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FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA
Itinerary for Fabulous Lapland Escorted Group Tour

Fabulous Lapland Escorted Group Tour

What a way to experience Fabulous Lapland! Full of awesome activities, local insights, lifestyle, unique experiences and all in the company of a small group and a tour leader who will make sure you get the very best out of your Lapland adventures! Who would have thought there is so much to see and do up in the heart of the Arctic circle...

5 nights * Highlights include: King Crab Safari, Sami culture, Northern Lights hunting, Glass Igloos, Reindeer sleigh, Husky safari & icebreaker * January - March departures * Escorted group tour * From 2921 EUR per person


DAY 1 (MONDAY): ARRIVAL KIRKENES


Arrival to Kirkenes airport and regular transfer to the Hotel Thon Kirkenes**** for check-in. This north eastern town lies a mere 15 km from the Russian border. The area offers a world of experiences for the adventurous traveler wanting to experience mountains, fjords, forests, lakes and the beautiful dancing Northern Lights. Approximately 10% of the population are Russians and you will find street signs in both Russian and Norwegian. The evening is at leisure in Kirkenes.

 

DAY 2 (TUESDAY): KIRKENES - SAARISELKA

In the morning we depart for the amazing experience of the King Crab Safari. One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord we will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. Directly after the King Crab Safari we continue towards Saariselka. Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. There we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sami in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Check in at Hotel Santa’s Tunturi****. In the evening we put on our snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under our feet. We capture the true
feeling of winter in the northern woods as we explore the nearby nature in your search for the Northern Lights.

 

DAY 3 (WEDNESDAY): SAARISELKA - SINETTA

This morning we continue our adventure to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we visit one of the highlights of the tour - traditional Sami farmers, who tell us about their reindeers and teach us how to throw the Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by a reindeer, we experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape over the lake and through the forest. A typical Sami three course lunch is included at the farm. Check in at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos. We enjoy the warmth of our Glass Igloo and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights. In the evening we are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinners in a magnificent wooden "Kota". The late evening also offers an optional snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi experience where only the sauna benches are made of wood! 

 

 

DAY 4 (THURSDAY): SINETTA - ROVANIEMI

We depart to Rovaniemi and check-in at Hotel Santa Claus****. We are in for yet another winter adventure with a visit to the Husky Farm & Safari. We embark on a run through the forest behind our packs of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes. The day continues with a visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to the real Santa Claus. The late evening offers optional snowmobile excursion to the Aurora Borealis camp. Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow covered forest and on the frozen river to the Aurora Borealis camp. At the resort, you will find a theatre, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon.

 

DAY 5 (FRIDAY): ROVANIEMI - KEMI - ROVANIEMI

Today we experience one of the highlights of our winter adventure. We travel to Kemi, board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship, ice swimming and a three-course lunch at the onboard restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, we have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! Everyone is fitted with a warm survival suit and those who dare receive a certificate by the ship authorities. Back in Rovaniemi, the evening offers an optional tour to "The Magic of the Arctic Circle", an idyllic Igloo which opens its door for a special event. We enjoy a dinner with local specialities and if we are lucky we will be dazzled by the Northern Lights.

 

DAY 6 (SATURDAY): ROVANIEMI

Departure transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
 

Overview

DEPARTURE DATES 2020
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date

20th January - 25th January 2020
27th January - 31st January 2020
3rd February - 7th February 2020
10th February - 14th February 2020
17th February - 21st February 2020
24th February - 28th February 2020
2nd March - 6th March 2020
9th March - 13th March 2020
16th March - 20th March 2020
23rd March - 27th March 2020


TOUR INCLUDES

5 overnights at 4 star hotels
5 x buffet breakfast
1 dinner, 3 lunches and 1picnic as specified in the program
Snowshoes safari, Sami reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Husky Farm visit and ride, Sampo Icebreaker visit and ice swimming
Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program
Regular arrival transfer Kirkenes Airport to Hotel Thon Kirkenes and regular departure transfer Hotel Santa Claus to Rovaniemi Airport.

Notes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose the tours to suit you!

Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 65.00 per person
3-hour snowmobile tour to Aurora Borealis camp: EUR 165.00 per person
3-hour tour “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”: EUR 120.00 per person

Please note the optional tours have to be pre-booked in advance.


FLIGHTS

Please note flights are NOT included in this package.  If you wish to add flights to your booking please contact us, or feel free to book your own. 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.

PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS

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.

Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).

More Reviews

TRAVEL COMPANIES LIKE YOURS ARE A REAL FIND.

