Baltics & Helsinki

A classic Baltic capital hop featuring a wonderful day cruise to Helsinki

8 days / 7 nights / 1090 km / HB Vilnius (2) – Riga (2) – Tallinn (3)

 

Day 1: Vilnius (5 km)

Arrival to Vilnius airport, meet&greet and transfer (20 min) to the selected hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2: Vilnius & Trakai (70 km)

HD sightseeing tour of Vilnius (bus and walking) including the Cathedral (entrance), Gediminas Castle and Avenue, St. Peter & Paul’s Church (entrance), the UNESCO Old Town with the Gates of Dawn, Town Hall, Jewish Quarter, Castle Street, Presidential Palace, St. Anne’s Church, Uzupis Republic and Vilnius University (entrance). Afternoon excursion to Trakai Island Castle (entrance) including and a walk along the wooden old town and lakeshore.

Day 3: Vilnius to Riga via Hill of Crosses & Rundale (380 km)

Morning departure to Riga with a stop at the Hill of Crosses (45 min) and Rundale (120 min: Palace and Park visit). Late afternoon arrival to Riga for a two-night stay.

Day 4: Riga & Jurmala (70 km)

HD sightseeing tour of Riga (bus and walking) including the UNESCO Old Town with the City Hall, House of Blackheads, St. Peter’s Church, Convent Courtyard (entrance), Livonian Square, National Opera, Swedish Gates, Powder Tower, St. Jacob’s Church (entrance), Riga Castle, Freedom Monument and the Dome Cathedral (entrance), followed by a tour of the Art Nouveau District with a walk on Alberta Street admiring the facades. Afternoon excursion to Jurmala combining a walk along the sandy beach and a scenic drive past turn-of-the- century villas nested in pine forests.

Day 5: Riga to Tallinn via Gauja National Park & Parnu (380 km)

Morning departure to Tallinn with a tour of Gauja National Park (120 min: scenic drive in Gauja Valley, stop at the Gutman Cave (entrance) and a visit to Turaida Castle (entrance)). Further drive towards Tallinn with a stop in Parnu (45min: walk around the picturesque old town). Late afternoon arrival to Tallinn for a two-night stay.

Day 6: Tallinn (20 km)

HD sightseeing tour of Tallinn (bus and walking) including Pirita Olympic Village and Song Festival Grounds followed by a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town with Toompea Fortress, Alexander Nevski Cathedral (entrance), Dome Cathedral (entrance), panoramic viewpoints, Pikk Street and its emblematic facades, Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and St. Catherine’s Guild (entrance). Afternoon excursion to Kadriorg to visit the Estonian Art Museum located in a baroque palace built by Peter the Great, followed by a walk in the park and gardens.

Day 7: Helsinki daytrip (160 km)

Morning high-speed ferry or catamaran journey to Helsinki (120 min) across the Gulf of Finland. Upon arrival to Helsinki enjoy a HD sightseeing tour of the Finnish capital including the emblematic Senate Square with the Cathedral, the Uspenski Russian Orthodox Church, the Market Square, opulent Eira and Kaivopuisto boroughs, the Sibelius Monument, the Rock Church and a drive along Mannerheim Avenue with the Parliament and Finlandia Hall. Afternoon at leisure for optional activities or walks. Late afternoon return to Tallinn by high- speed ferry or catamaran (120 min).

Day 8: Tallinn (5 km)

Transfer to Tallinn airport (20 min).