Baltic Revelation

Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki & St Petersburg
13 days
May - Sep
Itinerary
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Explore the highlights of the Baltics, plus the treasures of St Petersburg. The tour can also be extended to include Moscow.  All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, transfer from the airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar; check-in, and welcome meeting.

DAY 2 VILNIUS: MEDIEVAL TOWN & TRAKAI CASTLE
Vilnius has over 1200 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.
Afternoon excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. Visit the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. Evening: optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

DAY 3 VILNIUS-RIGA: HILL OF CROSSES & RUNDALE PALACE
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills 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 Radisson Blu Latvija or similar.

DAY 4  RIGA: GAUJA NATIONAL PARK, SIGULDA, CASTLES & ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The 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.
This afternoon you will visit the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th Century country life.  Evening organ concert at the lovely old Dome Cathedral.

DAY 5 RIGA: WALKING TOUR & JURMALA SEA RESORT
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, 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. 
Afternoon visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.  Evening: optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

DAY 6 RIGA-TALLINN: PARNU SUMMER RESORT & LAND OF FORESTS
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 Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.

DAY 7  TALLINN: OLD TOWN SIGHTSEEING, KADRIOG PARK & KUMU ART MUSEUM
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, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.
Afternoon excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU, the award winning new Estonian art museum with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. Evening: optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

DAY 8 TALLINN-HELSINKI: FERRY THROUGH THE ARCHIPELAGO
In the morning we visit Lahemaa National park where we see Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After a lunch break we head back to Tallinn and take the ferry from Tallinn for a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago, en-route to Helsinki. Transfer to Hotel Glo Art or similar; check-in.

DAY 9 HELSINKI; CITY SIGHTSEEING & SEURASAARI MUSEUM
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, Senate Square, 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.
Afternoon 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 HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG VIA VYBORG CASTLE
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar.

DAY 11 ST. PETERSBURG: IMPERIAL CITY TOUR & CATHERINES PALACE & AMBER ROOM
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. Afternoon visit to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. Evening visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian drinks and snacks.

DAY 12 ST. PETERSBURG; PETERHOF PALACE & HERMITAGE MUSEUM
The morning is reserved for an excursion to
Peterhof; an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum.  In the evening, enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

DAY 13 ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

DEPARTURES: 21, 28 May; 04, 11, 18, 25 June; 02, 09*, 16*, 23*, 30* July; 06*, 13*, 20, 27 August; 03, 10 September 2017

*These departures will be affected by the closure of Vilnius International Airport from 14 July- 18 August 2017. During this period flights will instead arrive at and depart from alternative airports and supplements for transfer to/from your hotel in Vilnius will apply.

This tour is also offered as a 16 day tour, with an extension to Moscow. See our Baltic and Russian Explorer tour for details. 

INCLUDES: 12 overnights at centrally located 4-5 star hotels, including buffet breakfasts; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalised welcome package; Entrances to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace and Great Guild Hall (Tallinn), Church-in-the Rock (Helsinki), Peter-and-Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg; 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle; 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park; 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum; Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral; 4-hour excursion to Jurmala; 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; 6 hour excursion to Lahemaa National park, 3-hour excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; 4-hour excursion to Peterhof, including a visit to the Grand Palace; Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo, including a visit to Catherine’s Palace; 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours;Service of 1st class motor coaches or  minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki (One way, 2nd class); Portage at hotels; Service and VAT; Arrival transfer  Vilnius Airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and departure transfer hotel to St Petersburg Airport (Day 13 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply. 

EXCLUDES: optionals: Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack; Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch; Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea); Russian Visa.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3350.00
Single AUD$ 4393.00

INCLUDES: 12 overnights at centrally located 4-5 star hotels, including buffet breakfasts; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalised welcome package; Entrances to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace and Great Guild Hall (Tallinn), Church-in-the Rock (Helsinki), Peter-and-Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg; 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle; 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park; 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum; Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral; 4-hour excursion to Jurmala; 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; 6 hour excursion to Lahemaa National park, 3-hour excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; 4-hour excursion to Peterhof, including a visit to the Grand Palace; Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo, including a visit to Catherine’s Palace; 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours;Service of 1st class motor coaches or  minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki (One way, 2nd class); Portage at hotels; Service and VAT; Arrival transfer  Vilnius Airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and departure transfer hotel to St Petersburg Airport (Day 13 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply. 

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