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VISA FREE RULE to Russia
Itinerary to our Russia trip
16:00 Gather & depart from Helsinki on a cruise
16:00 Gather & depart from Helsinki on a cruise
Fly in early to Helsinki to explore the city on your own before easing into your 6-day trip on a relaxing cruise. Helsinki is a modern design hub with historic architecture. Marvel at the Helsinki Cathedral, frequently seen on postcards and Instagram, then wander through the Market Square for authentic sights, scents and sounds of the city. Since it is Easter, do not miss the Temppeliaukio Church, a Lutheran church carved into solid rock; or Suomenlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress worth discovering. There are also many world-class museums to check out, such as the Design Museum Helsinki for the design aficionados, and The National Museum of Finland for those curious to know more about the history and culture of Finland.
After exploring Helsinki, it is time to board the cruise ship, get to know other travel companions and make your way towards the magnificent St Petersburg!
16:15 After the guided tour, wander around the city with your newfound travel friends! Have an early dinner and stroll along the riverside. Or if you prefer to take your time to walk through the city and see how the locals live, you have the freedom to do so. St Petersburg also has a vibrant nightlife. During the free time in the evening, you can gather your travel mates to explore the party hotspots of the city.
12:30 Gather back at Isaak Platz
It is time to head to the hostel and we had organized a private transfer for everyone. After checking in, you can rest up for a bit, freshen up and plan what to do next.
14:00 Guided Tour
Make your way to the impressive Kazan Church for a guided tour to get to know more about St Petersburg. On this 2,5-hour tour, you will hear about the history and see interesting landmarks of the city.
16:15 Free time
After the guided tour, you are free to wander around the city with your newfound travel friends.
If you are feeling hungry, this is a good time to try the delicious local dishes. From the hearty Russian dumplings known as Pelmeni to crowd-pleasing stews like Solyanka and Zharkoe, there is much to savor when it comes to Russian cuisine.
This being the holy week leading up to the Russian Orthodox Easter, you can also join in the religious services in the churches if you like.
A boat ride down the Fontanka river could be one of the more beautiful ways to soak in the sights of the magnificent city of St Petersburg. Get on a boat with your travel companions and glide through canals, cross under stone bridges and be transported to another era.
You can also spend the rest of the evening exploring the vibrant nightlife of St Petersburg. Take the chance to go on a pub crawl with your travel companions and experience the party vibe of the city.
22:30 Depart for Moscow or remain in St Petersburg
You will have the option of making a trip to Moscow if you like. Travel to the capital of Russia on a sleeper train and find yourself waking up to the awe-inspiring sights of Moscow.
Optional trip: Moscow
Our good-value-for-money optional trip to Moscow will include a return train ride, guided tours and a metro day pass for travelers who are keen to discover the allure of the capital of Russia. On this day trip, you will learn about history, be charmed by the majestic architecture and enjoy Moscow at its finest! Do not miss this fantastic deal and get the chance to see another European city.
06:45 Arrive in Moscow
After having breakfast at the train station, you can kickstart your day in Moscow by joining a tour led by a professional guide so you can truly experience everything Moscow has to offer.
On the tour, you will visit and pass by famous sites, monuments and landmarks, such as the Patriarchal Bridge, Monument to Peter I, Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.
12:00 Free time
At the end of the guided tour, you will have free time to further explore the city. You can consider visiting the Kremlin Museum or joining your travel companions for a warm lunch to enjoy more Russian dishes.
14:00 Back in the USSR tour
History buffs would be keen to go on this guided tour to explore the history of Russia from the revolution to the fall of the Soviet Union. See history come to life as you walk through famous streets and iconic places. Hear stories of life behind the Iron Curtain and get to know more about how Moscow has changed over time.
16:00 Free time
You can spend the free time you have in Moscow shopping for Easter theme souvenirs, sampling vodka or chilling at a café, watching local life unfold and appreciating the beautiful springtime vibe. Some bakeries might have started selling traditional Lent food. Russian Orthodox Easter usually falls on a different date, so if you come across the Easter bread-like kulich or paskha, feel free to give that a try.
22:00 Gather for departure
After a fun-filled day exploring Moscow, it is time to head back to St Petersburg by train.
10:30 Catherine Palace
The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great. Catherine single-handedly ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death. The Rococo-style grandeur of the palace will take your breath away as you experience how the Russian royalty lived. Tour this amazing palace and do not miss the mind-blowing Amber Room when you are there
13:30 Peterhof Lower Gardens
After returning from a tour of the Catherine Palace, we will walk around the Lower Gardens of the resplendent Peterhof. Spring is an ideal time to fully soak in the splendor of the garden, which is modeled after the French formal gardens from the 17th century. You will also get to admire the exquisite golden statues and sculptures and see a garden landscape coming back to life after a long winter.
