Russia to Poland via the Baltic Sates

Tallinn in Winter

We are often asked how long it takes to get to Warsaw avoiding Belarus. Why avoid Belarus? Their visa is a hassle to acquire unless you have a rare commodity near you - a Belarusian Embassy! They insist on a pricy visa just to transit their country on the overnight trains from either Moscow, or St Petersburg to Warsaw. If you can't get a visa in your home country (which is most people) then you have to spend extra time in Moscow to obtain the visa. We can save you time by linking you up to our people in Moscow who can act as a visa courier service - this will allow you to sightsee whilst the red tape is completed.

If you want to stop in Belarus then you have to have all nights and sightseeing pre organised. They are still a hangover from Soviet times.

A more relaxed and flexible way to move between Russia and Warsaw is to journey via the Baltic States. Very few nationalities need a visa for these countries

Here below is a simple outline of the minimum number of days you should consider making this connection journey. the plan assumes you travel between the main centres by land transport, rather than fly.

Day 1: St Petersburg-Tallinn

Today your journey to Estonia begins. A good first stop is Narva. Continue to Tallinn, capital of Estonia and situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.

Day 2: Tallinn-Riga

Possible days sightseeing plan: Start with a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visit orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, unless you are 'churched out' after Russia itself. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall, before continuing to Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Day 3: Riga

Possible days sightseeing plan: Morning - Visit Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. The afternoon is available to take in something you find, or a festival/exhibition that is on during your stay.

Day 4: Riga-Vilnius

Morning depart for Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. After arrival start sightseeing, a walking tour of your local area is a gentle way to start.

Day 5:Vilnius

The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit Peter and Paul Church and St. Anna’s Church. View the Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon provides time for an excursion to Trakai.

Day 6: Vilnius-Warsaw

After breakfast Cross the border into Poland. You reach Warsaw towards the end of the day.