Warsaw & Baltic States

Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Warsaw, Poland

On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 18:00. Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.

Day 2: Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto’s paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don’t miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?

Day 3: Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania

Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

Day 4: Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai

Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. In the evening, unwind at your hotel or venture out and explore more of Vilnius. Budding artists should head to Užupis, the city’s bohemian art district. Translating to ‘the other side of the river,’ this relaxed district is home to a number of art galleries, coffee shops and boutique stores.

Day 5: Siauliai and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga

Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Continue your escorted journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world’s most remarkable art nouveau architecture.

Day 6: Riga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn

Explore Riga’s Old Town with your Local Expert, visit the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest visited in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls. Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallin is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture, to its quirky art scenes, Tallin is made for the curious and creative.

Day 7: Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn

With a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, a scene straight out of a fairytale. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn’s shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Toast your trip as you savour a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.

Day 8: Depart Tallinn

Departure transfers arrive at Tallinn airport at 05:00 and 10:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 12, 19$2,850.00Price on Application
April: 26$2,875.00Price on Application
May: 03$2,950.00Price on Application
May: 10, 17$2,995.00Price on Application
May: 24, 31$3,075.00Price on Application
June: 07$3,075.00Price on Application
June: 14, 21, 28$2,975.00Price on Application
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,895.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$2,895.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13, 20$2,975.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach, cruises
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Finland, Russia & The Baltic States

Explore the rare Baltic gems of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus along the seaway from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and days spent seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow. You will also wander through the ancient capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk. See the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s Hanseatic Quarter.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki, the cool capital of Finland, whose sophisticated streets and laidback atmosphere are yours to enjoy, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for an orientation drive to see the city’s iconic sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 2: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karelia to the imperial city of St. Petersburg – our home for the next three nights. You will have the option of admiring the ‘Venice of the North’, taking to its waters and navigating the city’s canals by boat, or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of a traditional pie at the Stolle bakery, while you wander through the city’s narrow lanes and grand boulevards this evening. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Solo Sokos Vasilievsky, 3 nights

Day 3: St. Petersburg Sightseeing & Hermitage Museum Visit

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ this morning to explore the city’s iconic sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built to protect the city against invading forces in the 18th century, and the spectacular Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. Admire the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer which hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls.

Day 4: St. Petersburg Free Day

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a high-energy Russian folklore show.

Day 5: St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow

Board a high-speed Sapsan train that will take you across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of Moscow, an ancient city that oozes grandeur. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Azimut Olympic, 3 nights

Day 6: Moscow Sightseeing

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square – the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, before venturing beyond the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power.

Day 7: Moscow Free Day

Immerse yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about the city’s triumphs and defeats. You have a full day at leisure to explore the sights. Stroll along the flower-lined boulevards of Gorky Park, admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro, or consider an Optional Experience to the Tsar’s Treasury Chamber or St. Sergius Monastery and its handicraft market.

Day 8: Moscow – Minsk

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, passing near the ‘bloody battlefields’ of Borodino, before stopping for a lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, the cosmopolitan capital of Belarus and our home for the next two nights. This evening we dine on traditional cuisine at our hotel. Later, consider visiting the Old Town and indulging in the honey flavours of the local medovukha drink.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 2 nights

Day 9: Minsk Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join our ‘Local Specialist’ to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial, built to commemorate the city’s status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. Consider a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Convent during your free afternoon to see its beautiful stained glass and religious icon workshop. This evening, ‘Connect With Locals’ and join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ dinner. Enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots.

Day 10: Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing and Free Time

We journey west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius, renowned for its beautiful Baroque façades. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on a leisurely tour past the city’s iconic sights. See the Bishop’s Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics, founded in 1579. Explore the 17th-century Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral on the way.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott City Center

Day 11: Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. This site features thousands of crosses, each mysteriously claiming its place since the mid-19th century. We arrive in the ancient city of Riga later, where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, after dinner, maybe take to the streets to explore the Latvian capital’s inspiring Gothic spires.

Hotel: Mercure Centre, 2 nights

Day 12: Riga Sightseeing and Free Time

Stroll through the winding medieval streets of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – with one of the world’s finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings and a Hanseatic trade history we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Spend the rest of the day discovering the sights on your terms. Admire the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, view the 14th-century House of the Blackheads or indulge in the herbal flavours of the city’s favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern – the choice is yours.

