Day 2: Stockholm - Riga
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour leader and a local guide at the reception of your hotel and depart for a 3 hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. Stockholm is generally referred to as Beauty on Water or Venice of the North which is understandable, as the city is built upon 14 islands. It is surrounded by Lake Mälaren, and by the Baltic Sea. City's grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history and museums tell her 700 year old history beautifully. During your sightseeing tour, visit the Gamla Stan (Old town), where you will be charmed by cobblestone streets, crooked but beautifully preserved buildings, The Royal Palace, gothic churches and excellent cafés, bars, restaurants and Swedish design-ware shops. In the afternoon, transfer to the Stockholm harbour and board your overnight cruise to Riga. Overnight on board your cruise to Riga.
Day 3: Riga
Welcome to Latvia and its magnificent capital city Riga, the most exciting city and the largest of the three Baltic countries. The merchants of the Hanse there introduced their houses and stone warehouses, the oldest dating from the fifteenth century and the nineteenth century, the city is enriched by Art Nouveau buildings. Sightseeing of Riga upon arrival by a cruise. During the tour we visit the UNESCO world heritage sights as elegant Art Nouveau district, the old town with many medieval churches in it. Drive along central boulevards of Riga surrounded with beautiful city Canal Park and Bastion hill, many beautiful parks, New Opera house from the XIX century, the Riga Castle build for Riga's archbishop in the 14th century, largest in Europe Riga's Central market build from reused zeppelin hangars. During the walk along cobble streets of Riga we see impressive Powder Tower, Swedish barracks and Swedish gate, "Three Brothers”, Brotherhood of Blackheads building established there 600 years ago, majestic Dome Cathedral founded in 1211 with one of the best organs in Europe with nearly 7000 pipes, house of cats, Richard Vagner street and theatre where he conducted in 1830s, Great and Small guild houses.
Day 4: Riga - Tallinn
After breakfast you will depart towards Tallinn; the capital city of Estonia. Tallinn represents a medieval enclave perched on top of a hill looking overlooking the Baltics. Among the remains of the medieval battlements and towers, dominated by the simple arrows of Protestant churches, the cobbled and narrow streets lead through the city until the old square animated by its restaurants, shops, the passing of the little blue train and horsedrawn carriages. Afternoon sightseeing with a local guide: The old town is located in the heart of Tallinn. Divided in two very distinctive parts: Toompea hill and The lower town, centered on Raekoja plats (the Town Hall Square) is still surrounded by a 2,5km-fortified wall. Through the itinerary, you will admire the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky and the Toompea castle (home to the Estonian Parliament), The City Hall Square, the house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, St Olaf and Niguliste churches.
Day 5: Tallinn - Helsinki
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll have some free time in the morning to admire the city! You can stroll around the beautiful streets of the Old Town, do some shopping or have a traditional Estonian meals in one of the restaurants at the city hall. Afternoon departure on a short cruise from Tallinn to Helsinki.
Day 6: Helsinki - Stockholm
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning, depart on a sightseeing tour of the city of Helsinki. Amongst others, you will see Senaatintori, the Senate Square’s and its magnificent architectural ensemble. Right around the corner near the harbour, you will find the Kauppatori, the picturesque market square, characterised by an abundance of flowers, fruits and busy traders. The Tuomio Kirkko (cathedral) is our next stop. It was built in the 19th century and has an impressive copper dome. Concerts are regularly taking place inside. Another church, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko is carved into the rock which cause the excellent acoustics. One of the last stops is the Uspenski Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral in neo-Byzantine style rears its mighty mass of red brick in the Katajanokka Island. Late afternoon transfer to the cruise ship terminal, where you will embark on a cruise to Stockholm. Overnight on board your cruise to Stockholm.
Day 7: Stockholm
Breakfast onboard. Arrival to Stockholm at approx. 09:45am in the morning and transfer to your hotel (please note checking might not be possible before 15:00pm). The rest of the day is free at leisure, perhaps enjoy some last minute shopping for the Viking souvenirs or just relax. Overnight stay in Stockholm.
Day 8: Stockholm Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer on your own to the airport for your onward journey (transfer by taxi can be pre-booked in advance).
Escorted Tour Package Includes:
- 5 nights accommodation
- 2 Nights on board cruise (B-Class inside cabin)
- Breakfast daily
- Coach at disposal for sightseeing (day 2, 3, 4 & 6)
- Transfer from a hotel in Stockholm to the cruise terminal (day 2)
- Transfer from Riga to Tallinn (day 3)
- Transfer from a hotel in Tallinn o the cruise terminal (day 5)
- Cruise from Tallinn to Helsinki (2 hrs.) (day 5)
- Transfer from cruise terminal to a hotel in Helsinki (day 5)
- Transfer from a hotel in Helsinki to the cruise terminal (day 6)
- Transfer from the cruise terminal to a hotel in Stockholm (day 7)
- English speaking escort (day 2-7)
- 3 hour sightseeing in Stockholm (day 2)
- 3 hour sightseeing in Riga (day 3)
- 3 hour sightseeing in Tallinn (day 4)
- 2 hour sightseeing in Helsinki (day 6)
- Airport transfers
- Drinks, Lunches & Dinners
- Tips & Personal Expenses
- Luggage Handling
Hotels (or similar):
- Stockholm - Elite Palace Hotel
- Riga - Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel
- Tallinn - Sokos Viru hotel
- Helsinki - Scandic Park Helsinki hotel
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (vos)