The Baltic States, Russia and Scandinavia

  • 16 Days

  • Northern Europe

  • Active pace

Get an exciting snapshot of Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia as you explore the old towns and modern cities. Peek inside the 18th century Palace of Rundale, wander medieval merchant houses.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 13th October 2018

Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Get an exciting snapshot of Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia as you explore the old towns and modern cities. Peek inside the 18th century Palace of Rundale, wander medieval merchant houses.

At a glance

  • Copenhagen Enjoy a guided city tour. 
  • Vilnius Spot Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings as you wander the old town.
  • Palace of Rundale Explore the rich interiors of the Duke of Courland’s former summer home.
  • Tallinn Wander medieval merchant houses in this UNESCO-listed old town.
  • Senate Square Get up close with Carl Ludvig Engel’s most famous NEO-Classical architecture.
  • Stockholm Discover the highlights of the city on a guided tour.

Day 1

UK - Copenhagen

Fly to Copenhagen where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Copenhagen - Berlin

Denmark's compact, friendly capital has many famous sights, including the Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Start today with an included guided tour of the city, taking in highlights such as the iconic Little Mermaid statue at the harbour. This afternoon, cross by ferry to Rostock before continuing to the lively German capital, Berlin.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Berlin - Poznan

Berlin was once a city of contrasts but since the dividing wall came down, it has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new, preserving its old heritage buildings, as well as creating brand new buildings in the most modern architectural styles. Germany's capital is now culturally one of the most fascinating, lively and interesting cities in Europe. There's time to explore the city at your own pace, or perhaps join the optional sightseeing tour, before you journey to Poznan, the former capital of Poland.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Poznan - Warsaw

Journey through the Polish countryside to Warsaw, the country's capital. Much of this beautiful city was destroyed during World War II, but has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The magnificent Royal Way is lined with an array of impressive churches, palaces, art galleries and museums. On the optional city sightseeing tour, discover the best of the city's historic landmarks, including a wealth of fine Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Warsaw - Vilnius

Today, cross the border into Lithuania and continue to Vilnius, the country's UNESCO listed historic capital for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vilnius

The cultural centre of Lithuania, Vilnius boasts many fine examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. See the main highlights on today’s guided city tour of the Old Town. This afternoon, you are free to explore the city at your own pace.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Vilnius - Rundale Pils - Riga

This morning, journey into Latvia for a visit to the Baroque Palace of Rundale, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Built in the 18th century, the palace was designed by the great architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. Later, travel amidst picturesque countryside to Riga, the Latvian capital, where you will spend two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Riga

Formerly owned by Poland, Sweden, Russia and Germany, Riga is a diverse and beautiful city, strategically located at the head of the Gulf of Riga, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The Old Town is a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, where old houses and lofty church spires flank narrow cobblestone streets dotted amongst the riverbanks, parks and canals. The included sightseeing tour with a local guide introduces the city's best highlights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Riga - Parnu - Tallinn

Today, we journey along the Baltic coastline and cross the border into Estonia for a stop in the beautiful sea-side city of Parnu. Take a stroll down to the sandy beach, before continuing your journey to Tallinn.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Tallinn

Far older than the country of which it is the capital, Tallinn has many fine medieval buildings. The Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and contains fascinating sights such as the Hanseatic Merchant Houses, the mile-long town wall, the medieval Town Hall and the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, all included in your guided sightseeing tour of the city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Tallinn - St Petersburg

This morning drive through Narva, site of the impressive Hermann Fortress and cross into Russia, to continue to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg to spend two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

St Petersburg

Famous for its wide boulevards and stunning architecture, Russia's 'second city' is set on the mouth of the River Neva and is connected to the Baltic by a ship canal built in the late 19th-century. On today's included sightseeing you will receive a fascinating introduction to the city before this afternoon's optional excursion to the Hermitage.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

St Petersburg - Vyborg - Helsinki

Enjoy free time or an optional visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress this morning. Later, experience the monumental vistas of the Russian landscape as you travel between Lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Finland to the Finnish border, and arrive in the country's charming capital, Helsinki.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Helsinki - Baltic Sea crossing - Stockholm

A delightful city with parks, waterways and elegant neo-classical architecture, Helsinki has a small-town feel, its skyline devoid of high-rise buildings and its population little more than a million. Our included sightseeing tour with a local guide includes visits to the elegant Empire-style palace on Senate Square and the cathedral. After free time this afternoon, board your overnight ferry to the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Stockholm

With a unique layout, Sweden's capital is a beautiful city spread across 14 islands between Lake Mäler and the Baltic. Today's included guided sightseeing tour includes takes in all the most famous landmarks including a visit to the City Hall.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Stockholm - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Copenhagen: Quality Dan
  • Berlin: Park Inn Alexanderplatz
  • Poznan: Novotel Centrum
  • Warsaw: Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre
  • Vilnius: Grata
  • Riga: Albert
  • Tallinn: Kreutz wald or Park Inn Meriton
  • St Petersburg: Sokos Olympia Garden or Holiday Inn Moskovskye
  • Helsinki: Scandic Park
  • Stockholm: Radisson Blu Arlandia or Clarion Arlanda

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Notes

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

Latest customer reviews

14th August 2017

Excellent tour with very knowledgable guides. Some of optional extras not value for money eg evening meal in a local restaurant

11th May 2017

This is the holiday for visiting North Europe. 28 on trip and we all enjoyed being together. Some good friendships made, and plenty of fun. Only two disappointments....don't go on the St Peter & Paul Fort trip in St. Petersberg or the Kar....Palace trip - both a waste of money.

28th August 2016

First class holiday. Tour Rep was excellent. His knowledge of the different countries visited was perfect. Holiday was very good value for money.

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