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From Helsinki to Riga, our southernmost stop, this tour rakes in four cities across a trio of countries on the cusp of where Russia and Europe collide. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will discover the very best on offer from this hidden gem corner of Europe made up of Finland, Estonia and Latvia.
– Return flights and transfers
– 7nts in 4* accommodation
– Selected Meals: Daily breakfast and 3 dinners
– Services of an expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Guided tour of Suomenlinna Fortress
– Visit picturesque Kadriorg Park
– Drive through relaxing countryside to visit Tartu
Day 1 – Fly to Helsinki
Fly to Helsinki and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – Helsinki
This morning, tour many of Helsinki’s highlights, including its Railway Station, and the Sibelius Monument before having the afternoon to explore independently. The nearby Central Park and Kaivopuisto Park offer stunning views of the sea.
Day 3 – Suomenlinna Fortress
Take a short ferry ride from the mainland to Suomenlinna Fortress, a sea fortress that spans eight islands. An expert guide will bring history back to life as you explore the four bastions as well as other interesting attractions, including tunnels, the dual use church/lighthouse, lakes, gardens and beach. In the afternoon, you can stay on the fortress or head back to Helsinki
Day 4 – Kadriorg Palace
Today, leave Finland and cross the gulf to Estonia. Dock in Tallinn and drive along the coast to Kadriorg Palace. This sweeping building, built by Russian Emperor Peter the Great, houses one of the country’s best art collections. A guided tour showcases the intricate interiors, gardens and fountains. In the afternoon, return to Tallinn and check into the hotel before heading to dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 5 – Tallinn
The walking tour this morning takes you through both the Old and Upper Town, gives you the chance to experience the atmospheric streets including Catherine’s Passage, lined with artists’ workshops. You’ll also get to see the pastel-coloured Parliament building and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 6 – Tartu
After breakfast, head to Tartu, Estonia’s cultural capital. On arrival, you’ll have free time to enjoy some lunch and explore the city centre. Mid-afternoon, set off towards Riga, where you’ll check into your hotel before heading out to sample local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.
Day 7 – Riga & Free Afternoon
Explore Riga this morning, on a guided tour which passes through the medieval Old Town and past the Powder Tour and the central Dome Square. After the tour, the rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish.
Day 8 – Return home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home
This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:
– Sample typical Estonian delicacies as you explore atmospheric Tallinn in the company of a local
– Discover historic brewing methods and enjoy a selection of delicious local craft beers at a unique boutique brewery in the heart of Tallinn
Plus, enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests.
For dates and prices, please enquire or call 0800 707 6229
Scandi Grand Marina, Helsinki
The four-star Scandic Grand Marina is situated by the waterfront of Katajanokka and housed in an Art Nouveau building. The environmentally friendly hotel features spa and wellness facilities and a fitness centre (local charges may be applicable), and has rooms with wooden floors, while large, arched windows and high ceilings in the restaurant and bar create a bright atmosphere.
Nordic Forum Hotel, Tallinn
The bright, stylish hotel boasts a large bar and restaurant, as well as a top floor heated swimming pool with views of Tallinn’s famed towers. The rooms and public areas are designed to reflect a combination of Old Town and nature.
Radisson Blue Elizabete, Riga
The hotel offers a bar and a restaurant located on the ground floor, as well as stylish and well-appointed rooms. The hotel is conveniently located in central Riga a couple of minutes’ walk from the Old Town.
The Wellton Hotel & Spa
The four-star Wellton Hotel & Spa boasts a wonderful spa if you wish to treat yourself after seeing the exciting sights of Riga (local charges may be applicable). Rooms have a light and airy feel with neutral tones. The hotel is located in the Old Town itself, just a short walk from the main squares and the iconic marketplace.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Finland, Estonia or Latvia however must have a valid passport.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic
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