Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $3,095 Dates/Prices
Visiting

Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, Latvia

Transportation

Coach, Ferry

Journey from Helsinki, one of Europe’s design capitals, across the Gulf of Finland to the Baltic States. Discover the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; nations replete with medieval town centers, verdant forests, meandering rivers and a local people proud of their cultural traditions and heritage.

Tour highlights

With Latvia declaring independence in recent history, the country’s cities are still clear reminders of a Soviet Russia and the Cold War. Uncover insight into this not-too-distant-past en route to the country’s capital, Riga. 

Entering the doors of Latvia’s rococo Rundale Palace, travelers will be transported back in time. One of the finest examples of 18th century ornamentation, Rundale Palace is home to intricate detail both inside and out, showcasing the grandeur of the time.

Estonia’s Tallinn, a protected city on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. Travelers will discover the historic city’s role in the Hanseatic League and the German, Swedish and Russian empires, whilst traversing through the town’s picturesque cobblestone streets.

Itinerary (10 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Helsinki: A UNESCO Design Capital

Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, is one that is easy to love. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, its appeal is apparent most notably in its streetscape. Helsinki’s charming neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings sit in harmony with the city’s more daring modern architecture.

After we arrive in Helsinki we enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travelers.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Helsinki: explore the Finnish capital

In European terms, Helsinki is a relatively young city established in the 16th century as a strategic trading post between the kingdoms of Russia and Sweden. Today, the city has shaken off the yoke of its neighbors forging its own unique identity.

Our small group explores Helsinki this morning, including the linchpin to the city’s neoclassical design — Senate Square, the enormous Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple.

We enjoy free time for lunch at a local market before a walk to the city harbor where we board the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna, an 18th century sea fortress built to protect the Swedish kingdom from Russian expansionism. Today it is a popular place for picnickers and sightseers alike.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Helsinki to Tallinn: crossing the Gulf of Finland

Special Experience

Nordic cuisine has enjoyed a resurgence in the last decade with its focus on fresh, seasonal produce. Today we get to sample some of its highlights on a food walking tour through Helsinki. Our local guide shows us around, telling us about life in the city as we get to taste delicious food along the way.

In the afternoon we catch the ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia and its medieval jewel, Tallinn. We check into our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 4
4

Tallinn: one of Europe’s most preserved medieval cities

Tallinn is a protected city on the UNESCO World Heritage list, identified as one of the most completely preserved medieval cities in Europe. The city has a rich cultural past, from its days in the medieval Hanseatic League through to its history with the imposing German, Swedish and Russian empires.

We spend a full day exploring the city on a tour that includes views of the Old Town, the medieval city wall, Upper Town and the Toompea Castle site. We then start to explore the cobblestone streets of the Lower Town on foot. We see the 14th to 15th century Gothic Town Hall, St Nicholas Church, the 15th century Old Chemists Shop and the Hanseatic Merchants’ Houses. We walk through the main shopping street with time for lunch.

Next, we visit Kadriorg Park where we have some time to explore Estonia’s most impressive palatial park. Our afternoon is at leisure to do as we please.

Special Experience

This evening we learn more about the Hanseatic traditions of the city as we are served the Master Cook’s feast at the Olde Hansa restaurant. We step back in time to the 15th century and indulge in a feast of medieval recipes including game meat dishes, local vegetables and more.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 5
5

Tallinn to Riga: Latvia’s capital

Travel through the Estonian and Latvian countryside today to a city more than 800 years old, Latvia’s capital of Riga.

We depart Tallinn after breakfast, driving to the small town of Sigulda, which is home to some impressive castles. We visit Turaida Castle, a restored medieval castle set on the River Gauja.

Special Experience

Latvia was part of Soviet Russia until its independence in 1990. Its cities still have reminders of the Cold War and today we have an unparalleled insight into this not-too-distant past. We arrive at the declassified Ligatne Bunker, constructed for the Soviet elite 9-meters below the surface. 

We continue to Riga arriving in the early evening.

[Breakfast]

Day 6
6

Riga: a city tour

Our small group explores Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals, on a full day city tour that takes us along the city’s central boulevards. We view the remnants of the city’s medieval defenses including the city’s old moat Pilsetas kanals (City Canals), Bastion Hill and Powder Tower. We pass the Latvian National Theater, the Fine Arts Museum, the Freedom Monument, the University of Latvia and the Daugava River. Our sightseeing continues past the Church of St Peter, the old guild houses, Swedish Gate, Old Riga Castle, and Riga’s oldest medieval houses lovingly referred to as the Three Brothers, built from the 15th to 17th centuries. We also see St Jacob’s Church and Parliament House before a visit to Old Riga Dome Cathedral.

In the afternoon we tour the Art Nouveau district before we travel to the observation deck of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. The panorama views of Riga’s Old Town and the river are picture perfect.

[Breakfast]

Day 7
7

Riga: explore the Latvian countryside

It’s time to discover the Latvian countryside. We drive west to the small town of Kuldiga stopping en route at Ventas Rumba, Europe’s widest waterfall. In Kuldiga our sightseeing tour takes us past the town’s streams, its 17th century baroque buildings and charming cobblestone streets. We have free time for lunch before we continue to Sabile, a 13th century village established in the ancient valley of the River Abava.

Special Experience

Created between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Sabile Hill Winery is the northernmost vineyard in the world. Today we have the special opportunity to visit this historic winery and enjoy a tasting of the wine it produces.

[Breakfast]

Day 8
8

Riga to Vilnius

Latvia is home to a proud baroque heritage with the rococo Rundale Palace one of the finest examples of 18th century ornamentation. We enjoy a tour of the palace and its French-style gardens.

