PL5 Poland & Baltic States Tour

Helsinki, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Torun, home of Copernicus; Well-preserved Krakow ; Wieliczka salt mines tour; Cosmopolitan Riga; Tallinn: one of Europe's best preserved old towns; Helsinki: 'Daughter of the Baltic'

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Dates & Prices

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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.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 04 Sep 2019Sun 22 Sep 2019 $6570 USD
Wed 13 May 2020Sun 31 May 2020 $6570 USD
Wed 02 Sep 2020Sun 20 Sep 2020 $6570 USD

The above prices are subject to an additional $74 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.


Optional Single Supplement: $1118 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Poland & Baltic States tours like no other! Eastern Europe holds numerous rewards for anyone who is not shy of adventure.

Poland has an immaculate scenery like nowhere else and its glorious structures, still standing form a distant history, are spectacles we will never forget.

The closer we get to the Baltic Sea, the closer we move along the storyline to the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian legacies.

The cathedrals of Vilnius, Lithuania, hold stories of royalty and sainthood that live on in the collections of religious icons and artwork.

Walk the streets of Latvia and learn about the evolution of architectural styles and how the city has come so far in terms of development.

The Toomkirik Lutheran Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia, is home to many legendary tombs and we will be captivated when our tour guide regales us with the tales behind these remains.

While Helsinki, Finland, is a relatively young capital, from a European perspective, we will still enjoy the vibrancy of the present as we walk along the markets that sit along the harbour, or admire the stonework of the government buildings.

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe and Western Europe
Countries visited: Poland; Lithuania; Latvia; Estonia and Finland


Testimonials


(Port St. Lucie, FL, US)

We enjoyed all excursions. Excellent transportation. Food was above expectations. Excellent experience.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Krakow
Arrival in Krakow.

Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was originally the home of the Polish royalty (between 1038 and 1596), before the capital was moved to Warsaw. The cobblestone streets, majestic churches (almost 100!), and old world charm make Krakow an unforgettable destination.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Poland program will operate slightly differently depending on the date selected. Because of closures on certain days of the week, the sightseeing order will vary from Spring to Fall (our overnight points, however, remain the same). This itinerary reflects the order of sightseeing for the immediately upcoming departure; once that trip departs, this itinerary will be updated for the following date.

Overnight in Krakow.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Krakow: City Walking Tour
Krakow is very compact, and the whole central region with its cobblestone streets is full of well-preserved architecture, Gothic churches and splendid museums. On our sightseeing tour (largely on foot at a leisurely pace) we visit Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle, Market Square, and the 16th century Renaissance Cloth Hall. We continue onward to Jagiellonian University and St Mary's Church with the Wit Stwosz altar. This was designed in 1489 by Wit Stwosz of Nuremburg and is the finest sculptural work in Poland.

We then stroll down the hill from the castle complex and enter the Old Town, one of the most famous old districts in Poland and the centre of Poland's political life from 1038 until King Sigismund III Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw in 1596. The entire medieval old town is among the first sites chosen for the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The district features the centrally located Rynek Glowny, or Main Square, the largest medieval town square of any
European city. There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as St. Mary's Basilica (Kosciol Mariacki), Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures.

While in Krakow, we'll also have a walking visit of Kazimierz, once an independent town governed separately from Krakow until the late middle ages. Later, it became known as the Jewish Quarter of the city and was finally transformed into a center for Krakow’s beatnik bars and cafe culture.

Overnight in Krakow.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Wieliczka Salt Mines & Oskar Schindler Museum
This morning we visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines. On our 5km (3 mile) journey below the earth's surface we will see the salt-formed caves and grottoes, a subterranean lake and a chapel with statues carved from salt. The mines' 11 levels of galleries stretch 300km (186 miles), and some 20,000,000 tonnes (22,000,000 tons) of rock salt were extracted over 700 years. According to local legend, the deposits were discovered in the 13th century by a Hungarian princess named Kinga, whose lost ring was found in a block of salt extracted here.

