Welcome to Germany. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure before meeting up this evening over a welcome drink with your fellow guests and Tour Director.
Three Night Special Stay: Berlin
This morning journey to Potsdam, the former residence of the Prussian Kings until 1918, SCENIC ENRICH: Your local expert historian on Potsdam shares his knowledge of the town and its history as you visit Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. After free time in Potsdam return back to Berlin. Berlin has undergone an exciting transformation since reunification in 1989. SCENIC ENRICH: Scenic Tours have arranged special entry to explore the renovated parliamentary building that was controversially set on fire in 1933. After your tour enjoy coffee and cake whilst under the famous glass dome. This afternoon see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, Alexander Platz, drive ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was once the notorious border crossing between the Soviet and American sectors, and witness to a number of dramatic events during the cold war. This evening enjoy a highlight dinner in a local restaurant.
This morning choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, where you will learn the historic details of this notorious time in German history, such as the Berlin Wall and stories of those who risked their lives for freedom; or (2) take a relaxing Cruise on the Spree River where you can view all of the Berlin’s sites and fine architecture from the waterways; or (3) experience a guided tour of the Topography of Terror Museum (Gestapo HQ); or (4) take a self-guided cycling trip around the city.
This morning you will be taken to the main train station where you board your first class carriage for the journey across the heart of Poland and into Warsaw.
Two Night Stay: Warsaw
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, however the historic centre has been rebuilt and has attained UNESCO World Heritage status. We visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide this morning for a striking reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. We will also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) an excursion to Wilanow Palace – known as Poland’s Versailles; or (2) visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and learn about Poland’s history. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin music in a Manor House, followed by dinner.
After breakfast depart Warsaw, passing the picturesque spa town of Augustow. Your route will take you into the amazing Mazurian region, which encompasses 4,000 lakes in a pristine setting, where a great deal of the landscape remains virgin forest. Cross the border into Lithuania and continue on to the capital and your base for the next two nights, Vilnius.
Two Night Stay: Vilnius
This morning join your expert local guide for an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many famous examples of baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn with its remarkable chapel and the famous Vilnius Cathedral. In the afternoon visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle, located only a short drive outside of Vilnius. The castle, which began construction in the 14th century, is sometimes referred to as ‘Little Marienburg’.
This morning 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, the capital of Latvia and the most populous Baltic State, where this afternoon you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through town.
Overnight Stay: Riga
Start your day by exploring the old town with your local guide. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture, cosy beer cellars and cafes. On your tour you will see St. Peter’s Church with its 123 metre high tower, the city walls and Riga Castle. Depart Riga in the afternoon for Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital, famous for its mud baths and spa resorts.
Two Night Stay: Tallinn
Today enjoy a guided city tour; followed by one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activities: (1) visit the Kadriorg Palace and Park; the area is home to some of Tallinn’s most prestigious residences, including the baroque palace built by Peter the Great for his wife, Catherine I; or (2) enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town famous for its jumble of twisting, cobblestone streets and Gothic spires. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
Today relax on board your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival enjoy your Included sightseeing tour, which will take you to all the major city sights.
Two Night Stay: Helsinki
Located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometres from the heart of Helsinki, your excursion today takes you to the authentic open-air museum of Seurasaari. The museum is a tribute to the traditional Finnish way of life with colourful costumes, entertainment and architecture on display.
This morning board the newly appointed high-speed train Allegro as you farewell Scandinavia to travel to Russia. On arrival a Scenic Tours representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer to your ship where you will be warmly invited on board by your dedicated crew.
Start your day with an Included tour seeing all the major sights, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon choose from the following SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a guided visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral; or (2) tour the 19th century Yusupov Palace.
Your day starts with a visit to the magnificent summer residence of Russian royalty at Peterhof. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a guided tour of Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden; or (2) an orientation tour of the Grand Palace, followed by a walk through its magnificent Gardens; or (3) a guided tour of the Palaces’ majestic Fountains, including both the Upper and Lower Gardens. This afternoon you’ll visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s greatest art collections. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. SCENIC ENRICH: Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine with all products and wine home-grown from the restaurant owner’s private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg.
Commonly known as the 'Venice of the North' St. Petersburg lies on the River Neva and is home to 18th century palaces, towering cathedrals and churches. This morning we'll enjoy a cruise through the city's canals and glide under some of the city's 400 bridges, while admiring historic monuments and landmarks. This evening join your fellow guests on the sun deck as your ship sets sail along the Neva River.
Your ship arrives in the museum village of Mandrogi, on the bank of the river Svir, a majestic river running from Lake Ladoga to Lake Onega. SCENIC ENRICH: It’s all ashore to explore this charming summer resort, reconstructed after WWII. You will have the opportunity to try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island; the island hosts some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. You’ll visit this open air museum and its precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also view the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes.
Today we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to an impressive collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail this afternoon, sample the beverage that has been integral to Russian culture for over 600 years, Vodka.
Today enjoy an Included guided tour of the magnificent city of Yaroslavl; founded in 1010 it is older than Moscow.
Take an Included walking tour of historic Uglich, part of the Golden Ring of cities around Moscow.
Relax on board as you sail towards Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on a city exploration. We will visit Red Square and enjoy a tour of the most well-known icon in Russia, St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Start your day by choosing from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) take a guided tour, seeing Tverskaya Street and the KGB building; or (2) enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire the Moscow sites and fine architecture from the waterways. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a ride on Moscow’s Metro – considered one of the best subway systems in the world. Tonight you’ll attend an internationally renowned Circus.
Your day starts with a visit to the Kremlin, seat of the former Soviet Union’s intrigue. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. After your tour enjoy free time to explore the bustling city of Moscow on your own or return to the ship. This evening you’ll witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers (not available on all departures).
Today choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces created more than a thousand years ago; or (2) visit the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you will have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia, and displays relating to the Soviet Union's part in WWII. SCENIC ENRICH: This afternoon visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with a real cosmonaut and see the history of space exploration, including original exhibits and models of space technology, history and art.
After breakfast your Scenic Tours Representative will take you to the airport for your flight to the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev.
Three Night Stay: Kiev
Today on your Included city tour enjoy sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site St. Sophia Cathedral and Andreevsky Desent, often referred to as the “Montmartre of Kiev”. This afternoon, take an Included excursion to The Monastery of the Caves. This is an active, functioning monastery compound containing restored churches and towers, as well as a printing works and miles of maze-like underground tunnels where ancient crypts hold ecclesiastical treasures.
Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the Mamayeva Sloboda open-air museum; or (2) visit the Chernobyl Museum, dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and its consequences. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner of traditional Ukrainian cuisine and folk music.
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred* by your Scenic Tours Representative to Kiev International Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary