Explore the distinctive heritage and architectural styles of the capitals and royal residences of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland
Vilnius - 2 nights
Riga - 3 nights
Tallinn - 2 nights
Helsinki - 1 night
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. In 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.
The palaces aspire to match St. Petersburg, indeed much filming for the series Catherine the Great was in Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle and Rundale Palace, the latter designed by Rastrelli, architect of the Catherine and Winter Palaces.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
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 Morning tour of Riga visiting the History of KGB Operations in Latvia and the Dome Cathedral, followed by a short organ concert at the cathedral (May-Sep) or a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum (Oct). Visit the Riga Black Magic Bar for a cocktail. (B)
Day 5 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 6 Cross into Estonia, continue to Tallinn (4 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Palace Hotel. 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 walking tour of Telliskivi, a complex of former warehouses turned into a creative city, ending the tour with a tasting of Vana Tallinn. (B)
Day 8 Travel by ferry (2 hrs) to Helsinki for overnight at the 4-star Hotel 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)
This tour involves carrying luggage on and off a ferry.
For October departures Day 4 and 5 will be reversed.
A charming 4-star hotel in a 19th-century building, opposite the Bernardine Garden and in Vilnius’s Old Town. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 79 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel, close to the House of the Blackheads in Riga’s Old Town. Breakfast area, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and pool and sauna (chargeable). 222 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
An elegant 4-star hotel, dating back to 1937, located next to Freedom Square and the Old Town. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 79 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel in Helsinki’s old police station. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 130 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Finnair from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £435
Extra nights – Vilnius
Hotel Vilnia (per night) £65
Single supplement £45
Arrival transfer add £25
Extra nights – Helsinki
Hotel Lilla Roberts (per night) £115 (Jun 2; Aug; Sep 8 £135)
Single supplement £95 (Jun 2; Aug; Sep 8 £105)
Departure transfer add £75
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £75
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Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory changes introduced after publication.
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