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Grand Capitals of the Baltic

Resort:Grand Capitals of the Baltic
Operator: Saga
Destination: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden
Price From: £1389.00

Fairy-tale cities and enchanting castles

Medieval old towns, imposing castles and elegant waterside cities… this five-country tour gives you an unmissable opportunity to discover the intriguing history, culture and attractions of the Baltic, all at a leisurely pace. Gain an in-depth insight into the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as enjoying visits to the beautiful coastal cities of Stockholm and Helsinki.

Including…

10 nights in hotels

18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Stockholm sightseeing tour
  • Vilnius guided walk
  • Rundale Palace tour
  • Riga walking tour
  • Sigulda sightseeing and Turaida Castle tour
  • Tallinn guided walk
  • Helsinki sightseeing tour

Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK-Stockholm

Fly to Stockholm for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Radisson Blu Royal Stockholm (4Q). Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner tonight. D

Day 2
Stockholm

Exploring the narrow cobblestoned streets of Sweden’s enchanting waterside city is like stepping into a fairy tale – you’ll pass such attractions as Stockholm Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Riddarholmen Church and Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm on an included morning sightseeing tour. In the afternoon you may like to join an optional visit to 18th-century Drottningholm Palace. B

Optional excursions

Drottningholm Palace |Half day

This 18th-century palace takes its lead from Versailles and is the finest example of its kind, earning it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It enjoys a peaceful island setting on Lake Mälaren and encompasses beautiful gardens, a well-preserved theatre, Chinese pavilion and 17th-century castle.

Day 3
Stockholm to Vilnius

Spend the morning at leisure to explore more of Stockholm’s sights independently. Then fly to Vilnius and stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star Grand Vilnius Resort (4Q). B, D

Day 4
Vilnius

Vilnius is a visual record of Lithuania’s history with an enviable collection of Gothic, baroque and neoclassical buildings in its UNESCO-listed old town. These include Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, Gediminas Tower and a collection of contrasting churches. See the highlights on an included sightseeing and guided walking tour this morning. Later, perhaps head out of the city to visit 14-century Trakai Castle on an optional excursion. B, D

Optional excursions

Trakai Castle |Half day

Discover Lithuania’s answer to the Lake District on a visit to Trakai, which is surrounded by a genteel landscape of serene lakes and moraine hills swathed in woodland. Known as the ‘town on water’, it was the original capital of Lithuania before being surpassed by Vilnius. Enjoy a guided tour of its medieval castle.

Day 5
Vilnius to Riga

Travel to Riga today, stopping to admire Latvia’s magnificent Rundale Palace, a baroque and rococo masterpiece. After lunch, continue to the locally rated 4-star Radisson Blu Latvija (4Q) or similar 4Q hotel for a two-night stay. B, L, D

Day 6
Riga

The largest of the Baltic’s capitals, the historic Hanseatic city of Riga is known as the ‘Paris of the Baltic’. Discover its historic UNESCO-llisted old town on an included tour which will reveal Europe’s most concentrated collection of Jugendstil art nouveau architecture and a handful of charming 19th-century wooden buildings. This afternoon, you can join an optional trip to historic Jurmala. B

Optional excursions

Jurmala |Half day

The largest beach resort in the Baltic, Jurmala boasts over 30 kilometres of white sand beaches. It was a popular holiday resort during the Soviet Union era with high-ranking Communist officials, including Krushchev. Its attractions extend beyond the sea to its assortment of elegant art nouveau wooden buildings and pine forests.

Day 7
Riga to Sigulda and Turaida to Tallinn

This morning’s included excursion will take you into the 91,745-hectare Gauja National Park, pausing at the popular winter resort of Sigulda before touring 13th-century Turaida Castle. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Radisson Blu Olümpia (4Q) in Tallinn or similar 4Q hotel for a two-night stay. B, L, D

Day 8
Tallinn

Tallinn’s main draw is its enchanting old town of cobbled streets that wind their way beneath a skyline of soaring turrets, towers and steeples. Experience this UNESCO-listed quarter’s magical quality on an included morning tour. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional trip to the Tallinn TV Tower and Viimsi Open Air Museum. B

Optional excursions

Tallinn TV Tower and Viimsi Open Air Museum |four hours

You’ll need a head for heights on this excursion that takes you up the 1030 feet TV Tower to admire unrivalled views over Tallinn and to learn more about the origins of the tower, which was originally built for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. While here you’ll have the chance to make a short recording and broadcast it globally. You’ll then head to the Viimsi Open Air Museum that exhibits various fishing and farming buildings and equipment from the 20th century.

Day 9
Tallinn to Helsinki

Enjoy the morning at leisure before cruising across the Gulf of Finland on this afternoon’s ferry crossing to Helsinki. Travel to the locally rated 4-star Radisson Blu Royal (4Q) in Helsinki’s city centre for a two-night stay. B

Day 10
Helsinki

Compact and easily explored on foot, Finland’s graceful capital combines grand structures with striking modern designs that lend Helsinki a quirky, relaxed ambience. An included morning tour will highlight its delightful mix of art nouveau, neoclassical and contemporary styles. B, D

Day 11
Helsinki to the UK

Enjoy the last day of your tour at leisure. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to the medieval seaside port of Porvoo this morning. This afternoon, travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B

Optional excursions

Porvoo |Half day

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful and historic old trading port around 50 kilometres east of Helsinki. The town’s unique charm has been a great source of inspiration for artists, poets and painters. You’ll see the historic red storehouses which once formed part of the medieval harbour, then drive to Haikko Manor, a historic manor house where the Romanov family would sometimes spend their holidays.