaces, cathedrals, and park. Walk on Red Square and view Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the GUM department store. B

MAY 14 • • •
White House. Novodevichy Monastery and Cemetery. Peter the Great Memorial. Sparrow Hills. Stalin’s Seven Sisters (skyscrapers). Moscow City, the international business center. Enjoy Red Square at night. B

MAY 15 • • •
Moscow ? St. Petersburg. Fly to the cultural capital of Russia, founded by 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. Stay in St. Petersburg for 3 nights. B

MAY 16 • • •
Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. Visit a recently renovated beautiful building which formerly housed the first Russian School for the Deaf and the Academy for the Deaf in Pavlovsk. Enjoy a Russian dinner before returning to St. Petersburg. B,D

MAY 17 • • •
St. Isaac’s Catherdal. The Bronze Horseman. The Admiralty. Alexander Column. The Hermitage. Winter Palace. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great, and view its spectacular fountains and gardens. Embark on a cruise of the canals where St. Petersburg got its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of the capital. B

MAY 18 • • •
In the morning, visit the Faberge Museum. Later in the day, board a high-speed train to the capital of Finland and Europe’s northernmost capital. St. Petersburg ? Helinski. Stay in Helsinki for 2 nights. B

MAY 19 • • •
The capital has been recognized for innovative technology and design, and also for being one of the most outstanding centers of Deaf advocacy and culture in Europe. Market Square. Helsinki Cathedral. Senate Square. Temppeliaukio (Rock Church). Mannerheim Statue. Esplanade Park. Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Sibelius Monument. Farewell dinner. B,D

MAY 20 • • •
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or ferry terminal. B