* Baltic States – Baltic Sea, from Scandinavia to the Baltic States with Europe Incoming


14 days / 2.835 km
Period : May, June, July, August, September
Reference : 12B212

Prix : 1460€

Our Incoming agency offer here a trip around Europe of the Baltic Sea taking in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. From Stockholm to Tallinn, and the un-missable Saint Petersburg, home of the Tsars, the northern capitals are storehouses of cultural and artistic treasures.

Highlights :

Ferry cruises on the Baltic Sea

 

Travel Documents :
Passeport in validity at least 6 Months after the date of the end of travel + Russian visa

Trip

D1 Sunday : Hamburg
Arrive in the Hamburg region. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Monday : Hamburg and Copenhagen (320 km)

Guided tour of Hamburg with its 17th and 18th century traders’ houses which nowadays are home to numerous taverns. Red brick is the material of choice for the town buildings such as the Gothic St Catherine’s Church. On to Lubeck for lunch, then leave for Denmark. Ferry crossing from Puttgarden to Rodby. Dinner. Overnight in Copenhagen.

D3 Tuesday : Copenhagen and Jönköping (340 km)

Walking tour of the Danish capital, taking in the old town and the Town hall, the Little Mermaid and the Tivoli. Lunch then on to Malmo across Europe’s longest bridge linking Denmark to Sweden. Continue towards Stockholm, stopping for dinner and overnight in the region of Jönköpping.

D4 Wednesday : Gränna, Vadstena and Stockholm (360 km)

First stop Gränna, and free time to discover this charming little village with its wooden houses painted different colours and paved avenues. Try some “polkagrisar”, a local speciality made form barley sugar and mint. A visit to a factory is an option. Next stop the pretty mediaeval village of Vadstena, whose Abbey was founded in 1360 by Saint Brigitte, Sweden’s patron saint. A visit to the Abbey is optional. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in Stockholm.

D5 Thursday: Stockholm, and Cruise to Helsinki (40 km)

Guided tour of Sweden’s capital, nicknamed the Venice of the north as she in fact lies across some14 islets. Lake Malar lies to the west, and the Baltic Sea to the east. Stroll in the picturesque streets of the old town, admire the Cathedral and the Royal Castle. Lunch then mid-afternoon set off on a ferry cruise for Helsinki. Dinner and overnight on board.

D6 Friday: Helsinki (40 km)

Breakfast on board. Arrive in Helsinki mid-morning. Guided sightseeing tour of the “Baltic’s daughter” taking in the Senate and the Lutheranian Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral, the Temple under the Rock, and the Ice Breaker. Lunch then a free afternoon to explore. Dinner and overnight in Helsinki.

D7 Saturday: Saint Petersburg (395 km)

Direction Saint Petersburg, undoubtedly one of the world’s most graceful cities, founded by Peter the Great. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in Saint Petersburg.

D8 Sunday: Saint Petersburg (50 km)

A day given over to a guided tour of Saint Petersburg and its numerous attractions such as Nevski Perspective, the Admiralty, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Convent, and of course the Hermitage Museum housing a sumptuous collection of works of art. Lunch during our visit. Dinner and overnight in Saint Petersburg.

D9 Monday: Saint Petersburg and Tallinn, capital of Estonia (360 km)

Enjoy a boat ride on the canals of Saint Petersburg before we head for Tallinn, a delightful little town full of mediaeval streets, full of business headquarters and hanseatic houses. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in Tallinn.

D10 : Tallinn and Riga (310 km)

Guided tour of Tallinn along the mediaeval walls and into the heart of the old town to admire the Toompea Castle, the Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral, the Church of the Dome, the mediaeval Town Hall. Lunch then we depart for Riga. Dinner and overnight.

D11 Wednesday : Riga, capital of Latvia, and Vilnius (295 km)

Largest of the three Baltic capitals, enjoy a guided tour of Riga which boasts an extraordinary range of architectural styles. Admire the Swedish Gate, the Powder Tower, the Big and small Guilde buildings, the “Three Brothers” group of houses, St Peter’s Church, and the Freedom Monument. Lunch then we set off for Vilnius. Dinner and overnight.

D12 Thursday : Lithuania, Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipéda and a cruise to Kiel (325 km)

Vilnius’ fame comes from its innumerable mediaeval buildings and churches, some 1200 and 48 respectively! Guided tour of the old town with its Cathedral, Gediminas Castle, St Peter and St Paul Church, the University, and the Dawn Gate. Nest stop Kaunas, the old capital of Lithuania. Lunch and on to Klaipeda where we embark for Kiel. Dinner and overnight on board.

D13 Friday : at sea / Kiel

Free day on the ferry with full board. Arrive in Kiel early evening. Dinner and overnight in the Kiel region.

D14 Saturday : Kiel
Breakfast.


Service details

Full Board in 3* hotels
Guided Tours (excluding entrance fees): Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius
Ferry Crossings: armchair seat Puttgarden-Rodby, interior cabin for two Stockholm-Helsinki and Klaipéda-Kiel
Entrance Fees: the Ermitage Museum
Cruise on the canals in St Petersburg

Possible supplements

Single Room (13 nights including ferry) : 637 €
Vadstena Abbey : 15 €
St-Isaac Cathedral : 12 €



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