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Scandinavia & The Baltics

  • Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania12 days
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Experience the diverse delights of Scandinavia & the Baltic States on this adventurous journey to Copenhagen, Stockholm & Finland and to the Baltic capitals of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. From the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen all the way to the fabulous art & architecture of Vilnius, hidden delights await on this journey through rich history and fascinating cultures.

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You will be overwhelmed by incredible art and architecture all the way through this amazing tour. From the fairy-tale influence of Hans Christian Anderson in Denmark, to the sea-faring influences in Helsinki, and to the medieval and baroque influences in the Baltic cities – keep your eyes wide open on this tour!

Nordic cultures, medieval charm, architectural delights

Break in to a sweat in a traditional Finnish sauna in Helsinki and take a dip in one of the public baths.

See where the Nobel Prize is awarded at Stockholm’s City Hall, and catch the panoramic view from its 348-foot tower.

Be inspired by Trakai Castle near Vilnius – it is the only castle in Europe that is surrounded by water on all sides.

Enjoy delicious Russian fare and historical folklore at Belmontas Restaurant in Vilnius

Places covered 12 Days
  • Day 1 & 2 Copenhagen – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 3 & 4 Stockholm – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 5 & 6 Helsinki – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 7 & 8 Talinn – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 9 & 10 Riga – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 11 & 12 Vilnius – attractions & sightseeing
  • Days Details
  • 1 & 2 Copenhagen – attractions & sightseeing Explore Copenhagen on foot - the city is small and compact.Take in three royal palaces – the 18th century Amalienborg Palace and square with is four impressive rococo buildings, the beautiful medieval fortification of Kastellet set in a peaceful green oasis, and the magnificent renaissance Rosenborg Castle.A network of bridges and drawbridges connects the two main islands of the city. Don’t miss the Nationalmuseet – set inside an 18th century royal residence with exhibits on stone age and Vikings. And visit the vibrant Tivoli Gardens – an amusement park created in 1840.Start your fairytale tour at the statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour. For over 100 years, she has impressed visitors on her rock and is the most photographed statue in Denmark.Colourful Nyhavn, overlooking the bustling harbour in Copenhagen’s centre, is where Hans Christian Andersen spent most of his life living in three different houses – nos. 18, 20 and 67 - and writing many famous tales. No. 9. Nyhavn, is the oldest house dating back to 1681, Relax over dinner at one of the cosy restaurants in the harbour and rest your feet at the quayside.The 17th century Round Tower in Copenhagen is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and the views of the city from here are extraordinary. See the library hall where Hans Christian Andersen would sit and write his fairy tales.Stop off at Fairy Tale House in Copenhagen - an interactive museum with hand-written manuscripts, live readings and Hans Christian Andersen’s study.On day 3, take the overnight cruise to Oslo and enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat.
  • 3 & 4 Stockholm – sightseeing and attractions Sightsee at your leisure on a ‘hop-on hop-off’ boat stopping as often as you like, take a historical canal tour and learn about the history of Stockholm, or a classic boat tour that travels under 15 bridges and passes 2 locks.Explore the old town, Gamla Stan, and its glorious labyrinth of cobbled streets, alleyways, faded mustard coloured town houses and handsome meeting squares. See the beauty of the Vasa wooden ship at the Vasa Museum, and stroll through 5 centuries of Swedish history at Skansen – the world’s first open-air museum.And take in the Stockholm City Hall with its 44m long hall glowing with golden mosaics, or the Millesgarden, home of sculptor Carl Milles.Be transported up 130 metres in a glass gondola to the top of the Ericsson Globe, the views of the city and its islands are spectacular.And marvel at the 600-room Royal Palace, sitting atop the Gamla Stan, where tapestries, arms and armour, and the crown jewels are on display.
  • 4 Stockholm – Helsinki (overnight cruise) Take a relaxing overnight luxury cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki and feast on a vista of archipelago scenery when the sun comes up. Enjoy delicious food, comfortable cabins, and relaxing saunas, and, by the time you arrive in Helsinki you will be rested and raring to explore Finland’s exciting capital.