Hi Phil and Jurga, We want to thank-you and all the guides, drivers etc. for organising such an amazing and unforgettable trip for us. We had a brilliant time and came home with a completely different and very positive perspective of the Baltic States and Finland. We found every city we visited absolutely fascinating and simply couldn't pick a favourite. It's hard to pick a highlight, but one of them would have to be the local guides and the drivers who took us for our day outings and did the transfers. Without exception, they were first class. Their passion for their country and willingness to talk about their lives and experiences and, as an example, the impact the Soviet occupation had on them and their families, really brought each country to life and helped us understand a little of what it must have been like then. We were also so impressed with all the paperwork and vouchers we received and know a lot of organisation went on behind the scenes. It all went like clockwork and we were nothing but impressed by your efficiency. Thanks again for a super holiday. We would like to visit St Petersburg and Russia at some point in the future and would have no hesitation in using you again to organise the trip.

BESPOKE PRIVATE BALTIC TOUR, MRS VARLEY, SEPTEMBER 2019


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


THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE

My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.

TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER


NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL

The trip was excellent and did exactly what it said on the tin Norway in a Nutshell. All the arrangments were excellent.

MR MOORE, NORWAY TAILOR-MADE TOUR, AUGUST 2013


WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES

Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.

MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017


YOU DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF SETTING THIS UP, DIRECTING US TO INTERESTING AND VARIED PLACES

Our trip went very well. Everything was a highlight but I think the best part were the guides. They were so knowledgeable, friendly, willing to answer all our questions. Marina would be my best friend if I lived in Finland. Ivo, Erlens, and, Linas were great too. The bike tour guides were fantastic also. All of them were passionate about their country and very knowledgeable about what we were seeing. Through them we felt we got to know the country, the history, the people and them too. Everyone was precisely on time. I think you did a very good job of setting this up, directing us to interesting and varied places: a hike through the bog, castles and palaces, cute towns, etc. The hotels were great. Friendly staff and so very well located. Again, thank you for making this trip so wonderful. I’d easily go on another trip with you.

TAILOR-MADE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, THE BELLS, AUGUST 2019


HOW IMPRESSED WE WERE WITH THE ORGANISATION OF OUR TRIP

We had a fantastic holiday and everything went very smoothly. We were also lucky enough, albeit through a vehicle fault, to meet up with Jurga. Her husband was our guide on the day out in Riga but unfortunately the car developed a problem. Jurga came out with another vehicle. It was great to meet her having had so many e-mail conversations. It was good to be able to say how impressed we were with the organisation of our trip. It was really well put together and all of the guides were very good and knowledgeable. Bearing in mind the length of time we spent with them we had no hitches. We learnt a lot from the trip and enjoyed hearing the guides' stories.

ST PETERSBURG & BALTIC CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, THE LANGANS, AUGUST 2019


EVERY ONE OF OUR DRIVERS AND GUIDES EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.

We appreciated all your good advice on the itinerary. It was a great idea that we go to St. Petersburg via Helsinki (a very cool city!)...the ferry and high-speed train were efficient and quite comfortable. The choice of hotels suited us perfectly...thanks for placing us so centrally in each city. The hotelin Tallinn was the most luxurious, but even at the more modest places in Vilnius and Riga, the location and the warm and helpful hotel staff made our stays delightful. And the manor housewas remarkable. Every one of our drivers and guides exceeded our expectations. The walking tours were informative, meaningful, and great fun.

BESPOKE BALTIC CAPITALS PLUS HELSINKI & ST PETERSBURG, MS EMORY, SEPTEMBER 2019


EXCELLENT, WELL BALANCED ITINERARY

In summary, we would like to add that we described our Scandinavian package as EXCELLENT, well BALANCEDitinerary and especially the variety of hotels, means of transportation, guides, transfer which were all FLAWLESSLY arranged. After 35 days on the road, we had no desire to terminate the holiday.

SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS WHITE, SEPTEMBER 2019


TALLINN & HELSINKI - VARIED & INTERESTING

We would like to thank you & your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied & interesting, even the weather was good through the whole week … so thank you very much.

OCKWELL & FRIENDS, TALLINN & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018


GREAT TO KNOW WE COULD CONTACT JURGA AT ANY TIME

Thanks we had a great trip, the hotels you picked for us were lovely, good locations and interesting buildings. The guide in Helsinki was really nice and took us to some places that we would not have thought of, including the university library building. Most of all it was great to know we could contact Jurga at any time so I would like to especially thank her for her help.

THE FEIGHAN FAMILY, HELSINKI & ESTONIA PRIVATE TOUR, JULY 2017


VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY

Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.

MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017


THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE

My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.

TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER

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