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Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Visiting Riga Tallinn Helsinki Lappeenranta (South Karelia)

Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Price

From From €1,068 pp


Nights

9 nights


Date

June to August departures


Type

Group Tour


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Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki Group Tour 2024

Visit the major Baltic Sea cities on a group tour of Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki with the added extra of time in South Karelia in Finland. Your tour can be as relaxed or as busy as you wish with optional excursions.

Tour Highlights

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

Day 1 - Arrival to Riga

(Tuesday)

Welcome to Riga! Optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Latvia**** 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 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Helsinki to Lappeenranta

(Tuesday)

In the morning we go to the railway station and depart with a train bound for Lappeenranta, where we arrive shortly after midday. Transfer to Hotel Scandic Patria**** or similar. Lappeenranta is beautifully set at the shores of Lake Saimaa and was an important Swedish fortress town in the 18th century. Nowadays it is an attractive and popular resort town. The afternoon walking tour of Lappeenranta takes us to the historical Old Town, the port area and Lappeenranta Fortress with its wooden and redbrick buildings, artisans' shops, museums, wooden Orthodox Mary the Virgin Church and cafes. Return to hotel and check-in.

Late afternoon we walk to the pier to embark on a spectacular evening cruise on Lake Saimaa and to the Saimaa Canal. The ship has a restaurant, where we can enjoy drinks and snacks or a full dinner while we are stunned by the views of the lake. After three hours we return to port and walk back to hotel.

Day 9 - Lappeenranta to Helsinki

(Wednesday)

The day offers the possibility to explore Lappeenranta resort town at leisure. The hotel is located between the Old Town and the port area and both are easily accessible on foot. Go shopping in the small boutiques of the Old Town, try Karelian cuisine, or enjoy the atmosphere and the views at the port. In the late afternoon transfer to the train station and departure by train back to Helsinki. Arrival in Helsinki early in the evening and transfer to Hotel Glo Art**** or similar, check in.

Day 10 - Departure from Helsinki

(Thursday)

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
  • 1,068 EUR per person = based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 1,551 EUR per person = staying in a single room
  • Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 395.00 pp
TOUR DATES
  • 11th June - 20th June 2024
  • 25th June - 4th July 2024
  • 9th July - 18th July 2024
  • 23rd July - 1st August 2024
  • 6th August - 15th August 2024
  • 13th August 22nd August 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 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 Capitals.

Thank you for putting together such an interesting and varied programme.

We enjoyed a really wonderful trip. The itinerary was great, and the hotels very well positioned in the towns, and very comfortable. Thank you for putting together such an interesting and varied programme. We had the pleasure of being shown the sights by some marvellous guides. All very passionate about their interests, and very interesting. Their English was extremely fluent, and their knowledge, second to none. We would certainly use your company in the future and recommend your service to our friends.

Baltic Capitals & Helsinki Private Tour, Mr & Mrs James, October 2018

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