Overview of our Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Escorted Tour
The Baltic Capitals & Helsinki in one tour, an enjoyable escorted tour comparing these four countries - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia & Finland. After a comfortable journey up through the Baltic States, you take a hydrofoil form Tallinn to Helsinki sailing through the Finnish archipelago before arriving to Helsinki.
DEPARTURE DATES 2017 Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
21st May - 30th May 2017
28th May - 6th June 2017
4th June - 13th June 2017
11th June - 20th June 2017
18th June - 27th June 2017
25th June - 4th July 2017
2nd July - 11th July 2017
9th July - 18th July 2017
16th July - 25th July 201
23rd July - 1st August 2017
30th July - 8th August 2017
6th August - 15th August 2017
13th August - 22nd August 2017
20th August - 29th August 2017
27th August - 5th September 2017
3rd September - 12th September 2017
10th September - 19th September 2017
Vilnius ~ Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar
Riga ~ Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Tallinn ~ Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar
Helsinki ~ Hotel Glo Art**** or similar
Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: EUR 70.00 pp
3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Glo Art to Helsinki airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 265.00 pp
Please call or email us to add any of these options to your booking.
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. If you wish to add flights to your booking please contact us, or you are welcome to book them yourself. If your chosen flights do not coincide with the tour dates and you need to spend an extra night or two before or after the tour please call or email us and we can arrange this for you.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
Itinerary for our Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Escorted Tour
DAY 1 (SUNDAY): ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2 (MONDAY): VILNIUS
Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.
DAY 3 (TUESDAY): VILNIUS - RIGA
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.
DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): RIGA
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
DAY 5 (THURSDAY): RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
DAY 6 (FRIDAY): RIGA - TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.
DAY 7 (SATURDAY): TALLINN
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.
DAY 8 (SUNDAY): TALLINN - HELSINKI
This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.
DAY 9 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
DAY 10 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI
Optional transfer to the airport.
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