Grand Baltic Explorer

From £1,574.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £1,574.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

Discover five countries on this epic journey from Finland to Poland, travelling through the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Finnish capital of Helsinki is your first destination - a vibrant seaside city with sightseeing highlights including Senate Square, the Presidential Palace and the incredible Sibelius Monument. Your journey then continues to Tallinn in Estonia, via Gauja National Park, whose scenic beauty compares to that of Switzerland. Enjoy a scenic drive to Latvia via Turaida Castle and the town of Sigulda, before arriving at the picturesque capital of Riga, where sightseeing highlights include a Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral and a fascinating open-air museum. Next is Vilnius in Lithuania, whose medieval Old Town is one of the largest in Europe. Your final destination is Warsaw and a two-night stay in Poland's capital gives you plenty of time to explore.  

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Helsinki and discover its historical centre​
  • Explore Tallinn
  • Turaida Castle and the town of Sigulda
  • ​Latvia's capital Riga
  • Fine dining in one of R​iga's renowned restaurants
  • Lunch experience at Riga central market
  • Discover the Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace
  • Typical Lithuanian dinner with folk show​
  • Tour of Vilnius, Lithuania's historical capital
  • Grutas Park's sculptures
  • Guided tour of Polish capital Warsaw

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Helsinki

You'll depart on your scheduled flight to the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Upon arrival you'll have some free time to explore at your leisure and find a spot for dinner to sample the local cuisine.

Day 2 Helsinki - Tallinn

Discover Helsinki today with a full day of exploration. After you've enjoyed breakfast, join your Tour Manager on a stroll around the city's historical centre. Notable sights include Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, the Parliament building and Finlandia Hall, home to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dedicated to the famed composer, the Sibelius Monument is our next highlight, followed by the Temppeliaukio Church, carved into solid rock and crowned with a copper dome.
In the afternoon we'll take the ferry to Tallinn. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Tallinn

Enjoy a walking tour of Tallinn this morning which will introduce you to districts dating back to the Middle Ages. Together we'll walk along narrow streets lined by Gothic-style merchants' houses to discover Toompea Castle, Town Hall Square and the Russian orthodox Alexander Nevskij Cathedral.
In the afternoon there is an optional tour of the grand Kadriorg Palace, a gift from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I in the 1720s.

Meals included: B

Day 4 Turaida Castle - Sigulda - Riga

The next leg of your journey takes you into Latvia, where you'll stay in Riga for two nights. Our drive here gives us the chance to enjoy further sightseeing, firstly with a stop at the reconstructed medieval Turaida Castle. Later, we can stretch our legs in the pretty town of Sigulda. Located in Gauja National Park, you'll soon see why it's labelled the Latvian Switzerland!​ In the evening, dine on fine food at a renowned restaurant owned by three famous chefs. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Riga

Explore Riga today on a walking tour with a Local Guide. Your sightseeing will include the Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle and St Peter's Cathedral. Here, we'll take the lift up to the viewing platform to see the city from a different angle. The tour ends at the famous Riga central market where we'll stop at a fish bar and enjoy a buffet of local fish specialities (as well as meat and cheeses). Latvia has a strong fishing tradition and fish dishes feature prominently in Latvian cuisine.​ If you feel brave you could even do as the locals do and try sprats on bread with a shot of vodka. There's an optional afternoon visit to the Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum on the banks of Lake Jugla. Its ancient buildings have been brought from all over the country and give a fascinating insight into Latvia's culture and traditions.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Rundale Palace - Siauliai - Vilnius

We then take to the road for a drive to Vilnius, where you stay for two nights. En route to Lithuania's capital we'll call at the pilgrimage site of the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai as well as Rundale Palace. This masterpiece of Baroque architecture was created by Italian architect FB Rastrelli, who was responsible for many of St Petersburg's finest buildings, including the Winter Palace.

This evening enjoy the traditional atmosphere of Senoji Trobele restaurant and be entertained by a folk show performed by local musicians and dancers. In this restaurant, traditional dishes are prepared from the oldest recipes and corn bread is baked daily, a staple of Lithuanian cuisine that is not to be missed.  


 

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Vilnius

After breakfast it's time to discover Vilnius with a guided tour of its UNESCO-listed Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval towns in Europe. You'll see St Anna's Church, St Peter's and Paul's Church, the cathedral and the Gate of Dawn, one of nine defensive gates built in Vilnius between 1503 and 1522. There's an optional afternoon excursion to explore the 14th century Trakai Castle, located on an island and home to a museum of art.​

Meals included: B

Day 8 Druskininkai - Grutas Park - Warsaw

Today's journey by road takes us to Warsaw in Poland. On the way we'll stop off to explore the spa town of Druskininkai, which boasts many mineral springs and mud baths. Close by, we'll also visit Grutas Park, an extraordinary collection of Soviet-era sculptures that escaped destruction when Lithuania gained its independence in 1990-91. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a restaurant in Warsaw.

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Warsaw

You'll discover the best of Warsaw as your Tour Manager and Local Guide point out all the highlights on today's tour. There's Castle Square, which fronts the Royal Castle, Sigismund's Column – the city's most famous landmark, and St John's Cathedral. Together we'll stroll through the Market Square and stop to admire the Monument of Warsaw's Uprising.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Warsaw - UK

You'll head to the airport today for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Radisson Blue Aleksanteri Hotel

Sokos Hotel

Radisson BLU Latvija Hotel

The largest conference hotel in the Baltic States, the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel in Riga dominates the city’s skyline. The location in the heart of the city center ensures that you are close by nearby attractions such as the Old Town, while the Baltic Sea and its great beaches are never far away. Numerous shopping opportunities are found within walking distance, while excellent public transport links allow you to explore the Latvian capital further. With on-site parking available and Riga International Airport nearby, the entire Baltic region is readily available for you to explore.

Holiday Inn Vilnius

Holiday Inn Vilnius is a light and comfortable 4 star Hotel in the heart of Vilnius'' postcard-pretty Old Town. Bursting with a heady mix of European architechture, vibrant markets and the Vilnius Cathedral, making it a great place to explore. Hotel Facilities include a restaurant and lobby bar. All bedrooms have delightful views, complimentary internet access, individually controlled air conditioning systems, private facilities, mini bar and satellite TV.

Novotel Warzawa Centrum

The 4-star Novotel Centrum is located in central Warsaw, offering panoramic views of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.