Minsk, Helsinki and St.Petersburg at a Glance

Minsk, Helsinki and St.Petersburg at a Glance

Combine three countries in one journey by air, land and sea to gain great experience from Eastern and Northern European Panorama!

Guaranteed departure dates 2020:

Apr 10
May 22
Jul 10, 24
Aug 21
Sep 18
Oct 02

Inclusions:
  • Flight Helsinki – Minsk – Helsinki;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Minsk;
  • 3 nights in 4-star or 5-star hotel with breakfast, in Minsk;
  • Minsk City Tour;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – Sea Port in Helsinki;
  • 2 (or 3) nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast, in Helsinki;
  • Round trip ferry tickets Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Helsinki. MS Princess Anastasia;
  • Transportation to/from hotel in St. Petersburg;
  • 2 nights in 4-star or 5-star hotel with breakfast;
  • Saint Petersburg City Tour;
  • Entrances in Saint Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage museum, the Catherine Palace, Peterhof Gardens or Menshikov Palace, Church on the Spilled Blood;
  • Breakfast daily (hotels in Minsk, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg and ferry);
  • Free Wi-Fi in the hotels;
  • English speaking guides in Minsk, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg;
  • Harbour fee and fuel fee
  • Shuttle bus ticket
Optional activities in Minsk:
  • Open-air Museum of traditional Belarusian crafts «Dudutki»
  • BELAZ: the World of Giants
  • Belarusian Castles: Mir and Nesvizh
  • Backstage life of the Big Theatre of Opera and Ballet
  • Great Patriotic War Museum
  • Masterpieces of the National Arts Museum
  • Masterpieces of Soviet Sculpture in Zair Azgur Museum
  • Holocaust history in Trostents nazi death camp
  • Minsk Tractor Factory
  • Kayak tour in Minsk

 

Day 1. Friday) Helsinki – Minsk

  • ARRIVAL AT MINSK AIRPORT
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE
  • TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT
MOUND OF GLORY
Memorial Mound of Glory

Visiting the Mound of Glory, a memorable landmark positioned 21 km from Minsk, on the way to the hotel. People brought handfuls of soil from nine Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union and from the battlegrounds of World War II to make the Mound.

  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 2. Saturday) Minsk

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE
MINSK CITY TOUR
Minsk Panorama

9:00 am – 1:00 pm. During Minsk city tour you will see a maintained city with well-preserved historical and memorial highlights: Victory Square with its 38-meter obelisk and the eternal flame commemorating the heroes of World War II, the Trinity suburb, the National Library building. The Afghanistan War Monument placed on the Island of Tears, the artificial island on Svisloch River, is dedicated to the Belarusian soldiers lost in 1979-1989 years in the Afghanistan War.

Minsk Upper Town

The Upper Town is the most interesting area in the historic center of Minsk. It comprises Freedom Square, Muzykalny Lane, the Catholic and Orthodox Cathedrals. You will pass by the Independence Avenue with the House of Government, the KGB historical office, the Residence of the Belarusian President. The Ice Hockey Arena and a football stadium, bears witness to the sport events held in the city.

OPTIONAL TOUR TO THE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM DUDUTKI
Open-Air Museum Dudutki

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Optional trip to the Museum of antique Belarusian crafts “Dudutki” (~40 km from Minsk). This fascinating journey to the old times will get you acquainted with traditional crafts of local people. You will be able to taste fresh home-baked bread with a village butter and herbal tea at baker’s and millers. The home-distilled vodka at the brewery will be offered along the traditional cheese and, of course, famous Belarusian bacon with cabbage. A wood-crafting master, a potter and a blacksmith will share the secrets of their craftsmanship and show their best during the master class. At the end, everyone will be offered to go for a ride in a horse cart. Return to Minsk.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 3. Sunday) Minsk

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE
OPTIONAL TOUR TO BELARUSIAN CASTLES
Mir Castle

9:00 am – 7:00 am. After an hour and half driving South-West from Minsk find yourself in the very typical small town of Western Belarus. Once famous for its national diversity, Mir town led a special way of life. Feel the atmosphere while visiting Mir, which by the way means “Peace”. The Mir Castle designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in the 15th century as an example of gothic architecture. In the 16th century, a new owner re-built the castle and turned it into the palace with renaissance and baroque characteristics. Relax and take pictures of its exterior decorations, park and a man-made lake.

  • LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT
Nesvizh Castle

Half an hour driving South will bring us to the next remarkable castle Nesvizh, one of the most beautiful residential castles in Belarus. The 16-th century palace and the park used to be a property of the noble Radzivill family. Fascinating architecture and landscaped gardens adjacent to the castle, have made this place a national historical and cultural preserve since 1994. Later on, in 2005 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will also see the Farny Church, the oldest baroque style building in the Eastern Europe, city hall of Nesvizh and some remains of town fortifications. Return to Minsk (~120 km).

