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Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Visiting Vilnius Riga Tallinn Helsinki

Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Price

From From €1,166 pp


Nights

9 nights


Date

June to September departures


Type

Group Tour


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Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Combine and contrast the three Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn with contemporary Helsinki. Your tour can be as relaxed or as busy as you wish; add optional day trips and tours to your itinerary or explore independently with all the main logistics taken care of.

Tour Highlights

  • Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • Excellent guides
  • Choose your optional extras
  • Select your departure date below
  • Escorted Group Tour

Day 1 - Arrival to Vilnius

(Sunday)

Welcome to Vilnius! Optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in & welcome meeting.

Optional Transfer

  • EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 persons
  • EUR 65.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)

Day 2 - Vilnius

(Monday)

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 Senoji Trobele.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Senoje Trobele: EUR 45.00 pp

Day 3 - Vilnius to Riga

(Tuesday)

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest 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 - Riga

(Wednesday)

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. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Optional Extras

  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala with City Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp

Day 5 - Riga

(Thursday)

After 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 Ethnographic Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th-century country life. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Kalku Varti.

Optional Extras

  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Kalku Varti: EUR 50.00 pp

Day 6 - Riga to Tallinn

(Friday)

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 - Tallinn

(Saturday)

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 caf├ęs 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 a visit to KUMU, the award-winning Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv: EUR 50.00 pp

Day 8 - Tallinn to Helsinki

(Sunday)

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 a 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.

Optional Transfer

  • 6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: EUR 70.00 pp

Day 9 - Helsinki

(Monday)

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 Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure whose construction was started in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, fortress is a unique attraction for visitors.

Optional Transfer

  • 3-hour excursion with water bus to the Suomenlinna Fortress: EUR 65.00 pp

Day 10 - Departure from Helsinki

(Tuesday)

You can choose to book a transfer to the airport. The end of your Baltic tour!

Optional Transfer

  • EUR 90.00 for private car (1-3 people)
  • EUR 120.00 for private minivan (4-7 people)
TOUR PRICES
  • 1166 EUR per person = based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 1599 EUR per person = staying in a single room
  • Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 365.00 pp
TOUR DATES
  • 2nd June - 11th June 2024
  • 9th June - 18th June 2024
  • 16th June - 25th June 2024
  • 23rd June - 2nd July 2024
  • 30th June - 9th July 2024
  • 7th July - 16th July 2024
  • 14th July - 23rd July 2024
  • 21st July - 30th July 2024
  • 28th July - 6th August 2024
  • 4th August - 13th August 2024
  • 11th August 20th August 2024
  • 18th August - 27th August 2024
  • 25th August - 3rd September 2024
  • 1st September - 10th September 2024
  • 8th September - 17th September 2024
  • 15th September - 24th September 2024
  • 22nd September - 1st October 2024
  • 29th September - 8th October 2024
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 9 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 9 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki
  • Service of English-speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki
  • Porterage at hotels
TOUR NOTES
  • 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 required, we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
  • The tour is guaranteed (min 2 people) and the maximum group size is 31 people.
  • This tour is operated by our local partners ViaHansa and is called Baltic Metropoles.

A very interesting and enjoyable holiday in the Baltic States

I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I had a very interesting and enjoyable holiday in the Baltic States. Many thanks to you and your team for organising the holiday. Everything went really well. Our guide to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Ilona, was absolutely excellent in looking after us, introducing us to the countries, their histories and cultures, and patiently answering our questions. Violet, took us on a tour of Helsinki and gave us a very interesting introduction to Finland and Helsinki. We got to know many of the other guests and enjoyed chatting to them throughout the holiday. The hotels were very good. The tour buses used in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the car used in the Helsinki tour were all in good condition and driven safely. The airport transfer we arranged from Vilnius airport was excellent as were the options we chose.

Mr Fleming, Baltic States escorted group tour, September 2022

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