Overview of our Northern Baltic Capitals Escorted Tour
NEW for 2017 - visit the charming waterfront capital cities of Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki & St Petersburg on this interesting and enjoyable escorted group tour. Combining travel by coach and ferry, this is the perfect way to experience these very different ports, old towns, majestic skylines and waterways of the northern Baltic sea region. A new insightful angle on the Baltic region.
DEPARTURE DATES 2017 Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
7th June - 16th June 2017
21st June - 30th June 2017
5th July - 14th July 2017
19th July - 28th July 2017
2nd August - 11th August 2017
16th August - 25th August 2017
Stockholm - Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar
Tallinn - Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar
Helsinki - Hotel Glo Art**** or similar
St. Petersburg - Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Transfer airport to Hotel Scandic Grand Central: EUR 105.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 155.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
A-class outside cabins on Tallink/Silja ferry Stockholm-Tallinn one way: EUR 45.00 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
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky to airport: EUR 70.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea at Baltic/Russia hotels): EUR 245.00 pp
Please call or email to add any of these options to your booking.
Please note you are likely to need a VISA to visit Russia. We provide you with all the necessary visa support documents you require, but you will need to apply for your Russian visa separately. We can recommend a visa agency to help you do this (highly recommended).
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us 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 Northern Baltic Capitals Escorted Tour
DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): ARRIVAL STOCKHOLM
Arrival in Stockholm, optional transfer to Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar, check-in.
DAY 2 (THURSDAY): STOCKHOLM
Stockholm - the beauty on the water - is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. The morning walking tour takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the city centre with its famous City Hall. The afternoon is free for individual visits. In the late afternoon we are transferred to the harbour and embark on the overnight ferry bound for Tallinn. While we travel slowly down the archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board the ship. And afterwards there is a wide choice of entertainment with bars, shops, casino and much more.
DAY 3 (FRIDAY): STOCKHOLM - TALLINN
Upon arrival to Tallinn we are transferred to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar, check in. The afternoon is reserved for exploring Tallinn individually.
DAY 4 (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 5 (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 6 (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 7 (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 8 (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 9 (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 10 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
Optional transfer to the airport.
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