14:30 Free time
After touring the Lower Gardens, you can share lunch with your travel mates, enjoy some coffee or tea, or take a solo moment wandering around St Petersburg for one last time before departing for Tallinn.
17:00 Check-in at the cruise
It is time to bid farewell to Russia as the tour proceeds on to Tallinn in Estonia. There will be a party on the cruise where you can let loose and have some fun with your travel companions.
09:00 Arrive in Tallinn
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. Its ancient Old Town is like a page out of the storybooks. During Easter, the city becomes even more busy and vibrant, as locals welcome the arrival of spring. Take some time to wander around the historic Old Town and get to know more about this alluring city.
11:00 Tour the Old Town
Go on a guided tour to the upper and lower Old Town of Tallinn. Take in its Gothic architecture, medieval buildings, onion-domed cathedrals and soak in its cultural vibes.
13:30 Have a feast
This is a gastronomic activity not to be missed. Take part in the old Hanseatic customs and dine like a rich merchant from the 15th century! You can tuck into delicious traditional dishes with no limits! Vegetarians are also welcome at this all-you-can-eat experience. Highly recommended!
After lunch, you will have free time to explore more of Tallinn. You can go shopping for artisanal souvenirs and gifts and participate in egg painting or Easter egg hunts. For the foodies, why not go in search of delicious Estonian delicacies?
17:00 Gather for departure
Our tour to Tallinn is short but sweet, as we leave the Baltic behind and continue on to Scandinavia.
Start: Thursday aternoon 09.04.2020
End: Tuesday morning 14.04.2020
Meeting Point: Helsinki 09.04.20 – 16:00 – „LANSITERMINAALI“ (Westterminal T1) , TYYNENMERENKATU 8, Helsinki
End Point: Stockholm 14.04.20 – 10:00 – Frihamnsgatan 21,Stockholm
How other Wanderlusters rate this Trip
I took the Baltic Cruise/Moscow Trip with Nadia as our leader! There was a lot packed into the short amount... read moreI took the Baltic Cruise/Moscow Trip with Nadia as our leader! There was a lot packed into the short amount of time but would do it all over again! Nadia was great and kept us all moving along! She was extremely helpful and a really great person! Would take another trip with her and/or Wanderlust in the future for sure! read less
I took the Baltic sea cruise trip and it was amazing! I fully recommend it. Our guide Nadia was very... read moreI took the Baltic sea cruise trip and it was amazing! I fully recommend it. Our guide Nadia was very nice with us. Definitely I would go on another trip like this. read less
I just got back from the Baltic Sea and I can tell you : this was a wonderfull trip 🙂
I... read moreI just got back from the Baltic Sea and I can tell you : this was a wonderfull trip 🙂
I have met a bunch of really nice people from around the world and see new places/cultures.
Big up to Nadia Sia who was always available for us ! read less
I took part of the Baltic Cruise (Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Tallin and Stockholm). It was a super nice experience. I... read moreI took part of the Baltic Cruise (Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Tallin and Stockholm). It was a super nice experience. I met you people and I discovered new places.
The group was super nice and Nadia, our tour guide has been able to support us with all the required information.
Definitely a good experience I would suggest read less
I had joined the Baltic-Russia "visa free " trip and I had really good time there. The trip was fantastic.... read moreI had joined the Baltic-Russia "visa free " trip and I had really good time there. The trip was fantastic. Everything on this trip went very well. I have been very well impressed by the organization of the travel.... Anastasia is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide, thank you for excellent service and your help have make our trip a memorable one read less
What all I wanna say is thank you wanderlust team for this amazing trip (Baltic sea + visa free Russia)... read moreWhat all I wanna say is thank you wanderlust team for this amazing trip (Baltic sea + visa free Russia) and making our Christmas 2018 more delightful. This trip will always remind me all the fun that I had during the trip and all the beautiful people whom I met during the trip.
Small feedback from my side: I personally like the way you have planned this trip, so that we had enough time on all the places to explore them our own as well with guided tour.
