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.
We meet at our hotel in Copenhagen, where we spend two nights at the Imperial Hotel. This afternoon, you are at leisure to explore this beautiful city under your own steam. Why not wander the quaint streets, enjoying the tall buildings that line the way? Perhaps get some lunch in a restaurant by the canals, enjoying traditional Danish cuisine to really immerse you in the spirit of this delightful place before your explorations start in earnest.
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, one of the most iconic statues in the world that was built based on 'the Little Mermaid' fairytale, which was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Copenhagen.
Later, we enjoy a cruise in the colorful canal area of Nyhavn. These pretty canals are lined by beautiful buildings, tall and brightly decorated, a true example of traditional Danish architecture. In the water, the canals are also filled with the tall masts and traditional wooden structures of the boats owned by those who are lucky enough to live in this colorful area. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore under your own steam.
This morning we join the high-speed service (Standard Class) to
capital. On arrival, we walk to our hotel for two nights, the Scandic Continental.
This morning 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.
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.
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 extensive Germanic Art Nouveau architecture, considered unmatched anywhere else in the world. After the tour, we check into the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel. Day 7 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.
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 9 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.
Please Note: For departure BEG1801 you will now stay in a different hotel in Tallinn.
BEG1801 - Radisson Olumpia Hotel
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 centrally located Crown Plaza for a two-night stay. Day 11 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.
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 magnificent Royal Winter Palace. We check in to our hotel for three nights where we enjoy a Russian welcome ceremony.
Please Note: For departure BEG1801 you will stay in the Ambassador Hotel in St Petersburg.
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 today sees us take a private tour of an amber workshop where we see amber engravings and beautiful amber sculptures, created using traditional techniques which have been handed down through the centuries.
Make your way to the airport for your flight back home.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
For this tour, we recommend arriving into Copenhagen Airport (Code CPH), which is approximately 5 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is St. Petersburg Airport (Code LED), which is approximately 11 miles from your final hotel.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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Stay in seven countries on one escorted rail tour