Scandinavia and Baltic States (guaranteed departure)
Get ready to visit 4 beautiful Baltic capitals with parks, palaces and smaller cities in between. Each metropole will meet you with original suggestions of what to do and see. Don’t miss your chance to feel the medieval spirit in Vilnius, be amazed by a true caleidoscope of architectural styles in Riga, and take a walk in Tallinn’s old town with its many shops, galleries and cozy outdoor cafes. Then, when you’ll be full of joy of discovery, stop in Helsinki – the crossroad of Western and Eastern culture.
DAY 1. (Sunday): Arrival Vilnius
Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2. (Monday): Vilnius
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 Belmontas.
DAY 3. (Tuesday): Vilnius-Riga
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy 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 Mercure Riga**** or similar.
DAY 4. (Wednesday): Riga
Before 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 Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
DAY 5. (Thursday): Riga
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. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
DAY 6. (Friday): Riga-Tallinn
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. (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 8. (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 9. (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 10. (Tuesday): Helsinki
Optional transfer to the airport.
The price includes
9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels 9 x buffet breakfast Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice Personalised welcome package Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours Service of Italian only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Finish segment on tours GBM06, GBM09, GBM11, GBM13-GBM20 Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on tours GBM05, GBM07, GBM08, GBM10 and GBM21 Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class) Portage at hotels
The price does not include
Flights Airport transfers Optional tours and services Gratuities Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons) 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: EUR 40.00 pp Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 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 Transfer Hotel Glo Art to Helsinki airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons) Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 265.00 pp