Overview of our Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg Escorted Tour
A wonderful tour visiting all three Baltic States Capitals - Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn, then onto Helsinki and St Petersburg. Starting in Vilnius and ending in St Petersburg this is a very interesting tour. A comfortable modern coach and friendly informative guides will ensure you get the best out of your Baltic tour.
Vilnius - Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar
Riga - Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Tallinn - Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar
Helsinki - Hotel Glo Art**** or similar
St Petersburg - Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Optional Add ons
Transfer airport to the Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: £30 for a private car (1-3 persons), £46 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle £34 per person
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas £34 per person
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park £42 per person
3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum £34 per person
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral £30 per person
4-hour excursion to Jurmala £38 per person
Latvian dinner at Restaurant La Boheme £34 per person
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU £34 per person
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack £34 per person
3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum £38 per person
6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: £59 per person
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace £63 per person
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace £42 per person
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace £59 per person
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum £42 per person
Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch £32 per person
Transfer Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky to airport: £59 for a private car (1-3 persons), £75 for a private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) £290 per person
Please call or email to add any of the Options above to your booking.
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to arrange your own flights, or we can book them for you, please call or email for a quote.
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 & St Petersburg 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 La Boheme.
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 first 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 - ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.
DAY 11 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.
DAY 12 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.
DAY 13 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
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