We continue across the countryside to Lithuania stopping to visit the Hill of Crosses, a peaceful symbol of enduring Lithuanian Catholicism.

Special Experience

We stop for a tour and lunch at Pakruoji Manor, an old manor house that has been converted into a hotel and restaurant. We visit the Inn Traktierius on site, touring its brewery and sampling the regional homemade beer it produces following ancient traditions.

In the evening we arrive in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 9
9

Vilnius: northern European charm

Located on the banks of the Neris and Vilnia Rivers, Vilnius oozes northern European charm. Its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is where our touring commences today. We see the Cathedral of Vilnius, the gothic 16th century St Anne’s Church and the 17th century baroque St Peter & Paul’s Cathedral. We tour Vilnius University, founded in 1579, before continuing to the Chapel of the Gate of Dawn and the Amber Museum Gallery where we learn about Baltic amber.

In the afternoon we visit Trakai Castle, a 14th century stone castle set on an island in the middle of Lake Galvé. We return to Vilnius before meeting this evening for our final dinner together at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Depart Vilnius

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the varied splendor of Helsinki and the Baltics.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia

Stays

  • 9 nights in superior accommodation
  • Hotel highlight, Helsinki. A Helsinki county prison built in 1837 has been transformed into a modern hotel in the heart of Finland’s capital

Meals

  • 13 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Food highlight, Helsinki. Discover the freshness of Nordic cuisine on a walking food tour of Helsinki
  • Food highlight, Tallinn. Indulge in a medieval feast at the Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
  • Food highlight, Sabile. Visit the world’s northernmost winery and sample the regional wine at Sabile Hill Winery
  • Food highlight, Pakruoji Manor. Enjoy a 3-course lunch in an old manor house that has been converted into a hotel and restaurant
  • Food highlight, Inn Traktierius. Visit a local brewery and sample regional homemade beer made following ancient traditions

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Discover the freshness of Nordic cuisine on a walking food tour of Helsinki
  • Enjoy a Master Cook’s feast at the medieval Olde Hansa restaurant
  • Tour a declassified Soviet bunker, exploring the 9-meter deep facility built to house the Soviet elite in case of emergency
  • Sample the wine produced at Sabile Hill Winery, the world’s northernmost vineyards
  • Taste homemade beer produced following ancient traditions at Pakruoji Manor

Sightseeing

  • Helsinki city tour
  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Underground Temple
  • Suomenlinna
  • City and walking tour of Tallinn
  • Kadriorg Park
  • Turaida Castle
  • Sigulda Castle ruins
  • Ligatne Sovjet Bunker
  • Riga city tour
  • Dome Cathedral in Riga
  • 17th floor Latvian Academy of Sciences Building
  • Kuldiga
  • Sabile Hill wine tasting
  • Rundale Palace (Palace and park)
  • Hill of Crosses
  • Parkruoji Manor with brewery tour & tasting
  • Vilnius Tour
  • Vilnius University
  • Trakai Castle

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

Finland flag Helsinki Finland

Hotel Katajanokka

4-star

History meets a 21st century hotel at Hotel Katajanokka. Originally a Helsinki county prison, the hotel is housed in a building that dates back to 1837. Recently renovated, the hotel combines luxury and style with modern-day facilities to provide a comfortable stay for guests. The rooms boast a sleek and stylish design, with modern furniture and facilities including free wifi, air-conditioning and a safe deposit box. Hotel Katajanokka also includes a 24-hour gym, and an onsite restaurant and outdoor terrace.

Estonia flag Tallinn Estonia

Centennial Hotel Tallinn

4-star

Situated in the heart of Tallinn, and just a 5-minute walk to the city’s Old Town, the Centennial Hotel Tallinn offers a superior stay in Estonia’s capital. Modern and bright, the guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, free wifi, a coffee maker and more. The hotel boasts an onsite restaurant serving delicious meals all day.

Latvia flag Riga Latvia

Radisson Blu Latvija Conferences & Spa

4-star

At 90m tall, the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference and Spa towers over the city of Riga and offers accommodation within walking distance to the city’s major attractions. Rooms are modern and comfortable, equipped with free wifi and air-conditioning, while the hotel boasts a spa and wellness center, 2 restaurants, and the Skyline Bar – located on the 26th floor with panoramic views of the city.

Latvia flag Riga Latvia

Avalon Hotel

4-star

The Avalon Hotel & Conferences offers a modern stay surrounded by the medieval charm of Riga’s Old Town. Conveniently located to explore the best of Riga, the hotel also offers guests an onsite restaurant, bar and spa. Guest rooms are comfortable and provide a relaxing place for guests to unwind; featuring air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box, coffee maker and more.

Lithuania flag Vilnius Lithuania

Congress Avenue

4-star

Ideally located on the main street of Vilnius’ Old Town, the Congress Avenue Hotel offers a modern and elegant stay. The stylish guest rooms are spacious and feature air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box, and more. Modern styling can be found throughout the hotel including in the onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

Finland - Currency

The official currency in Finland is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Estonia - Currency

The official currency in Estonia is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Latvia - Currency

The official currency in Latvia is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Lithuania - Currency

The official currency in Lithuania is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)
02

Fitness Level

Europe

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.

Walking Ability
2-3hrs
03

Arrival Time

Helsinki & the Baltics - Arrival Time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00 in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

Dates and Prices

Don’t wait, reserve your place today.

*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
10 May 20
19 May 20
$3,095
$3,095
Available
07 Jun 20
16 Jun 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
05 Jul 20
14 Jul 20
$3,095
$3,095
Available
02 Aug 20
11 Aug 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
30 Aug 20
08 Sep 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
13 Sep 20
22 Sep 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
27 Sep 20
06 Oct 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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