April 25 - May 15, 2019. Join St. David's Calgary Spiritual Travellers; Wayne and Marlene Holst as we travel through Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and Western Russia!
We start in Austria, then travel to the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia from St. Petersberg to Moscow, by bus and train. We visit many places featuring secular and religious history and enjoy many cultural sites and experiences. We view famous old cities, see spectacular scenery and meet wonderful friendly people along the way. Enroute we enjoy the distinct music and folklore of each region.
Prices from other cities available upon request. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. The supplement for a single room is $1,609 per person.
This tour is not subject to GST/HST
- Return economy class airfare
- Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
- Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
- First class motorcoach
- Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Professional tour guide
- Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
- Luggage handling at hotels
- Tipping for all included services
- All foreign taxes
- Rostad Tours travel gift
- Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation
- Russian Visa - $350
Not Included: Meals not shown on the itinerary, Beverages, Items of a personal nature, Any airline luggage fees, Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees, Insurance
Day 1: Thursday, April 25 / Departure Day
Our wonderful journey begins as we meet our fellow travellers at the airport and board our overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2: Friday, April 26 / Vienna
Upon arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we will gather with our traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Saturday, April 27 / Vienna
On a morning sightseeing tour, we will visit Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy, and see Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and other remnants of the city's imperial history. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 4: Sunday, April 28 / Prague
After breakfast, we head to the Czech Republic. Prague has a long and colorful history, from its early days as a bishopric, to becoming the residence of the Bohemian kings, and later the capital of both Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. We will end the day in Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks, and ancient city walls. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: Monday, April 29 / Prague
Built across seven hills on both banks of the Vltava River more than 1000 years ago, Prague is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Our sightseeing starts with a panoramic drive to famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium, and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and world-famous Astronomical Clock. The afternoon is at our leisure. Tonight we will enjoy dinner and a Folklore show.
Day 6: Tuesday, April 30 / Krakow
After breakfast, we will drive across the unspoiled Polish countryside. We will continue to Slovakia and end the day in Krakow.
Day 7: Wednesday, May 1 / Krakow
Our sightseeing tour today starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. We will enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, where we will see the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free for a stroll around the city, shopping, or maybe sample some bigos or pierogi in a little café.
Day 8: Thursday, May 2 / Auschwitz - Warsaw
This morning we will tour haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp. We will then journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the Black Madonna. We will end the day in Warsaw.
Day 9: Friday, May 3 / Warsaw
Today we tour Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland.Our sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for a stroll through the city, shopping or relaxing. After, we will enjoy a Chopin concert followed by dinner at our hotel.
Day 10: Saturday, May 4 / Vilnius
As we leave Warsaw, take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns. Then we'll cross the border and drive through the landscapes of Lithuania. We will arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting architecture.
Day 11: Sunday, May 5 / Vilnius
The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, we will visit St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and St. Anne’s Church. We will spend time at Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. In the afternoon we will take an excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. There we will enjoy a tour of Trakai Island Castle.
Day 12: Monday, May 6 / Riga
After our breakfast, we will travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. We will check into our Hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
Day 13: Tuesday, May 7 / Riga
On a morning sightseeing tour, we will see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Our afternoon and evening are free.
Day 14: Wednesday, May 8 / Tallinn
Today our journey will take us to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. On a walking tour of Tallinn’s Upper and Lower Old Town, we will visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, we will go to Toompea Castle and see the 14th-century gothic Town Hall.
Day 15: Thursday, May 9 / St. Petersburg
Today our first stop is Narva, set just across the border with Russia. We will continue to St. Petersburg and enjoy the folk show at Nikolaevsky Palace. After the show we will check into our hotel and meet for dinner
Day 16: Friday, May 10 / St. Petersburg
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. We will also see the Granite embankments of the Neva River and then visit Peter and Paul Fortress. We will then visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. It is now a museum. After, we will join an Evening Canal Cruise.
Day 17: Saturday, May 11 / St. Petersburg
This morning we’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. This afternoon, we'll visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin.
Day 18: Sunday, May 12 / Moscow
Today we will transfer to the railway station for our four-hour high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. Upon arrival at the Moscow train station, we will be taken for a short sightseeing trip before transfering to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 19: Monday, May 13 / Moscow
Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch, return to Moscow and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening we will take a Moscow by Night & Metro tour, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.”
Day 20: Tuesday, May 14 / Moscow
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Our sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is at leisure. Celebrate tonight with a Farewell Dinner.
Day 21: Wednesday, May 15 / Return Home
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.