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Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Stay in seven countries on one escorted rail tour

From £3,745 per person


Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colourful Scandinavia to the splendour of Russia, via the historic countries of Latvia and Estonia. Explore glorious palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique Baltic Explorer rail tour.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-2 - London to Denmark
Eurostar

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, we leave St Pancras on the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We change trains and travel in First Class to Bremen for the night, via Cologne. On Day 2 we travel by high-speed rail (Standard Class) via Hamburg to Copenhagen, the Danish capital that is home to the world's oldest monarchy. We spend two nights at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel.

Day 3 - Discovering Copenhagen
Copenhagen

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, passing the Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal structure, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, one of which is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and enjoy a cruise in the colourful canal area of Nyhavn. For lunch today, we try a Danish delicacy, smorrebrod - an open-face sandwich.

Days 4-5 - By train to Stockholm
Stockholm

On Day 4 we join the high-speed service to Stockholm, travelling over the scenic Øresund Bridge. On Day 5 we tour the city by coach, visiting the Royal Palace, the cathedral, City Hall, Djurgarden, and the Old Town.

Day 6 - The Ferry to Riga
Stockholm

Today you are at leisure until the evening, when we join the ferry for the overnight cruise to Riga. Enjoy the fabulous views as we pass the Stockholm archipelago.

Days 7-8 - Discovering Riga
Riga

The ferry docks in Riga on Day 7, and we transfer to our hotel. Later, we enjoy a pleasant walking tour that brings to life Riga's 900 year-old history. Entrance to the city's cathedral is included, and we explore the winding streets of Old Riga before a tasting of the area's unique 'black balsam', a traditional liquor brewed with local botanicals.

Day 8 is at leisure in Riga.

Days 9-10 - Exploring Tallinn
Tallinn

Today we travel by coach along the Gulf of Riga to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. At the heart of this historic city is the hill of Toompea, a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways filled with medieval houses; Tallinn's colourful Old Town is UNESCO-protected. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the city, which includes the Dome Church, the Town Hall Square and views of the Toompea Castle, Estonia's seat of power. We then transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Nordic Forum C Hotel.

Day 10 is free to explore Tallinn; in the Old Town there are plenty of historic sites to visit, including the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn. Another option is the unusually named "Keik in de Kok", which means "Peek into the kitchen". This historic tower is believed to have acquired its name due to its height, which allowed those in the tower to see through the windows of the surrounding buildings. The tower houses a permanent exhibition of Tallinn's military history and serves as an entrance to the Bastion Tunnels, a network of hidden tunnels built in the 17th century during Swedish rule.

Days 11-12 - To Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral

This morning we depart for Helsinki by ferry, arriving in the early afternoon. We continue by coach on a tour of Helsinki, including Senate Square and the elegant Lutheran Cathedral. Following the tour, we transfer to the Scandic Park hotel for a two-night stay. Day 12 is free for you to explore Helsinki. Finland's capital lies on an archipelago surrounded by many smaller islands, many of which are connected by regular ferry services.

Day 13 - St Petersburg and The Hermitage Museum
St Petersburg

Today we travel by train (Standard Class) to St Petersburg*, arriving this afternoon in this, by far the most cosmopolitan of Russia's cities. On arrival we visit the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace. We check in to our hotel for three nights where we enjoy a Russian welcome ceremony.

*Please note: due to border restrictions, you will need to transport your own luggage for this rail journey.

Days 14-15 - Peterhof Palace, Fabergé Museum & Vodka Museum
Peterhof Palace

We enjoy a tour to discover the stunning architecture and history of this fascinating city, during which we see the vast St Isaac's Cathedral with its gold dome, the lavish Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the grand Nevsky Prospect We continue to Peterhof Palace. This majestic complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its beautiful grounds filled with spectacular fountains and waterways.

Our excursion on Day 15 sees us take a private tour of Saint Petersburg's Fabergé Museum, an opulent building home to the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of his famous Imperial eggs. We also visit St Petersburg's impressive vodka museum, the only one of its kind in the world! Synonymous as the drink of mother Russia, vodka has long played a fascinating role in the lives of the people here - from Tsars to peasants - and during your visit, you'll learn all about Russia's history, culture and drinking traditions. There'll even be some tastings for that extra touch of authenticity.

Days 16-17 - Helsinki or return home (rail/air)
Helsinki

You fly* back from St Petersburg to London today if you chose our air option. Please note: you will need to take your luggage back to th UK with you on your flight as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service.

Otherwise, we leave St Petersburg by train (Standard Class), travelling on the Allegro service to Helsinki. On arrival, we transfer to the port for the overnight ferry* to Travemünde, a Baltic resort. As we depart Helsinki we enjoy a scenic view of the Baltic, sailing past islands dotted around the coastline, before continuing our 611 nautical mile journey through the Gulf of Finland. After dinner on board the ferry, we arrive in Travemünde in the evening of Day 17, and spend the night at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde.

Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.

Day 18 - Travemünde to Cologne
Cologne

This morning we transfer by coach to the city of Hamburg, where we board the train and travel to Cologne. We spend the night in Cologne where we enjoy a farewell dinner as a group, the perfect way to round off our holiday.

Day 19 - To Brussels and London
Homeward Bound

We leave Cologne and travel by rail to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar to London.

Please note

We are happy to offer a fly home version of this tour which runs at 16 days in length. On Day 16 (after breakfast) you will be transferred to the airport in St Petersburg for your flight back to London.

Departure Dates
3 September 2020From £3,745

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Allegro
Allegro

The high-speed Allegro service is provided through a joint venture by Russian and Finnish railways. These electric tilting pendolino trains sprint along the route between the Finnish capital of Helsinki and majestic St Petersburg in just three and a half hours, offering passengers a comfortable and quick journey between the two cities. There is a restaurant car on board.

Eurostar
Eurostar

The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.

Hotels
Maritim Hotel, Bremen
Maritim Hotel, Bremen

The 4-Star Maritim Hotel is located in the heart of Bremen, close to the railway station and the tranquil Bürger Park. The hotel has two restaurants and a bar. Leisure facilities include a pool, Finnish sauna, Roman steam bath and a gym. A selection of massages and beauty treatments are available on request (pay locally). Rooms are air conditioned and feature a telephone, television, mini-bar, safe and a hairdryer.

Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen
Scandic Copenhagen

The elegant 4-Star Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen enjoys a central location, close to Copenhagen's Central Station and Tivoli Gardens, and with impressive views over the Copenhagen skyline. Guest rooms are bright and modern, and feature a flat-screen television, hairdryer, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi and city or lake views.

The Scandic Copenhagen also boasts a chic lobby bar, perfect for enjoying a relaxing drink on an evening, and a contemporary grill restaurant.

Scandic Park, Helsinki
Scandic Park

The 4-Star Scandic Park hotel is well located in the centre of Helsinki, within easy reach of the main landmarks. The hotel boasts superb interior spaces, with a modern, lounge- style lobby and comfortable guest rooms, which feature a television, air conditioning, a minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi. On-site facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, gym, sauna and swimming pool.

Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga

The 4-Star Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel in Riga is situated on the banks of the Daugava River, overlooking the Old Town and within walking distance of historic sights such as the Dome cathedral and the Blackheads House. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant, a bar serving light snacks, a casino and a health and fitness centre, which has a swimming pool and a sauna. There is also a hair and beauty salon and a Spa Salon (pay locally for both), which offer a range of treatments. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.

Hotel Ambassador, St Petersburg
Hotel Ambassador

The impressive 4-Star Hotel Ambassador at the heart of beautiful St Petersburg offers class and elegance across its rooms and restaurants. The illustrious attractions of this Russian metropolis are just a short walk away from the Ambassador, and from the roof terrace, visitors can enjoy stunning views across the rooftops and spires of St Petersburg. Amenities include a health and beauty centre with a swimming pool, various restaurants and bars and their own pastry chef. Rooms include a television, a hairdryer and a safe.

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
Scandic Continental Hotel

In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.

Nordic Forum C Hotel, Tallinn
Nordic Forum C Hotel

This 4* hotel is located in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town. Facilities at the Nordic Hotel Forum include a pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, fitness centre, restaurant and bar where you can unwind after a fascinating day. Each of the rooms features air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, television and a minibar. The en suite bathrooms also include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde, Travemünde
Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde, Travemünde

The Maritim Strandhotel in Travemünde has a prime location on the beach, at the shore of the Baltic Ocean, offering unparalleled views over the Bay of Lübeck. Leisure facilities include a pool, sauna, solarium and steam bath, whilst the hotel has a pub and a cocktail bar. It also boasts a restaurant and its 'Over the Clouds' café / restaurant on the 35th floor. Rooms feature conveniences such as a minibar, telephone, safe, hairdryer and satellite television.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Baggage Upgrade

To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices)Please call for more details.

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Cabin Upgrade
Cabin Upgrade

Upgrade your cabin between Stockholm and Riga to an outside cabin from £50 per person (twin occupancy)

Extending your European holiday in Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels

Why not extend your holiday by enjoying an extra night or two in Brussels, returning to London in your own time? We can arrange accommodation at the Park Inn Brussels Midi and your return rail tickets.

Park Inn Brussels Midi
The 3-Star Park Inn Brussels Midi is conveniently situated adjacent to Brussels Midi station, and is just a 10-minute train ride from the city centre. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and a fully-equipped fitness room. The rooms come with individual climate control, as well as a telephone, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Please call to discuss your requirements.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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