We also visit the Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum. The story of Oskar Schindler and his employees is one which has been well-known since the book and film by Thomas Keneally and Steven Spielberg (whose film 'Schindler's List' was shot almost entirely in Krakow). Individual histories of Krakow's wartime inhabitants guide visitors through the exhibit which covers the war of 1939, everyday life under occupation, the fate of the Jews and the city's underground resistance using vast archival documents, photos, radio and film recordings, period artifacts and multimedia.

Overnight in Krakow.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Krakow - Oswiecim (Auschwitz) - Czestochowa - Lodz
Our first stop today is the Oswiecim (Auschwitz) and Brzezinka (Birkenau) Nazi concentration camps preserved as memorials to the 1.5 million people of 28 nationalities who perished here, the overwhelming majority of whom were Jewish. Our guided walking tour of the site reveals the compelling history of this region and the very human aspect of this particular historic location.

We continue to Czestochowa, the "spiritual home" of Poland, where pilgrims from every corner of the country come to Jasna Gora (Luminous Mountain) Monastery to revere the image of the Black Madonna, Poland's most important icon. Legend says that the icon was painted by St Luke the Evangelist on a piece of cypress wood from the table used by Mary in Nazareth. The icon was brought from Jerusalem and installed in the monastery around 1384.

We finish our day in Lodz (pronounced: Wooj). A small settlement, that in 1423 was granted civic rights, was thriving at the beginning of the 19th century. Lodz became one of the Europe's biggest and fastest growing textile industry centre. At that time, a new identity of the city - "a promised land" and "a city of many cultures" was created. In Lodz people of different nationalities and religions shared the same dream of a success. Despite the differences they were able to build the city together.

We arrive in time for dinner.

Overnight in Lodz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Lodz - Warsaw: City Tour
This morning we travel to Warsaw, arriving in time to embark upon a full city tour.

After WWII, a reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today's meticulous restoration of Warsaw's Old Town with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century. Warsaw has shrugged off its dour Eastern Bloc image, and is finally showing its true colours. The vibrant heart of the largest country in "New Europe", Warsaw is now poised to make is presence felt as a business and cultural hub.

We begin our sightseeing with a drive along the Royal Route and a brief orientation drive around the city before beginning our walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO protected site. We visit Castle Square, the Uprising Monument, and then drive over to the Praga area for a view of the river. From there go to the Jewish Ghetto area and to Umschlag Platz where we visit the Museum of History of Polish Jews. The museum features a multimedia narrative
exhibition about the vibrant Jewish community that flourished in Poland for a thousand years.

Overnight in Warsaw.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Warsaw Sightseeing - To Torun
Before leaving Warsaw, we'll visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 (we visit today instead of yesterday as the museum is closed for group visits on Sundays). The museum sponsors research into the history of the Uprising, and the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. It collects and maintains hundreds of artefacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, in order to present a full picture of the people involved. The museum's stated goals include the creation of an archive of historical information on the Uprising and the recording of the stories and memories of the still living Uprising participants.

We then continue our journey to the picturesque medieval town of Torun, a beautiful medieval city in northwestern Poland, situated on the Vistula River. Torun's architecture managed to escape bombing, and as such represents one of the only examples of true Gothic architecture in Poland. At warm times of year Torun's old town is full of street cafes and restaurants where you can eat and drink outdoors and enjoy the medieval atmosphere.

Overnight in Torun.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus Museum - Gdansk
This morning we enjoy the sights of Torun. Its Old Town has been included in UNESCO's list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun's past glory. We will visit the Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, Copernicus House, which collects materials about the life and work of Copernicus: a library, old prints and books from the time of Copernicus, various editions of his work, "Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres," and models of the astronomical instruments he used.

We continue to Gdansk, an absolutely charming place with its tall, narrow buildings, peaked roofs and decorative facades that combine perfectly with the cobblestone streets. The famous Gdansk Shipyards are visible from most parts of the city. During our time in Gdansk we'll visit the marvellous Old Town and its main street -- Dlugi Targ (Long Market).

