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Baltic Explorer

(Tour code: BEG6)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.

Tour Highlights
  • Copenhagen Canal Cruise
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Beautiful Stockholm
  • UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Riga
  • Colourful Helsinki
  • UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Tallinn
  • The Hermitage
  • UNESCO World Heritage St Petersburg
  • The Winter Palace
  • Peterhof Palace
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
  • Upgrades Available
    Optional Return Flight

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Eurostar
Day 1

London to Denmark

We depart St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. We change trains and continue via Cologne to Bremen for a night at the Maritim Hotel.

Copenhagen
Day 2

Arriving in Copenhagen

On Day 2 we travel by high-speed train (Standard Class) via Hamburg to the port of Puttgarden, where we join the train ferry for the crossing to Rødby in Denmark. From here we continue to Copenhagen, the Danish capital that is home to the world's oldest monarchy. We spend two nights in Copenhagen at the Imperial Hotel.

Copenhagen
Day 3

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.

Stockholm
Day 4

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 Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel.

Stockholm
Day 5

Discovering Stockholm

This morning we take a city 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 brimming full of waterways, parks and green areas.

Stockholm
Day 6

The ferry to Riga

Today you are at leisure until the early evening, when we join the ferry for the overnight cruise to Riga. Enjoy the fabulous views as we pass the striking Stockholm archipelago and sail out to the Baltic Sea.

Riga
Day 7

Discovering Riga

We travel to 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.

Riga Cathedral
Day 8

At leisure in Riga

Today is free for you to explore Riga. You could perhaps visit the Central Market or explore the Old Town in more detail. Alternatively take an elevator to the top of St Peter's church for a spectacular bird's-eye view of pretty Riga, or visit the Maskavas Forstate for a look at some unique old wooden houses.

Tallinn
Day 9

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 its medieval 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.

Tallinn
Day 10

At leisure in Tallinn

Today is free for you 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.

Helsinki Cathedral
Day 11

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 centrally located Scandic Hotel Grand Marina for a two night stay.

Helsinki
Day 12

At leisure

Today 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. Perhaps you'd like to visit the uniquely interesting Helsinki Rock Church. The building itself is built directly into solid rock.

St Petersburg
Day 13

St Petersburg and The Hermitage Museum

Today we travel by train (Standard Class) arriving in St Petersburg this afternoon, by far the most cosmopolitan of Russia's cities. On arrival we visit the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, and housed in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace. We later check in to our base for two nights, the 5-Star Radisson Royal Hotel.

Peterhof Palace
Day 14

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 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 by spectacular fountains and waterways.

Helsinki
Days 15-16

Helsinki

We leave St Petersburg by train, travelling on the Allegro service to Helsinki, a journey of just three and a half hours (Standard Class). 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. Admire the views or enjoy the many facilities on board. Arriving in Travemünde in the evening of Day 16, we spend the night at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde. (Days 15-16-B,D)

*If returning by air, you will transfer to the airport in St Petersburg on Day 15 for the flight back to London.

Cologne
Day 17

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 Maritim Hotel, located close to the fabulous Gothic Cathedral.

Please note: Departure BEG601 will stay at the Pullman Hotel, Cologne.

Eurostar
Day 18

To Brussels and London

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

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