  • 5 & 6 Helsinki – sightseeing and attractions Have a taste of Finland at the Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The harbour is the heart of the city. Watch the giant ferries glide into port – it is a defining memory and an essential Helsinki experience.See the beauty of this stunning Nordic city on a sightseeing tour with live commentary from a knowledgeable guide. The city tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House.Marvel at curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma – an elegant contemporary building and a symbol of the city’s modernization.Learn about traditional Finland at the Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo island museum with a collection of historic traditional houses, manors and outbuildings transferred here from around Finland.Relax with a sauna and swim at the Yrjonkadun Uimahalli art deco baths – a fusion of soaring Nordic elegance and Roman tradition.Get to know Helsinki’s new Design District – there are over 60 home decoration and gift shops, numerous fashion shops & boutiques, lots of jewellery and antique shops, as well as two leading design museums – the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Tuck in to delicious Finnish cuisine at one of the many restaurants here – based on fresh and natural ingredients, Finnish food is typified by simplicity and purity of taste, with lots of delicious fresh fish including perch, whitefish, salmon, crayfish and Baltic herring.Take your pick of bars and clubs in cool downtown Helsinki. The Arctic Icebar is carved out of ice, including tables and bars.
  • 7 & 8 Talinn – attractions & sightseeing Tallinn, capital of Estonia, is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life – arrive in time for a walk through the Old Town, famous for its authentic Hanseatic architecture.Take a sightseeing tour around the medieval city walls. Take in Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, and the Aleksand Nevsky Cathedral with its golden onion roof-tops and luxurious interiors.Kadriorg Palace is considered to be the grandest example of palace and park design in Estonian architectural history. The palace, originally an imperial summer residence has been extremely well preserved since the early 18th century.Enjoy dinner sitting under the Gothic arches of the cellar at the Peppersack Restaurant where everything is prepared right before your eyes in the open kitchen.And take a day trip to Lahemaa Nature Reserve. Laheema is the first and largest national park in Estonia. Laheema (Land of Bays) was named after the bodies of water between its peninsulas.Stroll along stone and sandy seashores, through picturesque bogs and pine forests, past old-growth forests and cliff forests, and along the shores of rivers that have cut into the limestone cliff.There are many historical and architectural monuments along the way, and many erratic boulders that were brought over from Finland by continental ice in the Ice Age.Learn about the legends and stories connected to these boulders, It is said that mythical national hero Kalevipoeg threw his spear at an enemy and the speak fell into Odakivi, situated on Loksa beach – now a boulder.
  • 9 & 10 Riga – attractions & sightseeing Riga, capital of Latvia, is overflowing with architectural gems and architectural styles. Its toy-town feel of medieval steeples and turrets mixes with modern European designs.Wander through the cobbled streets of Riga Old Town – now a Unesco World Heritage Site.Take a walking tour of the Old Town past Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument.Visit the Ethnographical Open Air Museum – a spacious exposition of 18th century country life.Listen to organ music at Riga Cathedral, one of the oldest sacral buildings in the entire Baltic region.And take a trip to the vibrant Latvian sea resort of Jurmala, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. Every Thursday the Open Air Museum invites you to see the age-old tradition of smoking the fish, as well as tasting the result free of charge!
  • 11 & 12 Vilnius – attractions & sightseeing Bizarre, beautiful and bewitching, Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is a fascinating mix of Old Town charm, fairy-tale baroque splendour, and an underlying uniqueness that creates it soul.Unesco has declared this, Europe’s largest baroque old town, a World Heritage site.There are more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches in the city. See some of these in the panoramic sightseeing tour that also takes in the Old Town and Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.And take a day trip to Trakai Castle. Trakai Island Castle is the only Eastern European castle that has been built on an island. Surrounded by the waters of Lake Galve this well-preserved 15th century castle held great strategic importance in its time.Learn more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Battle of Grunwald, and Vytautas the Great (1392 – 1430) on a Trakai Castle and Museum Tour.And learn about the customs and traditions of the Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century, and are today the country’s smallest ethnic minority with under 300 members.
€ 3,500 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 6-9 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary as applicable

-First arrival and last departure transfers

-Entrance and excursion costs as indicated

Travel is based on private coaches with Local guides . You do have the option of Independent travel .Get in Touch to discuss on how we could tailor the trip to suit you .

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Scandinavia is glorious during the warm summer months – enjoy boat trips around archipelagos, cruises and hikes through the Norwegian fjords, festivals galore in Denmark, and summer lakeside cottage havens in Finland. The summer sun doesn’t set in Scandinavian Lapland so head outside for a feast of forests, lakes, rivers and outdoor fun. It’s a different place in the winter - hop on a sleigh to see the Northern Lights, ski in Lapland from February to May, meet Santa in Finland at Xmas-time, and head-off for cultural city-breaks in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen & Helsinki all year-round.

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