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Baltic Metropoles
10 Days

ITINERARY

10 Days: Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki

Tour Overview
Baltic Metrolpoles offers a tour of the three Baltic capitals combined with the charming city of Helsinki. Start your tour in Vilnius, known for its 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Explore Riga, the largest of the three Baltic capitals and a kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Enjoy the medieval city of Tallinn before departing for the green and lively Finnish capital of Helsinki, which is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and is world renowned for its progressive and sustainable way of life.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival Vilnius

Arrival in Vilnius, transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 (Monday): Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. (B)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Vilnius-Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Wellton Riverside**** or similar. (B)


Day 4 (Wednesday): 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. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. (B)


Day 5 (Thursday): Riga

After we got acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Riga Motor Museum which has an impressive collection of vintage car including a very unique collection of old Soviet limousines from the Kremlin Garage. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. (B)


Day 6 (Friday): Riga-Tallinn

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


Day 7 (Saturday): 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 us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we 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 Maikrahv. (B)


Day 8 (Sunday): Tallinn-Helsinki

This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit 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, we 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 we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar. (B)


Day 9 (Monday): 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 us 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 Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural treasure which construction was started in the 18th century as a sea fortress. Located on an island, fortress is a unique attraction for visitors. The evening offers optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve. (B)


Day 10 (Tuesday): Helsinki

Transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
May-September 2021, 10 days/9 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 30 - 08 Jun, 2021 1635 2410
Jun 06 - 15, 2021 1635 2410
Jun 13 - 22, 2021 1635 2410
Jun 20 - 29, 2021 1635 2410
Jun 27 - 06 Jul, 2021 1635 2410
Jul 04 - 13, 2021 1635 2410
Jul 11 - 20, 2021 1635 2410
Jul 18 - 27, 2021 1635 2410
Jul 25 - 03 Aug, 2021 1635 2410
Aug 01 - 10, 2021 1635 2410
Aug 08 - 17, 2021 1635 2410
Aug 15 - 24, 2021 1635 2410
Aug 22 - 31, 2021 1635 2410
Aug 29 - 07 Sep, 2021 1635 2410
Sep 05 - 14, 2021 1635 2410
Sep 12 - 21, 2021 1635 2410
Sep 19 - 28, 2021 1635 2410
Optional Tours Price Per Person
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle 60
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas 60
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park 70
3-hour excursion to the Riga Motor Museum 60
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral 50
4-hour excursion to Jurmala 60
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest 50
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU 50
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv 50
6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park 100
3-hour excursion with water bus to the Suomenlinna Fortress 85
Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve 85
Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea on Day 1 – Day 7) 410

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 9 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels

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