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(Tour code: BEG20)

Stay in seven countries on one escorted rail tour

Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colourful Scandinavia to the splendour of Russia, via the historic countries of Latvia and Estonia. Explore glorious palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique Baltic Explorer rail tour.

  • Copenhagen Canal Cruise
  • Vodka Museum & tasting
  • The Little Mermaid Statue
  • Beautiful Stockholm
  • UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Riga
  • Colourful Helsinki
  • UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Tallinn
  • The Hermitage
  • UNESCO World Heritage city of St Petersburg
  • The Winter Palace & Peterhof Palace
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)

Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Eurostar

London to Denmark

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, we leave St Pancras on the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We change trains and travel in First Class to Bremen for the night, via Cologne. On Day 2 we travel by high-speed rail (Standard Class) via Hamburg to Copenhagen, the Danish capital that is home to the world's oldest monarchy. We spend two nights at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Copenhagen

Discovering Copenhagen

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, passing the Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal structure, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, one of which is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and enjoy a cruise in the colourful canal area of Nyhavn.

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Stockholm

By train to Stockholm

This morning we join the high-speed service to Sweden's beautiful capital, travelling over scenic Øresund Bridge along the way. On arrival, we walk to our hotel for two nights, the Scandic Continental. On Day 5 we take a city coach tour to visit sights such as the Royal Palace, the cathedral and the Old Town. The afternoon is free to explore Stockholm, a wonderful maritime city.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 Stockholm

The Ferry to Riga

Today you are at leisure until the evening, when we join the ferry for the overnight cruise to Riga. Enjoy the fabulous views as we pass the Stockholm archipelago.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Riga

Discovering Riga

The ferry docks in Riga shortly after breakfast and we transfer to our hotel, the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel. Day 8 is then spent taking a guided tour the city's main attractions; travelling back to the year 1201, we enjoy a pleasant walking tour that takes us through Riga's 900 year-old history as we explore the old winding streets of Old Riga and have a tasting of the area's unique 'black balsam', a traditional liquor brewed with local botanicals.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Days 9-10 Tallinn

Exploring Tallinn

Today we travel by coach along the Gulf of Riga to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. At the heart of this historic city is the hill of Toompea, a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways filled with medieval houses; Tallinn's colourful Old Town is UNESCO-protected. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the city, which includes the Dome Church, the Town Hall Square and views of the Toompea Castle, Estonia's seat of power. We then transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Nordic Forum C Hotel.

Day 10 is free to explore Tallinn; in the Old Town there are plenty of historic sites to visit, including the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn. Another option is the unusually named "Keik in de Kok", which means "Peek into the kitchen". This historic tower is believed to have acquired its name due to its height, which allowed those in the tower to see through the windows of the surrounding buildings. The tower houses a permanent exhibition of Tallinn's military history and serves as an entrance to the Bastion Tunnels, a network of hidden tunnels built in the 17th century during Swedish rule.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
Days 11-12 Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral

To Helsinki

This morning we depart for Helsinki by ferry, arriving in the early afternoon. We continue by coach on a tour of Helsinki, including Senate Square and the elegant Lutheran Cathedral. Following the tour, we transfer to the Scandic Park hotel for a two-night stay. Day 12 is free for you to explore Helsinki. Finland's capital lies on an archipelago surrounded by many smaller islands, many of which are connected by regular ferry services.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast
Day 13 St Petersburg
St Petersburg

St Petersburg and The Hermitage Museum

Today we travel by train (Standard Class) to St Petersburg*, arriving this afternoon in this, by far the most cosmopolitan of Russia's cities. On arrival we visit the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, in the magnifi cent Royal Winter Palace. We check in to our hotel for three nights where we enjoy a Russian welcome ceremony.

*Please note: due to border restrictions, you will need to transport your own luggage for this rail journey.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 14-15 Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace, Fabergé Museum & Vodka Museum

We enjoy a tour to discover the stunning architecture and history of this fascinating city, during which we see the vast St Isaac's Cathedral with its gold dome, the lavish Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the grand Nevsky Prospect We continue to Peterhof Palace. This majestic complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its beautiful grounds filled with spectacular fountains and waterways.

Our excursion on Day 15 sees us take a private tour of Saint Petersburg's Fabergé Museum, an opulent building home to the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of his famous Imperial eggs. We also visit St Petersburg's impressive vodka museum, the only one of its kind in the world! Synonymous as the drink of mother Russia, vodka has long played a fascinating role in the lives of the people here - from Tsars to peasants - and during your visit, you'll learn all about Russia's history, culture and drinking traditions. There'll even be some tastings for that extra touch of authenticity.

  • Breakfast
Days 16-17 Helsinki

Helsinki or return home (rail/air)

You fly* back from St Petersburg to London today if you chose our air option. Please note: you will need to take your luggage back to th UK with you on your flight as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service.

Otherwise, we leave St Petersburg by train (Standard Class), travelling on the Allegro service to Helsinki. On arrival, we transfer to the port for the overnight ferry* to Travemünde, a Baltic resort. As we depart Helsinki we enjoy a scenic view of the Baltic, sailing past islands dotted around the coastline, before continuing our 611 nautical mile journey through the Gulf of Finland. After dinner on board the ferry, we arrive in Travemünde in the evening of Day 17, and spend the night at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde.

Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18 Cologne

Travemünde to Cologne

This morning we transfer by coach to the city of Hamburg, where we board the train and travel to Cologne. We spend the night in Cologne where we enjoy a farewell dinner as a group, the perfect way to round off our holiday.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19 Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

To Brussels and London

We leave Cologne and travel by rail to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

We are happy to offer a fly home version of this tour which runs at 16 days in length. On Day 16 (after breakfast) you will be transferred to the airport in St Petersburg for your flight back to London.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included


An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First and Standard Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • Flight from St Petersburg to London (air return only)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 16/14 nights' hotel accommodation (rail return/air return)
  • 1 night in an inside two berth cabin on Stockholm-Riga sailing
  • 1 night in a two berth inside cabin on Helsinki-Travemünde sailing

Delicious meals included

  • 30/24 meals including 18/15 breakfasts and 12/9 dinners (rail return/air return)


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Riga, Helsinki and Tallinn
  • St Petersburg including the Hermitage and Peterfhof Palace & Park
  • City tour of St Petersburg
  • Private tour of Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg
  • Vodka Museum in St Petersburg
  • Russian welcome ceremony in St Petersburg

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfer

  • Inclusive luggage transfers except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking. View more information.

Not Included

  • Single-entry Russian visa, contact us for details

British Citizens require a visa to enter Russia. Please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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