Overnight in Gdansk.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Gdansk Area Tour
Its position on the Baltic has historically made Gdansk one of the most important port cities in Northern Europe, and tragically also the scene of a rather disturbing past. World War II was ignited by a dispute over the control of the city. By the end of the war the city lay almost completely in ruins. The German population was expelled and replaced by Poles as the city came under Polish rule and changed its name to Gdansk. However, the impact of its former
German ties is still evident. Although most of the old buildings were damaged or destroyed in WWII, they have been painstakingly restored or rebuilt.

This morning we head out of town a short distance to visit the Oliwa Cathedral. This Holy Trinity, Blessed Virgin Mary, and St Bernard's Church was first erected as a Cistercian shrine back in the 13th century. Reconstructed in 1350 after a great fire, it re-emerged in the Gothic style, but many of the new fixtures were to be relatively short lived. The Gothic interior was extremely damaged in a 1577 fire and was replaced with the Baroque fixtures we admire today for their beauty and intensity.

The Oliwa Cathedral is perhaps best known for its massive, splendid organ. The organ is comprised of over 7,000 pipes and is decorated with movable angels and brightly painted stars. When built, the instrument was the largest in Europe. The main alter is also very impressive, and if the organ is in use, you're sure to be riveted by its magnificent sound!

While in Gdansk we'll also visit the European Solidarity Centre, a museum and library devoted to the history of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement, and other opposition movements of Communist Eastern Europe.

The balance of the day is free to enjoy Gdansk. Gdansk is sometimes called the Amber Capital of the World; the surrounding area is the richest known source of this semi-precious stone, and the product can be viewed (and purchased, of course) in many shops in town.

Overnight in Gdansk.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Gdansk - Malbork - Olsztyn
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. En route, we stop at the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork, the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland's greatest tourist attractions.

In the afternoon, we continue to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is the old town, encircled by a set of fortified walls.

Overnight in Olsztyn.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Olsztyn - Olsztynek - Warsaw
After breakfast, we return to Warsaw. On the way, we visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, site of the Museum of Folk Architecture, one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. The museum contains many interesting examples of folk architecture, including houses, barns, windmills and other traditional buildings. A particular attraction of the park are the interiors of old houses, the evangelical church, a blacksmith, a pottery stand, a windmill
as well as various temporary displays representing items of traditional craftsmanship and modern folk art and handicraft from the region.

Continue to Warsaw.

Overnight in Warsaw.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Warsaw, Poland - Vilnius, Lithuania
Today we fly* from Warsaw to Vilnius and transfer to our hotel.

"Narrow cobblestone streets and an orgy of Baroque: almost like a Jesuit city somewhere in the middle of Latin America," wrote the author Czeslaw Milosz of pre-war Vilnius. Soviet-era satellite suburbs aside, it's a description which still rings true today. Despite being the capital of the medieval Lithuanian state, Vilnius was occupied by Poland between the wars and was inhabited mainly by Poles and Jews who played such a prominent role in the city's life that it was known as the "Northern Jerusalem". Vilnius is still a cosmopolitan place -- around twenty percent of its population is Polish and another twenty percent is Russian -- though with just 543,000 inhabitants it has an almost village-like atmosphere, making it an easy place to get to know.

* NOTE: Depending on final group size and flight schedules (which can be erratic), this journey may take place overland (by private bus). If so, we apologize for the backtracking and inconvenience.

Overnight in Vilnius.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Vilnius & Trakai
This morning we travel to Trakai, a former capital of Lithuania. The town, situated on the shores of several lakes, has two prominent castles built to fend off German knights in the 14th century. Trakai is famous for its population of Kara-Kalpak people. Brought to Trakai from the Crimean Peninsula by the Grand Duke Vytautas in the late 14th century, the Kara-Kalpak still hold their Jewish religious services in the yellow Kinessa, built in 1812. Our tour here includes a visit to the Trakai Historical Museum, housed within the main rooms of Trakai's island castle.

We return to Vilnius for a lunch break and town tour.

