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Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Stay in seven countries on one escorted rail tour

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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.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-2 - London to Denmark
Eurostar

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 3 - Discovering Copenhagen
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.

Days 4-5 - By train to Stockholm
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 6 - The Ferry to Riga
Stockholm

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.

Days 7-8 - Discovering Riga
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.

Days 9-10 - Exploring Tallinn
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.

Days 11-12 - To Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral

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 13 - St Petersburg and The Hermitage Museum
St Petersburg

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.

Days 14-15 - Peterhof Palace, Fabergé Museum & Vodka Museum
Peterhof Palace

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!

Days 16-17 - Helsinki or return home (rail/air)
Helsinki

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.

Day 18 - Travemünde to Cologne
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.

Day 19 - To Brussels and London
Homeward Bound

We leave Cologne and travel First Class to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar to London.

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 Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Allegro
Allegro

The high-speed Allegro service is provided through a joint venture by Russian and Finnish railways. These electric tilting pendolino trains sprint along the route between the Finnish capital of Helsinki and majestic St Petersburg in just three and a half hours, offering passengers a comfortable and quick journey between the two cities. There is a restaurant car on board.

Eurostar
Eurostar

The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.

Hotels
Maritim Hotel, Bremen
Maritim Hotel, Bremen

The 4-Star Maritim Hotel is located in the heart of Bremen, close to the railway station and the tranquil Bürger Park. The hotel has two restaurants and a bar. Leisure facilities include a pool, Finnish sauna, Roman steam bath and a gym. A selection of massages and beauty treatments are available on request (pay locally). Rooms are air conditioned and feature a telephone, television, mini-bar, safe and a hairdryer.

Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen
Scandic Copenhagen

The elegant 4-Star Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen enjoys a central location, close to Copenhagen's Central Station and Tivoli Gardens, and with impressive views over the Copenhagen skyline. Guest rooms are bright and modern, and feature a flat-screen television, hairdryer, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi and city or lake views.

The Scandic Copenhagen also boasts a chic lobby bar, perfect for enjoying a relaxing drink on an evening, and a contemporary grill restaurant.

Scandic Park, Helsinki
Scandic Park

The 4-Star Scandic Park hotel is well located in the centre of Helsinki, within easy reach of the main landmarks. The hotel boasts superb interior spaces, with a modern, lounge- style lobby and comfortable guest rooms, which feature a television, air conditioning, a minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi. On-site facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, gym, sauna and swimming pool.

Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga

The 4-Star Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel in Riga is situated on the banks of the Daugava River, overlooking the Old Town and within walking distance of historic sights such as the Dome cathedral and the Blackheads House. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant, a bar serving light snacks, a casino and a health and fitness centre, which has a swimming pool and a sauna. There is also a hair and beauty salon and a Spa Salon (pay locally for both), which offer a range of treatments. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.

Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg
Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg

The 4-star Angleterre Hotel in St Petersburg is set in a charming location overlooking St Isaac's Cathedral. It benefits from a restaurant and bar, as well as a spa and gym - offering an indoor swimming pool, sauna and beauty studio. The air-conditioned rooms include a telephone, television, safe and minibar.

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
Scandic Continental Hotel

In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.

Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn
Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn

In Tallinn we stay at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel close to the shops, entertainment and the cobbled streets of the Old Town. The hotel boasts two restaurants, a lobby bar, a rooftop bar with an open air terrace and a health centre with a sauna and gym. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, radio, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Cabin Upgrade
Cabin Upgrade

Upgrade your cabin between Stockholm and Riga to an outside cabin from £50 per person (twin occupancy)

Extending your European holiday in Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels

Why not extend your holiday by enjoying an extra night or two in Brussels, returning to London in your own time? We can arrange accommodation at the Park Inn Brussels Midi and your return rail tickets.

Park Inn Brussels Midi
The 3-Star Park Inn Brussels Midi is conveniently situated adjacent to Brussels Midi station, and is just a 10-minute train ride from the city centre. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and a fully-equipped fitness room. The rooms come with individual climate control, as well as a telephone, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Please call to discuss your requirements.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person
Pullman London St Pancras      From £110 per person
Studios2Let, Cartright Gardens  From £55 per person

 

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

Door to door luggage from £100
Door to door luggage from £100

Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you at your first main hotel in Europe.

We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £100 for one suitcase and £200 for two suitcases.

Please contact us for details of this service.

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