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Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States on Scenic Tsar 2021

Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States on Scenic Tsar 2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Tsar
Starts: Berlin, Germany on Tue, May 11, 2021
Ends: Moscow, Russia on Sun, Jun 06, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia

Rivers Visited

Svir, Volga

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Tue, May 11, 2021): Welcome to Berlin

Your journey begins in glorious Berlin. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink.


Day 2 (Wed, May 12, 2021): Berlin

Your introduction to Berlin begins with a guided tour. See the Brandenburg Gate and State Opera House, then drive along the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area. Enjoy a true highlight with coffee and cake under the glass dome of the renovated Reichstag Building that was set on fire in 1933.
This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore this magnificent city further, you may wish to discover the cities thriving art scene or soak up it’s cafe culture.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Thu, May 13, 2021): Berlin

Freechoice: Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn about the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, journey to Potsdam, where a local guide will share insights on the town and its history, and visit Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Fri, May 14, 2021): Berlin > Warsaw

Journey by train through Poland’s serene countryside. This afternoon, arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. Enjoy a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 (Sat, May 15, 2021): Warsaw

Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre was rebuilt and has since attained World Heritage-listed status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a sombre reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial.

Freechoice: You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or learn more of the plight of the Jewish community on a visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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This evening, enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a manor house, followed by dinner. Indulge in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Sun, May 16, 2021): Warsaw > Vilnius

After breakfast, depart Warsaw. Your route will take you into the Mazurian region before crossing the border into Lithuania. Continue to the capital Vilnius your base for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Mon, May 17, 2021): Vilnius

Delight in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many examples of Baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn with its remarkable chapel, and the Vilnius Cathedral.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Tue, May 18, 2021): Vilnius > Riga

Depart Vilnius and drive north to the extraordinary Hill of Crosses. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small crosses which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. Continue on to Riga and visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens before checking into your hotel for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 (Wed, May 19, 2021): Riga

Embark on a discovery of Riga’s Old Town, then tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for an insight into Latvia’s heritage. Tonight, enjoy an evening of traditional Latvian folk music with dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Thu, May 20, 2021): Riga > Sigulda > Tallinn

Visit Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the ‘Switzerland of Latvia’. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. After lunch, continue towards Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital. Arrive in Tallinn for your two night.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 (Fri, May 21, 2021): Tallinn

Discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall during a city tour.

Freechoice: Visit the KUMU Art Museum, with its wide range of classic and contemporary art. Alternatively, be intrigued by the exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Maritime Museum.

This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Tallinn’s superb local restaurants.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Sat, May 22, 2021): Tallinn > Helsinki

Relax during your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour before arriving at the Radisson Blu Plaza* for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Sun, May 23, 2021): Helsinki >St. Petersburg

Travel on the high-speed Allegro train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board the boutique Scenic Tsar.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Mon, May 24, 2021): St. Petersburg

Freechoice: Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof.

Enjoy lunch in a local St. Petersburg restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful metropolis.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Tue, May 25, 2021): St. Petersburg

Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, or Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall where you will be treated to a gourmet tasting of local delicacies such as Caviar and Blini. Alternatively, tour Yusopov Palace and discover its link to Grigori Rasputin.

After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals. This evening, you’re invited to join Scenic Tsar’s Captain for your official welcome dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Wed, May 26, 2021): St. Petersburg

Visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards, enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore St. Petersburg or simply relax in style on board Scenic Tsar.

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Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Thu, May 27, 2021): St. Petersburg

A special highlight awaits as you visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. Today, it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. This evening, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as you set sail down the Neva River. Tonight, cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Fri, May 28, 2021): Mandrogi

Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings before trying shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Sat, May 29, 2021): Kizhi Island

Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Sun, May 30, 2021): Goritsy

Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Back on board, toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Mon, May 31, 2021): Yaroslavl

Explore the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the former Governor’s house that is now a fine arts museum.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Tue, Jun 01, 2021): Uglich

Explore Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, on a guided tour.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 (Wed, Jun 02, 2021): Moscow

Sail towards Russia’s mightiest city, Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 (Thu, Jun 03, 2021): Moscow

Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before a ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Fri, Jun 04, 2021): Moscow

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Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art.

After lunch, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.

Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War, commonly known as the World War II museum.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 (Sat, Jun 05, 2021): Moscow

Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 (Sun, Jun 06, 2021): Moscow

After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Scenic Tsar


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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