Escorted TourFinland and Baltics
From $3,790 USD
June 1 - September 7, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights
Baltic States tour offers three Baltic countries and their "Old World" capitals. Discover Vilnius, Lithuania, Riga, Latvia, Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki.
Discover Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. Three Baltic capitals with age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture. In Lithuania, visit Old Town Vilnius, northern Europe's oldest medieval town, and 14th-century Trakai Castle. Explore Riga's medieval Old Town with Riga Castle, and Three Brothers Dwelling Houses. En route to Estonia and Tallinn, explore Parnu, and Tallinn's medieval Town, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
June 1 - September 7, 2018
June 1, 15
August 10, 24
Small group departure June 15, August 10, September 7
- from $3,790 per person in double room (August 24)
- from $4,385 single room (August 24)
- from $3,678 triple room (August 24)
Small group departures
- from $4,290 small group departures
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- 7 nights at the 5/4 star hotels
- All hotel taxes
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners)
- Private concert of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki
- Visit to Old Town Vilnius, largest surviving medieval town
- Visit to 14th-century Trakai Castle
- Riga sightseeing: Art Nouveau New Town, medieval Old Town, historic Jewish Ghetto
- Lunch in Pärnu, Estonian summer resort town
- A guided walking tour of Tallinn's medieval Lower Town
- Visit to Toompea Castle
- First-class ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki
- Visits to Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, Tempeliaukio Church,
- Sibelius Monument and National Museum of Finland
- Service charges
- Gratuities to local guides
- Admission fees
- Taxes and porterage
- International airfare & airport taxes
- Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
- Alcoholic beverages
- $25 Service fee
- Small Group departures - Select small group departures, averaging 24 guests, are priced from $4,190 per person double; specific dates apply
Day 1 WELCOME TO VILNIUS (D)
The Baltic States tours begin at 6:00 PM at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania. A transfer is included from Vilnius Airport to the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, your 5-star hotel in the heart of Vilnius' Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We invite you to join us for a welcome reception and dinner this evening at the hotel; your guest room offers views of historic Cathedral Square.
Day 2 VILNIUS OLD TOWN - TRAKAI CASTLE (B, L)
With its remarkable Baroque and Renaissance architecture, including the 16th-century cathedral and adjacent Cathedral Square, Old Town Vilnius is sort of a living museum – as you'll appreciate on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you wish, join us for a visit to the KGB Museum; set in the building that was headquarters of the German Gestapo during WWII, then of the Soviet Secret Police (KGB) from 1944-1991, it chronicles the repression of and resistance to the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. Later, set off along the Yellow Roads to the medieval town of Trakai; visit its historic castle dating to the 14th century. Back in Vilnius for the evening, explore as you please and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 3 YELLOW ROADS TO LATVIA (B, L, D)
From Vilnius, travel along the Yellow Roads through idyllic Lithuanian countryside and into Latvia. Stop in seaside Jurmala en route to Riga. Latvia's capital was among the leading trading centers of Central and Eastern Europe in its heyday from the 13th to the 15th centuries; you'll visit the city's opulent 19th-century Opera House, lovingly restored during the 1990s and now a source of great national pride for the people of Latvia, and do some exploring on your own. Spend the next two nights at the Grand Palace Hotel in the heart of the old city, where you'll have dinner tonight.
Grand Palace Hotel ****+
Day 4 EXPLORE HISTORIC RIGA (B)
Drive to Riga's New Town for a guided walking tour of what's considered the best collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Then it's on to Riga Market and the cobbled streets of Old Town, lined with historic structures dating back 800 years; you'll see Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Medieval Dwelling House, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those who wish may join us to explore some of Riga's somber reminders of the tragic years of the Holocaust in Latvia, on visits to the Jewish Museum and the city's old Jewish Cemetery (holidays permitting).
Grand Palace Hotel ****+
Day 5 ON TO TALLINN (B, L, D)
Our Baltic States tours take you from Latvia into Estonia this morning via the Riga – Tallinn Road, with a stop in the seaside resort town of Pärnu for lunch. Today's final destination is Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, a fine example of a Northern European trading center of the Middle Ages. A walking tour with your local guide explores Tallinn’s cobble-stoned Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Town Hall square, walls and towers (including one affectionately dubbed “Fat Margaret”) and St. Olaf’s Church, which reigned as the known world's tallest building between 1549 and 1625. Your contemporary hotel is ideally located close to Old Town; enjoy dinner this evening at Gloria's, a noted local restaurant.
Swissôtel Tallinn *****
Day 6 TOOMPEA CASTLE - FERRY TO HELSINKI (B, L)
In use since around the 9th century AD, mighty Toompea Castle in Tallinn's well-preserved city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still looks pretty much as it did after 12th-century renovations, and is home to the Estonian Parliament today. After visiting this ancient hilltop stronghold, you'll board a high-speed ferry and cruise first class across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland, for a two-night stay at the Hotel Kamp.
An intriguing mix of parks, waterways, and numerous architectural styles, the Finnish capital is yours to explore on a sightseeing tour – including the Neo-Classical Senate Square; Helsinki Cathedral, with its iconic green cupolas and white columns; Finlandia Hall; and the Sibelius Monument, honoring Finland's greatest composer.
Hotel Kämp *****
Day 7 FINNISH HISTORY - HELSINKI (B, D)
A day of exploration in Helsinki winds up this ultimate in Baltic States tours today. Start with a guided visit to the National Museum of Finland in central Helsinki. In this National Romantic-style building, which originally opened in 1916 and was renovated and re-opened in 2000, a vast collection including archaeological finds, coins, jewelry, silver, weapons and other artifacts interpret Finnish history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
Then visit Temppeliaukio (The Rock) Church, hewn from solid rock in the 1960s. Later, a private concert features the works of beloved Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), whose music helped foster his country's national identity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Spend the afternoon as you wish, and join us tonight for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.
Hotel Kämp *****
Day 8 HELSINKI DEPARTURE (B)
Your Baltic States tours end in Helsinki, Finland. Our memorable Baltic States tours conclude in Helsinki; a transfer is included from the Hotel Kämp to Helsinki Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.