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(Tour code: BEG19)

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
  • Selected Porterage

Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia 2019Tour 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.


Please note: Due to engineering works Departures BEG1902,03,05 & 06 will travel to Nykoebing F St then transfer by coach to Copenhagen.

  • 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 (First Class) to Sweden's beautiful capital. 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 full of waterways, parks and green areas.

  • 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 continue by coach on a tour of the city. We see the ornate St Jacob's Cathedral, and the Old Town of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is famous for its Germanic Art Nouveau architecture, considered unmatched anywhere else in the world. After the tour, we check into the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel. Day 8 is then free for you to explore Riga. You could perhaps take an elevator to the top of St Peter's church for a bird's-eye view of Riga.

  • 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 Radisson Blu Sky Hotel Tallinn.

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.

  • 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. You will enjoy a visit to St Petersburg's Russian Vodka Museum, for an immersive delve into the nation's esteemed beverage. Discover a collection of intriguing artefacts, learn about the long and fascinating history of Russia's defining drink, and of course, indulge in a tipple yourself with an included vodka tasting!

  • Day 14 - Breakfast
  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 16-17 Helsinki

Helsinki or return home (rail/air)

You fly back directly from St Petersburg to London today if you chose our air option. 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 the islands dotted around the coastline, before continuing on our 611 nautical mile journey through the beautiful Gulf of Finland. After enjoying dinner on board the ferry, we arrive in Travemünde in the evening of Day 17, where we spend the night at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde.

  • 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 in First Class to Cologne. We spend the night in Cologne at the NH Hotel, where we enjoy a farewell dinner as a group, the perfect way to round off the holiday.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19 Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

To Brussels and London

We leave Cologne and travel First Class 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)
  • Porterage from Stockholm station to the Scandic Continental Hotel and station porterage in Helsinki and St Petersburg

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

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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Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Stay in seven countries on one escorted rail tour


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