The Baltic Capitals & Highlights of Scandinavia

16 days from £1,659 pp.


Tallinn

Visit: Tallinn, Estonia

About the Tour

Explore the Baltic capitals and see the very best of the Scandinavian cities, on this fully escorted holiday. We Begin in Berlin, where you can take a guided tour of the city at night. From here we head into Poland, where we visit the capital city of Warsaw. See the old town and visit the famous sights such as the Chopin Monument. We then cross the border into Lithuania, and visit its capital Vilnius, before we travel into Latvia, where we arrive in the historic capital city of Riga. Take a tour of the famous sights from the Blackheads House to Riga Castle. It’s then onto the stunning Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea. Continuing, we take a tour of Scandinavia, where we pass the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Sail into Sweden’s Stockholm and take a tour of the Danish capital of Copenhagen. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 14 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 11 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Helsinki to Stockholm in a two-berth cabin with breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach or upgrade to Luxuria
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Berlin

    Berlin

    This morning we travel across the border to Germany and continue through the states of Lower Saxony and later Brandenburg to our hotel on the outskirts of Berlin for an overnight stay. This evening why not join our optional Berlin by Night tour? During the 'cold war' period the city was divided between east and west but is once again the flourishing capital of the unified Germany. Our guide will explain about the changes that have taken place since the unification of the city as well as pointing out and explaining the interesting stories behind many of the buildings. We see the sights of former West Berlin including the famous street of the Kurfurstendamm with its cafés, theatres, cinemas and art galleries and amongst others the newly refurbished Reichstag building, the home of the German Parliament. We pass by the Brandenburg Gate and continue into former East Berlin where we see the cathedral, Humboldt University on the famous Unter den Linden Street.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We depart our hotel early this morning as we make our way east towards Poland, and the capital city of Warsaw. During our journey we will pass the city of Poznan, where the first Polish state was created over a thousand years ago. We reach Warsaw this evening for a two-night stay. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Warsaw

    Warsaw

    This morning we travel to the centre of Warsaw where we have an optional sightseeing tour, which will introduce you to this beautiful capital. You will see the 'Royal Route with its aristocratic residences, statues and historic churches before visiting the Old Town, the Castle Square the Barbican and such historical sites as the Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin Monument and the Belvedere Palace. Our local guide will provide an informative commentary, and reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the often-tragic history of this fascinating city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart our hotel early this morning as we continue our journey east through the beautiful Polish countryside and cross the border to Lithuania. Owing much to the rich cultural currents of central Europe, Lithuania once shared an empire with neighbouring Poland that stretched from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea. We reach Vilnius this evening and our hotel where we stay for the next two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Old Town

    Old Town

    Today you will have the full day to discover the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. This morning we have an included walking tour through this cosmopolitan city, which lately has been praised as the ‘New Prague’. The Baroque Old Town area is one of the largest in Europe and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. The buildings and monuments have been built over many centuries and there are examples of architecture from various styles and eras. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to join our optional visit to Trakai Castle. Accompanied by a local guide, we travel to the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai and its picture postcard Island Castle, one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The painstaking restored redbrick gothic castle is perched atop an island on Lake Galve. It is believed to date from around 1400, when Vytautas, Lithuania’s Grand Duke of the time, needed stronger defences than the nearby peninsula castle afforded. A footbridge links it to the shore and a moat separates the triangular outer courtyard moat from the main tower with its cavernous central court and a range of galleries, halls and rooms. Some house the Trakai History Museum which charts the history of the castle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart our hotel early this morning as we travel north to the Latvian coastal capital of Riga, famed for its bewitching skyline of castle turrets and church steeples. We reach Riga late this afternoon for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Riga

    Riga

    We spend time in the beautiful city of Riga. A bustling centre of the arts and the largest city in the Baltics, our optional guided walking tour will reveal many of the sights of Riga, including the Melngalvju house or Blackheads house, as it is more commonly known. We also see Riga Castle originally built in 1330 and now the residence of the Latvian President. Once known as ‘small Paris’, the city of Riga is a delightful mixture of medieval ambience and a modern cosmopolitan metropolis. This afternoon we continue our journey north to Estonia. The most northerly of the three former Soviet Baltic republics, it is a country of great scenic beauty with many forests, lakes and islands. We reach Tallinn this evening for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tallinn