Sweden, Poland, France and Russia have all ruled Vilnius in the past, and this afternoon we will witness the influences that this has had on this beautiful city. The Old Town is one of the largest in Europe, with nearly 1,500 historic buildings of note built over several centuries creating a splendid blend of many different architectural styles.

Our walking tour will take us to Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Inside the cathedral we see the famous chapel of Saint Kazimieras, considered an architectural gem. Rising in the distance behind Cathedral Square is the Gedimino Tower, once part of the 14th century defense system. We will also see the baroque Peter and Paul Church, originally built in the 14th century. The Gates of Dawn, on the eastern side of the Old Town, were one of the original nine gates into the city. The original Gothic defensive wall was once over 2 km (1.5 miles) long. From this remaining gate we will walk down through the streets of the old town. Nearby is the Jewish Quarter, with its cobblestone lanes and hidden courtyards.

While in Vilnius we'll also visit the KGB Museum (the Museum of Genocide Victims). For Lithuanians, the KGB Museum symbolises the 50-year-long Soviet occupation. During World War II it was the site of Gestapo headquarters and later of the KGB. The museum building is as intact as it was in 1991, when the KGB left the premises. You will see KGB rooms authentically furnished and secret KGB spying equipment.

Overnight in Vilnius.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Vilnius - Kaunas - Siauliai, Lithuania - Riga, Latvia
Today we travel to Riga via Kaunas to see the Castle and Old Town at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris. We see the Town Hall Square, lined with 15th-16th century merchants' houses, and the 17th century baroque Town Hall dominating its center. Nearby Kaunas Cathedral and Gothic Vytautas Church dominate the riverbank. After our visit we continue north to Riga.

En route we stop at the Hill of Crosses, located just north of the small industrial city of Siauliai. Siauliai is the Lithuanian national pilgrimage center, and a city of famous cultural traditions and legends. On a small hill stand thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and act as a compelling resistance memorial to the German and Soviet occupation. Today newlyweds often come here after their wedding ceremony to ask for God's blessing.

After our stop we will proceed to the border and continue on to Riga.

Overnight in Riga.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Riga: City Tour
Today we will enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town of Riga, getting us to some of the top sights and giving us a real feel for the city.

Over the last decade Riga has been going through a restoration phase, revitalizing many of its faded art nouveau buildings into pristine gems. While these buildings can be found throughout the central downtown area, the best place to see them is in a neighbourhood of streets centered around Alberta Street. Riga literally has hundreds of buildings in this flamboyant style as it experienced a period of unprecedented wealth at the beginning of the 20th century when art nouveau was all the rage in Europe.

While exploring this part of the city we will visit the Art Nouveau Museum, which is a completely restored art nouveau apartment. Our walk will include a stop at the mighty Freedom Monument, dedicated to those who fought for Latvia’s independence. We will pass by the Latvian National Opera House as well as the Powder Tower. Kalku Street is the main 'semi-pedestrian' thoroughfare, and it slices straight through Old Town leading us to Livu Square, created after the destruction caused by World War II. Today this is one of the Old Town’s most bright and cheerful corners. Bastion Hill Park runs along the northeastern edge of the city. Once the old city’s fortifications, Bastion Hill was replaced with this romantic park full of gardens, canals, and ornate bridges. The park makes a great transition space between downtown Riga and the historic center.

Working our way through the backstreets of the Old Town we come to a fixture of Riga’s skyline, St. Peter’s Church. The tallest church in the city, this large Gothic church dates back to 1209, although little of the original church is actually left. We can take the elevator to the top of the 130 meter high tower for great views down upon the rooftops of the city.

Another of Riga’s enchanting city squares is the Dome Square which sits out below the impressive Riga Cathedral. Throughout the city of Riga there are a lot of exceptionally well-preserved buildings, but the Three Brothers are quite unique in that they are the oldest residential buildings in the city. These three adjoining buildings date from between the 15th to 17th centuries and are home to local craftsmen. We will pass by Riga Castle, which today houses the offices of the Latvian president.

