Helsinki, Tallinn & Riga
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99823
- 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 IncludedSeven 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 HighlightsEnjoy 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
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly 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 2An 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 3Transfer 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 4Today 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 5Journey 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 6A 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 7Your 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 8Transfer to the airport to check in for your flight back to the UK, after a wonderful Baltic Cities tour. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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 requirementsIf 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 accessThe 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 changesOccasionally, 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.
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