Overview

Vilnius - 2 nights
Riga - 3 nights
Tallinn - 2 nights
Helsinki - 1 night

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BALTIC CAPITALS

Exploring the distinctive heritage and architectural styles of the capitals and royal residences of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland

The capitals of the three Baltic States are a complimentary trio of architectural beauty. The once isolated city of Vilnius boasts Europe’s largest Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful Gothic, Neo-classical and famous Baroque architecture. The city once known as the Jerusalem of the North, the Lithuanian Jewish population grew to 100,000 before WWII, but tragically over 90% were murdered during the Holocaust.

The handsome and vibrant town of Riga is the largest of the Baltic capitals and aspires to the title ‘Paris of the Baltics’. In the Old Town, its architectural mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque has survived, although most interesting perhaps is that Riga has the highest percentage of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.

Tallinn’s old town developed little after the 15th century and still retains its medieval beauty, yet mixed with a distinct character, its winding cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Gothic architecture. Helsinki is a cutting-edge urban space, home to Neo-classical architecture which is explored in the cathedral area.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Historic Hotel
Group Size: 6 – 28

 

Special Event

Riga Black Balsam

Visit the Riga Black Magic Bar with its 18th century apothecary interior. In the basement Abraham Kunze developed, 250 years ago, Riga Black Balsam according to his secret recipe. The dark and astringent elixir is made out of 24 herbs – enjoy a cocktail based on the liqueur with a slice of cake!

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Vilnius via Helsinki. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Vilnia.

Day 2 Morning tour of Vilnius includes a visit to the National Museum – Palace of the Great Dukes of Lithuania and the courtyards of Vilnius University, one of the oldest universities in Central Europe, founded in the 16th century. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Trakai to visit the Island Castle, built in several phases in the 14th century. Cross the Latvian border and continue to Riga (4 hrs). Spend three nights at the 4-star Wellton Riverside Hotel. (B, L)

Day 4 Travel to Rundale Palace, designed by Rastrelli and set amongst formal French-style gardens. Visit the Baroque Palace built for the Dukes of Courland and admire the manicured garden. (B, L)

Day 5 Morning tour of Riga visiting the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the Dome Cathedral, followed by a short organ concert at the cathedral (May-Sep) or a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum (Apr/Oct). Visit the Riga Black Magic Bar for a cocktail. (B)

Day 6 Cross into Estonia, continue to Tallinn (4 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Palace Hotel or 4-star Solo Sokos Estoria. Walking tour of Tallinn’s Old Town includes the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Toompea hill, the most opulent Orthodox Church in Tallinn, and the Town Hall, the oldest in Northern Europe and the only one preserved in Gothic style. (B, L)

Day 7 Visit to nearby Baroque Kadriorg Palace, built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great and Peter the Great’s house, a humble 17th-century cottage. Afternoon visit to Hotel Viru and KGB Museum. (B)

Day 8 Travel by ferry (2 hrs) to Helsinki for overnight at the 4-star Lilla Roberts. (B)

Day 9 Walking tour viewing Senate Square, railway station, Esplanade and the South Harbour area with City Hall and Presidential Palace. Visit to the city library Oodi. Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This tour involves carrying luggage on and off a ferry.

 

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room 
Finnair from Heathrow

Date Price
April 17 £1145
May 1 £1225
May 8 £1245
May 22 £1275
June 5 £1325
June 26 £1345
July 3 £1325
July 17 £1325
August 7 £1345
August 14 £1275
September 4 £1275
September 18 £1275
October 2 £1195

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £445
(Apr/May 8, 22/Aug 14/Oct £395)

Extension Options

Extra nights – Vilnius
Hotel Vilnia (per night) £60
Single supplement £45
Arrival transfer £20 

Extra nights – Helsinki
Hotel Lilla Roberts (per night) £95 
Single supplement £85 
Departure transfer £50

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £20 
Departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory changes introduced after publication.

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