Baltic Cities

Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki.
10 days
May - Sep
Itinerary
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This great short tour takes you to the major cities of the Baltic Sea - Vilnius, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

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Day 1 Vilnius
Arrival in Vilnius, transfer from airport to the Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Day 2  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 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 Vilnius - Riga
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
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the pleasure 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. The afternoon offers a  visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an organ recital  at the historic Dome Cathedral.

Day 5 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 a 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 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 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 enjoy an excursion 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 Tallinn- Helsinki
Today enjoy an 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 a 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: 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 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 : Departure
Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Departures: 21 and 28 May; 04, 11, 18 and 25 June; 02, 09, 16*, 23* and 30* July; 06*, 13*, 20 and 27 August; 03 and 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.

Includes: 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels; 9 x buffet breakfasts; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalised welcome package; Entrances to Old University Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki; 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 the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; Service of English speaking tour escort; Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class); Portage at hotels; transfer from Vilnius airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and transfer from hotel to Helsinki airport  (Day 10 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply.

Excludes:Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack; Half board at hotels 9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2262.00
Single AUD$ 3073.00

Includes: 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels; 9 x buffet breakfasts; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalised welcome package; Entrances to Old University Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki; 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 the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; Service of English speaking tour escort; Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class); Portage at hotels; transfer from Vilnius airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and transfer from hotel to Helsinki airport  (Day 10 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply.

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