This is for you and your support throughout the trip Anastasia RoRoor
five 🌟 out of five read less
I had the best time on the Baltic Sea + VISA FREE Russia Trip. It was so much more... read moreI had the best time on the Baltic Sea + VISA FREE Russia Trip. It was so much more than I expected. I had such a fun time getting to know everyone and also meeting so many other people along the way. never a dull moment, but also not too much to handle for new travelers. The coordination was spectacular. thankyou so much Anastasia! read less
Just got back today from the Baltic Sea + VISA FREE Russia Trip! 🙂 🇫🇮🇷🇺🇪🇪🇸🇪 I had a fantastic time.... read moreJust got back today from the Baltic Sea + VISA FREE Russia Trip! 🙂 🇫🇮🇷🇺🇪🇪🇸🇪 I had a fantastic time. Great coordination, wonderful people, so much to see and do. Thanks so much, Anastasia! read less
I recently went on the baltic boat cruise organised by Wanderlust. We saw amazing places in Saint Petersburg, Tallin and... read moreI recently went on the baltic boat cruise organised by Wanderlust. We saw amazing places in Saint Petersburg, Tallin and Stockholm.
Our guide Nadia knows a lot about local customs and traditions and she gave us nice tips in how to spend our free time in the cities we visited. The trip was well organised, with guided tour during the day and we enjoyed the night life as well. We definitely had great time!
Thanks a lot and hope to see you in the next trip, ciao read less
My friend and I joined the Baltic Cruise in July and we came back with a whole lot of memories... read moreMy friend and I joined the Baltic Cruise in July and we came back with a whole lot of memories and friends. The cruise truly was an unforgettable experience. The places we visited, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm, were stunning. We had really good guided tours in St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm. Our tour guide, Anastasia Roor was so friendly, kind and really helpful. If you are considering this tour... don't think, just do. You will not be sorry. 🙂 read less
I did the Baltic Cruise and it was AMAZING! Extremely well organized and lots of fun!!!
Had an awesome Trip to Russia last month!! Couldn‘t have done it without Anastasia as trip leader! Thanks a lot 🙂
I did the Baltic Cruise and it was super cool, the places were amazing, the other students very friendly, the... read moreI did the Baltic Cruise and it was super cool, the places were amazing, the other students very friendly, the food delicious and the guide Anastasia outstanding
I definitely recommend this Cruise and this company to everyone 🙂 read less
Joined the Russia+Baltic cruise. The trip was well organized. Special mention to Anastasia for being extremely helpful. I could not... read moreJoined the Russia+Baltic cruise. The trip was well organized. Special mention to Anastasia for being extremely helpful. I could not imagine travelling Russia alone. I could not imagine how it could have been better!
Highly recommended! read less
Went on the Baltic trip with Anastasia, great trip and group! Enjoyed the organization with plenty of free time, met... read moreWent on the Baltic trip with Anastasia, great trip and group! Enjoyed the organization with plenty of free time, met amazing people 🙂 read less
Had a wonderful Baltic cruise tour from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tallinn, and ending in Stockholm.
A very international and... read moreHad a wonderful Baltic cruise tour from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tallinn, and ending in Stockholm.
A very international and fun group of people to keep company with an excellent tour guide in Anastasia who made the whole tour easy, comfortable, and adventurous by organizing lots of interesting excursions.
Highly recommended. read less
i had so much fun during the Baltic Sea Cruise trip .it was well-organised so I didn't have to worry... read morei had so much fun during the Baltic Sea Cruise trip .it was well-organised so I didn't have to worry about anything.i also met people from different places and I really enjoyed our time together!! Highly recommended! read less
I joined the Baltic cruise trip and it was amazing! I especially liked the fact that the itinerary was planned... read moreI joined the Baltic cruise trip and it was amazing! I especially liked the fact that the itinerary was planned so that we could also have some free time to explore the places by ourselves. Absolutely recommended! � read less
I would like to say a big thanks for Baltic cruise trip. It was really very amazing. Everything was as... read moreI would like to say a big thanks for Baltic cruise trip. It was really very amazing. Everything was as planned, with great fun, along with meeting new friends. Our guide Anastasia was really amazing-friendly, charming and helpful. Would definitely travel with Wanderlust in the near future! read less
I had joined Baltic+Visa Free Russia trip with wanderlust and it was great. Unlike other players out there it was... read moreI had joined Baltic+Visa Free Russia trip with wanderlust and it was great. Unlike other players out there it was well organized, timely, elegantly planned and one just has to be present to experience the beauty of traveling.
Our guide Anastasia was pretty caring and jolly.
Travelling with wanderlust was a great way to explore, party and make new friends from literally all parts of the world.
Keep up the good work �, and see you around �.. thanks read less
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