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Discover three shining stars of the Nordic and Baltic regions

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20212022
8 days From £999 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22BAG

About the tour

Explore cobbled streets and avant-garde architecture as you uncover fascinating history and culture across three shining stars of the Nordic and Baltic regions - Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - To Helsinki

Fly from London or your local airport to Helsinki and check into your hotel, before some free time to begin exploring the eclectic Finnish capital. Situated on an archipelago surrounded by smaller islands, Helsinki has plenty of nooks and crannies to discover as well as beautiful public parks and open spaces.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Helsinki

Set out on a guided city tour. The stylish port-city of Helsinki is the world's second most northerly capital after Reykjavik. Helsinki is a city where East meets West and is a wonderful collision of the two cultures. As you stroll through the streets, you can admire centuries of history in the striking buildings, from the avant-garde to the Byzantine. Among the sights you see is the Senate Square, part of the oldest section of the city, as well as the city's three cathedrals, the Government Palace, Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Market Square, overlooked by the Presidential Palace. This afternoon, enjoy a vintage tram ride through central Helsinki, travelling on restored carriages. After your tram ride, board a ferry to Suomenlinna fortress island, where you have free time to explore.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Tallinn

Leaving Helsinki behind, you continue your Baltic adventure with a journey to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, sailing across the Gulf of Finland. You spend three nights in the storybook city of Tallinn. The attractive city is filled with pretty churches and charming cobbled streets lined with terracotta-roofed buildings, making it a delight to explore.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Tallinn

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Tallinn, soaking up the city's great landmarks and attractions across both the Upper and Lower Towns. Admire the picturesque Lower Town and its medieval walls dotted with towers, the impressive over 600-year-old Gothic Town Hall and its square, and the Town Council Pharmacy, which is one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe. Continuing your tour, visit the Upper Town, known as Toompea. Here, discover the elaborately decorated Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Houses of Estonian Parliament, and one of the oldest churches in Estonia - the Dome Church. While here, you can admire the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hills over the Lower Town and the rest of the city.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Tallinn

Today is free to go sightseeing in lovely Tallinn. Perhaps return to the Old Town where you could visit the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn. Another option is the unusually named 'Kiek in de Kök', which means 'peek into the kitchen'. The historic tower is believed to be named due to its height, which allowed those inside to see through the windows of the surrounding buildings.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Riga

Transfer to the station and join the train to Valga. On arrival, take a coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Enjoy a scenic stop along the way at Turaida Castle, a beautiful castle found in a forested area of the Gauja National Park. The rest of your day is free to begin exploring Riga, before you enjoy a three-course dinner at a local restaurant. Regarded as one of the most dynamic capital cities within the Baltic States, Riga is a vibrant big city, with broad avenues, majestic Art Nouveau palaces, trendy cafés, restaurants, and shopping centres.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Riga

Uncovering Riga's history - both old and new - today, marvel at a skyline filled with church steeples, wander broad avenues, and admire majestic Art Nouveau palaces on a guided tour. Riga is famous for its spectacular Art Nouveau architecture, and there's no other European city with as many buildings built in this style. See the city's stunning opera house and stop at Latvia's oldest and most-prized houses of worship, including Riga Cathedral and St Peter's Church. Spend the afternoon exploring at your own pace.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Riga & home

Transfer to the airport for the flight to the UK, via Helsinki. Upon arrival in London, or at your local airport, your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Grand Marina, Helsinki

Scandic Grand Marina, Helsinki

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Hotel Islande, Riga

Hotel Islande, Riga

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Nordic Forum, Tallin

Nordic Forum, Tallin

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