MOSCOW TO BERLIN
22 DAYS — 8 CITIES — PRIVATE TRAIN
Visit eight grand cites of Eastern Europe in comfort and style aboard our privately chartered train. With day time travel and two or three nights in each city you’ll enjoy the convenience of direct services to the heart of each city while relaxing in first class compartments and enjoying the old world charm of meals in the dining car as the scenery of Europe passes by.
Moscow - St Basil’s Cathedral, The Kremlin, the Bolshoi and so much more.
St Petersburg - Russia’s stately former capital on the banks of the Neva River. The Hermitage Museum and Catherine’s Summer Palace at Pushkin.
Riga - Latvia’s capital, the 2014 European Capital of Culture is a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the largest collection or Art Nouveau buildings in the world.
Warsaw - Poland’s capital was all but destroyed during the second World War but the old town has been painstakingly rebuilt and now features one of the most beautiful old town squares in Europe.
Kraków - One of Europe’s most important historical cities dating back to the 7th century. Dinner in an underground Salt Mine will be a special highlight!
Vienna - Historical seat of power in Europe for hundreds of years under the Habsburgs and now one of Europe’s most appealing cities.
Prague - The beautiful Charles Bridge, its Old Town Square and one of the world's largest castles make this a must-see destination in central Europe.
Berlin - East and West collided here for decades but the resurgent Berlin of the 21st century is a fitting finalé for our journey.
• All travel aboard our privately chartered train
• All accommodation in luxury hotels
• All sightseeing as specified in the brochure
• All meals, plus beer, wine and soft drink with all dinners and with lunch aboard the train
• Airfares in the applicable travel class with Singapore Airlines (not included in 'Land Only' package)
• Bottled water in hotels and whilst sightseeing
• The services of Constellation Journey Leaders
• Private Car transfers are included on departure from and arrival to Australia for guests travelling in Business Class and First Class as part of our Singapore Airlines air inclusive packages (kilometre limits apply).
• Travel Insurance (subject to meeting the requirements of the insurer)
DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - MOSCOW
Depart Australia this afternoon flying with Singapore Airlines via Singapore to Moscow.
DAY 2 MOSCOW
Arrive in Moscow early this morning. For your comfort we have reserved your hotel room from the previous evening to ensure you can check in immediately (for guests travelling on the Singapore Airlines air inclusive package only). This afternoon we begin our exploration of Moscow with a sightseeing tour including a visit to the statue of Peter the Great in the Moscow River, Novodevichy Convent and University Hill for views across the city. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
DAY 3 MOSCOW
Why join the crowds when you can beat them? This morning we have a private entry time into the Armoury Museum. Explore the grounds of the Kremlin before setting foot on Red Square. Experience the spine tingling feeling of crossing the cobblestones that have borne witness to so much history. See the brightly coloured onion spires of St Basils reach for the sky before taking a moment to pause and appreciate the sheer magnificence of what may be one of the world’s grandest squares.
This afternoon choose your own Moscow path.
- Make your way underground and discover the bunkers of the Cold War before exploring the fine art of Moscow’s metro stations.
- Are you a culture vulture? Go behind the scenes at the Bolshoi Theatre and visit the Tretyakov Gallery.
This evening you’re invited to a gala welcome dinner at Turandot restaurant.
DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG
A leisurely morning awaits, perhaps take one last stroll around Red Square or visit the designer boutiques in the famous GUM department store. Late morning we depart for Leningradsky Station to join our private train for the first time. You’ll see the low lands of Russia or you might glimpse a village as it peeks its way out of the birch forest. Hungry? Enjoy your first three course lunch in the Dining Car. We’ve hand selected some wonderful wines to accompany each lunch and dinner aboard the train. Before reaching St Petersburg and the luxury of your hotel there’s time for dinner and a glass of wine or two aboard the train.
DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG
As we don’t like wasting your precious holiday time, so to avoid the crowds we’ve organised for you to have an early opening time to the Hermitage Museum this morning. Delve into the labyrinth of art housed within the world’s second largest museum. Our guides can show you the highlights or you might prefer to make your own way through the masterpieces. You’ll need to refuel at lunchtime because this afternoon we visit Peterhof Palace, the ‘Russian Versailles’, whose magnificence may even surpass its French counterpart, from which it was inspired. Be sure to make your way into the spectacular gardens, the fountains of Peterhof belong to an era of decadence that no longer exists. A selection of dinner options awaits you this evening.
DAY 6 ST. PETERSBURG
The location of our hotels will be appreciated this morning, our St Petersburg discovery continues with only a few steps across the square to St Isaac's Cathedral. The gold domed cathedral was once Russia’s largest. While it’s no longer the biggest, it boasts the most impressive interior of any Russian cathedral. Before lunch we also visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and see the Bronze Horseman monument.
