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The Best of Berlin
This narrated journey will take you to some of the most significant historical sites of the 20th-century. The Allied Museum commemorates the U.S., British and French presence in Berlin from 1945 to 1994 tracing the history of Cold War Berlin and features the original Checkpoint Charlie guardhouse, a Berlin Wall watchtower, a plane from the Berlin Airlift, and an American spy tunnel. Next is the WWII Memorial, featuring the emotionally moving sculpture by Kathe Kollwitz of a mother and her dying son, dedicated to the victims of WWII. The end of the Cold War meant that Berliners and visitors could once again enjoy the majestic triumphal arch, the Brandenburg Gate, which once was a symbol of the division between East and West. The Gate today has been restored to its original splendor. You will have many photo opportunities as you continue on this historical tour of Berlin. You will see Checkpoint Charlie, where Russian and American tanks once faced off at this former border crossing between East and West Berlin and Reichstag, originally constructed from 1884 to 1894 to house the parliament of the newly-founded German Empire, now renovated and one of the city's major landmarks. More of the sites you will see and hear about as you continue on this tour are the Schauspielhaus Concert Hall, a great masterpiece of German classical architecture and Gendarmenmarkt,the 17th-century square, the site of the twin French and German cathedrals. You will be taken by the Bebelplatz where in 1933 the burgeoning Nazi Party held its infamous book burning in the square.
Helsinki & Porvoo
Your historical journey starts as we pass by the Helsinki shipyard, Market Square, Embassy Park, Uspenshi Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Continue on via the Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and the Parliament building. After leaving the city on the coastal road you will arrive at the second-oldest city in Finland in approximately 45 minutes. Experience a delightful sightseeing tour of this ancient city, seeing many of its lovely majestic buildings, including the medieval Cathedral and the bridge of Porvoo. Experience a walk on the cobblestone streets of the old quarter, with its multi-colored ancient wooden houses. There is ample free time in Porvoo for shopping in the handicraft shops. On the return, if time allows, we will also include a stop in Sipoo for a visit to the 14th century church.
Grand St Petersburg in two days (Visa Included)
Tour Days May be reversed to allow Museum scheduled.
A full day of sightseeing includes visits to the Hermitage, the world's famous art treasury, and Peter & Paul Fortress, a place where the city got its start along with a local food market and lunch stop. You will see the history and how people currently live in this city.
WHAT YOU VISIT
The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your three to three and half hour guided tour visits the display of rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir to name a few. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings and gold gilded appointments. The building inside and out is one not to be missed. Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's “Tower of London”, a place for political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son. The Peter and Paul Cathedral - The city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. Experience the Food Market and Shopping, what many of us might call a farmers market plus . Here you will see where locals sell fruits and vegetables from their dacha (country houses) as well as imported goods and other foods. You will see how the residents of today’s St Petersburg live. In the market you will find dried fruits, cheese, honey, meats and more . Even if you do not by anything you will learn what things cost and more about the people of this fine city. You will also see places to purchase souvenirs and gifts along the way. You can usually bargain a bit over prices and your guide can help.
PHOTO STOP OPPORTUNITIES – Admissions not included
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - This recently restored church sports an ornate and exaggerated "Russian-style" exterior and is built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated Time to walk the exterior for some good photos. St. Isaac's Cathedral - The cathedral's massive central gold dome, one of the largest in the world, dominates the city skyline. Cruiser Aurora - Now a museum on the west bank of the Neva, the armored cruiser Aurora fired her guns to signal the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Time will be provided today for a lunch stop, not included.
A comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique chance to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century, former summer residences of the Russian tsars that are considered to be exquisite monuments of Russian art with a worldwide reputation, The Palaces of Catherine & Peterhof Park
WHAT YOU VISIT
Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. A gallery of Greek and Roman heroic busts decorates a covered walkway designed for Catherine the Great. Surrounding the palace are 1,400 acres of manicured gardens and parkland. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more. The Palace of Paul will replace Catherine’s Palace if your travel date is the last Monday of the month. The Palace of Paul has one of the largest landscape parks in Europe; you will get to admire the elegant rooms of Emperor Paul I as well as the great art collections. Peterhof Park -Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendor. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. Particularly impressive is the fact that the landscapers and garden designers who worked on the estate managed to overcome the unfavorable weather conditions of the Northern climate to create a lovely land of flowers and greenery. The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions in the region. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone. When you see them remember this is all done without pumps. Your return to St Petersburg, (weather permitting) will be by Hydrofoil and takes about 30 minutes as you travel by water between Perhalf and St Petersburg. If the Hydrofoil is not running we will return via the same route use to get to the Peterholf. St Petersburg Underground – The stations are worth seeing , Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers , marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes’ . This was not the mode of travel for the Tsar’s but had the grandeur they enjoyed. For Lunch we will stop at places where locals would eat. Expect the average lunch will be about $ 10.00. You guide can help you with selections and money exchange if needed.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Board your motor coach for a narrated drive through St. Petersburg. Drive south of St. Petersburg to Tsarskoye Selo, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas. Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You will be required to provide your passport to complete this booking so we can process your tour visa.
Built on a string of islands, Stockholm was founded 760 years (1252) ago by King Birger Jarl at the strategic point where the fresh water of Lake Malaren meets the salt water of the Baltic. A good starting point for an exploration of the city is the 'Old Town' (Gamla Stan), a cluster of old buildings and narrow cobbled streets which formed the original Stockholm. The old buildings are beautifully preserved and the main streets are pedestrian precincts with a host of boutiques, handicrafts and antique shops. The Old Town has three churches of historic interest, Storkyrkan and Riddarholm Church, both dating from the 13th century and the German Church with its magnificent Baroque interior. Overlooking the harbor is the Royal Palace, which contains the State Apartments, the Crown Jewels, the Hall of State and Chapel Royal, Royal Armory and Palace Museum. Within easy reach of the Old Town, in a magnificent setting on the edge of Lake Malaren, is Stockholm's elegant City Hall (Stadshuset), inaugurated about 89 years ago (23 June 1923). There is a spectacular view of the capital from the top of the 350ft tower. Another spot for a magnificent view is the observation platform on the Kakn's communications tower which, at 508ft, is the highest building in Stockholm.
Your tour takes you to through the cultural center of Tallinn and the central park of Kadriorg, founded in the time of Peter the Great. Pass through the residential areas before arriving at Pirita marina and the ruins of the 15th Century convent of St. Birgit. Pause at Russalka, Estonia's most famous monument dedicated to the shipwreck in the Gulf of Finland in 1893. Returning to Tallinn, continue to The Old Town. The walking portion commences at Cathedral Hill and takes you along cobbled streets, past medieval houses, towers and bastions. Visit the 13th century Russian Orthodox Church and the Dome Church, then walk past the Castle, now home to Estonia's Parliament.
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $683.00
Tax/Other Fees: $162.00
Total Cost: $845.00
Don't forget your camera. Remember that you will need to provide your passport information to process this booking for the visa that is included.
At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.