    Tallinn

    Spend today exploring Tallinn located on the north-eastern extremity of Europe on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Tallinn’s Old Town is exceedingly pretty, with a jumble of medieval walls and turrets, needling spires and winding cobbled streets. This morning our included walking tour will introduce you to many of the sights, including the eye-catching medieval and baroque architecture, the Town Hall, one of the oldest in Europe, St Nicholas Church, Toompea Palace and the old city walls. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the sights independently.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Helsinki

    Helsinki

    We have an early start this morning as we leave Tallinn and travel by ferry to the Finnish capital of Helsinki, the ‘White City of the North’. Centred around the harbour and market square, you will have free time to explore Helsinki, a lively city full of vivid colours, exciting smells and beautiful buildings. We join the overnight ferry to Stockholm where our accommodation will be in two berth cabins. It may be worth packing an overnight bag for this evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Stockholm

    Stockholm

    We disembark in Stockholm this morning after breakfast on board the ferry. We spend the day in the Swedish capital which is built on 14 islands and enjoys a stunning location by the Baltic Sea. Beautiful buildings, a picturesque Old Town (Gamla Stan) and endless greenery and parkland, together with the magnificent views across the sea. Enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before we continue to our hotel in the Stockholm area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave our hotel and continue past Sodertalje and through the wooded hills of Kolmarden, once notorious in Sweden for its bandits and highwaymen. We cross the Gota Canal and eventually reach Lake Vattern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Driving south alongside the lake we pass through Granna and Jonkoping at the southern end of the lake. From here our journey takes us past Varnamo and Ljungby and into the port of Helsingborg. Here we board the ferry for the short crossing to Denmark and the port of Helsingor, one of the country’s oldest towns and the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ (the ferry time will be advised by your coach crew). Rejoining the coach we drive the short distance to the capital city of Copenhagen for a two-night stay in the area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    After breakfast why not enjoy our included sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. Denmark is the oldest Kingdom of the world, and as the capital, Copenhagen has many fascinating landmarks and beautiful architectural masterpieces, which are largely connected to the Danish throne and the royal family. Right in the centre of the city there are four Royal Palaces of which Amalienborg is the residence of Queen Margrethe ll. We will also see ‘Den Lille Havfrue’ or ‘Little Mermaid’, sculptured by Edvard Eriksen; the statue is famous for being the inspiration for Hans Christian Andersen’s beautiful fairy tale.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    After a morning at leisure we leave Copenhagen and travel to Rodbyhavn. Here we board the ferry for the one-hour crossing to Puttgarden in Germany. We continue to our hotel in northern Germany for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We commence our journey through Germany passing Bremen and the university town of Osnabruck, which was the birthplace of the novelist Erich Remarque, famous for the novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’. We continue into Belgium where we stay overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Warsaw - Restored Polish capital
    • Vilnius & Sightseeing - UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Riga - Medieval ambience
    • Helsinki - Finland’s capital
    • Tallinn & Sightseeing - Estonia’s historic capital with guided sightseeing
    • Stockholm - Sweden's capital
    • Copenhagen & Sightseeing - Denmark’s ‘wonderful’ city

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Berlin Evening Sightseeing - See the historic sights
    • Warsaw Guided Sightseeing - Discover this beautiful capital
    • Trakai Castle - Island castle in Lithuania
    • Riga Guided Sightseeing - Explore the largest city in the Baltics

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (16 days). Single Room Supplement from £429.00 (16 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will spend one night at the 3-star Grunau Hotel or similar on the outskirts of Berlin; two nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Sobieski in Warsaw or similar; two nights at the 3-star Hotel Karolina, or similar, in Vilnius; one night at the 3-star Brigita, or similar, in Riga; two nights at the 3-star Hotel Susi in Tallinn, or similar; overnight on the cruise ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm in a two-berth cabin; overnight in a minimum 3-star hotel in Stockholm area; and two nights at the 3-star Quality Airport Dan Hotel, or similar, in Copenhagen.

    Overnight stays in northern Germany and Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Germany

    Grünau Hotel

    Grunau

    Lithuania

    Karolina Hotel

    Karolina

    Poland

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Grunau


    The 4-tar family-run Grunau hotel is located the wooded and lake-rich surrounding of Berlin and is also close to the Berlin Schonefeld airport. The hotel's facilities include bicycle rental, a restaurant, a bar, mini ten-pin bowling lane, terrace, sauna and wi-fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature bright and friendly rooms with desk, telephone, seating corner, safe, flat screen T.V, wi-fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Karolina


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Karolina


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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