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 Baroque architecture. The former KGB building now houses a museum displaying exhibits and stories of the Stalin and Soviet Union regimes.
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's centre 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 European character, its winding cobblestone street 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.
Like many of the former satellites of the Soviet Union, Latvia has never before really achieved lasting independence, with German settlers followed by the Swedes and Russians. However, neighbouring Estonia did have an earlier taste of independence between the World Wars, before the Germans and Russians invaded.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Vilnius via Helsinki. Spend two nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.
Day 2 Morning tour of Vilnius including visits to the KGB Museum and the National Museum – Palace of the Great Dukes of Lithuania. (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 Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel. (B, L)
Day 4 Morning tour of Riga visiting 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 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 and continue to Tallinn (4 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Nordic Hotel Forum. Panoramic tour of Tallinn before continuing to nearby Kadriorg Palace to visit Peter the Great’s house, a humble 17th-century cottage, and the Baroque Kadriorg Palace. (B, L)
Day 7 Morning walking tour of Tallinn includes Nevsky Cathedral the most opulent Orthodox Church in Tallinn, and the Gothic Town Hall. (B)
Day 8 Travel by ferry (2 hrs) to Helsinki for overnight at the 4-star Glo Kluuvi Hotel. Walking tour viewing Senate Square, railway station, Esplanade and the South Harbour area with City Hall and Presidential Palace. (B)
Day 9 Return flight. (B)
This tour involves carrying luggage on and off a ferry.
A charming and historical 5-star hotel built in 1901, located in the Old Town. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 119 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This iconic 4-star hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Old Town, surrounded by shops and restaurants. Facilities include restaurant, bars, gym and WiFi (free). 571 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel, close to the Old Town and by the Viru Gates. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, sauna, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 267 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern, central 4-star hotel, close to Helsinki Central Station. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 184 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, 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 £395
(Jun/Aug 2 & 16 2019 £445)
Extra nights – Vilnius
Radisson Blu Royal Astorija (per night) £60
Single supplement £45
Arrival transfer £40
Extra nights – Helsinki
Glo Kluuvi Hotel (per night) £75 (Jun, Aug 2,16 £95)
Single supplement £65 (Aug 2 & 16 £85)
Departure transfer £35
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £35
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.
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory changes introduced after publication.
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