Riga – Tallinn – Helsinki – St. Petersburg
10 days / 9 nights
Arrival at Riga airport, meeting with your tour escort and orientation tour. Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the biggest and the most cosmopolitan of the three Baltic capitals. The city of independent Latvia since 1991, is regaining its old splendour, and its historical centre is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Dinner and overnight in Riga.
Our morning city tour includes a visit of the Riga Central Market, one of the biggest markets on the European continent. We will enjoy a panoramic walking tour around the historical centre, with its perfectly preserved paved streets and charming medieval atmosphere. See Riga Castle, built in 1330, one of the most well-preserved castles in Northern Europe, the Swedish Gate and Powder Tower. We will also visit the most important religious buildings in Riga: St. James’ Cathedral, St. John’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, and the Dome, or Riga Cathedral. We will finish our walk in old market square in front of the town hall. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Riga.
Morning excursion to Sigulda, a charming town located in the centre of the Gauja Valley is the area’s main attraction. We will admire Sigulda New Castle and the ruins of Sigulda Old Castle, built in 1207 by the Livonian Order. On the other side of the Gauja River is the village of Turaida where we will enjoy lunch at a local farm. Early afternoon we continue our journey further to Tallinn. Dinner and overnight in Tallinn.
Morning city tour of Tallinn. After Estonia gained independence in 1991, Tallinn’s centre was carefully restored, and today it is one of the most beautiful European capitals. The city fascinates with its old houses, narrow cobblestone streets and bell towers and spires reaching for the sky. As part of our tour we will visit the coastal neighbourhood of Pirita and the Russalka Memorial that is situated on the seafront. Finally we will have a short walking tour through the charming medieval streets of the historical center. Free afternoon. Dinner at medieval restaurant in the historical city of Tallinn. Overnight in Tallinn.
Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to the ferry port and cruise to Helsinki, the youngest capital in the Baltic area. Helsinki is a modern and vibrant city. Dinner and overnight in Helsinki.
Morning bus tour of Helsinki. See St. Michael’s Church, the Temppeliaukio Church the Monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer. After that stop, we will pass the modern Finnish Opera, the National Museum, and the Parliament of Finland before arriving at Railway Square, the busiest point in the city. We will then go through Senate Square and the North Harbour to the Katanajokka neighbourhood with its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and Uspenski Cathedral. Panoramic walking tour of the city center of Helsinki including visit to Helsinki Cathedral. Free afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Helsinki.
Morning departure to St. Petersburg by coach. Stop in Porvoo. This picturesque town is situated about 50 km east of Helsinki on the Gulf of Finland. Short tour of Porvoo. Built on mud and water by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, this magnificent city in northern Russia captivates, elegant bridges and majestic granite embankments flanking the river and canals crisscrossing the city. Its beauty and richness will leave you utterly spellbound. Dinner and overnight in St. Petersburg.
Our local city guide will show you the historical centre and major monuments. Enjoy Nevsky Prospect along with its most prestigious buildings: the Anichkov, Stroganov, and Beloselsky-Belozersky Palaces; Lutheran, Catholic, and Armenian churches; the orthodox Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, the Eliseev, Singer, and Mertens buildings, the former Winter Palace, stop at the House of Peter the Great - the tour will conclude with a visit to the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, surrounded by canals. Short walk through the Dostoevsky quarter. Visits to the Kuznechny food market and to our Lady of Vladimir Church. Exterior view of the cruiser Aurora. The Aurora is the ship of the Imperial Navy whose guns announced the beginning of the Russian Revolution on October 25, 1917. Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral, pantheon of Romanov Tsars. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Short walk through the Palace quarter. The quarter near the Winter Palace, today the Hermitage museum, is one the oldest and most interesting in the city. Visit to the Hermitage Museum. The magnificent Hermitage Museum is the most important sight in St. Petersburg, occupying the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian tsars, and three more adjacent buildings overlooking the Neva River. The Hermitage is Russia’s biggest museum and one of the most important in the world. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner at local restaurant at Podvorie. During the delicious dinner surrounded by the wooden decor, dancers and singers in traditional dress will perform songs and dances, making your Russian experience unforgettable. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach throughout as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation at 4★ hotels in double/twin room
- 2 nights with half board in Riga
- 2 nights in Tallinn (1 x half board, 1 x bed & breakfast)
- 2 nights in Helsinki (1 x half board, 1 x bed & breakfast)
- 3 nights in St. Petersburg (1 x half board, 2 x bed & breakfast)
- 1 lunch at local farm in Turaida
- 1 dinner at local restaurant in Tallinn
- 1 dinner at local restaurant in Helsinki
- Farewell dinner in St. Petersburg including Russian folklore music and dancers
- Guided visits: Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (1 FD, 1 HD)
- Ferry Tallinn to Helsinki
- Admission to the following sights:
- Gauja National Park
- Lutheran Cathedral of St. Mary
- Helsinki Cathedral
- Uspenski Cathedral Helsinki
- Church of our Lady of Vladimir City St. Petersburg
- Peter & Paul Fortress and its Cathedral
- Pantheon of Romanov Tsars
- Hermitage Museum
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges