Door 2 Tour

Coach Holidays, Escorted Tours & Events

0330 440 3999

Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Helsinki, Tallinn & Riga

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99823

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

7 nights. August 2019 - October 2020. From £679.20.

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Experience the clear air, designer cool, vibrant café cultures and picture-book charms of three Baltic gems and their scenic surroundings. Join us in a trio of glorious Baltic capitals, each contrasting effervescent modernity with wonderfully preserved history, and each offering the delights of outdoor living, some of Europe’s best cutting-edge cuisine and some memorable sights. Wander through compact, maritime Helsinki. Cross into Estonia to discover Tallinn’s engaging charms, before heading south along the pristine coast to complete a wonderful Baltic journey in Latvia’s cosmopolitan capital, Riga.

What's Included

Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of four-star hotels in Helsinki (2 nights), Tallinn (2) and Riga (3)
Return flights to Helsinki (returning from Riga)
A ferry crossing from Helsinki to Tallinn
Comfortable, coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Holiday Highlights

Enjoy two nights in Finland's delightful capital
Discover vibrant Helsinki on a guided tour
Cross the Baltic Sea to Estonia's picture-book Tallinn
Take a guided tour of Tallinn's restored Old Town
Relax and enjoy the Estonian capital's vibrant cafe life
Journey, via Baltic resort Parnu, to Riga, for a guided tour
PRICE FROM ? £679 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Helsinki, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Rest and relax, and perhaps enjoy your first Finnish sauna at the hotel, before exploring the harbour and its market halls. Later, head into the compact city in search of dinner and (depending on your arrival date) to enjoy a long, sunlit evening. Choose from an array of traditional Scandinavian fish specialists and some of Europe’s most exciting new restaurants, and enjoy a drink in a similarly wide choice of watering holes. Staying out until shortly after midnight might even see you returning to your hotel in daylight!

Day 2

An included, guided excursion introduces the Finnish capital, today. See freshly landed fish in the historic Market Hall. Stop for coffee – Finns drink more than anybody else in the world – see stunning Senate Square’s great neo-Classical buildings and perhaps take in the views of the city from its cathedral tower. You'll then have the afternoon free to browse the designer stores of the Toriquarters or the boutiques of trendy Kallio, stroll by the water or take a cruise to one of Helsinki's 300 outlying islands. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Porvoo – Finland’s ancient, endlessly charming, second city.

Day 3

Transfer to the quayside, this morning, to board the ferry for the two-and-a-half-hour to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. After a few hours at sea – hopefully bathed in the Baltic's famously clear light – you'll arrive and transfer to your hotel close to the city's delightful Old Town. Originally a Danish stronghold built on Toompea Hill, the impossibly beautiful, UNESCO-listed heart of Tallinn is one of Europe’s most complete medieval gems. The city is no musty historical remnant, however. Vibrant cafés and modern culture both thrive within the glorious setting. Another long, light evening, perhaps spent in the one of Tallinn's many trendy eateries, completes a perfect day.

Day 4

Today begins with a tour of Tallinn in the company of a local guide, who will bring to life the major sites, including onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle. After the tour, explore the city under your own steam, perhaps taking in the view from the top of its TV Tower, or joining our optional excursion to the Maarjamae Palace. This magnificent sea-side summer retreat was built by a Russian count, and now houses the fascinating Estonian History Museum.

Day 5

Journey south by coach along the scenic coast, today, pausing for lunch at Estonia’s celebrated beach resort, Pärnu, before continuing into Latvia and making your way to its colourful, cosmopolitan capital, Riga. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy your first evening in the Baltic states’ largest city, where a host of cafés, bars and restaurants cater for all tastes.

Day 6

A guided tour will reveal some of Riga's most fascinating sights and secrets, today. A trading centre for centuries, Riga is now rushing headlong into the 21st Century, and ultra-modern buildings are springing up around its walled central core. Highlights will include the lovingly reconstructed Dutch-influenced House of the Blackheads, several large churches, Riga Castle, the beautifully restored Town Hall Square, the towering Freedom Monument, two magnificent cathedrals and the Art Nouveau glories of the UNESCO-listed Quiet Centre district. This afternoon, why not join our optional excursion to the fascinating Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, a representation of 19th-century life in rural Latvia, in a beautiful forested setting, before enjoying another evening in Riga?

Day 7

Your final included tour takes you into the beautiful landscape of Gauja National Park, a forested, alpine refuge for elk, European bison and brown bears. Highlights of your day here will include ornate Sigulda Castle (once the headquarters of the Livonian Order, an offshoot of the Teutonic Knights who once fought crusades and defended Church interests across Northern Europe) and restored Turaida Castle. You’ll return to Riga to spend a last night in the city, hopefully reliving the memories of a thoroughly enjoyable week.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport to check in for your flight back to the UK, after a wonderful Baltic Cities tour. Back to top

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Terms and conditions

OFFER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes ocean cruises, river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding insurance if selected) at the time of booking. Your chosen gift will be dispatched within two weeks of your holiday return date. If you cancel your holiday, your free gift will not be dispatched. Only one free gift will be sent per booking. No cash equivalent can be given. Free gifts are not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. Virgin wines gift option available to over 18s only. These offers cannot be used in conjunction with Late Availability pricing, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. WINE TERMS: Offer applies to new bookings on air holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. All information provided on this page has been approved by Virgin Wines (www.virginwines.co.uk). If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This offer is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. This offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. One Case of Wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Virgin Wines and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Virgin Wines after you have received your free gift. You can contact Virgin Wines regarding your case of wine by emailing corporate@virginwines.co.uk. HAMPER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises holidays made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. All information provided on this page has been approved by Whisk Hampers. If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Whisk Hampers for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Whisk Hampers will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This is subject to availability, and can be withdrawn at any time. One Hamper per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Whisk Hampers and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Whisk Hampers after your account has been activated. Back to top