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Baltic Capitals: Riga to St. Petersburg

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10 Days
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Experience a kaleidoscope of architectural styles on this journey through the Baltic capitals. Explore the medieval old town of Riga, tour the gateway city of Tallinn, admire world-class design in Helsinki, and crown your vacation with St. Petersburg, Russia’s imperial capital.


This 10-day Baltic vacation takes you through the capitals of the region, including Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg.

Your Latvia vacation begins in Riga, the Latvian capital and largest capital in the Baltic. Riga is known for its medieval architecture and lively market life. Explore the Old Town to see Gothic spires and Art Nouveau facades as well as popular landmarks like Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, and the red brick Brother of Blackheads building. If you’re looking for excitement, head to Livu Square to find the city’s bets bars and nightclubs.

Continue your European vacation by venturing into Estonia, passing through the northern forests on route to Tallinn, a city that combines medieval history with modern eccentricity. Tallinn has garnered something of a reputation as the Baltic’s party capital, but its classical architecture remains one of the highpoints of a visit here. You’ll tour the Old Town of Vanalinn to see the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, Toompea Castle, and the domed Cathedral of St. Mary. While in town, you can also take advantage of the booming arts and crafts scene and indulge in the city’s famous nightlife. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Kadriorg Park and Kumu, an art museum renowned for its collection of classic and contemporary artworks.

Before you leave Estonia, you’ll have the chance to head to Lahemaa National Park, where you can visit charming 16th Vihula Manor and tour the Vodka Museum. Continue your journey to Helsinki, which is ground zero for any Finland vacations. This Daughter of the Baltic is a popular getaway spot and one of the most charmingly-designed cities in Europe. A sightseeing tour will take you to many of the most famous sites in the historical centre, including the imposing red granite Parliament Building, impeccably-designed Finlandia Hall, and the Temppeliaukio or "Church of the Rock," which is carved entirely out of solid rock. You'll also have the freedom to take advantage of Helsinki's design district, where artisan shops and art galleries fill the lanes, or head to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum to learn about traditional Finnish lifestyles and customs.

From Helsinki, pass over the border in Russia, stopping off at Vyborg Castle, on route to St. Petersburg, the nation's imperial heart. Moscow might have become the Russian capital in 1917 but St. Petersburg remains the nation's greatest artistic treasure. Built by Peter the Great in the early 18th century, this Baltic port is full of palaces and cathedrals that show off two centuries of Russian decadence. A city tour will introduce you to many of the best sites. You'll gasp at the towering golden spire of the cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress, stand in awe of the Winter Palace, and learn about the country's religious traditions at the Nevsky Convent. Close out your Russia vacation by visiting the Peterhof, Peter the Great's crowning achievement, as well as the State Hermitage, which houses the artistic wealth of the old empire.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,384

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Day 1

Arrival in Riga

Arrival in Riga, optional transfer to Hotel Mercure Riga**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Riga Centre Hotel

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    Mercure Riga Centre Hotel



    A brand new designer 4 star Superior hotel in the heart on Riga's historic centre occupying a magnificient 1901 Art Nouveau building designed by the world famous architect K. Peksens. Easy walking distance to Old Town and cultural land mark attractions:Freedom Monument, National Opera, Dome ...

    A brand new designer 4 star Superior hotel in the heart on Riga's historic centre occupying a magnificient 1901 Art Nouveau building designed by the world famous architect K. Peksens. Easy walking distance to Old Town and cultural land mark attractions:Freedom Monument, National Opera, Dome Square. Fine dining restaurant and bar, luxurious SPA, comprehensive conference facilities, free WIFI, large parking area, and next to the Central Railway station.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baby-Sitting(on request)
    • Business Service
    • Concierge Service
    • Early CheckIn
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Online check-in
    • Parking
    • Porters
    • Room Service
    • WIFI/High Speed Internet

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Day 2

Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

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Day 3

Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. You'll do a short tour of the resort before you continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Olympia Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Olympia Hotel


    The Radisson Blu Olympia is located the heart of Old Town. The bustling shopping and business districts of Estonia's capital are steps away and the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is only three kilometres from the hotel. While in Tallinn, guests can enjoy accommodation in one ...

    The Radisson Blu Olympia is located the heart of Old Town. The bustling shopping and business districts of Estonia's capital are steps away and the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is only three kilometres from the hotel. While in Tallinn, guests can enjoy accommodation in one of 390 well-equipped rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes you around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where you'll see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

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Day 5

Tallinn - Helsinki

This day offers first an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where you can viisit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, you'll head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival you'll be transferred to the hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Glo Hotel Art

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    Glo Hotel Art



    Set in a 1900s Art Nouveau castle, 700 metres from Helsinki city centre, Aleksanterin Teatteri Tram Stop is 250 metres away. A lounge bar serves light meals and a variety of drinks. Glo Art's restaurant is located in the castle's cellar and offers Nordic cuisine. ...

    Set in a 1900s Art Nouveau castle, 700 metres from Helsinki city centre, Aleksanterin Teatteri Tram Stop is 250 metres away. A lounge bar serves light meals and a variety of drinks. Glo Art's restaurant is located in the castle's cellar and offers Nordic cuisine. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice for travellers interested in design, museums and culture.

    Facilities

    • Car Rental Available
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Helsinki

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes you around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure which construction was started in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, this fortress is a unique attraction for visitors.

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Day 7

Helsinki - St. Petersburg

Today you'll continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia you'll arrive in Vyborg, where you'll take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon you'll arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky

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    Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky



    Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky can be named as the first gallery hotel in St. Petersburg, which is situated on the Vasilievsky Island, close to the Neva river embankment and Blagoveshchensky bridge. You will reach the Hermitage and Nevsky Prospect in 5 minutes by bus. Solo ...

    Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky can be named as the first gallery hotel in St. Petersburg, which is situated on the Vasilievsky Island, close to the Neva river embankment and Blagoveshchensky bridge. You will reach the Hermitage and Nevsky Prospect in 5 minutes by bus.

    Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky is not just about high designed rooms, soft beds and convenient location, but permanently up-to-date exhibitions as well, which are taking place in the hotel interiors.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Concierge Service
    • Conference and Banquet
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pets allowed(surcharge)

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Day 8

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title "The Venice of the North". During the morning sightseeing tour you'll get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.

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Day 9

St. Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.

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Day 10

St. Petersburg Departure

Optional transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:*

2019: Jun 12, 26; Jul 17, 24, 31; Aug 7, 14, 21, 28; Sep 4, 11 
* All departures are guaranteed.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 9 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki and Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg
  • Service of English speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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