This afternoon is up to you. Choose from:
- What trip to Russia is complete without paying homage to the national drink, vodka? Join a tour of the Vodka Museum before cruising the maze of canals along the Neva River.
- Easter in July? It can be with a visit to the Fabergé Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of works by the famous Russian jeweller. You’ll also have time to explore Yusupov Palace on the Moika River, one of the city’s few aristocratic homes to retain its original interior – but perhaps more famous as the site of Rasputin’s assassination.
A visit to Catherine's Summer Palace at Pushkin and a special dinner await you this evening.
DAY 7 RIGA
Rejoin our private train this morning for the longest of our journeys, departing Russia and entering Latvia during the afternoon. There’s plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely lunch as we continue our way to Riga. This afternoon relax in the privacy of your compartment or join newly made friends for a game of cards or chat. We arrive into Riga after dinner aboard the train.
DAY 8 RIGA
Renewed after a restful day aboard the train you’ll be ready to lace up your walking shoes and explore Riga by foot. Make your way to the Dome Cathedral and step through the Swedish gate. Latvia may have once been hidden behind the Iron Curtain but its capital city embraces a treasure trove of architectural surprises. We enjoy lunch in one of the city’s cosy restaurants before an afternoon of A La Carte sightseeing.
- You’ve explored Riga by foot, now let a coach show you the rest – see the Art Nouveau buildings of Alberta Street and trace the City Canal surrounding the Old Town. You’ll also be taken to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum and cross over the bridges of Daugava River – among other sights.
- Get out of town and visit one of Latvia’s most picturesque towns, Sigulda. Think Switzerland and you’ll conjure up the landscapes of Sigulda. But it’s not just Switzerland, this is Europe of the Middle Ages – Crusader castles and sandstone grottoes. A stroll through a sculpture park will introduce you to Latvian folklore.
This evening we come together for a taste of the local cuisine.
DAY 9 WARSAW
Our journey continues as we rejoin our train today, making our way south through Lithuania and Belarus before entering Poland at the border crossing near Brest. Here our variable gauge train will go through a transformation allowing it to be compatible with the standard gauge rail lines in Central Europe. Wind down with dinner aboard the train before an evening arrival into Warsaw, capital of Poland.
DAY 10 WARSAW
We start the day by exploring the Old Town, completely destroyed in 1944, now perfectly restored to its former glory. See the Royal Castle and evoke centuries of royal rule by tracing the Royal Route to the impressive baroque Wilanów Palace and Park. Prior to dinner we’ll attend a private Chopin concert in a spectacular setting. And later this evening you’ll come to realise why Warsaw is one of Europe’s up and coming dining destinations. This evening is one to remember.
DAY 11 KRAKÓW
Krakow is our destination today. But before we reach Krakow we stop for a sombre visit to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Dinner this evening will be one to remember – 135m underground in the World Heritage Listed salt mines of Wieliczka. As we descend you’ll see the incredible statues that miner sculptors carved from salt. Descending further we reach our ‘restaurant’ for the evening – a large underground chamber fitted out for our private use, with tables, chairs – and of course food and wine. We don’t think you’ll have experienced a dinner quite like this before!
DAY 12 KRAKÓW
We leave our in depth exploration of Krakow for tomorrow.
Today is a day of A La Carte adventure in the countryside.
- Rafting down the Dunajec River. Breathe the fresh air and feast your eyes upon the gorges of Pieniny National Park. Don’t fear, this isn’t white water rafting but it is a great way to find peace and tranquillity within the unique landscapes of Poland.
- Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. The winter sport capital of Poland, replete with exquisite panoramas and the wooden architecture of highlander culture. Whichever option you choose will return you to Krakow for dinner in a historic restaurant.
DAY 13 KRAKÓW
At the foot of Wawel Castle lies the 13th century town of Krakow. If the cobblestones laid upon Europe’s largest market square could speak they’d tell tales of trades, tirades and triumphs through the centuries. Krakow breathes the history and culture of Poland, immerse yourself in it this morning as you accompany a local expert on an exploration through the city. Rejoin our train in time for lunch as we head to Vienna.
DAY 13 VIENNA
Rich in history and culture, perfectly positioned on the Danube and at the edge of the Austrian Alps, there are few cities in the world to equal the romance of Vienna. Arrive this evening in time for dinner at your hotel.
DAY 14 VIENNA
Awaken to the aroma of baking pastries – the Viennese are famous for their decadent sweet treats. A palace with 1,441 rooms would take a week to explore. We don’t have a week but we do have a morning reserved for the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its opulent imperial interiors and vast gardens, is one of Europe’s great palaces. The best of the city is within easy walking distance of our hotel. Meander along the flat pedestrian zone and take in the amazing architecture including the iconic St Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, winter home of the Habsburgs. This evening we don’t want to spoil the surprise, so we’ll just say a special dinner is planned!
DAY 15 VIENNA
Today the choice is yours.