Day 13: Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time

We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn residents. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s old Hanseatic Quarter with a ‘Local Specialist’. See its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power, with its magnificent gold-plated dome.

Hotel: Nordic Forum

Day 14: Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

We board a ferry this morning, crossing the Baltic Sea to Helsinki where we’ll meet a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour past the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and the café-lined Esplanadi. This evening, we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our fellow travellers for a special Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Clarion

Day 15: Depart Helsinki

Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
April: 19$5,195.00$6,535.00
April: 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 03, 10$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 17, 24, 31$5,425.00$6,965.00
June: 07$5,425.00$6,765.00
June: 14, 21$5,450.00$6,790.00
June: 28$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 05, 12$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 19, 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$5,225.00$6,565.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,225.00$6,565.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Tallinn - Helsinki
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of the Baltics

A decadent display of history, lavish Baroque palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics will take you through some of Europe’s last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to St Petersburg’s timeless masterpieces, it’s perfect for culture vultures and architecture enthusiasts alike.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Vilnius – Trakai – Anyksciai

Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius – taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, and the impressive Vilnius University campus as we go. Then: we’ll stop off in Trakai to see the famous castle turrets before moving on to the lush, verdant forests of Laju Takas. Our final destination of the day will be Anykšciai, where we’ll have the chance to get to know each other over dinner.

Day 2: Anyksciai – Birzai – Pakruojis

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off for Biržai – where we’ll have the chance to tour the brewery before we dive into a few samples of the local tipple. After hearing some folk songs and enjoying a traditional lunch, we’ll move on to Pakruojis Manor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic building before spending an afternoon at the perfume laboratory.

Day 3: Pakruojis – Hill of Crosses – Rundale – Riga

Before leaving Lithuania, we’ll make a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses – where a vast number of rosaries and crosses adorn a small hill. After crossing the border into Latvia, we’ll visit the impressive Rundale Palace – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in the country.

Day 4: Riga

After breakfast we’ll embark on a walking tour, taking in some of the city’s most important sights (and sampling some local delicacies along the way). The afternoon will be free for you to explore Riga at your leisure.

Day 5: Riga – Ligatne – Tartu

Today we’ll set a course for the town of Tartu, making a quick stop in Ligatne for a taste of the local berry wine and a relaxing lunch in a charming local café. Once in Tartu, we’ll head out on a guided tour.

Day 6: Tartu – Lahemaa National Park – Tallinn

This morning we’ll head towards Lake Peipsi, which straddles the border between Estonia and Russia. Near Mustvee, we’ll pay a visit to a fascinating community known as the ‘Old Believers’. After sharing tea and Krendel bread, we’ll enjoy a little fresh air and a tasty picnic before we get back on the road. Our next stop? Estonia’s largest national park, Lahemaa, where we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ecosystem. Tonight, the winding streets and ancient castles of Tallinn await.

Day 7: Tallinn

After breakfast, we’ll take a bus and walking tour through the medieval heart of Tallinn. As we go, we’ll take in some of the city’s best-loved attractions, including Toompea Palace and Castle, Town Hall Square, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.

Day 8: Tallinn – Helsinki – St. Petersburg

This morning we’ll take the short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki – where we’ll visit the bustling harbours, the Finlandia Hall, Market Square and Parliament House. The city is yours for the afternoon. Just be sure to meet us at the train station – because tonight, we’ll be setting our sights on St Petersburg!

Day 9: St. Petersburg

This morning we’ll visit the city’s most iconic sights, including the Kazan Cathedral and the stately Admiralty. There will also be the chance to sample one of Russia’s most famous exports – authentic vodka. Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering St Petersburg’s many delights – or find a quiet spot for lunch and watch the world go by.

Day 10: St Petersburg

First today, we’ll enjoy included visits to Tsarskoye Selo and the legendary Amber Room at Catherine Palace. Later on this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a trip to the Hermitage. And tonight? We’ll round off the last day of our tour with a farewell dinner.

Day 11: St Petersburg

After our last breakfast together, there’s one last hurrah in store: a speedboat ride to Peterhof Park and Gardens. After taking some time to explore, we’ll bid each other farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
September: 09$5,229.00$6,539.00
October: 07$5,229.00$6,279.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 10 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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