One of the last remaining segments of the city’s defenses is the Swedish Gate a small gateway through what looks like a row of traditional residences. We will stop at the Town Hall Square to see the iconic House of the Blackheads where we admire the stunning design of its facade. Built for members of a merchant guild known as the Blackheads in the 14th Century, this is one of Riga’s most picturesque landmarks.

This afternoon is yours free to explore.

Overnight in Riga.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Riga: City Touring
Today we will get to some of the landmarks which lie outside the city’s Old Town, including a drive through modern Riga.

We will start with a visit to the massive Central Market. This visit will help to give you a sense of what local life is like in today's Riga. This bustling indoor & outdoor market focuses on several large 1920s pavilions and the area around them. Here we discover plenty of local Latvian goods, from meats and fish to loads of other locally grown produce.

We continue with a panoramic drive around Riga that will take in some of the most famous sights. Our route along the embankment of the River Daugava provides us with wonderful views of the city, and we will drive through the modern part of the city where we see the University Building, the Academy of Arts and the central train station. Along Riga’s riverfront we will come to the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum which details the city’s history of the Holocaust. Set inside an outdoor courtyard, this museum details what happened to the local Jewish population during the city’s Nazi occupation. The exhibits here focus on individuals' stories and photographs.

Built during Latvia’s period under Soviet rule, the towering figure of the Latvian Academy of Sciences is hard to miss. Here we will take the elevator up to its observation deck for great views of Riga with the church tower visible amongst the skyline. A short trip from the city center brings us to the Latvian Ethnographic Museum. Here we will see what rural Latvian life was like over 100 years ago as dozens of original farm buildings, houses and even a church were transported to this picturesque lakeshore to preserve them for posterity.

Once back in the center you will have some free time this afternoon. Perhaps make a visit to the rooftop terrace of the Galleria Riga shopping centre for a cold drink and some incredible views.

Overnight in Riga.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Riga, Latvia - Parnu - Tallinn, Estonia
This morning we depart Riga for Tallinn, visiting Parnu en route. There was a trading settlement in Parnu before the German crusaders arrived, but recorded history of the city dates back to the 13th century. From the middle of the 19th century, Parnu developed as a resort town with its good beaches and relatively good weather. During the Soviet era, Parnu's guesthouses, inns and hotels were converted to sanatoria. We will do a stroll through parts of the Old Town, including the town's oldest building, the Red Tower.

We continue to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Historically, Tallinn has been attacked, sacked, razed and pillaged on numerous occasions. Although extensively bombed by Soviet air forces during the latter stages of World War II, much of the medieval Old Town still retains its charm. The Tallinn Old Town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.

Overnight in Tallinn.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 Tallinn: City Tour
Today we have a guided WALKING tour of this important Baltic Sea harbour city. We begin with a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the nineteenth century. The cathedral dominates the Lossi Plats, and is an imposing testament to the Russian imperialist influence. We also visit the Dominican Monastery, which played an important role in bringing Christianity to Estonia. We have the opportunity to visit the Toompea Castle site, a 13th century castle where the current parliament of Estonia holds its sessions. In the immediate area we will also visit the Toomkirik Lutheran cathedral, founded in 1233, with its impressive carved tombs inside.

This afternoon you will have some free time to stroll through the picturesque Old Town with its jumble of medieval buildings, turrets and walls.

Overnight in Tallinn.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18 Tallinn, Estonia - Helsinki, Finland: City Walking Tour
Today we take a fast ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki (HAVE YOUR PASSPORTS HANDY!).

Helsinki is situated at the arrowhead of a peninsula, surrounded by an archipelago of 315 islands, perfectly placed between its two great trading cousins, Stockholm and Moscow. From a European perspective, Helsinki is relatively young (450 years), yet it is Finland's sixth-oldest town. The Swedes, who extended their empire into Finland in 1155, founded the city of 'Helsingfors' (the name still used by the Swedes) in 1550 when King Gustav Vasa needed a site for a strategic, competitively placed trading port. It languished as a coastal backwater until Imperialist Russia invaded in 1809.

