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Baltic Explorer Rail Tour

(Tour code: BEG5)Stay in seven brilliant 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.

15 days from£2,695per person
What’s Included
Prices & availability
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
Additional Information 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.

Days 1-2

London to Denmark

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

  • Eurostar Meal
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 3

Discovering Copenhagen

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, passing the Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal palace, 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
  • Tour of Copenhagen
Day 4

By train to Stockholm

This morning we join the high-speed service (First Class) to Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital. On arrival, we walk the short distance to our hotel for two nights, the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
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 full of waterways, parks and green areas.

  • Breakfast
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 Stockholm archipelago and sail out into the Baltic Sea.

Please note: Due to the schedule of the ferry, group BEG502 will depart Stockholm on Day 7. Please call for more information.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

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 extensive Germanic Art Nouveau architecture, considered unmatched anywhere else in the world. After the tour, we check into the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Riga
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 birds-eye view of Riga, or visit the Maskavas Forstate for a look at some unique old wooden houses.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Tallinn
Tallinn city wall
Day 10

At leisure in Tallinn

Your day is free to explore Tallinn at leisure. 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.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Helsinki Cathedral
Days 11-12

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 Radisson Blu Seaside 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.

  • Days 11-12 - Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Tour of Helsinki
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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Visit to The Hermitage
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 with spectacular fountains and waterways.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of St Petersburg
Flying home
Day 15

Flying home

Your morning is free before we transfer to the airport for our return flight*. Sit back and relax as we travel back to London Heathrow.

*We also offer a longer 18-day return by rail option on this tour. Details are below. This option is only available to book by calling one of our Tour Advisors on the number at the top of the page.

  • Breakfast
Helsinki harbour
Days 15-16


We leave St Petersburg by train, travelling on the highspeed 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 and harbour town. 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 comprehensive facilities on board. Arriving in Travemünde in the evening of Day 16, we spend the night at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde

  • Days 15-16 - Breakfast, dinner
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 TRYP by Wyndham Cologne City Centre or the Wyndham Cologne, both located close to the railway station and the city's fabulous Gothic Cathedral.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18

To Brussels and London

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

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
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