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 4. Monday) Minsk – Helsinki                               

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL
  • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
  • DEPARTURE FROM THE AIRPORT
  • ARRIVAL TO HELSINKI
  • TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 5. Tuesday) Helsinki

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE
OPTIONAL HELSINKI CITY TOUR
Helsinki

Situated by the Baltic Sea, Helsinki’s shoreline is about 100 kilometres long and has about 300 islands. Possessing a strong maritime heritage, which was influenced by the East and the West. Everyday Helsinki: architecture, cuisine, design, customs and even street slang all bare evidence of a past under Russian and Swedish rule.

  • OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

Day 6. Wednesday) Depart Helsinki

Please arrive in good time for your 7:00 pm departure from Helsinki Sea Port Makasiini Terminal, aboard M/S Princess Anastasia. If you miss the ferry, you will miss the tour! Enjoy the dining and entertainment facilities on board, as you sail across the Gulf of Finland towards Russia.

    • From 3:00 pm CHECK-IN AT THE FERRY
    • 7:00 pm DEPARTURE FROM HELSINKI
    • OVERNIGHT ON THE FERRY

Day 7. Thursday) St. Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE FERRY
  • 9:00 am DISEMBARKATION
  • IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS
  • MEETING WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
CITY TOUR
St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Together with your guide and fellow travelers, you will be taken to the most precious monuments of the city’s rich history and original architecture carefully preserved as the world cultural heritage. You will be acquainted with the main architectural and historical sites like Nevsky prospect, the Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilievsky Island, St. Isaac Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Senate Square and the Palace Square.

  • STOP FOR TEA/COFFEE/LUNCH (NOT INCLUDED)
HERMITAGE. WINTER PALACE (MAIN COLLECTION)
Hermitage Museum

The true highlight of our tour today is the world-famous State Hermitage Museum. Enjoy the magnificent collection of art housed in the Winter Palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the world, founded in 1764; its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Gala rooms of the Winter Palace, a former royal residence, are also open for visitors.

  • 5:00 pm CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL for 2 nights
  • OVERNIGHT AT YOUR HOTEL

Day 8. Friday) St. Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE
THE CATHERINE PALACE
Catherine Palace

At 09:30 am the group is heading to the Catherine Palace, located in the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), 29 km south of St. Petersburg. The construction of the palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and in the middle of 18th century Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory and for the mirrored hall.

  • STOP FOR TEA/COFFEE/LUNCH (NOT INCLUDED)
PETERHOF LOWER GARDENS*
Grand cascade in Peterhof

This magnificent estate on the Gulf of Finland is remarkable for the sheer variety of styles encompassed in its garden layout and features. Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion executed to the highest standards, Peterhof is like an encyclopaedia of park design through the age of empire. Particularly impressive is the fact that the master landscapers and garden designers who worked on the estate at Peterhof managed to overcome the extremely inclement conditions of the northern climate to create a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations.

*Please note that the fountains in Peterhof Gardens are not operational before May and from October. At these times, Peterhof Gardens will be replaced with a tour to Menshikov Palace.

At approximately 5:00 am return to your hotel.

  • OVERNIGHT AT YOUR HOTEL

Day 9. Saturday) St. Petersburg

  • BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
  • CHECK-OUT FROM THE HOTEL (with your luggage)
  • MEETING WITH THE GUIDE*
PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS. CHURCH ON THE SPILLED BLOOD
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Today we explore three different locations in the city. Peter and Paul Fortress, which guards the city of St. Petersburg and is located on the island facing the Hermitage museum. The Cathedral here is the oldest building in St Petersburg and now houses the remains of the last Romanov Tsar and his family. We also visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, with five domes, it is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior and with an interior containing 7000 sq. m of mosaics. Its colloquial name refers to the assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander II on the same location in 1881.

*IMPORTANT: Tour starts from your hotel at 10:00 am on Saturday, 09:00 am on Sunday

  • STOP FOR TEA/COFFEE/LUNCH (NOT INCLUDED)
OPTIONALLY VISIT TO FABERGE MUSEUM (NOT INCLUDED)
Faberge eggs

There is free time for you to visit nearby the exquisite Faberge Museum (not included, pay locally), the world’s largest private Faberge collection housed in a former noble residence, the Shuvalov Palace. Visitors to the Faberge museum may use individual audio guides – we recommend this for the best experience. As we are close to Nevsky Prospect, it’s a prefer time for little shopping.

Faberge Museum at your own expense: currently 450 RUB per person (approx. $8 US) + 150 RUB (approx. $3 US) for the audio guide, for which a refundable cash deposit of 1000 RUB (approx. $16 US) is required (or if you have left an item in the cloakroom, you may use your cloakroom tag as the deposit).

  • EMBARKATION

Your guide will take you to the ferry port for embarkation.