On arrival we'll have a walking tour of Helsinki.

Please note: From 2020 onward, we wil not be including dinner this evening.

Overnight in Helsinki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 Departure from Helsinki
Today we depart from Helsinki.

NOTE: If you would like to extend your time in Helsinki, please let us quote you rates for extra accommodation at the hotel used on tour.

HYVAA MATKAA!!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


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.


Radisson SAS Warsaw

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Warsaw
Country: Poland

Conveniently located in the heart of the business district and tourist quarter of Warsaw, Radisson SAS Centrum Hotel welcomes both
... and leisure travellers. The hotel is close to the Palace of Science and Culture and the Warsaw Central Station, and just a 20-minute drive from the airport.


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Hotel Ascot

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Krakow
Country: Poland

The modern hotel is located in the heart of Krakow. Standard room equipment includes: Cable TV and radio, free wireless
... telephone, safe, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, air- conditioning.



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Mercure Helios Torun

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Torun
Country: Poland

The Mercure Helios Torun is located in the city centre, very close to the old town and the birthplace of
... Copernicus. Hotel offers 105 modern single and double rooms and 5 suites. All rooms are equipped with SAT TV, pay TV, radio, telephone, minibar and fast Internet access.


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Mercure Hevelius Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Gdansk
Country: Poland

The Hotel Mercure Gdansk Hevelius is just a stone's throw away from the Old Town. The hotel also offers a
... view of the picturesque Old Town or the historic Gdansk Shipyard.


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Hotel Congress

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Vilnius
Country: Lithuania

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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Hotel Vecriga

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Riga
Country: Latvia

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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Reval Central

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Tallinn
Country: Estonia

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 Presidentti

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Helsinki
Country: Finland

Recently completely refurbished, Sokos Hotel Presidentti is located next to the Kamppi mall, in the heart of Helsinki, next to
... wealth of culture attractions and the best shopping in town.The extensive refurbishing of rooms and restaurant facilities was completed in the spring of 2007.


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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All accommodation, transport (including internal flight), 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.

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and 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.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

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.

Group Size

10-18 (plus Tour Leader)

