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FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA
Itinerary for Rovaniemi & Ruka Lapland Escorted Group Tour 2022

Rovaniemi & Ruka Lapland Round Trip

We like to call this four night tour 'Lapland in a Nutshell' because you enjoy the best of Lapland activities and experiences in a short but beautiful style. For many, Lapland is a once in a lifetime wonderful experience and this is the perfect way to do that, this tour packs a lot in for a very reasonable price. 

4 nights * Highlights include: Northern Light Hunting by Snowmobile, Husky Farm & sleigh ride, Kemi Snow Castle, Finnish Sauna Experience, Glass Igloo overnight, Santa Claus village * January - March departures * Escorted group tour * From 1,741 EUR per person

DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): ARRIVAL ROVANIEMI

Welcome to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland! Arrival and own transportation to the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight.


DAY 2 (THURSDAY): ROVANIEMI - KEMI - RUKA

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your tour leader at the reception and departure to Kemi.  Today you will have the chance to visit the world-famous Snow Castle. Step into a winter wonderland any day of the year. Walk on the snowy floors and admire the amazing ice sculptures in this fairy-tale-like attraction. Have fun in the ice slide, sit by the ice tables in a restaurant built entirely from ice. After the visit enjoy a lunch at the restaurant (included).
Continue your journey to Ruka. Arrival and check-in at the hotel and dinner. After dinner when the night falls and stars begin to shine, we start the engines and drive into the dark night. It is time for a 2h snowmobile tour in the forest, away from the streetlights, the Northern Sky shows its true colors. With good luck, we might even see the Northern lights lighting the sky. Return at the hotel and overnight. 


DAY 3 (FRIDAY): RUKA

Breakfast at the hotel. We will start the morning with some adrenaline! We drive to the Husky Farm where we will hear the huskies ready and eager to go out with us! We will meet up with the mushers and hear how to control and drive the sled. Looking around the farm we get to know about the huskie's life and habits. Soon we get our own husky team, and we drive into the silent forest (2 persons/ sledge). As we prepare to leave the barking and howling of the dogs gets louder and louder, impatiently waiting to go running. Finally, when we start the huskies begin to pull you silently and content. When we return, we can thank the dogs for their work and cuddle with them, memorizing the moment with pictures. We will warm up with coffee, bun and sausage. Afternoon at leisure. 
In the evening get ready for a real Finnish experience! We drive to Iisakki's sauna one of the first saunas awarded with the Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience -certificate. You will meet your local sauna guide who will tell you about the original sauna culture and why it is so important to Finns! The sauna guide also joins into the sauna and shows what to do there (Please note: No one is naked during this experience; you can wear you bathing suit or towel in the sauna). Spice up your sauna experience also with warm outdoor jacuzzi or dip in the ice hole! Sauna is suitable for everyone from small children to grandparents. During the sauna experience berry juice and water is served as well as small snacks. After the sauna experience it is time to enjoy traditional Lappish buffet dinner with local delicacies. Return to the hotel. Overnight.


DAY 4 (SATURDAY): RUKA - ROVANIEMI - SINETTA


Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Rovaniemi. Today you will visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa's home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland. 
The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Boreal) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. Dinner and overnight.


DAY 5 (SUNDAY): END OF THE TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Own transfer to Rovaniemi Airport (we can arrange this for you, please ask for details). 
You can also choose to add an extra night or two in Rovaniemi, please chat with us about the options.

Overview

DEPARTURE DATES 2022
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date

26th January - 30th January 2022
16th February - 20th February 2022
23rd February - 27th February 2022
9th March - 13th March 2022


TOUR INCLUDES

4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities 
4 breakfasts, buffet style
3 dinner, 1 lunch as mentioned in the program.
(all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
Bi-lingual Tour Escort (Italian & Spanish) from Day 2 to Day 4 inclusive  
The long-distance coach from day 2-4 offers WIFI
All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program.
Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program.
Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Notes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose the ones that suit you!

Airport transfers can be arranged, please ask us for details.

 

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 could not pick a favourite. It is 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


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 hotel in 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 house was 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 BALANCED itinerary 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 and your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied and 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


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 hotel in 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 house was 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

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