Tour Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany

Experience the diverse delights of the Baltic states on this adventurous journey through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. From the medieval spires of Tallinn and the funky bars of Riga to the Baroque-styled quirks of Vilnius, hidden delights await. Visit colourful markets, be immersed in art and architecture and trek past Lithuanian lakes. Join us and discover the rich history and fascinating customs of this region on our journey from Helsinki to Berlin.

Helsinki, Finland
Berlin, Germany
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip


  • Visit Finland and discover the streets and sights of Helsinki
  • Travel to Estonia and explore Tallinn's quaint Old Town
  • Discover Latvia's rich diversity
  • Wander the endless dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit
  • Canoe the many lakes and rivers in Lithuania's Aukstaitija National Park
  • Arrive in Poland and reflect on the legacy of WWII in Warsaw
  • Visit Germany and dive into the fantastic Berlin nightlife


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015

Welcome to Helsinki, Finland. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. With so much to see and do in Helsinki and hardly any time spent here, try to plan to arrive a few days before the trip begins so you can see as much of the city as possible. For those who arrive early, we recommend purchasing the Helsinki Card - an economical way to travel on Helsinki City Transport (HKL) services, as well as free admission to the main Helsinki sights and nearly 50 museums (EUR 36 for 24 hours, EUR 46 for 48 hours). Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Leave Helsinki after breakfast and catch a ferry across the Gulf of Finland to the Estonian capital of Tallinn (approximately three hours). With its steep red roofs, spires, pastel-coloured buildings and new restaurants and bars, Estonia's capital is a real treat to explore. Seeing the vibrant streets of Tallinn now, it's difficult to fathom that Soviet occupation only ended 19 years ago. On arrival in the mid-afternoon, start your time here with a short orientation walk through the city. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of your day is then free.
Today is free to do as you wish and an exploration of the Old Town is a must. You'll see the last remaining gothic town hall in northern Europe, Old Thomas; the Raapteek, which has housed a pharmacy since the 15th century; and St Olaf Church, a major landmark of Tallinn. You can head towards Upper Tallinn, home to the noble families, to see amazing views of Lower Tallinn and the medieval spires of the town walls. The 13th-century Toompea Castle, where the Estonian Parliament sits, and the 19th-century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are some of the main attractions of Upper Tallinn. Alternatively, you could head to Pirita to chill out at Tallinn's most popular beach.
Cross the border by local bus into Latvia today and travel to Riga, which should take around five and a half hours. On arrival, go on an included orientation tour around town to see some of the sights, including the Doma Cathedral, St Peter's Basilica, House of Blackheads, the Swedish Gate, Mentzendorff's House, Riga Castle, The Great Guild & Small Guild and the Cat House. In your free time, perhaps pay a free visit to The Museum of Occupation of Latvia. This offers a fascinating insight into the hardships suffered by Latvians during its occupation by, first, the Germans and, later, the Soviets. The Central Market Halls are also a great place to pick up supplies for a picnic lunch if it takes your fancy.
Set off by bus after breakfast and cross the border into Lithuania, continuing onto the former Prussian capital of Klaipeda (approximately six hours in total). Klaipeda used to be a member of the Hanseatic League and is the gateway to the Curonian Spit - a long and narrow sand dune peninsula separating the Curonian lagoon from the Baltic Sea. As you'll be travelling for a lot of the day, there won't be too much time to explore today. Perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening.
Today, take an included trip to explore the unique World Heritage-listed Curonian Spit National Park - the second oldest national park of the former Soviet Union. This is a spectacular landscape full of beaches, sand dunes and forested areas.
You'll continue your journey today by bus or train to the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius (approximately four hours). Having once been occupied by Sweden, Poland, France and Russia, each occupier has left its mark in some way on this picturesque city. Vilnius offers a different picture of the Baltics than Riga and Tallinn, but it's every bit as interesting. On arrival, take an orientation walk with your leader that covers Cathedral Square and the famous chapel of Saint Kazimieras, Gediminas Tower and the Gates of Dawn. For a break from Vilnius' historic monuments, take a walk through some of the charming gardens and parks that are dotted around the city.
Today is free to explore Vilnius. Perhaps take the 40-minute bus trip to Trakai, which is situated on the lakes and guarded by two impressive castles that date back to the 14th century. This is a quaint town that's extremely popular due to its beauty and location. For those who want to uncover the hidden gems of Vilnius, why not go on an Urban Adventure (Undiscovered Vilnius). Explore both the old and news sides of this amazing city, while visiting cafe, bars and attractions that only the locals really know about. Notes: For more information about the Urban Adventure in Vilnius, visit:
After breakfast, travel by local train for the two hour trip to Aukstaitija ('Owk-sty-chee-ah') National Park. As one of the most delightful national parks in the Baltic states, Aukstaitija has 126 lakes, an abundance of waterways, hills and woods. On arrival you'll transfer to the charming village of Ginuciai, where you can take a guided canoe ride through the lakes to a viewpoint with a wishing tree. Transfer back to your accommodation late in the afternoon.
Today is free to visit some of the local attractions, such as the nearby villages that date from the 14th century and consist of traditional wooden houses and farmsteads. The 19th-century Ginuciai Watermill is also another impressive point of interest. You can hike to some glorious lookouts, do some fishing, take a swim in the lake or just relax. Perhaps head to one of the saunas for the ultimate relaxation and cleansing experience.
Exit Lithuania today and cross the border into Poland, making the epic nine hour journey to Warsaw. Unfortunately, there's no faster way so get comfortable with a good book and take in the sights en route. Warsaw is Poland's large, bustling capital, with a love of culture and art, as well as entertainment. There are numerous theatrical and musical venues, including the prestigious National Opera, the Chamber Opera and the National Theatre. As you won't have much time to explore when you arrive, perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening.
Not long after breakfast today, head out on an included visit to the evocative Uprising Museum. Opened on the 60th anniversary of the Uprising, this museum recounts the events which saw the people of Warsaw fighting against the Nazi occupation. The museum is a moving tribute to those who fought and died for independence. After this visit, the rest of your day is free to do as you wish. There are plenty of other museums to browse, including the Ethnographic Museum, Marie Curie Museum and Natural History Museum. The Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck is a great way of seeing the city of Warsaw in all of its glory.
Leave Poland behind and cross the border into Germany today, as you head to Berlin by train (approximately six hours). On arrival into Berlin there won't be too much daylight left, but the city has a unique nightlife that presents delicious food, bars and clubs (if that's your thing). The Brandenburg Gate is also a great place to visit at night, as the whole area is completely lit up.
If you're a bit daunted by the size of the city, there are countless bus tours that operate throughout Berlin and they're an ideal way to find your feet. There are many unique memorials and sites holding significance in Berlin's more recent history, which are all designed to provoke thought as well as commemorate. These include the Jewish Memorial, the empty shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror. The Reichstag, designed by British architect Norman Foster, holds a special and symbolic meaning outside of its role as the home of parliament. The great glass dome that crowns the building also offers sweeping views over Berlin. Make sure you book your visit early in the morning, as queues can snake around the building for hours on end. Find the crumbling remnants of the Berlin Wall that are scattered all over the city. Checkpoint Charlie is also a significant site in German history, as its museum overlooks the former border checkpoint dividing East and West. There are multiple sights and attractions to visit during your stay in Berlin, so it may be worth booking an extra couple of days accommodation so you can fit it all in. Our reservations team will be happy to help (subject to availability).
Your 'Baltic Experience' adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Metro, Minibus, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (6 nights), Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Full Day Trip to the Curonian Spit National Park
  • Guided Kayak Trip
  • Uprising Museum


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