PL5 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION19 days

TOUR STARTKrakow

TOUR ENDHelsinki

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Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovak & Czech Republic Tour from Adventures Abroad: This… Read More
34 days from Istanbul to Rhodos
This Turkey & Greece Tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli.
33 days from Lisbon to Casablanca
Our Portugal, Spain and Morocco tour is one solid 32-day adventure that will leave us… Read More
32 days from Santiago de Compostela to Marrakech
This extensive Spain and Morocco tour provides enough time for those who are fond of… Read More
31 days from Krakow to Bergen
30 days from Ljubljana to Skopje
Our Adriatic, Albania & Macedonia Tour begins in Slovenia, past glacial lakes, lush green… Read More
30 days from Rome to Dubrovnik
Italy & The Adriatic Tour by Adventures Abroad: Historical structures throughout Italy… Read More
29 days from Valleta to Venice
On our Malta & Italy tour, for the better part of a month, we immerse ourselves in the… Read More
29 days from Moscow to Petropavlovsk
This Eastern Russia tour was designed, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader, Jonathan… Read More
28 days from Prague to Bucharest
Hungary, Romania, Slovak & Czech Republic Tour from Adventures Abroad: Experience the… Read More
28 days from Bratislava to Sofia
Bounties in the Slovak Republic lie copious and abundant and we need the best part of a… Read More
28 days from Tunis to Rome
This Tunisia, Malta & Italy Tour gives us a good perspective of the considerable expanse… Read More
26 days from Santiago de Compostela to Casablanca
Both Spain and Morocco serve as perfect examples as to why flying to the other side of… Read More
25 days from Lisbon to Sevilla
On this Portugal & Spain tour we see how referring to history as existing in a series of… Read More
24 days from Palermo to Venice
What do you get if you mix the incredible cultural riches of Italy's north with the laid… Read More
24 days from Florence to Dubrovnik
Italy & The Adriatic Tour by Adventures Abroad: As one of the most atmospheric and… Read More
24 days from Madrid to Marrakech
One look at the mountains framing the sky or the lakes that mirror any beauty that… Read More
23 days from Budapest to Sofia
Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria Tour from Adventures Abroad: Budapest, Hungary, is the first… Read More
23 days from Krakow to St Petersburg
Poland & The Baltic States Tour from Adventures Abroad: Not too often are we presented… Read More
23 days from Algiers to Malta
On our Algeria, Tunisia & Malta tour, the entire country of Algeria makes for a… Read More
23 days from Athens to Rhodos
On this Greece tour, a special one-time only program, our senior Tour Leader, Victor… Read More
23 days from Moscow to Vladivostok
Our Eastern Russia & The Trans-Siberian Tour was designed, and will be led by, senior… Read More
21 days from Prague to Budapest
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic & Hungary tour from Adventures Abroad: We land in the… Read More
21 days from Istanbul to Athens
This Turkey & Greece Tour replaces tour code GR2 featured in our general… Read More
21 days from Bratislava to Bucharest
If we were wanting to discover what makes Eastern Europe one of the most beautiful… Read More
21 days from Vilnius to Bergen
21 days from Warsaw to Prague
Combine picturesque vistas, unsettling historical discovery and exotic urban exploration… Read More
20 days from Palermo to Florence
20 days from Athens to Athens
20 days from Minsk to Kiev
Belarus, Moldova & Ukraine Tours
20 days from Rome to Antwerp
This unique San Marino, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg & Vatican City tour… Read More
20 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt
This Germany 2020 Tour was designed by, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader, Victor… Read More
19 days from Valleta to Rome
Combining gold-sand beaches that would rival those of any Mediterranean destination in… Read More
19 days from Belgrade to Sarajevo
Our Balkan Explorer Tour is a a very special tour designed by one of our senior Tour… Read More
19 days from Oslo to Helsinki
During this Norway & Finland tour we will experience the Hurtigruten Classic Voyage North… Read More
19 days from Calgary to Toronto
This Northwest Passage 2020 Tour is a one-time 2020 offering will be led/hosted by Senior… Read More
19 days from Porto to Ponta Delgada
On this Portugal tour we will travel from north to south and uncover a dazzling mix of… Read More
19 days from St Petersburg to Moscow
This Western Russia & The Arctic Tour was designed, and will be led by, senior Tour… Read More
18 days from Istanbul to Istanbul
On this Western Turkey Tour, we will have the chance to step inside the great Hippodrome,… Read More
18 days from Madrid to Casablanca
Separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco tours venture to two… Read More
18 days from Santiago de Compostela to Sevilla
Take an adventure through the heart of Spain on our Spain: North & South tour and see how… Read More
17 days from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik
Adriatic Tours by Adventures Abroad: what do you get when you mix villages dripping in… Read More
17 days from Hamburg to Krakow
Tours of Poland, Czech Republic & Germany like no other!
16 days from Budapest to Bucharest