*IMPORTANT: Embarkation at 17.00 hrs on Saturday (ferry departs 19.00 hrs), 16.00 hrs on Sunday (ferry departs 18.00 hrs)

  • DEPART ST. PETERSBURG
  • OVERNIGHT ON THE FERRY

Day 10. Sunday) Helsinki

  • BREAKFAST AT THE FERRY
  • ARRIVAL TO HELSINKI
  • DISEMBARKATION*

Arrive Helsinki at 08:00 am on Sundays, or 07:00 am on Mondays

*If arriving on a Monday (only), you may stay on board and continue from Helsinki to Tallinn (arrive to Tallinn at 12:30 pm on the same day) for supplement $30 US per person.

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON, IN ½ DBL, IN USD
STANDARD PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Flight Helsinki – Minsk – Helsinki;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Minsk;
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast (Minsk Hotel or similar), in Minsk;
  • Minsk City Tour;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – Sea Port in Helsinki;
  • 2 (or 3*) nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast (Radisson BLU Seaside Hotel or similar), in Helsinki;
  • Round trip ferry tickets Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Helsinki. MS Princess Anastasia. (Two nights on board in OUTSIDE ‘A’ Cabin);
  • Transportation to/from hotel in St. Petersburg;
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast (Solo Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel or similar);
  • City tour in Saint Petersburg;
  • Entrances in Saint Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage museum, the Catherine Palace, Peterhof Gardens or Menshikov Palace, Church on the Spilled Blood;
  • Breakfast daily (hotels in Minsk, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg and ferry);
  • Free Wi-Fi in the hotels;
  • English speaking guides in Minsk, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg;
  • Harbour fee and fuel fee
  • Shuttle bus ticket
DELUXE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Flight Helsinki – Minsk – Helsinki;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Minsk;
  • 3 nights in 5-star hotel with breakfast (Renaissance Minsk Hotel or similar), in Minsk;
  • Minsk City Tour;
  • Transfers airport – hotel – Sea Port in Helsinki;
  • 2 (or 3*) nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast (Radisson BLU Aleksanteri Hotel or similar), in Helsinki;
  • Round trip ferry tickets Helsinki – St Petersburg – Helsinki. MS Princess Anastasia. (Two nights on-board in Commodore Cabin)
  • Priority disembarkation
  • 2 nights in 5 star hotel (Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, Grand Hotel Europe or similar)
  • Deluxe Breakfast daily (hotels and ferry)
  • Free Wi-Fi in the hotels
  • Complimentary minibar (on ferry)
  • Transportation to/from hotel in St. Petersburg
  • English speaking guides in Minsk, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg
  • City tour in Saint Petersburg
  • Entrances in Saint Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage museum, the Catherine Palace, Peterhof Gardens or Menshikov Palace, Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Harbour fee and fuel fee
  • Shuttle bus ticket
BENEFITS OF DELUXE TOUR:
  • Luxury cabin type
  • VIP lounge onboard
  • Complimentary minibar (on ferry)
  • Priority Disembarkation
  • VIP lounge in St Petersburg terminal (Suite and Deluxe passengers)
  • 2 nights in a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Deluxe daily breakfast (ferry and hotel)
  • Exclusive group of no more than 8 persons for your sightseeing programme.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
  • International Flights
  • Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
  • Wi-Fi on the ferry (pay locally)
  • Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
  • Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
  • Hotel registration fee payable locally in St Petersburg (currently 250 roubles)
  • Tipping
OPTIONAL TOURS IN MINSK:

SATURDAY (14:00)
Museum of traditional Belarussian crafts «Dudutki» ~5 hours
$70 US per person (guide, transfer, tickets)

OR: Private tour «BELAZ: the World of Giants» upon request ~5 hours
$295 US per person for 1 pax (guide, transfer, tickets)
$148 US per person for a group of 2-3 pax (guide, transfer, tickets)
$116 US per person for a group of 4-6 pax (guide, transfer, tickets)

SUNDAY (9:00)
«Belarusian Castles of Mir and Nesvizh» ~9 hours
$85 US per person (guide, transfer, tickets to Nesvizh, lunch)

OTHER OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN MINSK (available from 2 pax):
  • Backstage life of the Big Theatre of Opera and Ballet
  • Great Patriotic War Museum
  • Masterpieces of the National Arts Museum
  • Masterpieces of Soviet Sculpture in Zair Azgur Museum
  • Holocaust history in Trostents nazi death camp
  • Minsk Tractor Factory
  • Kayak tour in Minsk
PRE-TOUR IN HELSINKI:

2 transfers and 2 hour walking City Tour at $250 US per person (minimum 2 people).

Accommodation in Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel in TWIN room from $94 US per person, night with breakfast.

Accommodation in Radisson Aleksanteri Hotel in TWIN room from $108 US per person, night with breakfast.

POST TOUR IN TALLINN (FOR THURSDAY DEPARTURES ONLY):

1 night accommodation in 4 star Nordic Forum Hotel* dbl/twin, 2 transfers, 2 hour walking City Tour at $220 US per person (minimum 2 people).

*Upgrade to 5 star Hotel Schlossle or Hotel St Petersbourg in the Old Town of Tallinn: price on request.

Minsk, Helsinki and St.Petersburg at a Glance