ESCORTED - 9 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Helsinki | Tallinn | Riga | Vilnius
Tours start in Helsinki on Sundays
Departures June 02 – Sept 08, 2019
Day 01: Arrive Helsinki
Arrive in Helsinki and meet our local representative at Helsinki Airport before transferring together to your four star hotel.
Please see welcome letter upon check-in at hotel for details about the meeting point, tour guide contact information, and meeting time with your tour escort. A short welcome meeting will be held this afternoon, where you’ll receive more information about the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.
NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from Helsinki Airport to your hotel on the official start date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
Day 02: Helsinki - Tallinn
Scandinavian buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning meet your local English speaking guide for a panoramic city sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as ‘The Daughter of the Baltic Sea’. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral—all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840s—the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbor, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski, and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to the interior of Temppeliaukio Church – called the ‘Rock Church’ as it is carved into solid rock.
The tour ends at the Tallink Silja pier, where we board the Helsinki-Tallinn ferry for an approximately 2-hour crossing to Estonia. You arrive in Tallinn and check in to a four-star hotel, and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Radisson Blu Sky
NOTE: Temppeliaukio Church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies.
Day 03: Tallinn
Breakfast is at your hotel this morning before you embark on a dynamic and exciting panoramic city tour of Tallinn.
Discover the secrets of Tallinn's fairytale-like Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking part of the tour includes Toompea Hill, where you'll see the ancient Toompea Castle, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (built in 1900, during the period when Estonia was part of the Russian Empire) and the Cathedral of Saint Mary, also known as the Dome Church. We'll make a stop at one of the panoramic platforms to admire the wonderful view of the old center’s red roofs with the dark blue Tallinn Bay in the background. Then we'll continue to the lower part of the city, walking among beautiful historic buildings until we reach the Town Hall Square. Tallinn's Gothic-style Town Hall, built in the 15th century, is the oldest surviving town hall in the Baltic countries. Just a few steps away, you'll find the famous Town Hall Pharmacy, which has been operating in the same premises since early 15th century.
The tour ends at your hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Radisson Blu Sky
Day 04: Tallinn - Riga
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, we depart by our private long-distance coach and travel to Riga. On our way to the Latvian capital we'll make a short stop in Pärnu, a relaxed summer holiday resort which is very popular with Estonian, Russian and Finnish families. We then head south along the Baltic coast until we cross the border into Latvia. Lunch break in the small town of Sigulda (lunch included).
After lunch, we'll make a photo stop to admire the ancient ruins of Sigulda Castle – recently re-opened in 2012 – before crossing the Gauja River and arriving in Turaida, where we'll see the recently reconstructed red-brick medieval castle.
We reach Riga in the afternoon and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Radisson Blu Latvija
Day 05: Riga
Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast we'll start our panoramic tour of the fascinating Latvian capital, beautifully located on the banks of Daugava River.
A prosperous city during the Hanseatic period, Riga is now the biggest of the Baltic States’ cities, and in some districts you can still feel its more recent Soviet past. During the walking part of the tour we'll visit the Old Town, filled with charming colorful houses and narrow cobblestone streets. We'll make a stop at the delightful Town Hall Square to see the Roland Statue and the famous Blackheads House with its beautiful Dutch Renaissance façade. We'll pass by the 13th-century Riga Cathedral (the largest church in Latvia) and the Riga Castle. No tour of Riga would be complete without visiting the famous Art Nouveau district dating from the early 20th century, boasting houses built in the elaborate “Jugendstil” (German, “Youth Style”, deriving its name from the Munich magazine Die Jugend) style.
The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring this wonderful Baltic capital on your own.
Radisson Blu Latvija
Day 06: Riga - Vilnius
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for Vilnius. In the morning we'll make a stop to visit the Rundale Palace, a delightful Baroque-era building and one of Latvia's most cherished national treasures. The palace was built in the 18th century by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect who designed the world-famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Lunch break in the historic town of Panevėžys (lunch included).
We’ll arrive in Vilnius, where a panoramic city tour of the Lithuanian capital is the highlight of the day. We'll marvel at the charming Old Town and its amazing mixture of styles: Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Deco buildings will remind us of the city's glorious past. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, one of Eastern Europe's oldest universities. We will also see the Presidential Palace, Gediminas Avenue and Gediminas Tower (both named after the Grand Duke of Lithuania), and the Gate of Dawn – famous for its chapel containing an image of the Virgin Mary, widely believed to have miraculous powers. Another unmissable sight is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, known as “pearl of the Lithuanian Baroque”, decorated with 2000 white stucco figures.
Check-in at the hotel and the rest of today is at leisure.
Radisson Blu Astorija
Day 07: Depart Vilnius
After a final buffet breakfast, you meet our local representative and transfer together to Vilnius Airport for your flight home.
NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from your hotel to Vilnius Airport on the official end date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
- 6 nights Helsinki – Vilnius
- 6 nights’ accommodation including (6) daily buffet breakfasts and 2 lunches as per itinerary, in centrally located four-/five-star hotels, all rooms with private facilities
- All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and are dual-language (English and Spanish or Portuguese), all entrances included as outlined
- Arrival transfer (Helsinki) and departure transfer (Vilnius) as stated in itinerary above
- Cruise Helsinki - Tallinn, with porter service at ferry
- Luggage handling at hotels (1 suitcase, 1 piece of hand luggage) except on arrival and departure days (Days 01 & 07)
- Bi-lingual tour escort Days 01-07 (English & Spanish or Portuguese only)
- Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats
NOTE: Prices do not include beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above.
2019 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES View Escorted Tour Specials
Prices per person sharing double/twin-bedded room. Tours start in Helsinki on Sundays.
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Tour dates & availability per 10/16/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Guests 7 years or older are welcome; children 7-18 years old must travel with an adult. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.
Third person in extra bed/special child discount! Deduct $52 from posted per person double room rates. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older. Child discount (7-12 years): $115.