Hungary & Romania Tour from Adventures Abroad: The capital city of Hungary is only the… Read More
16 days from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela
The Way Of Saint James has captured the imaginations of active travellers since the… Read More
16 days from Lisbon to Barcelona
Across the sun-drenched Iberian Peninsula are two countries with a soul and history that… Read More
15 days from Prague to Budapest
A little over two weeks is the duration of this stimulating Czech Republic and Slovakia… Read More
15 days from Valleta to Tunis
What a better way to experience the world of the Mediterranean than stepping foot into… Read More
15 days from Bucharest to Sofia
Before setting foot in these two countries found in Eastern Europe, it would be easy to… Read More
15 days from Tunis to Valleta
After the Roman Empire conquered Carthage, Julius Caesar resurrected the city into a vast… Read More
15 days from Helsinki to Bergen
This spectacular 15-day Nordic Explorer tour to the Nordic countries is a perfect… Read More
15 days from Athens to Athens
15 days from Athens to Pristina
This Greece, Macedonia & Kosovo tour is an exciting new itinerary that combines some of… Read More
15 days from Madrid to Porto
15 days from Corner Brook to St John's
For this Newfoundland & Labrador tour we are delighted to partner with a first-rate local… Read More
15 days from Helsinki to Helsinki
This Expedition To The North Pole Tour will be led/hosted by senior Tour Leader, Martin… Read More
14 days from Tirana to Skopje
Discerning travellers will be thrilled with this, one of our more comprehensive Albania… Read More
14 days from Rome to Venice
Few places in the world have as high of a reputation as a cultural and historic tour de… Read More
14 days from Palermo to Rome
Few countries ooze as much of a romantic appeal as Italy does. From the language to the… Read More
14 days from Bratislava to Budapest
On our Slovak Republic & Hungary Tour you'll wonder, what is better than experiencing… Read More
14 days from Zurich to Zurich
History has given Switzerland little land, but nature has blessed it with the finest… Read More
14 days from Baku to Yerevan
Caucasus tours are numbered among our most popular offerings! Baku, the capital city of… Read More
14 days from Athens to Athens
Greek Island Tours: join us on an exquisite, two-week adventure to experience the islands… Read More
14 days from Athens to Athens
Our Hiking the Greek Isles tours begin and end in the iconic capital of Athens, a city… Read More
14 days from Kotor/Tivat to Zagreb
13 days from Vilnius to St Petersburg
In the far northern region of Europe, our Russia and Baltic States tours explore a region… Read More
13 days from Prague to Bratislava
13 days from Barcelona to Barcelona
There are many reasons to visit the Pyrenees on our Pyrenees Explorer Tour - skiing,… Read More
13 days from Zurich to Zurich
The Switzerland On Foot Tour is a gentle guided walking tour combining some of… Read More
13 days from Torino to Torino
We're very excited to once again offer a more active tour in Italy, the Piemonte Panorama… Read More
13 days from Vienna to Bratislava
Slovakia's High Tatras mountain range sits quietly in the shadow of the Alps, yet within… Read More
12 days from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
In the land of fire and ice, one can expect a landscape of rugged mountains and swirling… Read More
12 days from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
12 days from Rome to Venice
Experience a wide range of incredible highlights on our Northern Italy For Less! Tour, an… Read More
12 days from Istanbul to Istanbul
This Eastern Turkey Tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli. This… Read More
11 days from Krakow to Warsaw
There exists immaculate beauty and timeless history within the borders of Poland. On… Read More
10 days from Rome to Florence
At 10 days in length, this adventure through Northern Italy may seem relatively short on… Read More
10 days from Madrid to Sevilla
If you have trouble determining a destination based on deciding between the culinary… Read More
9 days from Vilnius to Helsinki
9 days from Prague to Prague
On your Czech Republic tour you'll taste a sample of the exquisite sceneries, cultures… Read More
9 days from Budapest to Budapest
One of the great capital cities of the modern world, Budapest, awaits our arrival on this… Read More
9 days from Athens to Athens
As the birthplace of western democracy, there is something strangely familiar to those… Read More
9 days from Athens to Athens
In the sun-drenched islands of Greece, it is easy to get lost in the deep azure blue of… Read More
8 days from Sofia to Sofia
Our Bulgaria tour reveals a land with a turbulent history that stretches back to the 7th… Read More
8 days from Florence to Venice
From the Renaissance grandeur of its buildings, the abundance of its art galleries and… Read More
8 days from Bucharest to Bucharest
Standing amid the nuns who live in the Romanian monastery of Voronet while they carry out… Read More
8 days from Lisbon to Porto
The country of Portugal seems vast in so many respects; such is evident in the copious… Read More
6 days from Valleta to Valleta
On our Malta tour you'll see that, though small, Malta manages to cram just about… Read More
6 days from Bratislava to Bratislava
Our Slovak Republic tour begins in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and we will… Read More