Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

Berlin is the perfect gateway for your 27 day adventure into the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania, before you cruise the Volga river in Russia.

27 Days
Berlin to Moscow
From (USD)
$ 12,890
Dates & Pricing

2020 Berlin > Moscow

Draw open the old Iron Curtain

Once, these cities and lands were hidden by the heavy veil of what was then known as the Iron Curtain. Today, you’re free to discover them at your leisure.
Some love Berlin for its modernity and its thriving culture, while others love it for its dramatic history. Not only is it a terrific place to visit, it’s the perfect gateway for your trip to the equally intriguing Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and beyond that mighty Russia.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
IRBS
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Berlin
Return City:
Moscow

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Berlin

    Your journey begins in glorious Berlin. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay. This evening join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

  2. Day 2 - Berlin

    Your introduction to Berlin begins with a guided tour, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, then drive along the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area. Then, enjoy a true highlight with coffee and cake under the glass dome of the renovated Reichstag Building that was set on fire in 1933.
    This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore this magnificent city further, you may wish to discover the cities thriving art scene or soak up it’s cafe culture.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Berlin

    Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn about the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, journey to Potsdam, where a local guide will share his insights on the town and its history and visit Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Berlin > Warsaw

    Board a first class rail journey and enjoy Poland’s serene countryside. This evening, arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Warsaw

    Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre was rebuilt and has since attained World Heritage-listed status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a sombre reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial.

    You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or learn more of the plight of the Jewish community on a visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    This evening, enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a manor house, followed by dinner. Indulge in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Warsaw > Vilnius

    After breakfast, depart Warsaw. Your route will take you into the pristine Mazurian region before crossing the border into Lithuania. Continue to the capital Vilnius and your base for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Vilnius

    Delight in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many examples of Baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn, with its remarkable chapel, and the Vilnius Cathedral.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Vilnius > Riga

    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 and visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens before checking into your hotell for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Riga

    Embark on a discovery of Riga’s Old Town, then tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for an insight into Latvia’s heritage. Tonight enjoy an evening of traditional Latvian folk music with dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Riga > Sigulda > Tallinn

    Today you’ll visit Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the ‘Switzerland of Latvia’. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. After lunch, continue towards Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital. Arrive in Tallinn and relax at your hotel, your home for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Tallinn

    Discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall.

    Visit the KUMU Art Museum, with its wide range of classic and contemporary art. Alternatively, be intrigued by the exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Maritime Museum.

    This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Tallinn > Helsinki

    Today, relax during your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Helsinki > St. Petersburg

    Travel on the high-speed Allegro train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board the luxury Scenic Tsar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - St. Petersburg:

    Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof.

    Enjoy lunch in a local St. Petersburg restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful metropolis.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - St. Petersburg

    Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral or discover Yusupov Palace, located on the Moika River. Revel in the wealth of the Yusupov family and learn about the mystery surrounding the assassination of Grigory Rasputin.

    Following lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals. This evening, you’re invited to join Scenic Tsar’s Captain for your official welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - St. Petersburg

    Visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens.  Afterwards, enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant.  This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please.

    Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - St. Petersburg

    A special highlight awaits as you visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. Today, it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. This evening, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River. Tonight, cruise across Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Mandrogi

    Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings before trying shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Kizhi Island

    Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Goritsy

    Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Back on board, toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Yaroslavl

    Explore the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the former Governor’s house that is now a fine arts museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Uglich

    Explore Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, on a guided tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Moscow

    Sail towards Russia’s mightiest city, Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Moscow

    Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before a ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city. Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Moscow

    Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art

    Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

    Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War, commonly known as the World War II museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Moscow

    Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Moscow

    After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • Luxury boutique small ship, Scenic Tsar
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 16 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 64 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 23 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beer, wine and soft drink with lunches and dinners on board Scenic Tsar
  • Cruise Director and Tour Director to guide and assist
  • Expert Program Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability