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Visit Seven Countries on One Epic Rail Holiday

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20212022
19 days From £4,195 per person

2022 Tour code: BEG22

About the tour

Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltics, 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 rail holiday.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bremen

After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Here, we change trains, continuing to Bremen for the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Copenhagen

On Day 2, we take the high-speed service to Copenhagen, travelling via Hamburg, where we stay for two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Discovering Copenhagen

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. We see the Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal structure surrounded by four identical Rococo palaces. One of these is still home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and take a cruise through the colourful canal area of Nyhavn. We break for lunch, sampling a typical Danish delicacy, smorrebrod. These tasty open sandwiches are made using traditional rye bread and come with a variety of fillings, including fish, beef, and egg.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Stockholm

We catch the high-speed train to Stockholm, passing over the scenic Øresund Bridge along the way. Checking into our hotel for two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Stockholm

We begin exploring on Day 5 with a guided coach tour of the city. Built across 14 islands, connected together by no fewer than 57 bridges, Stockholm has a fascinating 750-year history and rich cultural life and is filled with a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. We see the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town and one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in the world. Here, the small winding streets reveal stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The impressive Cathedral is also found in this historic area. Stopping at City Hall, there's the option to climb the tower for panoramic views across the cityW

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Stockholm and Riga

Following a free day to continue sightseeing, this evening we board our ferry for the overnight sailing to Riga. As the sun sets, admire the views out across the Stockholm archipelago.

Day 7 - Riga

We dock in Riga early on Day 7, disembarking and transferring to our hotel - home for the next two nights. The rest of the day is spent ad-miring the city's main attractions. Travelling back to the year 1201, we enjoy a pleasant walking tour that brings to life Riga's 900-year-old history. Entrance to the city's cathedral is included, and we explore the winding streets of Old Riga before a tasting of the area's unique 'black balsam', a traditional liquor brewed with local botanicals. Dinner this evening is served at Rozengrals Restaurant, a medieval style banqueting hall with a menu that features modern versions of Eastern European classics.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Riga

Day 8 is free in Riga.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 - Tallinn

We travel by coach along the Gulf of Riga to the Estonian capital of Tallinn for two nights. At the heart of this rich city is the hill of Toompea, a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways filled with medieval houses. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the city, which includes the Dome Church, the Town Hall Square and Toompea Castle - Estonia's seat of power. We enjoy dinner tonight at the Peppersack Restaurant, a historic experience in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
Day 10 - Tallinn

Day 10 is free for you to explore. Make a visit to the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn, or call in at the unusually named 'Keik in de Kok', which means 'Peek into the kitchen'. This ancient tower got its name thanks to its height, which allowed those inside to see through the windows of the surrounding buildings.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 11 - Helsinki

Taking the ferry from Tallinn, we make the journey to Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland, our base of explorations for the next two nights. Heading out on a guided tour on arrival, a coach takes us to many of the Finnish capital's main attractions. Amongst the old and avant-garde architecture, we see the Rock Church, a modern building hewn out of solid rock, the Senate Square, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic stadium and the new Opera House. We continue the adventure with a vintage tram ride through the city, seeing the sights from a time-honoured vantage point in our painstakingly restored carriages.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Helsinki

Day 12 is free for you to look around further. Helsinki lies on an archipelago and is surrounded by more remote islands, many of which are connected by regular ferry services.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 13 - St Petersburg

We catch the train to St Petersburg* today, where we stay for three nights. On arrival, we make a visit to the Hermitage, one of the world's most famous museums. The site of the 1917 Bolshevik uprising, today some three million works of art are on display, seamlessly blending a sense of the nation's past while remaining rooted in its creative expression. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and is home to masterpieces such as Michelangelo's 'Crouching Boy', Raphael's 'Madonna Conestabile' and the Kolyvan Vase, the largest single piece of jasper in existence.

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

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 - St Petersburg

Day 14 includes a guided city tour that takes us to St Isaac's Cathedral, with its iconic gold domes, the lavish Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and grand Nevsky Prospect. We continue to Peterhof Palace, a lavish complex often referred to as the Russian Versailles whose grounds are filled with spectacular fountains and waterways.

Day 15 - St Petersburg

On Day 15, we immerse ourselves in Russian culture and traditions with a visit to the colourful Fabergé Museum, where exhibits on show include nine Imperial Easter eggs ordered by the last two Romanov Tsars as well as a surprise picture frame from the now lost 'Mauve Egg'. This is followed by a tour and a tasting at the nearby Vodka Museum.

Day 16 - Helsinki or London

If you choose our fly return option of this tour, today you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to London Heathrow. If you are returning to the UK by rail, then we board the train from St Petersburg back to Helsinki, continuing to the port for our overnight ferry crossing to Travemünde in Germany.

Please note: your luggage will travel on the flight or on the ferry with you, rather than it travelling via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17 - Travemünde

 Arriving in Travemünde on Day 17, we disembark for the night.

Day 18 - Cologne

Travelling by coach to Hamburg, we board the train to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19 - London

 On Day 19, we journey by rail to Brussels and board the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Additional information

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.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Maritim Hotel, Bremen

Maritim Hotel, Bremen

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Scandic Copenhagen

Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen

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Scandic Grand Marina

Scandic Grand Marina, Helsinki

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Radisson Blu Senator Hotel, Lubeck

Radisson Blu Senator Hotel, Lubeck

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Islande Hotel, Riga

Islande Hotel, Riga

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Scandic Continental Hotel

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm

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Nordic Forum C Hotel

Nordic Forum C Hotel, Tallinn

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Trains

Allegro
Eurostar

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Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 8 reviews

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Mrs J Wilson

5 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2018

Tour manager was excellent. All the other people on the tour were very friendly and this made the tour extremely enjoyable.

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Mr B Arnold

5 stars

Submitted 16 Aug 2018

Very well organised, an interesting and varied itinerary with useful down time for personal use, and the services of an excellent tour manager.

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Mrs C Palmer

4 stars

Submitted 12 Aug 2018

No of travellers on the tour was far too many for one tour manager to control, given that many were well over 70yrs. On one occasion the train doors closed as the group was disembarking, leaving 5 still on board! I also was not happy with the meal arrangements in hotels. Too many, barely adequate buffets, both in quality and quantity. The quality of Tour Guides varied from excellent to mediocre.

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Mrs P Thompson

5 stars

Submitted 09 Aug 2018

Superb tour manager, great local guides and a full but interesting Itinerary in many beautiful cities. We have wanted to make this tour for a few years and we were not at all disappointed! The ferries were an interesting aspect of a Great Rail Journey and the journey from Helsinki to Travemünde was wonderful, flat sea lovely weather, stunning sunsets, comfy cabin, great food and friendly helpful staff. Those guests who flew home missed an absolutely relaxing treat!

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Mrs P Binns

4 stars

Submitted 14 Jun 2018

There were a lot of problems on the tour, none of them Great Rail's fault, such as cancelled trains, late coach pick-ups for various reasons; we managed to make all our connections but it was quite stressful.

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Mrs S Kamath

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2017

The group tour was well organized. Some of the prepaid meals could have been better.

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