- Viennese cuisine is famous the world over. Apple Strudel, Sacher Torte and of course the venerable Wiener Schnitzel. Join a cooking class this morning and enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch.
- Get out of town for the day and drive to the green pastures of the Wachau Valley. Vineyards cascade down the slopes, interrupted only by charming villages and the tranquil waters of the Danube River. This is a great option to recharge your batteries and see some of the countryside. This evening you can choose to dine in your hotel or at one of the city’s excellent establishments.
DAY 16 PRAGUE
There’s no rush this morning so take your time over the lavish breakfast spread at your hotel before a mid morning departure to one of Europe’s classic cities, Prague. Arriving into Prague’s railway station aboard your private train it’s not hard to imagine you’ve returned to the golden age of travel. Continue living the dream at your hotel this afternoon before a rousing initiation into Czech cuisine at the Pilsen Restaurant this evening.
DAY 17 PRAGUE
Prague is a city for walking – and that’s what we’ll do this morning. The Old Town Square is where the action is, and always has been, serving as Prague’s central marketplace for over 1000 years. From here you won’t have to step far to bump into beauty and history, from the quirky Astronomical Clock to the cathedral and multicoloured houses that line the twisting laneways.
This afternoon it’s time for A La Carte.
- Back in Australia it’s all craft beer this and boutique brewery that. But the Czechs started the movement…back in 993! Rewind a few hundred years on a tasting tour of Prague’s breweries.
- Looking for something more high brow? Prague’s Estate Theatre premiered two of Mozart’s most famous operas. Go behind the scenes with a private visit to the theatre – there may even be a small performance in store.
The A La Carte theme continues at dinner this evening – choose from a range of restaurants within your hotel or join the locals at one of their favourite city establishments.
DAY 18 PRAGUE
It has towered over you for most of your visit to Prague, now it’s time to get up close. To say the 9th century Prague Castle is big is an understatement, it’s one of the largest composition of palaces and buildings in the world. Explore the fascinating collection of buildings, galleries and museums within this vast complex this morning. This afternoon is free for you to explore the city further or simply unwind at your wonderful hotel. Late this afternoon we make our way to Troja Chateau for an evening that will live long in your memory.
DAY 19 BERLIN
Leaving Prague there will be time to linger over lunch in the dining car one last time as we make our way to Berlin, the western frontier of Eastern Europe. But it’s a bitter sweet train journey as we farewell our home away from home, waving goodbye to our friendly train crew. Do you remember where you were the day the Berlin wall came own? A city once divided overnight by razor wire and concrete, torn down almost as quickly. The history in this city is of our lifetime. This evening you’ll have a choice of dining options – taste what Berlin has to offer.
DAY 20 BERLIN
he energetic metropolis that is Berlin today resembles little of post war Berlin. This morning we get to know the city, with its imposing monuments and government buildings. We'll see remnants of the Berlin Wall, the artistic graffiti collection of the Eastside Gallery and the Reichstag. But the highlight is sure to be Checkpoint Charlie Museum – the famous border crossing between East and West. At lunch we get a taste of traditional Bavarian culture.
This afternoon dip into your A La Carte menu.
- Make like a Prussian King and head to Potsdam, an open air museum of Rococo and Baroque architecture.
- For a city that places such emphasis on culture it seems only right that there’s such a thing as Museum Island. Spend an hour or the whole afternoon at this incredible complex of five museums.
- Explore the history of Germany's darkest days with a tour shedding light on Berlin during World War II.
Tonight we come together one final time. A special evening to celebrate new found friends and an incredible journey across the far reaches of Eastern Europe.
DAY 21 BERLIN - AUSTRALIA
Depart Berlin this morning and head for home with Singapore Airlines.
DAY 22 AUSTRALIA
Arrive home this evening.
Regal Class features four guests sharing a first class private compartment for all day time travel aboard the train. Accommodation in 5 star hotels throughout the journey including the Angleterre in St Petersburg, the brand new Puno hotel in Krakow and the recently refurbished Vienna Marriott.
- Land Only from $20,990* per person
- With Economy Class Air Travel from $23,240* per person
- With Business Class Air Travel from $29,490* per person
- With First Class Air Travel from $32,990* per person
Imperial Class features additional space and privacy with two guests sharing a first class private compartment aboard the train, exclusive Imperial dining events and accommodation in 5 star luxury hotels including The Ritz Carlton in Moscow, the famous Luxury Collection Imperial Hotel in Vienna and Warsaw’s Hotel Bristol.
- Land Only from $27,990* per person
- With Economy Class Air Travel from $30,240* per person
- With Business Class Air Travel from $36,490* per person
- With First Class Air Travel from $39,990* per person
*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out and for departure 26 June 2019. Air Travel from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide. Air inclusive packages include guaranteed early check-in on arrival in Moscow.Seasonal surcharges may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations, change in fees, taxes or surcharges. Prices correct at April 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.