BS1 9 Day Baltic Tour & Helsinki
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland
Vilnius walking tour; Hill of Crosses: compelling memorial; Cosmopolitan Riga; Tallinn: one of Europe's best preserved old towns; Helsinki: 'Daughter of the Baltic'INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TOUR
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
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|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 28 May 2022||Sun 05 Jun 2022||$2880 USD|
|Sat 23 Jul 2022||Sun 31 Jul 2022||$2880 USD|
|Sat 17 Sep 2022||Sun 25 Sep 2022||$2880 USD|
|Sat 27 May 2023||Sun 04 Jun 2023||$2970 USD|
|Sat 22 Jul 2023||Sun 30 Jul 2023||$2970 USD|
|Sat 16 Sep 2023||Sun 24 Sep 2023||$2970 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $485 USD (number of singles limited).
Embark on this Baltic States tour that packs an incredible array of distinct culture and tradition into a remarkably compact geography. The capitals of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are study in contrasts with towering cathedrals, art-nouveau architecture and medieval monuments among the treats in store. Combined with the unique landscapes, languages and temperaments of each region, this 9-day excursion is perfect for anyone seeking a truly memorable experience.
Begin in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Small in population (at just over half a million residents) this capital is cosmopolitan but never stuffy and features nearly 1,500 historic buildings in its Old Town centre. A former site of Gestapo headquarters; in Vilnius tour the KGB Museum and marvel at towers and church structures that date from the 14th century. The nearby town of Trakai has its own charms including a picturesque lakeside location and two historic castles.
En route to Riga stop, in what was briefly Latvia's capital during the interwar period, Kaunas. Truly stunning for its architectural marvels from another era, and located at the confluence of LithuaniaÃ¢ÂÂs largest rivers, the town features a 17th century Baroque Town Hall in its centre. Then it's on to the Hill of Crosses, a stirring testament to devout Christians and their sacrifice during German and Soviet occupation.
Modern culture aficionados will find much to digest in Riga, the largest of the three Baltic capitals, and a highlight of our Baltic States tour. Restoration to pristine condition of its many faded art-nouveau buildings makes for a truly exhilarating experience. In fact there's an art-nouveau museum located in a painstakingly restored apartment.
That, alongside a thriving culinary and arts scene with plenty to offer discerning travellers, marks Riga as a particularly delightful city. History buffs to will be satisfied with a number of attractions including St. Peter's Church (with an elevator to the top) and the impressive Riga Cathedral in Dome Square.
Outside town, time is allotted for a visit to an enormous traditional market as well as sightseeing along the embankments that tower over the town, with excellent views and a stop at the Latvian Ethnographic Museum included in the itinerary.
Estonia beckons and on the way stop in the resort town of Parmu before arrival in the Black Sea, harbour capital, Tallinn. With a UNESCO-listed Old Town, ancient churches and medieval streetscapes the city is ridiculously photogenic. Among attractions during a guided walking tour are Alexander Nesvsky Cathedral, the 13th century Toompea Castle site and Dominican Monastery.
Departure for this Baltic States tour is via Helsinki, with a walking tour of the vibrant Finnish city included. Vacationers wishing to extend their time in Helsinki can inquire with us about rates at the hotel used on tour.
+Kit S. (Atlanta, GA, US)
We've been traveling with Adventures Abroad since the mid-1990s. We like your guides and itineraries, and your tours seem to attract interesting people whose interests and travel habits are compatible with ours. The small group size is definitely a plus - much easier to navigate around than a large group. We enjoyed Riga and Helsinki immensely, especially the walking tours highlighting the architecture and character of the cities. The excursion to Rundale Palace was fascinating, and we loved the visit to the Hill of Crosses. Our local guides were very good. Very comfortable bus, good bus driver. Loved the ferry to Helsinki - comfortable and efficient, providing wonderful views of Tallinn and Helsinki. Our tour leader wass a wonderful asset to Adventures Abroad. We actually had him as our guide in the Czech Republic over a decade ago, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to travel with him again. He has excellent judgment in working with people, and his in-depth knowledge and personal insights really enrich the travel experience. We can't wait to travel with him again! You've got a great company, offering insightful, high-quality tours at reasonable prices. Keep up the good work, and we'll keep coming back year after year!
+Paul F. (Chicago, US)
Excellent tour. We have travelled extensively throughout the world and this was our first organized group tour.Local guide in Vilnius was excellent. She had a good technique of re-emphasizing points to make sure information was absorbed. Bus transportation was great - comfortable and efficient - always on time. The tour operated without a hitch and no one noticed the great amount of organization and timing involved - a tribute to our Tour leader's skill.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
The hotel Congress, situated in the very centre of Vilnius, is the ideal place for business travellers and tourists. As ... of the oldest hotels of Vilnius, it was constructed on the banks of the Neris river, next to the legendary Bridge Zaliasis ("Green Bridge") dating back to the 16th century. The hotel is contiguous to the Old Town which can be admired through the bedrooms windows.
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With only 14 rooms, this hotel is suitable for our smaller groups. In the very centre of Old City is ... one of the coziest Riga hotels – Vecriga (in translation: Old Riga). Construction of the building began in the 15th century. Every room has a mini bar, telephone, TV.
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All Hotel Central's guestrooms offer multi-channel and pay TV, free WiFi Internet and blackout curtains. Each room has a minibar, ... and direct-dial telephone. Modern decor with the comforts of home.
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Sokos Hotel Vakuna
Set in the city center, this stylish, contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from Helsinki Central train station and 3 ... from Linnanmäki amusement park. Bright rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer and fall the most popular of which is are spring and fall when temperatures are relatively mild and crowds thinner. Showers quite possible in spring and fall, somewhat less so in summer though can occur any time. Summers can be humid though long daylight hours maximize exploration.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. Hydrofoil crossing to Finland.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
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Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-star) throughout. Many are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is rarely available; you MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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